Governor-elect: “It is my goal to create a forward-looking Administration comprised of the best and brightest minds from across the state, without consideration of political affiliation.”

Augusta, MAINE – Today, Governor-elect Janet Mills announced the creation of an Executive Search Committee tasked with identifying and recommending individuals for appointment to Cabinet-level positions within her Administration. The Committee is comprised of 14 prominent leaders from across the state whose experience bridges the public and  private sectors, including business, health care, energy, education, labor, and the environment.

“I said throughout the campaign -- and continue to strongly believe -- that the best chapter  in our state’s history has yet to be written. Now is the time to begin writing it,” said Governor-elect Mills. “It is my goal to create a forward-looking Administration comprised of the best and brightest minds from across the state, without consideration of political affiliation. Today, we are taking the first step in that direction by announcing the formation of an Executive Search Committee, comprised of leaders from across the state with vast experience in both the public and private sectors, who will help me recruit the highest-caliber talent. I look forward to this process moving forward and to leading Maine in a new, better direction.”

This Executive Search Committee will meet regularly -- including its kickoff meeting today -- to discuss potential candidates for Commissioner-level positions within the Administration and, ultimately, provide a slate of recommendations for finalists for consideration to the Governor-elect. It is the goal of the Governor-elect to have as many Commissioners as possible named before taking office.

During today’s press conference,  Governor-elect Mills also encouraged the people of Maine to participate in the transition process. As part of that effort, she has launched on  her website -- www.JanetMills.com -- three pages that allow those interested in serving in her Administration the opportunity to submit their resume, contribute their ideas, or request a meeting.

The creation of the Executive Search Committee today is the next  step in a larger process for recruiting and evaluating people for appointments within the administration, setting forth a legislative agenda for the next Legislature, and planning and executing inaugural events. Last Friday, Governor-elect Mills announced that the transition effort is led by Transition Coordinators Ben Grant and Jeremy Kennedy. Yesterday, she announced that Kennedy will also serve as the Chief of Staff for her Administration.

In her historic victory, Mills earned more votes than any governor in state history. She is also the first governor since 1966 to win a majority of the vote for her first term.

The members of the Executive Search Committee are as follows:

  • David Flanagan: Flanagan is currently a Trustee of the Harold Alfond Foundation, and a Director of Maine General Hospital, in addition to work with several other Maine companies.  Flanagan has previously served as president of Central Maine Power, the University of Southern Maine, and Preservation Management Inc. In addition to leading these organizations, Flanagan has also worked as Counsel for the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee, as a state Assistant Attorney General, and as a partner at the law firm Pierce Atwood. He has also chaired the Boards of the University of Maine System, the Nature Conservancy, and Maine & Co, along with service on several past state commissions and committees.
  • Peter Mills: Mills has served as Executive Director of the Maine Turnpike Authority since 2011. A 16-year veteran of the State Legislature, Mills was a candidate for governor in the Republican primaries of 2006 and 2010. Mills is an attorney who has practiced in both Portland and Skowhegan, and he is a founding member of two economic development groups in central Maine. Mills is also a Vietnam War veteran who served in the United States Navy, and a sibling of the Governor-elect.
  • Dawn Hill: Hill has served as a State Senator for the past eight years, serving on the Judiciary, Appropriations, Energy, Criminal Justice, and Government Oversight Committees,  including Chairing or Leading the Appropriations Committee for the 125th and 126th legislative session. She is also the founder and owner of a 20-year old company in York and has served on several municipal and non-profit boards.
  • Lizzy Reinholt: Reinholt currently serves as Senior Director of Corporate Affairs for Summit Utilities and has worked as a consultant in the renewable industry for several years. Prior to her work in the energy sector, Reinholt was the Communications Director for Congressman Mike Michaud's 2014 Gubernatorial Campaign, and held the same role for the Maine Democratic Party, among other campaign and advocacy work. She grew up in Central Maine and currently lives  in Rangeley.
  • Peter DelGreco: DelGreco serves as President and CEO of Maine & Co., a privately funded business attraction and economic development organization, charged with helping companies establish successful and profitable operations in Maine. During his tenure, Maine & Company has attracted companies from various sectors, growth stages, and sizes to locations throughout the state of Maine, including athenahealth, Sun Life Financial, Carbonite, Grand Rounds, and Wayfair. Prior to joining Maine & Company in 2004 as the Director of Client Services, DelGreco worked in Boston and Washington, D.C. in the food industry.
  • Hannah Pingree: Pingree is a former state representative from island and coastal communities in Knox and Hancock Counties, who served as Maine’s Speaker of the House from 2008 to 2010. Pingree also served as House Majority Leader, Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, and a member of the Appropriations Committee. Since being term limited, Pingree has advocated with moms in Washington, D.C. to help pass an update to the Toxic Substance Control Act, helps her family run two small businesses, chairs her local school board, and led a local campaign to develop workforce housing and an elder care facility.
  • Jim Clair: Clair spent nearly 18 years working on the non-partisan staff at Maine’s State House, including as Executive Director of the Legislative Council and Director of the Office of Fiscal and Program Review. He owns several small businesses in Maine, and is a partner at Dirigo Capital Strategies, a real estate management services company. For the last  17 years, he has been a health care technology executive, presently providing leadership services to a private-equity-funded company that provides medication therapy and adherence management services.
  • Justin Alfond: Alfond is a former four-term State Senator who served as President of the Maine Senate from  2012 to 2014. Currently, Alfond is a small-business owner who dedicates his time to ending childhood hunger in Maine through the organization he co-founded, Full Plates Full Potential.
  • Laurie Lachance: Lachance is the President of Thomas College, a private, non-profit business and liberal arts college in Waterville, ME.  From 1983-2004, Lachance served three Governors -- McKernan, King and Baldacci -- as the State Economist, where she was the Chair of the State Revenue Forecasting Commission and played leading roles in economic development, tax, and energy policy. Immediately prior to joining Thomas College, Lachance served as the President and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation, a membership-based foundation that focuses on workforce development.
  • Lois Skillings: Skillings is a leader in the field  of health care in Maine, serving as the president and CEO of Mid Coast-Parkview Health since 2011.  An integrated health care provider system, Mid Coast-Parkview Health includes Mid Coast Hospital, Mid Coast Medical Group, Mid Coast Senior Health Center, and CHANS Home Health Care.  Prior to becoming president and CEO of the system, Skillings worked for Mid Coast Health Services in multiple executive roles dating back over two decades.
  • Alec Maybarduk: Maybarduk is the Executive Director of the Maine State Employees Association, SEIU Local 1989, advocating on behalf of public employees. Maybarduk previously served as MSEA-SEIU’s assistant director of politics and legislation, as a field director for the SEIU Maine Change that Works Campaign, advocating for passage of the Affordable Care Act, as a field director for the League of Young Voters, and as a field director with Opportunity Maine pushing for college affordability. Maybarduk has volunteered as a board member with the Southern Maine Workers Center, the Maine Fair Trade Campaign and Opportunity Maine, and as a founding member of a neighborhood group called The Visible Community.
  • Barbara Hayslett: Hayslett has an extensive background in government and administrative processes having worked for three Members of Congress from both the casework aspect and economic and community development. She currently serves as a Regional Representative for U.S. Senator Angus King.
  • Barbara Trafton: Trafton is a former State Senator from Auburn and an educator with teaching experience in public and private schools and board service for both the Muskie School and Mitchell Institute. Ms. Trafton has worked in both health care and real estate, and previously served on her area Chamber of Commerce board.  Trafton is also a conservation advocate, previously serving as board chair for The Nature Conservancy in Maine.
  • Spencer Thibodeau: Thibodeau serves as a member of the Portland City Council for District 2.  Councilor Thibodeau is the Chair of the Sustainability and Transportation Committee and a member of the Economic Development Committee.  Thibodeau is also an attorney in Verrill Dana’s Real Estate Practice Group where he handles residential and commercial transactions for a variety of clients.

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