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Maine Volunteer Leadership Conference
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• All sessions will occur on line. Links will be sent to registrants prior to event. 
• The October 13 program can be found on "Conference Sessions" in the right sidebar menu.

The Conference planners are grateful to the following presenters for agreeing to participate:

Steve Barney, Commissioner, National Commission on Military, Public, and National Service  
Steve Barney was appointed by Senator John McCain, to serve as Commissioner on the National Commission on National, Military, and Public Service. Steve is the former General Counsel of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. He was the principal Committee staff member responsible to develop policy and authorities affecting the Department of Defense, including historic reforms of the Goldwater-Nichols Act, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, and military personnel policy.

Steve is a retired Navy Captain. His assignments included tours as Inspector General, Naval Legal Service Command, Executive Assistant to the Judge Advocate General of the Navy, and as Deputy Director, Navy Office of Legislative Affairs in Washington, DC.

He is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College, Vermont, earned a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School, Boston, and a Masters’ degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.


breenYellow Light Breen – President & CEO
Yellow’s passion is promoting economic and educational opportunity for all Mainers regardless of geography or background. He became CEO in August 2015, where he develops strategic direction, integration, and partnerships across MDF’s mission and programs.

Yellow is a sought-after public speaker with a diverse background in business, public policy, and law. He spent twelve years as an executive with Bangor Savings Bank, overseeing strategic planning, marketing, online banking, community development, and charitable activities. Prior, he was a senior official at the Maine Department of Education and an advisor to Independent Governor Angus King.

Yellow was born and raised in rural, central Maine, a product of Maine public schools, and earned undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University. He has been an active volunteer in many education and economic development efforts, including the boards of the Maine Community Foundation and Educate Maine. He previously served on the MDF Board and chaired Realize Maine, an ongoing initiative to attract, retain, and support young professionals. Yellow lives in Holden and loves to hike, swim, and ski with his wife and children.


Maryalice Crofton, Executive Director, Volunteer Maine
Maryalice joined the Volunteer Maine staff on April 1, 1995 and served as Grant Program Officer until she was appointed Director in May 1996. Maryalice's responsibilities include supporting the volunteers who serve as Commissioners, serving as liaison to external partners, strategic planning, program development, external communications, intergovernmental relations, and representing Volunteer Maine on regional and national initiatives. Each year she proctors the online Certificate in Volunteer Management course for leaders of volunteer efforts.

Crofton serves on the Public Policy Committee of America’s Service Commissions, the national association of state service commissions. In state, she is a member of the Steering Committee developing the Age-Friendly State Plan. In the community, she is a volunteer at a local hospital.

Previous work included 15 years as Executive Director of two Maine Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies, a year with USDA Cooperative Extension as evaluator of a national project, and five years with University of Connecticut Cooperative Extension. She earned her master's degree in counseling from UMaine and her bachelor's from St. Joseph College in Connecticut.


deandradeLelia DeAndrade, Vice President of Community Impact, Maine Community Foundation
Lelia L. DeAndrade is the Senior Director of Grantmaking Services at the Maine Community Foundation. She holds Ph.D. in Sociology from Syracuse University and a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard. Before joining the staff of the Maine Community Foundation, Dr. DeAndrade was the Associate Director of the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence, where she designed and delivered anti-bias programs for angry kids and misbehaving adults in a variety of settings. She moved to Maine in 1994 to teach on the faculty at Bowdoin College. She lives in Portland with her husband, a middle school special education teacher, and a teenaged son.



RevJaneFieldRev. Jane Field, Executive Director, Maine Council of Churches
Rev. Jane Field, Executive Director of the Maine Council of Churches, is an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister.  A graduate of Union Theological Seminary in New York, Field also holds an MPA from Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs and a BA in Economics and Public Policy Studies from Kalamazoo College. 

The intersection of faith, theology, social justice and public policy lie at the heart of the mission of the Maine Council of Churches, a consortium of seven mainline Protestant denominations who represent more than 430 congregations and 55,000 members in Maine whom she is proud to serve as together they seek a world where peace is built with justice and justice is guided by love. 

Jane lives in Portland with her daughter, a recent graduate of UMaine Orono, and their two Goldendoodles, Henry and Murray.


melissa heweyMelissa Hewey, Attorney, Drummond Woodsum
Melissa Hewey is a member of the Trial Services Group at the law firm of Drummond Woodsum, focusing her practice on school law, higher education law, employment matters, and general commercial litigation. She appears regularly before state and federal courts in Maine and New Hampshire, as well as administrative agencies such as the Maine Human Rights Commission and New Hampshire Department of Labor.




Rob Jackson, Director, Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd
Rob Jackson is Director of Rob Jackson Consulting Ltd, a consultancy and training company that helps engage and inspire people to bring about change. Rob has more than 25 years experience
working in the voluntary and community sector, holding a variety of strategic development and senior management roles that have focused on leading and engaging volunteers.

Rob has run his company since 2011 working with a wide range of clients in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the USA and Canada. Rob is co-author of The Complete Volunteer Management Handbook (DSC, 2012 and 2019) and From The Top Down - UK Edition (Energize Inc., 2015).


Marge Kilkelly, Policy Program Manager, Maine Primary Care Association
Marge is a public policy strategist and passionate advocate for the people and communities of rural Maine. She has directed nonprofits including Head Start, domestic violence programs, and advocacy groups. She also has worked in all levels of government, serving 16 years in the Maine Legislature, four years as a town selectman and most recently six years in DC as a Senior Policy Advisor to Senator Angus King Jr.

Kilkelly has a MS in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University. She was an Eisenhower Fellow in Central Europe studying rural economic development on the cusp of EU integration, a New England Rural Leaders fellow, a Brooks Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, and a graduate of the New England Farm Bureau leadership academy. Kilkelly and her husband, Joseph Murray, live in Dresden on Dragonfly Cove Farm, where they raise meat goats, poultry and pigs for local markets.


 Jennifer Lobley, Extension Educator, Volunteer Development
Jen Lobley, Extension Professor for 4-H and Volunteer Development, has worked for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension for 19 years. She provides direct training to Extension volunteers and helps Extension staff build their capacity to work with volunteers.

Jen currently co-chairs the National 4-H Volunteerism Charter Committee. She has co-authored several articles for peer-reviewed journals and has offered workshops on numerous volunteer development topics at local, state and national conferences.





Natalye Paquin, President, Points of Light Institute
Natalye Paquin is the president and chief executive officer of Points of Light. Prior to joining Points of Light in 2017, Natalye served as chief transformation officer at Girl Scouts of the USA, where she was responsible for strategy integration and was the key face and spokesperson for aligning and unifying the Girl Scouts federation of 112 councils around the strategy. Natalye also served five years as chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. She began her nonprofit career as chief operating officer of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, after having volunteered there.

An attorney by training, Natalye spent over 15 years in the education sector: first as a civil rights attorney with the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, and then with two of the nation’s largest school districts, Chicago Public Schools and the School District of Philadelphia. She began her legal career in private practice as a litigation attorney.

Natalye is a director of UNIVEST Corporation of Pennsylvania, and former director of National Penn Bancshares, which was acquired by BB&T. A philanthropist and committed volunteer, Natalye has served on several nonprofit boards in the arts and education and is past board chair of the Philadelphia Award Foundation.

Natalye earned a juris doctor from DePaul University College of Law and an undergraduate
degree from Florida A&M University. She was a national fellow of the Eli Broad Urban Superintendents Academy, completed executive education programs at Harvard and Loyola University Business Schools, attended the Aspen Ideas Festival as a scholar, and was a distinguished guest of the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General Civic Leaders Tour. 


Hannah Pingree, Director, Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future, State of Maine.
Hannah Pingree was appointed to lead Governor Mill’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future in January 2019. Hannah previously served as Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives from 2008 to 2010. She also served as the Maine House Majority Leader, Chair of the Committee on Health and Human Services, and as a member of the Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs during her terms in Maine Legislature from 2002 - 2010. Hannah spearheaded successful legislation on energy, broadband, housing, environmental health, and health care during her time in office.

Hannah has worked for a technology start-up in New York City, managed several family small businesses, and led the development of rural housing, energy efficiency, and eldercare projects for a coalition of community non-profits. She chaired her local school board; and served on numerous state and community non-profit boards.


Jennifer Rackow, Jenergy International
Jennifer Rackow designs and delivers training and coaching on a wide array of topics related to individual and organizational transitions. She’s spent 15 years with the Corporation for National & Community Service, bracketed by five years with a private firm as an expert consultant on volunteer engagement and strategic planning for regional and national nonprofits.

Jennifer holds certifications in Integrated Talent Management and the Science of Well-Being. She began her AmeriCorps journey as an NCCC Team Leader (Class V) and considers any day that includes supporting national service to be a good day.



 Bryan Roche, Communications Officer, Volunteer Maine
Bryan Roche is the communications officer for Volunteer Maine, the state service commission. Roche is responsible for developing strategic communications plans. He then manages the implementation of those plans with the goal of informing, educating, and disseminating information regarding available resources, programs, policies and events.

Prior to joining Volunteer Maine, Roche spent two years at a small advertising agency and also spent two-and-a-half years with the University of Southern Maine in a variety of digital communications roles. He received his BA in Journalism from the University of Maine in 2013.



Beth Steinhorn, President, VQ Volunteer Strategies
Beth partners with organizations and their leadership to increase their impact through strategic and innovative engagement. The author of multiple books and articles on strategic volunteer engagement, she is a popular speaker and trainer, known for her interactive and inspiring presentations. As a thought leader, Beth regularly participates in the national dialogue about volunteerism and engagement. As a Service Enterprise Trainer, she has also trained and supported dozens of organizations to become certified Service Enterprises.

Prior to becoming a consultant, Beth worked as an executive director and marketing director for education and faith-based organizations and spent years working with museums as an educator, manager, and anthropologist. She draws upon her anthropology experience still, helping organizations through the culture-shift process — from viewing volunteer management as a program to embracing engagement as a strategy to fulfill mission.

Michael Wisecup, VP and Harold Alfond Director of Athletics, Colby College
Michael Wisecup joined Colby College in 2018 after a 20 year career in the U.S. Navy as a SEAL Officer where he commanded special operations forces at multiple levels in both peacetime and combat.  A 1998 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he earned a master of business administration at the Indian Institute for Technology and Management in Mumbai, India as an Olmsted Scholar in 2009.  In addition to his operational experience, Michael was the Aide-de-Camp to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, GEN Martin Dempsey and served in Washington, D.C. on a Joint Interagency Task Force.  Since 2014, Michael has organized the annual SEALs for Sunshine fundraiser to support military family attendance at Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine.  He currently serves on the Camp Sunshine board and was recognized as the State of Maine Volunteer of the Year in 2019.  Michael is now the Harold Alfond Director of Athletics at Colby College, overseeing 32 varsity athletic teams and the campus recreation program.  



Ian Yaffe, Executive Director, Mano en Mano
Ian joined Mano en Mano's staff in 2010 as Executive Director. Prior to joining the team at Mano en Mano, Ian was working seasonally as Assistant Harbormaster in Massachusetts and as a cook in Colorado. He graduated from Bowdoin College in 2009 with a degree in Latin American Studies and Education and spent a semester at the Universidad de La Habana in 2008.

Since joining Mano en Mano's staff, Ian has led efforts to build affordable housing for farmworkers in Washington County, partnered with the Maine Department of Education on statewide services for migrant children/youth, as well as the annual Blueberry Harvest School. He also facilitated implementation of Mano en Mano's strategic plan alongside community, board, and staff members.

Outside of Mano en Mano, Ian is a Boatswain’s Mate 1st Class in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve and serves on the Boards of Directors of CEI and the Maine Philanthropy Center.