FUSION:Bangor's Steering Commitee


FUSION:Bangor is governed by a volunteer Steering Committee. Members are made up of involved residents from the Greater Bangor region who represent a range of local businesses,  industries, and interests. Steering Committee members are all involved with a Sub Committee and have been previously involved with FUSION:Bangor programs & events. They look forward to welcoming you at the next FUSION:Bangor event!







Allison Economy

Attorney, Rudman Winchell

Where are you from and what drew you to the Bangor area?

I grew up in Massachusetts and lived in New York and Tennessee before moving to Maine. My husband is from Winterport, and we loved Nashville but we both really missed New England.

Why do you think Bangor is a great place to live, work and play?

The quality of life is awesome. Any given weekend we can spend Saturday up in the mountains and still be back in time to meet friends for dinner at one of Downtown Bangor's excellent restaurants. Then on Sunday, it's usually brunch on a patio followed by a day trip down the coast!

What is your favorite thing to do in the region?

I love to explore all the small towns in the area, especially to check out the Greater Bangor region's craft breweries and local wineries!

What is your favorite part of being a member of FUSION?

All the friends I have met and the connections I have made between fellow members!

If you had one piece of advice to give someone new to the area, what would it be?

Get involved, get active, and get excited! There are a lot of great things going on right now in the Greater Bangor region!

Erin Barry

Director of Internal Audit, EMHS

Where are you from and what drew you to the Bangor area?

Presque Isle. I moved to the Bangor area for college and loved it so much that I never left!

Why do you think Bangor is a great place to live, work and play?

Bangor has the perfect balance. It's a great place to raise a family, it has a wealth of things to do (concerts, events at the Cross Insurance Center, etc.), a great restaurant scene, an active and engaged community, and it's close to so many popular Maine vacation spots. I especially love the energy that's around Bangor right now - there are so many people coming in with innovative ideas. Watching the region transform has been fascinating and I'm so anxious to see where it will go in the next 5 years!

What is your favorite thing to do in the region?

Waterfront Concerts

What is your favorite part of being a member of FUSION?

Through FUSION I've learned about a number of new businesses and activities that I likely wouldn't have come across otherwise.

If you had one piece of advice to give someone new to the area, what would it be?

Get out and explore! The Bangor region has so many unique features and fun things to do.

Chip Haskell

Project Engineer, CES, Inc.

Where are you from and what drew you to the Bangor area?

Originally from Orrington. My family is all here so it was an easy decision to stay.

Why do you think Bangor is a great place to live, work and play?

It's a great region that has plenty to do without the big city headaches. The people are great too!

What is your favorite thing to do in the region?

I enjoy going out downtown with friends and socializing at the amazing restaurants and bars. I also like to golf and spend time at the lake

What is your favorite part of being a member of FUSION?

I like the networking opportunities that it presents. Many of the people I've met through Fusion are certain to be players in this community for years to come. It's great to think that we can have a hand in what the region can become.

If you had one piece of advice to give someone new to the area, what would it be?

Get involved. There are so many ways to get out of the house and see what our region offers. You can sit on your couch anywhere, but you'll only see how amazing Bangor is by getting involved.

Kayla Dunn

Bangor Savings Bank // Mortgage Development Officer

Where are you from and what drew you to the Bangor area?

Born and raised in Greater Bangor area

Why do you think Bangor is a great place to live, work and play?

Bangor is a great place to live, work and play because people are passionate about what they do; Mainers work hard and people in this community are friendly.

What is your favorite thing to do in the region?

Anything that involves the lake in the summertime; there's nothing that compares.

What is your favorite part of being a member of FUSION?

FUSION: Sports is my favorite. It keeps me youthful. Giving back to the community and focusing on what we can do to keep people here is also my favorite.

If you had one piece of advice to give someone new to the area, what would it be?

Multiple pieces of advice: Watch a sports game at Hero's, drink local beer (Geaghans and Orono Brewing Company to name a few), attend a waterfront concert, hike in Acadia, visit the waterfront in Brewer or Bangor (it's come a long way!) and get involved! People will treat you like you've lived here forever.

Ami Johnson

Talent and Diversity Specialist, EMHS; Photographer, Charmed Reflections

Where are you from and what drew you to the Bangor area?

I'm from Boston, MA. I came to the Bangor area for college and to be near my family.

Why do you think Bangor is a great place to live, work and play?

There is so much to do here! It seems like every week there are several things going on. I have been in the area since 2004 and have seen it transform just in that time period. I love the small town feel, the local businesses, the entertainment, and especially the people! In this region you can live in a quieter part and not be too far from a theatre, a national park, fantastic restaurants, concert venues and so much, it's awesome!

What is your favorite thing to do in the region?

I'm a food enthusiast so I'm usually drawn to trying local restaurants! To balance that, I love hiking to explore and appreciate the Maine landscape.

What is your favorite part of being a member of FUSION?

Since getting involved with FUSION I've met so many people who are willing to help others. It's very energizing to know there are more people who want to engage with their community! I've made a lot of great connections and friends that I don't think I would have if it weren't for FUSION.

If you had one piece of advice to give someone new to the area, what would it be?

I would say to get involved. It wasn't until I got more involved with organizations like FUSION that I realized just how much is happening in the area and what opportunities exist. Even if you are from here, you left, and now you're back. Things have changed. If you don't know where to start, come to a FUSION Newcomer's Night, meet other people, see how you can connect with the community!

Danielle Dorrie

Sales + Marketing @ The Advertising Specialists of Maine, Blogger @Lovemaineasventures.com, photographer @ thewanderinglights.com

Where are you from and what drew you to the Bangor area?

Clearwater Florida, I came to Maine for adventure

Why do you think Bangor is a great place to live, work and play?

The people make it the greatest - everyone is so friendly and warm. As for activities, but there's always something to do for all walks of life. I call it a little big city. You have everything you need without the stresses of traffic, lines, and everyone being in a rush. Plus, you're a day trip away from some of the greatest outdoor resources on the planet. And things are always changing - so there's always things to look forward to!

What is your favorite thing to do in the region?

Hike! and then write for lovemaineadventures.com. Also - hang out at my house with my bf and friends and cats and drink wine by the bonfire. Yes the cats hang out by the bonfire too. #catladyprobs

What is your favorite part of being a member of FUSION?

When I moved to Bangor 6ish years ago, I knew only a tiny handful of people. I got involved with FUSION right off and quickly found a community of people that were warm and friendly and welcoming! I thought that was the greatest thing in the world. I want to make sure that everyone coming to this magical city feels the same warm welcome - so FUSION is very special to me. I want to make sure that everyone has the same experience that I did. Currently my favorite part is working with our Committees to make these awesome events come together where we continue to meet many new people and see the area grow.

If you had one piece of advice to give someone new to the area, what would it be?

Check out all of the great things available to you and don't be afraid to venture out alone! People will welcome you and they will help you. When I first got here, I'd go downtown by myself for breakfast and spend the day walking around - how lucky are we to have these awesome parks? Or - I'd get in the car and drive to Acadia and just see where the wind took me. My favorite thing about this region is that it's like a Goonies adventure - there's magic at every turn. I've been here for 6+ years and I still have miles to explore! Check out our Community Calendar for happenings in the area, as well as the Bangor Region Chamber Calendar and the CVB calendar. And never stop exploring!

Sean Harrington CFOS/I

President - Canyon Networks, Inc.

Where are you from and what drew you to the Bangor area?

This is a tough question to answer, I was born in North Carolina but have spent more than 30 years living in Maine. So, if you ask me, I’m from Maine. However, if you ask my neighbor, I have not yet met the two generations and a moose permit requirement. As an adult, my work has taken me to most of the states in the US, and I continue to want to live here.

Why do you think Bangor is a great place to live, work and play?

Bangor offers the best of both worlds, I can walk downtown and have a night on the town, or be under the stars and in nature, as well as the entire spectrum in between.

What is your favorite thing to do in the region?

It is hard to decide if that would-be Karaoke at Paddy Murphy’s or attending a show at the Penobscot Theatre, each scratches a different itch! Either way there is something to do every night it seems.

What is your favorite part of being a member of FUSION?

The opportunity to meet so many great people that want to see the region succeed and the sense of community I can feel with those people.

If you had one piece of advice to give someone new to the area, what would it be?

Get out and meet people, attend events, and get involved. You get what you put in from your community.

Michelle Hale

Human Resources Business Partner

Where are you from and what drew you to the Bangor area?

I grew up in the Bangor region (Hampden) and wanted nothing more than to leave Maine. After a few years away, I came back with the intentions of starting a family in a safe place near family.

Why do you think Bangor is a great place to live, work and play?

Bangor is safe, friendly and transforming daily. What is the most wonderful about the positive transformation is that everyone gets a voice. A small community with a city feel gives the opportunity to be heard, recognized and involved as much or as little as you want!

What is your favorite thing to do in the region?

Concerts! Or trying new restaurants that pop up regularly.

What is your favorite part of being a member of FUSION?

I enjoy the opportunity FUSION has provided to meet new people, whether that is at an event, in the community or on the steering committee. The work FUSION does to bring people together and broaden networks is invaluable.

If you had one piece of advice to give someone new to the area, what would it be?

Put yourself out there. Go to events (FUSION & other..). Meet new people. Try new things, Maine things.

Ethan Evans

Senior Project and Operations Manager, Appworks

Where are you from and what drew you to the Bangor area?

I am from Newburgh, ME and have always loved the Bangor area.

Why do you think Bangor is a great place to live, work and play?

Bangor has such a wide variety of things you can do: concerts, restaurants, volunteer work, festivals and such easy access to outdoor activities. I enjoy living here because it is easy for me to travel for work but I can come back to a quiet and peaceful home at the same time.

What is your favorite thing to do in the region?

It is hard to beat Concert Season.

What is your favorite part of being a member of FUSION?

I love the social interaction and meeting new people that are involved in FUSION. We do such a good job at creating different events and environments for our members to have a good time and very often give back to the community at the same time.

If you had one piece of advice to give someone new to the area, what would it be?

Best advice I can give someone is just get involved. Whether that is joining a subcommittee, playing on a sports team or just going to some of our events, if you take part in FUSION you won't regret it.

Jillian Piehler

Partner, Osborne Media

Where are you from and what drew you to the Bangor area?

I grew up in Machias, so I've lived in Maine my whole life. I came to Bangor to attend the New England School of Communications (NESCom), which is now part of Husson University. I was lucky enough to find an internship with a local marketing firm that hired me on full time when I graduated. I got my first apartment here, married my husband here, and now we have a family here. It feels like home.

Why do you think Bangor is a great place to live, work and play?

We love spending time outdoors with our kids, but we also enjoy all of the amenities that come with living in a city. This region has the perfect balance. We can go on a walk in the woods or enjoy a fancy dinner and a concert, all in just a short drive from our home. I love the energy in this community and I'm excited to see what's next!

What is your favorite thing to do in the region?

Family walks at Bangor City Forest or the Brewer Waterfront.

What is your favorite part of being a member of FUSION?

The people are the best part. I've had the opportunity to meet and work with so many amazing people from all different backgrounds and professions, all with different strengths and passions that drive them. FUSION is such an energetic group of people and this organization plays an important role in the growth of the region.

If you had one piece of advice to give someone new to the area, what would it be?

Join a group. If there's something you're passionate about or even a hobby you think you'd like to try for fun, see what opportunities there are in the area to connect with a group of like-minded individuals. You never know who you'll meet or where it will lead you.

Josh Kearns

Division Credit Manager

Where are you from and what drew you to the Bangor area?

I am originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and moved to Bangor for work from Tampa, FL 6 years ago.

Why do you think Bangor is a great place to live, work and play?

When I first moved to Maine, I had a choice between Bangor and Waterville, as I work in Newport, ME. I chose Bangor because I could see the growth opportunity that the community had. Since arriving, we have added several new restaurants, bars and shops in the downtown area, and have added the amazing Waterfront Concert series. From when I first arrived until now, there are so many more options for activities and food choices, that you can now go out and do something year round. Not to mention the ability to travel to amazing local regions such as Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor, Moosehead Lake, and various ski resorts all within a 2 hour drive. Bangor really does have a lot to offer to people of all ages and wants, and continues to improve every year.

What is your favorite thing to do in the region?

My wife and I love to eat and get out, so having the growing restaurant options over the past years have helped, and starting to find new hiking trails has been a blessing as well. There is nothing better than a great hike on a summer's day, followed up by a cold Maine-made brew and delicious food.

What is your favorite part of being a member of FUSION?

I joined FUSION as a member of the sports committee, and have since joined the steering committee. Being active in all of the opportunities that FUSION has to offer has been a great time, and meeting new friends through the community has really improved our quality of life. Being able to be a part of something greater, and helping to grow the community is truly an amazing experience. I hope to continue that growth for years to come.

If you had one piece of advice to give someone new to the area, what would it be?

Get out of the house and find something to go and do, especially in the winter months. If you are not used to the area, you can get bogged down really quick if you stay inside. Find a local event that is happening, or try a new restaurant that you may not have seen before. There is usually something going on every night, sometimes you just need to know where to look. If you're shy, come out to a FUSION Newcomer's night or Happy Hour, and I am sure you will find someone to talk to.

Hannah Young

Director of Development & Marketing @ BPL

Where are you from and what drew you to the Bangor area?

I'm orginally from Old Town, and had always planned to move away, but just as that part of my life arrived... Bangor got AWESOME. So I stayed! Now I live AND work in Bangor.

Why do you think Bangor is a great place to live, work and play?

There is always something to do here, and the pace of life is slower than other places. Cost of living is amazing compared to larger cities, and we still have access to the same activities, arts, culture, food and more.

What is your favorite thing to do in the region?

Take in a show (any kind) and eat at one our amazing restaurants.

What is your favorite part of being a member of FUSION?

The connections! I have made lifetime friends as a result of my involvement with Fusion. I met one of my best friends at a Fusion Newcomer's night!

If you had one piece of advice to give someone new to the area, what would it be?

Don't be afraid to talk to new people and attend new things. You never know where it may take you.

Amanda Nadeau

Creative Content Specialist, Darling's Auto

Where are you from and what drew you to the Bangor area?

I am originally from Presque Isle and wanted to move to "the big city" of Bangor for college. After college I fell in love with the culture.

Why do you think Bangor is a great place to live, work and play?

I think the pulse of Bangor comes from within. The people of Bangor are kind and take care of each other, something you don't see in other cities.

What is your favorite thing to do in the region?

My favorite hang out spot is Friday Night Vinyl nights at Nocturnum. I bring my vinyl the DJ spins and I get to relax with a local brew. This is one of the best ways to end the week.

What is your favorite part of being a member of FUSION?

I am proud to see my marketing skills helping to bring success to our events. There is no greater moment when I see brand new faces at events and knowing I was able to help bring this to the community.

If you had one piece of advice to give someone new to the area, what would it be?

Just do. The more you get involved the quicker you are welcome with open arms in this community. Before all of this you have to find Stephen King's house and get a selfie, because that is priority #1 as a new resident.

Justin Morren

Senior Tax Specialist, BerryDunn

Where are you from and what drew you to the Bangor area?

My family moved to Cutler, ME AKA way down east when I was four. I spent the majority of my time up through graduating from Washington Academy high school in the down east area.  I was drawn to the Bangor area first by the quality and affordable educational opportunity available at the UMaine Business School, where I majored In business administration.  A great job prospect at BerryDunn enticed me to stay.

Why do you think Bangor is a great place to live, work and play?

First, Bangor has a great selection of places to eat and drink with many great local craft breweries such as Orono Brewing Company and Geaghans. This is part of the downtown and waterfront areas that keep getting better nearly everyday and I’m enjoying being a part of that evolution.  Second, there is a lot of entertainment and culture available with the Waterfront concert venue, Cross Insurance Center, Folk Festival, Penobscot Theatre, local universities offerings and much more. Beyond any specific venues anyone who has taken a stroll along some of Bangor’s older streets will tell you that Bangor definitely has its own unique character, built on its long history.  It’s status as a fall line city once made it the lumber capital of the world and the hardworking mentality of that era still remains in many of Bangor’s citizens today. The great fire and civil war casualties took their toll but Bangor pulled through. This perseverance also comes through in Bangor’s character.  Third, Bangor is affordable compared to many other locations with home prices being reasonable and cost of living low. Finally there are also great outdoor attractions to enjoy, both in Bangor such as the City Forest and nearby with Acadia National Park and Baxter state park both easy day trips.  All in all Bangor holds many opportunities for young people and I believe will continue to do so in the future with its many cultural amenities, central location in Maine and proximity to Canada, solid transportation infrastructure, and great educational opportunities.

What is your favorite thing to do in the region?

Exploring hikes and other outdoor attractions with friends during the summer.

What is your favorite part of being a member of FUSION?

Meeting new people and getting to experience things I wouldn’t normally do. An example was the Bangor Historical Society Ghostly Tour that we did as a group.

If you had one piece of advice to give someone new to the area, what would it be?

Take a walk around Bangor starting at Broadway Park and ending at the Waterfront Park. Spend some time on the walk checking out downtown. Reward yourself for the exercise by grabbing a draft beer at one of the local establishments.

Lisa Liberatore

Co-Founder/Community Manager, CoVort Author, Power of Transparency, Managing Partner, Fractional Executives of ME

Where are you from and what drew you to the Bangor area?

Grew up in Bangor. I left for about 10 years and had the opportunity to come back to Bangor to help run Scratchpad, the 1st seed accelerator north of Boston in the fall of 2015.

Why do you think Bangor is a great place to live, work and play?

Our vibrant downtown and the variety of arts and cultural events makes its a place that is attracting more and more young professionals and their families.

What is your favorite thing to do in the region?

Walks in city forest

What is your favorite part of being a member of FUSION?

Meeting other young professionals that want to make Bangor an even better place to work, life and play.

If you had one piece of advice to give someone new to the area, what would it be?

Show up to events! Talk to people! Get involved!