Jason Judd, Ed.D.
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Jason Judd, Ed.D.
Executive Director

Jason Judd, Ed.D.
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Jason has worked as a teacher, college and career counselor, director of studies, and academic dean at Maine Central Institute (MCI), a town academy in Pittsfield. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine at Farmington in secondary education English, a master’s degree from the University of Southern Maine in educational leadership, and a doctorate in organizational leadership studies from Northeastern University. His dissertation focused on how school leaders foster and support innovation at their schools. Jason is the current chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. He is a member of the Maine STEM Council, Maine STEM Collaborative, and serves on the Advisory Committee for the Code.org Regional Partners.

Kate Howell
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Kate Howell
Program Manager, FocusMaine Intern Experience

Kate Howell
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Kate Howell has worked in Human Resources and leadership roles throughout her career. Most recently, Kate was HR Generalist at EnviroLogix in Portland, ME focusing on recruitment, career development, and university relations. She led the national university relations program for EnviroLogix’ parent company, EBI and brings a wealth of knowledge in the area of internship programming and university partnerships. Prior to her move to Maine, Kate worked in New York City and Washington, DC across a variety of industries including the PR and political consulting company, GMMB, and non-profits including The Welfare to Work Partnership and The New York Public Library. Kate holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Syracuse University and a SCP certification from the Society for Human Resources Management. Kate is a member of Rotary International and serves as the Public Relations Chair for the Kennebunkport club where she lives with her husband.

Katherine Johnston
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Katherine Johnston
Project>Login Program Manager

Katherine Johnston
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Katherine is the program manager for Project>Login focusing on the southern and western regions of Maine. She manages programs and partnerships that enhance educational pathways and workforce growth in the tech sector. Katherine has an undergraduate degree in Sociology from Tufts University and is currently pursuing her Master's in Policy, Planning, and Management at the University of Southern Maine. She has experience in a variety of non-profit organizations and higher education institutions including Transforming Education, American Institutes for Research, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Tufts University. She has served as project manager for a number of grant programs and continues to work with both high school and college students to support college and career aspirations.

Amanda Petersen
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Amanda Petersen
Director of Operations

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Amanda handles the organization’s financial, human resources and operational functions, and provides programmatic and event planning assistance. She earned her undergraduate degree from Wheaton College, and a Master’s in Public Administration, with a focus on nonprofit management, from the University of Southern California. Amanda enjoys the Maine outdoors with her husband and family.

Angela Oechslie
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Angela Oechslie
Program Director, Project>Login

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Angela brings a wealth of workforce experience and statewide relationships to her role with the Project>Login program. She was a Workforce Development Specialist at Eastern Maine Development Corporation and Workforce Coordinator at the Tri-County Workforce Investment Board; and has worked on several jobs-related federal grant programs. She is past-chair of the steering committee for Building Bridges, a business and education partnership through the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the 2018 class of Bangor Region Leadership Institute. She is passionate about matching students and adults with educational programs and quality job opportunities in Maine.

Angela earned her BS in Business Administration from the University of Maine at Augusta and her Masters of Science in Organizational Communication from MSU.

Dolly Sullivan
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Dolly Sullivan
Program Director, Maine Teacher of the Year (MTOY)

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Dolly started working in education advocacy in 1998 as the program director for the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education, the forerunner of Educate Maine. In addition to directing MTOY, she works with the Education Leaders Experience team. She is a proud University of Maine alumna – go Black Bears!—and she and her husband, Tom, are longtime residents of Bucksport. They have two adult children, Brian and Keely, and an Irish Shorty Jack Russell, Weezie.