Kim Vandermeulen is CEO of Alternative Manufacturing Inc. He holds a BS degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a J.D. from Northeastern University. Prior to joining AMI, he practiced law with Vandermeulen, Goldman & Allen in Augusta, Maine.
Kim is an active member of the Maine business community, serving as the incoming Board Chair of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce (2014) and on the boards of the Kennebec Valley YMCA, Maine State and Winthrop Lakes Region Chambers of Commerce. He is also a member of the steering committee for the Electronic Manufacturing Services Section of IPC, a leading electronics industry association. In 2008, he was named Business Person of the Year by the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce. Kim and his wife Linda reside in Wayne and enjoy visiting their three children in California.
Kimberly Stoneton is the owner of Bloom Salon and Spa, located in downtown Winthrop. Kim opened her Main Street business in August 2009, and 18 months ago, she expanded her hair salon and offers a wide array of services including: massages, pedicures, manicures, facials, eyelash extensions, and more. A native of Winthrop, Kim is passionate about her central Maine town and is a strong believer in 'curb appeal' and adding beauty to downtown. An avid supporter of fellow business owners, Kim graduated from Winthrop High School in 1995 and went on to get a degree in cosmetology from Bernard's School of Hair Design in 1997.
Kim is the mother of two daughters, Haley and the late Kelsey Stoneton. Her daughters inspire her each day to enjoy every precious second and to offer strangers and friends a smile no matter where life takes her. When she is not working, Kim spends her time enjoying Maine's fine restaurants, hiking Mt. Pisgah, kayaking Cobbossee or Maranacook, or paddling down the rushing waters of the Kennebec and Penobscot Rivers.
Michelle Richardson graduated from Thomas College in 1997 with a BS in Business Management. She is also a 2002 graduate of the Kennebec Leadership Institute (KLI). She is the assistant vice president and branch manager at Kennebec Savings Bank, where she has worked for 15 years. She lives in Monmouth with her family, and is a member of the Monmouth Lion’s Club. Her two children, Hunter and Spencer, keep her busy with their sports schedules. When Michelle is not attending a soccer, basketball or baseball game, she likes to travel, hike and play volleyball.
Bill Stone received his doctorate from Vanderbilt University, focusing his research on career development issues. He is a National Certified Career Counselor and has worked as a high school guidance director, along with teaching at the University of Maine. He is President and CEO of Promising Futures, a Winthrop business where he has worked since 2000. Bill and his wife Catherine have enjoyed living in Winthrop since 2000, especially when their grandchildren visit from the mid west. His interests include genealogy, gardening, and playing guitar with the group Stone Quarry in local restaurants. He serves on Maine Career Development Association and the Association for Consulting Expertise.
Barbara Walsh was hired part-time as the Chamber's first executive director in April 2015. She has added a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the Chamber and has increased membership by 30 percent over the past two years. Barbara is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of August Gale: A Father and Daughter's Journey into the Storm; Sammy in the Sky, and Rhoda's Rescue. She is working on the movie script for August Gale, along with writing more adult and children's books. She also teaches writing at University of Southern Maine. She is privileged to be the mother of Emma and Nora Conrad. When she's not writing, Barbara can be found photographing Maine's beauty, walking Jack (the quirky and loyal hound), kayaking local lakes, or swimming long distance, when the ice finally melts and the waters of Maranacook warm.
Sarah Fuller is president of Fuller Ink, a public relations and marketing company based in Winthrop that services business and nonprofit clients throughout the northeastern United States. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from George Washington University and a Master’s degree in Public Relations from the University of Miami. Prior to starting her own firm, she worked at Nancy Marshall Communications in Augusta, Teach for America in Miami, and Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C.
In addition to her role at WLRCC, she is in her third term on the Winthrop Town Council and currently serves as Chair. Sarah also is on the Board of Legal Services for the Elderly, the Kennebec Land Trust’s Advisory Board, and is an active member of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Winthrop Area Rotary Club.
In her free time, she enjoys the Maine outdoors, traveling to far-flung corners of the globe, and is a budding tri-athlete.
Brian Berry started his CPA firm in Winthrop more than 30 years ago. Brian S. Berry & Associates is a traditional, full service CPA firm. It offers small business accounting and advising, tax planning and preparation, and advisory services, Brian is a personal financial specialist and a registered investment advisor. He enjoys spending time with his family, which includes his wife Linda, their three adult children and spouses, along with their four children.
Timothy McDonald moved to Monmouth in 1979, where he met his future wife while visiting relatives. Tim and his wife Susan recently celebrated their 35th anniversary. Timothy is a licensed Master Electrician and worked at Carleton Woolen Mills for 20 years, where he advanced from 2nd shift electrician to facilities and project engineer. Currently, he owns and operates TMAC Computers, which opened in 1995. He is also involved in economic development efforts in the area, serving on the Monmouth Economic Development Committee, Western Kennebec Economic Development Alliance, Kennebec Valley Council of Governments, and the Monmouth Board of Selectmen. He is also a Monmouth Lions Club member.
Dennis Price is a teacher, actor, improviser, and director originally from Blacksburg, Virginia. He has studied the art of improvisation at Chicago’s famed Improv Olympic (IO) Theater and The Second City. The Theater at Monmouth drew him to Maine and eventually, he moved here for good in 2002. In addition to spending 12 years with the Theater at Monmouth, Dennis has also worked at theaters in Lewiston (The Public), Bangor (Penobscot Theater Company), and Portland (The Children’s Theater of Maine). In 2006, he took over the drama program at Monmouth Academy. Two years later, he was hired to teach English at Monmouth Academy, where he helped build the drama program from a group of 10-11 to a group of 40-50 students. In 2015, Dennis was hired at Winthrop High School as a theater teacher and director of the Performing Arts Center, responsible for events and bookings at the space. In addition to his academic leadership, Dennis founded Capital City Improv in 2012. Capital City is a short-form improvisational company that performs in and around central Maine. (www.capitalcityimprov.com) Dennis lives in Readfield with his beautiful fiancé and their wonder dog, Charlotte. He is excited to contribute to the further development and growth of the Winthrop area.
From humble beginnings renting space in a friend’s barn to set up her kiln and wheel, Mary Kay Spencer has been a working potter for more than 30 years. As owners and artisans of The Potter’s House in Litchfield, along with her husband, Jeff, she crafts fine, colorfully hand painted stoneware pieces that please the eye and feel good in the hand. Mary Kay’s studio and business has evolved over the years changing as her life has changed. Her passion continues to be in the creation of not only beautiful, but also functional pottery. She takes part in several art festivals in Maine and New England each year. Mary Kay has lived in Maine since 1987 and has Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Taking inspiration from walks in nature and time spent in her garden, Mary Kay treats each piece of her pottery as a canvas, using a rich palette of colorful glazes and a fine hand to render watercolor style, impressionistic paintings on clay. These joyfully produced, individually hand-painted works are intended to bring a smile or evoke a happy memory. Her garden series of pottery is available on a wide range of items – bowls, mugs, platters and decorative vessels. She has a special fondness for creating bowls, “so wonderful to make, wonderful to hold”, and cups. “Your first cup of coffee in the morning should be a joyful, positive experience … which colorful mug shall I use today? As I always say, “It’s not the coffee, it’s the cup!”
Craig Hickman, organic farmer, Harvard graduate, and co-owner of Annabessacook Farm, is serving his second term in the Maine House of Representatives. He is House chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, where he has championed food sovereignty, food security and other efforts to protect Maine’s small family farms and promote rural economic development. Hickman is also a member of the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission, which was created in 2004 to give Mainers a stronger voice in federally negotiated international trade agreements and to monitor how those agreements affect state and local laws, working conditions and the local economy.
Inspired by his father, a World War II veteran, and his wise mother, Hickman has spent most of his life serving his community and feeding people. He is currently chair of the Winthrop Area Rotary Foundation, Secretary of the Winthrop Hot Meal Kitchen, and serves on the boards of the Annabessacook Lake Improvement Association, Winthrop Conservation Commission, and Theater of Monmouth. In 2011, Hickman received a Spirit of America Foundation Award for Community Service.