Jess Maurer
Project Manager

Jess Maurer began work as the Executive Director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging in 2011. She advocates for healthy aging at the national, state and local levels on behalf of Maine’s five Area Agencies on Aging. She also assists the area agencies in strategic planning, program development & implementation. She provides leadership within Maine’s aging network, including on the Maine Council on Aging and Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention, to advance public policy initiatives that support Maine’s aging population. She is one of the lead authors of the 2012-16 Maine State Plan on Aging and of Building a Collaborative Community Response to Aging in Place. She was the primary organizer for the Speaker’s Round Table Discussions on Aging and the Maine Summit in Aging and is helping to lead the Maine Aging Initiative.
A licensed Maine attorney, Jess worked for nearly 17 years in the Maine Office of the Attorney General. In her last 7 years in the Office, she served as a Special Assistant Attorney General, implementing public policy and legislative initiatives for the Attorney General. Aging related policy initiatives include elder abuse prevention, prescription drug pricing and end of life care. She is a graduate of the Univ. of Maine School of Law and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Laura Dyer
Education & Networking Manager

Laura is excited to be a part of this initiative and help guide the collaboration and knowledge sharing efforts among the three states. Leading our monthly webinar series, Laura hopes to provide collaborative members with engaging and helpful information that is easily accessible.
Laura has a great deal of experience facilitating national webinars, most recently focused on child welfare and violence against women. She also works as a Research Analyst at the Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, and holds a degree in Communication with a graduate certificate in Research and Evaluation.
Patricia Oh

Patricia Oh
Content Manager

Patricia is excited to work with the Tri-State Learning Collaborative to develop access to resources and tools for communities in all stages of age-friendly planning and development.

Patricia is Coordinator of Older Adult Services in Bowdoinham, Maine, where she works with the Advisory Committee on Aging to provide services and advocacy that enable older residents to live in their homes for as long as possible and to remain active and engaged in the community.

In addition, Patricia is a PhD candidate in the Department of Gerontology at U-Mass, Boston where she is writing a thesis about the development of age-friendly communities. Recently, her essay “The Age-Friendly Community Movement in Maine” was published in Maine Policy Review. Patricia has presented her research about designing, implementing, and maintaining age-friendly communities at national and international conferences.