Angela Smith is a writer and big-picture thinker whose superpower is bringing stories to life and spreading joy. She specializes in brand facilitation, story mining, communications strategy, wholesale management/marketing, and gallery relations. Before co-founding Shinebolt in 2019, Angela worked for internationally celebrated artist Brian Andreas, overseeing wholesale for 100+ galleries. Over the past 25 years, Angela has gained national and regional marketing experience in the creative, business, and nonprofit sectors. She lives in Falmouth, Maine.

Jessica Esch is a writer and illustrator who uses art, craft, and good humor to spread ideas and build community. For more than 20 years, her concise yet profound words and clean images have expanded people’s hearts, minds, and way of being in the world. Her work has appeared in The Sketchnote Handbook by Mike Rohde, ARCADE, and Harvard Graduate of Education’s Ed Magazine. Prior to co-founding Shinebolt in 2019, she learned about her community from the ground up at United Way of Greater Portland. She lives in Portland, Maine.



Anita Verna Crofts is on faculty at the Department of Communication at the University of Washington and the Maine Media Workshop + College. Her memoir published by Chin Music Press, Meet Me at the Bamboo Table, showcases a combination of prose, illustration, and photography. She serves as Artist in Residence in the UW Communication Leadership graduate program, where her courses emphasize topics such as personal narrative and leadership, audio storytelling, and listening as a leadership tool. Her MMW+C course is built around the relationship between personal objects and memoir.


Deb Mills-Scofield is passionate about helping companies and individuals see what’s possible and implement plans to achieve it. Her penchant for envisioning how things could be, running at the world of the possible, manifested in full force starting in college when she helped create Brown University’s Cognitive Science concentration and finished it in 3 years. At Bell Labs, she created one of AT&T’s highest-revenue generating patents. Deb’s articles in Harvard Business Review, her blog, and contributions to various business books aim to inspire people and companies to dream what they can achieve, giving them tools to make it happen. Deb fosters innovation and growth via her strategy and innovation consulting with mid- to large-sized privately held companies, her partnership in an early-stage VC firm, and with her student entrepreneurs. As a consultant and a mentor, Deb meets a vast range of people and disciplines, fueling her curiosity for serendipitous interdisciplinary approaches to problems and building unexpected connections.


Morgan Carpenter is a writer, designer, and all-around creative who rolls up her sleeves and dives into art in its many forms. From storytelling and poetry to illustration and graphic design, Morgan delivers personal and professional content that builds brand, conveys meaningful messages, strengthens resolve, and bolsters spirits.

Morgan’s infectious positivity, jump-start attitude, and collaborative nature make her the perfect complement to any project or organization, and her strengths run the gamut from in-depth research to meticulous execution. A graduate of Trinity College, Morgan has found her stride by pairing her love for writing with her knack for the visual arts. Drawing on these strengths, she’s designed strikingly beautiful collateral for the Jessica Esch: Fill in the Blanks exhibit opening, earned recognition by the Academy of American Arts for her poetry, and launched an Instagram channel focused on fitness and food trends. She’s currently working on a top-secret podcast that those in the know are very excited about. 


An entrepreneur at heart, strategist to the core, and sociologist by training, Susan Morris founded Susan V. Morris LLC, a business strategy firm, to offer expertise regarding the impact changing lifestyle trends have on existing and new businesses. She focuses on how people live their lives, get work done, and choose to spend their leisure time. Susan also co-founded NewHeight Group, a Portland-based real estate development firm creating urban mixed-use projects.

Prior to having her own businesses, Susan’s varied corporate experience included a 13-year career with Marriott International and several years with HQ/Regus Virtual Offices. Susan is a Maine Angel investor and a founding organizer of Startup Maine and TEDxDirigo. She is actively engaged in Maine’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, mentoring entrepreneurs and investors. She created A Guide to Resources for Maine Entrepreneurs, now in its 5th edition.