Staff

Executive Department Organizational Chart (PDF, 155kb)

Barry J. Hobbins, Public Advocate

Barry HobbinsBarry Hobbins was appointed Public Advocate by Governor Paul LePage, and unanimously confirmed by the Maine Legislature in May of 2017 for a four year term. Prior to becoming Public Advocate, Barry has been an attorney in private practice since 1978 with a concentration in telecommunications law and administrative law. He has been elected to both the Maine House of Representatives and the Maine State Senate, serving a total of 13 terms in the Legislature. Barry received his law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center, now known as the University of New Hampshire School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine. Barry may be reached via email at Barry.Hobbins@maine.gov.

Agnes Gormley, Deputy Public Advocate

Agnes GormleyAgnes Gormley accepted her position with the Public Advocate as of July 2007. Before joining the office she worked primarily as an attorney with state and federal government. She received her law degree from the University of Richmond Law School and her undergraduate degree from McGill University. Agnes may be reached at her email address Agnes.Gormley@maine.gov

Eric J. Bryant, Senior Counsel

eric bryantEric Bryant took his position with the Public Advocate in August of 1993. Before that he served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maine, and has also worked in private practice for a Portland Maine law firm. He received his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law in 1986, and his undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 1979. Eric may be reached at his email address Eric.J.Bryant@maine.gov

Robert A. Creamer, Senior Counsel

robert creamerRob joined the Public Advocate in 2015.  Before that, he served as the Chief Appeals Officer at the Maine Board of Tax Appeals.  Rob received his law degree from Boston College Law School and his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  Rob began practicing law in Portland, Maine, where he focused on utilities and energy issues. Rob may be reached at his e-mail address Robert.A.Creamer@maine.gov

Elizabeth J. Wyman, Senior Counsel

liz wymanLiz joined the Office of the Public Advocate in October 2016. Liz served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maine from 1998 to 2014, when she was appointed to serve as the Chief Administrative Hearings Officer for the Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Unemployment Compensation. Liz graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1993. She served a one year clerkship with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and worked four years in private practice prior to joining the State of Maine. Liz may be reached at her email address liz.wyman@maine.gov

Gayle Witham, Business Services Manager

Gayle joined the Office of the Public Advocate in September of 2017. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine. Gayle has been employed as a paralegal for 33 years having worked for law firms as a title examiner, a foreclosure, civil litigation and business law paralegal. Gayle can be reached at her email address of Gayle.Witham@maine.gov

Shareen Thompson, Special Assistant to Public Advocate

shareen thompsonShareen joined the Office of the Public Advocate in March 2018. Prior to joining the office, Shareen worked for the Maine Department of Labor, Office of the Commissioner, and brings with her countless years of diverse experience as a top-level administrative assistant. She received her associate degree in Executive Secretarial Science from Andover College. Shareen can be reached at her email address Shareen.G.Thompson@maine.gov 

Kiera Reardon, Consumer Advisor

kieraKiera began her position as the Consumer Advisor with the Public Advocate in October 2014. Prior to joining the office, Kiera worked for the University of Maryland in public education and outreach. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and her Master of Science degree from the University of Vermont. Kiera may be reached at her email address Kiera.Reardon@maine.gov