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 Board Governance, Leadership Gifts, Development, Capital Campaign and Executive committees. She is Corporate Counsel at Diversified Communications, in Portland. She also serves as Vice Chairman of the Town of Gorham’s Planning Board. She was the 2008 United Way Corporate Campaign Manager for Hannaford Bros. Co. raising over $1,400,000 and co-founder of 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.
Candace Walworth, MD, Secretary, is a retired nephrologist. She received her AB summa cum laude from Smith College and her medical degree from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. She is past president of the Maine Nephrology Society and Network of New England Medical Review Board, and former board member of the Renal Physicians Association. She served as Chief of Medicine at Central Maine Medical Center from 1992 – 1996.
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 Executive and Marketing committees. She resides in Yarmouth.
Robin Lin Hodgskin, CFP, is a Senior Vice President, Family Wealth Director with Morgan Stanley. 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.
Amelia Kurtz, CTFA, holds a BA (cum laude) from Wheaton College and is Chief Fiduciary Officer at Bangor Savings Bank, and previously was a trust officer with Key Bank. She is a member of the Tau class of the Institute for Civic Leadership.
Donna McNeil holds a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University, an MLA in Art History from Harvard University and an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the Maine College of Art. She is Co-Director of Artists in Context at Maine Media Workshops and is the former Executive Director of the Maine Arts Commission. She has served as a juror for the National Endowment for the Arts, Baker Artist Awards, St. Botolph Awards, MacArthur Foundation, the Piscataquis Artist Advancement grant and worked extensively with Creative Capital Foundation.
Rep. Mary Nelson holds a BA from Smith College and MA from the University of Southern Maine in Public Policy and Management. She currently serves as the Representative to the Maine Legislature for District 112, which includes Falmouth. She is past president of the board of Portland Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Society, Osher Library, Friends of the USM School of Music and Maine College of Art, and has served on the board of the Maine Municipal Association and is a corporator of Maine Medical Center.
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 Governance committee.
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 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.
Noreen Alvarado Patient, Esq. holds a BA from Haverford College and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. She is a partner with the firm of Eaton Peabody in Brunswick. She was previously chair of the board of the Susan Komen Foundation of Maine.
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 and Governance 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.
Paula Watson, Esq. serves as Counsel to Foreside Financial Group, LLC in Portland, Maine. Paula received her undergraduate degree from Knox College, a master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College, and a juris doctorate from Vermont Law School. She is a decorated and retired United States Army Colonel and a volunteer member of the Camp O-AT-KA Corporation.
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