Sarah Ruef-Lindquist, Chief Executive Officer
Sarah joined the Maine Women’s Fund in April 2012. As CEO, she works with the Board and staff to develop long-term strategies to increase the Fund’s philanthropic assets and grow the Fund’s impact and influence throughout Maine.
Sarah has extensive experience in fundraising, grantmaking and building organizations’ fiscal efficiency. Most recently, she served as the senior gift planning consultant at Planning for Good, a Midcoast-based consulting practice she founded in 2008, and ran a solo law practice focused on estate and trust planning. She also practiced law before becoming vice president for Southern Maine at the Maine Community Foundation, where she established relationships and worked with donors, community leaders, and non-profit organizations throughout the state. She also served for over five years as vice president and senior administrative trust officer at Union Trust Company in Ellsworth and Camden.
Sarah received her B.A. from Southern Methodist University and her J.D. from Franklin Pierce Law Center, now the University of New Hampshire School of Law. She is a graduate of the Institute for Civil Leadership in Portland, and attained her Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers of the American Bankers Association. In 2013 she was appointed to Maine’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women. She lives in Camden with her husband, Peter.
Lauren Dietlin, Chief Operating Officer
Currently serving as the Chief Operating Officer, Lauren first connected with the Maine Women’s Fund as a donor and volunteer in 2005. She was thrilled to have the opportunity to join the staff as Director of Development in September 2008, a position she held until December 2011. As COO, Lauren is focused on devising and managing the fundraising, organizational, fiscal, and human resource systems that will most effectively enable the Fund to realize its vision of lasting social change for Maine’s women and girls.
An experienced fundraising and organizational management professional, Lauren has worked in the nonprofit sector for 20 years. Prior to joining the Fund, Lauren managed the Campaign for Justice, a successful fundraising initiative on behalf of Maine’s legal aid providers, and previously was an Associate Director of Annual Giving at Bowdoin College.
A native New Yorker, Lauren has been delighted to call Maine home since 2001. Lauren is an avid quilter, hiker, and runner, and loves spending time with her family and friends. She lives in Portland with her husband, Mark, and two sons, Luc and Everett.
Sarah Schneider, Development Coordinator
Sarah joined the Maine Women’s Fund as Development Coordinator in 2014 and she is thrilled to be working to help brighten the lives of Maine women and girls. Prior to joining the Fund, Sarah was the Grants & External Affairs Manager at Maine Family Planning for over nine years. She has served on various boards, including with the Community Health Charities of Maine. A graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, Sarah holds a B.F.A. in Creative Writing and has studied towards her M.F.A. at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She is still optimistic that she will someday finish writing a biography of her cousin, Doris Cochran, who was an avid weaver and a pioneering herpetologist at the Smithsonian. Sarah recently relocated from the mid-coast with her husband Jim and their daughter Ruth—they are all very excited to call Portland home.
Marcie Parker Griswold, Communications and Events Coordinator
Marcie joined the Fund as Communications and Events Coordinator in October 2013. Marcie’s experience with nonprofit communications began ten years ago on the Portland waterfront while selling travel writers on the beauty of the city at the Convention and Visitors Bureau. Since then, she has worked with various nonprofits including private schools, organizations for social change, and an educational travel group. Most recently, Marcie managed SPACE Gallery’s marketing and development efforts, and ran the gallery’s membership communications. She has served on the board of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. A Munjoy Hill resident, Marcie spends her free time lounging on the Eastern Prom with her husband, two young sons and ridiculous labradoodle.
Katie Allen, Administrative Assistant
Katie began as an intern with the Maine Women’s Fund in May 2012, and moved into her position as Administrative Assistant in August. In addition to ensuring the office runs smoothly and taking care of day-to-day administrative tasks, Katie brings her passion and international experience to the Fund. A world traveler with an eye toward charitable organizations creating lasting social change, she has previously volunteered with the Umbrella Foundation based in Kathmandu, Nepal.
A graduate of the University of Oregon and the Clark Honors College, Katie holds a B.A. in Political Science. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Katie has spent three years in Maine. She enjoys spending time on Maine’s many beaches, creating digital art, and planning future travels everywhere from Acadia to Antarctica.
Kimberly Crichton, Contracted Grants Coordinator
Kimberly joined the Maine Women’s Fund as a contracted Grants Coordinator in September 2013. She learned about the Maine Women’s Fund, and philanthropy, as a participant in the New Girls’ Network in 2002-2003. As a result of that experience, she became interested in philanthropy, and how funders and non-profits can best work together to achieve their missions and advance lasting change. In 2012, after nine years working to develop and manage grant programs at the Maine Health Access Foundation, she founded her own business, Transform. LLC, focused on advancing social change.
Drawn to the power of change, the written word as well as art and craft, Kim is a philanthropic advisor, an advocate, a self-taught fiber artist, and a graduate of Bates College and American University, Washington College of Law in DC. As Artist + Principal at Transform. LLC, she pursues her interest in processes of transition and transformation from a number of different perspectives. In her sewn art work, her stitches highlight the change that comes about from the destruction of one thing and the birth of another. Her philanthropic advising is focused on similar goals – supporting change that makes a real difference in people’s lives.
Kimberly lives in Portland, ME and when she is not consulting, she spends her time outside, or in the studio, and on any number of grand adventures with her dog. She is always inspired traveling North beyond her hometown of Bangor, or West toward the White Mountains, and is so grateful for all the different Maine communities that have shaped her life and experiences.