Eggs & Issues September 2018

Panelists: Tammy Ackerman – Executive Director, Engine; Joanne Putnam –  Police Chief, Wells Maine; Deanna Sherman – President and CEO, Dead River Company
Date: Friday, September 21, 2018
Topic: Women in Leadership
Location: Pratt & Whitney Building, YCCC – Wells Campus
Networking: 7:00am, Breakfast: 7:30am, Speaker 8:00am, followed by Q & A

Please register in advance.

$10 per person with pre-registration and payment.
Payment may be made by check to YCCC: 112 College Drive, Wells ME 04090
or credit card over the phone.
$15 at the door
Register by phone at: 207.216.4311 or Email: Erin Haye

This event is proudly sponsored by York Hospital.


TAMMY ACKERMAN – Executive Director, Engine: Born in South Dakota, Tammy Ackerman is the executive director and co-founder of Engine, a community arts nonprofit located in downtown Biddeford, Maine. Ackerman has a B.A. in Art from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. In 2000, Ackerman founded a boutique creative agency in Nevada, which grew to five employees. In 2006, Ackerman relocated to Biddeford, Maine, after exploring other small creative towns throughout the U.S. With a pioneering spirit, Ackerman is leading the revitalization of the former mill town in which she lives, focusing on creative economy and placemaking. She has spearheaded the creation of Maine FabLab, a digital fabrication facility with an educational emphasis, and believes that digital fabrication is a big part of the next industrial revolution. Ackerman is focused on helping her town shift its paradigm from a Company Town to a town of companies by fostering the arts, makers young and old, and creative entrepreneurialism. Ackerman has been actively involved with the Heart of Biddeford, a Main Street Maine program, and graduated from Harvard Kennedy School for leadership training. A connoisseur of Main Streets and small towns, Ackerman opts to travel on the slower but much more diverse and inspiring road less traveled whenever possible.

JOANNE PUTNAM – Chief of Police, Wells Maine: Chief Putnam started her career in law enforcement as a part-time dispatcher, reserve officer and court officer for the Town of Ogunquit in 1982. She then made the long trek north to Wells in April of 1985 as a full- time dispatcher and reserve officer. She moved to the Wells Police Department patrol division full-time in May of 1986 and worked her way up through the ranks as a sergeant, lieutenant and was appointed Chief of Police on May 20, 2008. Chief Putnam is active in the Maine Chiefs of Police Association as their representative on the Bureau of Highway Safety Committee, E-Citation committee and the County and Municipal Detention Facility Advisory Committee. In 2012 she became the District 1 (York County) representative on the Maine Chiefs of Police Board of Directors. Chief Putnam was also a member of the Site Selection Commission for the new York County consolidated courthouse. In 2009 she became a member of the York County Budget Committee and the Program Advisory Committee for the Criminal Justice Program at York County Community College. Along with being a member of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association, she is a member of the New England Chiefs of Police Association and the International Association of Chief of Police Association.

DEANNA SHERMAN – President and CEO, Dead River Company: As President and CEO of Dead River Company, Deanna Sherman oversees one of the largest energy companies in Northern New England. Founded in 1909, Dead River Company is family-owned with over 1000 employees serving customers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and northern Massachusetts.  Sherman joined the company in 1986 and has worked in leadership roles including District Manager, Region Manager and Vice President of the Energy Division. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Colby College, majoring in Government/Public Policy and French.  After attaining her first management position at Dead River Company, Sherman returned to the classroom and received her MBA at the University of Southern Maine. Sherman is active in the community through her present and past Board involvement with United Way of Greater Portland, Educate Maine, Junior Achievement of Maine, the Maine Energy Marketers Association and the University of Southern Maine Foundation.