Everyone has a story to tell. Professional lives interwoven with the personal. Success. Failure. Overcoming. Achieving. Our fourth annual event, DRIVEN Women is an inspiring night to share stories, lift each other up and celebrate the various ways we all strive for our own success. Enjoy our fourth annual DRIVEN Women at On the Marsh Bistro on Thursday, April 11, 2019. EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

Currently singing with multiple bands, Lisa Mills is a beloved volunteer and member of her Kennebunk community who has been working through unthinkable heartache and grief, building her passion for singing into a career. In September 2016, Lisa lost her beloved husband Wes of over 34 years, whom she moved to Maine with in 1986 to open his dental practice. Raising their son and daughter, Lisa always put family first throughout the years. Being taught from a young age the value of volunteering, Lisa served 13 years as Commissioner with Kennebunk Parks & Rec, taught numerous Kennebunk Recreation programs and currently is serving her 22nd year as a board member for Gary's House/George H.W. Bush golf tournament (she was honored as a recipient of the "Point of Light" award in 2017). Lisa had toured with Tim Janis (Carnegie Hall three times) and Women of Note for 28 years but it wasn't until a few years ago that music became her focus. 


Kate Hall is 22 years old and lives in Casco, Maine. She was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes and celiac disease at ten years of age and immediately had to learn how to manage both diseases full time. After asking to give herself her very first shot of insulin, Kate decided to take this full-time management head on and turn it into something positive. Since then she has become a national high school record holder, two-time NCAA Champion, Olympic Trial finalist, and USA long jump champion.
Louise Hurlbutt, the co-founder of Hurlbutt Designs, has traveled the world with a discerning eye for design, making her a creative, dynamic and innovative designer. Louise became interested in design while working in Tokyo for the internationally renowned fashion designer, Hanae Mori. Then in the mid 70s, Louise studied at the New York School of Design and started her first interior design business in New York. In 1980 she moved her business to London while her husband, Ralph, had a six year stint there with Mellon Bank. While she was in London, she studied at the renowned Inchbald School of Design and expanded her business selling a collection of fine antiques and offering interior design services. When the Hurlbutts returned stateside, Louise sold the business and started what we know now as Hurlbutt Designs. 
 Three women in varying stages of their careers shared their very different paths to the present. Our 2018 speakers included:

Amanda Petersen /
Amanda Petersen is local mom and military wife. She resides with her husband in Kennebunk with their 9 year old daughter and 6 year old son. Her husband is in the US Air Force and stationed out of Pease in Portsmouth New Hampshire. She is employed full time at Nvest Financial Group as the Director of Client administration and is a Registered Paraplanner. In the last year she has started her own business to empower and uplift women through encouragement and skincare. When she is not busy working at the office or for her small business you can find her coaching the various sports teams and volunteering for local non-profits.  

Melissa Boyd /
Melissa Boyd is the owner of  Grow Your Knowing, LLC.  Melissa assists others in connecting to their body, mind and spirit through yoga, intuitive business development and mediumship. She has clients across the globe and is based in Kennebunk. For close to 20 years she worked nationally in public policy and non-profit management. She was instrumental in shaping the development of a Maine-based media campaign featuring Retired General Colin Powell for children issues — instrumental in implementing curbside and pay-per bag recycling for the City of Portland in the early 1990s. Melissa received her Master’s in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service and a Bachelors in Communications from the University of Southern Maine.

Denise Rubin /
Denise Rubin has been the Proprietress of On the Marsh Bistro for 18 years, while overseeing her interior design firm in The Hague, Netherlands. Raised and educated in Europe and the Mideast, Denise resides with her husband Richard Rubin in York Harbor. Denise is well known for reaching out into the community focusing on fundraising for various organizations. Her quintessential, entrepreneurial spirit has translated into mentoring young women interested in their own business pursuit.



Our 2017 speakers included:

Leslie Trentalange /
Leslie Trentalange is a local mom who has a bachelor's degree in nursing, has served in the US Navy, and is now pursuing a career in acting. She lives in Kennebunk with her husband, son, a high school freshman, and fifth-grade daughter. She can be seen on some television commercials and is hoping to reach bigger screens soon!


June Huston /
A Kennebunk native, June Huston first served her community in her teens as a volunteer for the town’s rescue squad. She served in many town volunteer and professional capacities before and after having children, including two terms on the Board of Selectmen. After a lengthy stint as a stay-at-home mom, she started her home-improvement business. Her business has continued to expand, and she enjoys and thrives on the diverse daily challenges while providing services to so many within the community she loves to call home.

Annie Tselikis /
Annie Tselikis’ 12-year career in Maine’s marine industry started on the stern of a ferryboat in Portland Harbor and has evolved to cover the entire coast of Maine as she has focused on the harvester and the dealer sectors of the lobster industry. Annie is the marketing manager for Maine Coast, a worldwide exporter of live lobster headquartered in York with operations in Boston. Annie graduated from Connecticut College and serves on the boards of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative and the Lobster Research Education and Development Fund. In July 2014, she became the first executive director of the Maine Lobster Dealers’ Association where she works part-time representing and advocating for lobster dealers, processors and wholesalers in Maine. Previously Annie worked for Garbo Lobster, the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Penobscot East Resource Center and Island Institute. 


Our 2016 speakers included:

Emily O'Connell, Kennebunk HIgh School graduate and New York State Trooper

Eva Barnfather, matriarch of the Kennebunk charitable community

Jenny Thompson, Kennebunk resident and decorated Olympic swimmer


Coming January 2019: Join us Jan. 15

En-Vision it and you can do it! That's the idea behind this first DRIVEN Women event of 2019, a chance to get together and set dreams and goals for the new year into motion by putting them down on paper. We'll have all the supplies (magazines, stickers, glue and posterboard), all women are invited to come as they are. The $15 admission pays for all supplies, plus one cocktail and light fare. A cash bar will also be available. Seating is limited, reservations must be made in advance by calling 967-0857 or emailing