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Bad Choices Make Good Stories

Saturday, January 26, 2019 @10am

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Guest:

Dylan “Dielawn” Volk
Author, Speaker
Bad Choices Make Good Stories

After years of what his parents called “the diagnosis of the month club,” Dylan was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism at the age of eight. Life has been a minefield of obstacles for Dylan. When he was little, he struggled with learning the rules and following directions that did not make sense to him. As he got older, he was challenged, especially socially, by a world that seemed extremely confusing to him, with a disability that to most was invisible. Even today, Dylan works hard to figure out what he needs to do in order to get through each day as a 27-year-old adult with autism in our fast-paced and often unforgiving society.

Dylan graduated from Sedgefield High School in 2010 and is currently pursuing his goal of making it in the entertainment industry. He has a YouTube channel under his stage name “Real Dielawn” where viewers are treated on a daily basis to a look inside his one-of-a-kind mind. Dylan has also been a regular on SiriusXM’s “Dirty Pop Live” hosted by Lance Bass, heard formerly on OutQ Channel 106 and RadioAndy Channel 102. He has hosted his own radio show, “Ridin with Dielawn” which aired Saturday nights in Portland, Maine on WLOB 100.5-FM and via his podcast.

Dylan has been enjoying his experiences speaking about his life and the book he wrote with his father.  His presentations to thousands of people from coast to coast have been overwhelmingly well-received. He hopes his work helping his father write Chasing the Rabbit: A Dad’s Life Raising a Son on the Autism Spectrum and his new book, Bad Choices Make Good Stories: My Life with Autism, will help families as they navigate through the difficulties of living life on the spectrum.  He currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

HR Solutions in Modern Public Accounting

Saturday, January 19, 2019 @10am

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Guests:

Jennifer Harnish
Director of Human Resources
Baker Newman Noyes
JHarnish@bnncpa.com

Jennifer Harnish is the Director of Human Resources at Baker Newman Noyes, one of the nation’s top 100 accounting and consulting firms based in Portland, Maine. Prior to joining BNN in 2011, Jennifer worked in Human Resources for eight years at an international food retailer.

At BNN, she supports all four office locations, handling all human resource functions and responsibilities. Jennifer provides innovative services and programs to support an era of rapid change within the firm. She develops and implements policies that support the culture of BNN, as well as handling all recruiting and staffing initiatives. Jennifer is also a member of the BNN Women’s Initiative.

She is a member of several human resource organizations, including the Society For Human Resource Management, the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine, Seacoast Human Resources Association, and the Manchester Area Human Resources Association.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Seattle University in Washington.

Anna Fincke
Chief Operating Officer
Baker Newman Noyes
AFincke@bnncpa.com

Anna Fincke serves as Chief Operating Officer at Baker Newman Noyes in Portland, Maine. She leads the operations team, overseeing the Marketing, Human Resources, and Reports departments, as well as office support and administration.

She works closely with the principal group to develop the firm’s strategic priorities and ensure that the firm’s initiatives are carried out. Anna specializes in strategy and operations, with experience working in industries from construction to food service, and in highly-regulated environments.

Prior to joining the firm, Anna was a partner at a consulting and advisory firm that specialized in helping nonprofits develop strategic and growth plans, and served as vice president at a large Portland-based nonprofit.

Anna earned her bachelor’s degree in economics, cum laude, from Harvard University and master’s degree in business administration from The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Gartner Evaluation Criteria

Saturday, January 12, 2019 @10am

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Guest:

Ricky Graf
Senior HCM Account Executive
Paylocity

Headquartered just outside Chicago, Paylocity has revolutionized the marketplace for payroll and human resources professionals.

In 1997, our founder, Steve Sarowitz, noticed that the payroll and human resources landscape offered only two distinct choices: service or technology. Determined to change this, Sarowitz set out to create a true hybrid—Paylocity.

Paylocity has delivered industry-leading software and unmatched customer service since our inception. Our mission of elevating payroll and human resources across the backroom and into the boardroom speaks to just that.

Today, Paylocity continues to develop innovative solutions that simplify the lives of payroll and HR professionals across the country. Through powerful analytics, robust reporting, intuitive usability, and modern functionality—our clients increase efficiency and manage workforces more effectively.

Boots2Roots – Replay

Saturday, January 5, 2019 @10am

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Guest:

Col. Jen Fullmer, USAF Ret.
Boots2Roots

Boots2Roots –

Jen Fullmer is Executive Director of a relatively new Maine nonprofit called Boots2Roots.

Boots2Roots provides personalized and proactive support for active duty military members and their families who are transitioning to Maine.  Boots2Roots’ programs focus on employment, navigating transition resources, and peer mentoring, built on a foundation of networking connections based in trust.  Boots2Roots is the only nonprofit in Maine specifically focused on connecting with active duty military members before they begin their transition to Maine so they can hit the ground running when they get here.

Prior to her current role, Jen served 24 years in the United States Air Force and retired as a Colonel in the fall of 2015.  She served in a variety of leadership positions to include flying squadron command and Chief of Staff of the Joint Interagency Task Force South, a multi-national task force tasked with facilitating the interdiction of illicit trafficking and other narco-terrorist threats. From 2013 to 2014 she served as Vice Commander of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, where she was second in command of United States Central Command’s largest air wing, responsible for combat operations and installation support for 8000 U.S. and coalition warfighters.  Jen is a command pilot with more than 2,500 flight hours in the B-1 Bomber, including 90 combat missions over Afghanistan and Iraq during Operations ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM from October 2001 to May 2014.

Jen has a Master of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Purdue University Global, a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies from the USAF Air War College, Air University, a Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Northern Colorado.