Rebecca Swanson Conrad joined the LA Metro Chamber in March 2017 as the President & CEO. Beckie is looking forward to meeting with chamber members at upcoming functions and on an individual basis as well. She believes the chamber’s success is directly related to the strength and involvement of our members. She encourages members to share their thoughts in order for us all to continue to grow together and realize the great potential of our community.
Beckie joins us after being employed as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine since 2006. She was co-owner with her husband of Austin’s Fine Wines and Foods for 20 years, and for 3 years owned and operated Rÿsen Home Garden & Antiques, a retail gallery promoting local art and products that supported international women’s economic development. Both shops were located in downtown Auburn. Prior to Rÿsen, Conrad’s career spanned 21 years in higher education administration at Bates College, including 1999-2003 when she served as executive director of LA Excels, the college’s non-profit community development partnership in Lewiston-Auburn focused on leadership, arts, educational aspirations and economic revitalization. She served on the Maine Arts Commission for seven years, with four as vice-chair. Volunteer board roles include chair of the Lewiston Auburn Economic Growth Council, past chair of L/A Arts and Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, vice chair of the Maine Association of Nonprofits and as a board member of Advocates for Children, the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce and the advisory boards of USM/LA College and Central Maine Community College. Conrad received her BA in English from Bates College and studied in the New England Studies MFA Program at the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Auburn with her husband Austin Conrad, Jr. and her cat, Charles Mingus.
Maureen Aube began her chamber career in 2000, she brings dedication, commitment, and expertise to her role as Vice President of Operations.
Maureen oversees day-to-day operations that support LA Metro Chamber’s bottom line and manages all activities with regards to personnel, purchasing, and administrative operations. Maureen keeps everything and everyone on track to implement the board’s strategic plan.
A devoted member of the Lewiston Auburn community, Maureen serves as President of the Lewiston Development Corporation and a trustee of the Ben Hayes Support Fund. Maureen sits on the City of Auburn Zoning Board of Appeals, and is an Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR) volunteer. Her significant community work has been recognized numerous times with awards from the United Way, the Maine Elks Association, the ESGR, and the Lewiston Elks Lodge #371. In 2011, then Congressman Michael Michaud awarded Maureen the Congressional Honor.
A graduate in public administration with a minor in business management and administration, Maureen combines her talents in management and organization with her passion for Lewiston Auburn businesses and community in order to help LA Metro Chamber members succeed.
Jenny first joined the LA Metro Chamber as an intern in 2003, and never left. Such is her commitment to and passion for the organization. In her impressive tenure, she is perhaps best known as the founder and first member of the Young Professionals of the Lewiston Auburn Area, now Uplift LA, the vibrant LA Metro Chamber group dedicated to supporting, developing, advancing and connecting our area’s rising professionals.
As Director of Marketing and Communications, Jenny promotes LA Metro Chamber’s upcoming events and initiatives. Crafting press releases, managing email marketing, and creatively executing social media strategy is all part of the job. She manages the organization’s advertising efforts and produces the LA Metro Chamber resource guide. She also coordinates job fairs as well as high school and adult scholarships.
Always working to ensure members are aware of the many opportunities available to them, Jennifer connects members with needed resources and is steadfast in her commitment to promoting business and opportunity in the Lewiston Auburn metropolitan area.
An outdoor enthusiast with a busy family life, Jenny loves to work and play in LA Maine.
Rachel Bishop joined the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of commerce with a desire to help others and her community. As the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber’s Coordinator of Events & Membership Services, Rachel organizes chamber events including breakfast, seminars and business after hours and works to maintain and improve membership services.
Born and raised in Lewiston, Rachel has worked in the Lewiston Auburn community since high school. Prior to joining the Lewiston Auburn Metropolitan Chamber, Rachel spent 12 years dedicated to education as an Education Technician III with the Lewiston School Department in a Special Education classroom.
Driven by her love of learning, Rachel has taken courses in American Sign Language, earned her associate degree in general studies and is continuing work towards her bachelor’s degree. A mother of two grown boys, she enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, reading and soaking up the unique culture Lewiston Auburn has to offer.
Erin Simpson joined the LA Metro Chamber in April 2017 as an Administrative Assistant. Erin is the first person to greet you whether you’re visiting the LA Metro Chamber offices or giving us a call! She will help answer your questions and direct you to the right staff person or resources to address your needs.
Erin coordinates the LA Metro Chamber’s conference room reservations. She sends welcome packets to people visiting and relocating to the area and maintains our lobby’s informational flyers. Erin supports our social media marketing and makes sure to share our investors events and successes through our social media outlets.
Erin enjoys working at the LA Metro Chamber because she gets to see first-hand businesses growing and succeeding and people working towards encouraging change, growth and prosperity in our communities.
In her free time, Erin enjoys trying out our amazing restaurants and discovering new activities in the LA Metro area. She loves to spend time with her nieces and is an avid baker! (just ask the rest of the staff!)