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Spurwink Announces Three New Board Members

PORTLAND, ME – Spurwink is pleased to announce three new appointees to its Board of Directors, bringing with them years of experience in the nonprofit, consumer insights, and health care sectors.

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.

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 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 of Retail Goods & Services at C Space, a customer agency. She has over 20 years of experience in consumer insights and has 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.

Stephanie Peters is the Chief Operating Officer at InterMed, and is responsible for all aspects of primary care, specialty and ancillary services, quality improvement, information technology, and facilities. A native of Brunswick, Maine, Stephanie earned a degree in Psychology and Spanish from Washington University in St. Louis, and 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. 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.

“We are thrilled to welcome Carrie, Melanie, and Stephanie to our Board of Directors,” says Eric Meyer, President & CEO of Spurwink. “All three are an excellent addition, and we are lucky to have them with us. I look forward to their direction and leadership in the months and years ahead.”

About Spurwink

Spurwink is a nationally accredited nonprofit organization that provides a broad range of mental health, education, and residential services for children, adolescents, adults, and families. Spurwink offers specialized programs throughout Maine with a commitment to caring relationships and treatment expertise, grounded in evidence-based, best and promising practices. For more information, visit, or call 207.871.1200.


Press Contact:

Kristen Farnham, Vice President of Development | | 207.871.1211 x2186