Thomas Bartol, NP
Family Nurse Practitioner, Richmond Area Health Center
CAC MEMBER
Tom Bartol is a Nurse Practitioner working at the Richmond Area Health Center, part of HealthReach Community Health Centers where he has been employed since 1998. He received his Master of Nursing degree from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1994 and his Bachelor of Nursing from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Besides his clinic work, Tom is a speaker, writer, and an optimist. He states, “Being an NP is the best job in the world!” and he believes NPs are the answer to many of the health care problems in this country. Tom Speaks nationally on several topics including recreating healthcare, motivating patients, creating healing relationships, diabetes, and understanding research among other topics. An avid writer, he writes a regular column for Medscape online and, also writes periodically for other journals. He has a vision of a culture change in health care where patients actively participate in decisions about their health care based on their unique circumstances, needs, goals and values. Putting the health and caring back into health care, it would not be “done to” patients but would become a dialogue, more of a dance with patients than a wrestling match. He has created a website, www.recreatinghealthcare.net, inspired by the model of open source software on which individuals can share information about how they have improved health care and see what others have shared. Tom lives with his wife, Barbara Moss, and two sons in Manchester. He enjoys tennis, gardening, sailing and just about anything else that comes across his path.
Thomas Bartol, NP
Jacqui Clark
Partner, Mediation & Facilitation Resources
CAC MEMBER
Jacqui has enjoyed a 30+-year career as a mediator and facilitator as a partner in Mediation & Facilitation Resources based in the Capitol area. The focus of her work in conflict resolution is to build on the values and self-determination of the people she serves. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in Public Administration, which have provided a framework for planning and community decision-making. She has been a founding member of several organizations including programs for experiential education, responding to domestic abuse, providing low cost mediation services, and most recently supporting immigrants and refugees. Jacqui is gratefully abled bodied at this time and enjoys physical activity in the woods, on the water with paddles of all kinds and indoor at her local YMCA. Just to be playful, Jacqui took a yoga teacher training class in 2015 and was startled to learn that she loves yoga and now instructs three classes a week as a born again yoga zealot.
Jacqui Clark
Gloria Aponte Clarke, MPH
Program Manager, HealthInfoNet
CAC MEMBER
Gloria Aponte Clarke is dedicated to learning and helping others in their quest for optimized health. Ms. Aponte Clarke enjoys research, management and evaluation of Public Health and health care delivery system reform projects. Ms. Aponte Clarke has worked to manage and evaluate large federally funded public health and health care delivery system reform initiatives. In her personal life she is an active part of the community as Vice President of the Board for the Immigration Legal Advocacy Project, an advisor for the People of Color Fund through the Maine Community Foundation, the School Health Advisory Board- City of Portland, Portland Public Schools, Portland Public Schools No Child Left Behind Application Team and as a co-founder of the Portland Children’s Film Festival.
Gloria Aponte Clarke, MPH
Norma Desjardins, DMD
Executive Director, St. Apollonia Dental Clinic
CAC MEMBER
Dr. Norma Desjardins graduated from the University of Maine in 1988 and then attended Tufts University School of Dental Medicine where she earned the Doctor of Dental Medicine degree in 1992. A native of Cyr Plantation, Norma grew up on a family potato farm with 7 siblings. Dr. Desjardins began practicing comprehensive general dentistry in Van Buren then moved to Presque Isle where she was an owner at Academy Dental for 21 years. While serving on the Health Services Advisory Committee of the Aroostook County Action Program Dr. Desjardins developed an acute awareness of how thousands of County children were not receiving routine preventive and restorative dental care. She recruited the help of several community members and founded a private nonprofit dental office, the St Apollonia Dental Clinic. Recently she retired from private practice and is continuing to direct St Apollonia. Norma and her husband Paul are enjoying traveling through the US hiking in as many national and state parks as possible and spending quality time with their adult children Emily and Gerard, son-in-law Riley and three grandchildren.
Norma Desjardins, DMD
Matthew Dexter
President & Executive Director, Christine B. Foundation, Inc.
CAC MEMBER
Matt Dexter is President & Executive Director of the Christine B. Foundation (CBF), based in Brewer. The Foundation’s namesake, Christine, is Matt’s mother who passed to stomach cancer. Matt and his family started this organization to build a community of support for those affected by cancer in Eastern Maine. Since inception in 2014, Matt has grown the Foundation with values of creativity, collaboration, and committing to his community. Outside of CBF, Matt lives in Bangor and fills his time exploring Maine’s hidden treasurers, serving on boards and committees, and enjoys running along the waterfront.
Matthew Dexter
Deqa Dhalac
Intercultural Program Manager, Center for Grieving Children
CAC MEMBER
Deqa is originally from Somalia East Africa, she immigrated to the United States in 1992. Deqa is the Intercultural Program Manager for the Center for Grieving Children. Deqa previously worked for The Opportunity Alliance as a community builder and the City of Portland Social Services as a Human Service Counselor where she worked closely with refugees, immigrants, asylum seekers and survivor of torture clients. She also worked as a CHOW for the Minority Health Program for the City of Portland where she connected clients with health care providers to better understand their unique needs. Deqa has Master’s degree in Development Policy and Practice from University of New Hampshire; she also has a MSW degree from University of New England. She is a certified language tester and cultural skill trainer and has been providing broad mediation for patients/clients in different settings with service providers to ensure that they get their needed services. Deqa is a member of the Somali Community Center of Maine leadership team, and board chair for Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition. Her social services background experience and being member of the immigrant and refugee community in greater Portland area make it easy to contribute to any community. She has a passion to give back to her community anyway she can. Deqa is also a City Councilor for the City of South Portland.
Deqa Dhalac
Gia Drew
Program Director, EqualityMaine
CAC MEMBER
Gia Drew is Program Director at EqualityMaine where she’s worked since 2014. At EqualityMaine she oversees all education, outreach, and youth engagement programs across the state, and advocates for policies and laws that protect the LGBTQ community. She also serves on several committees and coalitions, such as Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault LGBTQ+ Advisory Board, LGBTQ Youth Coalition, Coalition to End Transgender Healthcare Discrimination, Implicit Bias Project, and University of New England School of Social Work Community Advisory Group. While originally from Boston, Gia has called Maine home for the past sixteen years and lives in Kennebunkport. Gia earned degrees from both Syracuse University and Savannah College of Art and Design and worked as a high school art teacher and coach for twenty years. In that time she transitioned on the job becoming one of Maine’s first OUT transgender public school teachers and one of the first transgender high school coaches in the country.
Gia Drew
Dennis Fitzgibbons
Former Executive Director, alphaOne
CAC MEMBER
Dennis’ career has spanned teaching at the high school level, business administration in the private sector and CIL management in Maine and Massachusetts. As the former Executive Director of alphaOne, Dennis was responsible for the management and operation of Alpha One services and working with the Alpha One Board of Directors to set organizational priorities and goals. In his years in Independent Living, Dennis has served on numerous long-term care and health care public policy task forces at the state and national level to advocate for increased community-based care and quality health care for people with disabilities. He has been instrumental in the development and administration of consumer-directed service programs for persons with disabilities. Dennis has promoted disability rights in personal assistance, housing, transportation, employment and health care for over 35 years.
Dennis Fitzgibbons
Elsie Flemings
Executive Director, Healthy Acadia
CAC MEMBER
Elsie Flemings is the Executive Director of Healthy Acadia, a community health organization serving Washington and Hancock counties in Downeast Maine, with offices in Machias and Ellsworth. She is responsible for ensuring that the organization is responsive to local community health needs and priorities, while assuring effective program management, communication and coordination with partners, community mobilization, financial management, ambassadorship, and resource development. Healthy Acadia is dedicated to a broad range of collaborative community initiatives, with six current priority areas of focus: Strong Beginnings; Substance Prevention and Recovery; Healthy Food; Active and Healthy Environments; Health Promotion & Management; and Healthy Aging. Elsie lives in Bar Harbor with her husband, Richard, and their two daughters, Fiona and Sylvia. Their older daughter (Elsie’s step-daughter, Rachel) lives in Florida with her daughter, Haven. As a family, they love to “walk the walk” (or “run the run”) of healthy living together: running, hiking, biking, swimming, gardening, skiing, sledding, and adventuring in Maine, Florida, and beyond.
Elsie Flemings
Ann Gahagan, RN, BSN, MSN, CDE, BC-ADM, FNP-C
Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner, Certified Diabetes Educator,
CAC MEMBER
Ann Gahagan, a Registered Nurse, Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator, has a passion for Diabetes. For more than 40 years she has crusaded for comprehensive, patient centered care for people with diabetes. Her work and the support of colleagues established one of the most recognized Diabetes Education Programs in the Nation. Ann, who began her career at Cary Medical Center and now practices with Pines Health Services, has devoted much of her career to improving diabetes care. She has received national recognition for her leadership in developing innovative and effective treatment, care management, and patient education programs that have made a real difference in improving the lives of diabetes patients in her community and beyond. Ann also is founder and director of Camp Adventure, an innovative diabetes education camp that makes it possible for teenagers with Type I Diabetes to live in the wilderness while they learn the lifelong skills necessary to successfully live with diabetes. Young people from throughout Maine have attended the camp since its founding in 1997. “In founding Camp Adventure, Ann saw a need, had an idea and has collaborated with staff, physicians and other healthcare professionals, local supporters, and parents to make this camp a reality,” explained Cary Medical Center CEO Kris Doody, RN. In recognition of her leadership, Ann was named as the Caribou and Mane State Business and Professional Women’s “Woman of the Year” in 2005. Ann also was the recipient of the Dr. Daniel Hanley Leadership Award in 2006. While raising a family of three daughters and working as a licensed practical nurse at Cary Medical Center, Gahagan pursued certification as a registered nurse. She later earned an undergraduate degree in Nursing in 1998 and a Master of Science degree in Nursing and designation as a Family Nurse Practitioner in 2004. Ann earned her Board Certification in Advanced Diabetes Management, one of very few healthcare professionals in Maine to hold this unique certification, ADM the most advanced certification for the management of Diabetes.
Ann Gahagan, RN, BSN, MSN, CDE, BC-ADM, FNP-C
Holly Gartmayer-DeYoung
Chief Executive Officer, Eastport Health Care Inc.
CAC MEMBER
Holly Gartmayer-DeYoung is the Chief Executive Officer at Eastport Health Care Inc. (EHC), a Federally Qualified Health Center located in rural Downeast Maine. Holly’s academic profile includes receiving her BSN with a minor in public health from Molloy College (NY) and her MBA from Long Island University (NY). Her professional experience has been to provide direct care to medically underserved people in various care delivery settings: public health, skilled nursing, out-patient dialysis, forensic psych, intermediate care facility serving developmentally disabled adults and Federally Qualified Community Health Centers. Holly has held numerous progressive leadership roles, including her current position at EHC. Additionally, she has actively contributed to policy and regulatory development at both the state (NY and ME) and federal level. Leading transformative change in healthcare delivery systems, Holly presents an active voice focusing on patient centered care and the culture of relationship. Holly has written numerous articles focusing on the critical importance of including the peer voice and the presence of mindfulness as key drivers in the process transformative change. Holly is an alumnus of the Hanley Leadership Development Program (HLD IV), and has served on several Boards and Coalitions: Maine Primary Care Association (current President); Maine Quality Counts (founding member); NAMI Maine (represented Washington County); Sunrise Healthcare Coalition (current President). Additionally, Holly has participated in numerous ad hoc committees at both the state and federal level: Blue Ribbon Commission (Baldacci administration), Emergency Preparedness in Rural Communities (2007) and others. Holly resides in Eastport; hobbies include writing, reading, hiking, bringing circles of friends and colleagues together to celebrate relationship. She has two grown sons and three grandchildren.
Holly Gartmayer-DeYoung
Tracey Hair
Executive Director, H.O.M.E., Inc.
CAC MEMBER
Tracey is the Executive Director of H.O.M.E. Inc. where she has worked for the last 13 years. H.O.M.E. Inc. provides services to low-income and homeless families in Hancock County. H.O.M.E Inc. services include, 5 shelters for the homeless, 18 transitional housing beds, a food pantry and soup kitchen, thrift store, affordable day care, an adult learning center, low-cost automotive repair, organic gardens, a craft coop for the sale of items such as, weaving, stained glass and pottery, plus programs to support a major house construction and repair effort that has built 53 homes for low-income families. Tracey has volunteered in partnership with H.O.M.E. Inc. at a homeless charity located in Harlem, NY, where she and her partner worked doing street outreach, handing out sandwiches and distributing organic produce to low-income families. In addition to street outreach, Tracey taught basic computer skills to undocumented and low-income families in the Bronx and has spent time advocating for Immigration Rights for LGBT couples. Tracey is a member of the Board of Community Compass, an organization working to break the cycle of poverty in Hancock County. Tracey also serves in an advisory capacity for Families and Children Together which provides services and programs to strengthen Maine families as they manage trauma, challenge, and change. She is also a member of Emmaus International, a global movement addressing poverty and homelessness. Tracey holds a lifelong passion for helping underserved populations. She and her partner Julia live in Bucksport where they enjoy gardening and tending to life in their little cottage.
Tracey Hair
Robert Kieffer, CIC
Agency Manager, Kieffer Agency
CAC MEMBER
Rob Kieffer is the Agency Manager for United Insurance in Caribou, Maine. His responsibilities include overall management and growth of the Caribou branch of United Insurance. Rob also co-owns RE/MAX North Realty in Caribou with his wife Lehrle Kieffer. Rob began his insurance career in 1980 working for the family business in Caribou. Rob helped grow the business through several acquisitions, aggressive internal and external marketing, and support from many loyal clients. Graduating from the University of Maine in 1980 with a BS in Business Administration, Rob has actively pursued continued education for both his insurance and real estate licenses. In addition to his business interests, Rob is a registered Maine Guide, past Rotary Club president, past Cary Medical Center board chair, nordic ski coach, and has served on numerous other civic and professional organizations. Rob is married to Lehrle Kieffer and they have three daughters, Alison, Lydia, and Ginger. Rob enjoys spending time with his family, nordic and alpine skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, fishing, hunting, and spending time at his family camps on Madawaska Lake and the Machias River.
Robert Kieffer, CIC
Fowsia Musse
Executive Director, Maine Community Integration
CAC MEMBER
Fowsia Musse is the Executive Director of Maine Community Integration and a Community Health Outreach Worker at Healthy Androscoggin. She has demonstrated her goal as a leader of the local Healthy Androscoggin where she is educating families about Lead Poisoning Prevention. She effectively leads situations involving conflict while balancing her personal leadership style with the demands of the organization. Fowsia is a member of the Pine Tree Youth Organization board, president of the Neighborhood Housing League, board member of the 21st Century after school program in Lewiston High School Program, and is a coordinator for Maine Community Integrations (MCI), which is an ethnic based organization. In the past she has worked as a medically certified interpreter helping the new Mainer population navigate the very complicated health care system. Fowsia is a cultural broker and “bridger” when it comes to diffusing conflicts, immediate community conflict, and working toward bettering the relationships between neighborhoods so they can have cohesiveness.
Fowsia Musse
Elizabeth Neptune
President & Senior Consultant, Neptune Advantage, Inc.
CAC MEMBER
Elizabeth Neptune has 30 years of experience in delivering innovative health and human services to Native Communities. Ms. Neptune operates her own consulting business that primarily provides technical assistance to Native American Tribes programs across the country. She has become nationally known for her skills in directing programs and facilitating change in health care and child welfare systems. In her capacity as director of health and human services for the Passamaquoddy Tribe, Ms. Neptune created a model of holistic care which won both state and national recognition. She served as the state Child Wellness Coordinator and helped implement Project LAUNCH for the State of Maine. Ms. Neptune’s gift for innovation has changed health outcomes for many and has influenced system changes at the Tribal, State and National level. Locally, she was worked on projects with the Community Caring Collaborative and the Washington County Network for Health and Wellness. She was recently featured in Maine Magazine 50 Mainers Charting Maine’s future who are improving upon the state’s numerous assets and finding ways to leverage them to improve the lives of others. She has received several awards for her work. Recent awards include: 2013 Indian Health Service Health Advocate of the Year; 2014 National Indian Health Board Recognition for Outstanding Service to Advance American Indian and Alaska Native Health.
Elizabeth Neptune
Jessica Oakes
Substance Abuse/Mental Health Counselor, Open Door Recovery Center
CAC MEMBER
Jessica Oakes is a licensed clinical social worker, licensed alcohol and drug counselor, and certified clinical supervisor who currently works for the Open Door Recovery Center in Ellsworth, Maine. Her work is primarily with children and adolescents providing substance abuse assessments and substance abuse and mental health counseling in the school setting. Jessica’s work with youth stems from her belief in the importance of human relationships and the value of empowerment thru education and compassionate listening. When Jessica is not at work she is usually running a half marathon or outdoors on an adventure with her husband, Geromy. They have been spotted from Northern Quebec for ski trips in the winter to paddling the rugged coast of Maine in the summer.
Jessica Oakes
Abdulkerim Said, BS, BHP, MHRTC-B, CAC
Executive Director, New Mainers Health Educational Empowering Center
CAC MEMBER
Abdulkerim Said is the father of two boys and two girls. He is actively involved in the Lewiston/Auburn area. Through the organization of New Mainers Public Health Initiative, which holds educational training regarding healthy food choice for mothers’ due to the increase number of diabetes and high blood pressure. Abdul participates in local stakeholders for CHW to increase awareness in the new Americans community. He is an active member of care management committee for Maine Community Health Options which is based in Lewiston.
Abdulkerim Said, BS, BHP, MHRTC-B, CAC
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