Martha Stein

Executive Director

Martha served on the Board of Hope Acts for 18 months prior to taking over leadership of the organization in January 2018.   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 and a cellist in the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra. She lives in Brunswick with her husband Mitchell and dog Beau.

Carolyn Graney

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.

Eliodor Leite

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.

Sarah Gauvin

Development and Communications Coordinator

Originally from Downeast Maine, Sarah moved to Portland after receiving her TESOL Certification from the University of Maine. She is a co-founding member of Hope House English Language Program (HHELP), and continues to teach English as a volunteer. Previously, she worked for an international non-profit in communications, administration, and project management roles where she was able to visit programs in both El Salvador and Nicaragua after adopting a passion for cross-cultural exchange during her undergrad semester abroad in Uganda. She holds a BFA in Creative Writing, and is inspired by humanity, words, and art.
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