Eric Meyer, LCSW, MBA
Sandy directs and manages the HR department which is responsible for the administration of benefits & compensation, employee relations, recruiting, worker’s compensation & safety and staff training & professional development. Sandy began her HR career working for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC for 18 years. After leaving DC, Sandy moved to Upstate New York to work for Hobart and William Smith Colleges as VP of HR. Sandy moved back to her home state of Maine to work for Goodwill Northern New England. Sandy holds a BA in Public Management from the University of Maine and a Certificate of Leadership from the Center for Creative Leadership. In her spare time, Sandy loves to travel and to bake for family and friends.
Eric has been employed at Spurwink for almost 24 years. Eric joined the Spurwink team as an Educational Technician at the then Cummings Program (now Glickman Academy) and moved into a Special Education Teacher position a year later for the next seven years. During that time, Eric also worked frequently in our children’s residential homes in the Greater Portland area. Following his time at the Cummings Program, Eric joined the agency’s professional development team providing internal and external trainings and consultation services to local school districts. Eric moved into an administrative role as Education Director of Spurwink’s Therapeutic Preschool Program for two years, then into a role as Senior Program Director of Education supporting the agency’s day treatment programs, and then into his most previous position as Director of Educational Services. During his time at Spurwink, Eric has received his master’s in special education and become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. In addition to supporting our day treatment programs, Eric oversees Spurwink ALLTECH, the agency’s assistive technology program, and supports BHP, CARE, and other trainings for our staff.
Amy Cohan, LCSW
Al Durgin, LCSW
Kristen Farnham, JD
Misty Marston, LCSW
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Alistair Y. Raymond, Chair
Theresa A. Kelly, Vice Chair
Tari Advani, M.D.
Daniel Fishbein, M.D.
Matthew G. Winch
Alistair (“Al”) Raymond, Esq. serves as the Chair of Spurwink’s Board of Directors and is a member of its Executive Committee. Al is Vice President – Chief Compliance Officer for Avangrid, Inc., and is responsible for the company’s corporate compliance and ethics program. Avangrid is the parent company of Central Maine Power and one of the largest producers of clean energy in the United States. Prior to joining Avangrid, Al practiced as a business law attorney at Verrill Dana, LLP, one of Maine’s largest law firms. Al’s commitment to improving services in the field of children’s mental and behavioral health came in part through his pro bono legal experiences. Al has been a member of Spurwink’s Board since 2007.
Theresa Kelly is committed to sustainable farming practices on her farm in Pownal, Maine. She retired from 40 years working in the IT field, ranging from application development to complex project management. Theresa is Vice Chair of the Board, Chair of the Executive Committee, Chair of the Finance/Audit Committee and a member of the Development Committee. The Spurwink board and organization has greatly benefitted from Theresa’s understanding of improving efficiencies, reducing costs, and optimizing resources. Living in rural Maine with a public school educator has invested Theresa with a passion to make a difference in her community.
Tari Advani, M.D. is an emergency medicine physician at MidCoast Health System. Tari estimates that about 20% of the patients she sees have mental health issues contributing to their visit. Consequently, she has developed an extensive knowledge of services available and needed for children and adults with developmental disorders, mental health issues, intellectual disabilities, and drug and alcohol addiction. These factors have created a deep commitment to improve available services and accessibility to those services.
Richard Berthy is the CEO of Foreside Financial Group, LLC. Foreside is a distribution and compliance services firm serving the investment management industry. Rich serves on the Spurwink Board because he has witnessed friends with children on the autism spectrum struggle with obtaining services.
Cathy Breen has lived in the Portland area since 2000 and joined the Spurwink Board in 2013 and Chairs the Governance Committee. Cathy is a former Maine State Senator and has served on the Falmouth Town Council as well as on the Board of Directors of Community Counseling Center. She graduated from the Institute for Civic Leadership’s intensive training in collaborative leadership. Her experience in organizational development, strategic planning, fundraising, policy development, writing, advocacy, and mental health care supports her commitment to improve mental and behavioral health services for children and their families.
Carrie Cianchette believes in supporting her community in many ways, and especially helping those with behavioral health challenges. Carrie began her journey with Spurwink by volunteering on Spurwink’s Development Committee in 2018. Carrie graduated from Tufts University with a BS in Human Factors Engineering and a BA in Classical Studies. She worked in usability and web design for a number of years in the Boston area before moving to Maine to raise her family and very small farm with her husband, Jason.
Daniel Fishbein, M.D. is the President of Sun Life Financial U.S., and has served on Spurwink Boards for nearly twenty years. During his tenure as Chair of the Board (2009-2013), Spurwink fully utilized Dan’s experience in strategic planning, mergers, and organizational leadership. Dan currently lends his expertise to the Executive Committee. He is committed to furthering the betterment of services for children with Autism and developmental disorders in Maine.
Jim Giberson is a Maine native who moved back to the state and settled in Portland with his wife in 2012 after earning his degree in Construction Engineering and Management from Purdue University and beginning his career in the Chicago area. He serves as the Commercial Marketing Manager for Wright-Ryan Construction, supporting strategic and business development initiatives. Jim also serves on the Boards of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, Northern New England chapter, and Architalx. Growing up with two parents who were public school educators, Jim is passionate about providing access to opportunities and paths to success for all people. He developed a stronger interest in Spurwink upon completion of the Emerging Leaders program led by Lift 360 (formerly the Institute for Civic Leadership). Jim is proud to support the organization’s behavioral health and educational mission through service on the Development and Finance/Audit Committees.
Melanie Gilligan has been a member of Spurwink’s Development Committee since 2012. She has had a connection to Spurwink her entire life as her parents started their social service careers working at Spurwink as house parents before she was born. As the mother of two amazing children, one who has ADHD, she is passionate about ensuring children and their families have access to the services they need. Melanie is currently a Director, Retail Goods & Services at C Space, a customer agency. She has over 20 years of experience in consumer insights and spent much of her career with Hannaford. She earned BA degrees in Mathematics and Sociology from Bowdoin College and an MBA from the University of Southern Maine.
Tom Magadieu is a transformational marketing leader, presently serving as Director, Global Fleet Marketing at WEX, Inc. 2018 he was the WEX United Way Loaned Executive. Early career, Tom represented the Council for Exceptional Children, the Bureau for At Risk Youth, and the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, among other organizations and publications to partnering businesses. Little did he know how valuable that background would be years later, raising his own twice-exceptional children. Tom has a passion for early intervention and broadening the impact of behavioral health services across the community.
Rose McManus has dedicated herself to addressing the challenges faced by children with disabilities. As the parent of a daughter with Down Syndrome, Ms. McManus’ efforts to improve the quality of life for her own child led her to seek out other parents who had children with special needs. She eventually became an advocate for all children with disabilities. Her mission has been to educate other parents, educators, administrators, and organizations to fully understand disabilities and bring about societal inclusion for children with disabilities. Rose served on the Board of Community Partners Inc. (CPI), and joined the Board of Spurwink after it merged with CPI in 2017. Prior to 2017, she also was the nonprofit, President of Southern Maine Parent Awareness, and is currently a part of waban children’s advocacy group and the Southern Maine Transition Council as a member.
Stephanie Peters is responsible for all aspects of primary care, specialty and ancillary services, quality improvement, information technology, and facilities at InterMed, where she’s known for her boundless energy and translating strategic priorities into operational plans as well as managing InterMed’s COVID response.
A native of Brunswick, Stephanie earned a degree in Psychology and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis, where she played goalie on the women’s soccer team. She later received a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine.
Stephanie joined InterMed in 2015 from MaineHealth, where she was Director of System Development. In that position, she supported the development of the system wide accountable care strategy to include a focus on Primary Care payment reform, physician compensation, and care coordination across the inpatient and outpatient settings.
In her spare time, she enjoys outdoor adventures with her wife, their three children, and their two dogs. She is fluent in Spanish and has lived, taught English, and traveled extensively in South America. Stephanie is the Board Chair of New Communities, a non-profit organization that provides safe and supportive living environments and programs for adults and also serves as an Advisor to high school girls through the Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Institute.
Matthew Winch is an Architect with varied experience in the planning and design of educational, health care and health and human service-related facilities for the private and non- profit sectors. As the proud dad of three youngsters, Matthew is especially invested in furthering community services for children, prevention programs, and education. Matthew recently ended a 3-year term as the Board Chair, and continues to lend his expertise to the Executive, Governance, and Investment Committees.
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