Junior Achievement of Maine Leadership
Michelle Anderson – President
Michelle oversees all JA of Maine operations, including strategic vision, fundraising, partnership development, and mission expansion. Michelle has been with the organization for over 8 years, starting her career as an intern upon college graduation and being immediately inspired by JA's mission. Michelle is passionate about helping young people make smart education and career decisions through project-based learning and mentorship. She believes stimulating economic growth throughout the state of Maine starts with inspiring and preparing our young people. She holds an undergraduate degree in Child Development & Family Relations and Communication from the University of Maine and is a long-time dance instructor in Scarborough. Contact Michelle here.
Jill Jamison – Director of Operations
As the organization's Director of Operations, Jill works with over 50 board members on four area boards. She oversees volunteer and board recruitment, teacher requests, fundraising, and programming statewide. Her favorite Junior Achievement program is "JA Our Region" and she makes it a point to teach several 4th grade classes each year. Prior to Junior Achievement, Jill spent several years in the financial services industry. Jill lives in Gardiner with her husband and two children. She is passionate about causes involving children and homeless animals, and enjoys volunteering her time in Gardiner area schools as well as with the kitten fostering program at the Kennebec Valley Humane Society. Contact Jill here.
Jenna Jeffrey – Marketing & Events Coordinator
Jenna has a background in strategic resource development and program evaluation. Her experience working in higher education sparked a passion for student engagement and K-12 education pipeline development. In her role, Jenna is responsible for organizing and planning JA's special events, managing the organization's website, and developing all public relations, communications, & marketing promotions including JA's social media platforms. Jenna has an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Bryant University and is currently enrolled in the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine working towards a Masters in Policy, Planning, & Management. As a Junior Achievement Alum herself, Jenna firmly believes JA volunteers leave a lasting impression on students – she still remembers her 5th grade volunteer coming into her class years ago. Contact Jenna here.
Stephanie Heatley – Development Assistant
Stephanie works to ensure that things run smoothly in the JA of Maine office. She helps the President coordinate event sponsorships and assists in all administrative duties. Stephanie has been volunteering for JA of Maine for several years, and is committed to helping even more Maine students increase their work readiness skills through JA programs – especially her favorite program, "JA It's My Business". What she enjoys most about volunteering in the classroom is seeing kids make connections and applying their new, relevant knowledge. Stephanie has worked in the financial and education fields and feels that working for JA Maine gives her the best of both worlds. Contact Stephanie here.
Colby Senior – Program Coordinator
Colby has a background in arts education and an undergraduate degree from Ithaca College. She has taught workshops for all ages, and as Program Coordinator, is responsible for all logistics for JA programming in Greater Portland and York County including volunteer recruitment and training. Colby is passionate about preparing students for their futures, and sits on the board for PROPEL, a network whose mission is to help businesses and young professionals thrive in Maine. Contact Colby here.
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