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 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 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, CPA, PGM, LLC
Pete is founding 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, Heart of Maine United Way
Shirar is the Executive Director of the Heart of Maine United Way, 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 HoMEUW’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.
Most recently, Hayden served as 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.
Karen Gonya, Northern Light AR Gould Hospital
Karen 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 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 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 L. DeAndrade, Maine Community Foundation
Lelia 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.
Gabriela Montoya-Eyerman, Sunrise County Economic Council
Gabi was born in Arizona while her father was serving in the USAF. From there she has moved over thirty times in her life, all over the United States, England, and Spain; she now hopes that Maine will be her forever home, or at least until her future snowbird goals are realized. While moving around she has lived in Maine, Arizona, Spain, England, New Mexico, Colorado, Ohio, and Florida and was deployed while in the Air Force to UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. Gabi received a degree in Social Sciences at the United States Air Force Academy, as well as a master’s degree in English at New Mexico State University. She served for ten years as a finance officer in the United States Air Force, then taught English Language arts for ten years at the college level at NMSU and EPCC as well as high school English in Washington County, ME. Gabi accepted a position in 2017 at Sunrise County Economic Council where she currently works as the Finance Director. Gabi has a supportive husband Jesse, and five children. At one point the family was raising sheep but downsized during the pandemic and now have a few chickens, two dogs and a rabbit name Oliver. The family loves to go hiking and enjoy the beauty of the bold coast. In her free time Gabi volunteers as the President of the Maine Fiber Frolic and helps organize the Fleece tent at the MOFGA Common Ground Fair which goes along with her passion for fiber arts, which has a vibrant artist community in Maine. While Gabi’s experiences have ranged from teaching writing or knitting classes, tending sheep, to building military and non-profit budgets, the thread that runs through them all is service to her community and the people.
Kate O’Halloran, LifeFlight Foundation
Kate was appointed the Executive Director of the LifeFlight Foundation in September 2020. Kate grew up in Waterville, Maine and attended Brown University where she earned a dual degree in economics and organizational behavior & management and played varsity ice hockey. After Brown, Kate worked in Boston for 15 years, including earning her MBA from Babson where she went on to become the Associate Director of The Blank Center for Entrepreneurship and enrolled in a PhD program for educational leadership at Boston College. Kate returned “home” to Maine in 2003 to be closer to family and to enjoy the state’s natural resources. While in Maine, Kate has served as the Associate Director of the Goldfarb Center for Public Affairs and the Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights at Colby College, the Director of Major and Planned Gifts for MaineGeneral Health, and the Director of Development and Alumni Connections at Carrabassett Valley Academy. Kate also spent three years as the Vice President of the Rolfson Group, where she worked with clients across the non-profit sector to create, enhance, or expand their advancement efforts within a broader organizational and strategic context. Kate serves as a Corporator for Kennebec Savings Bank and is currently on the Board of Maine Audubon. Her previous Board experience includes The Maine Women’s Fund, Maine Huts and Trails, The Maine Girls Academy, and Central Maine Youth Hockey. Kate lives in Fairfield (Maine) with her husband Silas Lawry and their dogs, Piper and Finn.
Jason Parent, Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP)
Jason 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 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 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 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.
Justin Strasburger, Full Plates Full Potential
Justin serves as Executive Director of Full Plates Full Potential, a Maine-based systems-change non-profit focused on ending child hunger in Maine through strengthening and expanding child nutrition programs. In this role he helps to set and execute organizational vision and strategy. Justin is a firm believer in the power and possibility that comes from combining potential with the spark of opportunity, and has spent his career working to dismantle broken systems and structures, in order to ensure that opportunity exists for all, and not just the privileged. Growing up, Justin spent his summers in Maine, then returned to attend Bowdoin College, earning an AB in Government and Teaching. He began his career with Harlem Children’s Zone in New York City where he found a passion for college access and completion work. This passion led him to Boston and Bottom Line, a national organization focused on supporting students from low-income backgrounds to, and through, college. He remained at Bottom Line for more than 11 years, holding a variety of roles including a four-year stint as Executive Director of the flagship Boston region. While in Boston, Justin completed the Institute for Nonprofit Practice’s certificate program through Tufts University and earned an MS in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from Northeastern University. In late 2020, Justin followed his heart back to Brunswick, ME where he now lives with his wife and two young boys. He loves spending time in the outdoors, cooking, and cracking open a local craft beer while sitting around a firepit.