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Vassie – Executive Director

Vassie was promoted to Executive Director after serving as Assistant Director for a little over a year. She is a long-time Biddeford resident who’s been active in helping the community find resources, information, and partnerships through both volunteering and in her professional life.

Vassie may look familiar, as she and her husband owned and operated Union House Pub & Pizza, located in the North Dam Mill in Biddeford for a number of years.

She has sat on a number of Boards and Committees including Joyful Harvest Neighborhood Center, Toys for Tots of Northern York County, Run for Cash. She was also an elected member of the Biddeford School Committee.

Vassie leveraged her connections and community relationships to take a position as a Community Builder for CPPC – Community Partnerships Protecting Children. Where she worked in the Bacon – Sullivan Street neighborhood to help impoverished families find much needed resources.  She also worked for York County Community Action as an Outreach Worker – Special Populations, specializing in serving those with substance use disorders and the unhoused.

Vassie is known around town as “The Turkey Lady” having donated close to a thousand turkeys to Stone Soup Food Pantry, and for ten years she played Mrs.Claus for the downtown holiday fest. She has been given the key to the city of Biddeford, and been awarded the United States Marine Corps Commanders Award for her efforts with Toys for Tots. She shares that she feels so lucky to live a life full of amazing blessings and her passion to give back drives all that she does and that her role at Seeds of Hope is the capstone of all of this.

Vassie lives with her husband Jack, and a passel of miniature dachshunds, spending her free time reading, volunteering, relaxing on a beach, traveling the world.


Amanda – Assistant Director

Biography coming soon!


Sylvia – Assistant Director

Biography coming soon!


Mike Merrill – President

Shelly Snow – Vice President

Amy LaBelle – Treasurer

Ann Hastings

Christopher Robinson

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