Susan Axelrod

Editor, Special Projects and Annual Guides

What do you most enjoy about your job?
What I enjoy most about my job is the opportunity it’s given me to travel around the state, to meet fascinating people and to learn something new all the time. I also love that through my work I get to spotlight the best of Maine, from restaurants and cultural institutions to educational programs and philanthropic organizations—and of course the individuals that make them notable.

What makes someone a true Mainer?
I know there’s a long-held belief that you’re not a true Mainer unless you were born here, and in some parts of the state that extends to your parents or even grandparents being born here. But I think those of us who come here “from away” can achieve true Mainer status by embracing life in our adopted state and contributing to it in a positive way. I believe I do that. I chose to move to Maine because I love it, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else.

What is one place in Maine you have never visited but want to?
I have never visited Baxter State Park, or climbed Mount Katahdin. It’s my goal to do both in the summer of 2019, and to camp in the park for a day or so before and after the climb.

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Joel Kuschke

Creative Director

Danielle Devine

Editor, Maine Home+Design

Paul Koenig

Editor, Maine

Shelbi Wassick

Online Editor

Melissa Olander

Director of Finance

Sarah Prak

Art Director, Special Projects and Annual Guides

Mike Farrell

Media Partner Strategist

Emma Simard

Associate Editor

Taylor Adams

Graphic Designer

Sandy Spaulding

Managing Partner