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Leaders and Luminaries


Nonprofit board directors recognized since 2011.  


Awarded to Maine nonprofits
since 2011.


Will be awarded in 2021.

Now accepting 2021 nominations! As stewards and trusted guides, nonprofit board directors are responsible for advancing their organization’s mission and impact. Through our Leaders & Luminaries Awards, we aim to shine a light on these talented trustees—often unsung community heroes—who are paving the way in board service and volunteerism.

Who would you like to see recognized this year? Nominations are due September 24, 2021.

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  • Eligibility is limited to nonprofit organizations or groups that demonstrate tax-exempt status under the internal Revenue Service Code Section 501(c)3.
  • The nominee must be currently serving on the board of directors and not employed by the organization.
  • The nonprofit organization must be located and operating in the state of Maine and New Hampshire. If an organization is part of a larger national nonprofit, then the nominee must be from the Maine or New Hampshire branch of the organization.
  • Camden National Bank employees are not eligible to nominate or be nominated.
  • Previous award recipients are not eligible to participate for the following five years.
  • Only one nomination accepted per organization.
  • The size, age, budget and mission of the organization are not material in consideration for this award.
  • In reviewing applications, the selection committee will take into account the funds, staff and volunteers available to the organization, as well as how effectively it has allocated those resources to fulfill its mission. The committee will also consider whether appropriate term-limits have been put in place and a sustainable leadership plan established.
  • The selection committee is dedicated to making sure the awardees reflect our values of fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in our communities.
  • No prior or current relationship with Camden National Bank will be considered or is necessary to receive this award.
  • All information submitted will be confidential.
  • Two executives of Camden National Bank
  • Three other independent volunteers who are active in Maine’s nonprofit community
  • Four (4) nonprofit organizations will each receive $5,000 grants on behalf of their awardees.
  • Each awardee and organization will be recognized on Camden National Bank’s website, social media, and marketing materials
  • Leaders & Luminaries awards are made possible by Camden National Bank, through The Bank of Maine Foundation. In October 2015, Camden National Bank acquired The Bank of Maine in order to better serve customers through a wider range of financial products and services while still remaining an important member of the communities we serve.

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Congratulations again to our 2020 Awardees!

2020 Leaders & Luminaries Award Winners

Recognized with $5,000 grants for each respective nonprofit.

Doris Dennee

Doris Dennee first became involved in The Iris Network from her work with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, where she trained puppies to support people who are visually impaired. She soon joined the board, first from 2002 – 2004, when she was instrumental in opening Iris Park Apartments, and again in 2017. She currently serves as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee, and she played a key role in supporting the organization’s staff transition to a new finance lead. Her expertise as a CPA, most recently with Baker Newman Noyes before retirement, and her passion for the mission of The Iris Network made her a perfect person to help find, train, and work closely with the new Accounting Manager. During a challenging time, Doris dedicated countless hours to stewarding a key transition and streamlining financial processes—all while raising spirits and keeping the board of directors and staff engaged.

Jackie Studer

Jackie Studer first joined the board of a local nonprofit called the Portland Bach Experience in 2019, immediately bringing her business acumen as a corporate lawyer and her passion for performing arts. Seeing a clear synergy between the Portland Bach Experience and Oratorio Chorale (another local nonprofit), she led the two organizations and boards through a detailed exploration and eventual merger, forming Classical Uprising. Jackie’s leadership through the process preserved the identities of both organizations, while creating efficiencies and opportunities for greater impact and financial stability. Soon thereafter, the merged organization acquired a youth choir program, furthering its ability to meet its mission and thrive. Less than two years after joining the board of Portland Bach Experience, and after leading the merger process, Jackie was elected to be board president of Classical Uprising, which now serves 200 adult and youth singers and reaches more than 4,000 Mainers with concerts, events, and educational programs. Jackie’s leadership and organizational vision helped transform the organization, achieve fundraising and membership goals, and reach new levels of stability and service.

Ray Gerbi

Having retired in Maine and looking to give back in the community, Ray Gerbi began volunteering at the Pejepscot History Center (PHC). Eventually, his passion and professional experience in buildings and grounds work emerged, and no matter the job—from smaller “handyman” tasks to much larger, long-range construction projects—Ray was ready to help. After serving on the Buildings & Grounds Committee, he was elected to the board. In 2018, he became board treasurer as well as chair of the strategic planning and facilities master plan committees. Bringing 30 years of experience leading facility and real estate strategy and operations at Concord Hospital in NH, Ray’s expertise was an incredible asset to the small team at PHC. Especially this year, when the historical society had to dramatically reduce the number of visitors and rely on alternative revenue streams, Ray was instrumental in helping chart a new path forward—balancing vision with practicality for long-term sustainability.

Robert Holmberg

Eight years ago, Dr. Robert “Bob” Holmberg, a retired pediatrician from Brooksville, Maine, was inspired by a presentation on confronting poverty in the Blue Hill Peninsula. After researching programs and solutions across the nation, Bob founded Community Compass, fueled by his vision of focusing on today’s children and youth to ensure that tomorrow’s adults are prepared and empowered to thrive. In launching Community Compass, Bob formed an engaged, strong board of directors with experience across disciplines working to end poverty in the region. Together, they were able to secure significant funding while collaborating with local nonprofits to ensure no duplication of efforts or wasted resources in supporting local families. With an eye for long-range planning and fiscal responsibility, as well as a deep-seeded passion for the work, Bob’s leadership has made Community Compass a vital community resource, providing emergency support, educational forums, a hub of information, scholarships, and more.

2020 Spotlight Award Winner

Recognized with a special $2,000 grant.

Evelyn Kieltyka

Evelyn Kieltyka, a family nurse practitioner who serves as Senior Vice President of Program Services at Maine Family Planning, originally joined MCD’s board to represent Maine’s nursing community. Very quickly, she became enamored with the organization’s ability to offer creative solutions for health needs worldwide. As board chair, she’s guided MCD’s 2017 restructuring to focus the Maine-based non-profit exclusively on public health here in Maine, across the US, and in low and middle income countries overseas. She was instrumental in hiring the current executive director, diversifying and engaging the board, and facilitating a year-long strategic planning process. As MCD has worked to respond to the pandemic, Evelyn has played a key role in developing a comprehensive contingency plan to enable MCD to expand and reorient its programmatic efforts to effectively help in Covid-19 response planning and mitigation efforts in the regions where MCD works. As a result of her leadership, MCD is well positioned to continue to fulfill its global mission of improving the health and wellbeing of people around the world.