Mahoosuc Sustainable Tourism Committee

Our Team

The Mahoosuc Way team is made up of a collection of local organizations and volunteers. This team has been working together since late 2019, when the region hosted the Mahoosuc Region Community Destination Academy.

Our team is based on a principle of strong collaboration and a focus on sustainable tourism. The team draws together representatives from across tourism businesses, not-for-profits, local government, and State agencies.

The Mahoosuc Way efforts are being led by a local team, who have come together as a working committee. The Mahoosuc Sustainable Tourism Committee team members are:
  • Brad Jerome, The Bethel Inn
  • Karolyn Castaldo, Sunday River
  • Vern Maxfield, Town of Woodstock
  • Amy Bernard, Town of Newry
  • Loretta Powers, Town of Bethel
  • Kim Sparks, Town of Greenwood
  • Mia Purcell, Community Concepts Finance Corporation
  • *Barbra Barrett, Maine Mineral and Gem Museum
  • *Amy Halsted, Creative Director
  • *Jessie Perkins, Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
  • *Robin Zinchuk, Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
  • *Catherine Ingraham, CEI Consultants
  • Donna Moreland, Maine Office of Tourism
  • Micki Mullen, Maine Office of Tourism
  • Carolann Ouellette, Maine Office of Outdoor Recreation
  • *Mike Wilson, Northern Forest Center
  • *Amy Scott, Northern Forest Center

    *Executive Committee Member

We share a passion for the region, and an interest in long-term sustainability. We developed the Pledge to Embrace Our Place, as a way to bring locals and visitors together in a shared approach to create a sustainable tourism destination.
Our work is anchored by the Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce and is supported with initial funding from our Sustainability Partners, Northern Forest Center, and Maine Office of Tourism.

See Our Committee

Amy Halsted,
Creative Director
Robin Zinchuk,
Bethel Area Chamber of Commerce
Mia Purcell,
Community Concepts Finance Corporation
Catherine Ingraham,
CEI Consultants
Mike Wilson,
Northern Forest Center
Karolyn Castaldo,
Sunday River
Barbra Barrett,
Maine Mineral & Gem Museum
Vern Maxfield,
Town of Woodstock
Amy Scott,
Northern Forest Center

The Mahoosuc Region Community Destination Academy (2019-2020)

The Mahoosuc Region Community Destination Academy (CDA) program was built on a recognition that successful destinations require a unique level of cooperation among business, non-profit, and municipal stakeholders. They need a common set of skills and knowledge to enable effective team-based project implementation. The Mahoosuc CDA consists of professionally led workshops and training sessions combined with a package of direct financial and technical assistance to support destination development projects. The Mahoosuc CDA resulted in a Mahoosuc Region Sustainable Tourism Plan. The CDA was funded by The Maine Woods Consortium in partnership with the Maine Office of Tourism and the Northern Forest Center.