Aubrae Filipiak

Director - Bangor Region

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.



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!