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Beth Allen grew up in Eliot, Maine and found herself drawn north to Hancock County after high school.  She studied at the University of Maine in Orono. Beth works for KidsPeace New England (a residential treatment facility serving children.) Beth has been with the nonprofit for the past 12 years and has enjoyed the many roles she has held within the organization.  Beth and her partner Valerie are raising 2 daughters in Fletchers Landing Township. Beth, Valerie and daughter, Fiona (6) were thrilled to welcome their families’ newest addition, baby Oakley born in October.

Kelly Bickmore is currently working as the Operations Director for a national healthcare speciality company. She is a clinical social worker with over 20 years of experience working in a variety of mental health settings. Kelly is an active volunteer in her community and has served as a school board director for over 10 years. Kelly has continued to support her small family business of construction and farming. She is a lifelong Mainer. Kelly lives in Newburgh with her children, Mathias and Claire, and a large group of cats, dogs, and horses.

Dauna Binder is a Democratic candidate for the Maine House of Representatives (District 17). A retired teacher, Ms. Binder is a lifelong advocate for Maine's children with a progressive agenda: pro-choice and pro-marriage equality. 

Mary Katherine Brennan  is from York, Maine. I am a 1998 graduate  of York High School, a 2002 graduate of Colby College, and a 2006 graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. I am currently a Staff Attorney at Maine Legal Services for the Elderly Inc. since 2006. I have been a volunteer for the Volunteer Lawyers Project, the Justice Action group, the United Way of York County, and the York County Elder Abuse task force. I live in South Berwick with my husband, Smilie G. Rodgers, and our dog Olive Rodgers.

I grew up in a family of eight, the third child of six.  I learned that everything you get in life, you must create or earn, to be self sufficient and to have the attitude that I can learn to do anything.  I've been a Registered Nurse for 23 years easing people into life and out of life with care and compassion.  When the love of my life, over the last 30 years, left our partnership a few years ago, I discovered a beautiful truth through that pain.

Amy Cookson is an alumna from the Class of 2011, and the current Vice-President of the Emerge Maine Board. Amy earned her BA in Political Science from Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and her Master's in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She spent two years as Senior Budgeting Analyst in Albany, New York, before returning to Maine. In addition to her policy experience, Amy has volunteered and worked on several political campaigns, most recently as the Field Director for the Maine Senate Democratic Campaign Committee. She is currently the Press Secretary for Emerge Advisory Board Member Emily Cain's Congressional campaign, and also serves on the Emerge America Board.

Kaitlyn Cunningham manages marketing programs, including web development and public relations, for Maine Manufacturing, a Life Science company in Sanford.

State Representative

Matthea Daughtry was born and raised in Brunswick, Maine. She is a graduate of Brunswick High School and Smith College. At Smith she majored in Studio Art while minoring in History and Landscape Architecture. She works as a photographer and serves in the Maine State House of Representatives. 

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