Here’s the team who is 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


SarahJoy Chaples

SarahJoy Chaples is a Regional Manager and Microenterprise Specialist for New Ventures Maine.  She has spent 15 years assisting people to establish their businesses, both in Maine and internationally.  She excels at facilitating groups to expand their knowledge, their connections to each other, and the ties to their communities.  She chairs the Business Resource Partners of Greater Bangor.  She loves to build systems that support entrepreneurs on their journey to success.  


Ashleigh Briggs


Jennifer Hooper
Life Coach

Jennifer Hooper is a life coach for women who are ready to take bold steps in their lives. 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. She believes in nurturing what’s possible rather than limiting beliefs to what’s probable.