Melissa Olander

Associate Publisher

How do you spend your time outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy summer and fall the most! I live in the Lakes Region with my husband, Erik, and we love to go boating, hiking or golfing throughout the summer. In the fall, we enjoy the ATV and hiking trails around our home for the best views of foliage.

What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I once competed in a Maine bodybuilding competition, with the National Amateur Body-Builder’s Association (NABBA). In 1994 I took 2nd place at the Ms. Maine Figure competition. Through this experience, I learned the concept of discipline, developed perseverance, and gained both mental and physical strength to become the person I am today.

What is your favorite place in Maine and why?
My favorite place in Maine is Portland. I love the opportunities it provides for adventure, dining, music, shopping, and socializing. From Portland, you can easily get out on the water for day or overnight adventures on the many inviting islands around the Bay. You can walk or run around the city from the many scenic trails, and you are less than an hour away from the many lakes and mountain areas for boating, camping, and skiing excursions. And if you ever have a craving for nearly any type of food, Portland’s got it!

Hadley Gibson

Associate Editor

Karen Middleton

Director of Business and Partnership Development

Olivia Ryder

Production Manager

Rachel Hurn

Editor, Maine magazine

Caili Elwell

Digital Strategist

Orion Poulin

Archer Consulting - Sales Consultant

Joel Kuschke

Creative Director

Danielle Devine

Editor, Maine Home+Design