Trainer Biographies

Kate Carnes , M.Ed

Kate Carnes is the Director of Staff Training and Development within the Staff Education & Training Unit of the Department of Health & Human Services and has worked in State Government for 32 years. She has been training in the social services field for over 20 years and prior to that, worked in the field of Child Protection for 8 years. Kate is certified as a trainer in Ethical Fitness by the Institute for Global Ethics and is certified in a number of other programs, including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Leader Effectiveness Training, Parent Effectivenss Training (through Gordon Training International), and Cultural Competency for Health Care providers. Kate has a Bachelor's Degree in education from Boston University and a Master's degree in adult education from the University of Southern Maine.

Sam McKeeman

Sam is currently the Programs Manager for the Maine Bureau of Human Resources, which requires him to identify statewide HR-related programs that need improvement or programs that should be established. Prior to this work, Sam was the Director of Organization Development and Training at the Maine Department of Transportation. Previously, he taught high school in Pennsylvania and New South Wales Australia, was chief planner for a justice system agency in Pennsylvania, and worked in several capacities in Delaware government including a special assistant for two governors and the initial state internal consultant. Simultaneously, Sam has done some private training or organizational improvement consulting for a variety of state and local governments, non-profit agencies, and the private sector. Some of his work involved assisting visiting delegations from Japan, Ukraine, Mexico, South Africa and Viet Nam. He also worked in Mexico and extensively in Bosnia helping to establish viable state governments after the Balkans war. Sam likes to travel, having been in all 50 states and provinces in Canada, much of Europe, Australia, and scattered other places in the South Pacific, Caribbean, and North Atlantic

Bonnie Tracy , M.Ed. M.B.A.

Bonnie Tracy is the HR Development Consultant for the Staff Education and Training Unit in the Department of Health and Human Services. Her previous work includes management experience in a private social services agency and Human Resources training experience in business. Recently she was employed as a Special Education teacher for a Career and Technical Education Center in Waterville. Bonnie has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Syracuse University; a Master’s in Education from the University of Maine at Orono and a M.B.A., with a concentration in Human Resources Management, from Thomas College. She completed training to become a Master Trainer for Living Well for Better Health and an Associate Trainer for Savvy Caregiver.

Helen Wieczorek, M.B.A.

Helen Wieczorek, MBA, has been working in facilitation, training and organizational development since 1980, holding a variety of public sector positions while managing a small private consulting business. Now retired from State Government, most recently as Director of Training and Development for the Maine Department of Transportation for 18 years, she now focuses on her consulting business. She designs and presents training in response to customer needs, facilitates small and large groups, leads organizational change efforts, and conducts individual coaching sessions.