Board of Directors
Mike Helfgott, President
Christen Graham, Vice President
President, Giving Strong
Christen leads Giving Strong, a social impact consulting firm. A North Yarmouth resident for more than a dozen years she and her family provided a forever home to Lance, a yellow lab they adopted from Midcoast Humane. I joined the board to help create different ways to make life better for the animals and their people in our communities.
Liana S. Kingsbury, Treasurer
Director, Nonprofit Agency Funds, Maine Community Foundation
As the Director of Nonprofit Agency Funds at the Maine Community Foundation, Liana works with other nonprofit organizations that have transferred assets to MaineCF for investment management. Prior to joining the community foundation, Liana was a tax manager at large local accounting firm in Seattle, WA. Liana joined the board of Midcoast Humane in 2009 has been serving as the organization’s treasurer since 2010.
Mary Williamson, Secretary
Senior Planner, L.L.Bean
25+ years with L.L. Bean across various divisions including Business Analysis, Process Transformations and Omni-channel Forecasting. Mary lives in Yarmouth and for her, it’s all about the animals! After adopting a dog, Mary volunteered with Midcoast Humane and co-chaired Paws for Cause event/fundraiser. When? She then Joined the Midcoast Humane board to help the animals, improving both their lives and their humans’ lives.
President, Mary Fifield Associates
Mary has served on Midcoast Humane’s Board since 2015. She discovered her love of animals when she was asked in fifth grade by an elderly neighbor to be the regular after-school playmate of her two lively cats, and went on to be the two-legged mother to a long succession of felines, including one Siamese that only pretended to be a cat (she was actually a dog), and a Guatemalan feral cat. She continues to do nonprofit leadership work selectively, and has advised a 50-state spay-neuter initiative since early 2015. Earlier, Mary was a political press secretary and network news producer for many years. She ran a 20-person strategic consulting firm in Boston for 16 years before moving to Portland in 2011. She travels regularly to the West Coast to visit her daughter Molly; whose mother she is lucky to be.
Vice President of Institutional Advancement, MECA
Moving to Maine was the fulfillment of a dream for Matt, his wife Karen, an elementary school art teacher and graphic designer, and their beloved dog Franklin. Matt and Karen, who welcomed their son Stone while here in Maine, most enjoy spending time with their friends and family but love tending to their chickens, snuggling with their adopted dog Caspian (a Great Pyrenees / Golden mix) and finding ways to participate in the life of the region and community. Matt is the Vice President of Institutional Advancement of the Maine College of Art, where he oversees fundraising, marketing communications, and the college’s Artist-at-Work program. He transitioned to the field of education after starting his career as a management consultant in Washington DC and San Francisco.
Vice-President/Business Officer, Mechanics Savings Bank
Justin has served as a commercial loan officer for over seven years along the Maine Coast, currently working for Mechanics Savings Bank out of Brunswick, ME. Justin resides in Lisbon, ME with his wife, along with Capone (dog) and Lily (cat). Justin joined the Midcoast Humane Board due to his passion for pets and connecting them with loving homes, along with being able to join an organization where he felt he could make an impact.
Bicycle Coalition of Maine
Bill resides in Harpswell where he actively pursues his interest in photography. Professionally, Bill held leadership positions for an investment research group focused on the industrial sector. Before moving to Harpswell in 2010, Bill and his wife Beth lived in Freeport where Bill served on the Town Council and was a trustee of the Freeport Historical Society. In addition to serving on the board of Midcoast Humane, Bill also serves on the board of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, a statewide organization promoting cycling and pedestrian safety.
Dr. Kathleen Reed
Kathleen Reed, M.D. lives in Midcoast Maine. Since retirement as an Internist, she has turned her energies to full-time volunteer work. She is deeply committed to Health and Education. Her love of animals and their benefit to people’s well-being makes her work here a natural fit.
After almost fifty years in the institutional investment business, Evan has been enjoying a diversified life based in Harpswell for eleven years. He has a labor/management arbitration and mediation practice, works with nonprofit boards to maximize their fundraising success, and trains dogs to be healthy and loving members of the family. Evan is a dog lover and swears he speaks dog. Just ask Maizie, Kiki, and Gibbs, his three rescue dogs. He has been active with Midcoast Humane for three years. He is a volunteer firefighter, loves to play the guitar, and spend time with his wife, Ronnie, their 5 children and 10 grandkids.