Board and Committees

Maine Women's Fund 2017 Board of Directors 

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.

Clara Porter

Clara Porter, MSW


Clara is the Director of Prevention. Action. Change. a violence prevention, intervention, and response initiative in southern Maine. 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.

Noreen Alvarado Patient, Esq.

Vice President

Noreen holds a B.A. from Haverford College and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.  She is a partner with the firm of Eaton Peabody in Brunswick, where she focuses on commercial and real estate litigation.  She was previously President of the Board of Directors of the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.  She resides in Durham with her husband and two young daughters.

Natalie Solotoff, CPA, JD


Natalie serves on the Fund’s Finance, Leadership Gifts and Executive committees. She is a Tax Senior Manager at Baker Newman Noyes, where she has worked since 2008.  She specializes in tax compliance and planning for high wealth individuals. 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, the Investment Advisory Committee of the Southern Maine Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, 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


Candace 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 former board member of the Renal Physicians Association. She served as Chief of Medicine at Central Maine Medical Center from 1992-1996. This spring, Candace was blessed with her first 2 grandchildren (Mainers-girl and boy). This is her best job ever.


Marilyn Bronzi, CSW

Marilyn 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.

Robin Lin Hodgskin, CFP®

Robin is a Senior Vice President of Wealth Management 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.

Mary Nelson

Mary holds a BA from Smith College and MA from the University of Southern Maine in Public Policy and Management. She has served 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.

Catherine Richards Olney

Catherine 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.

Janice Rogers

Janice is Corporate Vice President of Human Resources of Diversified Communications, a global media solutions company headquartered in Portland. Janice is responsible for establishing the strategic direction and growth of the global Human Resources operation. Under Janice’s direction, Diversified has developed a unique employee-centric culture that fosters a challenging, rewarding work environment where people succeed while having fun along the way. Prior to Diversified Communications, Janice worked as a Human Resources Manager at Maine Medical Center, and as a Human Resources generalist at MiTech, an engineering firm in Washington, DC. A 1989 graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, Janice earned her B.A. in French Language and Literature, and has pursued advanced studies in Human Resources Strategy and Leadership. She is certified by the Human Resources Certification Institute as a Global Professional in Human Resources. She resides in South Portland with her husband of 20 years, Darrell, and their daughter Samantha and son Nathan. 

Sarah Strickland

Sarah Strickland

Sarah is the President of Strategic Wisdom Partners, a consulting practice that serves non-profit, health care, education, government and other public agencies in Maine. SWP’s mission is to activate the wise hearts and creative, strategic minds of community leaders and citizens so they can be catalysts for sustainability and resilience in their communities and organizations. Sarah’s work with clients includes scenario and strategic planning; meeting design, convening and facilitation; board governance and development; and coaching for emerging non-profit leaders. Sarah’s home is in Robbinston on the beautiful St. Croix River and Passamaquoddy Bay. She has been an activist for women and girls social, reproductive and economic justice for many years. Sarah also serves on the boards of Cobscook Community Learning Center, the Robbinston Historical Society, and the Center for Earth Wisdom.


We are in the process of re-forming many of our committees. Interested in joining one? Call or e-mail Megan at 207.774.5513 FMI.