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Maine Governor's Staff





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Lindsey Oliver

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:27:52 EDT

Lindsey has served as the Assistant to the Chief of Staff since September, 2016. She first joined the Office of the Governor in August 2015 working as the Special Assistant to Boards and Commissions.

Upon graduation in 2013 from Husson University with a B.S. in Business Administration: Hospitality Management, she took a job with the Boston Red Sox Double-A Affiliate Portland Sea Dogs working in group sales, merchandise and community relations.

Throughout college, Lindsey was active in her sorority, Student Government and completed internships in both marketing and event planning.

Originally from Sidney, she enjoys spending time boating on Messalonskee Lake.



Nicole Desjardins

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 11:42:43 EDT

Nicole serves as the scheduler to the Governor LePage handling all requests for appointments and events. Prior to joining the Governor's office in July of 2015, Nicole spent over 8 years at Hampton Inn Waterville as the Director of Sales & Marketing. She has served on Mid Maine Chamber executive board & board of Directors for over 7 years and was a past chair of the board in 2012. Nicole was a Rotarian for over 8 years and currently serving as the Ward 3 representative for the Augusta School board. She is involved with her community and remains active on most of these boards today.

Nicole resides in Augusta with her husband, Joel.



Avery Day

Mon, 09 May 2016 14:26:32 EDT

Avery Day serves as Governor LePage's Chief Legal Counsel. This position involves working with a variety of governmental agencies, including the Judicial Branch; the Office of the Attorney General; The Governor's Board on Executive Clemency; the Governor's Judicial Selection Committee; the Maine Commission on Ethics and Elections Practices; the Maine Human Rights Commission; and the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission. Avery also provides the Governor with policy advice regarding the Department of Environmental Protection.

Prior to joining the Administration, Avery practiced in Pierce Atwood's Government Relations and Litigation practice groups. This primarily involved representing businesses and associations before the Maine Legislature and regulatory agencies. Before attending law school, Avery also worked for a member of Maine's Congressional delegation, providing advice regarding natural resources matters.

Avery grew up on Vinalhaven and graduated from Vinalhaven High School before attending the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Avery graduated from Harvard Law School in 2009 and has been admitted to the Bar in Maine and Massachusetts. Avery lives in Yarmouth with his wife and two children.



Aaron Chadbourne

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:43:17 EDT

Aaron Chadbourne serves as Governor LePage's senior policy advisor on a wide range of issues including regulations and legislation related to education, taxation, defense, veterans and emergency management. Aaron also advises the Administration on issues and policy relating to government operations.

Immediately prior to joining the Administration, Aaron was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he worked with clients to set long-term strategy, evaluate business opportunities and lead organizational transformations within the health care, law, and tech industries as well as the public sector.

Aaron grew up in Gorham, Maine where he graduated as valedictorian from Gorham High School and worked for his family's residential real estate brokerage company, obtaining his real estate license in 2002 - although his first job was assisting his grandmother at her roadside vegetable stand in Waterboro, Maine. Aaron graduated from Harvard College in 2006 and later completed the joint degree program at Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School to earn a JD-MBA in 2011.

Aaron has been admitted to the Bar in Maine and Massachusetts.



Lance Libby

Tue, 23 Feb 2016 15:03:55 EST

Lance Libby serves as a Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Governor. He advises the Governor on legislation and regulations related to transportation; agriculture, conservation and forestry; inland fisheries and wildlife; and marine resources.

After receiving his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Husson University, he served as an assistant golf professional at the Waterville Country Club. He then worked for Marden's Surplus and Salvage for two years prior to joining the Governor's Office in 2011.

Lance resides in Waterville with his wife and two daughters.




Hank Fenton

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:25:17 EDT

Hank Fenton serves as Deputy Counsel and additionally advises the Governor on matters relating to the Departments of Public Safety and Corrections.

Hank is a graduate of Dickinson College where he majored in Political Science. After college he took his J.D. cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law. While in law school Hank served as a student attorney in the Office of the Maine Attorney General. There he worked in the Litigation, Criminal, Consumer Protection, and Child Protective divisions. He also volunteered at the Office of the York County District Attorney.

Hank lives in Falmouth and enjoys spending time in the Maine outdoors.



Peter Steele

Thu, 14 Feb 2013 18:55:30 EST

Peter Steele serves as the Director of Communications for the Office of the Governor. Steele's duties include strategic management and direction of executive communications, as well as coordination with state agencies.

Steele has worked in the newspaper industry for more than 25 years. He and his wife founded Twin City TIMES, Lewiston-Auburn's weekly newspaper, in 1999. Most recently, he served as communications director for The Maine Heritage Policy Center, a conservative think tank based in Portland.

Steele grew up in the newspaper business, starting as a teenager in the 100-year-old paper on Cape Cod run by his family, the Provincetown Advocate. After working for a decade as a reporter, editor and photographer at the Advocate, he became editor-in-chief of Boston's award-winning South End News. He is a 1987 graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine.

Steele and his wife Laurie have five children. They live in Auburn.



David Sorensen

Mon, 01 Feb 2016 11:19:23 EST

David Sorensen serves as the Governor's Senior Health Policy Advisor. In this role, he advises the Administration on healthcare and health insurance-related legislation and regulation.

Prior to joining the Governor's staff in November 2015, David worked in communications and policy for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services beginning in 2014 and the Maine House Republican Office from 2011 to 2014. Sorensen holds a B.A. from the State University of New York and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, where he served as articles editor for the Maine Law Review and president of the school's chapter of the Federalist Society.

Sorensen lives in Augusta with his wife, Jessica. They enjoy exploring Maine by boat.




Stephanie Ham

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:42:02 EDT

Stephanie is the Executive Assistant to the Governor. She previously served as the Assistant to the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Governor and Deputy Director of Constituent Services.

She graduated from the University of Maine in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. After holding several positions in customer service and administrative support, she began work in 2008 for the Department of Health and Human Services Commissioner's office.

A native of Aroostook County, Stephanie now enjoys living and working in the greater Augusta area. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Kennebec Performing Arts Company and spends as much of her time as possible in the Maine outdoors with her family.



Scott Van Orman

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 10:39:33 EDT

Scott Van Orman serves as the Director of Boards and Commissions.

He grew up in Westbrook and after graduating from the University of Maine in Chemical Engineering, he worked for almost 32 years at SD Warren/Sappi Fine Paper North America working at their plants in Maine, Michigan, and Minnesota. Following his retirement in 2006, he has done various part time jobs including JV golf coach for Messalonskee High School. Scott is an avid golfer and sports memorabilia collector. He currently lives in Sidney with his wife Karen. They have three grown children.



Patricia A. Condon

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 11:54:31 EST

Patricia Condon was the Director for Constituent Services within the Commissioner's Office, Department of Health and Human Services for the past 21 years.

In her role, Patricia served as a Department Liaison to Maine Citizens; the Office of the Governor; Congressional Offices; Maine State Legislators and their staff on resolving constituent concerns.

Originally from Winthrop, Maine, Patricia presently resides in Vassalboro, Maine with her husband, Byron.



John McGough

Mon, 03 Jan 2011 20:09:04 EST

John McGough is Governor Paul LePage's Chief of Staff. McGough previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Policy Director for the Governor's campaign. Prior to joining the campaign, McGough was the Director of Human Resources for the City of South Portland. McGough previously served as Assistant City Administrator/Human Resources Officer for the City of Waterville. He is also the former Chief of Staff for the House Republican Office of the Maine House of Representatives.

McGough holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine system.

He resides in Brunswick with his wife Jillaine and daughter Molly.



Adrienne Bennett

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 15:51:51 EDT

Adrienne Bennett serves as Press Secretary for the Office of Governor handling all external communications and media relations for Governor Paul R. LePage.

Prior to joining the Governor's Office in January 2011, Ms. Bennett spent nearly ten years at CBS affiliate WABI Channel 5 as a producer and news reporter. Her last post at Channel 5 she covered a wide range of topics including state politics, serving as Central Maine Bureau Chief. She also worked in radio hosting her own show for several years.

Adrienne Bennett graduated from New England School of Communications with a degree in Communications.



John Butera

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 12:13:28 EDT

John Butera is Senior Economic Advisor for Governor LePage's Administration. Butera advises on economic development and job creation issues. In addition, he has policy responsibilities for economic and community development, business finance, workforce development and labor issues. Before joining the Governor's staff in January, 2011, John was Executive Director of the Central Maine Growth Council since 2002. Butera's nearly 25-year career in economic development includes positions with the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development, a site location consulting firm, and public-private economic development organizations. John is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a BA and MA in Regional Science. He is President of the Northeast Economic Developers Association and a member of the Economic Development Council of Maine and the International Economic Development Council.



Kathleen Newman

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:23:45 EST

Kathleen Newman is Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Policy Director. In this capacity, Newman serves as the primary liaison between the Legislature and Governor LePage's Administration, working with legislators to enact his key policy initiatives and managing the team of senior policy advisors.

Before joining Governor LePage's team, Newman served as President and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors of Maine, representing the construction industry before the Maine Legislature, Congress, and state and federal regulatory bodies. Prior to her work at ABC, Newman operated her own political consulting firm providing governmental and regulatory affairs services and political campaign management.

Newman is a native of Hallowell, Maine and now resides in Augusta.