Back Row (Left to Right): Andrea Francis, Frank Martinez Nocito, Holly Irish, Barbara Leonard, Jeb Murphy, Ruta Kadonoff
Front Row (Left to Right): Jake Grindle, Charles Dwyer, Margo Beland, Dani Kalian
Margo Beland joined MeHAF as Finance Manager in June 2015. As a newly created position for MeHAF, it will significantly strengthen MeHAF’s internal financial management capacity. Margo is responsible for the finances, human resource management, and working with the foundation’s investment advisors and the Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee. For several years, Margo served as MeHAF’s contract accountant through her former employer, Maine Development Foundation. Through her work, Margo has over 30 years of experience in the non-profit finance and operations administration. Margo is a graduate of Thomas College and a Leadership Maine alumna, Upsilon Class. Margo resides in Augusta with her husband Bob. Margo has a grown son and step-son and two grandchildren. She enjoys travelling in the winter and spending time at her camp in southern Maine in the summer months.
Charles Dwyer joined MeHAF as Program Officer in December 2012. He currently oversees MeHAF’s Healthy Community and Rural Health Programs, and provides assistance to the foundation’s Governance Committee. Charles is also an advisor of the Maine Community Foundation’s Equity Fund. He has 16 years of public health experience, most recently serving as the health department liaison in the four county area of the Mid-coast. From 2006 to 2011 he served as the Director of the State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care which began convening the statewide Health Workforce Forum and the Maine Tele-health Collaborative under his leadership. Other roles at the Maine CDC have included Assistant to the Director of the Division of Infectious Disease; HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Program Manager, Public Health Educator, and Disease Intervention Specialist. Charles is proud to be a former AmeriCorps National Service Volunteer and a lifelong resident of Maine, Charles graduated from the University of Southern Maine, School of Social Work in 1996. He completed the Northeast Regional Public Health Leadership Institute in 2002, and continues to explore opportunities to learn and grow both personally and professionally.
Andrea is a member of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs and lives in Portland, Maine with her teenage son and dog. She has lived in Maine since 2016 when she moved from her hometown of Tucson, AZ. Since moving here her goal was to find a community in which she could thrive and create positive change. Since then she has had the privilege of working with the State/Tribal ICWA Workgroup, Maine-Wabanaki REACH and Maine Initiatives. Some of the issues that Andrea is most interested in are Food Security and Food Sovereignty. She hopes to expand her community partnerships in these areas. In her spare time Andrea loves to cook healthy meals from locally sourced produce for her family and collect records from local record stores. She loves living in Maine and tries to find time to explore the outdoors and the regional native plants as much as possible. She looks forward to summers when she can travel back to Elsipogtog First Nation in New Brunswick, CA and Presque Isle, Maine to see her family.
Jeb joined MeHAF as Communications Associate in November 2018. Jeb has worked in the communications field across the nonprofit sector in Maine for nearly a decade, beginning in Franklin County doing Outreach and Education work in the field of sexual assault prevention. Understanding the unique needs of different parts of the state he then moved to larger scale work, advocating for shelter animal rights and awareness with the Maine Federation of Humane Societies and eventually supporting the mission of Community Health Centers at the Maine Primary Care Association (MPCA). While at MPCA, Jeb began working both statewide and nationally on creating best practices for Enrollment Assisters and became a nationally recognized figure in promoting outreach and enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. This work eventually led to him and a number of national colleagues creating the National Association of Health Access Assisters. Jeb’s most current position at Crisis & Counseling Centers, Inc. in Augusta has given him a county level view of the behavioral health needs of Mainers, as well as insight into the challenges that both clients and agencies face in the growing opioid epidemic. In addition to nonprofit work Jeb has been adjunct faculty in the Maine Community College system, teaching Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, and English. In his free time Jeb is an avid reader and aspiring culinary genius. He lives in Central Maine with a spirited Himalayan/Flame Point Siamese cat named Bunsen and enjoys weekends on Pocasset Lake, time in Manhattan and San Francisco, and a growing extended family of nieces and nephews.