Kelly was born and raised in Wiscasset, Maine and while she greatly enjoys traveling and seeing what the world has to offer for adventures, she has always lived right here in Maine. She graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Medicine with a concentration in Health and Fitness, and a Minor in Business. She has been a leader and an entrepreneur from the very start, and has taken every business or public speaking class she possibly could throughout her education and career. She has a depth of professional experiences that include general management and financial growth of several small businesses, including ownership of a small, family owned and operated landscape construction firm from 2003 through 2011. This led her to the construction industry in 2011 as the Safety and Human Resources Manager for CCB Construction where she became truly passionate about employee development and training. Over the last 10 years, she has continued to hone her skills as a public speaker, leadership development trainer and manager. She recently joined AGC Maine as the Executive Director and is honored to be serving the AGC member companies and the Maine construction industry.
For Fun: Kelly can usually be found watching her son play whatever sport is in season. She, her family & dog spend most nights and weekends either at a football or baseball field somewhere in New England. When she is not on the sports sideline, she enjoys hiking, camping, traveling and cooking! She is a master meal planner and loves to food prep.
Interesting Tidbit: Kelly loves drives down long dirt roads to nowhere, lakes that you can only find on foot, backpacking and back country camping. She has had many adventures, some lasting several days in the woods. The most heart pumping was just recently where she came nearly face to face with a moose while out for a short 2 mile day hike in Baxter State Park.
Finance & Operations Manager
Andrea was born and raised in Mapleton, Maine. Growing up in The County and the daughter of a District Forester taught her discipline and a good work ethic at a young age. Every fall was spent splitting and stacking wood to heat the house. She joined the AGC team in August 2016 as a temporary employee and became a permanent hire in December 2016. Currently, she is the Finance & Operations Manager and handles operations, finance, and event management, and is the primary contact for the Association. She is a 1999 graduate of University of Maine at Presque Isle with a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation. Prior to joining AGC, Andrea worked for 13 years in the banking industry.
For Fun: Andrea enjoys being active and outdoors. She has climbed Katahdin 5 times and been to Baxter Peak, traversed the Knife’s Edge, Pamola Peak 2 times and Chimney Pond 3 times. Andrea is a member of the 2017 Ragnar Relay Race – Adirondacks and 2018 Ragnar Relay Race – Reach the Beach. Spare time activities include running, hiking, fishing, boating and anything outdoors. Reading could also be added if she knew how to put the book down before 1 AM!
Interesting Tidbit: Andrea was diagnosed with asthma at 9 months old and struggled for many years to stay active with frequent hospital visits. Stubborn-ness and “wanting to be like everyone else” has motivated her to keep moving and exercising. Her first cross-country race in the 6th grade had 40 girls in the race………………………….she finished 38th!
Taylor hails from Central Maine, growing up in the small town of Readfield. Ever since Taylor was a child, she could be found leading committees, clubs, and initiatives in school to instill positive change in her community. This passion and work ethic has followed into her career serving the industry. She has previously worked in the floral, jewelry, and fitness industries in leadership positions. She joined the AGC Maine team in early 2020 as an executive assistant and moved on in 2023 to become the Communications Manager. In her position, Taylor implements and oversees communications at AGC Maine, internal and external, as well as coordinate opportunities for the industry, association, and their local communities.
For Fun: Taylor enjoys supporting her community and exploring the outdoors of Maine with her Fiancé, Günnar. They are avid Farmers’ Market shoppers and are continuously trying new businesses with local ownership trade to support their local economy. When she finds time and sunshine, Taylor seeks out new adventures and experiences in the beautiful outdoors that New England has to offer.
Interesting Tidbit: Taylor grew up the child of two musicians and spent most of her childhood as an un-paid roadie for her father’s bands. She learned the correct technique for rolling cords and proper form when carrying heavy musical equipment gig-to-gig. Once she was older, she realized the musical gene hadn’t passed on to her, but she used the experience of carrying heavy equipment around her new interest in weightlifting. In her short time in weightlifting, Taylor lost an incredible 80 pounds! She can be found at her local gym when she isn’t at work or tending to her home.
Workforce & Apprenticeship Coordinator
Thomas was born and raised in Richmond, Maine. He enjoys the small-town life, where it’s quiet and away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. After graduating from High School, Thomas joined the US Army as an Infantryman in 2002, then assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division, followed by twelve years with the 10th mountain division. He has served in all positions of an Infantry platoon. He is a team player and understands how to build a cohesive environment to promote learning and teamwork. His leadership skill has been sought by many for his expertise, as well as his technical and tactical proficiency. Thomas was deployed on three combat deployments to Afghanistan (2003,2006-2007,2009), once to Iraq (2004), and once to Africa (2018). His other positions include Drill Sergeant, Battalion Operations, Liaison to US Army Africa Command in Vicenza, Italy, and a Military Science Instructor for Syracuse University Army ROTC Program. He has also worked with the Cameroonian and Gahanna Embassies in Rome, Italy. In August 2022, he retired from the US Army with 20 Years of service. He is happy to be joining AGC Maine after leaving the military where he can continue to build teams and educating the workforce.
For Fun: Thomas loves the outdoors and activities of fishing, hunting, sport shooting, and boating. Most of the time, he can be found doing whatever his daughter wants to do or attending one of her sporting events. He also enjoys cooking, whether it’s on the stove or the grill.
Interesting Tidbit: Thomas was in the movie War of the Worlds with Tom Cruise and Dakota Fanning. You can find him in the scene where the Soldiers shoot down the first alien with the Javelin. He has been to twenty-three countries and four different continents.
Transportation Workforce Coordinator
Richard Sterrs serves as AGC Maine’s Transportation Workforce Coordinator, a position created through a grant with the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) and The Maine Better Transportation Association (MBTA). As a former business owner, Executive Director for an Economic Development and Jobs Service Organization, and as a client facing Advisor and Business Services Representative for State and community-based workforce development agencies, Richard brings extensive experience to his work and he looks forward to his service at
AGC Maine. Richard’s roots are in New York and has called Maine his home for over 30 years. He believes that anything worth doing should be done with curiosity, a sense of humor, and ambition. Richard holds Workforce Development credentials from Indiana and Harvard
Universities as well as from The University of Maine.
For Fun: Richard is a self-described homebody. He enjoys spending time with his wife, teenage daughter, and adult children. He delights in the comfort of preparing and serving a good meal to his family and the enveloping comfort that provides. Richard is an avid reader, fancies himself a writer and feels fortunate to have some of his work published. He believes, too, that his real calling is as an actor and performs, albeit in an unsolicited manner, for his family and some very tolerant friends.
Interesting Tidbit: Richard has a nearly uncontrollable emotion for James Taylor music and had the great pleasure in meeting the man himself on 2 occasions. He emails Mr. Taylor on a regular basis. No word yet on Mr. Taylor’s reaction to those dispatches.
Workforce & Apprenticeship Specialist
Don Partridge is a veteran safety officer in the construction industry and has served as AGC Maine’s Workforce Development Director since 2007. Besides coordinating the Chapter’s annual training calendar, he also teaches the majority of courses offered. He currently holds many certifications including; Construction Health and Safety Technician, OSHA 500 Trainer, Adult CPR and First Aid, NCCCO Crane Operator Certifications (Articulating Boom Cranes (ABC), Articulating Boom Cranes with Winch (ABW), Boom Trucks, Fixed Cab (BTF), Lattice Boom Crawler Cranes (LBC), Lattice Boom Truck Cranes (LBT), Service Truck Cranes (STC), Telescopic Boom Cranes, Swing Cab (TLL), Telescopic Boom Cranes, Fixed Cab (TSS). He also held master trainer status for NCCER in Construction Site Safety and attended AGC America’s Advanced Safety Management Course. He is qualified to teach rigging/signal person and work zone safety supervisor. Don also holds certifications in Hazwoper, steel erection, and high angle rescue.
Since 2007 he has served as a safety officer at Bancroft Contracting in South Paris. Before joining Bancroft, he held positions at Reed & Reed and Cianbro. Don currently chairs a self-insured group and is the former chairman of the AGC Maine Workforce Development Committee and 2007 recipient of Chair of the Year.
For Fun: Don is a man of many talents. He is known for learning to operate anything that floats, rolls or flies and that includes earning his pilot’s license just a few years ago. When he raced snowmobiles, he was so well known in the industry for problem-solving a large manufacturer called him for advice when they ran into a glitch.
Interesting Tidbit: Don started his career as a police officer in the Town of Wilton. When he has free time, Don can be found cruising the dirt roads of Greenville with his wife or burning down a trail on his sled during winter.