Maine Philanthropy Center

Building Connections for Maine Grantmakers

Our Board and Staff

Maine Philanthropy Center Board of Directors

2018 - 2019

Board Chair
John Shoos, Executive Director, Sam L. Cohen Foundation

Prior to joining the Foundation, John served as Senior Vice President of Community Impact and in other roles for the United Way of Greater Portland over a 26 year career. He is a board member for Konbit Sante, a Health Partnership in Haiti, and has served on the boards of Spring Harbor Hospital, the Institute for Civic Leadership, and the Maine Children’s Alliance. John and his wife Lisa raised two sons in Maine and now enjoy visiting them or traveling with them, wherever that may be!

Board Vice Chair
Erin Cinelli, Executive Director, Emanuel & Pauline A. Lerner Foundation

After graduating from Middlebury College in 1999, Erin served as Executive Director of the Spannocchia Foundation until 2012, supporting an agriculture education center and organic farm in Tuscany, and splitting her time between Italy and Maine. She joined the Lerner Foundation in 2013, first as Program Director and more recently as Executive Director. She is currently leading her organization through a year-long revision of the foundation’s giving priorities and grant making process and participates in the Refugee and Immigrant Funders Collaborative. Erin earned a Masters of Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School at University of Southern Maine in 2005, and she is a 2014 graduate of the Exponent Philanthropy Next Gen Fellows program. She is married to Ben Slayton, with whom she co-owns Farmers’ Gate Market in Wales, and the Farm Stand in South Portland, purveyors of local, pasture-raised meats from a network of farms in central and southern Maine. They have 2 young children, ages 2 and 5.

Board Secretary
Andrea Perry, Advisor to the Donors of the Broad Reach Fund

The donors have provided over a million dollars annually to support Maine nonprofits aligned with broad interests in social justice, economic opportunity, environmental health, and sustainable food systems. In previous consulting roles, Andrea was the founding coordinator of the Environmental Funders Network and served as a liaison to the Downeast Nonprofit Network. Prior to this work, Andrea spent eight years at the Maine Community Foundation where she administered the Foundation’s scholarship program, provided support to several of the rural county committees, and ultimately became Director of Regional Networks. Andrea is a native of Aroostook County and a graduate of the College of the Atlantic. When not at her computer, she enjoys traveling, finding local trails to hike, and working with her husband and two young kids on their ½ acre in-town farm in Ellsworth.

Board Treasurer
Kati Denham, Tax Manager, BerryDunn

Kati is a Manager in BerryDunn’s Tax Consulting and Compliance Services Group, focusing primarily on closely-held and family-owned businesses in the real estate, hospitality, and construction industries. She is a member of the firm’s State and Local Tax group, providing services and advice on a myriad of multi-state issues. She brings highly-valued skills to her board work. She graduated magna cum laude from Saint Anselm College, where she obtained a bachelor of arts degree in business, with an accounting focus. She also holds a master’s degree in taxation from Bentley University. Kati lives in North Yarmouth with her husband Matthew and their two boys, Aidan and Jacob. Outside of work, she enjoys baking, reading and spending time with family.

Joleen Bedard, Executive Director, United Way of Androscoggin County, Lewiston
Governance Committee Chair

Joleen has 20+ years nonprofit experience with chief professional responsibilities including financial management, personnel, marketing and development, community investment and grant and program management. She has also served as the Executive Director at the American Red Cross in Lewiston/Auburn and also worked at the American Red Cross Mid-Coast Chapter in Brunswick. She is a graduate of the Maine Development Foundation Leadership Maine Omicron Class and serves as an Ex-Officio Board Member of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce. She received her Master’s Degree from Southern New Hampshire University and undergraduate degree from St. Joseph’s College.  Joleen is a Mainer and resides in Turner with her husband Glenn and sons Brian and Billy. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, cooking and spending time on their pontoon boat at her camp on Worthley Pond in Peru, Maine.

Michael Bevilacqua, Chief Financial Officer, John T. Gorman Foundation
Finance Committee Chair

Michael has 20+ years of nonprofit experience. Prior to joining the Foundation, Michael served as CFO & Chief Operating Officer of United Way of Greater Portland; Controller for the Maine State Housing Authority; and Supervising Senior Accountant at KPMG where he specialized in nonprofit and governmental organizations. Michael is a board member and Treasurer of the Park Danforth, a senior housing community in Portland and is a member of the Maine Board of Delta Dental.

Martin Grohman, Trustee, Betterment Fund

Marty is serving his second term in the Maine House of Representatives and is a member of the Energy, Utilities, and Technology Committee. His legislative focus is on supporting business and entrepreneurship, expanding access to health care, and improving infrastructure. He is also a trustee of The Betterment Fund, which makes grants in conservation, health care, and community support around the state with a particular focus on Western Maine. Marty is an entrepreneur and founded CorrectDeck, a composite decking manufacturing company that grew to $30 million in sales in 6 years, and has worked in manufacturing his entire career.  He grew up in Carthage, Maine, where his family still runs a small farm, keeping Jersey cows. He lives with his wife Amy and their two children in Biddeford.

Heather Harris, formely Vice President for Corporate Communications, Kennebunk Savings Bank

Heather served as the Vice President for Corporate Communications at the Kennebunk Savings Bank through spring 2018. During her 13 years at Kennebunk Savings, Heather's responsibilities included managing the organization’s charitable giving program, community outreach, and employee volunteer program in addition to managing the bank’s public relations efforts. A graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, with a journalism degree, Heather was previously the Marketing and Communications Manager at Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. She currently is a member of Kennebunk’s Economic Development Committee, the York County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation and the MPC Corporate Funders Group. She lives in a recently emptied nest in Kennebunk.

Karen Heck, Senior Program Officer, The Bingham Program

After 30 years in the nonprofit world, starting and working in several, Karen got a dream job working for the Bingham Program in 2004. Her part-time job-sharing position with Lisa Miller, a former MPC board member, allows her to pursue her passion for social justice, share her knowledge of the philanthropic world with nonprofits seeking support, create friendships with people who control resources that can be put to good use by the nonprofit sector, and last, but not least, work with her partner at Tree Spirits, their winery and distillery in quality control, aka, tasting. She and Bruce Olson live with their two cats, Coco and Squirrel, in Waterville.

Morgan Hynd, Director, The Bingham Program

Morgan recently started serving as the Director of The Bingham Program, after being at the Maine Health Access Foundation since 2008. At MeHAF, Morgan oversaw a diverse portfolio of programs, including work to advance health reform and to improve oral health in Maine. She also was working to pilot a new multi-phase capacity building program for Maine’s health advocacy organizations. Morgan continues to work closely with other philanthropic partners in the state to help weave health care access with related issues, such as equity and inclusion, and leadership development. She is a member of the newly formed Maine Philanthropic Network Advocacy Committee and has served on MPC’s Philanthropy Partners Planning Committee. Morgan is a graduate of St. Lawrence University and the University of Denver Publishing Institute, and is a member of the HLD VI class of the Daniel Hanley Center's Health Leadership Development program.

Kristen Miale, President, Good Shepherd Food Bank

Kristen is currently the president of the Good Shepherd Food Bank, Maine’s largest hunger relief organization.  Before her role as President, Kristen was the founder and program director of Cooking Matters for Maine, a local chapter of Share Our Strength’s nationally recognized cooking and nutrition education program for low-income families. Prior to her work with food security, she worked for over a decade in the private equity and business consulting fields. After volunteering for hunger relief organizations, she decided to make her passion for ending hunger her occupation. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her Masters in Business Administration from Boston University where she studied both entrepreneurship and nonprofit management. She lives in Kennebunk with her husband, two sons, and beloved cat.  

Susan Onion, Director and Trustee, The Onion Foundation

Susan has 20+ years of experience as an educator, having taught in grades 1-5, worked as a school and public librarian, and tutored adult learners in Maine and California. In 2014, Susan and her husband Fritz created the Onion Foundation as a grant-making organization to encourage conservation and stewardship of the natural environment and to promote music and the arts in the state of Maine. An avid X-country skier, reader, and hiker, Susan lives in Wayne with her husband and their two college-aged kids. Susan has served as a Trustee on the board of Maine Public since 2017.

Gioia Perugini, Associate Director of Philanthropic and Family Office Services, Hemenway & Barnes, LLP

In her role at Hemenway & Barnes, LLP, a Boston-based legal and fiduciary firm, Gioia works with individuals, families, advisors, charitable trusts and foundations to provide a range of philanthropic advisory and client services. She oversees the grant making for Jane’s Trust, a charitable trust that makes significant grants in Maine, among other northern New England States, in the arts, education, environment and health and welfare. Gioia is a frequent speaker, writer, panelist and blogger on issues relevant to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. She serves on the Boards of the Brookline Community Foundation, Positive Tracks (a public charity that helps youth get active and give back to their communities), and the steering committee of the Maine Environmental Funders Network. When not working in philanthropy and volunteering, she can be found on the sidelines of her children’s soccer and baseball games. 

Steven Rowe, President & CEO, Maine Community Foundation

Prior to joining the Maine Community Foundation, Steve served as President of the Endowment for Health, a private health foundation in New Hampshire. Prior to that, he practiced law at Verrill Dana LLP, served as a state legislative leader and state attorney general and worked at UNUM and Fairchild Semiconductor. Following graduation from West Point, Steve served as an Army officer for several years. He met his late wife Amanda in the Army. They raised four children in Maine. Steve lives in Portland.

Megan Shore, Program Officer, Elmina B. Sewall Foundation
Program Committee Chair

Megan has served in her current capacity for the past five years. In this role she oversees the Foundation's grant program and is engaged in setting the strategic direction and priorities for the Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Megan worked in the nonprofit field for more than a decade, most recently serving as the Land Trust Coordinator for Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Megan has also worked as a Licensed Veterinary Technician in both veterinary hospitals and animal shelters. Megan's interests are diverse, but a love for animals and the outdoors remain constant. Megan grew up in the fishing community of Gloucester, MA and graduated from the College of Wooster. After four years in the cornfields of Ohio, she chose Maine as her home based on her desire to live on the east coast, near both mountains and ocean. Megan spends as much time as possible outside with her two daughters. Paddling, hiking, cross country skiing, mountain biking, puppy training, and gardening keep the days busy and fun.

Ainsley Wallace, President & CEO, USM Foundation, University of Southern Maine

Ainsley’s first exposure to Maine’s philanthropic sector came shortly after graduating from Bowdoin College, when she led a youth-to-youth social change grantmaking and civic action organization called YOUTHINK. Ainsley subsequently served as Foundation Relations Officer at The Jackson Laboratory, Associate Director at consulting firm CCS, and Director of Major Gifts & Planned Giving at United Way of Greater Portland, where among other initiatives, she launched the Brick & Beam Society, a young professionals’ philanthropic society. Ainsley joined the USM Foundation as Vice President in 2016 and became its President and CEO in 2018. She is conversant in Swahili and American Sign Language and is hiking her way through New England's 4,000+ foot mountains.

Phil Walsh, Executive Director, Maine Initiatives

Phil joined Maine Initiatives in February, 2015 with a track record of success supporting community philanthropy that engages diverse stakeholders; identifies and mobilizes the community’s human, financial, and social assets; and leverages those assets for social change. He came to Maine with his family in 2011, after working for fifteen years in community organizing and grassroots philanthropy in Latin America, as a program officer with the Inter‐American Foundation, director of the Mexico Program at The Synergos Institute, and leader of Mercy Corps’ civil society strengthening program in Central America. Phil is a graduate of James Madison University and earned a masters degree from Georgetown University. He lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife, three daughters, a brood of chickens, and a hive of bees. He is also an active supporter of Maine Adaptive and the Spina Bifida Association of Greater New England.

Barbara Wheaton, Attorney, Pierce Atwood

Barbara concentrates her legal practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, charitable giving, and related disciplines. Barbara's clients include high net worth individuals, business owners, family offices, charities and fiduciaries. She represents her clients' interests in probate proceedings involving trustee or executor duties, guardianships, trust administration and reformation, and contested estate administrations. Barbara also works extensively with nonprofit organizations, helping them obtain and retain their tax exempt status. She provides effective solutions to the tax and regulatory problems frequently confronting private foundations and public charities. Barbara speaks frequently to nonprofit boards about best governance practices and tax compliance; She has served on numerous board including most recently with the United Way of Greater Portland.

Ian Yaffe, Executive Director, Mano en Mano 

Ian has been in his position since 2010. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 2009 with a degree in Latin American Studies and Education. At Bowdoin, he founded Food Forward, a student organization that recycles food and educates the community about fighting hunger and its causes. For his work with Food Forward and other community organizations, Ian was awarded Campus Compact’s National Student Humanitarian Award and Bowdoin’s senior award for leadership and character: the Captain Andrew Haldane Cup. He was also selected to speak at Bowdoin’s 2009 commencement ceremony. Outside of Mano en Mano, Ian is a Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and also serves on the Board of Directors of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI).

Maine Philanthropy Center Staff

Barbara Edmond

Alyssa Lodewick
Program and Communications Director

Robert Burnett
Administrative and Research Manager

Sarah Skillin Woodard
Director of Advocacy