April 5, 2017 – Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a mission-driven investor specializing in rural economic development in Maine and throughout the U.S., announces that Angela Butler, John Dorrer, Charles Rudelitch, and Miriam Shark have been named to its Board of Directors. Outgoing board members include Board Chair Ellen Seidman, and members David Bennell, Sue Inches, and Peter Pitegoff, who marshalled CEI through a time of significant change and leadership transition.
Angela Butler is the Senior Vice President, Commercial Services, 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 Bangor Soccer Club. Angela graduated from Colby College with a B.A in Administrative Science, with minors in Mathematics and Education.
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.
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 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.
Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) helps to grow good jobs, environmentally-sustainable enterprises, and shared prosperity in Maine and in rural regions across the country by integrating financing, business and industry expertise, and policy solutions. CEI envisions a world in which communities are economically and environmentally healthy, enabling all people, especially those with low incomes, to reach their full potential. For more information, visit www.ceimaine.org.