2015 Fellowship Cohort


Dan Coyne

Senior Vice President, Community Impact

United Way of Greater Portland


Kara Hay

Chief Executive Officer and President



Thomas Kivler

CCS, Director of Division of Behavioral Health

Mid Coast Hospital


Jaye Martin

Executive Director

Legal Services for the Elderly


Louise Marsden

Vice President, Family and Early Childhood Education

The Opportunity Alliance


Charley Martin-Berry

Associate Director

Community Caring Collaborative


Colin O’Neill

Associate Commissioner

Maine Department of Corrections


Rachel Spencer-Reed

Program Development Director

New Beginnings, Inc.


Libby Stone-Sterling

Assistant Director, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Maine Department of Labor


Heidi Wierman

Division Director, Geriatrics, Maine Medical Center

Maine Medical Partners

Dan Coyne

In his role at United Way of Greater Portland (UWGP), Dan provides oversees community impact efforts tied to United Way’s education, financial stability, and health related goals.  Prior to this position, Dan served for two years as Director of Financial Stability & Public Policy at UWGP, developing and implementing strategies with respect to financial stability, public policy, and advocacy related work. 

Before coming to UWGP, Dan was Legislative Director and a financial policy analyst at the Maine Center for Economic Policy from 2009-2012.  Dan has also worked as an economic development and special projects director and legislative assistant for former Congressman Tom Allen.  Dan has clerked for the Maine Supreme Judicial Court and served as a judicial intern with the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and as a Bernstein Fellow with the Maine District Court. 

He serves on the Maine Irish Heritage Center Board of Directors and the Great Schools Partnership Board of Directors, and is actively involved in various community collaborations and committees in his professional capacity, including Portland’s Community Development Block Grant Review Panel and a Continuum of Care Planning Group. Dan is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Maine School of Law.

Kara Hay

Kara started at Penquis in 2009 as the Deputy Director and Operations Manager for the Penquis Child Development Department and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Penquis in June, 2014. Kara works with the Board of Directors to refine and implement the strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, staff, and priorities are aligned with Penquis’ core mission. 

Prior to Penquis, she worked as a mental health casework supervisor for the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and as a Children's Service Coordinator providing direct services and support to families experiencing domestic violence.  Kara has also worked as a Family Therapist and a Child Development Specialist and an independent consultant, providing training and consulting services to parents, mental health providers, early childhood specialists, and nonprofit and school staff. 

She has volunteered on the Piscataquis Case Resolution Committee, a number of Child Abuse and Neglect Councils, and the Malama A Ho'opili Pono Healthy Start Project.  Kara holds a BA in theatre from the University of Maine, a BA in Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Argosy University, Hawaii. 


Thomas Kivler

As the Division Director for Behavioral Health programs, Thomas oversees inpatient and outpatient services in both mental health and addiction.  He serves on the hospital’s Accountable Care Organization (ACO) steering committee as a member of the hospital’s leadership team along with leaders from across Mid Coast Health Services to bring the behavioral and mental health perspective to the strategic plan.  Thomas works to integrate behavioral health services across the organization in the emergency department, primary care, pediatrics, women’s health and maternity and throughout the community through partnerships with law enforcement, schools and other institutions and organizations. 

Prior to this position, he worked at Sweetser in several positions including overseeing the administration of school-based therapy services, community and family support services and juvenile justice clinical teams at the two youth detention facilities in Maine.  As a trained child and family therapist, Thomas has extensive experience providing counseling, crisis intervention and mental health services to children and families.

He is currently on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Mid Coast and the Success By Six Council and has served on the Community Health and Wellness Council, Board of Directors at Independent Association, and the West Bath Drug Court team.  Thomas has an MA in Counseling Psychology from Antioch New England Graduate School and a BA in Psychology and Zoology from the University of Maine at Orono.  He has been a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC) since 1996 and a certified clinical supervisor (CCS) since 2005.

Jaye Martin

As Executive Director of Legal Services for the Elderly (LSE) since 2006, Jaye works to improve access to and the quality of legal services for the elderly across the state. LSE’s services include a statewide helpline, a statewide Medicare Part D Appeals Unit, and five area offices. 

Prior to joining LSE, Jaye was a partner at the Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett law firm in Minneapolis from 2001 to 2005, where she specialized in health law and co-chaired the firm’s Health and Nonprofit Organizations Practice Group.  Jaye was with Gray, Plant, Mooty, Mooty & Bennett for a total of twelve years.  Before becoming a lawyer, Jaye worked for over a decade in the nonprofit sector developing and managing programs and services focused on meeting the needs of people with developmental and other disabilities.

She currently serves on the Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention where she chairs the Standing Committee on Education and Awareness.  Jaye is a graduate of Iowa State University and the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, MN.  

Louise Marsden

As Vice President of Family and Early Childhood Education, Louise is responsible for oversight of program design and implementation of services for children ages 0-5 and their families.  This includes Early Head Start, Head Start, Maine Families, WIC, Parenting Education, Neighborhood Engagement, and Public Health programs. She has worked for the organization for more than 27 years assisting in its growth and development, including playing a critical role in the 2011 merger of the Peoples Regional Opportunity Program (PROP) with Youth Alternatives Ingraham to form the current Opportunity Alliance. 

Prior to this, Louise served as an assistant director at an early childhood learning center in Florida.  She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and ACCESS Cumberland County.  Louise has a BS in Child Development from the University of Maine at Orono and a Master in Science in Early Care and Education from Wheelock College. 

Charley Martin-Berry

In her role as Associate Director of the Community Caring Collaborative (CCC), Charley assists in leading this 40 partner collaboration working to improve outcomes for vulnerable populations in Washington County. She leads the design and funding efforts for a post-secondary family life skills educational opportunity for parents, called Family Futures Downeast as well as the Hope Fund, a financial resource for CCC partners working with families and young children.

Charley first joined the CCC in 2008, as the coordinator and lead teacher for the Passages high school diploma program for young parents, developed by Wayfinder Schools and offered at the time through the Cobscook Community Learning Center.  In 2011, Charley became part of the CCC’s Council, the advisory and policy-making group for the collaborative. She joined the CCC staff in 2012.  She also currently serves on the Boards of Axiom Education and Training Center and Child and Family Opportunities.  

Prior to coming to CCC, Charley worked in non-profit organizations in fundraising and administrative positions in the Blue Hill area before returning to Washington County with her family. Charley graduated from Washington Academy and the University of Maine in Orono with a degree in Anthropology and Women’s Studies. While at UMO, she spent three years coordinating a weekly support and activist group for adolescent girls in the greater Bangor area. 

Colin O’Neill

As Associate Commissioner, Colin is responsible for all juvenile field services, including all contracted community programs and treatment services, and assists in directing all treatment programming in both adult and juvenile facilities.  Prior to this position, he was the Assistant Director of Treatment where he managed juvenile field services and assisted in directing treatment services for the department. He also served as the Regional Correctional Administrator for the Maine Division of Juvenile Field Services (Region 1) where he oversaw intake, assessment, case planning and supervision for all pre-and post-adjudicatory youth in Cumberland and York Counties. 

For more than ten years he worked at Long Creek Youth Development Center, first as a Mental Health Program Coordinator and then as the Deputy Superintendent of Treatment programs where he directed all aspects of medical, mental and behavioral health and substance abuse treatment for youth in the facility.  Colin also spent 5 years at the Opportunity Farm/Wayfarer School as a clinical social worker providing counseling to boys ages 9-18. 

He has served on the Restorative Justice Institute Board of Directors, the Opportunity Farm for Boys and Girls Board of Directors, and the Yarmouth Community Services Advisory Board.  He also spends time providing services to patients and families through the Cleft Palate Clinic of Southern Maine.  He has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from St. Lawrence University and a Master in Social Work from the University of New England.

Rachel Spencer-Reed

As Program Development Director, Rachel advances New Beginnings' mission to improve the lives of homeless youth and families in crisis through program development and evaluation, grants management, and strategic planning. As part of the Agency's management team, she works closely with the Executive Director and Board of Directors. In her role as New Beginnings' first Development Director, Rachel has lead the effort to increase the agency's visibility statewide, expand philanthropy from the private sector, and launch a major building campaign for a new Youth Drop-In Center to serve disconnected and transition-age youth. 

Prior to coming to Maine, Rachel was the Children and Youth Services Manager for one of the largest family supportive housing sites in the San Francisco Bay Area where she designed and implemented a comprehensive program of academic, recreational, and therapeutic services for 250 formerly homeless children and teens.  Rachel helped create the City of Alameda’s first Youth Advisory Commission in 2007; has served on the Board of Directors for Interweave Continental, a grassroots LGBT organization; and presented about collaboration between neighborhood and school-based programs at the 2004 National Alliance to End Homelessness' "Ending Family Homelessness" conference. Rachel has a BA from Mills College.  

Libby Stone-Sterling

As Assistant Director, Libby has responsibilities ranging from personnel and human services to oversight and management of multiple areas of work including collaborative efforts with the Maine Departments of Education and Corrections, supervision of the State’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator and liaison to the Bureau of Employment Services’ Disability Employment Initiative.  She reviews, monitors and evaluates the delivery of agency services and provides guidance to the Division on issues related to youth in transition. 

Prior to this position, Libby oversaw a 3-year federal grant to improve accessibility for customers with disabilities at Maine Department of Labor’s CareerCenters.  She also worked for Maine Medical Center on a Maine Department of Education- funded grant to promote vocational opportunities for transition-age students with disabilities and has extensive experience working with youth with special education and mental health needs.

Libby is currently co-chair of the State Advisory Panel for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), and a member of Maine Administrators of Services for Children with Disabilities (MADSEC). Libby has a BA and an MA from the University of Maine and a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician III from the University of Southern Maine.  She is currently pursuing a PhD in Global Inclusion and Social Development from the University of Massachusetts - Boston. 

Heidi Wierman

In her role as division Director of Geriatrics, Heidi oversees the care of older adults across many settings, including the nursing home and assisted living division which provides care for the frailest of older adults in state.  She leads a team of interdisciplinary health care professionals and community members in the provision of the Hospital Elder Life Program, which uses volunteers to help prevent delirium and functional decline in hospitalized older adults and is a recognized center of excellence.  Heidi also oversees the assessment and monitoring of individuals with cognitive impairment at the MMC Geriatrics Center, with the goal of helping them remain as independent and happy as possible. 

In her current position Heidi directs the Geriatrics Fellowship Program and, since 2009, she has served as Assistant Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. She serves on the Hospital Elder Life Program National Board of Directors, the Home Health Visiting Nurses Board of Directors, the Community Physicians of Maine, and the Dirigo Maine Geriatrics Society.  

Heidi is a member of the American Geriatrics Society, the American College of Physicians and the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs.  Heidi graduated with a BS in Chemistry from the University of Oregon and received her MD from Oregon Health Sciences University.  She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Maine Medical Center and was a Geriatrics Fellow at the University of Rochester.