Meet the team
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.
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 or studying, you can find her knitting, cooking, watching more TV than an environmentalist really should, or spending time with friends and family.
Eco-Marketing Account Executive
Marilyn has spent the better part of her life in Maine. She is an artist with New England gallery affiliations who loves to paint the outdoors. After college in Boston and in Lowell Massachusetts she traveled throughout the US and Mexico for a year, camping and painting. She has spent time teaching art in Vermont and in Maine, and has worked for a number of Portland publications. Besides painting, she likes to explore the coastline, dabble in photography, visit with friends, cook, dance, and spend time with her two granddaughters on Orr’s Island. She has always been a fan of the SunriseGuide and is happy to be working to support its mission of green education in the Maine community.
Cynthia Finnemore Simonds
Midcoast Account Representative,
Newcastle Field Office
Cynthia loves to cook, eat and dance Lindy Hop. When she entertains, you might find four or forty people in her kitchen. Whether she is teaching cooking or swing dance classes, she always wants You to feel great about what you’re learning. Author of three cookbooks, she has been an advocate for local food sources all her life. In 2010, her cooking magazine show, Fresh to Flavorful aired on PBS. Cynthia has been an entrepreneur since age 13 when she started her first catering business. Her enthusiasm for helping local businesses succeed and her commitment to living mindfully led her to a joyful collaboration with The SunriseGuide and Green & Healthy Maine.