Midcoast Leadership Academy completed its sixth program year in June. More than100 leaders from Knox and Waldo counties have now participated in the leadership training program since its inception.

June graduates included Jennifer Albee (Revision Energy), Brooks; Tia Anderson (Midcoast Habitat for Humanity), Rockport; Paula Apro (The Art Loft), Rockland; Corey Belcher (Bangor Savings Bank), Rockport; Lisa Dresser (The New England Real Estate Company), Hope; Becky Flanagan (Farnsworth Art Museum), Rockland; Jamie Francomano (town of Rockport), Camden; Kathleen Gilbert (KMG Marketing Services), Rockport; Gwendolyn Hudson (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine), Rockland; Greg Jones (Machias Savings Bank), Rockland; Kathy Kemp (Penobscot Job Corps Center), Palmyra; Joan LeMole (Penobscot School), Rockland; Patty Libby (University of Maine Hutchinson Center), Belfast; Cassidy Parmley (Pica Design), Belfast; Tom Peaco (Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce), Rockland; Chad Place (Camden National Bank), Waldo; Sarah Milstead Post (Cornerstones of Science), Owls Head; Danielle Romano (Waldo County General Hospital), Jackson; Jean Thompson (Center for Maine Contemporary Art), Rockport; Kathy Young (Coastal Mountains Land Trust), Camden.

The Midcoast Leadership Academy is designed to help existing and emerging community leaders sharpen leadership skills, expand their knowledge of the region, and build a community leadership network throughout Knox and Waldo counties.

Participants in the Midcoast Leadership Academy attend monthly sessions designed to enhance leadership skills such as self-assessment and group problem-solving. Sessions include an in-depth look at issues facing the Midcoast, including arts and technology, education, health care, the economy, state and local government and the justice system.

Robin McIntosh of Camden and Lori Roming of Unity, both previous MLA graduates, have facilitated the class for the past three years. Class 7 will begin in September. Applications are currently being accepted for the upcoming session and are due Aug. 15.

For more information, go online to midcoastleadershipacademy.org or email info@midcoastleadershipacademy.org.