Board of Directors

Maine Philanthropy Center
Portland, ME

Jeannette Andre

President & CEO

Maine Philanthropy Center
Portland, ME

Jeannette Andre was named President & CEO of the Maine Philanthropy center in 2019. She previously served as Deputy Director at the Lenny Zakim Fund in Boston, MA. For over 10 years, Ms. Andre has demonstrated her passion for building relationships and her commitment to championing effectiveness in the philanthropic sector. While at The Lenny Zakim Fund, Ms. Andre supported the mission to advance social justice by leading its grantmaking, leadership development, and capacity building work. Prior to joining The Lenny Zakim Fund, Ms. Andre held positions with Social Venture Partners in Seattle, WA and the Philanthropy Roundtable in Washington, DC. Ms. Andre also supports the sector as a member of The Philanthropy Connection, a women-led collective giving organization, and as a design team member for the Social Justice Funders Network. She is a member of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and a Grantmakers of Color affinity group.

Katahdin Trust Company
Bangor, ME

Angela Butler

Senior Vice President, Commercial Services Officer

Katahdin Trust Company
Bangor, ME

Angela Butler is the Executive Vice President, Retail and Business Banking, for Katahdin Trust Company, in Bangor, Maine. Prior to joining Katahdin Trust in 2016, she worked as a commercial banker in Maine for People’s United Bank and its predecessor, Merrill Bank for twenty-two years. She has extensive experience with low income housing tax credit and state historic tax credit financing as well as commercial lending in the medical, manufacturing, logging and agriculture sectors in Central and Northern Maine. She serves on several boards in the Bangor region, including Community Health & Counseling Services, Bangor Children’s Home, and the Ban Air Corporation. Angela graduated from Colby College with a B.A in Administrative Science, with minors in Mathematics and Education. She lives in Bangor.

MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)
Cambridge, MA

Devin Cook

Associate Director

MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE)
Cambridge, MA

Devin Cook is Associate Director at the MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy (IDE). Previously, she co-founded and led the IDE’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge, a $1.5 million future of work prize for startups. A Fulbright Scholar, she researched entrepreneurship and economic development among textile artisans in India. She has conducted research with MIT innovation and entrepreneurship faculty, worked at multiple start-ups, mentored over 100 start-up founders, and teaches entrepreneurship at accelerators nationwide. Devin is an Advisory Board member of Humans for AI, a Jurist for the INDEX: Award – the world’s largest design prize, and a board member of the Maine Women’s Fund. She earned a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she was awarded the Ronald I. Heller Award for her contribution to entrepreneurship education on campus.

Gelato Fiasco
Brunswick, ME

Josh Davis

Co-Founder & CEO

Gelato Fiasco
Brunswick, ME

Joshua Davis (Resident and Business Leader), Brunswick, is the co-founder and CEO of Gelato Fiasco, which he established when he was 24 years old. Gelato Fiasco operates two stores in Maine and offers its Maine-made, all-natural gelato for sale in thousands of grocery stores across the United States. Josh oversees the company’s targeted growth, including its most recent $2.3 million expansion of its Flavor Foundry in Brunswick, and leads a team of about 50 employees. With his co-founder, he was named as the Small Business Administration’s Young Entrepreneur for New England for 2014. Josh has been quoted by Reuters, MSNBC, and CNN/Money, and Gelato Fiasco has been featured in Bon Appetit, the Boston Globe, and O: The Oprah Magazine. Joined CEI board in 2016.

Workforce Development Economics
Brunswick, ME

John Dorrer

Independent Consultant

Workforce Development Economics
Brunswick, ME

John Dorrer is a labor economist and consultant focused on human capital development who has worked at the local, state and national level in leadership, executive and technical roles over the past 35 years. Most recently, he served as Senior Advisor at Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, where he helped organize a multi-state consortium of state policymakers, academic economists and data scientists to examine links between state education and training investments with economic and labor market performance. He has been a Senior Fellow at Jobs for the Future (Boston), Acting Commissioner and Center for Workforce Research and Information Director for the Maine Department of Labor, and Deputy Director, Workforce Development Programs, at the National Center on Education and the Economy in Washington D.C. He serves as a Board Member for the Maine Center for Economic Policy, on the Research Committee of the Maine Economic Focus Initiative and on the Alfond Leaders Advisory Committee. Dorrer received a M.S. degree in Resource Economics and B.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Brunswick, Maine.

VETRO FiberMap
Portland ME

Sean Dundon

Director - Partnerships and Channel Development

VETRO FiberMap
Portland ME

At VETRO FiberMap, a CEI Ventures-backed company, Sean leads the Partner/Channel program at VETRO to provide integrated software solutions to drive SaaS revenue for fiber-optic network providers. VETRO is positioned for exponential growth during an unprecedented deployment of subsidies to provide broadband access nationwide and close the digital divide.  Prior to joining VETRO FiberMap, Sean co-founded the real estate due diligence firm, Blackstone Consulting LLC in 2002 providing environmental, engineering, seismic, and energy audits to large commercial real estate investors, affordable housing syndicators, and lenders nationwide.

Sean has served on the City of Portland Community Development Block Grant Program Committee and completed nine (9) years on the City of Portland Planning Board. Other board service includes Breakwater School (Breakwater Learning), Lakes Environmental Association (LEA) in Bridgton, Maine, and currently serves as Vice-Chair at Carrabassett Valley Academy (CVA).  Sean has a B.S. degree in Public Health from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an M.S. of Nuclear Engineering from the University of New Mexico, and an MBA from Bryant University in Finance.

Calvert Impact Capital
Bethesda, MD

Catherine Godschalk, Vice Chair

Vice President, Investments

Calvert Impact Capital
Bethesda, MD

Catherine Godschalk, Vice President, Investments, Calvert Impact Capital, Bethesda, MD, Catherine manages Calvert Impact Capital’s Investments team and the more than $350 million global portfolio of impact investments aimed at building, scaling, and strengthening intermediaries and structured funds tackling social and/or environmental challenges. Calvert Impact Capital’s private debt portfolio is invested through and alongside mission-driven financial intermediaries, funds, and enterprises working across an array of impact areas, including affordable housing, renewable energy, environmental sustainability, micro and small business finance, health, education, and sustainable agriculture.  Since joining Calvert Impact Capital in 2011 Catherine and her team have more the doubled the size of the portfolio. Catherine has spent 25 years working at the intersection of private capital and social impact, with program and product development, policy, and financing roles across a variety of institutions, including SH Cowell Foundation, the White House Office of Management and Budget, Fannie Mae Corporation, and Self Help Ventures Fund. She serves on the loan committees for ROC USA Capital and Appalachian Community Capital. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and received her BA from Columbia University.

Fahe
Orono, ME

Susan Hammond

Relationship Manager for Native CDFIs

Fahe
Orono, ME

Susan Hammond is the new Relationship Manager for Native CDFIS at Fahe, a national CDFI serving rural Appalachia and other non-profits in rural and Native communities with a mission to building the American Dream.  Her main focus in this position will be to develop strong partnerships/collaborations with Native CDFIs by providing training, expertise, and support in accessing the secondary mortgage market, which will increase the capacity and provide equity access to capital for these organizations while also addressing the severe housing needs faced by Native families and communities.

Susan is a tribal member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, a tribal community located in central Maine.  She has dedicated her career to growing investments in Native economies and serving Native communities.  After graduating from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration, Susan worked with the Penobscot Nation tribal government in various capacities – in vocational education, economic development, health and housing – and served eight years on the Tribal Council.  Her work opened her eyes to the deep systemic changes needed in tribal communities, particularly with housing.

Susan brings 20 years of experience working in the Native CDFI sector as she was a founder of Four Directions Development Corporation (FDDC) in 2001 and which she served as its Executive Director until January of 2022.  FDDC is a Native CDFI located in Orono, Maine serving the four Native tribes in Maine.  Under Susan’s leadership, FDDC created a transformative on-reservation home mortgage product.  Susan also led FDDC’s efforts to implement new legal infrastructure and lending codes in the Maine tribal communities, allowing collateral recourse.  Since then, FDDC has closed $18+ million in loans so tribal members can buy, sell, improve and build equity in their homes.

Susan serves on numerous boards: Oweesta Corporation, Coastal Enterprises Inc, Four Directions Development Corporation, Maine Community Foundation, Maine Venture Fund and Bangor Savings Bank.  She was awarded the Maine SBA Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year Award as well as the Visionary Leader Award from the Opportunity Finance Network/Oweesta Corporation.

 

DrummondWoodsum
Portland, ME

Michael High, Legal Counsel

Attorney

DrummondWoodsum
Portland, ME
Gateway Community Services Maine
Lewiston, Maine

Safiya Khalid

Leadership Programs Manager

Gateway Community Services Maine
Lewiston, Maine

From 2020-2022, Safiya Said Khalid served as a member of the Lewiston, Maine City Council, making history as the first Somali-American woman ever elected to Lewiston’s City Council.

Though Safiya decided not to run for re-election, she continues her work as a community organizer and activist in Lewiston and in building the next generation of leaders through her role as Leadership Programs manager, at Gateway Community Services Maine, a nonprofit organization with offices in Lewiston and Portland, whose mission is to support the wellbeing of immigrants and refugees in the Greater Portland and Lewiston areas. GCSM offers support while creating opportunities for connection between immigrant, refugee, and asylee community members and their neighbors.

Farm Credit East
Auburn, ME

Scott Kenney

Senior Vice President

Farm Credit East
Auburn, ME

Scott Kenney (Resident and Business Leader), Gray, is Senior Vice President, Commercial Banking, Farm Credit East. Scott currently leads the middle market lending efforts in Maine, New Hampshire and Eastern Massachusetts for Farm Credit East’s commercial lending group. Scott holds a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Maine at Orono.  He is active in coaching youth sports (soccer, basketball and baseball) in Cumberland County. Scott joined the CEI board in 2014.

Community Health Options
Lewiston, ME

Kevin Lewis

CEO

Community Health Options
Lewiston, ME

Kevin Lewis (Resident and Business Leader), Winthrop, earned his Bachelor’s from Dartmouth College (1991), and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Michigan (1995). Kevin is the Chief Executive Officer of Community Health Options (Health Options), a private, non-profit health plan that is partnering with consumers, businesses and health professionals to achieve the Triple Aim. Health Options is a Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan (CO-OP) and offers a range of qualified health plans both on and off the Health Insurance Marketplace for individuals, families and businesses throughout Maine and New Hampshire. Prior to starting Health Options, Kevin was the CEO of the Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA), the statewide organization of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) from 2002 to 2012. From 2000 to 2002, Kevin was the Director of Continuing Care at the Maine Hospital Association. Kevin previously served as the lobbyist and a budget and policy analyst for the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services. Kevin serves on the Board of HealthInfoNet, the Executive Committee of the National Alliance of State Health CO-OPs, and has served as the Co-Chair of the AHA Central Maine Heart Walk 2014-15. Joined CEI board in 2016.

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Boston, MA

Beth Mattingly

Assistant Vice President

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Boston, MA

Beth Mattingly, Assistant Vice President, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Beth Mattingly is assistant vice president of community development research and communications at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve Bank, Beth served as director of research on vulnerable families at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. Her interests center on women, children, and family well-being. Her work examines child poverty and how different family policies affect rural, suburban, and urban families and how growing up in poverty influences life outcomes. Beth’s research also looks at obstacles to stabilities in family life and how state and federal policies may better support children and families. Beth is also a research consultant for the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality. As a research consultant she works on a host of projects including developing innovative poverty measures like the California Poverty Measure and research toward understanding Hispanic poverty and inequality. Beth has published in several academic journals, including Social Forces and Journal of Marriage and Family, and in edited volumes. Her work has been featured in Time magazine, Real Simple magazine, USA Today, and other media outlets. In addition, she has appeared on National Public Radio, New Hampshire Public Radio, and California Public Radio to discuss her research. Beth completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Family Research Lab at the University of New Hampshire and received her master’s and doctorate degrees in sociology from the University of Maryland. She has an undergraduate degree in geography from Dartmouth College.

New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
New Hampshire

Debby Miller

Vice President, External Relations

New Hampshire Community Loan Fund
New Hampshire

Debby Miller joined the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund in April 2013, taking on the role of Vice President of External Relations. She oversees the organization’s philanthropy, marketing and communications and public policy efforts.

In 2010 she joined More Than Wheels as Executive Director and was responsible for marketing efforts that focus on building strong partnerships with businesses, nonprofits, and government to increase awareness of More Than Wheels’ services around New Hampshire.

Debby served as Senior Vice President and Director of Corporate Affairs in New England for Citizens Bank. Promoted to this position in 2005, she was responsible for overseeing public and community relations, media relations, internal communications, special events, charitable contributions, marketing sponsorships and government affairs for the New England region.

In addition, she was responsible for the bank’s Community Reinvestment Act activities and programs throughout its 13-state footprint. She began her time with Citizens in 1993 and was responsible for leading efforts to obtain Outstanding CRA ratings from the FDIC in 1999 and 2003.

During her tenure at Citizens, Debby was responsible for developing a number of award-winning initiatives including the Champions in Action program. The Champions program coupled an unrestricted grant to a non-profit organization with promotional support provided by a media partner. She created this program in direct response to hearing from small nonprofit organizations that their need for publicity was often just as great as their need for financial support.  As a result, Champions received free public service announcements, printed brochures and posters, promotion in all Citizens branch locations, and promotion on all Citizens ATM machines.

An active volunteer, Debby has served on the board of directors of many organizations. She currently serves as the chair of the board of trustees for Winston-Salem State University and the past chair of Whittier Street Health Center in Roxbury, MA.  n addition, she was appointed by Governor Jeanne Shaheen to serve as a trustee for the University System of New Hampshire where she chaired the External Affairs Committee.

She has received numerous awards in recognition of her leadership as well as her work in the community.  In 2003, she was named one of New Hampshire’s Remarkable Women by New Hampshire Magazine.  She was also honored with the Susan B. Anthony Award from the Manchester YWCA in 2005.  Most recently Miller received the Leading Women Award from the Girl Scouts Patriots’ Trail Council in 2007 and was inducted into the Academy of Women’s Achievers at the YWCA Boston in 2008.

She is a graduate of Winston-Salem State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Affairs and Economics.

NewHeight Group
Portland, ME

S. P. “Chip” Newell

Partner

NewHeight Group
Portland, ME

S. P. “Chip” Newell (Resident), Portland.

Chip is a principal in The NewHeight Group, a real estate development and marketing consulting firm. In the spring of 2015, NewHeight is completing development of 118 on Munjoy Hill, a 12-unit condominium building that is bringing a new level of building quality and energy efficiency to Portland’s multifamily market. Chip has been on the board of CEI Notes for several years. He is also on the board of Community Housing of Maine, The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) and is on the Maine Community Foundation Cumberland County Committee.

Chip received an BA in Economics from Bowdoin College  and MBA in Finance and accounting from Rutgers University.

Aroostook County Action Program
Caribou, ME

Jason Parent

Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

Aroostook County Action Program
Caribou, ME

As Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Jason leads Aroostook County Action Program. Jason holds a Master of Science in Business Degree from Husson University and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Prior to joining ACAP in 2015, Jason held communication leadership positions in higher education and healthcare for nearly two decades. At ACAP, Jason and his leadership team have positioned the Agency to become a national leader in advancing and adopting the Whole Family/Two-Generation Approach and a Comprehensive Service Delivery Model that involves working with families and individuals on all facets of their advancement so they achieve greater economic independence and overall wellbeing. He is passionate about community involvement and volunteerism and currently serves on the boards of a number of organizations, including the Maine Association of Non-Profits, Aroostook Partnership, Aroostook Aspirations Initiative, Aroostook Regional Transportation System, Aroostook Home Health Services/Valley Home Health Services, and is the Immediate Past President of Maine Community Action Partnership. Born in Canada and raised along the border in Maine’s northernmost region—the St. John Valley—Jason’s first language is French. He has been greatly involved as a volunteer leader in preserving, advancing, and promoting the area’s Acadian and Franco-American Culture.

Distributed Solar Development
New York, NY

Adler Prioly

VP, Structured Finance

Distributed Solar Development
New York, NY

Adler Prioly is a structured finance professional with background in the energy, resource efficiency, water, waste, and clean technology vertical.

Adler is currently on the Structured Finance team at DSD Renewables, a leading developer and asset owner of solar and solar + battery storage projects across the US. Prior to joining DSD, Adler led the clean energy business at Reinvestment Fund, supporting corporate and project capital solutions for middle market companies focused on developing sustainable infrastructure.  There, he grew the energy practice into one of the largest by annual volume in the company and expanded the relationships, geographic scope, asset categories and financial solutions for clients within a few years.

Adler is an active board member in the impact finance space. He is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Clean Energy Credit Union, a leading provider of clean energy lending products nationwide.  He also served as an advisor to Climate Finance Advisory Team, a focus group led by the Community Investment Guarantee Pool, providing advisory on financial products for mission- and impact-aligned transactions.  He currently serves as Treasurer of the Roothbert Fund and helps to manage its investment portfolio.

Adler resides in New Jersey.

Sunrise County Economic Council
Machias, ME

Charles Rudelitch

Executive Director

Sunrise County Economic Council
Machias, ME

Charles Rudelitch joined the Sunrise Economic Development Council as Executive Director in May 2014. A Harrington native, Charles has a long history with the Council, having interned with SCEC in the late 1990s and serving on its Board during the early 2000s. He has earned degrees in Applied History from Carnegie Mellon University; Resource Economics & Policy from the University of Maine; as well as a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law. Prior to joining SCEC, Charles served as the Staff Attorney for Pine Tree Legal in Hancock & Washington counties. In addition to the legal field, he has worked in economic and community development for the towns of Bridgton, Fort Kent, and Guilford, and the Passamaquoddy Tribe, along with the Eastern Maine Development Corporation.

Miriam Shark Consulting LLC
Portland, ME

Miriam Shark, Chair

Independent Consultant

Miriam Shark Consulting LLC
Portland, ME

Miriam Shark is an independent consultant working from Portland, Maine to help organizations achieve their visions of excellence. Over a twenty-five-year career at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Miriam assumed wide-ranging management and programmatic responsibilities across issue areas of family, community and opportunity. Among these were the creation of the Rural Family Economic Success (RuFES) portfolio, the launch of Casey’s two-generation approach to reducing poverty, and the leadership of the Philanthropy Engagement portfolio. Prior to joining the Casey Foundation, Miriam was a Director at the Massachusetts Rate Setting Commission where she oversaw health finance, and director of the Child Outpatient Department at Washington County Human Services, a mental health center in Oakdale, Minnesota. Miriam has an A.B. from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from St. Louis University and an M.P.A. from Harvard University. Miriam currently serves on the boards of the Forum of Regional Associations of Philanthropy, the William J. Clinton Center on Community Philanthropy and Health Care Without Harm. She lives in Portland, Maine.

Atlantic Sea Farms
Saco, Maine

Briana Warner

President/CEO

Atlantic Sea Farms
Saco, Maine

Briana has dedicated her life to doing well by doing good. She is passionate about our incredible home state of Maine and working with our partner farmers to help create a more resilient and thriving coast. Since taking over as CEO at Atlantic Sea Farms in 2018, she and her team have expanded the company to work with 24 partner farmers from Portland to Eastport. Bri has followed a winding path that brought her to kelp – including serving several tours as a diplomat in the U.S. Foreign Service, starting and selling a wholesale bakery in Portland focused on pies with an international flair and employing recent refugees resettled to the area, and creating the first Economic Development programming suite at the Maine-based Island Institute. She is an avid gardener, an obsessive cook, and a proud mother of two rad sons. In 2020, Bri was named an Eating Well Magazine Food Hero, awarded the Specialty Foods Association’s Business Leadership Award, and had the honor of sitting on several state, national, and global aquaculture and business policy boards. She also believes that she happens to lead the very best team of people in the natural foods space – and challenges you to prove her wrong.

Providentia Group
Portland. ME

Krystal Williams

Founding Manager

Providentia Group
Portland. ME

Krystal Williams is the founder of and managing attorney for Providentia Group, a legal and business advisory firm whose mission is to create economic equity through entrepreneurship.

As a business strategist and attorney, Krystal brings an important and respected perspective to many issues. Krystal focuses on topics related to closely held companies, innovation, strategic partnerships, and board governance. In 2020 she founded Alpha Legal Foundation, a nonprofit focused on diversifying the legal profession. She has also served on the board of directors for other non-profits and in leadership roles at her alma maters. Krystal currently serves as a University of New England trustee and a technology advisor for Maine Technology Institute. She is a former director and Equity Officer for the ACLU of Maine. She moved to Maine after thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail and welcomes being called by her trail name, Bumblebee.

Krystal holds a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and dual undergraduate degrees in Mathematics and Psychology from Williams College.

Mano en Mano
Milbridge, ME

Ian Yaffe

Executive Director

Mano en Mano
Milbridge, ME

Ian Yaffe (Resident and Civic Leader), Ellsworth. A.B. Latin American Studies & Education, Bowdoin College. Currently Executive Director of Mano en Mano / Hand in Hand in Milbridge (Washington County) and Boatswain’s Mate in U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. Ian joined Mano en Mano’s staff in 2010 shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College where he founded Food Forward, a student organization that recycles food and educates the community about fighting hunger and its causes. At Mano en Mano, Ian led construction of Maine’s first affordable housing project for farmworkers (Hand in Hand Apartments) and oversees several educational programs across Washington County for migrant workers. He has participated in the Maine Nonprofit Leadership Institute as well as the Maine Leadership Forum for Sustainable Food Systems. Currently, Ian serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of Maine at Machias. He joined CEI’s board in 2014.