BANGOR, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage on Monday announced the appointment of Katrin Teel of Bangor to serve as his senior health policy adviser.
Teel, a registered nurse and the chairwoman of the Bangor Republican Committee, takes the place of Mary Mayhew, a former lobbyist for the Maine Hospital Association whom LePage initially named as his senior health policy adviser and then as commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services.
“I am pleased that Katrin is joining my staff to continue to serve the people of Maine,” said LePage in a statement on Monday. “We can create a health care system that is more efficient, so patients and families have peace of mind they are receiving top-notch, affordable care anywhere in the state and Katrin will help us reach that goal.”
In addition to her nursing work, Teel has experience in nonprofit administration and higher education. She served for three years as director of the Wellness Council of Maine, an employee wellness organization housed at the Bangor Chamber of Commerce. She also is a former director of the Maine Quality Counts program, which is engaged in improving the value of health care delivered by Maine doctors and hospitals.
Most recently, Teel has worked as an instructor in the business management and allied health departments at Beal College in Bangor and as an adjunct instructor in the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Endicott College in Massachusetts.
As a nurse, Teel has volunteered on nine missions to Latin America, according to the statement from the governor’s office. She has served as an operating room nurse, set up teaching programs on women’s health, participated in a pilot program to provide health care in remote Indian communities in the Ecuadorian jungle, taught as a nurse educator in Bolivian schools, and worked with HIV positive orphans in the Dominican Republic.
She holds an undergraduate degree in nursing and a master’s degree in business, both from Husson University. In 2010, Teel made an unsuccessful bid to represent part of Bangor in the Maine House of Representatives.