Donated in 2019.
Congratulations to our 2019 Awardees!
Learn more about our winners.
Leaders & Luminaries Awards:
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.
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, increase board involvement, and initiate annual support campaigns. As a result, the organization reached exciting milestones with audits in place, an active finance committee, and a new treasurer and finance director as well. 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. Board job descriptions, by-laws, succession planning, and recruitment practices were all updated and put into action, uniting the board’s vision for success as they began a strategic planning process.
Emerging Leader Award:
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 grow its community of supporters. With Katie at the helm, Startup Maine is creating a strong, lasting impact in Maine’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.
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.