My name is Elena Mikuzis and I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to represent the state of Maine in 2022. This is a remarkable historical moment in the Mrs. Maine America system of embracing Diversity and Inclusion by crowning the first immigrant as Mrs. Maine America. Now I welcome the opportunity to share a little about myself and my family.
I am a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Maine. I hold two High Honors Bachelor’s degrees, one in Business Administration from University of Southern Maine and another in Linguistics and Foreign Languages from Siberian Independent University. Being an immigrant myself and living in the state of Maine for almost 20 years, I am very passionate about Diversity & Inclusion. My platform “Welcome to America” is an arm of The Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center where I also serve as a member of the Finance Committee. The mission of my platform is to help immigrants understand, navigate and thrive in our communities. My ultimate goal is to create meaningful and unbiased connections through community service and stories like mine in order to promote a global community in Maine which will create a lot of opportunities for the economy and society. Because the issues of diversity and inclusion are universal as Mrs. Maine America, I would have an opportunity to promote my platform both statewide and nationally.
Besides my community involvement, I currently work full-time as a CPA-Senior Financial Accountant at Greenbacker Capital, a market leader in sustainable infrastructure investing. Prior to Greenbacker Capital, I worked at WEX where I was the original founder and Board of Directors Chair of WEXPats, a Diversity & Inclusion Employee Resource Group, an initiative designed to support multinational employees.
I currently reside in Saco with my husband Tadas and our 5-year-old son Tommy, but enjoy traveling frequently. I have visited 26 countries so far! I also love camping, playing tennis, snowboarding, and playing Texas Hold'em poker.
I consider myself the epitome of the American Dream which means that "you could come from anywhere and be anything you want in this country". As your Mrs. Maine America '22 I am looking forward to making a difference in my community and inspiring other women to follow their dreams.