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Meg - NEW headshot2Meg Baxter - President and CEO

Meg Baxter, a graduate of Regis College in Weston, MA, has a nonprofit career that has spanned four decades, with the majority of her work conducted in Maine. She is a passionate advocate for the nonprofit sector and the people and communities served by it. In 2011, she was named President and CEO of the Mitchell Institute. As a first-generation college graduate, Meg relishes her role in supporting the Institute’s Scholars and Alumni. She acknowledges that her success is due to many of the same supports Mitchell Scholars enjoy. From scholarships to loans, to mentors, friends, and most especially family, Meg knows how lucky she was to have had the support needed to succeed. She lives in Cape Elizabeth with her dog, Meadow, and is an avid cribbage player, Red Sox and New England Patriot fan, and a crossword puzzle enthusiast.   [  ]

Lindsey Freeman - Project Assistant  

Lindsey Freeman moved to Portland after completing a degree in International Affairs and Economics at Northeastern University. She is excited to be joining the Institute to welcome new generations of scholars through development and program support and looks forward to helping provide scholars with an expanding network of academic and professional connections. Originally from Alaska, Lindsey is a huge fan of exploring new places. While in college, she worked and studied abroad in France, Morocco, and the UK, and is now enjoying getting to know Maine. [ ]

KIM GUSTAFSON - scholarship Director  

Kim Gustafson oversees the Mitchell Scholarship application and selection process, and she collaborates with colleagues to support Mitchell Scholars and Alumni wherever they are in their career and personal development. She thrives on facilitating connections between individuals and the resources that best meet their preferences and needs. Prior to joining the Mitchell Institute in 2015, Kim spent many years with the admission and career development departments at Bates College. She graduated from Middlebury College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in East Asian Studies and was previously certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator. [ ]

Andrea Mitchell - Project Manager

Andrea joined the Mitchell Institute in 2017 as a Project Manager.  Following a 30-year career in social services, she is honored to be involved with the Institute again and enjoys managing the Fellowship & Promise Fund Programs. Andrea is a native of Maine, graduated from Bradford College with a BA in Psychology and is a licensed social worker. [  ]

James patefield - Project Associate

James Patefield is ecstatic to contribute to the Mitchell Institute team, and support an organization that provides so many opportunities to deserving Mainers. He works with all of his colleagues to measure the outcomes of the Institute’s programs, while raising the profile of the Institute, its scholars, and its alumni through social media marketing. Though originally from Rhode Island, James could not be happier to call Maine his home. He has a BA in Theatre and English from Muhlenberg College, and has previously worked in a variety of communications and fundraising roles at non-profit and arts organizations throughout the Northeast. He volunteers with PortFringe Festival and is the President of the board of Speak About It. In his spare time you can find him hiking, reading, tutoring writing, or acting around Portland. [  ]

SarahASarah Short - Development Director

Sarah Short is thrilled to be able to bring more than a decade of fundraising experience to bear on connecting friends of the Mitchell Institute with their passion for contributing to the success of our Scholars. A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Sarah spent her summers on Mount Desert Island and always dreamed of living in Maine full time. After several fundraising roles in Boston, she moved to Maine in 2013, where she volunteers with the Maine Tool Library and the Natural Resources Council of Maine. She has a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from Yale University. [  ]

Lisa Sirois - Finance DirectorLisaC

Lisa Sirois joined the Mitchell Institute in December of 2006. Lisa is responsible for the financial management and accounting of the Institute. She brings over twenty years of financial, accounting and analytical experience to the Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, she worked in a variety of accounting and analytical capacities throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Lisa grew up in Augusta and attended Cony High School. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Lisa lives in South Portland and enjoys the Maine outdoors. [  ]

AdamAAdam Thibodeau - Scholarship Associate

Adam Thibodeau assists primarily with the implementation of the scholarship programming. The 2001 Mitchell Scholar from Lawrence High School and a graduate of the University of Maine with degrees in English and Theatre, he has previously worked in performing arts venues throughout New England, from backstage to the box office. He is excited to live in Portland and to be able to help new classes of Mitchell Scholars attend college and succeed in their professional lives. When he is not at the Mitchell Institute, you are likely to find him helping out at Portland Stage. [  ]