CEI Welcomes New Team Members

CYNTHIA MURPHY – Senior Program Director, Workforce Solutions

Cynthia leads workforce solutions strategy and program delivery at CEI, helping employers create a people strategy that delivers competitive advantage and expanding opportunities for marginalized job seekers. She identifies opportunities to advocate for public policies that encourage quality jobs and amplify the public narrative about how quality jobs strengthen families, businesses and communities. Prior to joining CEI, Cynthia had a 25+ year career in the for-profit sector leading commercial operations for subsidiaries of Thomson Reuters, a global information business. She holds a BA from the University of Maine, an MS from Simmons College and a certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University. She volunteers as a certified SCORE mentor and a Top Gun Mentor.

SHERRY VACHON – Loan Services Administrator

Prior to joining CEI, Sherry worked for 10 years in mortgage servicing and adjustable rate mortgages, and in the accounting department at TD Bank. Prior to working in banking, she worked in the insurance industry for 12 years. Sherry has an Associate’s Degree in Accounting from Kaplan University.


ALLISON WATSON – Business Advisor, Waterville Office

Allison is a business advisor at CEI, providing one-on-one counseling and support to start-ups and existing businesses in northern Kennebec and Somerset counties. She comes to CEI with a depth and breadth of experience in economic development, education, energy and health care.  She spent several years in the energy industry working with industrial and commercial businesses,teaching business and technology courses. Most recently she was CFO and Senior Director of Operations at a healthcare non-profit. Allison earned her B.S. in Business Administration from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, and continued at Thomas to earn both a Master’s in Computer Technology in Education and an MBA.