Meet our team:

Kate Marone – Director


Kate Marone joined Healthy Lincoln County (HLC) in 2015. She serves as the liaison to the towns and community organizations in Lincoln County. She is working with the HLC Advisory Board to develop collaborative relationships, and working with HLC staff to achieve our public health goals to help communities in Lincoln County achieve healthier living.

Kate has spent three years in Maine working on a project with the state public health agency. Prior to that, she spent most of her career working in county public health agencies in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and in north central Montana. She has an undergraduate degree in social work, a graduate certificate in public health, and a master's degree in health and risk communication.

Growing up in a military family fostered Kate's love of travel. However, she's always been drawn to rural communities and is happy to be settled on the midcoast of Maine. When she's not working, Kate can be found exploring the lakes and peninsulas, cooking, hiking, or gardening. She looks forward to the winter so she can go snowshoeing, and catch up on her reading.

Patricia Buck-Welton - Project Assistant


Patricia Buck-Welton is the Project Assistant for Healthy Lincoln County where she supports several grants tracking budgets, coordinating board meetings, statewide trainings and conferences, developing program materials and establishing collaborative relationships with local service providers. She has worked for Medical Care Development (MCD) for 16 years with a variety of public health programs and interventions including a WIC Program, Colorectal Cancer Screening and Oral Health Program.

Patricia has been a lifelong Maine resident and enjoys the four seasons, horseback riding, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, yoga, and reading. She enjoys working with children and volunteers in her community as a 4-H Leader and Sunday school teacher. She was recently appointed Coordinator for Education for Ministry by the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.

Lara Cogar - Nutrition Education Coordinator


Lara Cogar is a health educator who brings SNAP-Ed nutrition education to the community. She works with schools, Head Starts, recreational organizations, churches, and housing and community agencies to bring food tastings and cooking and shopping classes to youth and adults, helping folks on a budget learn to live well. Her goal is to encourage wholesome nutrition, healthy activity and a can-do spirit for a healthy, vibrant life.

A graduate of West Virginia University, Lara served most of her career on the wellness team at her local community hospital in Maryland. She coordinated programs on nutrition and obesity prevention, women and family health, tobacco, heart disease and cancer prevention, and supervised a woman's wellness center and their Breast and Cervical Cancer Program. While there, she established an annual women's health conference and wrote the Tobacco Road Show, an experiential 7th grade science lesson.

Lara lives on the Pemaquid Peninsula with her family. She is grateful for her growing-up summers in a YMCA camp in the mountains, where she learned a wellness lifestyle young. When not out in the community, she can often be found on the trail or on the water.

Emily Bauer – Project Coordinator


Emily Bauer is the Project Coordinator for Healthy Lincoln County, where she works in substance use prevention. Her role involves building local-stakeholder relationships to implement community-wide interventions intended to reduce young peoples’ access to and use of alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs. She has worked with Healthy Lincoln County since the summer of 2017, while she also pursues a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Southern Maine and a Prevention Specialist Certification in Maine.

Previously, Emily has worked in disaster recovery social services, aiding families in rebuilding their homes and lives from Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Superstorm Sandy, in Rockaway, New York. Her love of singing and jazz music drew her to attend Loyola University New Orleans, where she earned an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a minor in Vocal Performance. While at Loyola, Emily served as a Resident Assistant of first-year students and on the executive board of the Community Action Program, which provided community service opportunities for students at non-profits across New Orleans.

Emily is a native of southern Maine. She enjoys hiking with her dog, Maggie, playing competitive tennis, swimming and spending time with family and friends.