Anne Ball – Project Director, Grants to Green; Program Coordinator, Healthy Maine Streets – 207.512-4906
Anne joined the Foundation in 2012 as a consultant to coordinates the Maine Downtown Center's newest initiatives - a three-year CDC Community Transformation Grant known as Healthy Maine Streets (HMS) and Grants to Green Maine, in partnership with Maine Community Foundation and Efficiency Maine. Anne has worked in Maine on other multi–sector projects including serving as the Cultural and Heritage Tourism Coordinator for DECD for 6 years. In addition, Anne has served as a consultant to many organizations in Maine including: Maine Preservation, Maine Humanities Council, Maine State Museum and private architecture firms and communities. Anne has a BS from St. Lawrence University and an MA in Historic Preservation from Boston University.
Lorain Francis – Senior Program Director – 207.626.3117
Lorain joined the Foundation in 2013. Lorain is responsible for the Maine Downtown Center and serves as Maine’s State Coordinator to the National Main Street Center. She was the founding Executive Director and Main Street Manager of Rockland Main Street, Inc. A skilled community collaborator she brings Chamber of Commerce experience to the position. Lorain is a native of Fairport, New York where she owned a successful small business on Main Street. She worked on the team to bring the downtown revitalization program, The Fairport Village Partnership to the community while serving as President of the Fairport/ Perinton Merchant’s Association. Her corporate sales experience is in the semiconductor industry. Lorain is a graduate of Maine’s MidCoast Leadership Academy and the Upsilon class of Leadership Maine.
Danielle Hague - Program Assistant I - 207.626.3122
Danielle joined MDF in 2014. She supports Leadership Maine, the Maine Downtown Center, and the office in general. Prior to joining MDF, Danielle worked for six years as the office manager/chiropractic assistant for Full Circle Health & Wellness and has over 15 years of administrative experience. She is a certified chiropractic assistant and a certified cosmotologist.
Dianne Heino – Executive Assistant – 207.626.3120
Dianne rejoined the Foundation in 1998. Dianne supports the Leadership Maine recruitment and alumni program, Maine Employers' Initiative, the Alfond Scholarship Foundation,and is the office database specialist. Dianne previously worked for MDF for a total of ten years as bookkeeper and an administrative assistant. She has an Associates Degree from the University of Maine at Augusta.
Laura Hudson – Program Director – 207.626.3124
Laura’s background is in marketing, human resources and economic and community development. Most recently she spent twelve years working in the banking industry managing an inhouse advertising department and the human resources department of a 100-person institution. Her duties included all aspects of customer, employee and community relations. While working for the Department of Economic and Community Development, she was the liaison between the administration and the business sector in Kennebec and Somerset counties, providing a link between the two from programs to access and advocating on behalf of their needs as a business development specialist. She comes back to MDF after twenty years, where she worked on the Policy Leaders Academy and the Blaine House Conference(s) on Small Business and the Plus + Campaign for then-Governor Angus King. Laura has a BS in Marketing Management and a Master’s in Business Administration from Thomas College. She is a graduate of the National School of Banking and Kennebec Leadership Institute.
Ryan Neale – Program Director – 207.626.3119
Ryan joined MDF in 2010 and is program director for the Maine Economic Growth Council and co-director for the Policy Leaders Academy. Ryan also works on various research projects and MDF programs. Prior to joining MDF, Ryan worked in the Washington, D.C. office of Senator Olympia Snowe, and in human resources in the private sector. Ryan received his Bachelors Degree in Political Science from the University of Maine, and his Masters Degree in Community Planning and Development from the Muskie School of Public Policy at the University of Southern Maine, where he interned for a number of organizations throughout the state.
Amertah Perman - Chief Operating Officer - 207.626.3113
Amertah’s background is in interdisciplinary programming, adult learning, and program design, delivery, and evaluation. She has over eight years of program design, event coordination, project management, and operations experience. Amertah spent six years working within higher education in NY, CA, and, most recently, Maine. Her higher education experience focused on adult learners in the continuing education/professional development realm, connecting academic and noncredit programming to community need as well as working within online program design, faculty development, and community outreach. Amertah leads MDF’s Next Step Maine Employers’ Initiative and Adult Learner Resources (nextstepmaine.org) and works across MDF programming applying her project management and operations experience to support organizational effectiveness. Focused on promoting learning at the participant, staff, program, and organizational levels, she brings a learning lens to the conversation. Amertah is a graduate of Medomak Valley High School in Waldoboro, ME and received her BA in Interpersonal Intercultural Communication from SUNY New Paltz and her MA in International Education & Administration from SIT Graduate Institute.
Amanda Roggio – Program Assistant II/Technology Manager – 207.626.3121
Amanda re-joined the Foundation in 2003. Amanda works with the Realize Maine Network and supports the Maine Downtown Center, Leadership Maine, Policy Leaders Academy, and oversees the website and social media. Amanda also designs promotional materials and manages the office's technology. Amanda previously worked for the Foundation for a total of three years as an administrative assistant and served in the Maine Army National Guard and the Army.