Strategies for Success in Local Government: Supporting Aging Communities in Maine

September 23, 2021

Strategies for Success in Local Government Webinar Series


Supporting Aging Communities in Maine


Talk overview:

Join us to hear experts discuss the priorities and needs of older people in Maine communities, and how towns and municipalities can more effectively serve this population. We’ll talk about tools, data applications, and strategies for your local response to the aging issues in your community and how to administer them.


CEUs are available at no-cost for this webinar series. Please email if you are interested in receiving CEUs for your participation.


Thursday September 23, 2021

12:00pm – 1:00pm

FREE webinar

CEUs available – please inquire!

About the series:

This webinar series offers strategic approaches to challenges that local and regional governments are facing in Maine. The series is specifically designed for Municipal Managers, County Managers, elected County Commissioners, elected Municipal Officials, and Planning Directors, as well as Councils of Government.

Data driven decision making was the focus of the first talk of this series back in April 2021. Later this fall and into next spring, we will continue with webinars on Pandemic and Post-pandemic Shifts in Real Estate Markets, Public Transportation/Transit Systems and Infrastructure, the Future of Work and the Workforce, and Policing Strategies and Policies.


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About Our Featured Speakers


Mary Lou Ciolfi, JD, MS, is a licensed attorney with a master’s degree in health policy. Ms. Ciolfi practiced law in Brunswick Maine for 17 years and she also has 15 years’ experience as a leader in long term care. She has worked in aging policy research with colleagues at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service, where she has often lectured on the Diffusion of Innovations theory. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of New England where she teaches Public Health Law and Public Health Policy and a Visiting Lecturer in Aging and Policy at UMass Amherst where she teaches a class in Aging Politics, Policy, and Law. In 2020, Mary Lou completed the Reframing Aging Facilitators training provided by The Gerontological Society of America and she frequently presents on the national Reframing Aging Initiative. Mary Lou is currently a Program Manager at the University of Maine Center on Aging working on a national project to define a Designation of Excellence in person-centered long term care.

Nate Rudy serves as Town Manager for the Town of Gray, having recently served as Hallowell City Manager and the Director of Planning and Development for the City of Gardiner. Nate has been active with the AARP Network of Age Friendly Communities since 2016 and currently serves on the board of directors for the Maine Council on Aging, as well as on the Governor’s Commission for Volunteer Maine. Nate attended Virginia Tech for a B.S. and graduate studies in Environmental Science and Engineering, and he earned a M.B.A. from Thomas College. Nate’s tri-sector experience includes arts non-profit management, health care IT project management, software development, real estate, and business development working for the Maine DECD.

Jess Maurer is Executive Director of the Maine Council on Aging.  She advances statewide public policy initiatives that support the health and economic security of older Mainers and provides leadership within Maine’s aging network. She co-authored Building a Collaborative Community Response to Aging in Place and Maine’s Blueprint for Action on Aging. A licensed Maine attorney, Jess worked for 17 years in the Maine Office of the Attorney General. She has a JD from the University of Maine School of Law and her Bachelor’s degree is from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Elizabeth Gattine is a Senior Policy Associate at the Cutler Institute at the Muskie School of Public Service. She works in the Disability and Aging program area providing technical assistance and training, policy analysis, and program evaluation. Elizabeth has extensive knowledge of Medicaid policy and significant experience in the design, implementation and administration of long-term services and supports, particularly home and community-based services.  Prior to joining the Cutler Institute, she spent over fifteen years in state government, including as program manager in the Office of Aging and Disability Services overseeing Maine’s long term services and supports programs for elders and adults with physical disabilities. Elizabeth also served as Maine’s Legal Services Developer, a position required by Title VII of the Older Americans Act to help coordinate the state’s legal services and elder rights programs.  Elizabeth is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has a JD from the Columbia University School of Law.