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A PHD You Should Avoid

Saturday, June 16, 2016 @10am

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Our Guest:

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Mark Gonska, VP
Career Transition Services
Dise & Company

Employee Terminations:
Deadly Sins –

Mark Gonska leads the Outplacement Practice for Dise & Company.  He helps employers avoid the second most costly mistake they can ever make:  retaining employees they should release.  Also known as America’s Career Coach, Mark has assisted over 8,000 people moving forward in their careers.  He also works with groups on plant closings and job relocation projects nationally and globally.

He designs and delivers leadership and executive coaching with a method combining People, Process and Passion.

Over the last 20 years, Mark has built a significant network of contacts in business, industry, education and not-for-profit organizations.  Nurturing thousands of personal contacts has proven vital to his success.

Mark’s earlier employment included international marketing and product management positions in a Fortune 200 corporation, successful start-up and development of a technology based company and entrepreneurial roles.  He holds a BA in communications from Bowling Green State University (Ohio) and completed additional human resources study at Baldwin-Wallace College (Ohio).  He is a certified Birkman consultant.

Mark has served on the Board for the Cleveland Society for Human Resource Management and is on the Faces of Hope committee for the Volunteers of America.  A nationally certified professional resume writer, he contributed to the book The Five O’Clock Club Guide to Building a Great Resume.

Mark speaks with enthusiasm and candor on many career related topics.  He’s been interviewed on television, radio and on-line webcasts.  Mark enjoys cycling, connecting with his six children and has yet to convince his wife he should skydive and SCUBA dive on the same day.

Mark Gonska can be reached at or mgonska@diseco.com.

Gubernatorial Candidate Mark Eves

Saturday, June 9, 2018 @10am

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Guest:

Mark Eves
Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate

Mark Eves got his start going door to door in the overlooked corners of Maine, helping families in trouble.  It wasn’t easy, but this son of a public-school teacher and a retired military chaplain learned early: You don’t give up on people when they’re struggling.  You stick with them, and keep coming back, day after day, until you figure out what’s wrong.  Because that’s how you help make it right.

That’s what Mark did as a trained family therapist (both a clinician and administrator) for community health organizations across the state. Helping families is the calling of Mark’s life, and it’s why he ran for the state legislature.

Mark served eight years in the Maine House of Representatives, including two terms as Speaker of the House.  And while Mark’s bouts with Governor Paul LePage have been well publicized, he spent most of his time working to bring together a state that can feel awfully divided. It was under Mark’s leadership that the legislature passed a bipartisan middle-class tax cut, boosted property tax relief for all Maine families, and strengthened investments in Maine’s children, seniors and workers.

Now he’s running for governor to make a better Maine, one family at a time.

Mark lives in North Berwick with his wife Laura, their three young children, four goats, two pigs and a coop full of chickens.

Gubernatorial Candidate Mary Mayhew

Saturday, June 9, 2018 @10am

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Guest:

Mary Mayhew,
Republican Gubernatorial Candidate

Mary Mayhew, a native of Pittsfield, Maine, is a Republican candidate for Governor of Maine.

Appointed by Governor Paul R. LePage in 2011 to be the Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, Mayhew stepped down in May 2017 to announce her candidacy. No other candidate for Governor has her specific knowledge of the state’s budget, programs, challenges, resources, or legislative process. Mayhew understands that leaders need to be able to set priorities, establish goals, benchmark performance and make difficult choices.  She has undertaken these tasks and successfully accomplished what she has set out to do.

Commissioner of Health and Human Services

Mayhew served more than six years at the helm of the state’s largest agency, overseeing a more than $3.4 billion budget and 3,400 employees.  She managed many of the state’s most vital programs,  including MaineCare (Maine’s Medicaid program), Aging and Disability Services, Child Welfare, Adult Protective Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, Food Stamps (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), child support enforcement, agency licensure and public health.

Mayhew spearheaded the LePage Administration’s welfare reform efforts.  She implemented time limits and work requirements to help people onto a pathway of prosperity and out of poverty and government dependency. Mayhew increased the Department’s focus on fraud prevention, detection and prosecution to protect taxpayer funding of these safety-net programs for vulnerable adults and families in need of assistance.

Having inherited an agency in constant financial crisis, Mayhew led the department in establishing effective program prioritization and financial management practices. Her leadership halted more than a decade of multi-million dollar budget shortfalls and stabilized Medicaid spending.  This allowed the agency to focus on core priorities of serving the needs of people with disabilities, our elderly and our children. This fiscal stability helped Governor LePage create a budget surplus for the state.

As commissioner, Mayhew implemented innovative reforms in Maine’s $2.4 billion Medicaid program.  She moved it away from a sole focus on claims processing to demonstrating value and improved health outcomes for the more than 280,000 Mainers who rely on it. Her agency accomplished this through investments in primary care and innovative care models. This improved management of chronic diseases, integrated behavioral and physical health, and reduced inappropriate use of healthcare services. When she stepped down to announce her run for governor, nearly 40 percent of Maine’s Medicaid population had its care coordinated. This approach has led to an increase in preventative screening, a 10-percent reduction in inappropriate emergency department use, and nearly 17 percent cost avoidance for members whose care is coordinated.

Because of her desire to strengthen and support at-risk families, Mayhew focused on a holistic approach to improve the integration of services across the Department. Mayhew has prioritized the implementation of a nationally recognized evidence-based model that improves decision-making and case prioritization within child welfare.

With a keen focus on data analytics and data-informed decision-making, her agency prioritized measurable performance outcomes to assure taxpayer funds are accomplishing meaningful goals for those served by the Department.

Prior to her appointment, Mayhew was the Senior Health Policy Advisor for the Administration.

Private Sector Experience

Before serving in the LePage Administration, Mayhew served for 11 years as vice president of the Maine Hospital Association.  She was previously a partner in the public affairs firm of Hawkes & Mayhew, based in Augusta, and also served as a manager of state government relations for Equifax Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia. She was a legislative assistant in Washington, D.C. for Congressman William Alexander.

Personal Life

Mayhew was born in Pittsfield, Maine. Her mother worked as a nurse’s aide, and her father was a foreman at a local manufacturing company. He also was chairman of the school board and a community leader. At 14, her family moved to Arkansas to care for her mother’s aging parents.

At 17, she moved to Washington, D.C. to become a congressional page and finish high school.  Her graduation included a Rose Garden reception with President Ronald Reagan. She then enrolled at the University of Arkansas, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science. Her father passed away when she was 19. After working in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, Georgia, she moved back to Maine in 1990.

Mary lives in China, Maine with her two sons, Cameron and Chance.

Gubernatorial Candidate Shawn Moody

Saturday, June 2, 2018 @10am

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Guest:

Shawn Moody,
Republican Gubernatorial Candidate
Owner, Founder
Moody’s Collision Center

A lifelong common-sense conservative and successful job-creating entrepreneur, Shawn Moody is running for Governor of Maine to ensure Maine continues to be successful for years to come and that every Mainer achieves his or her full potential.

Shawn Moody is best known for the successful business he has grown to 11 locations around Maine.

The son of a single mom who struggled with illness in-and-out of the hospital while trying to raise Shawn and his siblings; Shawn learned firsthand what it meant to struggle and it to overcome adversity.

Growing up in a trailer park in Gorham, the same town in which he now lives, Shawn and his brother and sister worked together with their mom, a hair stylist, to keep the family together.

As a young man, Shawn knew that his way to success in life was a career and a job. At the age of just 13 Shawn started working with automobiles as his hobby and, by that age, had already rebuilt engines and began overhauling cars.

Shawn later started a business in his mom’s garage which has grown to Moody’s Collision Centers, one of Maine’s most successful entrepreneurial companies with 11 locations and nearly 200 employees. Moody’s has twice been named “Maine’s Best Places to Work” statewide.

Moody’s employees are collectively coworker owners. Moody’s employee ownership is a reflection of Shawn Moody’s approach to problem solving, which is based on empowering people and challenging them to achieve success, which benefits everyone from the top-to-bottom of an organization.

As a successful job creator, Shawn Moody knows Maine’s success for years to come is grounded in continuing to grow our economy, create jobs, and improve wages for people all over Maine. He will work to end any job-killing red tape and ensure Maine government works with our small businesses and job creators to succeed, rather than hindering job growth.

Shawn also knows Maine must live within its means. Any state spending must be smart and prudent. The People of Maine must be assured they are getting a dollar’s return for every dollar spent. We must root out waste, fraud, and abuse of taxpayer dollars wherever it is found.