Aubrae Filipiak


Aubrae originally came to Maine Career Connect as a client, when her family relocated to Bangor, Maine, for her husband’s job. She remained involved with MCC as a supporter, well past her family’s own transition period. In the fall of 2017, she approached MCC with an idea that eventually became the MCC Connections program. Her work on developing and implementing that program are what ultimately led to her being offered the role of director.

Aubrae has a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Michigan State University and a degree in Culinary Arts from the Culinary Institute of America. Her 20+ years of work in the restaurant industry took her all over the country and gave her a unique opportunity to hone her skills at relocating and becoming established in new communities, which translate very well to the role she holds with Maine Career Connect.

She is active in the philanthropic community in Bangor, serving on the Board of Directors for Mabel Wadsworth Center, as a member of the Eastern Maine Medical Center Auxiliary and an ardent supporter of many local charities. She and her family live in Bangor’s Little City neighborhood.



Michelle Hale

Project Consultant

As Project Consultant for Maine Career Connect, Michelle supports the development and implementation of programming in the Bangor region, and facilitates expansion to other regions of the state.

Michelle was the Founding Project Leader of Maine Career Connect under The University of Maine in 2014. Michelle continued to support Maine Career Connect as an advisory council member until recently, when her return to employment at The University of Maine as a human resources partner allowed her the opportunity to provide consultation to MCC as part of her current position.

Michelle holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Husson University and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from The University of Maine. In addition, Michelle holds certifications in professional coaching and as a trainer for Crossing Cultures with Competence. Michelle’s work experience includes more than a decade of nonprofit program management and development, along with human resources activities including recruitment, career development and workforce planning.

Michelle is active in the Bangor region as a steering committee member for the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce Fusion:Bangor program and a past participant in the Bangor Region Leadership Institute. Michelle lives in the Fairmount neighborhood of Bangor with husband Elliott and children Allison and Owen.



Lisa Liberatore

Community Outreach/ Development Officer

Lisa is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for making connections with everyone she meets.

She started her entrepreneurial journey by founding Baxter Tea Company, a coffee and tea company, which she went on to sell five years later.

She founded Lisa’s Legit Burritos in Gardiner, which has expanded to Augusta, Maine.  She created a licensing agreement to retain an ownership stake while her business partners manage the daily operation of the restaurants.

Lisa had the privilege of being the Program Manager for Scratchpad Accelerator, the first seed accelerator north of Boston, which worked with eight scalable, investment-oriented companies that have gone on to raise over one million dollars in equity.  She has coordinated events ranging from 20-200 people, built a mentor pool of over 200 people across the state and exceeded fundraising goals for programs she has assisted in. She continues to be involved in supporting Maine’s entrepreneurial and small business community.

She co-founded CoVort, Bangor’s only coworking space, located in the heart of downtown.  She connects entrepreneurs and fosters a collaborative environment for members and visitors.

She authored the Power of Transparency, a book inspired by her real-life entrepreneurial experiences!