As the new CEO for Harrington Family Health Center (HFHC), Lee Umphrey aims to bring his administrative background and networking resources to continue on the smooth waters that the center has been sailing in recent years. Umphrey replaces former CEO, Bill Lipinski, who implemented systemic changes in efficiency and financial stability.
These changes, Umphrey says are working, and he hopes to further build on them. Bringing teambuilding skills to the table, he says he looks forward to bringing things together to work better. His previous work centers around management of organizations and foundations. Umphrey worked for Governor Baldacci and was closely involved with the passing and implementation of Dirigo Health.
Shenna Bellows announced her run for congress against Senator Susan Collins in late October. Since then, town by town, she has been spreading her message and looking for support. A believer in a grassroots model of politics, Bellows made a stop in Machias last week to speak with interested citizens at the Machias Valley Grange Hall.
About thirteen people circled around the woodstove to talk about issues close to home. Bellows grew up in Hancock and has most recently worked as the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in Maine. Bellows said that she was inspired to run because of her mother. Her mother, who at the age of 49 went back to school to become a nurse, so that she could get healthcare and benefits.