Staff

Executive Department Organizational Chart (PDF)

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 Barry.Hobbins@maine.gov.

Andrew Landry, Deputy Public Advocate

Andrew LandryAndrew Landry joined the Public Advocate in July 2019. Before joining the office he was most recently a Partner at Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios, LLP. He received his law degree from the University of Maine School of Law and his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University. Drew may be reached at Andrew.Landry@maine.gov

Nanette Ardry, Senior Counsel

nanette ardryNanette joined the Office of the Public Advocate in 2020, coming from Maine Revenue Services. During her years at MRS, Nanette served as Deputy Executive Director, General Counsel and Director of Appeals for the agency. She received her law degree from Seattle University School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Tufts University. Nanette may be reached at Nanette.M.Ardry@maine.gov

Susan Chamberlin, Senior Counsel

susan chamberlinSusan Chamberlin joined Maine’s Office of the Public Advocate as a senior counsel in December, 2019. Susan previously served as Consumer Advocate for the state of New Hampshire, appointed by Governor John Lynch. She has both government and private practice experience in the utility and energy fields. Susan is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from Connecticut College. Susan can be reached at Susan.W.Chamberlin@maine.gov

Kristina Dougherty, Senior Counsel

Kris joined the Office of the Public Advocate in 2021, coming from private practice for a small law office in Portland, Maine and before that as a solo practitioner. She received her law degree from Maine School of Law and her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Kris can be reached at Kristina.R.Dougherty@maine.gov

 

Ben Frech, Senior Assistant to Public Advocate

Ben FrechBen joined the Office of the Public Advocate in 2021. Before joining the office, Ben held multiple positions within the Legislature. He was a legislative aide in the House Majority Office, receptionist and secretary for the Office of the Clerk of the House, and the committee clerk for the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology. Ben received his undergraduate degree from Northeastern University. Ben can be reached at Benjamin.J.Frech@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 Shareen.G.Thompson@maine.gov 

Paul Leparulo, Economic Analyst

Paul LeparuloPaul joined the Public Advocate in 2019. He previously served as director and deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Policy and Management and worked overseas conducting institutional equity research. Paul has graduate and undergraduate degrees in economics, an MBA, and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. He may be reached at A.Paul.Leparulo@maine.gov

Kiera Reardon, Consumer Advisor

Kiera ReardonKiera 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 Kiera.Reardon@maine.gov