Community Conversations

Please click on one of the dates to join us for a series of Community Conversations: 

Sunday, Dec 6 - Augusta
Monday, Dec 7 - Ogunquit 
Tuesday, Dec 8 - Ellsworth
Thursday, Dec 10 - Bangor
Tuesday, Dec 15 - Lewiston*
Wed, Dec 16 - Portland**

* Note: The Lewiston / Auburn Community Coversation was originally scheduled for Wednesday, Dec 10 but due to the massive snowstorm it has been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 15. 

**Note: The Portland Community Conversation was previously scheduled for Tuesday, Dec 15 but is being rescheduled to accommodate for the Downeast Pride Alliance event the same night.  

Board of Directors

Matt Dubois, Board President

Matthew Dubois, Esq., Board President, is a named partner at the law firm of Vogel & Dubois in Portland. Matt focuses his practice on elder law, planning for aging and retirement and planning for gay, lesbian and transgender individuals, couples and families. Matt is also the chair of the Maine State Bar Association Elder Law Section and is on the board of AIDS Lodging House, Portland. His publications about LGBT elders include "Aging Concerns of Gay and Lesbian Couples" (ABA GPSOLO magazine, July/August 2008); "Legal Concerns of LGBT Elders" (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Aging, Research and Clinical Perspectives); "Elder Law: Answers for Gay and Lesbian Elders" (Maine Lawyers' Review, January 8, 2003); and "Legal Planning for Gay, Lesbian, and Nontraditional Elders" (Albany Law Review, 1999). Matt lives in Scarborough with his partner David, and has served on EqualityMaine’s board since September 2004.

Barb Wood, Vice President/EqualityMaine Foundation, came out as a political activist in 1984 by hosting EqualityMaine's first mailing party. As a founding member, she helped launch our annual awards banquet and the EQME booth at the Common Ground Fair. EqualityMaine created the “Great Pioneer Award” for Barb when she was recognized for being the first openly gay or lesbian elected official in Maine. Barb served on the Portland City Council from 1988 through 1991, and was a key spokesperson for Portland’s anti-discrimination referendum.

In recent years her time has been focused on her career at L.L. Bean, renovating her condemned, but historic, Victorian home in Portland’s West End, and celebrating life after surviving ovarian cancer.

Cecelia Burnett, Vice President/EqualityMaine, walked into the EqualityMaine office a few years ago and offered to help in some small way. She walked out as chair of our annual awards dinner planning committee. Cecelia has helped plan our awards dinner for many years, volunteers for other EQME efforts whenever she can and was elected to the board in 2006. Formerly a resident of Iowa, Cecelia served three terms in the Iowa House of Representatives, concentrating her efforts on women's rights, human services issues, and the environment. After moving to Vermont in 1999, she worked as the lobbyist for Governor Howard Dean's Commission on Women, participating in that state's historic civil unions debates. In 2001 Cecelia and her partner Ann moved to Maine, where they live on 3.5 acres of wooded land in rural Gorham with their two cats. Cecelia now runs her own massage therapy practice in Scarborough and is a member of the Rainbow Business and Professional Association. In their spare time, Cecelia and Ann like to read, explore their new home state, entertain friends and family from across the country, and travel someplace interesting every year.

Fay Brodell, CPA, Treasurer, moved to Maine in 2003 with her partner, Sue Davis. Fay is the chief financial officer of SB&A in Richmond, Virginia, telecommuting from her home in Maine. Before joining SB&A, Fay worked with Cherry, Bekaert & Holland as a senior accountant and auditor for eight years; for three years thereafter she was an independent financial and tax consultant. While at Cherry, Bekaert & Holland the focus of her work was with non-profit agencies. Fay holds a BS degree in education from Lynchburg College and taught in the Lynchburg public school system before earning her second degree in accounting.

David Cohan

David Cohan is the principal of PeaksCo LLC, a commercial real estate investment, development and consulting firm. He was previously a senior investment officer for CEI Capital Management LLC, an investment management subsidiary of the Maine-based non-profit Coastal Enterprises, Inc. David also served as City of Portland’s Waterfront Asset and Development Manager for three years. A past chair of the board of the Maine Speakout Project, David is currently vice-chair of the board of the North American Friends of the Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research Institute. He is involved in a number of local community-based efforts, and has a deep history of working with LGBT-focused organizations.

Tim Diehl

Timothy Diehl was elected to the EqualityMaine board in September 2007. In his professional life he serves as the director of career planning at Bowdoin College. Before relocating to Maine in 2006, Tim was politically active in Connecticut with Love Makes a Family, the state’s public education and lobbying organization dedicated to achieving marriage equality for same-sex couples. During his volunteer tenure with Love Makes a Family, Tim served as president of the organization's PAC and as founding president of the Love Makes a Family Foundation. Tim holds a BS from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from Duke University.

Shawn LaGrega was elected to the EqualityMaine board in 2007. He is the associate director of Maine Pretrial Services, Inc, a statewide nonprofit agency that specializes in community based alternatives to incarceration. From 1996 to 1999, Shawn worked as a youth/community educator for Family Crisis Services in the Young Adult Abuse Prevention Program. His work included trainings on teen dating violence and domestic violence as well as bullying prevention programs to middle school students, faculty and staff. Shawn sits on several boards, including the Cumberland County Child Abuse and Neglect Council and The AIDS Lodging House. Shawn lives in Portland with his partner.

Dick Moll, now retired, spent most of his professional life in college admissions, first at Yale, then at Harvard, Bowdoin, Vassar and University of California at Santa Cruz. His articles about getting into college have appeared in Harper's, The New York Times, The Saturday Review, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and the College Board Review; Dick has also written two books about college admissions. He has spoken about his work on a number of television shows, including Nightline, Today, Good Morning America and The McNeil-Lehrer News Hour. Dick lives in Brunswick, where he and his partner, Wallace Pinfold, enjoy gardening, books and a bird's eye view of the Androscoggin River.

Margaret O'Connell

Margaret O'Connell was elected to the board in 2007. Before relocating to Maine in 2006, Margaret was actively involved in Connecticut with Triangle Community Center. Margaret served on several committees for TCC prior to becoming the President for TCC. Margaret’s career of over 20 years in property management brought her to Maine for her position as Vice President of Preservation Management, Inc. Margaret has a BA from Regis College in Weston, MA and a Graduate Certificate of Women’s Politics and Government from UMass Boston.

Wallace Pinfold has worked as a freelance French interpreter, interpreting for French-speaking guests of the U.S. government. He graduated from Princeton with a degree in English, spent time in the Peace Corps in West Africa and did graduate work in anthropology at Northwestern University, including two years of Fulbright-sponsored field work in Burkina Faso. In recent years, he has cut back on interpreting and grown an interest in gardening, first as an amateur, currently as a professional. In 1995 he volunteered for the Maine Won't Discriminate campaign, and worked on subsequent anti-discrimination efforts. Wallace and his partner, Dick Moll, were married in 2006. They live in Brunswick.

Ethan Strimling is finishing his third term as a state Senator from Maine's 8th District. During his time in the Senate, Ethan has served as chair of the Labor Committee, chair of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee and co-chair of Maine's Homeland Security Task Force. He is the executive director of Portland West, a non-profit social-service agency that works with at-risk kids and low-income families in Portland's West End. He joined the EqualityMaine board in 2008.

 

 

Ellis Woodward was elected to the EqualityMaine Board in April 2005. His background is in politics and finance: he worked on Jimmy Carter’s presidential campaign and also spent time on Capitol Hill. Later, he worked for a large New York corporation, doing business in Asia and Europe. After retiring to Maine in 2004, Ellis decided to become involved in community issues. His main concerns are poverty and GLBT rights. He recently became associated with a United Nations commission on poverty. Ellis is also on the board of the Point Foundation, a national organization that provides scholarships to LGBT students.

EqualityMaine at 25

This year, EqualityMaine celebrated 25 years of progress for Maine's LGBT community. Check out our 25th anniversary celebration video.

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