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 20 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 sustainable businesses thrive and succeed. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring Maine by bicycle, connecting with Maine’s great art scene, and shrinking the grass in her yard by building new gardens every year.


photos-by-abbie-august-2015-81Erin Covey-Smith

Graphic Designer & Marketing Coordinator

Erin was born and raised in Portsmouth, NH, and though she has lived many places, she has always called coastal New England “home.” She received a BA in English and Studio Art from Wesleyan University and an MFA in Studio Art from Concordia University in Montreal, where she conducted extensive research into nontoxic printmaking techniques. Erin moved to Portland in 2012 and instantly fell in love. Seeking to make a creative contribution to her community, she couldn’t have found a better fit than with the SunriseGuide. When not working, you’ll find Erin drawing; “urban-homesteading” in her kitchen; or outside in all seasons, skiing, hiking, gardening, running, or just plain enjoying Maine.


Chris Hafford

Account Executive

Chris studied at the Creative Photographic Arts Center of Maine and the University of Maine at Augusta until 2004. Since then he has worked on political campaigns, fixed helicopters, built houses, repaired and refinished furniture as well working extensively in sales, travel and food industries. Growing up in Northern Maine not only gave Chris a love for all things related to the state of Maine and it’s wilderness but also an appreciation and interest in learning about how people can work together practically to produce results. He brings this attitude to his work at The SunriseGuide! When not working you can find Chris volunteering for Maine Citizens for Clean Elections where he is a board member and spending time enjoying the great state of Maine with his partner and their two dogs.