Staff & Board

Staff

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Tony Cipollone

President and CEO

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Nicole Witherbee

Chief Program Officer

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Michael Bevilacqua

Chief Financial Officer

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Sara Gagne-Holmes

Senior Program Associate

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Jennifer Beck

Program Associate

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Lauralee Raymond

Program Associate

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Elizabeth Pope

Communications and Research Associate

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Erin Clark

Administrative Assistant

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Alyssa Knoernschild

Administrative Assistant/Receptionist

Tony Cipollone

Tony Cipollone became President and CEO of the John T. Gorman Foundation on August 1, 2011. Prior to that he was the Vice President for Civic Sites and Initiatives at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where he worked in senior leadership for over 20 years. Over the course of his career at Casey, Tony established the foundation's grant making strategies in education as well as in evaluation and policy research.

For more than a decade he also was responsible for Casey's KIDS COUNT Initiative and its national network of state-level policy advocates. In addition, he managed the foundation's efforts to use strategic communications to advance Casey's lessons and its messages.

In recent years, he led efforts associated with two significant sets of community change investments in Baltimore and Atlanta, each seeking to help deeply challenged neighborhoods through grants and social investments aimed at increasing economic opportunities for parents, improving the quality of schools and early learning centers for children, promoting housing quality and affordability, and physically transforming the community. Tony received his doctorate in Administration, Planning and Social Policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Nicole Witherbee

Before coming to the Foundation, Nicole founded and managed a consulting firm where she helped clients with research, evaluation, and program design.

Her previous work experience also included analyzing federal budget impacts for the Maine Center for Economic Policy, directing policy for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, acting as the Interim Government Affairs Director for the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, tenant organizing for the Central Mass Housing Alliance, and lobbying for the Coalition to Preserve Affordable Housing.

Nicole taught Research Methods, Critical Thinking about Social Issues and Social Movements at the University of Southern Maine and Salem State. She also taught Public Policy and Research at Bates College. Nicole has a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University. She is also on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Greater Portland.

Michael Bevilacqua

Michael is a finance and operations professional with 20+ years of non-profit experience. Prior to joining the Foundation, Michael worked as CFO & Chief Operating Officer of United Way of Greater Portland. Before this, Michael worked as Controller for the Maine State Housing Authority and Supervising Senior Accountant at KPMG where he specialized in non-profit and other governmental organizations.

Michael is a board member and Vice Chair of the Park Danforth, a senior housing community, a member of the Maine Board of Delta Dental and member of the Mitchell Institute Investment Committee. 

Sara Gagne-Holmes

Prior to joining the Foundation, Sara served for eight years as the executive director of Maine Equal Justice Partners, a nonprofit civil legal aid and advocacy organization representing individuals with low income in the courts, before administrative agencies and in the legislature.

Sara’s previous work experience includes serving as Deputy Legal Counsel and as a Senior Policy and Legal Advisor for the Office of Health Policy and Finance in Governor Baldacci's Administration; working as an associate at PretiFlaherty’s Augusta office where she focused on health care law; and serving as a law clerk for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.  She earned her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law and her B.A. from Bowdoin College.  She is a board member of the Maine Health Access Foundation.

Jennifer Beck

Jennifer has more than 10 years of experience developing and evaluating programs and initiatives in the education, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Jennifer founded and led an independent consulting practice specializing in evaluating strategies to support positive outcomes for vulnerable children, youth, and families. Focus areas included early childhood and elementary education, out-of-school education models, and youth development initiatives. She was a full-time professor at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas for 11 years, and led multiple initiatives to improve outcomes for college student access, readiness, and completion.

She earned her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and her B.A. from the University of New Hampshire.

Lauralee Raymond

Lauralee has over 10 years of non-profit and public policy experience. She was the Legislative Director at the Maine Department of Labor where she directed public policy regarding worker protections, unemployment, employment opportunities and statistics as well rehabilitation services for Maine workers.

Prior to the Maine Department of Labor, she was the Director of Public Affairs at the Maine Women’s Policy Center and Lobby working on improving the lives of women and girls through public policy initiatives and leadership development. Lauralee grew up in Northern Maine, attended Bates College and is a huge advocate of anything Maine.

Elizabeth Pope

Elizabeth has over 10 years of experience in the non-profit, government, and academic sectors. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was the Director of Research and Operations at Idealware, an organization based in Portland that provides research, training, and publications about the technology industry for non-profits. Her background also includes consulting and content development for non-profits and foundations.  Before moving to Maine, Elizabeth was the Assistant Director of the Center for Oral History at Columbia University, and also worked for the National Archives’ New York City branch.

Elizabeth holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a M.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Erin Clark

Erin has worked in non-profit office and project administration for the past 13 years. Prior to joining the Foundation, she was Assistant to the Director of Engage Maine, a coalition of non-profit organizations concerned with civic engagement and advancing public policies that benefit all Mainers.

A Maine native, Erin is a former Maine Women’s Policy Center board member and has served on a governor-appointed commission to study state purchasing.

Alyssa Knoernschild

Alyssa graduated from the University of Vermont in 2010 with a BA in Psychology. Prior to joining the Foundation, she worked at a non-profit agency in Pittsburgh, PA that provided a variety of mental health services to high-risk children and adolescents. She also has volunteer experience with the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. 

Alyssa is currently pursuing a Masters of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics. As a new resident in the state of Maine, she is eager to explore the area and become actively involved in the Portland community. 

Board of Directors

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Shawn O. Gorman

Chairman of the Board

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Jeffrey J. Gorman

Vice Chairman of the Board

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Weston Bonney

Treasurer

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Martha (“Meg”) Greene

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Richard W. Petersen

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Anne Dinsmore

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Maggie Christie Keohan

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Irving Isaacson

Shawn O. Gorman

Shawn Gorman was appointed Chairman of the Board of L.L.Bean in 2013 succeeding his uncle Leon Gorman, L.L.Bean’s grandson who served as Board Chair for nearly 40 years.  Shawn’s L.L.Bean career began in 1991, as an Advertising Analyst.  In the years that followed, he earned a succession of promotions including Manager of International Marketing Operations, Director of Advertising and Partnership Marketing, Vice President of Card Services and Direct to Business, and Senior Vice President of Brand Communications.

After joining L.L.Bean’s newly formed E-commerce department, Shawn introduced the company to online and email marketing.  E-commerce at Bean has since outgrown traditional catalog marketing to become the company’s dominant marketing channel.  His early involvement in L.L.Bean’s International business helped launch the brand in Japan.  During his tenure as Vice President of Card Services, Shawn built the L.L.Bean Credit Card program to be one of the most successful retail co-branded cards in the industry.  In his role as Senior Vice President of Brand Communications, Shawn integrated L.L.Bean brand communications across the company’s multiple retail channels assuring consistency and improved customer focus.

Shawn was born in Haverhill, Massachusetts and grew up in Exeter, New Hampshire. He completed his secondary education at Brooks School in North Andover, Massachusetts and graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in English. Shawn has also completed executive programs at the Wharton School of Business as well as the Kellogg School of Management. 

He is active in a variety of community affairs, serving on the United Way of Greater Portland Board of Directors. Shawn also chairs the Board of the John T. Gorman Foundation, a charitable organization established by his late uncle, Tom Gorman. The Foundation donates millions of dollars each year to Maine-based community programs and projects. He is a former trustee with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, where he completed two courses, and is an active member and contributor to several outdoor and conservation oriented non-profit organizations.

From a young age, a love of the outdoors was instilled in Shawn.  As his great-grandfather L.L. believed, Shawn also believes that time spent in the outdoors truly adds to the quantity and quality of one’s life. Today, he continues his outdoor experiences and love of the outdoors with his own family, fishing, hiking, hunting, skiing, paddling and camping. 

Jeffrey J. Gorman

Jeff is a nephew of Tom Gorman and a lifetime member of the Board. Jeff is a pilot for JetBlue Airways and serves on the L.L.Bean Board of Directors, as well as the L.L.Bean Compensation and Audit Committees.

Jeff has served on numerous committees and organizations within the aviation and airline industry for the last 20 years.

Weston Bonney

Weston has served on the John T. Gorman Foundation Board since 1995. Wes retired as President and CEO of Peoples Heritage Financial Group (now TD Bank). Since retirement, Wes has served as a bank consultant for TD Bank and as a volunteer consultant for several banks in Bulgaria, Romania, Mongolia and Macedonia. Wes has a long history of serving on for-profit and non- profit boards.

A number of the non-profit boards on which he has served include: Bates College, for which he is a Trustee Emeritus, Maine State Board of Education, The Muskie School of Public Service, Maine Development Foundation, Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education, The Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, Maine Maritime Museum, Kents Hill School, Youth and Family Outreach, Lawrence General Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital.

Martha (“Meg”) Greene

Meg served as the Foundation’s Managing Director for the past decade. Meg is a senior partner of the firm of Brann & Isaacson, where she specializes in sophisticated estate planning and charitable giving. Meg also served as the Chair of the Maine Philanthropy Center.

Meg is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Richard W. Petersen

Rich is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Maine Medical Center. Prior to his appointment as President and CEO, Rich served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Maine Medical Center.

Rich serves on the Board of Cheverus High School, Spring Harbor Hospital and the Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges. He is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Anne Dinsmore

Anne served as President and Executive Director for the Great Bay Foundation, a Maine Foundation whose grant-making supported children, families and communities, from 2009 until late 2013. Before her time with Great Bay, Anne had a 20-year career at UNUM, working in various management roles before retiring in 1999 as the Senior Vice-President, Disability Benefits Organization.  After she left UNUM, but previous to her work at Great Bay, Anne also functioned as Executive Director for Hospice of Southern Maine during their critical start-up phase.

A former board member of The Opportunity Alliance and Maine Philanthropy Center, Anne has also served as President of Youth Alternatives’ Board and Vice President of Community Health Services’ Board.  Additionally, while at UNUM she was a trustee for the UNUM Foundation.

Anne received her BS in Business Administration from Westbrook College/USM and completed Executive Programs in Financial Management /Organizational Development and Executive Human Resource Strategy at Columbia University and the University of Michigan, respectively.

Maggie Christie Keohan

Maggie advises high net-worth individuals and institutional clients throughout New England from Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s office in Boston. Previously, Maggie managed multimillion-dollar reform projects with non-profit institutions in the former Soviet Union for the US Agency for International Development and the International Finance Corporation, an arm of the World Bank. 

Maggie received an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  She earned a B.A. with honors in Russian Studies from Amherst College, where she was a Samuel Wally Brown Scholar.  In addition to serving on the board of the John T. Gorman Foundation, Maggie serves on the investment committee of the Maine Community Foundation.  Originally from Freeport, ME, Maggie now lives in Hingham, MA with her husband and two sons.

Irving Isaacson

Irving is a board member emeritus. Irving was a good friend of Tom Gorman, and assisted him in creating the Foundation in 1995. Irving is the senior partner of Brann & Isaacson, where he has practiced since 1939.

Irving’s creative philanthropy helped lay the foundation for John T. Gorman Foundation’s strategic grant making and is evident in the grant making of his own private foundation, the L&A Fund.

Committees

Investment Committee: Maggie Keohan (Chair), Weston Bonney, Richard Petersen, Tony Cipollone, Burton Sonenstein, J.B. Sullivan