Julie Redding, LCPC, is the Clinical Director of the Community Caring Collaborative (CCC). A native of Washington County, Julie earned a bachelor’s degree at the University of Maine, Orono and a Master of Clinical Psychology Degree at St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont. Julie has worked in children’s mental health as a Home/Community Therapy (65M) therapist and as an outpatient child and adolescent therapist for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township, ME. While working for the Tribe, Julie developed prevention programs for children, served as the Program Manager for the Tribal Maine Families expansion, as well as the Young Child Wellness Expert for the first year of the SAMHSA systems of care grant, Project LAUNCH. Julie joined the CCC in the fall of 2015 as a consultant for the Early Childhood Consultation and Outreach (ECCO) program and was invited to oversee the program and serve as Clinical Director of the collaborative in the summer of 2016. Julie lives with her husband, son and black lab, and enjoys spending time with family, taking advantage of the beauty and character of Washington County and its people.
Lyn Mikel Brown grew up in Vanceboro and Calais, and came to the CCLC Board through her support of TREE.
Lyn is a Professor of Education at Colby College and co-creator of the Waterville-based nonprofit, Hardy Girls Healthy Women. She is passionate about the power and potential of youth activism and civic engagement, and her scholarship focuses on understanding the conditions that enable healthy resistance and dissent in the face of oppression. She the author of six books on gender and youth voice, the most recent a field guide for supporting youth activists. When she’s not teaching or doing research, Lyn oversees the blog, PBG (Powered By Girl) and develops programs and trainings for SPARK Movement, a girl-fueled, intergenerational social change organization.
She and her partner, Mark Tappan, daughter Maya, two dogs and three cats, spend summers in Alexander on Pleasant Lake.
Frank holds a PhD in the Sociology of Science, and teaches interdisciplinary courses at Lesley University, MA including: “Native North Americans,” “History of an Island: Cape Breton,” “A History of Science: The Emergence of Western Scientific Thought,” and “Complementary, Integrative, and Alternative Medicine.” He has a particular interest in looking at health as it is applied in areas of popular culture, and the conflicts between scientific and non-western conceptions of healing. Since the summer of 1989 when he spent a year living at a Navajo trading post, Frank has participated in many Navajo healing rituals.
From 1972-1992 Frank lived in Downeast Lubec, Maine, and in 1978 he co-founded the National Audubon Society Expedition Institute (AEI), a radical alternative to mainstream education involving a year of accredited travel/study. Frank directed environmental field studies in nearly every wilderness area, national park, and national forest in the lower forty-eight states, and was in a supervisory role in the administration of programs, and responsible for faculty committees, public relations, program design, outreach, faculty development and evaluation, and curriculum design.
Besides trying to convey a deep respect for nature and the Earth’s living system, Frank’s expedition responsibilities included outdoor skills in canoeing, cross-country skiing, winter camping, backpacking and hiking, snorkeling, mountaineering, group dynamics and facilitation, orienteering, caving, and wilderness medicine.
Damon was raised in Trescott and attended local schools. He received a B.A. in Politics from Oberlin College, where he cultivated a commitment to community engagement. He was involved in the leadership of the housing and dining cooperatives, and he also helped found the Oberlin College Dialogue Center, the mediation center at the college.
After graduating from college, Damon returned to Downeast Maine to begin a career in education. He has taught at Shead High School in Eastport since 2002. He currently teaches social studies, but he is also certified to teach math at both the middle school and high school levels.
Damon is a member of Shead’s leadership team, and he has served for many years as the president of the local teacher’s union. In the fall of 2016, he collaborated with a team of parents, teachers, and administrators to develop a proposal that was named a finalist in the nationwide XQ Super School competition, which sought to identify and fund innovative school reforms.
Damon also teaches and co-coordinates a summer youth sailing program and enjoys small roles in Stage East theater productions.
He lives in Eastport with his partner, Molly McDonald.
Indian TWP, ME
Wayne Newell was born at Sipayik (Pleasant Point) in eastern Maine. Wayne is a storyteller and singer of Passamaquoddy music. He speaks the Passamaquoddy language fluently. Educated at the local schools, he eventually went on to earn his Master’s degree in the field of education from Harvard University. Wayne’s first love is the preservation of the Passamaquoddy language. In 1971, he directed the first bilingual and bicultural education program for the Passamaquoddy Tribe. This program included the introduction of a writing system for the Passamaquoddy language. He has authored and co-authored over forty books written in the Passamaquoddy/Maliseet language. Wayne is a leader within the Passamaquoddy community and is Director of Bilingual and Bicultural Program and Curricular Development for the Passamaquoddy schools. Active in politics, education and business, Wayne dedicates his life to inter-human understanding so that human beings of all cultures can work together cooperatively. Wayne is a co-founder of CCLC and served on the board from 2001 through 2010.
Sarah’s Downeast roots go back to her great-grandparents who lived in Robbinston on the St. Croix estuary at the turn of the nineteenth century. She has spent 99% of her summers at a camp that her great-grandfather built early in the 1900’s.
Because of her love of Downeast Maine, she and her husband Paul moved to Robbinston in 2012 after buying and refurbishing her ancestor’s farmhouse property and house. Sarah and Paul have two daughters, Kate and Claire, who live in Minneapolis.
Sarah is the founding partner of Strategic Wisdom Partners, a Maine-based organizational consulting practice that offers services to a wide range of non-profit organizations during significant leadership and strategic transitions. She has over thirty years of governance, executive, operations and consulting experience in the non-profit sector. In addition to CCLC, Sarah serves on the boards of the Maine Women’s Fund, the Altrupreneurial Leadership Center, The Robbinston Historical Society, and the Center for Earth Wisdom. She is passionate about all things “Downeast” including CCLC!
Currently employed part time as the Community Planner for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point, Newell helps coordinate research and develop lines of funding for the Tribe with the twin goals of community economic development and job creation. Newell is also an Information Technology (IT) specialist who has expertise with all aspects of computer hardware and software. Over the past 15 years, Lewey has trained many Tribal entities and individual clients in the use and functioning of various office products, personal computers, and networks.
Newell is also a part time language Immersion apprentice for the Passamaquoddy Immersion School. Language learning and teaching has been a lifelong dream that is coming true – Newell is currently in graduate school at M.I.T. in a two year Master’s program focused on Indigenous Languages. This will benefit him greatly in years to come when teaching the language.
Newell is serving his second elected term as Tribal Councilor for the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribe. The Council is the sole governmental structure for the Tribe and works to effect positive change for all who live in Sipayik. The Tribal Council is responsible for the development and implementation of policy and procedural issues. Lewey’s experience as a Councilor has taught him that good governance requires careful attention to the will of the people and a commitment to listen very carefully.
In describing himself, Lewey writes, “I am a father and grandfather who is concerned about my families’ future and that of all the generations of all our People who are yet to come. I have been in recovery and following the traditional ways of the Passamaquoddy for more than 29 years. In the past I have done work and volunteered with Native youth in many summer camp and fitness programs. I have also been a mentor and coach to Native youth in three Native American Olympic Games (Vancouver, Winnipeg and Denver, CO). I have also participated in and help coordinate more than 10 sacred runs which were done in an effort to unite the Wabanaki people of the Northeast. I have done some volunteering at a few of the Maine Correctional Institutions in order to support the recovery of Native American prisoners.”
John Heald has been living on the Midcoast of Maine for the last six years. For thirty five years, he had a successful career managing international paper, packaging and printing companies. Since his retirement, he has been involved with committee work on several for-profit boards, including Cobscook Bay Company, as well as non-profit boards like the CCLC, United Cerebral Palsy, Preble Street and Common Good Ventures. John is also involved in his son’s energy efficiency investment business.
John became involved in the CCLC by a recommendation from Janet Taylor of the C.F. Adams Charitable Trust three years ago, who suggested he visit our campus. John felt like he had come home to the work he had been involved in years ago with his wife as a VISTA volunteer. He recognized the same commitment to community health and development and the near identical challenges and opportunities.
When not engaged in board duties, John likes to hike and walk and spend time with his grandson.
Jane is the Staff Assistant for UNE NORTH, the Institute for North Atlantic Studies at University of New England in Portland, Maine. Jane has been busy making preparations for UNE NORTH’s first cohort of Professional Science Master's students studying Ocean Foods Systems in rural communities here in Maine and in countries across the North Atlantic and Arctic.
David Ray was born and raised in a large family in Eastport. His dad was the son of Lebanese immigrants who moved to Eastport to try to participate in the anticipated, but unfulfilled, promise of economic development from the proposed Quoddy Dam project in the late 1930’s. His mom was a Lubec girl with a Downeast heritage and relatives on both sides of the border. Together, they raised six children in Eastport. David considers Eastport his home and has a deep affinity for the area and the people of Washington County. He has never missed a 4th of July celebration in Eastport.
David graduated from Shead Memorial High School in Eastport, the University of Maine at Orono and Cornell Law School. Admitted to practice law in Maine in 1977, David worked as an associate in the litigation department of a large Portland, Maine law firm until 1980, when he was appointed Law Clerk to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine. After completing his clerkship, he became Staff Counsel and Assistant to U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell. After two years in Washington, D.C., David returned to Portland to practice law specializing in construction law and litigation. David retired from active practice in 2016.
David currently lives in Yarmouth, Maine with his wife, Kay, and their daughter, Cyrilla. David is a strong supporter of quality education for all of Maine’s children and served for 12 years on the School Committee for the Yarmouth School District. He continues to volunteer in the schools and is currently serving on the Yarmouth Facilities Committee. David is also active and on the board of the Royal River Community Players, a community theater group in Yarmouth dedicated to providing an opportunity for area residents of all ages to participate in local theater. David also serves on the Board of Directors for the Yarmouth Historical Society. In his free time, David enjoys politics, listening to music, exercise and golf – not necessarily in that order.
Edmunds TWP, ME
Ann grew up in Vermont and graduated from South Burlington High School in 1977 and Middlebury College in 1981. Shortly after graduating from college she found herself in Sierra Leone, West Africa, serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer working with elementary school teachers. After two years in West Africa, she found much of the first world unsettling so she found Washington County and settled here. One of the first people Ann met in Washington County was Alan Furth. In 1983, Ann volunteered in Alan’s fourth grade classroom and enjoyed the wonderful relationship he and his students shared. By 1985, Ann began working as a teacher at Charlotte Elementary School. She has worked there since with a six year hiatus during which she parented her daughter Sophia and son William. She currently teaches the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Ann was married to Christopher Guida until his death in 2016. She still lives on their farm in Edmunds, Maine.