Who We Are

The GNGDC is composed of a group of local, like-minded individuals, whose driving desire is to see economic development of the area.

Join Our Board!
GNGDC is accepting applications for new board members. Read over the Criteria for GNGDC Board Members. Then, complete and submit a GNGDC Board Member Application.

Penney WardPenney Ward, President
Penney is a resident of Gray, and brings 18 years of non-profit experience to the GNGDC. Professionally, she is the Assistant Director of Parent Giving and Engagement, in the Office of College Advancement at Bates College. In the past, Penney served for 16 years on the Board of Directors of the Patriot Soccer Club, and held the office of president of the organization from 2011-2013. She also served on the Gray Community Endowment Board for two years. Penney was a member of the GNGDC Board from 2014-2015 and we are excited to have her join us again.  
Photo of Kristin PicconeKristin Piccone, Vice President
A Gray, Maine native and Realtor, Kristin brings her sharp attention to detail and real estate expertise to serve GNGDC as a volunteer member.  She also brings accounting experience to the table.  Kristin’s passion for growth and success in her community is vital.
photo of Nicole StevensNichole Stevens, Treasurer
Nichole Stevens is a resident of New Gloucester. She is the former co-owner of Maine Beer Tours and currently works as a Licensing and Contracts Specialist for Tilson Technology Management, Inc. Nichole brings her experience in the formation of a business, securing funding and all the operational components for running a small business. Nichole also has experience in the sale and acquisition of a business, including negotiation, having recently completed the sale of her own business. Additionally, Nichole also has expertise in social, trade show and experiential marketing, town government and telecommunications, including fiber optic, engineering and construction.
Photo of Misty CoolidgeMisty Cooldige, Events Coordinator
Misty is a resident of New Gloucester and owns three businesses and five properties and has lots of advice to offer new start-ups.  Her primary business is a wedding venue in New Gloucester, Coolidge Family Farm, where she hosts approximately 30 weddings per year.  Ten years ago she started her mobile bar business, Maine Mixologists, and her staff travels all over the State every weekend.  Two years ago she purchased and saved a one room chapel in Gray, Coolidge Chapel, where she also hosts events.  She is also a Notary Public and volunteers on many Boards including the Gray/New Gloucester School Board.

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