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Team

Laura Hayden

Wedding & Event Manager

Originally from Pennsylvania, Laura now considers Rangeley, Maine, her forever home. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, passionate about all the adventures that Maine offers. With over twenty years of culinary and hospitality experience from wedding planning to catering, she has done it all. Laura understands the importance of delivering exceptional service and knowing that sometimes the smallest details can make the biggest impact. A thoughtful listener and detailed planner, she makes it a point to incorporate the meaningful nuances of a couple’s personality into their special day to make wedding a unique representation of them.

Throughout high school and college, Laura worked her way up in various catering and banquet venues, eventually graduating from the University of Utah with a degree in Public Relations. Upon graduation she began a career in marketing for a national restaurant group. Taking her restaurant and marketing experience with her, she relocated back to Pennsylvania and became the Wedding Coordinator at a historic 1775 limestone mansion outside of Gettysburg. 

Wanting to round out her hospitality quiver of skills, she moved to Denver, Colorado, graduating from Johnson & Wales University and later the prestigious L’ecole Nationale Superieure de Patisserie in France with degrees in Baking & Pastry Arts. As the Executive Pastry Chef at the boutique Sebastian Hotel in the heart of Vail, Laura honed her pastry skills while developing a deep understanding of the importance of quality and experience.

In efforts to offer her family an authentic outdoor lifestyle, she moved to Maine and decided it was time to mingle with people again instead of hiding in the kitchen. Joining the Saddleback Mountain team this winter, she isn’t shy about telling you why Saddleback is so special. Laura’s creativity from spinning sugar or molding chocolate translates to a unique perspective and eye for detail in the weddings business. She is the icing on the cake in the total Weddings at Saddleback package.


Shaun Stoothoff - Executive Chef

Shaun Stoothoff

Executive Chef

Born and raised in Maine, Shaun started working in the food industry at the age of 12 in his father’s seafood shack in Standish, Maine. Shaun has traveled the U.S. in search of culinary inspiration, working as far south as New Orleans and west to Lake Tahoe. He studied Cajun cuisine at both mom-and-pop shops and fine dining staples. Shaun was the sous chef at several high-end Portland restaurants, including the acclaimed and awarded Fore Street. He has always found that going directly to the source and fully immersing himself in the cuisine and culture is the best way to learn. This is reflected in his cooking style, blending locally sourced ingredients and regional cuisine styles. Shaun believes food is a reflection of the natural beauty found here in the great state of Maine and he hopes to make memories and tell stories through flavors. He’s happy to be back in Maine and shaping the culinary culture and story of Saddleback.


Andy Shepard

CEO & General Manager

Andy was a long time executive at L.L. Bean, running a number of businesses for the company. In keeping with L.L.Bean’s tradition of asking its employees to give back to their communities, Andy began working on a plan to address some of the challenges facing rural communities in Maine. The Maine Winter Sport Center (MWSC) was founded in 1999 and became a respected voice in a global dialogue about a sustainable, empowering approach to improving health and well-being for individuals and communities. 

After 20 years as the president and CEO of the MWSC, and with the organization on solid footing, Andy stepped aside to focus on getting Saddleback Mountain resurrected. That is a passion project he has been working on for 6 years, the first three trying to find the right buyer for the mountain and the last 3 collaborating with Boston-based Arctaris Impact Fund to buy and then reinvest in the mountain’s recovery. When Arctaris purchased the mountain in January 2020, Andy took on the role of GM and CEO.

His focus now is on creating a sustainable business model for the iconic mountain and leveraging that to address many of the challenges facing rural communities: access to affordable, quality childcare, affordable housing, providing seasonal workers with year-round benefits and expanding access to health and wellness care in rural communities.

Andy is thrilled to see the tradition of Weddings at the mountain continue and confident that Saddleback has assembled the dream team to make your special day everything you could ever imagine.


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