Meet The Team

Lee Hews, Publisher

Lee, founder of Current Publishing and Maine Women Magazine has logged 30 years on the Maine publishing scene. Hews believes that outstanding local content, great design, and fabulous art will build a strong and loyal readership, while providing the best environment for the advertising customer. Hews, a Maine woman for more than half her life is a Mom to four strong Maine women and mentor to countless others.

Shannon Bryan, Editor

As well as being the editor of Maine Women Magazine, she is also the founder of Fit Maine, an organization that organizes and facilitates fun, healthy recreational events and outings in Maine. She lives in South Portland and is always up for a new adventure.

Amy Canfield, Editor

Amy loves to read. She has been a book editor, a book reviewer for publications nationwide and is an editor at Maine Women Magazine and Current Publishing. She lives in South Portland.

LeAnna Grosso, Creative Director

LeAnna is an independent Creative Director with 15 years of experience, who has held previous positions in Marketing and Design with Down East, Shooting Sportsman, Maine Magazine and WGME-13. LeAnna’s experience includes editorial layout and cover design, art direction, direct mail, marketing and web design, brand identity, SEO and social media marketing. She has a strong, diverse background, a keen sense of design, and a passion for the success of this project.

Lauryn Hottinger, Visuals Editor

Lauryn is a talented photographer who has done an abundance of local work for a variety of magazines, weddings, and businesses in and around Portland. Lauryn brings enthusiasm, passionate feminism, great ideas and outstanding work to this venture.

Sue Miller, Digital & Social Media

Sue spent 15+ years in the communications & public relations arena as co-owner of a PR agency in Orlando, Florida catering to emerging high tech companies. Since moving to Maine, she has shifted her professional focus to project development for emerging digital offerings, web development and social media marketing. Her personal passion is making music as lead vocalist on guitar & keyboards with her classic rock band ‘Rebound’. She lives in Portland with her life (and music) partner, Peter, and their two middle-aged orange cats, Milo & Garfield.

Taylor Roberge, Graphic Designer

Taylor has a flare for engaging creative design work. She received her BFA from Alfred University in New York in 2013. On any given weekend you can usually find her hiking, kayaking and hanging out with her corgi, Rylee.

Advisory Board

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.

Katie Shorey

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 Strojny

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.

Colleen McCracken

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 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.

Stacey Ryan

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.

Karina Napier

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.


Katie Bell
Emma Bouthillette
Cate Brown
Amy Canfield
Lori Douglas Clark
Sarah Emerson
Mercedes Grandin
Megan Grumbling
Candace Karu
Maggie Knowles
Jessie Lacey
Amy Paradysz
Cynthia Finnemore Simonds