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!
Grant is a retired Marine Corps and Army veteran who deployed in support of Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Enduring Freedom. His duty positions included CH-53E Helicopter Crew Chief, Chemical Officer, Field Artillery Officer, and Logistics Officer. In 2008, he deployed to Afghanistan as a combat advisor to the Afghan National Security Forces in Khost, Paktya, and Paktika provinces. Grant holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science, a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management, and a Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Management. He is currently the Manager of Insurance and Employee Benefits at Dead River Company and is a lifelong Chicago Bears fan. Grant has made two successful transitions from military to civilian life, first from an enlisted Marine into the civilian aviation community, and then as a commissioned officer into the civilian human resources community. His transitions were made significantly easier with the assistance of other military personnel who had made the move into the civilian sector. Grant volunteers as a Peer Mentor in order to provide the same opportunity to other veterans.
Bruce was a United States Navy surface warfare officer from 1968-1972 and served in Division Officer assignments aboard the destroyers USS Kenneth D. Bailey and USS Talbot, and as Assistant Operations Officer aboard the destroyer USS Robert K. Huntington. His post-service career spanned 45 years of diverse executive and consulting experience and he retired in December 2016.
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
Peg is the proud mom of two adult children, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, and four grandchildren. She is a retired Maine high school teacher, who has not really retired. After 43 years in the classroom, she was offered the opportunity to teach STEM Technology for the Department of Defense under the leadership of a Brig Gen in Bangor, Maine, and adjunct work for three area colleges. She also works part-time for two church congregations.
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.