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Leaders and Luminaries

$22,000


Awarded in 2020. 

48


Nonprofit board directors recognized
since 2011.

$175,000


Awarded to Maine nonprofits
since 2011.


As stewards and trusted guides, nonprofit board directors are responsible for their organizations’ mission, impact and success. 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. Thank you to everyone who submitted a nomination this year.

We’re pleased to announce 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.

 
 
 
 

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AWARDS INFORMATION & CRITERIA

 
  • 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.
  • 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 to our 2019 awardees!

Leaders & Luminaries:

John Manganello, Co-Founder & Board President,
Boots2Roots



John co-founded Boots2Roots with Colonel Dave Hickey in 2016 when they saw a significant gap in services for active duty military members separating from service or retiring to Maine. John helped draft the original Boots2Roots business plan, and he was instrumental in nonprofit incorporation, drafting bylaws, recruiting a diverse board, hiring staff, and creating long-term sustainability. Boots2Roots is now the only organization in Maine focused on proactively working with soon-to-be veterans up to a year before they come to Maine, and John has been instrumental in their success.

Lydia MacDonald, Board Trustee and former Board President,
Island Community Center



Lydia, a lifelong resident of Stonington, first joined the Island Community Center board of trustees in 2016. Passionate, dedicated, and a natural leader, Lydia eventually became the Board President during a challenging time for the Island Community Center. Significant funding was needed to repair and upgrade their building, but Lydia stepped up to rally the board, reinvigorate positivity, recruit new board members, and develop a “Save Our Center” public campaign. Lydia was the driving force in building open lines of communication with key partners and putting the community center on a new path of stability and success.

 

Katie Feliciano, Board Vice-Chair,
Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta



Katie first became involved with LVA in 2014 as a passionate volunteer tutor, and in 2016, she joined the board. In addition to eagerly attending events and fundraisers, Katie brought her experiences as a tutor to board conversations in order to propel advancement and growLLth. At the board’s strategic planning retreat in 2018, she played a key role in establishing a sub-committee for tutor support that would work to engage board members in tutor outreach and develop easily accessible online trainings for tutors. With the support of the full board, Katie helped propose action items that would lead to a culture focused on making LVA part of a cohesive learning community.

Barrett Brown, Board President,
Midcoast Recreation Center



Barrett joined MRC’s board of directors with a focus on achieving measurable goals, building a strong community, and creating long-term sustainability. As Board President, he led the process of hiring a new Executive Director with the skills to improve best practices, create tighter financial controls, and increase board involvement. As a result, the organization reached exciting milestones with audits in place, an active finance committee, and a new treasurer and finance director. Barrett also focused on creating a strong, strategic board of directors by aligning board practices, creating a governance committee, and recruiting new members with needed skillsets.

 
Emerging Leader:

Katie Shorey, Board Chair,
Startup Maine



Katie had been serving as a loyal volunteer at Startup Maine for several years when the Board nominated her to become the new president. During this time, the organization faced a challenging situation and a public relations crisis, but Katie immediately stepped up to lead with strength and diplomacy. Under her leadership over the past two years, Startup Maine has officially become a nonprofit with an expanded mission and several new key partnerships. Katie has helped rebuild and rebrand Startup Maine and growLL its community of supporters. With Katie at the helm, Startup Maine is creating a strong, lasting impact in Maine’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Spotlight Award:

Clayton Cleaves, Board Director,
Four Directions of Development Corporation



When Clayton first heard about Four Directions Development Corporation, a Native American Community Development Financial Institution which provides support to members of the Wabanaki tribes, he saw an opportunity to help the Passamaquoddy people. As the Director of the Passamaquoddy Housing department on the Pleasant Point/Sipayik reservation, Clayton had seen too many houses in need of repair and causing health problems, high bills, and unsafe conditions for families. He also understood the challenges the tribe faced when trying to get a mortgage due to tribal and federal legal restrictions. As board director leading with passion and humility, Clayton demonstrates outstanding leadership as a coach and mentor on the board, and he has played an essential role in developing new, safe infrastructure on the reservation.