Midcoast Magnet welcomed three new members to its board of directors: Amanda Roberson Austin of 2A Architects in Rockport, Jeff Gnecco of J. Miller & Associates in Thomaston and Karen Meunier of CORIE LLC in Rockland.

Midcoast Magnet brings people together to develop innovative projects that support creativity, livability and economic sustainability in Midcoast Maine. It is a nonprofit organization of people dedicated to vibrant culture, entrepreneurship, and bringing people together socially and professionally.

“I am proud to announce these three individuals whose collective experience will help shape, expand and strengthen Midcoast Magnet as an organization,” said Midcoast Magnet board President Amber Heffner. “They each have a passion for Midcoast Maine, as well as Maine as a whole and a motivation to enhance the creative economy. We are thrilled to have them join the efforts.”

Austin is principal of 2A Architects, a commercial and residential firm that provides the full range of architectural services with a focus on client service, sustainability and community. In collaboration with her husband, Bryan Austin, they opened the firm in October 2009 after moving to the Midcoast from the Seattle area. She holds a master’s of architecture degree from the University of Washington, is licensed in Maine and Washington, is NCARB certified, and is a LEED accredited professional. She has worked in architectural offices in Michigan and the Seattle area for more than 14 years.

“Maine has always been the place I wanted to call ‘home,'” Austin said. “Now that I’m here, I feel as though I’m living the group’s goal to ‘Attract, Connect, and Retain.’ I believe in the work the Midcoast Magnet is doing to put the arts and creative pursuit at the forefront of our lives in the Midcoast. That’s why I’m so proud to be part of this board.”

Gnecco heads the Midcoast office of J. Miller & Associates, a full-service law firm based in Concord, N.H., dedicated to providing focused, personal and conscientious legal representation to clients from all walks of life. A native of Kennebunk, Gnecco earned his bachelor of arts from Sarah Lawrence College in 1998, and his law degree from Duke University School of Law in 2003. Gnecco’s practice is focused on helping people navigate the legal system to turn good ideas into successful ventures, resolve disputes, and plan for the future, with an emphasis on dignity.

Meunier recently moved to the Midcoast and is the president of CORIE LLC, a risk management consulting firm that conducts inspections and evaluations for nonprofits, charitable foundations, government agencies and corporations. Meunier has worked in law enforcement — first as a police officer investigating street crimes, and later with the D.C. Office of the Inspector General investigating white-collar crimes, government corruption and oversight. Her investigations, and subsequent recommendations for policy and procedural changes, made a positive impact on enhancing security and integrity safeguards within government agencies. Meunier holds a master’s degree from Boston University, where she also facilitates for the school’s master’s criminal justice program.

Midcoast Magnet identifies and champions activities that promote leadership and involvement in order to have the greatest impact on the livability and vitality of the Midcoast. Programs such as Juice Boxes, Social Network…In Real Life, and Pecha Kucha continue the conversations and collaborations begun at the Juice Conference.

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