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Our Staff

Elaine Sounier, Tim Sounier, and Denise Guimont

Our Staff

We are not surprised when clients tell us that they felt more like special guests in someone’s home than at a formal meeting or function. We all consider The Governor Hill Mansion to be our home, and we treasure it as such. Our experienced staff is dedicated to ensuring the success of each event--large or small, formal or casual. We have a collective fifty-three years at The Mansion and are happy to help in whatever way we can to make your visit superior.

As our Events Director, Elaine Sounier oversees the details of planning each event. Clients coordinate with Elaine on room set-up, food, and equipment needs. Elaine has worked at The Mansion since 1992. Not only does she know the ghosts by name, she can also delight visitors with the full history of the building.

During your visit, you may or may not see our Head of Maintenance and Security, Larry "Tim" Sounier, who works hard behind the scenes keeping the historic building running and up to code as well as the grounds clean and beautiful. Then, again, you probably will. Tim is always around to jump in when a hand is needed.

You will most certainly see our delightful Head of Housekeeping, Denise Guimont. Denise has been with The Mansion for eleven years, doing more in a work day than any young person has thought possible. She keeps the interior looking spectacular and inviting. If you need anything, do not hesitate to ask Denise. If it is possible, she will make it happen.

Chef Kirk McLeanChef Kirk McLean is the Executive Chef for both The Governor Hill Mansion and The Liberal Cup, but don't call him an executive. He'll tell you that he is first and foremost a cook; cooking is his passion and if you have tasted his food you will know it is also his calling. Chef Kirk is a classically trained French chef who spent his first twenty years cooking in the Sonoma and Napa Valleys. His summer trips to Alaska turned permanent for ten years following. In Alaska he was named one of the Top Ten Chefs in the state, and he published in the The New Alaska Cookbook. He has been in Maine and with The Mansion for eleven years. When Kirk is not in the kitchen, you can find him outside enjoying the fruits of Maine's seasons: fishing, duck hunting, and foraging for local mushrooms and berries.


Geof and Jamie Houghton, owners of The Governor Hill Mansion

The Owners

Geoff & Jamie Houghton

If you had asked Geoff a few years ago if he ever thought he’d own a mansion, he would have probably come close to spilling his beer laughing. Geoff’s mission in building the two brew pubs that he owns in Hallowell (The Liberal Cup) and Saco (The Run of the Mill) was to provide a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere for friends and families to gather to enjoy real food and ale at honest prices. So what possessed him to buy an old governor’s mansion? Strangely enough, many of the same principles. It was a little bit of the history nut in him (he graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in History) but mostly the desire to provide another kind of gathering space for friends and family--this time for special events--that was welcoming and affordable.

In appreciation of history, Geoff is matched by his wife Jamie, who took her B.A. in History from Colby College to The University of Toronto, receiving both a M.A. and Ph.D. in History. She recently traded in the glories of teaching medieval and renaissance History at Alma College in Michigan for time with her family, and she is honored to work in Governor Hill’s home. You can find Jamie in the office a couple of days a week and working from home to build an online presence for The Mansion.