Junior Achievement of Maine Leadership
Michelle Anderson – President
Michelle has a passion for education and mentoring today's youth. In her role as President, she oversees all JA Maine operations. As our state's marketing and special events lead, she directs all fundraising and marketing initiatives for the organization and manages the State Board of Directors. Michelle knows that by increasing financial literacy among children and helping them to make better education and career decisions through job and entrepreneurship training, Junior Achievement is building bright futures and engendering economic growth and strength throughout the entire state of Maine. Michelle sits on the board for PROPEL, a network whose mission is to help businesses and young professionsals thrive in Maine.
Jill Jamison – Director of Operations
Jill is Director of Operations for Junior Achievement of Maine. In this role, Jill works with over 50 board members on four area boards. She oversees volunteer and board recruitment, teacher requests, fundraising and special events. Her favorite Junior Achievement program is JA Our Region and she teaches several 4th grade classes each year. Prior to Junior Achievement, Jill spent several years in the financial services industry. Jill lives in Gardiner, Maine and is passionate about causes involving children and homeless animals. She volunteers her time in Gardiner area schools and is active in the kitten fostering program at the Kennebec Valley Humane Society.
Jenna Jeffrey – Events & Program Coordinator
Jenna comes to JA Maine with 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. Jenna has an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Bryant University. In her role, Jenna is responsible for all logistics for JA's special events and JA programming in the Greater Portland area including volunteer recruitment and training, program quality and outreach. Jenna also manages the organization's website and social media platforms.
Stephanie Heatley – Development Assistant
Stephanie works to ensure that things run smoothly in the JA Maine office. She helps the President coordinate events and assists in all administrative duties. Stephanie has been volunteering for JA Maine for several years, and is committed to helping even more Maine students increase their financial literacy through JA programs. Her favorite program is JA It's My Business. What she enjoys most about volunteering in the classroom is seeing kids make connections and applying their new financial literacy knowledge. Stephanie has worked in the financial and education fields, and feels that working for JA Maine gives her the best of both worlds.
"Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."
"Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."
"I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."
"I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."