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In 2005, nine former recipients of the Mitchell Scholarship came together to form the Alumni Council — a body of Mitchell Scholar Alumni that works to provide resources to Mitchell Institute Alumni and current Mitchell Scholars. The Council also supports the work of the Institute, its programs, and fundraising efforts.

Jess WatsonPresident

Alumni Council President Jessica Watson is the 2003 Mitchell Scholar from Mt. Ararat High School and earned degrees in Business Administration from USM and International Studies from Northeastern. She currently works as a Export Compliance Administrator at Bath Iron Works and was previously employed by the Maine Technology Institute. Jessica is also a volunteer for Family Crisis Services, the domestic violence resource center for Cumberland County. “Being a Mitchell Scholar has opened many doors for me since 2003. As a fifth-generation Mainer, I am proud to be part of an organization that does so much to help Maine students achieve their educational goals.”

Past President

Alumni Council Past President Nathan Kinney is the 2008 Mitchell Scholar from Mt. Abram High School, located in Northern Franklin County. He graduated from University of Maine with a B.A. in Financial Economics, summa cum laude. Kinney currently serves as an Experience Manager for Advisory consultants at EY (Ernst & Young) in Charlotte, NC, where he helps foster their careers. He also performs as a member of United Way of Central Carolinas’ Lead Impact Network Change (LINC) community and as a UMaine Alumni Ambassador. If you have the opportunity to meet Nate, you will note that he is very sociable and his personality type is great for convincing others and inciting enthusiasm. “Undeniably, being a Mitchell Scholar has meant the opportunity to be part of a vast network of patrons, mentors and subsequently newly found friends, that all strive toward a common goal to strengthen and give back to the communities of Maine.”

 Alumni council members

Alec Young is the 2010 Mitchell Scholar from Georges Valley High School, located in the small town of Thomaston. He graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, summa cum laude. While at UMaine, Alec was a member of the Senior Skulls Society and brother of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. After college he accepted a job as a field engineer for the Turner Construction Company in Boston. Alec hopes to return to Maine in the future to help in the growth of the great state that he loves. “The Mitchell Institute has given me so much more than a scholarship over the last four years of my life. It has been like a family. The staff and alumni are always there to help the scholars throughout their college career. I look forward to giving back to this Institute and making the same impact on future scholars.”

Braden Clement is the 1999 Mitchell Scholar from Skowhegan Area High School. Clement_Braden_resizeHe graduated from Bowdoin College in 2003 and obtained a Master’s Degree in Educational Studies from Tufts University in 2005.  Braden spent five years teaching high school history before attending law school.  He received his J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 2013.  Braden is currently practicing law at Verrill Dana, LLP in Portland, Maine.  “More than fifteen years after becoming a Mitchell Scholar, the Mitchell Institute continues to open doors for me.  It is a true honor to serve on the Alumni Council, and to have the opportunity to give back.”

bradyBrady Davis is the 2013 Mitchell Scholar from Freeport, ME and a 2017 graduate of the University of Maine in Orono. At UMaine, he was enrolled in the Honors College and studied Business Management and Sustainable Food Systems. On campus Brady was involved with the UMaine Mitchell Scholar Group and became a Student Ambassador to the Mitchell Institute in his final two years. As a member of the Alumni Council, he hopes to be able to further serve the Scholar community by increasing the opportunities for engagement and support amongst campus Scholar groups.

                                                                    Brandy Egan is the 2003 Mitchell Scholar from Fort Fairfield High School and a 2007 graduate of the University of New England, where she obtained a Bachelor’s of Science Brandy Headshotin Business Administration. She is currently the Senior Loan Partner on the Hamlin Team at Northpoint Mortgage, as well as Chief Operating Officer of ProBuild, LLC, a company founded by her father offering Residential Home Inspections and Construction Management Services. Brandy is passionate about giving back to her community and making a difference in the lives of others, and does so by volunteering for Camp Sunshine and the Center for Grieving Children. She is excited to be a part of the Mitchell Institute Alumni Council and is looking forward to making the most of her term on the council by giving back to the foundation that helped to shape her future, and by helping to lead the next generation of Scholars toward their personal and professional goals. “It is an honor and privilege to have received the Mitchell Scholarship and become a part of the Mitchell Institute family, which has helped to solidify the opportunities that I have been so fortunate to receive. The Mitchell Institute provides so much more than a scholarship — the professional growth and leadership opportunities, networking, support system, and lifelong mentors and friends are invaluable to my future and what I can accomplish. I am proud to be a Mitchell Scholar.”

Chris RogeskiChris Rogeski is the 2002 Mitchell Scholar from Fort Fairfield High School, a first-generation college student, and a 2006 graduate from Thomas College with a degree in Computer Science. Chris works as a software developer for Cary Medical Center in Caribou, Maine. He is active in several local and state wide organizations, including the Mitchell Institute Alumni Council, Momentum Aroostook, Realize Maine, the Aroostook Aspirations Initiative, as well as several local outdoor clubs and organizations. “Coming from a small town and a family of modest means, I was raised to work hard, be involved in the community, and to help others. I am passionate about finding ways to pay forward all the help and support that have been given to me.”

Cody Humphrey is the 2009 Mitchell Scholar from Gray-New Gloucester High School, and a 2013 graduate of the University of Maine at Presque Isle where he majored in Business Administration and minored in Management Information Systems. While in college, Cody was a Student Ambassador for the Admissions office and was involved in many campus activities. He also interned at RE/Max Central in Presque Isle after receiving a Fellowship Award from the Mitchell Institute. Cody is now Partner and Listing Agent for The Cathy Manchester Team of Keller Williams Realty, the #1 Keller Williams Real Estate Brokerage Team in all of Maine. “Becoming a Mitchell Scholar has been one of the highlights of my life. The opportunities presented to scholars are unprecedented and second to none. The MI Staff, Advisors and Directors provide a vast amount of knowledge to Scholars.  Most importantly, they genuinely care about education and how to help make scholars succeed and stay here in the great state of Maine.”

Elek HeadshotElek Pew is the 2011 Mitchell Scholar from Telstar Regional High School. He grew up in the small town of Andover, and graduated from The University of Maine in 2015 obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics & Business Management, summa cum laude. While at UMaine, Elek was a member of the Senior Skulls Society and a brother of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. He remains involved in the UMaine community serving as the Vice President his fraternity’s Alumni Association. Elek currently works at Unum, a Fortune 500 insurance company, in Portland, ME in their Professional Development Program, a 4 year rotational program designed to give associates broad exposure across multiple business functions. “As a fiercely proud Mainer, I am excited to partner with the Mitchell Institute in its effort to increase the likelihood that students from all communities across Maine have the opportunity to pursue and obtain a college education.”

Eric Haskell is the 2000 Mitchell Scholar from Deer Isle-Stonington High School. He graduated from Saint Joseph’s College in 2004 and from the University Of New England School Of Osteopathic Medicine in 2008. “I wanted to be in Maine. I knew this was the population that I wanted to help, in the state from which I was raised.” A first-generation college student from a family with deep roots in Downeast Maine, Eric’s grandfather was a lobsterman, his mother is a typesetter at a printing press, and his father is a carpenter — hard work ethic was a hallmark of his upbringing.  “My father always impressed upon me the importance of learning and growing in my younger years, so that I could be — rather than wondering my whole life what I may have been able to accomplish.” Eric recently has started his practice as a physician at Maine Medical Partners in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.


Lauren McNally is the 1999 Mitchell Scholar from Greely High School. Lauren graduated from Bowdoin College in 2003 with a degree in English and Women’s Studies. In the years post-graduation, Lauren lived in Washington DC, New York City, and Boston, working on the account management and business development sides of the advertising industry. In July 2014, Lauren began a two-year portfolio program in Copywriting at the Miami Ad School in New York, and in doing so made a transition to a creative role in advertising. Lauren currently works as a Copywriter on the Cobra Golf, Puma, and Rolex accounts at J. Walter Thompson in New York.




Kimberly Dao 
is a 2010 Mitchell Scholar from Thornton Academy. She is a first generation college graduate, receiving her bachelor of science degree in biology, summa cum laude, from the University of Maine. Kim is currently a medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine, participating in their Maine Track Program – a partnership between Tufts and Maine Medical Center. “During my four years at UMaine and to this day, the Mitchell Institute has provided me with unyielding support whether it be through networking opportunities, financially, or leadership workshops. The Mitchell Institute and Senator George J. Mitchell continue to inspire me to not only be the best that I can be, but hopefully give back to Maine and others so that we may all reach our highest potential.”

Suitter PicturePaul Suitter grew up in Oakfield, Maine and is the 2005 Mitchell Scholar from Southern Aroostook Community High School. He graduated from Bates College with a Political Science major and a secondary concentration in History. After college, Paul spent three years teaching middle school science in Revere, Massachusetts as part of Teach for America.  In 2015 he graduated from Harvard Law School, where he served as Chapter President of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. Paul then returned home to Maine for two years to work as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Brock Hornby on the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine and for the Hon. Kermit V. Lipez on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Paul currently works as a litigation associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office. “I am incredibly grateful to the Mitchell Institute and its staff for providing me career exploration opportunities–both in college and beyond–that simply would not have been available to me on my own, and I am excited to help pay it forward as a member of the Alumni Council.”

2016 Sibley HeadshotSean Sibley is the 2010 Mitchell Scholar from Mattanawcook Academy and a 2014 graduate from the University of Maine where he earned a Bachelors of Science in Nursing with a minor in Theatre. He practices as a Registered Nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center in the Intensive Care Unit while pursuing an advanced degree at the University of Maine with the goal of providing primary care as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Additionally, he remains involved in the UMaine community serving as advisor to his fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, and the Senior Skull Honor Society. Sean has earned the title of Career Specialist and previously worked in the UMaine Career Center.  These career development skills are ones he hopes to bring to other Mitchell Scholars with his service on the Council. As a proud first-generation college graduate, Sean is adrenalized to give back to the Mitchell Institute, which helped to make a higher education more obtainable for himself and many others.

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Stephanie Littlehale, a law student at Georgetown University, is especially passionate about giving back to the Mitchell Institute family. She is a 2008 Scholar from Georges Valley High School and a 2012 graduate of the University of Maine, where she majored in International Affairs. Stephanie is a first-generation college graduate. Prior going to law school, Stephanie worked to inspire first- generation college applicants as the Aspirations Lab Coordinator at Oxford Hill Comprehensive High School. “Helping to provide students with opportunities to develop professional skills in the same safe environment I found myself in a few short years ago is a powerful experience. This support was instrumental to my success and I know it will be to many others.”

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Taylor McCafferty is the 2011 Mitchell Scholar from Schenck High School and a 2015 graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington. With the career goal of publishing in mind, Taylor majored in English at UMF, studied writing and design, and held internships at Alice James Books and the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce. After graduation, she took a summer internship at Islandport Press in Yarmouth, which then turned into her current full-time position as Sales & Marketing Assistant. A lifelong Mainer, Taylor loves working in a place that values the same passions that she holds dear: the power of the written word and her home state of Maine. “The Mitchell Institute’s firm belief in my success gave me a renewed inspiration to continue pursuing my dreams. Without their encouraging words and helping hands, happiness would have been much harder to reach.”