Martha served on the Board of Hope Acts for 18 months prior to taking over leadership of the organization. Previously, she served as Director of Communications for Maine Equal Justice Partners, Development Director for Tedford Housing, and Development Director for 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 who worked with a group of fellow gardeners to improve the outdoor space at Hope House by installing shrubs, vegetable gardens, and seating areas. Martha lives in Cumberland with her husband Mitchell and dog Beau. She also plays the cello in the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra.
Program Coordinator, Immigrant Support
Carolyn is a licensed master’s level social worker who began her career working with homeless and runaway youth and their families in Rochester, NY over 20 years ago. After moving to Maine in 1997, Carolyn spent several years doing case management with families experiencing homelessness in the mid-coast area. She has worked in schools, shelters, homes and in agency settings with individuals and families experiencing mental illness, developmental disabilities, trauma, and end of life issues. She has served on an Americorps Advisory Board, the Board of Tedford Shelter, the Community Concepts Board and Protect South Portland. When not working, Carolyn enjoys teaching piano to her son, Tom, and coaching her daughter, Yenenesh’s, basketball team. She has her B.A. from Lawrence University and her MSW from SUNY-Buffalo.
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Program and Housing Assistant
Originally from Angola, Eliodor is a multilingual speaker and teacher. He volunteered at Hope House in 2018 and joined our staff in February 2019. Previously, Eliodor was a teacher and coordinator at Instituto Médio Agrário do Kwanza-Norte in Angola. He has his Bachelors Degree from Lapland University of Applied Sciences. Eliodor lives in Portland. He enjoys watching movies and playing chess against his computer.