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The KTA Team - Past KTA Employees

Carol Hughes-Hallet, 2009-2010

carolCarol came to Maine from Tegucigalpa, Honduras and completed her bachelor’s in Economics at UMaine. In 2010 she finished a master’s degree in Economics and worked with KTA for one year as part of an assistantship. She provided KTA with in-depth analysis concerning market research as well as econometric studies, proving to be a great asset for Maine businesses and communities.



After completing her studies, she made the big decision to continue doctorate research and is now a full-time PhD student at Brandeis University. She is concentrating on International Economics and hopes to apply her knowledge in developing countries.


Nicole Gogan, 2009-2010

kta_nicoleNicole arrived at the University of Maine in 2009 to begin the MBA program. She was enrolled on the management track, with a focus on marketing. She spent the last two semesters under the tutelage of Professor Paul Myer, MBS marketing professor, as his teaching assistant. Prior to beginning her MBA graduate studies, she has been employed as a certified athletic trainer, as retail banking branch management, and a personal assistant for the CFO of a real estate development company.

While pursuing her MBA, Nicole’s work with KTA as part of a graduate assistantship focused on marketing and many aspects of small business development. After completing her studies, she now works for the City of Brewer on Economic Development Projects.


Bernardita Silva, 2009-2011

In October of 2006 Bernardita moved from Chile to Orono, ME after having worked in the private sector in Chile for various years. She received her bachelor’s degree in Commercial Engineering with a major in Business Administration from the Universidad Católica de Chile in 2002. At the University of Maine she completed a master’s in Resource Economics and Policy while working with CenTRO (Center of Tourist and Outreach) for her assistantship.

She worked in the 2008 and 2009 American Folk Festival project which aimed to determine the economic impact of the festival in Bangor area, as well as demographic characteristics of the attendees and their satisfaction with the festival.  In January 2010 she started to work for KTA while doing a second master’s degree in Financial Economics at the University of Maine. After providing countless firms with marketing research and assistance to firms with an array of needs, she moved back to Chile. She now works for the Cámara Nacional de Comercio, Servicios y Turismo de Chile.

For more information: Cámara Nacional de Comercio, Servicios y Turismo de Chile


 Anne Akoa, 2009-2011

anneAnne came to UMaine from Yaoundé, Cameroon in order to pursue studies with the School of Economics. Prior to working for The Knowledge Transfer Alliance, Anne was the head teaching assistant for the School of Economics.

She has worked for the State of Maine, first as an intern, then as a staff accountant where she assisted in the development of the Grant Database of the Maine Department of Labor and Public Safety. This has allowed her to become familiar with the inner workings of grants from the budget monitoring, to expenses tracking and account reconciliation.

After completing her master’s in Financial Economics, her work and dedication alongside Hugh Stevens, secured the grant for the School of Economics to make the KTA program a reality.


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The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469