About Us



The Maine Sports Commission works to promote, elevate and advance Maine as a four season, sports destination.  



Strengthening Maine's communities through sports, encouraging healthy, active lifestyles



In response to the growing demand for information regarding sports events and sports-related meetings in the state of Maine, the Maine Sports Commission was created in February, 2012. The leadership for the Maine Sports Commission includes representation from the Maine Office of Tourism, Office of Outdoor Recreation, Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureaus, Visit Portland, and sports, health and tourism industries. 

The eight regions of Maine are: Aroostook County; Downeast and Acadia; Greater Portland and Casco Bay Region; Kennebec Valley Region; Midcoast Region; Maine Beaches; The Maine Highlands, which includes Bangor; Maine’s Lakes and Mountains; 

The Commission is registered with the state as a 501(c)(6), a non-profit business organization.


Board of Directors 

Maine Sports Commission Board members are representatives from the sports, health and tourism industries: 


Hannah Collins: Policy Development Specialist, Maine Office of Tourism 

Dina Jackson: Economic Development Specialist, AVCOG - Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments

Kate McDonough: Director of Group Marketing, Visit Portland 

Johnny Mehler: Digital Engagement Strategist, Spectrum Healthcare Partners 

Carolann Ouellette: Director, Office of Outdoor Recreation 

Lynn Tillotson: President + CEO, Visit Portland  

Kerrie Tripp: Executive Director, Greater Bangor Convention & Visitors Bureau  

Russell Walters: Board Chair, President, Northern Outdoors


Linda Varrell and Paula Stanton, ex-Officio members, BroadreachPR


Sheila Brennan Nee: Director, Maine Sports Commission

Brian Emerson: Associate Director 

Primary responsibilities are the development of marketing strategy and materials, research and development of new sporting events and direct collaboration with Maine's eight tourism regions.


Dr. Jo Williams: Maine Sports Commission Board Member Emeritus, Dean of the College of Management and Human Service, University of Southern Maine