Clinton Deschene has 20 plus years of experience varying from town and city government and school business operations. His experience proves his dedication to community and business development, and he has ties to innovative leaders across the State to make the project succeed.
Clint Deschene brings over two decades of leadership experience to his role as Director of Innovation for Ignite Presque Isle. A native of Presque Isle, Clint is a graduate of Presque Isle High School, the University of Maine Orono where he received his BA, and a graduate of Suffolk University Law School where he earned his JD in 1998.
Clint has worked for the Town of Bradford, Town of Hermon, and the City of Auburn as the chief appointed official before moving home with his family to work at MSAD #1 as the Assistant Superintendent for Business. He resides in Presque Isle with his wife Jennifer and their two children. Clint has many interests led by his passion for golfing that rekindled when he moved home. Without question it is his wife Jennifer and their two children, that define his enjoyment for life.
"The challenge starting Ignite PI is the most daunting task of my entire career. The strength to put in the work is fueled by what we as a community can accomplish. Attacking the challenges one at time with our team and board is the most rewarding feeling I have ever had in my career."
Jan Lucas, MBA, CEM serves as Community Manager. Jan brings extensive experience in business administration and hospitality to her role at Ignite PI.
Born and raised in London, UK, she and her husband Roger have resided in Crouseville, Maine for over 16 years.
Jan is a graduate of the University of London with an MBA, and is a Certified Event and Exhibition Manager. Prior to moving to Maine, together with her husband Roger opened a restaurant in the Lake District, UK.
Within 18 months of moving to Maine, they founded Café Sorpreso in Presque Isle. As strangers to this area, they had no idea where to go for help for their start up business, and relied on word of mouth, often steered in the wrong direction. The café was self funded and in its first year was acknowledged as
Business of the Year from the Chamber of Commerce. In 2010, the Café was sold and Roger retired.
Jan wasn't ready for retirement and was asked to create event business in a local restaurant with a failing event center. Jan used her expertise to transform the event center into a well-established and profitable business.
Upon this achievement, Jan moved to the Hampton Inn by Hilton where she worked as the Director of Sales, Marketing, Revenue & Inventory for 9 years prior
to joining Ignite PI.
With over 25 years of experience at The Northeastland Hotel will provide balance of the past operation with a vision forward to evolve seamlessly.
The organization is governed by a daring Board of Directors devoted to making Presque Isle thrive. Currently, 6 of the 7 seats have been filled and include:
Ryan D. Pelletier was appointed County Administrator effective June 19, 2017. Prior to his appointment Ryan had served nearly two decades in local and regional government. He began his career as the Town Manager of Wallagrass, Maine in 1998, followed by 11 years as the Town Manager of St. Agatha, Maine. In 2010, Ryan was hired as the Director of Economic and Workforce Development at Northern Maine Development. During this time, he served as both the Executive Director of the Aroostook and Washington Counties Local Workforce Investment Board and Executive Director of Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development. Ryan returned to local government management in 2015 and served two years as Town Manager in Madawaska, Maine before taking on his correct role at the County. Ryan has a master's degree in Public Administration from Norwich University and undergraduate degrees in political science and business management from the University of Maine, Fort Kent. He and his wife Jennifer live on Long Lake in northern Maine and have 4 children.
Patricia Sutherland is a retired educator and college administrator who now works part-time as a writer/copy editor for Sutherland Weston Marketing Communications, a full-service marketing firm in Bangor. Pat is a native of Chapman in Aroostook County where she is now serving her sixth term on the Chapman select board and has been the chair for a number of years. Previously, she was chair of the municipal planning board for a lengthy time.
Pat served two terms in the Maine Legislature and has been a very active member of several regional and state boards including the Maine Municipal Association Executive Committee, ACAP, and a long-time member of the executive board of the Northern Maine Development Commission, where she is on a number of committees. Pat also chairs the Aroostook County Tourism board.
Julie was born in Guilford, Maine and attended the Piscataquis Community High School. She attended the University of Maine Orono where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Environment/Family Relations in 1991, and a State of Maine Elementary Teacher Certificate. She spent 20+ years as a Prevention Educator for the Hope and Justice Project in Presque Isle, and 2 years as an Educator for Aroostook Mental Health. Julie and her family are keen outdoor enthusiasts; she has been on the board of the Bike Coalition of Maine for 10 years. Julie and her husband Ed live in Presque Isle with their "cool son" Gannon (at college in Maine), and currently works in Holistic Health.
Bruce was born and raised along with his 10 siblings on the family farm in the nearby town of Bridgewater. When Bruce left High School he bought his first truck and started a career in long haul trucking. Bruce worked for a brokerage business in nearby Mars Hill, and then along with a partner, opened a trucking and brokerage business. Bruce has been in the trucking and brokerage business for over 40 years, and in 2015 opened Falcon Transportation located in Presque Isle.
Cathy was born and raised in Fort Kent and moved to Presque Isle in 1993. Cathy attended Northern Maine Community College, and later the University of Maine, Presque Isle. Cathy has degrees from the Gemological Institute of America.
A married mother of 3, Cathy bought the original Wilders Jewelry Store on Main Street in 1996 and has continued to build a thriving business in the heart of the City. She served as President of the Downtown Revitalization Committee, and on the Board of Northern Maine Development Committee.
Cathy feels that one of her biggest achievements was to help the Downtown survive the closure of airbase at Loring, and to grow and thrive.
Kallie was born and raised in Madawaska, Maine. She is a graduate of the University of Maine at Presque Isle and holds a degree in Business Management. Kallie has been working at Thompson Financial Group for 6 years now and has her Life and Health License allowing her to help individuals and families protect and plan for their future. Kallie is on the Central Aroostook Chamber Board and loves being active in the community and helping in any way she can. Kallie resides in Caribou with her husband Joey, and their two children Cullen, and Teagan.