2016-07-07 / Front Page

Longtime Brunswick resident on MRRA board

LePage appoints Eggleston
BY DOUGLAS MCINTIRE
Times Record Staff


SHARON EGGLESTON SHARON EGGLESTON BRUNSWICK

Following a long vacancy, Gov. Paul LePage has filled a board seat for the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority. Sharon Eggleston of Brunswick made her first public appearance at the MRRA board meeting on June 29.

“I was truly honored when I was asked to be on this board,” Eggleston said of her March nomination and May confirmation.

Eggleston and her family have lived in Brunswick for more than 35 years where her husband Bob served two tours at Brunswick Naval Air Station before retiring from the Navy in 1987.

Bob Eggleston went on to work for the Brunswick School Department for another 17 years.

Eggleston said her son and daughter were raised in the Brunswick school system and that her son eventually joined the Navy as well.

As her children grew, Eggleston became more involved in the community herself — raising a seeing eye dog, becoming the first volunteer coordinator for Coffin Elementary School in 1978.

In 1989, Eggleston said she went back to work, taking on a secretarial position for Lockheed Martin on their Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer Program.

Eggleston earned her bachelor’s degree in business studies and later her master’s degree in business education as well as a certificate in human resource management, all from Southern New Hampshire University.

For ten years following her own education there, Eggleston went on to work as an adjunct professor at SNHU.

Eggleston worked for 23 years with members of the Navy and government personnel, receiving numerous awards.

Among her most prized accolades, Eggleston said, was her 2009 Joshua L. Chamberlain Award. The Chamberlain Award is given annually for service that builds upon the close relationship between the Midcoast community and the military.

In 2005, Eggleston was presented with Lockheed Martin’s highest award, the NOVA Award, for her work in promoting Space Day around the country and Canada. Eggleston said she was one of 146,000 chosen for the honor.

In 2012, Eggleston retired from Lockheed Martin as a senior project engineer and even now, in retirement, works as an aerospace educator, promoting science, math and technology throughout schools in Maine.

Believes in Landing

Eggleston said she truly believes in the former base and what it stands for and hopes she can help MRRA continue to succeed in bringing in more businesses and increasing the workforce lost when the Brunswick Naval Air Station closed.

“I’ve seen the base when it was all the squadrons — all the people. My husband was there for two tours and it’s just wonderful that I can be a part of the next phase of Brunswick Landing,” Eggleston said.

dmcintire@timesrecord.com

Chamberlain award

AMONG HER most prized accolades, Sharon Eggleston said, was her 2009 Joshua L. Chamberlain Award. The Chamberlain Award is given annually for service that builds upon the close relationship between the Midcoast community and the military.

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