Jen is a recently retired United States Air Force B-1 pilot from New England who got to Maine as quick as she could. She served for 24 years, including 90 combat missions during multiple tours supporting troops on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq. Jen knows what transitioning military members bring to the table and is dedicated to their continued success in Maine, while meeting the needs of Maine employers. She is married to an Air Force veteran and is passionate about service, the community of Maine, and Boots2Roots’ win-win mission.
Tony is an Army veteran where he spent seven years on active duty as an infantry officer. In 2009 he served out of FOB Sharana, in eastern in Afghanistan as an infantry platoon leader, and held a variety of leadership and staff positions during his time in the Army. Following his discharge from the Army in May 2014 from Ft. Riley, KS, he transitioned into the MBA program at Kansas State University; graduating with honors in May 2016. After graduating, Tony moved to the Portland, Maine area where he became the Membership Development Manager for the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce in September 2016. He is also a full-time student at the University of Southern Maine pursuing his second master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and is expected to graduate in May 2018.
Tony connected with Jen when she came into the Portland Chamber to sign Boots2Roots up as a member. Tony recognized that he might be able to help given his unique role in the business community of southern Maine and as a veteran, so he became the first “official” Peer Mentor for the organization.
Jonathan is a Navy veteran who served as a Cryptologic Technician and Search & Rescue Swimmer onboard the USS Bataan. His service included participation in Operation Noble Eagle, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, Operation Enduring Force, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom II. He is currently the hiring manager for a customer service team at UnitedHealthcare. He also supports the company as a cultural ambassador, where he stresses the importance of their values of integrity, compassion, relationships, innovation, and performance. Jonathan gained first-hand experience navigating through the difficult transition from military to civilian life when he returned to Maine, which is why he is a Peer Mentor!
Bruce’s corporate leadership experience included: Product/Product Development Manager positions in two consumer packaged goods companies; Senior Vice President of a global training/consulting company; Vice President—Business Development for a leading construction management firm, and Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of a regional chamber of commerce.
Most recently, he was President of MacMillan Associates, Inc. of Phippsburg, ME, a consulting firm specializing in communications skills training and executive coaching, where he served over 100 organizations, including GE, Pitney Bowes, CIGNA, UNILEVER, Colgate-Palmolive, MEMIC, Acadia Insurance and the University of Southern Maine.
He has an M.S. in Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Syracuse University, a B.A. in Psychology from Case Western Reserve University and Professional Certifications in marketing, entrepreneurship skills instruction and radio/TV broadcasting.
Bruce strongly believes in the Boots2Roots goal of helping veterans smooth their transitions back to Maine, particularly focusing on helping them attain meaningful employment. And as a veteran himself, he especially appreciates the special characteristics veterans bring to the employment marketplace including technical skills, work ethic, initiative, integrity, teamwork and leadership. He has already used his executive, consulting and coaching experience to help our veteran “Teammates” communicate and leverage these special characteristics as part of an effective and efficient job search.
Paulette “Peg” Clapp
With an Air Force Lt. Col son, Peg is aware of the challenges military families face when looking for Maine employment, housing, and schools. Boots2Roots is definitely an organization that addresses these issues. It is my privilege to volunteer with this nonprofit organization, which has a goal of helping our Maine military families succeed.