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, Portland Ovations
Linda Nelson, Deputy Director for Portland Ovations, was 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; facilities management; budgeting; organizational and fund development; strategic communications; public speaking preparation; and operational start-ups. She is currently working on a book, Incite Art/Create Community, focused on the intersection between rural community development and arts and culture, based on her stories and experiences.
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, Tri-County Mental Health Services
Mike Burke is the Director of Operations at Tri-County Mental Health Services. He formerly 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.
Tina Chapman, Kennebec Behavioral Health
Tina Chapman is the Development and Communications Director for Kennebec Behavioral Health. Until recently, Tina served as President and Chief Professional Officer at United Way of Mid-Maine. She previously held positions at Kennebec Valley Community Action Program Family Planning and Redington-Fairview General Hospital, and served as the Healthy Maine Partnership Director for the United Way of Mid-Maine. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Healthy Northern Kennebec, and is a member of the Central Maine District Community Council and the Central Maine District Coordinating Counsel Steering Committee. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Waterville Rotary Club and is a member of the National Women’s Professional Network. Tina lives in Winslow with her two teenage children and their chocolate lab.
Lisa Hallee, Hallee Group
Lisa Hallee has more than 30 years of professional experience in law and philanthropy. Through her consulting firm, the Hallee Group, Lisa currently serves as Foundation Advisor to the Bill and Joan Alfond Foundation. Previously, Lisa served as Vice President for Philanthropy at MaineGeneral Health where she led the capital campaign that raised $54 million to build the new Alfond Center for Health in Augusta. Lisa also served as a senior major gifts officer at Colby College where she played an active role in the “Reaching the World” campaign that raised $370 million. Prior to moving back to Maine, Lisa worked in philanthropy in Boston at BankBoston Foundation, City Year and the Center for Women and Enterprise. Before she entered the philanthropy field, Lisa practiced law in private practice in Washington, D.C. and as in-house counsel at The Gillette Company in Boston. A native of Waterville, Lisa graduated from Colby College and Cornell Law School. She lives in Cape Elizabeth with her husband, Eric Sharpe, and their dog, Jenny.
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 Portland with his wife Alice and their rescue puppy, Georgie.
Jason Parent, Aroostook County Action Program
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, USM’s Muskie School of Public Service
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 was born in Texas and spent a decade in the Midwest before coming to Maine. 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.
James Robbins, Bangor Savings Bank
James Robbins is responsible for the coordination of the Community Reinvestment Act compliance program at Bangor Savings Bank. He also guides the Bank’s lending, service and investment activity, promoting economic development, job creation and financial mobility, particularly benefitting low to moderate income residents. Previously, Jim worked with World Vision an international Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) committed to child advocacy, disaster relief and community development. Jim currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Root Cellar, an inner-city ministry serving children and families in Bayside Portland. He is also past President of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland. Jim holds a B.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Southern Maine. He resides in Portland’s historic Stroudwater neighborhood with his wife, Debra, and their daughter, Emma.