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Founders / Leadership

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Meg Shorette

Executive Director

Meg Shorette is the founder of Launchpad and currently serves as the Executive Director. Meg also founded HelpArt, Launchpad’s crowdfunding platform for internal Launchpad Programming, Artist Development & Creative Projects that strengthen the community one idea at a time.

In 2014, Maine Magazine named Meg one of 50 people helping to shape the state of Maine; the youngest acknowledged at just 30 years old. She has served on several grant committees for the Maine Arts Commission and was a volunteer director for the former KahBang Music & Arts Festival until leaving to form Launchpad in 2013. Originally from Skowhegan, Meg graduated from The University of Maine in Orono in 2006 and went on to study nonprofit management & grant writing at the University of Southern Maine.

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Joshua Gass

Managing Director

A native of Bangor, Josh is an alumni of the University of Southern California. He worked for several years in the film & television industry in Los Angeles on projects like American Idol, before returning to Maine in 2009.

He served for four years as the Creative Director to the KahBang Music & Art Festival before leaving to form The Beta Agency, an interactive Marketing Agency specializing in live Events. He is a co-founder of Launchpad and the All Roads Music Festival. He currently resides in Bangor and enjoys being bossed around by his dog Belle, and cats Milhouse and Zeppelin.

Central Gallery Support Staff

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Abigail Annis

Gallery Coordinator
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Lucas Kinney

House Sound Engineer

Zach Thompson

Gallery Staff

Board of Directors

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Matt Chabe

Board of Directors

A Bangor-area native, Matt is a principal at the marketing and advertising firm The Galleon Agency.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served for seven years as a public relations specialist. His final assignment was as Public Affairs Officer at USS Constitution (“Old Ironsides”) in Boston, Mass., the Navy’s 200-plus-year-old-sailing-warship and national symbol. In this role, he logged countless hours successfully pitching media and has appeared as a spokesperson on major television networks. During this time he was also a regular contributor to the acclaimed online pop culture magazine PopMatters.

Following his honorable discharge, Matt was the CMO of a communications agency in Bangor, Maine, and the communications specialist for Emera Maine(formerly Bangor Hydro).

In addition to his role at Launchpad, he is the chairman of the Bangor SCORE chapter. He graduated from the Department of Defense’s accredited journalism school, DINFOS, with honors, and is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Maine with a BA in Business Marketing.

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Sarah Harrington

Board of Directors

Sarah is a native of Orono, Maine and a graduate of Northeastern University’s Music Industry program. Her experiences in the music industry began with Northeastern’s student-run record label Green Line Records, and continued with several years on the KahBang Music Festival team. Most recently she has had the privilege of working with The Bowery Presents: Boston, and is on the live events staff at The Sinclair in Cambridge, MA.

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Jamie Miller

Board of Directors

Jamie Miller is a graphic designer, child of the 80s and a native Texan raised by artists and musicians. After multiple stints in the ad agency world, Jamie left the corporate grind behind to join South by Southwest (SXSW), the largest conference and festival of its kind in the world, where she is the Senior Designer and Photography Supervisor.

Blessed with the ability to work remotely for most of the year, Jamie and her husband moved to Maine in July of 2013 in search of seasons and a more manageable pace of life. They found both, plus a burgeoning arts scene they support and contribute to. With nearly 15 years of festival experience to draw from, Jamie chairs the Events and Festivals Committee for Launchpad.
When not working, you’ll find Jamie traveling, engrossed in learning a new skill, or reading Scandinavian crime procedurals.”

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Jeff Prymowicz

Board of Directors

Jeff Prymowicz is a Designer & Partner for The Galleon Agency, managing multimedia projects and art direction for their clients. This includes developing and executing marketing strategies, crafting advertising campaign collateral, and creating visuals that align with messages and target audiences.

Jeff is a talented artist practicing his craft in illustration, animation, and screen printing. He studied at the University of Maine and received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, and a Bachelor of Arts in New Media.