BANGOR – The Bangor Region Leadership Institute (BRLI), an intensive, regionally-oriented leadership development program, is pleased to announce the members of the Class of 2017.
This year’s participants will be Michelle Beal, Beal College; Jeremy Clay, City of Bangor Community Connector; Michael Cormier, UBS Financial; Brian Cotlar, Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce; Tom Dorrity, TD Bank; Karen-Ann Ellis, Maine Savings Federal Credit Union; Jenny Gage, Wings for Children and Family; Scott Harvey, Katahdin Area Boy Scouts; Kristen Hickmon, Lowe’s Home Improvement; Alaina Jacobs, Downeast Toyota; Ami Johnson, EMHS; Thomas Lasko, Jr., Emera Maine; Veronica Levesque, Maine Savings Federal Credit Union; Rebecca Liberty, Redeemer Lutheran Church; Amanda Martin, Somic America; Paula Matlins, Maine Career Connect; Megan Muth, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital; Kathryn Ravenscraft; United Way of Eastern Maine; Gretchen Schaefer, Husson University; Melissa Scott, EMHS; Melissa Smith, Happy Endings Martini & Dessert Bar; Kimberly Stewart, Bangor Savings Bank; Josh Whalen, Epstein Properties; Paige Wilcox, Wilcox Wellness; Emily Woodbury, Changing Seasons FCU; and Brianna Woodworth, EMMC.
BRLI is held every fall through spring in nine separate, day-long sessions, each of which takes place at a different location in the Bangor region based on the day’s theme. The curriculum includes a dynamic array of presenters chosen based on expertise, leadership capacity, community commitment, and communication skills. BRLI is designed to give potential and emerging leaders the skills, knowledge and on-going support they need to succeed in the greater Bangor community.
Each class also works closely with a local nonprofit to further develop the leadership skills fundamental to the BRLI experience. The nonprofit selected for this year’s partnership with the class is Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse, an affiliate of Penobscot Community Health Care. The mission of Unlimited Solutions Clubhouse is to “improve the health and well being of people with mental illness in the Bangor community by creating opportunities around wellness, education, and employment.”
Thursday, October 6th marks the first class day with the Annual Alumni Breakfast kicking off the year on Friday October 7th at Hollywood Casino. This is a great opportunity for alumni to catch up, meet the incoming class, and give them a warm welcome into the program. The keynote address will be given by General Doug Farnham, Adjutant General, Maine National Guard. Those interested in attending should visit brliexperience.org for tickets.
BRLI is a program of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please contact the Chamber at 207-947-0307.
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