Vice President, Human Resources
Mary Axelsen became interested in the Human Resources field after joining Unum and working in a variety of roles in the employee benefits area. In these roles, she interacted with HR leaders and began to understand the impact Human Resources has on an organization. Her business acumen and propensity toward building strong professional relationships led her to her decision to become a strategic business leader.
After graduating with a B.A. in Communication from the University of Southern Maine, Mary went on to obtain her M.S. from Southern New Hampshire University in Organizational Leadership. In a variety of HR positions, she has worked for L.L. Bean, Sweetser, and eventually rejoined UNUM to focus on transformation and organizational change.
She was attracted to the Human Resources position at EnviroLogix because she believes in what the company does and is excited by the company’s growth plans. “Understanding the connection between strategic goals of the company and talent needs is critical to grow the organization,” Mary explains, “and I am confident that I can utilize my experience in large-scale organizational transformation to help EnviroLogix achieve its maximum potential.”
Mary is driven to make a difference at work, but she also likes to have fun. She enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending time with her husband, daughters and grandchildren. Mary loves to eat out, have dinner parties with friends, and feels fortunate that Portland is a foodie city.
She is passionate about issues related to women, which developed when she minored in Women’s Studies. Mary’s volunteer work includes being the Board of the HR Association of Southern Maine, Board President for Dress for Success of Southern Maine, Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, and Crossroads. While volunteering at Crossroads, Mary helped develop a curriculum that helped women develop a resume, search for jobs, and learn to speak about themselves in a positive way – often for the first time – during a job interview. For almost a decade, Mary and her husband have sponsored a golf tournament, selecting a different non-profit each year, and raised over $110,000.