The MANP Board of Directors is made up of leaders from the nonprofit, philanthropic and business sectors. They represent the broad diversity of MANP’s membership and contribute significant amounts of time, talent and energy to ensure the growing vitality of the nonprofit sector in Maine.
Board President: Marcia Sharp
Marcia Sharp came to Maine year-round in 2015, after a lengthy national consulting career, based in Washington D.C. and focused on strategy and growth issues for foundations and nonprofits. She brings to MANP a deep belief in the vital role of nonprofit organizations, and extensive working experience with both the Boards and the executive staffs of membership and advocacy organizations that support the sector, from local to national levels. Throughout her career, she has been particularly interested in how nonprofits develop the will and the strategies to adapt to very rapid changes in the external environment. A graduate of Harvard University, she was Chair of the Board of Lift360 in 2017-18 and helped to lead the smooth transition of Lift360’s Emerging Leaders and Springboard programs to MANP. She currently serves on the Board of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and is Board chair of the Land Associates of Cliff Island.
Board Vice President: Linda L. Nelson
Linda L. Nelson is a nonprofit consultant, author, journalist, and producer. She moved to Maine in 2001 to be the founding Executive Director of Opera House Arts (OHA) at the 1912 Stonington Opera House, on the National Register of Historic Places. In addition to her twenty years of nonprofit management and theater production, Linda has more than thirty years of experience in the media industry as reporter, writer, editor, and new media pioneer and designer; and in the new media sector as a Chief Information Officer and CEO. Her business experience as both a CEO and nonprofit consultant includes: strategic planning; organizational and fund development; cross media communications; executive coaching and public speaking preparation; and operational start-ups. She is currently working on a book, Incite Art/Create Community, telling tall tales in the intersection between rural community development and arts and culture.
Board Treasurer: Peter G. Montano, PGM, LLC
Peter G. Montano, CPA is a Director at PGM, LLC, a firm specializing in nonprofit accounting and consulting which provides both compliance, tax and CFO consulting services. Peter has over 30 years’ experience providing audit, consulting and tax services to nonprofit organizations and startups. He is responsible for the planning, control and coordination of audit services. He also works directly with clients and his CFO staff to provide high quality services day to day for the nonprofit industry. Peter believes in supporting the community to improve the lives of people. He does this through volunteering and by helping nonprofits better deliver their services. Peter became a Certified Public Accountant in 1992 and holds a B.A. in Accounting from St. John University.
Board Secretary: Shirar Patterson, United Way of Eastern Maine
Shirar Patterson is the Executive Director of the United Way of Eastern Maine, which is focused on mobilizing the caring power of people and communities in Hancock, Penobscot, Piscataquis, Waldo and Washington Counties. She has a Master of Public Administration and over ten years professional experience in nonprofits, municipal government and higher education. At United Way, Shirar is responsible for overall daily management of UWEM’s Community Impact and Community Investment efforts. Prior to this position, Shirar served as Business and Economic Development Officer for the City of Bangor where she oversaw downtown revitalization and arts and cultural efforts and also served as the Program Director at the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce, Community Coordinator with the University of Maine, Community Impact Associate with United Way of Eastern Maine and Community Development Officer with the City of Gardiner.
Hayden Anderson, Maine Humanities Council
Hayden is Executive Director of the Maine Humanities Council, the State of Maine affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress Center for the Book. He got his start in the nonprofit world working for summer camps and in recent years has worked in higher education and legal aid, most recently as Interim Executive Director at the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project in Portland. A graduate of Amherst College, Hayden also holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in 17th- and 18th-century Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He serves on the board of the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council and Mayo Street Arts.
Mike Burke, Burke & Company
Most recently Mike spent 6 years as Chief Operating Officer and Director of Operations at Tri-County Mental Health Services, prior to which he served as CEO of Community Concepts, a Community Action Program which serves the Lewiston/Auburn area and the Western Mountains. Mike worked for Community Concepts for over 30 years, and during his time it grew from an organization with 50 staff and a budget of $3 million to one with 300 staff and a budget of $28 million.
Karen Gonya, Northern Light AR Gould Hospital
Karen Gonya is the Communications Manager at Northern Light AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle. Karen has spent her professional career working in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining the hospital eight years ago, she worked for two decades at Northern Maine Community College and for three years at an economic development agency in the Lewiston-Auburn area. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.
In her personal time, Karen is also passionate about her commitment to nonprofit work that supports the community. She currently serves on the boards of the United Way of Aroostook, the Rotary Club of Presque Isle, and the Nordic Heritage Center. She was previously an active member of the Central Aroostook Chamber of Commerce board for six years, chairing the public relations committee and serving a year as president.
Karen is the proud mother of two grown daughters and has two young grandsons who bring her great joy.
Lisa Hallee is a philanthropy consultant and professional coach who brings more than 30 years of professional experience in law, philanthropy and nonprofit management to bear serving a range of organizational and individual clients throughout the United States.
Lisa has served as Foundation Advisor to the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation and has taught philanthropy at Colby College. Lisa previously served as Vice President for Philanthropy at MaineGeneral Health where she led the capital campaign to build the new Alfond Center for Health in Augusta. Lisa also served in leadership positions at Colby College, BankBoston Foundation, City Year and the Center for Women and Enterprise. Lisa has also served as in-house counsel at The Gillette Company and in private legal practice in Washington, DC.
Lisa graduated from Colby College and Cornell Law School. She is a Certified Professional Coactive Coach and is a member of the International Coaching Federation. Lisa serves on the Governor’s Prevention and Recovery Cabinet working to address the opiate crisis facing Maine.
Jayne Crosby Giles, Giles Consulting
Jayne Crosby Giles is an independent consultant. She previously served as Development Director for Broadreach Family and Community Services and CEO of Mainestream Finance, the Community Development Finance Institution of Penquis Community Action Program. She was former Vice President of Commercial Banking at Machias Savings Bank, as well as a Vice President & Market Manager at Camden National Bank, and a Senior Vice President at Key Bank. Jayne also served for four years as a State Representative for House District #43 and served on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committees.
Lelia DeAndrade, Maine Community Foundation
Lelia L. DeAndrade is the Vice President of Community Impact at the Maine Community Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University. Dr. DeAndrade was the recipient a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University’s Dubois Institute for African and African American Studies. At the Maine Community Foundation, Dr. DeAndrade oversees all competitive grant programs and scholarships, in addition to leading MaineCF’s strategic goal work. Before joining the staff of the Maine Community Foundation, Dr. De Andrade was the Associate Director of the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence, where she developed and implemented trainings for schools, health professionals and federal and law enforcement agencies across the country. Dr. DeAndrade also taught college for 12 years, including in the Departments of Sociology and Africana Studies at Bowdoin College. Her academic training focused on the dynamics of race, class and gender and research methodologies. She lives in Portland, with her husband, a middle school special education teacher and a teenaged son.
Steve Mortimer, Maine Management Consulting
Steve Mortimer is President of Maine Management Consulting. Most recently, Steve served as Director of Finance & Operations at Amistad. Prior to that was Senior VP of operations of an insurance company, Chief Operation Officer at an HMO, and a senior executive at Accenture. Since 2002, he has helped 150 nonprofits with strategic planning, operational effectiveness, performance metrics, and fundraising. Steve attended Bates as an economics undergrad, Boston University in the MBA program, and executive programs at Harvard School of Public Health, the Center for Creative Leadership, and the Forum Corporation. He lives in Raymond with his wife Alice and their rescue pup, Georgie.
Jason Parent, Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP)
Jason Parent is a resident of Caribou and an Aroostook County native. Prior to joining ACAP as Executive Director/CEO in 2015, Jason was the Director of Advancement at the Aroostook Medical Center. He was also Director of Development and College Relations and Executive Director of the NMCC Foundation and Alumni Association at Northern Maine Community College; and Director of University Relations, University of Maine at Fort Kent. Jason earned a Master of Science in Business Degree from Husson University in 2008. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 1996. In addition, he is a 2013 graduate of the Advisory Board Healthcare Leadership Academy, and a 2010 graduate of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine Program. He is also a part-time instructor for Husson University, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses in communication, management and organizational policy and strategy. He currently serves on the boards of Aroostook Aspirations Initiative; Aroostook Partnership; Presque Isle Rotary Club; and University of Maine at Presque Isle Board of Visitors.
Firooza Pavri, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine
Firooza Pavri has been the Director of the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine since spring 2016 and professor of geography for USM since fall 2008. Prior to that she served in the departments of geography and physical science at Emporia State University in Kansas from fall 1999 to 2008. Firooza has worked extensively on nationally funded programs related to sustainable solutions to water quality and land usage and has authored numerous publications and presentations on those and other topics. She obtained her Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1999, her M.A. in Geography and Planning from University of Toledo, Ohio in 1994, and her B.A. in Geography from the University of Bombay, India in 1991.
Laura Quinn, Laura Quinn Consulting
Laura Quinn is a research consultant to nonprofits and foundations, specializing in using data to answer strategic questions and to develop frameworks to support action. She was the founder of Idealware, a nonprofit that provides information to help nonprofits make smart technology decisions, and served as their Executive Director for ten years. She has worked with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, L.L.Bean, the Legal Services Corporation, the Self Represented Litigants Network, the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center, and many other clients.
Wendy Richards, Richards Nonprofit Law, LLC
Wendy Richards is an attorney focusing exclusively on tax-exempt organizations. Wendy has worked with nonprofit clients of all sizes and missions for over 10 years. Wendy holds a B.A. degree from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Wisconsin. Before discovering her love of tax law, Wendy had a brief career as a microbiologist. Wendy loves snowy climates, listening to podcasts, and spending time with her family.
Dianne Tilton, Downeast Institute
Dianne Tilton has served as Executive Director of the Downeast Institute in Beals since 2015, helping a team of devoted and passionate people work to sustain commercial fisheries through research, innovation and education. Incorporated 25 years ago, the Downeast Institute serves as the Marine Science Field Station of the University of Maine at Machias.
Dianne has worked for and with nonprofits for over 30 years, and spent 13 years as the founding Executive Director of the Sunrise County Economic Council in Machias. During that time, she served as a founding and long-term board member of the Downeast Institute. She was a member of the Maine House of Representatives from 2008 to 20012. She served on the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources, the Joint Select Committee on Maine’s Energy Future, and the Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Reform.
She is a native of Harrington, Maine, receiving her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maine (’81). She has had numerous education and professional achievements including her participation in 2009 in the Emerging Political Leaders Program at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. She was a member of Leadership Maine’s Epsilon Class, and the Washington County Leadership Institute’s Alpha Class. Her awards and recognitions include Mainebiz “Next” List (citizen’s shaping Maine’s economic future), the Deborah Morton Award (University of New England award for Outstanding Maine Women), the Kenneth M. Curtis Leadership Award (Maine Development Foundation), Maine Public Administrator of the Year (ME Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration), and Economic Developer of the Year (Finance Authority of Maine – FAME).
In her spare time, Dianne serves on UMM’s Board of Visitors and other volunteer boards, and spends time with her children and grandchildren.