STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

STAFF

Rev. Shirley Bowen.

Executive Director

Shirley brings 39 years of experience in administration, strategic planning, programming, facility & risk management, hiring & supervision, budget management, community outreach and pastoral care. She is a founding member of the team that created the Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center and has a strong passion for helping to improve the lives of our neighbors. Her first career of 24 years was in higher education administration, specifically, Student Services. Over the past 12 years, Rev. Bowen became an Episcopal priest, a college chaplain, a parish rector, and now serves as Executive Director.

Michael Oliver – Assistant Director.

Michael grew up in southern Maine spending a few years on the street or in a tent before moving to Old Orchard Beach during his Sophomore year of high school.  He worked full time while going to school and participating in track & field and cross country. After a few years in foster care he was adopted, graduated from high school ,and joined the U.S. Army, moving around the county in duty assignments.

He spent almost 10 years working for the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs.  In 2015 he moved back to Maine and returned to school, graduating from York County Community College as student of the year in 2019 with a degree in Behavioral Health.  He was employed by Seeds of Hope first as the Overnight Warming Center staff person and joined the regular staff in 2020. He enjoys doing what he can to help those in the community and making a difference in someone’s life.

Linda Edgerton – Development Associate

Linda Edgerton is happiest when combining meeting new people, and building relationships, with sharing a nonprofit’s compelling mission.  As the Development Associate at Seeds of Hope Neighborhood Center she meets with community business leaders, civic organizations, local governments and other nonprofits to expand awareness and build partnerships.  Before joining Seeds of Hope in 2016, Linda was the Executive Director for Gardiner Main Street for seven years and served as Interim Executive Director in Saco, Sanford and Skowhegen’s Main Street programs. Certified in Downtown Management by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Linda consulted with communities looking to revitalize their historic downtowns including Biddeford, Bath, Belfast, Norway, Bridgton, Farmington, Presque Isle and Waterville.

Dannielle

Dannielle Gladu – Support Specialist

Dannielle grew up in Portland, Maine attending Catherine McCauley high school. She developed a passion for volunteering in her community, including receiving the Community Service Award for Most Service hours completed. She attended the University of New Haven in their nationally recognized Forensic Psychology program and transferred to Southern Connecticut State University to complete her triple minors in Psychology, Sociology, and Philosophy. She I volunteered at the Veteran’s Center in West Haven and was a Rape Crisis advocate for 3 years.

Upon moving back to Maine, she worked at Woodford’s preschool working with children with developmental and environmental challenges. Her next job was working with teenagers at Spurwink’s day treatment school. Dannielle has a passion for working with all kinds of people despite what challenges they face, believing everyone deserves love, understanding, honesty, and most of all compassion.  She joined the Seeds of Hope team in January 2021.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kelsey Galipeau – Vice President; Development/Events Committee; Finance Committee

Ann Hastings – President; Personnel Committee

Amy LaBelle, Treasurer, Finance Committee.

Terra Johnson – Marketing/Social Media Committee

Jason Ketterick – Governance Committee

Amanda Lutz – Governance Committee, Development/Events Committee, Marketing

Renate Riggs – Development/Events Committee

Susan Rouillard – Development Committee; Governance Committee

Megan Wakefield – Secretary; Events Committee