Professional Development Programs

Instructor Biographies

All of our professional development workshops and certificate programs are taught by industry professionals.




Joe Allen


Joe Allen, MS, CSCP, is the current president of the APICS Maine chapter.  Joe has held many positions of increasing responsibility in Supply Chain Management and Logistics. Joe also has significant work experiences in Six Sigma tools and the DMAIC process.




Stephen Andrew, LCSW, LADC, CCS, CGP, is a storyteller, trainer and the Chief Energizing Officer of Health Education Training Institute. He maintains a compassion-focused private practice in Portland, Maine, where he also facilitates a variety of young person, men’s, co-ed, couples and caregiver groups. Stephen has been a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers (MINT) since 2003. He has been a MIA-STEP trainer (Motivational Interviewing Assessment; Supervisor Training Program) for the New England ATTC since 2007. Stephen has been Motivational Interviewing Treatment Integrity trained and has over 100 hours of training in Motivational Interviewing.  

Stephen provides coaching and training domestically and internationally (Singapore, China, Holland, Sweden, Turkey & UK) for social service agencies, health-care providers, substance abuse counselors, criminal justice and other groups on motivational interviewing, addiction, co-occurring disorders, counseling theory, “challenging” adolescents, supervision and ethics for care professionals, men’s work and the power of group work, as well as supervising a coding/ coaching laboratory and training for Motivational Interviewing.  Stephen is the proud father of an 18 year-old son, Sebastian and co-author of Game Plan: A Man’s Guide to Achieving Emotional Fitness.


Nancy Ansheles

Nancy Ansheles, M.Ed., has been owner of Catalyst & Co. in Portland for the past 21 years. She has built trusting relationships and facilitated creative learning programs that deliver results for more than 200 clients and thousands of employees.

Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from James Madison University in Virginia, a Masters of Human Resource Education from Boston University, and a Certificate in Training Design and Delivery from Bryant College. She is also a qualified Myers Briggs Type Indicator instructor, and attends ongoing educational programs to strengthen her skills and keep abreast of current research. 

Nancy has presented twice at New England Regional Conference of her peers (ATD) and at the International Conference of ATD last May with her co-facilitator, Princy Quadros Mennella on “Brain Hacking: How Emotions and Neuroplasticity Can Improve your Learning Programs.” She can be reached through her website



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Miljan Bajic

Miljan Bajic, MBA, CSP, PMP, PMI-ACP, is an Agile Coach at Unum Group, where he is responsible for a full range of coaching, training, and consulting activities. Miljan is a practitioner and leader in the use of Lean and Agile methods for organizational transformation. As a coach he has worked with teams, individuals and leadership on their Agile transformations, both large and small. He believes that the most important piece of any transformation is to build the skills in the teams to build and continuously improve the process. 

Miljan received his bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems and Communication from the Bryant University and has an MBA in Project Management from the University of Southern New Hampshire. Miljan is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP), a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) and a Certified ScrumMaster (CSM).


Wolfgang Bauchinger

Wolfgang Bauchinger, CPIM
, is a Lean Six Sigma certified Black Belt. He received his Six Sigma training through the George Group (a division of Accenture). He holds a Magister (masters) degree in Business and Computing from the University of Linz/Austria. Wolfgang’s professional focus is project management and process improvement using Lean Six Sigma tools and the DMAIC process. Wolfgang has led Lean Six Sigma projects at multiple locations throughout the United States for a global manufacturing company. Before relocating to the United States in 2006 Wolfgang worked in IT consulting with clients in Europe and throughout North America.



Suzanne Benoit


Suzanne Benoit, LCSW, SPHR, is an author, speaker and consultant. Ms. Benoit is a human resource consultant working with companies and HR professionals, developing tools and solutions to a wide variety of employee relations problems. Workplace culture and difficult employee types are specialty areas. She has a varied background in a family business, large for-profit corporation and small business. She is often called in to help shift workplace atmosphere to a healthier standard. Doing business as Benoit Consulting, Ms. Benoit develops strategies that approach a healthy workplace from the point of view of owners, customers AND employees. Striving for excellence means a no-compromise posture on workplace abuse and intimidation and creating structures that reward candor, respect and accountability. She publishes articles about how negative dynamics develop and how they can be shifted toward the positive with a strategic approach. She writes about these and other HR topics and speaks to business groups offering quality technical info with humor in an interactive style.  Ms. Benoit can be reached at Learn more at



Deb BreitingDeb Breiting, is co-founder, owner, and intercultural trainer of Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants (MICC) and hails from Vancouver, Canada. Her parents being originally from Germany and Japan, Deb grew up in a diverse, multilingual home. She has a degree in Linguistics and German and a Graduate Certificate in Intercultural Studies from  the University of British Columbia. Now, with almost 20 years of teaching and training experience in a variety of business settings, Deb divides her time between  Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants and  the New Mainers Resource Center at Portland Adult  Education as an Instructor and Program Associate,  where she provides cultural and job skills training to foreign-trained professionals.


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Mikal Curran PMP, has instructed for over ten years on how to become PMP(®) (Project Management Professional) and CAPM (®) (Certified Associate in Project Management) certified. He has been an Information Technology Project Manager for Computer Science Corp., Wright Express, TD Bank and Hannaford Bros. Company where he managed major information technology and business projects for more than twenty years.

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Elizabeth Dodge


Elizabeth Dodge, M.F.A., is a freelance writer, editor, and trainer in Portland. She has more than twenty years of experience in technical writing, marketing communications, public relations, and publishing. She has been teaching and tutoring for more than fifteen years, sharing her passion for writing with a coaching style that is sensitive to the personal nature of writing.




Mary Doyle, M.A., Combining her extensive experience in corporate training and organizational development, with her specialized training in Mindfulness, Mary helps people integrate the practice of mindfulness into their work life and personal life.   She has a broad work history with large corporations, small businesses, and healthcare. She has taught countless leadership and management classes, led team building and strategic planning retreats. Mary received Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher training at Bangor University in Wales, United Kingdom. Her day to day experience as a manager in a large health care organization, combined with her extensive background as a group facilitator enables her to create a dynamic learning experience.





Christopher Dyer


Christopher Dyer M.B.A, first became interested in the mechanisms of adaptive testing after taking the GMAT CAT for the first time and knowing that he could do better. By studying the test itself, he was able to re-test and dramatically improve his score. Using what he learned from his own preparation, Christopher has been helping USM students prepare for standardized tests like the GMAT CAT and the GRE since 2003. In addition to teaching test preparation classes, Christopher coaches and mentors teams of seasonal employees at L.L.Bean.




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Janet EdmunsonJanet Edmunson, M.Ed, is President of JME Insights and has over 30 years’ experience in leadership in both large and small organizations. She was the Corporate Manager of Wellness Programs for a Fortune 50 company (Georgia-Pacific Corporation). She has also been a leader in, or consultant to, small and mid-size businesses, including New England Telephone and the Boston Five Cents Savings Bank. She retired in 2007 from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts as their Director of Prevention & Wellness for a staff of 20.  Since retirement, she has been a consultant and national motivational speaker, having spoken to or consulted with over 300 organizations.

While still working full-time, Janet took care of her husband, Charles, during the five years he fought a rare neurological disease. In her book, Finding Meaning with Charles, she wrote about how they strived to maintain a positive attitude throughout. Janet recently retired as chair of the Board of Directors for the national Foundation for PSP | CBD and Related Brain Diseases, having served from 2009-2013.  She is also on the Board of Trustees for the Employee Ownership Foundation. Janet has a Master’s degree from Georgia State University. 



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Liz Greason

Liz Greason a native Mainer, Liz is co-founder, owner, and principal consultant of Maine Intercultural Communication Consultants (MICC). She lived in the Middle East for many years, where she taught students from around the world at the American University in Dubai, with a focus on effective cross-cultural communication. Since returning to Maine, Liz has applied her knowledge of the Middle East, cultural competency, and intercultural communication to help Maine businesses, non-profits, and schools effectively recruit and retain a diverse workforce and serve diverse populations.

Liz has also served on the faculty of the University of Southern Maine (USM) and Portland Adult Education. In addition to being trained at the Intercultural Communication Institute in Portland, Oregon, Liz holds degrees from Mount Holyoke College and Reed College, and a Certificate in Mediation from USM. Liz is also a member of ACE (Association for Consulting Expertise.)


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Judi Jones


Judi Jones principal of InfoHarbor LLC, places her clients online in front of their prospective clients. She specializes in Internet Marketing which includes online placement, social media assistance, website development and optimization. In business since 1998, Judi has a degree in Business Administration with a minor in Computer Science and years of experience in everything ‘Internet.’



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Robert Kenney


Robert Kenney, Ph.D., is president of a training firm based in Lynchburg, Va. Bob delivers workshops through numerous centers for continuing and executive education at major universities such as Duke University, and the Universities of Virginia, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh.




Diane Kenty Esq., is director of the court ADR program for the Maine trial courts, where she administers and serves on all statewide ADR rosters. She has mediated hundreds of cases over the last 15 years in a wide range of disputes, including commercial, family and divorce, small claims and community conflicts. Diane speaks and writes about mediation frequently and teaches the ADR survey course as adjunct faculty at Maine Law School. Formerly an attorney in private practice in Boston, she has volunteered as a consultant on mediation to the courts of Jordan and Odessa, Ukraine.


Sue Knapp


Susan Knapp, Ph. D., has over 25 years of experience as a manager and trainer and has been a consultant to Fortune 500 companies, universities, government agencies, hospitals and the United States Air Force. She has SPHR certification and is certified as a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and as a leadership coach.





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William Devane Logue ("Bill") teaches Negotiation and Representation in Mediation and is a Senior Fellow and Director of Training Programs at the Quinnipiac Law School Center on Dispute Resolution. He is lead faculty for the Center's 40‐hour mediation training. He contributed three chapters to the Mediation Practice Book published in 2001 by the Connecticut Bar Association and Quinnipiac Law School.

Logue has been a mediator, facilitator, consensus builder, trainer and consultant since 1986. He mediates employment, workplace, commercial, construction, environmental, and other matters. Logue has led public policy consensus building work and facilitation on environmental, nuclear and hazardous waste, transportation and human service issues throughout the northeast. He has designed and led conflict resolution training programs for numerous organizations in the public and private sector. 

Logue is past chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and past co‐chair of the Standing Committee on Dispute Resolution in the Courts. Logue is also a past president of the New England Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution. He has been appointed as a panelist on several state and federal neutral panels. In 2015 he received the Honorable Robert C. Zampano Award for Excellence in mediation.

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Katherine Maloney, M.B.A., is an accomplished coach, program manager, facilitator, and consultant with over 25 years of experience in Human Resources helping individuals and teams connect with success in health care, financial services, and higher education organizations. Workplace affiliations and clients have included Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Fidelity Investments, Bank of Boston, and Babson and Emmanuel Colleges.  Currently, Katherine provides career coaching for individuals and organizational consulting focused on building positive workplaces through her firm, WorkPaths Consulting.


PrincyPrincy Quadros Mennella, Ph.D. currently serves as the founding director of the Neuroscience program at Bay Path University. Princy has been a neuroscientist and educator for over 12 years. Prior to her position as director at Bay Path, Princy was a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at Delaware State University where she taught a variety of neuroscience and related courses and supervised countless undergraduate independent research projects on brain development. At Delaware, she initiated and participated in several statewide programs to foster awareness and excitement among high school students about neuroscience, including the Delaware Brain Bee Competition (founder and organizer.)

Princy has authored numerous papers that have appeared in several leading publications, including the Journal of Neuroendocrinology, Developmental Psychobiology, Developmental Neurobiology, and Endocrinology. She has given several neuroscience-related presentations to a wide variety of audiences from elementary school children to college students to parents. She always enjoys learning and discussing about all the ways in which neuroscience is being applied to other fields.


Jim Milliken


Jim Milliken has provided management and communication consultation to business, industry, and nonprofits throughout the United States since 1986. His specialties include project management, in which he holds the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification, problem solving and delegation, business writing and advertising, and negotiation and presentation skills. His work combines organizational skills with nearly thirty years' experience as a newspaper editor.




Leigh Mundhenk

Leigh G. Mundhenk, PhD., is an experienced career coach, consultant, and trainer who works with individuals and groups wishing to move from their current career situation to a more desired one. Her passion is working with baby boomers, transitioning to new and meaningful careers or remaining in existing careers, but with different work styles. Special strengths are in career decision-making and job search skills. 

She also enjoys helping clients with the challenges of managing their careers, such as dealing with workplace conflict, feeling "stuck," and workload management, with the goal of maximizing career satisfaction.Training is another one of her passions. Her current training programs are highly interactive and include "Managing the Multigenerational Workforce" and "Taking Charge of Your Career." She is also a certified mediator, mediating cases on a volunteer basis, as well as through the courts.

Leigh is recently retired as an associate professor from the University of Southern Maine, where her focus was on teaching career development courses and running an internship program. Prior work includes sales, sales training, sales management and marketing with the McNeil division of Johnson & Johnson, where she marketed Tylenol to healthcare providers.


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Julie Poulin

Julie Poulin, CFRE, is currently a nonprofit consultant with Ovation Fundraising Counsel.  Previously, she served as the Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Jobs for Maine's Graduates (JMG), where she was responsible for overseeing all of the development and fundraising activities for the organization. From 2002-2010, Julie was Director of Development at Opportunity Farm for Boys and Girls and Associate Director of Development at the Spurwink Institute from 1997-2001. Julie has served on several boards including the Association of Fundraising Professionals Northern New England Board of Directors, The Marine Animal Lifeline and Portland Players and volunteers for several non-profit organizations.

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Lynne Richards

Lynne Richards, M.B.A., is founder and principal of Leading Generations, a management and leadership development firm which focuses on coaching, developing, and training leaders and emerging leaders to optimize performance and achieve results. She is an author, past president of Maine ATD, and a member of the National Speakers Association. As a former Department Head Director and manager combined with her 25 years of experience, she brings a wealth of hands-on, real world experience to her workshops and presentations. Her unique blend of humor, energy and practical approach, makes her an invaluable resource for organizations and individuals interested in expanding their skills ‘toolkit’ and enhancing performance. For more information, please see her website at


Judy Ringer



Judy Ringer provides conflict resolution, team building, and communication training throughout the United States and Canada. The author of Unlikely Teachers: Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict, her unique workshops are based on mind/body principles from the martial art Aikido, in which she holds a black belt.




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Mike Scarpone

Michael F. Scarpone, MS, CHC, is a consultant/trainer specializing in strategic planning, leadership development, organizational behavior, and change management. 

His consulting services and customized programs target key people within organizations such as: executive management, boards of directors and all levels of staff to increase productivity, build skills and help organizations manage change and improve quality. As a consultant and trainer, Mike has worked with over 100 clients representing a diverse array of for-profit and non-profit organizations on a local, regional and national level. 

Mike has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Masters of Science Degree in Counseling Psychology and has completed graduate work in Organizational Behavior and Administration. He has numerous certifications including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Yale University Training of Trainers, Xerox Selling Skills, and Kepnor-Tregoe Decision Making Process. In addition, he is certified as a coach from the Integrated Institute in New York. Mike has published several articles in the area of management and has chaired a number of statewide conferences in the areas of volunteerism, fund raising, health care, and leadership development. He is on the Board of several organizations including Rotary Club of Kittery, Community Tool Box and Krempels Center for Brain Injury.


John Settelen Jr. CMA, has almost 30 years of experience in the energy and utility industries, including senior management positions with American Water Works, Exelon and Constellation Energy. John's financial management experience includes roles in planning, budgeting, forecasting, performance reporting, as well as accounting and control. In addition, John has led significant business transformation efforts involving process improvements, system implementations and change management. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants.


Jack SmithJack Smith, M.P.A., has taught over 1,500 grant writing programs in his career. Conference presentation audiences have included state and municipal employees, nonprofit staff and board members, consumer groups, social workers, teachers, counselors and school administrators.  He currently teaches grant writing certificate programs at the University of Southern Maine, Emory University, University of Georgia and Austin Center for Nonprofit Studies. 

Jack Smith has been awarded competitive training contracts with the state governments of New York, Kansas, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and the Cherokee Nation. He has also taught for the US Department of Education and US Department of Energy. 

In 2011 and 2012, he was contracted by the African Society for Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) and the US CDC to train in Ethiopia and South Africa. Jack Smith's training and consulting practice is grounded by over 25 years experience in the nonprofit and public sector.  In 1993, the Maine Mental Health Commissioner's Advisory Board cited his program and housing development work on behalf of people with chronic mental illness.  In 1986, the US Department of Energy cited the self-help weatherization model he developed through a competitive grant award from the US Dept. of Health and Human Services.  The citation was the National Award for Energy Innovation for Establishing the National Self-Help Weatherization Program Model.

He has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Maine.  Mr. Smith is formerly the Director of Housing, Energy and Development for the People's Regional Opportunity Program (PROP) in Portland, ME and Director of Housing for Community Concepts, South Paris, ME.


June Stark



June Stark, R.N., B.S.N., M.Ed., is director of case management, quality support services at Tufts Medical Center in Boston, and an associate consultant for The Center of Case Management in Natick, Massachusetts.





William Stone for the last forty years has helped individuals with career decision making, especially adults re-careering at the mid-point of their working lives.  Bill received his doctorate from Vanderbilt University where he focused his research on career development issues. He is a National Certified Career Counselor (NCCC). He is the co-author of Beginning the Career Exploration System and The Career Exploration System, published by AGS.   During his career he has authored numerous career related articles, a commercially successful workbook series and given presentations at state and national conferences including the key note at National Interactive Television Conference, The National Career Development Conference in Chicago, and the National Consultation on Careers, Ottawa, Canada.  His most recent book, Chaos Creativity, and Careers will be used during this workshop.

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Adam Taylor Esq., a founding member of Taylor, McCormack & Frame, LLC, practices in a variety of areas and assists employers state-wide. Adam advises and represents employers in all areas of labor and employment law and has successfully defended business, large and small, in both state and federal courts and frequently appears before federal and state administration agencies.

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Kay Whitmore


Kay Whitmore, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, ACC, is vice president of Human Resources at Acadia Insurance Company. She has an extensive background in all aspects of HR, having worked with organizations during times of significant change impacting every aspect of the employment relationship - from employee benefits and compensation to employee relations.  Kay is an Associate Certified Coach, a certified trainer in Crucial Conversations and in Social and Emotional Intelligence.  She is a graduate of the Maine Development Foundation's Leadership Maine program and is a Portland Symphony Orchestra trustee.





Deb WhitworthDeborah Whitworth, SPHR, SHRM-SCP is Owner and CEO of HR Studio Group, LLC. Throughout her 30 years of human resources management and leadership experience, Deb has helped a variety of nonprofit and for-profit services and industries build and maintain compliant cultures of excellence. Deb was appointed by the Governor of Maine as Commissioner with the Maine Human Rights Commission in 2011 to complete an unexpired term and reappointed to fill a full five-year term in 2012. An outspoken advocate for disability rights, she was pleased to be elected in 2015 to the board of The Cromwell Center for Disabilities Awareness. Named the Maine HR Leader of the Year in 2012,

Deb is a frequent presenter on human resources and compliance topics at conferences and business functions. She is also an instructor in the HR Certificate Program at the University of Southern Maine; Adjunct Faculty at Thomas College; and a guest lecturer at University of New England. Deb instructs the SHRM-SCP/SHRM-CP HR Certification Preparatory Course at University of Southern Maine. For more information on how HR Studio Group, LLC can help your organization, contact Deb at or visit


Michelle G. Winn, CPLP, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, currently serves as the Director of Training for Acadia Insurance and is the only person in Maine to have successfully completed the requirements to earn the Certified Professional of Learning and Performance (CPLP) designation from the Association for Talent Development (ATD). In addition to earning the Society for Human Resource Management’s Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) designation and the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) designation, she was named a Distinguished Teacher by the US Presidential Scholars Program and is a recipient of the Aegis Excellence Award from the Navy for her work designing e-learning. Michelle has approximately 20 years of experience in the field of learning and development, and she currently serves on Board of Directors for the Maine Chapter of the ATD.

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