Midcoast Leadership Academy has announced the list of program applicants accepted into the program for the coming year. Also released was the announcement that Bangor Savings Bank has committed again to support the program as the lead sponsor for the year.

Skip Bates, statewide market manager for Bangor Savings Bank, and a graduate of Midcoast Leadership’s inaugural class, said, “Bangor Savings Bank is pleased to have the opportunity to continue to sponsor this valuable program which grows more pertinent to the continued sustainability and vitality of the Midcoast with each graduating class.”

MLA’s mission is to strengthen and build an informed, committed, and strong community leadership network throughout the Midcoast. This nine-month experiential program brings together existing and emerging citizen leaders on a monthly basis to sharpen and develop effective leadership skills and to broaden their understanding of issues affecting the region.

Program co-facilitators Lori Roming and Robin McIntosh both expressed their feelings for the coming year. “With each program year, our network of informed community leaders continues to grow. And we are confident that the incoming class will be a valuable addition to our current list of alumni. We are both looking forward to a year of challenging discussions on issues affecting the state and the Midcoast.”

This year’s cohort includes:

Jennifer Albee, customer relations manager, Revision Energy;

Tia Anderson, executive director, Midcoast Habitat for Humanity;

Paula Apro, freelance designer, Apro Designs;

Corey Belcher, branch manager, Bangor Savings Bank;

Lisa Dresser, associate broker, The New England Real Estate Company;

Rebecca Flanagan, assistant to the director, Farnsworth Art Museum;

James Francomano, planner, Rockport;

Kathleen Gilbert, independent marketing consultant;

Gwendolyn Hudson, human resources director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine;

Greg Jones, assistant vice president, branch relationship manager, Bar Harbor Bank and Trust;

Kathy Kemp, program director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine;

Joan LeMole, executive director, Penobscot School;

Patty Libby, interim director, University of Maine Hutchinson Center;

Mish Morgenstern, founder, Happier Outside;

Cassidy Parmley, director of operations, Pica Design;

Tom Peaco, executive director, Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce;

Chad Place, assistant vice president, Camden National Bank;

Sarah Milstead Post, program and library support manager, Cornerstones of Science;

Danielle Romano, practice manager, Waldo County Hospital;

Jean Linn Thompson, assistant to the director and event & volunteer coordinator, Center for Maine Contemporary Art;

Kathy Young, development director; Coastal Mountains Land Trust.

The Unity Foundation and The University of Maine Hutchinson Center are sustaining partners of MLA. Sponsorships for the program days are still available.

Information about the program can be found at MLA’s website, MidcoastLeadershipAcademy.org.