Meet the team who’s bringing you Blitz!


Leslie Poake, CPA
Blitz CoFounder
Partner at LG&H, Certified Public Accountants

Leslie Poake is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant. She changed her field to public accounting after years of running for-profit companies as well as financial management of nonprofits. Leslie puts her business experience to use working with owners of businesses of all sizes. Her clients include businesses in many industries and all stages of the business life cycle, and she has has a particular interest in the startup community. Leslie has also helped to organize Big Gig Junior, a pitch contest for seventh grade students presented in conjunction with the Big Gig Finale.


Jason Harkins
Blitz CoFounder
UMaine Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Builder in Maine

Dr. Jason Harkins is the Co-Managing Director of Scratchpad Accelerator (a program aimed at helping scalable, investment-oriented firms grow), Co-owner of CoVort (Bangor’s exclusive downtown co-working space), and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at the University of Maine. He is also on the board of UpStart Maine, has been a judge for Greenlight Maine, and helps startup companies focus on developing their businesses. Jason’s teaching and research interests relate to the intersection of strategy, entrepreneurship and small business management. His latest research focuses on human capital acquisition and retention in new, small firms and entrepreneurial exits.


SarahJoy Chaples
Regional Manager and Microenterprise Specialist for New Ventures Maine

SarahJoy Chaples has spent 15 years helping people establish their businesses, both in Maine and internationally. She excels at facilitating groups to expand their knowledge, connect with each other, and make strong ties to their communities.  She also chairs the Business Resource Partners of Greater Bangor. Sarah loves to help build systems that support entrepreneurs on their journeys to success.  


Ashleigh Briggs
Customer Success Lead at CourseStorm

Ashleigh is the Customer Success Lead for CourseStorm, one of Maine's fast-growing and scalable startups. Having grown up in in and around a family-run business in Central Maine, she has always had a passion for working in and supporting entrepreneurship. She's worked with two scalable technology startups while also supporting local entrepreneurs through her work as the chair of Bangor area's Solve for B: Entrepreneurial Meet-Up and a Maine Small Business Development Certified Business Advisor.


Jennifer Hooper
Life Coach

Jennifer Hooper is a life coach for women. Throughout her diverse and wide-ranging career (from working in high-tech to co-owning a franchise to launching her own business), she has always carried an entrepreneurial spirit. She has a particular fondness for helping women nurture new ideas and businesses, and many of her clients are entrepreneurs and business owners.