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2019 Presenters + Volunteers
Roland Adams, President
Communication for Results
Roland Adams is a Maine-based strategic communications consultant with a 40-year background in communications work for colleges, universities, private high schools and other non-profits. He has provided communications guidance for institutions such as Dartmouth College, Bates College, Agnes Scott College, the Loomis Chaffee School, Emma Willard School and the Maine Girls’ Academy. Prior to becoming a consultant, he worked in communications leadership positions at Dartmouth, Bates, Vermont Law School and The University of Texas at Dallas. He has presented a number of trainings for MANP in recent years. He is a member of the board of the Maine Indoor Air Quality Council (MIAQC), a non-profit based in Augusta.
Peter Anania, Creative Direction and Account Management
A Portland native, Peter oversees the creative direction and client relations efforts of the Anania Media team. With his MBA from the University of Southern Maine, Peter takes lead on the strategy and direction to ensure all campaigns and projects are being executed according to plan. He has been developing websites for the better part of a decade; using his creativity and technical skills to design websites for a wide range of industries and organizations both big and small. Peter is a self-made expert that is passionate about using his team to help businesses and organizations grow and meet their goals.
Adina Bercowicz, Founder/Executive Director
In 2016, Adina resigned from her position in the nonprofit sector when she could no longer work through a progressive medical decline. By then, she was diagnosed with late-stage Lyme disease in a spinal tap, and more. Frustrated with the lack of scientific knowledge in the medical community about tick-borne diseases & proper treatments, she resolved to disperse the most robust clinical data to help reduce the incidence of these diseases, one person & doctor at a time. Adina has made it her duty to research and inform. Her dedication to highlighting awareness led to the formation of LymeTV.
Catherine Buxton, Communications Manager
Speak About It
Bio + photo coming soon!
Sarah Delage, Director of Public Relations
University of New England
Sarah oversees public and media relations for the university, looking for stories about UNE students, faculty, professional staff, academic programs, and research to share with a variety of audiences to grow UNE’s global reputation. She also manages institutional communications to the UNE Community and crisis communications. A natural storyteller, Sarah came to UNE with eight years of broadcast journalism experience as a reporter at NEWS CENTER Maine, the statewide NBC affiliate. She holds a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College.
Jonah Fertig-Burd, Director of Cooperative Food Systems
Cooperative Development Institute
Jonah Fertig-Burd is the Director of Cooperative Food Systems at the Cooperative Development Institute. He works with farmers, fishers, cooks and food producers to form cooperatives, particularly New American farmers in Maine and the Northeast. He’s on the board of the Cooperative Fund of New England and the Good Food Council of Lewiston-Auburn. He co-founded Local Sprouts Cooperative and Maine Farm & Sea Cooperative. He was a 2016 Democracy at Work Institute Worker Cooperative Developer Fellow, Food Solutions New England Network Leadership Institute graduate and a current BALLE Local Economy Fellow. He lives with his family at Celebration Tree Farm & Wellness Center in Durham, Maine.
Marnie Grumbach, Founder
Marnie specializes in Integrated Marketing Communications and has been sharing a wide variety brand stories for 20 years. As the Founder of Fluent IMC, an integrated marketing communications agency, she helps businesses and nonprofits blend strategy and analytics with creativity and emotion to deliver their brand messages across multiple channels. Prior to launching Fluent in 2012, Marnie held in-house communications and advertising positions with a large regional law firm and a mid-size ad agency. Marnie sits on the Maine Public Relations Council Board of Directors and holds an MBA and a BA in Communications.
Jennifer Hutchins, Executive Director
Maine Association of Nonprofits
Jennifer became the Executive Director of the Maine Association of Nonprofits in July 2016. Prior to joining MANP, Jennifer was Executive Director of Creative Portland, where she led the City of Portland’s efforts to strengthen the creative economy. Along with Professors Richard Barringer and Charlie Colgan, she was a co-author on the seminal 2004 report on Maine’s Creative Economy conducted for Governor Jon Baldacci. Jennifer also served as Director of Communications and External Affairs at the University of Southern Maine Muskie School of Public Service for nine years and Marketing Director at Portland Stage Company from 1995-2000. She holds a Master’s in public policy and management from the USM Muskie School and lives in Portland with her husband and two daughters.
Suzanne Madore, Content Marketing Strategist
Suzanne is a creative content and digital marketing expert with more than 15 years of experience. Possessing a unique blend of artistic prowess and business acumen, she has managed results-driven content and social media programs for clients in sustainability, food and beverage, logistics and commodity groups and leads content strategy for Ethos Marketing clients as our Content Specialist.
Throughout her career, Suzanne has grown social media and content from programs from the ground up, as well as shaped engaging programs for the online communities of various brands, including Heineken, VIP Tires & Service, Con-way Inc., the Finance Authority of Maine, and NASDAQ. She works seamlessly with public relations, creative and digital teams to develop comprehensive, integrated marketing programs to raise the overall visibility, and customer brand loyalty for her clients – all while bringing a stylish hilarity to her colleagues every day. Suzanne has also been a volunteer with the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland for over three years, and was awarded the 2019 Down and Dirty Volunteer Award to which she proudly leapt into the dirty laundry bin for a photo op.
Julie DeLaite Mulkern, Executive Director
Julie has dedicated her 20-year career to nonprofits and public health, creating and growing programs that promote the health and well-being of Maine families. Julie joined WinterKids in 2008 as the Development Director and became the Executive Director in 2011. Before working for WinterKids, Julie was Manager of Development & Volunteer Resources at Spring Harbor Hospital, a psychiatric facility in the MaineHealth system. She has also developed volunteer and philanthropy programs for Community Counseling Center, Case Management for Youth, and the American Cancer Society. Julie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Bates College, attended the University of Melbourne, and holds a philanthropy certification from the University of Wisconsin Madison. She is currently Past President of the Maine Public Health Association board and serves on the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Committee and the Maine CDC Physical Activity & Nutrition Workgroup. She is an alumna of the Upsilon Class of the Institute for Civic Leadership. Julie lives in Gorham with her husband, Ric and winter kids, Johnny and Ben. They enjoy all the Maine outdoors has to offer, in all seasons!
Linda L. Nelson, Deputy Director, Portland Ovations
Board Member, Maine Association of Nonprofits
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.
Kendra Rand, Founder
Kendra Rand Communications
Kendra Rand has been teaching public speaking, communication studies and media writing across the country since 1999. She is currently an instructor for the University of Maine Department of Communication & Journalism and College of the Atlantic and serves on the board of directors of Island Housing Trust as the outreach committee chair. She is a regular partner-presenter for MANP, offering workshops in public speaking and writing.
Hannah Richards, Content Marketing Strategist
Hannah is a content marketing and social media strategist at Ethos, working with clients to increase brand value, better communicate with their target audience, and affect behavioral change via content and social media marketing. She has worked with both local and national organizations including Oakhurst Dairy, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, DuraLife Decking, The Wild Blueberry Association and others to create custom content and social media marketing plans that are strategic, measurable and effective.
In this ever-evolving world of content and social media marketing, Hannah is driven to keep pace with new trends to deliver to clients the most up-to-date strategy recommendations that fit their brands. She is Inbound Marketing and Hubspot certified, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude from Clark University with a B.A. in International Development and Economics. She lives in Cumberland, Maine, with her husband, Dan, and daughters, Mia and Lucy.
Jeana Roth, Director of Community Engagement
Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland
As the Director of Community Engagement at the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP), Jeana manages the messaging, storytelling and content creation of the ARLGP to harness awareness and support of its mission and life-saving work.
Having spent her entire career serving nonprofits in Maine, Jeana’s passionate about communicating the impact the nonprofit sector has in our communities. She lives in the Greater Portland area with her own ARLGP alum, Otis.
Kristen Smith, Director of Development & External Relations
Portland Public Library
Kristen has more than 20 years of experience in communication, marketing, branding, fundraising, development, and advancement. Immediately upon joining Portland Public Library in January 2019, she oversaw the selection, rollout, and integration of PPL’s bold new logo and brand treatment.
Before joining Portland Public Library, she served as the Director of Community Engagement, Marketing, and Communications at the Maine Cancer Foundation. Prior to that she was the Director of Marketing and Communications at Planet Dog in Westbrook for 7 years. She served on the Portland Buy Local/Portland Independent Business and Community Alliance Board from 2008-2014.
Kristen has a BA in English/Comparative Literature from Hamilton College and a MA in Latin American Studies from the University of Wisconsin. She has travelled extensively and speaks fluent Spanish. She loves living in Portland’s Deering Center neighborhood with her rescue dog, Lucy, and a revolving door of family, friends, and plants wanting to be fed.
Heather Waskelwicz, Marketing & Development
Portland Public Library
Heather was one of the first people in Maine to integrate social media with traditional marketing to effectively amplify brand awareness, support messaging and increase outreach. She has worked with a wide range of companies including education and non-profit associations.
She currently collaborates with library staff and community members to create, curate, and manage Portland Public Library’s content across their social media channels. She has a genuine passion for working with organizations and people that work towards the betterment of our communities.
She grew up on Monhegan Island, attended USM, moved to NYC for four years then returned to Maine to raise her family. She now lives on Peaks Island with her two active boys, 2 dogs, 2 geckos, and 4 chickens (to name a few).