Announcing Jillian Kanter and Kirsty Beauchesne as PROPEL's next President and Marketing Director

We are pleased to announce Jillian Kanter and Kirsty Beauchesne as PROPEL’s newest President and Marketing Director!

PROPEL’s Board of Directors is thrilled to announce that Jillian Kanter and Kirsty Beauchesne will be taking over for Rebecca Mills and Christopher (Topher) Stephenson as President and Marketing Director, respectively. Mills and Stephenson have run the organization since January of 2017 and are thrilled to provide Kanter and Beauschene the opportunity to step into the organization's primary leadership positions.

Jillian and Kirsty will be available at PROPEL’s next event to discuss their plans for the rest of PROPEL’s 2019!

About Jillian:


Jillian Kanter is currently the Marketing and Communications Specialist at Verrill Dana LLP, a full-service law firm conducting a nationwide practice from offices across the Northeast. In that role, she helps to tell the firm's story and that of its more than 130 attorneys and nearly 30 practice areas and industry groups. She is also a member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine Development and Marketing Committee. Jillian earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Connecticut and her MBA at the University of Southern Maine. Originally from Massachusetts, Jillian has chosen to call Maine for home six years and is passionate about promoting the state as more than a great place to vacation, but also somewhere where young professionals, like her, can come to build and grow their careers, as well as to enjoy the fun activities and natural wonders Maine has to offer.

About Kirsty:


Kirsty Beauchesne is a Digital and Broadcast Television Marketing Consultant with WGME and WPFO in Portland. She has held this position since graduation from Bryant University, with a Marketing and Communications degree, in May of 2017. A Lewiston, Maine native, she has always been passionate about coming back home to ensure local businesses thrive. Working alongside non-profit and for-profit companies, she develops on-air marketing campaigns, creates targeted digital strategy and enhances social media presence to support her clients’ recruitment, competitive and revenue goals. In addition to her role at WGME, she is highly involved with the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber and PROPEL Portland, encouraging young professionals to establish meaningful connections, find careers that ignite them and dig deep roots in Maine.


The goal of PROPEL and its programs is to make Southern Maine a place where young professionals and small businesses can connect and thrive. PROPEL’s main current initiatives are the In-Focus event series - Which partners with local businesses to host events and raise money for Southern Maine non-profits, the Pro.U event series - In which PROPEL partners with local universities to connect young professionals with established alumni, their Annual Awards event which acknowledges stand-out achievements in Maine’s small and large business communities, and the Maine Ambassador Program - A proprietary technology that will connect people who’ve just moved to Maine with established Mainers.