Karen Vachon is a resident of Scarborough since 1986. Married to Peter for 30 years, the couple has three son’s: Jay, Sam, and Thomas.
Karen has a degree in business from New England College. She’s a former National Account Manager for consumer products (Warner-Lambert; Adams Division and Archway Mother’s Cookies); She has worked in Public Relations for Scarborough Downs; is a freelance writer; and, since 2009 – a licensed health insurance agent serving the under 65 individual health insurance market, as well as the over 65 Medicare market.
Karen is actively involved in her community – serving on the Board of Directors for Scarborough Community Chamber; St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Scarborough Resiliency; – Past involvement: Scarborough Rotary Club; Project Grace; Scarborough 350th.
Her campaign is endorsed by NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) and the Maine Credit Union League.
Our commitment is to provide life transforming opportunities
~ The purpose of 907 Main Street is to create a sense of belonging and provide opportunities for achievement for those reentering our communities from corrections. Under one roof TTP will offer a home with house parents, life skills training, discipleship, mentoring and employment. A big part of our mission is to equip these young people for a successful future. TTP will own and operate the New Day Cafe & Catering providing a place for young offenders with no job experience to learn how to succeed through trial and error. TTP has embraced the old saying; “If at first you don’t succeed, then try, try, try again.”
Operational Details of 907 Main Street
~ Intensive, real-life training in a cafe incubator setting to promote job readiness skills ~ Creating self-sufficiency, respect, dignity, integrity, social skills in a real-home setting ~ Reconciliation through community involvement and restorative relationships ~ Platform designed to engage the community for those gifted in “the arts.”
Prayer and support needed
~ The Transformation Projects is rolling out a campaign to encourage the Church to show our 7 minute video. The video is designed to create awareness about the Transformation Project and our mission. We also hope that it will encourage much needed prayer and support. During the months of July and August the Transformation Project received way below average funding. Please prayerfully consider helping us recover. Some of our programs are at risk of being cut because of lack of funds. For more information please reach out to me. I’d love to meet and share more about God’s Maine prisons ministry and how your church can be more involved.
Please view our VIDEO to learn more about The Transformation Project.
Inspired by the simple, powerful and effective ‘100 Who Care’ concept, and with the support of the 100 Women Who Care Southern Maine chapter , co-founders Peter Atherton and Marc Hodroff immediately wanted to set in motion an opportunity to bring together 100 Men Who Care in Southern Maine.
Our goal is to support charities and non-profit organizations dedicated to serving and making a difference in our communities. These organizations are almost universally under-resourced. Together, we dramatically multiply our individual impact.
100 Men Who Care members are able to nominate and share about charities and non-profit organizations they want to support with $10,000 in one hour!
Members also learn more about the communities in which we live and what other organizations are doing throughout Southern Maine to meet needs, give hope and opportunity to the lives of others, or protect and sustain our environment and the welfare of the creatures within.
Sam has more than 25 years experience helping middle-market companies access capital. As a business owner, investor, legal advisor, and legislative advocate, he has devoted his career to helping business owners find the resources they need at every stage: start-up, growth, expansion, and sale.
During the decade prior to joining CFA, Sam founded two private investment funds focused on lending to small and medium-sized enterprises, and served as an investment advisor to two other similar funds. Before this he practiced business finance law for 12 years, mostly with New York City law firms, but also as general counsel to a technology company. He understands well the issues and documents involved in debt and equity financings and the challenges of running a business.
Prior to law school Sam was a Legislative Assistant to Congressman John R. McKernan, Jr. (R–ME) and later was a lobbyist for the National Federation of Independent Business, in each position working to advance the interests of business owners. Mr. Adams received a J.D. from Washington and Lee University in 1989 and holds a B.A. in History from Kenyon College (1981). He lives with his wife and son in Freeport, Maine.
As President/CEO of Jøtul North America, Bret has led a lean transformation that began in 2001 and continues today, utilizing a sustainable continuous improvement culture. Under Bret’s leadership, Jøtul has grown from 13 employees as a distributor to manufacturing assembly of sheet metal fabrication with 95 employees.
All products sold in North American market are developed in Gorham, ME headquarters for North American hearth products market. Jøtul has been a finalist or winner in the Best Companies to Work in Maine in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and won the 2009 Governor’s Award for Business Excellence in the state of Maine.
Bret received a BS degree in Economics/Psychology Magna Cum Laude from St. Lawrence University and a MBA from the University of Vermont.
The Manufacturers Association of Maine and partners are making a big splash in Maine with 40 events being hosted state-wide from Washington to York counties. These tours engage industry, students, teachers, parents, and community leaders to celebrate the opportunities in modern manufacturing.
Lisa G. Martin is executive director of the Manufacturers’ Association of Maine and has over 20 years in economic, workforce and business development. Since 1989, Lisa has had extensive experience with businesses, state and federal agencies, education institutes and Maine’s workforce.
She leads the effort to build the Manufacturers’ Association as an economically strong industry through partnerships and collaborations with other industries, with state and federal agencies and organizations and within the precision manufacturing industry.
Lisa directs the association with emphasis on economic development, membership growth and liaisons with associations, government, business leaders, legislature and state and national agencies.
Lisa chairs the Maine Technology Institute Precision Manufacturing Board and is an Alumni of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine Mu Class.
Lisa holds a BA from University of Southern Maine, a Master of Science degree in Community Economic Development (CED) from New Hampshire College and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Lisa lives in her home town of Portland.
Marion Sprague is the outreach communications director at the Manufacturers Association of Maine. She started with MAMe is 2011 as the programs and events coordinator and through the industry driven work with the association learned about the vibrant manufacturing sector in Maine.
In June of 2013 she took on her new role as the outreach communications director. She takes her passion for the manufacturing sector into this new role where she will focus on promoting technology and manufacturing related career opportunities and tell the story of modern day manufacturing to students, teachers, parents and the general public.