Rae Fasulo has been a media planner and buyer for over 30 years. She has owned her agency since 2001, and works with multiple clients locally, statewide and regionally. Rae will bring this critical experience that we need to our team in helping us to understand more about our market. Rae is married with two adult sons and lives in Falmouth. She loves to read, travel and spend time with family.
Catherine Wygant Fossett
Prior to joining the Institute for Family-Owned Business (IFOB) in 2014 as its executive director, Catherine was the executive director of the Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce where she oversaw the 50th Anniversary of Windjammer Days, developed the Claw Down lobster bite competition and annually produced the region’s definitive travel guide. She is a graduate of the Maine Association of Nonprofits’ Executive Leadership Institute. Catherine’s prior experience includes 20 years in the travel industry, at Hewins Travel, as director of marketing, and Hurley Travel Experts, as director of sales. A graduate of Bates College, she has served on dozens of boards including the Advertising Club of Maine, the World Affairs Council of Maine, MidCoast Chamber Council, Mobilize MidCoast Maine leadership committee, Maine Sports Commission and Rotary. She currently serves on the Board of the Amputee Association of Maine, the Boothbay Treasures committee #GivingTuesday, the MWM Advisory Board and the Boothbay Sea & Science Center. She lives with her husband in the MidCoast, is an avid boater and outdoor enthusiast with a love of great food and local crafts.
Dr. Heather Gillespie
Dr. Heather Gillespie is a Primary Care Sports Medicine physician with Maine Medical Partners Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. She received her medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine. After completing her fellowship in Sports Medicine at Maine Medical Center, she served as a varsity team physician at the University of California Los Angeles for eight years. Dr. Gillespie returned to Maine in 2015 and is currently the Program Director for the Sports Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Gillespie also serves as the head team physician for the Maine Red Claws and assists with providing care for the USA Hockey Women’s National Team. Dr. Gillespie enjoys an active lifestyle here in Maine and is committed to providing high quality sports medicine care to patients of all ages in her clinical practice. I am so excited to have Heather joining our group, I know she will add a dimension in the healthcare industry that we have been missing.
Stefanie H. Manning
Stefanie is on the leadership team at MaineToday Media, serving as Vice President, Marketing and Circulation for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, its sister newspapers and websites. Stefanie is also an owner and producer of Harvest on the Harbor, Portland’s annual food & drink festival. Stefanie spent most of her publishing career in New York City, most recently as Associate Publisher of O, The Oprah Magazine where she helped drive record revenues through traditional advertising, integrated marketing programs and events. Stefanie’s connection to Maine is by marriage to her husband Tom who grew up on Munjoy Hill in Portland. Together, they restored, renovated and reopened the Miss Portland Diner in 2008. They moved to Cape Elizabeth in 2013 with their three daughters to take advantage of life the way it should be and haven’t looked back since.
Colleen has over 28 years of experience in finance, operations and leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Bentley University and an Executive MBA with High Honors distinction from Boston University. Colleen has held numerous positions in finance, operations and senior leadership throughout her career with large multi-national companies including WR Grace and G.H. Bass. Prior to joining Planet Dog as its CEO in 2013, Colleen was the CEO of Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, Inc. Colleen is the past Chair of the Board for the Institute for Family Owned Business (IFOB) and is involved in numerous leadership roles in support of the Institute’s efforts, including CEO Forum, Women in Family Owned Business and judging for the Institute’s Family Business of the Year awards.
Fowsia Musse left Somalia and fled to Ethiopia with her family in 1988 when she was 5 years old due to war between Somalia government and opposition rebels against the ruling of Somalia’s dictator president. She arrived in the U.S. in 1995 as an unaccompanied refugee minor. She has been working in the field of health as a cultural broker, medical interpreter, and Community Health Outreach Worker for 9 years. She is currently a Health Promotion Coordinator at Healthy Androscoggin where her focus is on healthy homes and lead poisoning prevention education. She is engaged in numerous community efforts to address issues of public health in the Somali community including volunteering with local Ethnic Community Based Organizations and other non-profits that empower those in the immigrant and refugee community. She is the recipient of 2017 award “Trailblazer” by the “Empower the Immigrant Woman.
From ad agency project manager, to Peace Corps Volunteer, local entrepreneur, and media account exec, Karina has spent her dynamic career defining, shaping, & creating space for women’s voices. Karina earned a BBA in Strategic Design & Management from Parsons School of Design. Well traveled, but loving local, Karina grew up in the Portland area.
Stacey is a community volunteer and proud mother of four children. After college, Stacey worked as an occupational therapist at a school for disabled children. Upon becoming a mom, she has devoted herself to her kids and her community. Stacey has been on the boards of the Falmouth Education Foundation, Spurwink, the Maine Red Claws Foundation, and the Falmouth HS Football and Basketball Boosters. She enjoys working with non-profits to better our community.
Katie works for People’s United Bank, focusing on business and community development. As a community leader, Katie is a SCORE mentor, an organizer and fundraising chair of Maine Startup and Create Week, and is active in economic development initiatives to help foster innovation and entrepreneurship such as House of Genius and Maine Accelerates Growth (MxG). She also serves as a facilitator for Elect Her, a program that trains college women to run for student government and leadership positions. Before returning to her home state of Maine, Katie lived in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. She earned a B.A. in Government from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY. She enjoys training for triathlons, cooking, and spending time with family.
Nancy is the Chapter President of SCORE Portland Maine. SCORE is a national organization of business professionals who volunteer as Certified Mentors to small businesses. Nancy was selected as a 2012 White House Champion of Change. Nancy is the principal of Beauty Vantage, a consulting and coaching firm. She helps her clients discover their own brand for success. Nancy is a business blogger, guest speaker, frequent panelist and media contact for SCORE.
Roxi is the founder and designer of Angelrox®, a Maine Made collection of women’s sustainable bamboo clothing sold nationwide. Born in the Midwest, raised in the South and shaped by many years of experience in New York City, Roxi launched her brand while also teaching at Parsons The New School for Design. She is a grateful wifey, momma, manufacturer and retailer, happily moving her business and family to Maine in 2012. Her line offers comfort and sweet support to women and addresses their body issues with positivity and love. It is crafted with pride and joy in the old textile mills of Biddeford. Roxi also owns and operates two Suger® boutiques with the help of her husband Julian and a beautiful team of angels. Committed to charity and community Roxi and Julian also created the Biddeford Ball as a local fundraiser to raise funds for local causes and further reinforce her mantra: may peace prevail.
Maureen Costello Wedge
Maureen is Vice President, Human Resources and part of the fourth generation ownership managing Sun Media Group which consists of a daily newspaper, 13 weekly newspapers and their websites, several magazines and niche publications, a commercial printing division and real estate holdings. Maureen has worked at Sun Media Group for the past 29 years and is past president of the New England Newspaper Association, past president of the Central Maine Human Resources Association, past chair of the Institute for Family-Owned Business and has served in leadership positions in a variety of other industry and community associations. Maureen is currently serving as chair of the PAGE Cooperative Audit Committee and the HR Committee.