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Maine Governor's Staff





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Paulina Hersey

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:45:57 EST

Paulina Hersey joined the administration in September 2017 as the special assistant to the director of boards and commissions. In this role, she assists in determining the needs of various board and commissions, identifying upcoming term expirations, and supporting the appointment review process by determining the eligibility and interest of an incumbent for reappointment and reviewing other potential candidates.

Prior to joining the Office of the Governor, Hersey served as a Public Relations intern with an event management firm in Boston and also previously interned for the Office of the Governor and for First Lady Ann LePage.

Hersey holds a bachelor's degree in English Literature with a minor in Art History from Emmanuel College in Massachusetts. She resides in Waterville.



Madeline Malisa

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 09:31:46 EDT

Madeline Malisa serves as Deputy Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Governor.

She counsels the Governor on a variety of policy areas, including regulations and legislation related to labor, workers' compensation and professional and financial licensing and oversight.

Prior to joining the administration, Malisa was in the private practice of law in Portland. As a civil litigator, her expertise included insurance defense, workers' compensation and family law.

Malisa is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and the University of Maine School of Law. She is admitted to the bars in Maine and Massachusetts.



Andrew Bracy

Fri, 28 Jul 2017 08:08:55 EDT

Andrew Bracy joined the administration in February 2017 as the deputy director of boards and commissions. He was promoted to legislative policy coordinator in July, and he ensures the Governor and staff are fully informed about all legislative matters and acts as a liaison between the Executive and Legislative branches of government. Bracy tracks legislation in progress, handles legislative inquiries and communicates with legislators and legislative staff regularly.

Prior to joining the Office of the Governor, Bracy worked for the Town of Scarborough as a public safety dispatcher.

Bracy has a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Maine Orono, where he also minored in political science and Maine Studies and Legal Studies. Bracy resides in Portland.



Suzanne Brochu

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:24:47 EDT

Suzanne Brochu serves as the Office Manager for the Office of the Governor. Her major responsibilities include receptionist/administrative duties and office logistics, as well as the development and coordination of special office projects. Before joining the Governor's Staff in January 2011, Suzanne was the receptionist for the Governor's Transition team and a member of the campaign staff. Prior to that, she home-schooled her and her husband, Dan's four children, one of whom is a special needs child, and developed a customized curriculum for each to be successful. She served on the State Level Appeals Advisory Board and the SAD #49 Curriculum Committee, as well as quietly being active in her community and church. As a Gold Star Mother, she is very close to military and veterans organizations. Suzanne resides in Oakland with her husband and their youngest daughter, Sadie.



Lindsey McCormick

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 09:22:48 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.



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

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 15:14:15 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; environment and natural resources; 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.



Brent Davis

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:53:27 EDT

Brent Davis serves as Governor LePage's Chief Legal Counsel and advises the Governor on a wide array of legal issues.

Before joining the administration, Brent served as the First Assistant District Attorney in the Somerset and Kennebec County District Attorney's Office. He was in charge of the litigation in the Somerset County Superior Court. Prior to 2006, Brent was responsible for handling criminal cases in the Skowhegan District Court.

Brent is a graduate of the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a J.D. from University of Maine School of Law.

Brent lives in Skowhegan with his wife and family.



Nick Adolphsen

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 14:38:16 EDT

Nick Adolphsen is Senior Health Policy Advisor counseling Governor LePage on health care and health insurance-related legislation and regulation.

Adolphsen previously served as Director of Government Relations and Policy for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), where he worked from 2011 managing and developing legislation, budget proposals and implementing newly approved public laws.

Prior to his work at the Department of Health and Human Services, Adolphsen served the Maine House of Representatives Republican Office, where he worked on behalf of 13 State Representatives as a point of contact for constituents, resolving constituent matters involving various state agencies and local government officials, and provided detailed information on legislation. Adolphsen also was campaign manager for Maine State Senate candidates in 2010.

Adolphsen has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Maine, Orono.



Peter A. Steele

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 08:57:16 EDT

Peter A. 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.



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.



Jeanne St. Pierre

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 13:01:41 EDT

Jeanne St. Pierre is the Director of Constituent Services for the Office of the Governor.

Previously, St. Pierre served as the Director of Legislative and Constituent Services for the Maine Department of Labor, providing assistance to Maine Citizens; Congressional Offices; Maine State Legislators and their staff on resolving constituent concerns.

She served as Governor LePage's Scheduler during his first term in office, managing his calendar and the many demands on his time.

Prior to joining the Governor's staff as scheduler, Jeanne worked for the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development for 16 years serving in a variety of capacities including the Director of Tax Incentive Programs, Policy Development Specialist, and Development Project Officer within the Office of Business Development. She began her State government career in 1988 with the Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Bureau of the Budget and prior to that time she was employed in the banking industry.

An Augusta native, Jeanne holds an AS in Professional Studies from Thomas College.

She resides in Sidney with her family.



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.