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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.   [  ]

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 is certified as a Global Career Development Facilitator.[ ]

James PatefieldJames 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 make sure the Institute’s development needs are met, while raising the profile of the Institute, its scholars, and its alumni through social media. 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 in Allentown, PA, and has previously worked in a variety of communications and fundraising roles at non-profit and arts organizations throughout the Northeast. In his spare time you can find him hiking, reading, or acting around Portland.  [  ]

SarahASarah Short - Development Director

Sarah Short is thrilled to be able to bring her nine years of fundraising experience to bear on connecting friends of the Mitchell Institute with their passion for supporting the educational future of our Scholars. Prior to moving to Maine, she worked in fundraising at the Union of Concerned Scientists. A native of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Sarah spent her summers on Mount Desert Island and always dreamed of living in Maine full time. She has a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from Yale University. “Mitchell Scholars have diverse stories from every corner of Maine and are incredibly inspiring. This state is so lucky that a visionary like Senator Mitchell created this opportunity.”   [  ]

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 Company.   [  ]