OUT MAINE BOARD

Melissa Bellew

Melissa Bellew

Co-Chair (she/her/hers)

Advocacy is Melissa’s passion. As a retired public defender & private attorney from Kentucky and the current CEO of the Penobscot Bay YMCA, Melissa’s career has been steeped in providing a voice to those who often cannot speak or argue for themselves. Melissa has been in the YMCA movement nationally for the past 8 years, where she serves as the current national Vice-Chair of the LGBTQ+ Resource Network. Melissa resides in Rockport.

Emily Cantillo

Emily Cantillo

Co-Chair (she/her/hers)

Emily is a Compliance Manager at First National Bank in Damariscotta. She lives in South Bristol with her husband and children. She is a parent of a transgender elementary school child.

John D. Adams

John D. Adams

Secretary (he/him/his)

John is an active member of the Lincoln County Midcoast Unitarian Fellowship and professional voice coach and singer. He has served on the Boards of Oratorio Chorale, Hartwood Regional Theater Company and the Midcoast UU Fellowship. John lives in the midcoast with his partner of 24 years.

Jess Anderson

Jess Anderson

Treasurer (she/her/hers)

Jess brings with her a passion for teaching and learning and decades of experience working with youth. She lives in Dresden Maine with her husband and son.

Amy Paine

Amy Paine

Development Chair (she/her/hers)

Amy Paine is the Development Chair and brings extensive nonprofit fundraising experience to the OUT Maine board. Amy enjoys working directly as a volunteer with the youth at OUT Maine, helping to chaperone youth overnights and assisting with transportation to events. You can find Amy heading up the table for OUT Maine at the annual summer Bangor Pride Festival. She holds an MPPM from the Muskie School of Public Service, with a focus on indigenous rights. She has strong connections in Waldo county, and has extensive experience working with at-risk youth. She lives in Orono with her partner and dog London.
Will Ames

Will Ames

Board Member (he/him/his)

Will grew up in Stonington, Maine and graduated from Smith College in 2015 with a degree in Sociology. He then drove tractors and tended bar in Massachusetts before returning to Maine in 2019. Now bartending in Portland, Will is passionate about uplifting the LGBTQ+ community and using his hospitality experience to make bar culture safer for everyone.
Maulian Dana

Maulian Dana

Board Member (she/her/hers)

Maulian is a Penobscot Nation Tribal Citizen and currently serves as their Tribal Ambassador. She represents the tribe in local, state, and federal governments and helps manage government relations and diplomacy for the tribe. Maulian is a graduate of the University of Maine Orono with a BA in Political Science and has a twenty-year career in activism around the harm of racist stereotyping and Indian sports mascots. She feels strongly about taking a stand for marginalized groups and has worked hard to advocate for LGBTQ+ and Two Spirit Maine citizens through her platform as Ambassador. Maulian lives at the Penobscot Nation with her two daughters, Carmella and Layla; her partner Lloyd; and her dog Olive.
Ralph Moore

Ralph Moore

Board Member (he/him/his)

Ralph is an educator and one of the founding members of the Watershed School in Camden. He has served on the boards of the Camden Conference and the Coastal AIDS Network. He is the retired rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland. He lives in Rockland with his wife.
Vanessa Shields-Haas

Vanessa Shields-Haas

Board Member (she/her/hers)

Vanessa is a Family Nurse Practitioner providing gender affirming, and LGBTQ+-friendly, reproductive healthcare in mid-coast Maine. She is also a certified Forensic Nurse Examiner working with survivors of sexual assualt, domestic violence and child abuse in Waldo, Knox, and Lincoln counties. Vanessa lives in Rockland with her wife, daughter, and animal friends. 
Lily Solochek

Lily Solochek

Board Member (they/them/theirs)

Lily Solochek serves as the rabbi at Adas Yoshuron Synagogue in Rockland. Lily has been a Jewish educator for more than a decade with a focus on integrating social justice into communities of faith. They are passionate about LGBTQ+ inclusion, workers’ rights, food justice, and environmentalism. Lily lives in the midcoast with their wife Lanni and adorable ginger cat. 

Cynthia Turcotte

Cynthia Turcotte

Board Member (she/her/hers)

Cynthia Turcotte is a former high school teacher for over 20 years and GSA adviser for ten. She has worked with and supported LGBTQ+ youth throughout her teaching career. She loved volunteering at the Rainbow Ball for many years. Since leaving teaching, she has been working with her husband, Tom Fair, at the business they run in Litchfield. Applewald Farm is a produce farm/apple orchard/cider mill/bakery/gift shop which keeps them busy. They are helped at the farm by their two grown sons, one of whom is part of the LGBTQ+ family.

OUT MAINE STAFF

Jeanne Dooley, MSW

Jeanne Dooley, MSW

Executive Director (she/her/hers)

jeanne@outmaine.org
Jeanne has extensive experience in organizational development and management through her work as the former state director of Massachusetts Office of AARP and former Director of Strategic Planning for Boston Senior Home Care. She has led OUT Maine’s transformation from a small midcoast nonprofit with a local focus to a statewide change agent. Jeanne lives in Waldoboro.

Sue Campbell

Sue Campbell

Deputy Director (she/her/hers)

sue@outmaine.org
Sue brings more than 25 years of experience working with school superintendents, administrators and other school staff through her work on local and state school boards. She volunteered with the Trans Youth Equality Foundation in Portland, assisting with support groups. As the parent of a trans son, her first-hand experience in supporting the transition process and working with family issues around transitioning give her expertise that supports both youth and families. Sue lives in South Thomaston with her partner.

Rachel Albury

Rachel Albury

Development and Operations Coordinator (she/her/hers)

rachel@outmaine.org

Rachel is a 2005 graduate of the University of Maine in Orono with a degree in Business Administration and a minor in Art History. Rachel brings her experience in website development, marketing and event planning to the team. She has volunteered for many local non-profits, including WRFR-LP, Rock Coast Rollers, Penobscot School, Youthlinks, and Aldermere Farm and had been waiting for the right opportunity to join the non-profit world full-time. Rachel lives in Rockland.

Aiden Campbell

Aiden Campbell

Mental Health Coordinator/LMSW-cc (he/him/his)

aiden@outmaine.org

Aiden grew up in Maine, transitioned from female to male in high school, and graduated with his Masters of Social Work in 2019 from the University of Southern Maine. Aiden has over seven years of diverse experience working with both at-risk youth and families. Aiden brings his experience as a clinician along with his personal experiences to educate, support, and uplift LGBTQ+ youth across Maine. When Aiden isn’t working, you will find him hiking, fishing, or on some other adventure. He lives in Southern Maine with his fiancee and dogs Winne and Olive.

Lin Gould

Lin Gould

Rural Outreach Coordinator (she/her/hers)

lin@outmaine.org

Lin was a high school science teacher for 35 years, and during that time founded the first Gay-Straight Trans Alliance (GSTA) in a public high school in Maine. Lin retired from teaching but has continued her passion for supporting LGBTQ+ youth as a Rural Outreach Coordinator with OUT Maine. When Lin isn’t helping youth figure out what life after high school can be, you will find her hiking on one of Maine’s many trails with one of her trusted four-legged companions.  She loves music, reading, and anything outdoors.

August Sender

August Sender

Training Coordinator (they/them)

august@outmaine.org

August comes to OUT Maine with a background in healthcare and more recently, as the Education Co-Coordinator for the Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine.  At SASSMM, they developed and implemented school and community-based education. They live in Western Waldo County with their dogs, partner, and chaotic gardens.

Inga Vickerman

Inga Vickerman

Programming Assistant (she/her/hers)

inga@outmaine.org

Inga Vickerman hails from Tenants Harbor and comes to OUT Maine with an impressive set of skills and a passion for the work OUT Maine does. Inga grew up in Washington, Maine before serving in the USAF and traveling overseas for many years. She has spent her life focused on the service of others; from working for multiple Industries for the Blind agencies to being a Paramedic in North Carolina and in Midcoast Maine. As the mom of two transgender children, she recognizes the difficult struggles that exist for queer kids and their families and has a strong desire to support the work that OUT Maine does.