Maura began her academic career in Auburn and quickly returned to L/A after college. A self-proclaimed “true and through ‘Mainah,’” her favorite thing about L/A is the plethora of community events that are always going on. It is inspiring for Maura to live in a city that is constantly working to get more citizens involved on all different levels. Almost a year ago, she was hired by the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council as its Office Manager and Public Relations Coordinator. She characterizes her job as a fast-paced, multi-faceted position. She is responsible for marketing L/A and the efforts of the Council locally and nationally, planning and organizing local events like the Business to Business Trade Show, and supporting efforts to publicize new and existing businesses in the area.
Opportunities for community involvement and consistent exposure to new endeavors and challenges are Maura’s favorite aspects of her work with the LAEGC. She also feels fortunate to live and work in an environment where familiar faces are found almost everywhere she goes. Maura finds marketing L/A to be a fun venture, motivating her peers to see the growth and development in the area by encouraging them to attend local events.
Outside of her job, Maura loves to experience new places. She spends much of her free time exploring, whether it be hiking, traveling someplace new in Maine, or searching for undiscovered “mom and pop” restaurants to enjoy. She believes it is important not to get so caught up in her career that she forgets to enjoy all the rest that life has to offer. To give back to her community, Maura volunteers her time helping those in need. Her greatest passion lies with the local homeless community and she commends the New Beginnings Youth Shelter for its efforts to lead our youth down the path of positivity and determination. Volunteerism is extremely important to Maura, whose basic philosophy is “you can never go wrong being nice.”
For the future, Maura sees herself working hands-on in the L/A community to advocate for our youth, and is presently in the process of applying to get her master’s degree in Social Work. Whether it be in the school systems or through our local shelters, she wants to be reaching out and making a difference.