- Shannon KinneyFounder, Client Success OfficerThomaston, MaineShannon KinneyFounder, Client Success Officer
Founder & Client Success Officer, AKA “#HeadHoneyBadger”
Shannon Kinney is a seasoned startup Founder and Executive with over 25 years of experience. She is considered a thought leader in the online space, and is a highly sought after keynote speaker, advisor and consultant. With deep experience in sales, marketing, online product development and leadership, this is her third nationally-scaled digital marketing solution company. She founded Dream Local Digital in 2009 “to bring the power of online marketing to small and medium sized businesses”, and also to master the craft of how to make SMBs successful on social media. She has a wide and highly engaged network of leaders in media, technology, and startups worldwide, and has developed Dream Local Digital to be a widely recognized brand as best of breed in social media fulfillment.
- Founder, Dream Local Digital, working with thousands of small – medium businesses, media companies and ad agencies on online marketing strategies
- Seasoned startup exec with large scale launches such as cars.com, Knight Ridder Digital / Real Cities, Careerbuilder.com, Apartments.com prior to Dream Local Digital
- Experienced Keynote speaker and well-known industry analyst for media, social media and search, and small business marketing
- Named MaineBiz Woman to Watch 2013, Local Digital Innovator of the Year by Local Media Association in 2015, Maine Women’s Network Business Leadership award, Small Business of the Year & Innovative Company of the year by Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, a 2016 Maine Icon and several other honors and awards.
- 25 years consulting experience working with media companies large and small globally with their Web strategies and revenue generation, business plan and strategy development, sales, partnerships, research, analysis, and more. Areas of specialty include social media, local advertising, real estate, auto, recruitment, and classifieds
- 25 Web Product Management and Project Management processes and discipline, lead over 50 software product lifecycles
- Extensive sales experience in print and online media, consulting
- Amber AndersonDirector of ProductionTenants Harbor, MaineAmber AndersonDirector of Production
I was born and raised in a small town in Midcoast Maine. Looking for more experience and a change of landscape, I moved away from that small town almost 10 years ago. Each year that passed, I knew it was only a matter of time before I returned to my roots and back to the same small town that shaped my younger self. My family made the official move home in July of 2017 and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute since.
Prior to joining the team at Dream Local, I laid my hat in New Hampshire. While there I had the pleasure of designing and developing multimedia, graphics, templates, marketing materials, classroom-based and online training, web, and varying technology products for an array of clients representing nonprofits, government agencies, and foundations that serve both military and non-military cultures.
As a #HoneyBadger, I look forward to leveraging my unique skills and experience to support clients and their missions through a range of technical solutions.
When I am not creating all things digital, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband and our daughter. Most weekends you can find me knee deep in a home improvement project, a pile of dirt or some other type of DIY mission that I am convinced is a good idea.
- Carissa ChristieDirector of OperationsRockport, MaineCarissa ChristieDirector of Operations
I’m extremely fortunate to be from Mid-Coast Maine, where the “Mountains meet the Sea.” Over the years, I’ve enjoyed hiking the trails of Mt. Battie, flying high over Kennebunk in a hot air balloon and whitewater rafting down the historic Kennebec River.
Giving back to the community that I live and work in has always been important to me. Since 2005, I’ve been a volunteer and a former board member for Midcoast Habitat for Humanity. In 2017, I was selected as a student advisor for the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute. In 2018, I joined the board of the Midcoast Human Resource Association.
For over 20 years, I had a successful career in the financial industry, but now I’m thrilled to be the Director of Operations with Dream Local Digital. I’ve watched Dream Local Digital grow from a local start-up to a national company. I’m eager to work with this team as we further expand our national footprint.
- Kasey AhlquistClient and Content Team ManagerBuxton, MaineKasey AhlquistClient and Content Team Manager
I was born and raised in Maine. After graduating from Scarborough High School in 2002, I attended school in Boston and Maine before earning my associates degree in legal studies. I spent several years working as a Social Security Disability Representative, helping clients maneuver the complicated Social Security hearing process. Through this work and several years in customer service in various industries, I have developed a talent and passion for helping people reach their goals. My husband and I love spending time with our little girl. I am a proud member of the Dream team and love using my talents and enthusiasm to help local businesses grow and thrive.
- Sierra HayesOperations ManagerNorman, OklahomaSierra HayesOperations Manager
I’m Sierra Hayes, and I joined the Dream Local Digital team as the Office Coordinator/Executive Assistant in July of 2015. I have since switched positions within the company and am now the operations manager. Dream Local Digital is the perfect fit for me because I love the fast-paced environment and the #Honeybadger culture.
I am originally from Northwest Iowa, but have moved several times in the past few years because my husband, Curtis, was an officer in the United States Coast Guard. I grew up in Iowa, and received my Bachelor of Science degree at South Dakota State University in 2012. Since college, I have lived in Connecticut, Wisconsin, Maine, Washington, DC, Kentucky, and Oklahoma! You could say I have the whole moving thing down.
Before working at Dream Local Digital, I was the Administrative and Logistics Assistant for a large company in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. During this time I realized how much I love administrative and project work, and knew I wanted to pursue something similar when I moved to Rockland, Maine. I am so happy I found Dream Local Digital, because it is exactly what I was looking for.
After work hours and during the weekends, I enjoy spending most of my time outside. When the weather is warmer, you can find me riding a horse, fishing, walking our dogs, Moose and Derby, or finding a new state park to explore. During the winter months, I enjoy ice fishing, reading mysteries, and watching movies.
- Tom TashMarketing ManagerWinthrop, MaineTom TashMarketing Manager
I have more than 14 years of digital marketing experience working with companies in mobile development, tech, and startup environments. I also have worked for more than a decade in the outdoor recreation industry. I first joined Dream Local Digital in 2014 as a graphic designer and quickly took on a marketing strategist role before being promoted to senior marketing strategist. I left Dream Local Digital in 2016 but returned in 2018 as the marketing manager.
In addition to my time at Dream Local Digital, I’ve also worked as the marketing director for Chimani, a developer of national park mobile apps; Cirrus Systems, a manufacturer of LED technology; and as the recreation director for the Town of Bridgton, Maine.
In my free time, I can be found hiking and exploring national parks with my daughter, Beckett. I also own Acadia East Campground near Acadia National Park. I am a #HoneyBadger because I don’t believe in the word “can’t.” Instead, it’s just a matter of “how?”
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- Web Development
- Amy SmithMarketing StrategistPortland, MaineAmy SmithMarketing Strategist
I live in Portland with my two amazing kids, Jack and Ella, and our rather spoiled maltipoo, Tessa. A born-and-bred “Down Easter,” I grew up in the Jonesport region of Maine, where I have had jobs raking blueberries, making wreaths and even digging clams (for fun, of course!) on occasion. I have also worked in the childhood education field and as an assistant at an art gallery. I spent time studying at both Wheaton College and the University of Southern Maine before settling down to graduate from the University of Maine at Machias with degrees in both English literature and fine arts. I have also done a good bit of traveling. I have spent time in Italy and Sweden and lived in Norway for several months. In my spare time, I enjoy drinking ridiculous amounts of coffee, pretending I know how to garden, being a science and art-history geek, watching too much anime with my kids and attempting to take regular naps. On the serious side, I love to support Maine farmers and local businesses as much as possible. I am proud to be a member of the Dream Local team.
- Bobbi ButlerFinance CoordinatorCushing, Maine
- Brittany CiickettiClient Success CoordinatorPemaquid, MaineBrittany CiickettiClient Success Coordinator
I was born and raised in Massachusetts in a town just outside of Boston. After spending many years living in and around the city, I moved to the beautiful seaside town of Pemaquid, Maine.
For the past seven years, I have worked in development at various nonprofits that have causes that are meaningful to me, including WGBH, MIT, and New Hope for Women. I am excited to bring my previous skills to Dream Local Digital!
Outside of work, most of my time is spent in class or studying, as I am currently enrolled in a nursing program! When I can take a break from studying, I love to visit the beach and lighthouse; cook; go fishing; spend time with family and friends; and indulge in reality TV and documentaries.
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- Desiree TownsendMarketing StrategistLongmont, ColoradoDesiree TownsendMarketing Strategist
I live in Longmont, Colorado, with my husband, our children, and our dogs. My husband and I plan on moving to Maine when all our kids have graduated high school (won’t be long now). We look forward to our yearly trips until then!
Growing up, my mom referred to me as a “social butterfly,” and relationships have always come easily. I will talk to anyone, anywhere, about anything. It seems natural that I would become completely obsessed with the relationship side of marketing found in social media and blogging.
For more than 20 years, I’ve gained experience in online marketing through publishing a personal blog; contributing to online parenting and regional sites; participating in various influencer campaigns, and providing social media and digital support for entrepreneurs and digital influencers. My current passion project is creating and leading a local community of social media practitioners and enthusiasts to enjoy monthly mornings of eating, sharing, and learning.
Known by my colleagues as a collaborative leader and adaptable communicator who’s driven by curiosity, I believe in being kind, staying down-to-earth, and being accessible. My voice is friendly, humble, honest and practical, and my lifelong mission is to help people live a better story.
- James SneddenSales LeaderBelfast, MaineJames SneddenSales Leader
I was born in Rocksprings, Wyoming. An early transplant to the Midcoast area, I graduated from Rockland District high school in 2005 and continued my education locally while working. After later moving to Denver, Colorado, I worked for Intuit Websites as a web marketing consultant. During this time, I earned a certified Lean Six Sigma black belt from Vanderbilt University, and enjoyed traveling to different locations training and managing web consultants. I gained a deep respect for the small- and medium-size business community, and explored their options to optimize operations, market, and expand these staples of Main Street America. I am excited to work for a thriving digital marketing company and promote the essential services Dream Local Digital offers to American small businesses.
In my spare time, I enjoy the wonderful vistas of Maine, participate and learn about progressional social causes, keep up with the fast-moving moving technology sector, and volunteer to help transport rescue animals from high-kill-rate shelters.
- Janette RossMarketing EditorOwls Head, MaineJanette RossMarketing Editor
I grew up in the village of South Thomaston, Maine. The youngest of six, I am forever grateful that my father chose to move his family back to his own childhood home after retirement, making Maine my home.
In this community, I have been a field hockey coach, manager of a sporting goods store, assistant manager in a fitness center at a 4-star resort where I earned the Hospitality Award, and a medical billing specialist in a pediatrician’s office. My background in sales, marketing, customer service, and retail management has given me the experience necessary to develop my own small businesses. All of these positions require a dedication to customer service while upholding client satisfaction.
My husband and I have owned and operated a construction company, a home rental business, and an equine boarding facility with 9 horses on 30 acres. We started, grew, and developed these companies to a successful point and have recently sold the last one.
While managing these companies and raising two children, I was a Graphic Editor/Editor for Penobscot Bay Media for 23 years. I provided editing and media support in many aspects of document formatting, graphic creation, learning-tool application support, and maintenance support for the Department of Defense Dictionary. I watched the evolution of web-based solutions as I went from creating graphics for an 8 1/2 x 11 paper copy of a Joint Publication for the Joint Chiefs to uploading figures to a server in preparation of the publication becoming a searchable database.
Enjoying the view of the lighthouse and breakwater from our Owls Head home is what I enjoy most, as well as traveling with my husband, spending time with our children and family, walking the coastline with our two dogs, and taking in the fresh salt air on a daily basis.
- Jason AndreoniFull Stack DeveloperRockland, MaineJason AndreoniFull Stack Developer
I joined Dream Local Digital in late 2010 as a freelance graphic designer. Having spent many years in the media industry as a graphic designer, my role changed to that of a web designer/developer after a company merger. In July of 2010, I was laid off due to downsizing and a chance encounter led me to Dream Local. Since then, my role with Dream Local has changed to that of the company’s full stack developer. I have been working in web design and front end development since 2004 on a freelance basis as well, with a client base that throughout New England.
I was relocated to Lincolnville, Maine, back in 1978 from Sherborn, Massachusetts. Growing up on a farm, I could be found exploring the woods around my childhood home during the day and stargazing in the evenings. Summers were spent helping my dad bail hay in various fields around our community. My family raised cows, chickens, turkeys and they even had a goat.
In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, hiking in the beautiful Maine woods with my wife, Bri, son Zachary and our greyhound, Joy. My family and I are also avid Geocachers, having discovered most of the caches in the Midcoast area. I also enjoy video games and cooking for my family.
I love working at Dream Local with my fellow #HoneyBadgers, and live in Rockland.
- Josh BedellRetention StrategistCharlotte, North CarolinaJosh BedellRetention Strategist
I originally intended to be a theater major, but instead opted for an English degree at the last second. Reading my way through the semesters, I was accidentally introduced to the world of advertising and marketing when assigned to pitch scripts I had written. From that point forward, I knew I had found my calling.
My hobbies involve most everything geeky/nerdy in nature, and my passion for learning Japanese is only rivaled by my deep love for Star Wars. After all, I did change my middle name to Lando. Who doesn’t love the smoothest guy in Cloud City?
- Kat WatersMarketing StrategistPortland, MaineKat WatersMarketing Strategist
I was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and even though I’m “from away,” I truly consider Midcoast Maine to be my home. Ever since I was young, I fretted about what I was going to do when I grew up, and wondered if I would every be able to find an occupation that would truly make me happy. Fast forward to August 2013 when I started at Roger Williams University. I was much older but I still didn’t know what I wanted to do, and was struggling to choose a career path between biology (I’ve always had this thing for whales) and marketing (a suggestion from my very left-brained father, which was probably the best advice he has ever given to his very right-brained daughter).
I decided to pull in the reins on my run-away imagination and steer the rest of my education through the marketing department. During my last year of college, I was in an Advertising Campaigns class that participated in the National Student Advertising Competition, which caused me to absolutely fall in love with advertising (I knew any class that encouraged one to dress as an “agency creative hipster” was going to be a great fit). This class had me sitting in the same room with the same people for 12 hours at a time, spending two hours fixing copy to return to the same sentence we started with, only to have our professor tell us that he hated it and that we needed to start over again. While this would have sent others running for the hills, I kept coming back for more, not knowing if it was because I was so passionate about what I was creating, or if I was completely crazy. (It was a perfect combination of both.) I graduated in May of 2017, with a Bachelor of Science (ironically) in Marketing, with minors in graphic design and web development. With that being said, I found an occupation that truly makes me happy, and I am thrilled that I get to do what I love every day at Dream Local Digital.
I am very passionate about drinking coffee, Jurassic Park, photography and making people smile. In my free time, I’m attending concerts, taking road trips, playing the guitar, hanging out with my dog or napping in a hammock.
- Kaye NisbetAccount CoordinatorWarren, MaineKaye NisbetAccount Coordinator
A Maine native, I attended Saint Joseph’s College of Maine where I graduated Suma Cum Laude in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Communications, with minors in both history and theology. At Dream Local Digital, I work as a Marketing strategist and enjoy helping my clients succeed in the world of social media marketing. I am a true #HoneyBadger at heart because I don’t take no for an answer and will do whatever it takes to accomplish my goals. I am from Warren, Maine, and when I’m not working I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I love to travel, and some of my most memorable trips have been exploring England, volunteering in Haiti, and swimming with whale sharks in Cancun. My favorite social media channel is Instagram because I love connecting with photographers from all over the world. In my spare time, you will find me searching beaches for sea glass and fossils, working on my photography, practicing archery, completing 1000+ piece jigsaw puzzles, completing Pinterest art projects, and playing with my cats.
- Kevin DroletStrategic Account Executive.Imperial Beach, CaliforniaKevin DroletStrategic Account Executive.
I am a highly experienced marketing strategist with a specialized focus on digital marketing. I have played many roles in the digital marketing landscape including sales executive, sales leader, business owner, product developer, trainer, coach and thought leader. At heart, I am a strategist and love to help my clients solve problems, simplify the complex and deliver measurable results. I have provided digital strategy solutions across business verticals from very small to very large businesses and institutions. I have also trained scores of media executives and agencies in digital strategy. I am best at taking the complicated, multi-channel, disruptive landscape of marketing and boiling it down to understandable, verifiable solutions. I am excited to be a #Honeybadger and part of the Dream Team that makes up Dream Local. I am based in Southern California, where I enjoy studying martial arts, intellectual pursuits, being the best father to my high-school-age son and the best partner to the love of my life.
- Kimberly GrindleSenior Marketing StrategistUnion, MaineKimberly GrindleSenior Marketing Strategist
I grew up in the Deer Isle-Stonington area of Maine, more specifically Little Deer Isle, and relocated to Union in 2019 where I am building a tiny home with my boyfriend, Jake. I graduated from the New England School of Communications at Husson University in 2012 with a bachelor of science in media studies and a concentration in journalism.
For 7 years, I worked at multiple radio stations in New England including WSCS in New Hampshire, WERS in Boston, and most recently as news director at Star 97.7/WNSX-FM in Ellsworth. I got to write, produce, and voice the local news for people in Washington and Hancock Counties. While at WNSX, I won a number of awards from the Maine Association of Broadcasters including awards in election coverage, enterprise news, continuing news, feature news, and social media. Dream Local Digital is certainly a change of pace from the radio world, but I love my job and role here. I’ve been with the #DreamTeam since January 2016.
I enjoy meeting new people and helping businesses improve and succeed. When I’m not at my keyboard, I enjoy fashion (I’m addicted to buying pretty dresses), playing video games, spending time bugging Jake, going on road trips, baking, being an aunt to Asa, and being thrifty. My personal motto is “if it isn’t on sale, don’t buy it.” My favorite social channel is probably Instagram.
- Lauren SelwoodAdvertising StrategistBerwick, MaineLauren SelwoodAdvertising Strategist
I graduated from the University of Maine in May 2016, with a double major in marketing and management with a minor in psychology. Most recently, I worked at Rinck Advertising in Auburn as a summer intern and assisted them with various projects and events. During my time at Rinck, I also worked closely with the Social Media and Public Relations teams. I enjoyed working with clients to create social media content that will tell their story, which is what lead me to Dream Local.
I joined the Dream Local team in September 2016 as a Marketing Strategist. In this position, I use social media platforms to assist business clients with their online marketing strategies and make sure that their followers are up to date on their happenings. I have already learned so much from everyone on the Dream team and look forward to continuing my journey here at Dream Local. I am lucky to be able to call myself a #honeybadger!
In my free time, I can be found enjoying the outdoors, taking pictures, painting, watching cat videos, and hanging out with friends and family. I love participating in events like Relay for Life, Bearfest, and Maine Day, which I was able to do at the University of Maine. Online I can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, and IMBD.
- Matthew SilvaSEO StrategistPoland, MaineMatthew SilvaSEO Strategist
I am a proud New Englander, born in Massachusetts and now living in Maine with my small family. I started my career working with small businesses in tech support and web development. I quickly developed a passion for SEO & digital marketing after seeing my efforts pay off for clients and feeling how rewarding that can be. I’ve been giving my clients the leg up on the competition ever since. As an SEO Strategist at Dream Local Digital, I am putting over eight years of experience to work for the success of our clients.
Outside of the office, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, practicing combat sports like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, good ramen, and disruptive innovations that change the world (the internet, the mobile phone and Bitcoin).
“Always get better.”
- Megan CheffySales Support SpecialistEllenton, FloridaMegan CheffySales Support Specialist
I am a graduate of the Zimmerman Advertising Program at the University of South Florida. Over the last five years, I have gained invaluable experience in developing SEO-rich content, building targeting and managing successful social media advertising campaigns. I have also become certified in both Google AdWords and Google Analytics.
My role with Dream Local is a sales support specialist. In fulfilling this role, I will be building strategic solutions for the sales leaders to present to their prospective clients and working with the sales team to assist in other fulfillment tasks for new clients.
I am originally from New Orleans, but after 18 years, I am as local to Sarasota, Florida, as anyone else! If you are looking for me and the kids during the weekend, we are either at the disc golf course or at the beach enjoying paradise!
- Natelle FitzgeraldClient Success CoordinatorSebago, MaineNatelle FitzgeraldClient Success Coordinator
I am a Maine native who has spent equal time living and working on both the east and west coasts. I got my B.A. in journalism in California and went on to study graphic design.
I spent about a decade working in commercial real estate in San Francisco as a marketing coordinator and graphic designer. In 2016, I began to freelance, working with several small companies to help tell their stories through video, print and web. This is when I began to really focus on the vast world of digital marketing. I’m currently part of a small online retail company where I strive to ensure that the customer experience is a positive one.
My background in marketing, design and customer service has prepared me for the exciting work that we do here at Dream Local. I am so excited to be helping clients all over the country with their digital marketing needs while I continue to learn about the industry.
Some of my favorite things: road trips, hiking, drawing & painting, photography, Italian food, hanging out with family, concerts, camping, dogs, dogs, and more dogs.
- Rachel PowellSenior Marketing StrategistCharlotte, North CarolinaRachel PowellSenior Marketing Strategist
Since my childhood in the small town of New Gloucester, Maine, I've had a roller coaster ride of living and learning. I spent two years studying film production and writing for film/TV at Emerson College in Boston, MA, and then spent a semester studying painting and Van Gogh in the South of France. While abroad, I traveled around France, Italy, and Spain. After a break from school and spontaneous moves from Maine to North Carolina and back to Maine, I got my associate degree at Southern Maine Community College. Now I have recently moved to Charlotte, NC, where I plan to study the Japanese language.
Amidst all this chaos (which I secretly love), I started up my own small business designing and selling lapel pins on Etsy. I have always loved drawing and painting, and it is a thrill to sell my own designs through wearable pieces of art. Being a small business owner, I feel like a perfect fit for #HoneyBadger team here at Dream Local and I am very excited to take on this new opportunity as a Marketing Strategist.
- Samantha IbarraSEO Marketing and Website SpecialistDysart, IowaSamantha IbarraSEO Marketing and Website Specialist
I grew up in Iowa and am a Midwestern girl at heart, but I’ve also lived in various Western states and spent a lot of time abroad.
When I graduated from college in 2010, I quickly figured out that my chosen degree was not where I saw myself in the long run. That’s when I knew I wanted to work my way into sales and marketing through work experience, without stacking up hefty student loans and college education. I ventured into the corporate world as a sales and marketing director with a large hotel chain. Then I took a regional management position overseeing a multi-location business within a large territory on the West Coast. I fell in love with the relationships I was able to build through marketing, sales, and management positions, and I was driven by the results I was seeing. I decided to go freelance, travel abroad, and help as many companies with my marketing skills as possible. It was during my time with freelance work that I developed a deep understanding of content marketing and project management. I look forward to using the skills and knowledge I’ve developed to help DLD clients!
When I’m not working, you can find me helping my husband with our MMA gym, indulging in yoga and meditation, as well as spending quality family time with my husband and our two daughters.
- Tilden LincolnMarketing StrategistCamden, MaineTilden LincolnMarketing Strategist
I grew up in nearby Camden, spending my summers teaching sailing and my winters skiing and snowboarding. After high school, I attended Ithaca College in upstate New York where I majored in creative writing. Upon graduating I spent a year traveling—backpacking throughout Europe and then New Zealand. I recently attained my teaching degree from the University of Southern Maine in its ETEP master’s program but decided to pursue a different career path. This has led me to Dream Local Digital, where I hope to use my writing and communication skills and my creativity to tell clients’ stories as a marketing strategist.
In my free time, I like to hike, read, and eat all the bread.