Board & Committees
Board and committee members of the Maine Women’s Fund donate invaluable time, expertise and financial resources to our mission and represent communities throughout Maine.
Melinda P. Shain, Esq., President, serves on the Fund’s Development, Leadership Gifts, Investment, Finance and Executive committees. She is Corporate Counsel at Diversified Communications, in Portland. She also serves on the Town of Gorham Planning Board. She was the 2008 United Way Corporate Campaign Manager for Hannaford Bros. Co. raising over $1,400,000 and founded the Gorham Educational Foundation. She resides in Gorham with her husband, Chris and son, Thaddeus.
Natalie Solotoff, CPA, Treasurer, serves on the Fund’s Finance and Executive committees. Natalie is a Tax Manager at Baker Newman Noyes, where she has worked since 2008. She specializes in tax compliance and planning for individuals, partnerships, and corporations. In addition to obtaining her CPA designation in 2012, Natalie received her law degree in 2007 from the University of Connecticut School of Law. A native of Pensacola, Florida, Natalie received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from Davidson College. Natalie serves on the board of Hebrew Free Loans of Maine, and has served as a volunteer with the Junior League of Portland and as Treasurer of the Blue Angels Foundation. She lives with her husband and son in Portland.
Georgia Nigro, PhD, Secretary, is a Professor of Psychology, at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and former Director of the College’s Harward Center for Community Partnerships. She chairs the Fund’s Grants Committee and lead the volunteer-driven Needs Assessment Process in 2012/2013 to increase the Fund’s understanding of the regionally diverse challenges to economic security for Maine’s women and girls. She serves on the Executive Committee.
Rebecca Andreozzi, is the Associate Director of Admissions at Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. Although not born in Maine, she considers herself a native, as she moved to Cape Elizabeth in the fourth grade and graduated from the University of Maine. Prior to joining the Gould community, she taught for Spurwink Services in Portland, Bradley Hospital and Rocky Hill School in Rhode Island. At Gould, she has the opportunity to work with students in running their community outreach program and is a facilitator for the Gould Girls Groups. She is an active volunteer with a Maine based program in Guatemala called Safe Passage. Rebecca embraces the outdoor life in Maine and can’t think of anything better than spending time with her family skiing, hiking, traveling or camping.
Marilyn Bronzi, CSW is the Co-founder of Brief Therapy Associates, Co-founder of India Street Institute for the Study of Solution Orientation, Founder and former Trustee of the River Rock Foundation and a Co-Founder of the Great Bay Foundation. She serves on the Fund’s Marketing Committee. She resides in Yarmouth.
Michaela Cavallaro is a writer and senior editor for The Writing Company and has been recognized as a U.S. Small Business Administration Journalist of the Year. She is a former editor of Mainebiz, and former board member of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. She is the chair of the Fund’s Marketing Committee.
Joyce Clark-Sarnacki is an Executive Vice President and the Chief Experience Officer at Bangor Savings Bank. With an extensive career in banking that includes all aspects of retail banking and marketing, she has current responsibility for Human Resources, Employee Development, and Customer Care. Diverse Board experience most recently includes 7 years serving the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in a leadership position where she led the world-wide search for a new Music Director/Conductor and championed successful initiatives to attain sustainable fiscal strength and the retirement of all debt. New this year to the Maine Women’s Fund Board, Joyce resides just outside Bangor, in Hampden.
Layne Gregory is a mosaic artist and founder of Lincoln Farm Studios, in Falmouth. She is also the founder of Maine Boys to Men, a violence prevention organization that eliminates violence by supporting the healthy development of boys and young men, and a founding member of the Elder Abuse Institute of Maine and The Linkage Project. She is the Fund’s president, serves as chair of the Governance Committee, and on the Development, Leadership Gifts and Executive committees. She resides in Falmouth.
Robin Lin Hodgskin, CFP, is a Senior Vice President, Family Wealth Director with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (MSSB). She has fulfilled roles as Complex Business Development Officer and as Branch Office Manager of the Smith Barney Portland, ME office for 13 years, as well as serving on the CEO’s Diversity Advisory Board.She is very active in the community and her outreach work has taken her to Honduras and to Guatemala where she worked with Safe Passage to support the education of children living in poverty. Working with BuildOn, she and her family also built a school in Mali Africa. Robin has served on the board of the Ministerial Fund and as a Deacon at First Parish Church. She lives in Yarmouth, ME where she enjoys singing, skiing, golf, hiking, biking, kayaking, and the many other wonders of Maine with her husband Art Bell and their three children: Becca, Geoff, and Chris.
M. Kathleen “Kate” O’Halloran, Director of Alumni Relations and Development at Carrabasset Valley Academy is a Waterville native who returned to Maine after spending time in college, graduate school and her earliest professional years in Boston. She earned her bachelor’s degree at Brown University and earned her MBA at Babson. Among her many professional accomplishments are her work in retail, academia and more recently, fundraising. Prior to joining the staff at Carabasset Valley, she was the Director of Major Gifts and Gift Planning at MaineGeneral and the Associate Director of Gift Planning at Colby College. She also served as the Association Director of the Goldfarb Center at Colby. Among other volunteer endeavors, she has served on the board of Hardy Girls, Healthy Women and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars as a participant in the Pan Mass Challenge. She serves on the Fund’s Development and Leadership Gifts committees.
Catherine Richards Olney is a community volunteer and recent graduate of ICL’s (Institute for Civic Leadership) Leadership Intensive program. She is a founding board member of Coastal Studies for Girls, a science and leadership school, where she served for seven years. Catherine is the current board Chair for the Isle au Haut Community Development Corporation and also sits on the board of Freeport Community Services. She is a newly elected member to the Fund. She has a love for collaborative work and empowering girls and women. Catherine resides in Freeport with her husband, Bob, and two children, Aidan and Elspeth.
Clara Porter, MSW, was most recently the coordinator of the USM Campus Safety Project, and Director of Prevention. Action. Change. She is a nationally certified self-defense instructor, with advanced certification in Trauma First Aide. She has a love of coalition-building, activism, and social change. She serves on the Leadership Gifts, Governance and Grants committees. She resides in Portland.
Sarah Strickland is the owner of Strategic Wisdom Consultants. This consulting practice focuses on enhancing an organization’s capacity for strategic dialogue, practices and decision making. Sarah works with non-profits, health care, education and other social enterprise organizations. She recently moved to her great grandfather’s homestead in Robbinston, Washington County from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has been an activist for women’s social, reproductive and economic justice for many years.
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