Meet the team

Heather_PhotoHeather Chandler

President & Founder

Exposed to a healthy & sustainable lifestyle at a young age, Heather never would’ve believed you then if you told her that some day she might actually like tofu and whole grain bread and enjoy shopping at the food coop! Heather has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and promoting eco-friendly and socially responsible businesses—and founded The SunriseGuide in the summer of 2006. She is passionate about helping Maine’s small sustainable businesses thrive and succeed. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Maine by bicycle, connecting with Maine’s great art scene, gardening and building community in her hometown of Westbrook.

Lora Winslow

Graphic Designer & Marketing Maven

Lora was born and raised in Portland, Maine, where she currently lives. She received her BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and then founded The Naked Truth Project — a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating consumers about what’s really in the products they use everyday. She also worked as the Director of Marketing and Sustainability for Stonyfield Cafe / O’Naturals and received a Masters of Environmental Law & Policy from Vermont Law School. As a long-time fan of the SunriseGuide, Lora is thrilled to help build a local and “green” economy in the city and state she loves. When Lora’s not working , you can find her knitting, cooking, watching more TV than an environmentalist really should, or spending time with friends and family.

Jess_PhotoJess Tkacik

Account Representative

Jessica’s love for all things green and healthy has been deeply rooted in her upbringing here in southern Maine. She has spent many summers in the Maine woods as a “leave no trace” trip leader for a local summer camp and she continues to spend as much time as possible outside, no matter the season! Jessica received a BA in Modern Language from Eckerd College in Florida and loves any excuse to travel and explore what “local” means in other communities.  As a longtime fan of the Sunrise Guide, Jessica is excited to help grow the already rich local business community with her professional background in sales and her personal passion for healthy living.  In her free time Jessica loves to practice yoga, rock climb, snowboard, and paddleboard.

Ruthie_photoRuthie Hawley

Blackstone Accelerates Growth Intern

There was a time in her life when Ruthie picked on her mom for her insistence on buying organic groceries and shopping at farmer’s markets, but once she read Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring everything changed. Ruthie realized that the everyday products one consumes and makes use of are explicitly related to personal and environmental health. Since her environmental awakening, Ruthie has fed her interest in sustainability by pursuing degrees in Environmental Policy and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Colby College (Waterville, ME). She joins the SunriseGuide for the summer of 2014 as part of the Blackstone Accelerates Growth Program through the University of Maine. She is excited to use her experience in video production and passion for innovation and creativity to help breed success for the SunriseGuide for many seasons to come. In her free time, Ruthie enjoys spending time on the water and with her family on Southport Island, ME.