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Volunteer Opportunities

For those who are interested in our mission, and are looking to volunteer your time and talent, you can volunteer to serve on one of our Committees. Please see what we have below, and contact Megan for more information. 

We also look to community members to provide pro-bono assistance support to the Fund, including graphic design, publicity opportunties, community partnerships, etc. Please contact Maine Women's Fund with your ideas.

Maine Women’s Fund Committees 2018 – 19                                                                              



Time Commitment

Current Members




  • Luncheon Spring 2019, Portland
  • Swift Grant Celebration, September 2018, Bangor
  • Women Mean Business, November 2018
  • Create program
  • Solicit sponsors
  • Solicit presenters (as appropriate)
  • Create “buzz” in social media, with colleagues
  • Monthly planning
  • Bi-weekly toward event
  • Event day participation


  • Catherine Richards Olney, Co-Chair
  • Natalie Solotoff, Co-Chair
  • Charity West, As You Like Events, Co-Chair
  • Rebecca Myshrall, student
  • Noreen Patient, Eaton Peabody
  • Kelly Pelletier, Baker Newman Noyes
  • Janice Rogers, Diversified Communications


Swift Grant Celebration

  • Sarah Strickland, Strategic Wisdom Consultants
  • Candace Walworth, MD


Women Mean Business

  • Courtney Amann
  • Julia Clukey, WEX
  • Robin Lin Hodgskin, Morgan Stanley
  • Jennifer Hutchins, MANP
  • Janice Rogers, Diversified Communications
  • Kate Rushlau, Diversified Communications
  • Renée Smyth, Marketing Chair, Camden National Bank
  • Kim Simmons, USM



  • Ensure branding standards in all public interactions
  • Create collateral for events
  • Create social media calendar and images
  • Create and produce Annual Report
  • Monthly planning
  • Creative work between meetings possible
  • Possible “overtime” to ensure production on time
  • Renée Smyth, Chair, Camden National Bank
  • Courtney Amann
  • Parke Burmeister, Casco Bay Law
  • Mary Fifield, Mary Fifield Associates
  • Becky McKinnell, iBec
  • Susan Morris, NewHight Group
  • Mark Woodbury, Woodbury & Morse



  • Ensure the organization’s operating cash flow and debits are appropriately watched, audited, and maintained
  • Board Treasurer is chair
  • Quarterly meetings
  • One hour, generally at noon in downtown Portland
  • Melissa Duffy, Treasurer and Chair HighTower Advisors
  • Natalie Solotoff, CPA, JD, RM Davis
  • Fredrick Caswell, Morgan Stanley
  • Nicole Tackett, US Bank
  • Shelly Paules, Acadia Benefits
  • Katherine Whitehead, BerryDunn



  • Ensure the organization’s invested endowment is appropriately watched, audited, and maintained
  • Understanding the financial market, stocks / bonds, and investing strategies is very helpful
  • Quarterly meetings, after each annual quarter and finance committee meeting
  • One hour, generally at noon in downtown Portland
  • Robin Lin Hodgskin, Chair, SVP Morgan Stanley
  • Janet O’Toole, CPA, Founder Honeck O’Toole
  • Natalie Solotoff, CPA,  JD, RM Davis
  • Kathryn Dion, CFA  Bigelow Advisors
  • Mary Nelson, Retired Legislator
  • Lisa Rideout, EVP Norway Savings Bank
  • Sara Lewis, EVP Spinnaker Trust


Annual Grants

(Invitation Only*)

  • Set expectations for grant year
  • Read 70+/- Letters of Interest; rate a portion of the LOIs.
  • Meet  with committee to narrow down to a few to send full proposals
  • Read full proposals, rate them
  • Meet with committee to determine the slate of proposals to recommend to the Board for funding
  • One summer meeting to make any changes for new grant year
  • Time to read 70 +/- two-page letters of interest in February, then attend 2 hour meeting
  • Time to read 20 – 25 full proposals (5 – 8 pp) and meet with committee in April for 2 hours
  • Candace Walworth, MD, Chair
  • Emily Atkins, Kelly, Remmel, & Zimmerman
  • Heather Dunbar, Consultant
  • Gabrielle Gallucci, Spurwink
  • Janet Henry, CF Adams Trust, Morton Kelly Trust Board
  • Donna McNeil, Ellis Beauregard Foundation
  • Patrice Moran, Consultant
  • Mary Nelson, former Legislator
  • Noreen Patient, Eaton Peabody
  • Clara Porter, Prevention, Action, Change
  • Michael Rayder, Philanthropy Consultant
  • Jennifer Roe, A Company of Girls
  • Natalie Solotoff, CPA,  JD, RM Davis


Swift Social Justice Grants

(Invitation Only*)

  • This committee is composed of people of and from the communities which are intended to receive SSJG, specifically communities which have been marginalized in this social and political environment: minorities and people of color, religious minorities, LGBTQ+, etc.
  • Grants are given on a monthly, rolling basis. Grant requests are less than two pages.
  • Monthly meetings as necessary to respond to grant requests
  • Generally less than one hour, at the office or on the phone
  • Candace Walworth, MD Grants Committee Chair
  • Aga Asbury, FordMurray
  • Dori Barnes, Maine Audubon
  • Marcia Brown, Writer and Artist
  • Margaret Brownlee, SMCC
  • Deqa Dhalac, Center for Grieving Children
  • Denice Hallstein
  • Arabella Perez, UNE
  • Lisa Sockabasin, Philanthropic Consultant
  • Lois Wagner, Retired Librarian


Board of Directors

(Invitation Only*)

  • Fiscal responsibility for the organization
  • Policy direction setting for the organization
  • Consensus based decision making
  • Monthly meetings (at present, 1st Wednesday of each month except where it is a holiday)
  • At least one committee (each committee is chaired by a Board member, so one may also chair the committee)
  • “All else as requested”

President: Noreen Patient, Eaton Peabody

Vice President: Janice Rogers, Diversified Communications

Treasurer: Melissa Duffy, HighTower Advisors

Secretary: Candace Walworth, MD

  • Aga Asbury, FordMurray
  • Devin Cook, MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge
  • Deqa Dhalac, Center for Grieving Children
  • Gabrielle Gallucci, Spurwink
  • Mary Nelson, Retired Legislator
  • Arabella Perez, UNE
  • Catherine Richards Olney, Board Member of Freeport Community Services
  • Natalie Solotoff, RM Davis
  • Renée Smyth, Camden National Bank
  • Sarah Strickland, Strategic Wisdom Consultants


* The Grant committees and Board of Directors are carefully cultivated and chosen to ensure needed expertise and diversity of viewpoints in order to better meet our social change Mission. This is not intended to deny anyone's participation - please call Megan to discuss your interest.