President | Jennifer Dimond
Jennifer is a licensed clinical social worker at Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, Lewiston, ME, having earned her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Southern Maine. From July 2000 to May 2013, Jennifer was a senior account executive at Burgess Advertising & Marketing, a Portland-based advertising, branding and marketing agency where she has provided strategic planning and communications counsel. Previously, she served as Director of Community Relations, Marketing & Development for Stephens Memorial Hospital (Norway, ME) and Communications Officer at KeyBank of Maine (Portland). Jennifer is a 1992 graduate of Wells College, where she earned her BA in history.
Vice President | Linda Greer
Linda formerly managed staffing services for CareTree Health Care in South Portland, where she utilized her human resource, health, wellness and business management skills. Previously, she served as a Disability Manager and an Organizational Development Consultant, for Hannaford and Delhaize America. Her diverse skills in OD provide insights into organizational effectiveness, always keeping the “human” in focus. She is an advocate for personal development in small business, recognized as an Ambassador for Women Work and Community. She brings strength based focus and compassion into work and community endeavors. Her experience with public policy includes an appointment to the board of the Maine WC Supplemental Benefit Fund. Linda is a graduate of USM, where she earned her BS in business. As a Maine Track Club member she encourages those running beside her and knows that “to start is to finish well.”
Secretary | Mary Ellen Schaper
MaryEllen holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Maine and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has been an educator in Maine for the past 37 years, currently teaching physical education, adapted physical education, dance, and theatre in the SAD/RSU 6 School District. MaryEllen is active with choral music and theatre locally, and is very involved with arts education at the state level. She has previously served on the Board of Directors for the Wayside Soup Kitchen.
Treasurer | Donald Rudalevige
Don is a retired United Methodist Minister who served numerous parishes in Massachusetts and was a District Superintendent and Conference Council Director (Program Director). He and his wife Sue have three grown children. Don is President of the New England Methodist Federation for Social Action and a Board Member of The Religious Coalition Against Discrimination in Maine. He is a graduate of Drew and Oxford Universities and has taught Urban Ministry in the United States and Great Britain.
Fred is a professional musician and a grateful member of Portland’s recovery community. Born and raised south of Boston in Hingham, MA, he is a graduate of Thayer Academy and Ohio Wesleyan University. Since moving to Portland, he has become an active member of First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, sponsored a number of young men in AA, and served as a volunteer at Skip Murphy’s Sober Living. Fred also studies Buddhism at the Portland Shambhala Center. Prior to joining the Hope Acts Board, he was actively involved in the planning team for our first annual “Into Auction” fundraiser in 2014.
Ronald A. Kreisman
Ron is a local attorney with a solo legal practice focused on representation of nonprofit and governmental entities. Educated at Harvard Law School (JD), Brown University (A.B. in political science), and the London School of Economics and Political Science, Ron has extensive experience working with nonprofits, including ten years as General Counsel to the Natural Resources Council of Maine and briefly as Executive Director of Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP). He holds the following bar admissions: State of Maine (1985), U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (1982), U.S. Claims Court (1982), and District of Columbia (1981).
Martha is a Fundraising and Communications consultant with a passion and focus on community based non-profit organizations. Previously, she served as Development Director for Tedford Housing, and the Maine Council of Churches. Prior to working for non-profits, Martha held various management positions at AT&T and Prudential. She received her Bachelors Degree from the University of Connecticut and MBA from the University of Chicago. Martha is a Master Gardener and is Board Treasurer of the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. She plays the cello in the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra.
Courtney is a social worker currently serving as a Transition Specialist for Perkins School for the Blind. Previously, she served as a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the Maine Division for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology from Middlebury College and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of New England. She has a passion for social justice, disability rights advocacy, and music.