Senate President's Office
Chief of Staff
Robert was born and raised on a dairy farm in Clinton, Maine. Growing up on the family farm taught him many life lessons at an early age. In 2004 he graduated from Lawrence High School and went on the University of Maine. Robert graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in political science and a minor in history.
Robert began working at the State House in December 2010 serving as the Senior Policy Advisor to Senate President Kevin Raye.
While playing in the University of Maine Pep Band Robert met his future wife Dominique. They both really enjoyed their time in college including traveling with the Band to tournaments. They continue to root for the Black Bears.
Outside of a three year enlistment in the U.S. Army, and two years living in the Midwest, Jim is a lifelong Mainer. After graduating from Cape Elizabeth High School, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and worked for the Armed Forces Network as a news reporter in Berlin, Germany. Following his time in the service, he came home and attended the University of Maine, where he received a degree in political science.
For nearly two decades, Jim worked as a news reporter for television stations in southern Maine. As a journalist, politics was always his favorite subject to cover, so he was always drawn to the Statehouse. In 2011, Jim was fortunate enough to be hired as Communications Director for the Speaker of the House. During the 126th Legislature, he held the same position for the Maine Senate Republican Office, and is now the Communications Director for the Office of the Senate President.
Jim is the father of three boys, and lives with his wife, Sybille, in Brunswick.
Melissa Simones was born and raised in Auburn and Greene, Maine. She grew up working in her family’s business, Simones’ Hot Dog Stand. The Lewiston diner was opened by her family in 1908 and she is of the fourth generation. Melissa graduated from Leavitt Area High School, then graduated from Bates College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Women and Gender Studies.
Following Bates, Melissa worked in Washington, DC for over six years. She handled administrative and legislative issues, including energy and appropriations, for Senator Susan Collins for nearly five years. Then, she worked at the US Chamber of Commerce. Melissa decided to return to her home state and began work at Preti Flaherty in 2013 as a Government Relations Liaison.
Melissa is involved in civic organizations in the Lewiston/Auburn community. She currently resides in Greene.
Dorothy Havey is an eleventh generation Mainer, growing up in the small town of Sullivan, Maine, the daughter of the local postmaster. She is a graduate of UMaine with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Dorothy has held management positions with several nonprofits including the Owls Head Transportation Museum, the Farnsworth Art Museum, The Institute for Global Ethics and the Penobscot Marine Museum. Most recently, she served as the Executive Director of the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce.
She serves on several boards including the Maine School of Science and Math Foundation Board, Belfast Rotary and Our Town Belfast, A Main Street Community. She lives with her husband and several pets on Coleman Pond in Lincolnville.
Ashley Sampson was raised in Wilton, Maine. She graduated in 2009 from Mt. Blue High School and then went on to study at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio. The summer following her junior year of college, she interned in Senator Olympia Snowe’s office. In 2013, Ashley graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from MVNU in Political Science with a minor in Biology.
Following her college graduation, she interned with the Maine Senate Republicans and then served as a Field Staffer for a special election. After the election, she worked as the Finance Executive for the Maine Republican Party where she spent her time working with the Party Chairman to fundraise for the Party and the 2014 elections.
Ashley currently resides on Great Pond in Rome. She enjoys spending her free time with family on the lake, golf course, and at her nieces and nephews athletic and music events.
Rose was born and raised in Augusta, and also lived in Monmouth for 23 years. She graduated from Cony High School in 1976. Rose worked in the Governor’s Office for 24 years, having served eight years with Governor John McKernan, eight years with Governor Angus King, and eight years with Governor John Baldacci. She also worked in Senate President Kevin Raye’s Office for two years (2010-2012) and the last four years in Attorney General Janet Mills’ Office. Rose looks forward to bringing her decades of experience in the State House to the current Office of the Senate President. Rose has a son, Josh, and she resides in Augusta.