Susan Dench – President
Susan Dench is the founder, president and chairman of the Board of Directors of the Informed Women’s Network. Recognizing that many women are tired of “politics as usual,” Susan decided to take action and develop strategies that are innovating the way fiscally responsible women and politics intersect, nurturing and encouraging like-minded women in fun, energetic gatherings where views can be expressed in a supportive environment and then translated into practical solutions that produce results.
A graduate of Northeastern University, Susan’s professional background is in marketing, having worked earlier in her career for various corporate entities (including GE and HP) and later as a marketing and branding consultant. Her personal experiences spurred her to author The Responsibility Rules: Living A Self-Disciplined Life in a Self-Entitled World and several other books, landing her on Fox & Friends and numerous radio shows. A lively speaker, she develops connectors, communicators and rainmakers in workshops for those who want to shake up the status quo.
As her family will be only too happy to confirm, Susan is never afraid to give her opinion if asked (and usually if not asked). Active in her community, she lives on the coast of Maine with her exceedingly indulgent husband and admittedly spoiled dogs in a charming 1920’s house, which is in an ongoing state of loving renovation. She can be reached at sdench [@] informedwomen.org.
Cynthia Fisher – Director of Chapter Outreach
Cynthia Fisher has co-owned and acted as VP Marketing & Quality Assurance at Look’s Gourmet Food Company since April, 2003, growing from a production staff of 5 to more than 28 full-time employees. The company produces specialty seafood and related products, including clam juice, lobster, New England clam chowder and gourmet baked beans under a handful of brands, including Bar Harbor Foods. The company supports sustainability for raw materials and services and, as a socially entrepreneurial venture, takes their responsibility and commitment to their employees and rural community very seriously.
Cyn is an active member of Bpeace, a non-profit network of business professionals who volunteer their skills to entrepreneurs in conflict-affected countries to help expand the economic power of women. She’s made several trips to Afghanistan, advising newly-minted women business owners. She can be reached at cynthiafisher.american [@] gmail.com.
Lois Lengyel – Director of Business Outreach
Ginger Taylor – Director of New Media
Ginger Taylor is an author, speaker, new media writer and activist. She is the Vice President of the Canary Party, which advocates on issues surrounding health choice and integrity in medicine. She blogs on the politics of autism, health, informed consent and both corporate and government corruption. Ginger is a former Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in adolescent and family therapy and hold a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. She currently carries a caseload of one… her son Chandler who regressed into autism in 2003.
In 2009 she served on the steering committee of the first Maine CDC Autism Conference to educate medical professionals on the current state of research and treatment of autism. Ginger is the founder of Greater Brunswick Special Families a support organization for families supporting loved ones with developmental disabilities in Mid-Coast Maine. She is a co-author and contributing editor of the book Vaccine Epidemic: How Corporate Greed Biased Science and Coercive Government Threaten Our Human Rights Our Health and Our Children. Ginger served as a member of the Maine Delegation to the Republican National Convention in 2012.
OUR BOARD MEMBERS
Carrie Baker (Treasurer)
Carrie Baker is a triple threat – healthcare expert, professional musician, and hockey mom extraordinaire. As a healthcare expert, Carrie is educating and preparing her clients and colleagues for the steady stream of regulations and requirements mandated by the Affordable Care Act. She has an incredible handle on not just the elements of the program (quite an accomplishment as they literally change day to day) but also the catastrophic consequences of its implementation. She is our go-to person and a sought after speaker on this critical topic.
For many years, Carrie made her living as a classical violinist. She received a full scholarship to the University of South Carolina and graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Music Education and Performance Certificate. She was awarded the coveted Whittenberger Fellowship to attend Boise State University to work on her Masters in Violin Performance and continues to play as a 1st violinist with the Midcoast Symphony, a local community orchestra.
Carrie is also an avid golfer and tennis player. Her greatest joy comes from watching her son in his sporting activities, which now includes a great deal of “ice time.” Carrie and her husband live with their son in Falmouth, Maine, where each winter they take great pride in the neighborhood pond they have turned into a perfectly groomed outdoor hockey rink.
Michelle Cianchette (Achieve President)
Originally from western Massachusetts, Michelle Cianchette headed north when she married in 2012. She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut, holding a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, as well as an MBA from Suffolk University. Michelle is currently employed as a budget analyst at L.L. Bean, having previously worked as a controller for a tax consulting firm in Boston.
Upon moving to Maine, Michelle wasted no time in becoming active in a number of charitable organizations, including the Junior League of Portland and the Center for Grieving Children. She joined the Informed Women’s Network as a charter member and currently leads the Maine chapter of Achieve.
Michelle resides in Cumberland, Maine with her husband, Michael.
Rowan Morse (Speakers)
After graduating from the University of Vermont with a BA degree in Psychology, Rowan and her husband, Jeff, moved to Falmouth, Maine and became proud parents of triplet sons (now married with seven children between them). Her life focus was changed forever! It’s all about the future for her children and her grandchildren.
An active volunteer during her sons’ school years, she further served the community by becoming a School Board member and a docent at the Portland Museum of Art. Governor Paul LePage has appointed her to three boards: the Maine Arts Commission, the Board of Dental Examiners and Friends of the Blaine House.
Rowan is a partner/owner of an independent real estate agency in Portland. In addition to time spent with clients, she has also taken on the task of marketing for the company. She is a member of the Portland Board of Realtors, the Women’s Council of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.
Rowan is an avid radio and TV talk show junky. Seeing that the political climate and national culture was changing in a dramatic and negative way, she decided that she needed to do more than scream back at the radio and felt a “call to action,” becoming extremely active in state politics. She has worked to support gubernatorial, State senate and house candidates as well as local candidates for school board and town council.
Her spare time is spent as an amateur golfer, photographer, pianist and artist. She has taken lessons in all activities for years and is able to enjoy them without taking herself too seriously. Above all her greatest joy is spending time with her grandchildren.
The Honorable Heather Sirocki
Heather gained firsthand exposure to the hard work and long hours needed to succeed in a small business while living on the family farm and helping in the family grain store business growing up. She’s consistently battled other politicians who are trying to tax-and-spend their way out of tough economic times instead of making the tough but fiscally responsible decisions needed for a healthy and vibrant economic environment. A champion of business, education, the needs of the poor and families, Heather is a strong supporter of constitutionally-based, affordable government, free market principles, and the rule of law.
An active part of her community (in her spare time), Heather volunteers for her church and several other local organizations. She lives in Scarborough, Maine with her wonderful husband and their high school senior.