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The Executive Team

Our executive team comprises individuals dedicated to the principles and mission of this agency.

Shawn Yardley, Chief Executive Officer

Community Concepts CEO, Shawn Yardley

Shawn has an accomplished career in nonprofit and public management, is a trusted confidant for public and private leaders, has a reputation for leading successful efforts to address complex issues, and is involved in many statewide policy conversations. As a vital community leader in Bangor he is known for being a strategic and systemic thinker and leader.With multiple honors and awards for volunteer leadership, including, the University of Maine School of Social Work’s “Alumnus of the Year,” Shawn currently serves on seven local and statewide nonprofit boards.

Recent jobs held include Director of Community Services at Penobscot Community Health Care, Director of the Bangor Health and Community Services Department, Executive Director of the River Coalition in Old Town, and Maine’s Department of Human Services, Regional Program Manager for Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock, and Washington Counties.

Shawn has a B.A. in Sociology and Social Welfare from the University of Maine, an MS and MBA from Husson University, and has been a Faculty Associate in the Social Work Department at UMaine since 1986. He has been elected every year to serve on the State Coordinating Council for Public Health, and in 2006 was appointed by Governor Baldacci to the inaugural State Homeless Council, an appointment he continues to hold today. 

Kevin Mahoney, Chief Financial Officer


Mahoney comes to Community Concepts from Martin’s Point Healthcare in Portland where he was Manager of Financial Analysis and Operations. He brings over 25 years of diverse experience as a financial manager, with an accounting and finance background and expertise in administrative systems and process improvement.

In addition to leading the finance team, Mahoney plays a pivotal role in developing and implementing the long-term strategy for Community Concepts and its subsidiary organizations. Mahoney has a B.S. degree in Accounting from Thomas College and is the current Chair of the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland.

Mary-Rita Reinhard, Chief Operating Officer

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Mary-Rita Reinhard is a seasoned operations executive with extensive experience in business process improvement, managing by the metrics, strategic planning, and leading people. She has experience in the non-profit, for profit and publicly traded industries. Recent past jobs held include Director of Operations at both Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine and Tri-County Mental Health. As the Chief Operating Officer of Community Concepts, she will is focused on initiating change, establishing direction and executing against plan. Mary-Rita is a recent graduate of the Health Leadership Development Program through the Daniel Hanley Center and her background includes numerous leadership, business and executive courses.

Candace Sanborn, Chief Marketing Officer


Candace has over 25 years of branding, media, and communication strategy experience in a variety of industries. She owned her own firm, Encompass Marketing, for 15 years and most recently  held the position of VP of Marketing for Provider Power. Candace is a long-time supporter of non-profits and has been active in numerous community groups including serving as Chair, Board of Directors, United Way of Androscoggin County; Board member, Maine Community Foundation (MCF); Board Member and past Chair: MCF Androscoggin County Fund and board member, Central Maine Medical Center.

Candace has a B.A. in Journalism, Advertising from the University of Maine and an M.B.A. in Marketing from Southern New Hampshire University. She is also a graduate of the Leadership Maine program, Lambda class.



Dennis Lajoie, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives


Prior to becoming Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Dennis has held a variety of positions over his 30+ years at Community Concepts, including running Community Concepts’ subsidiary, Community Concepts Finance Corp. (CCFC), whose mission is to help residents build capital through home ownership and business development. Dennis also has significant development experience and was the Director of Housing and Real Estate Development for Community Concepts before moving onto other roles.  Dennis has a Master’s degree in Community and Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University and has served in many community boards including a six year term on the Advisory Council for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston.

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