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Anne Ball - Program Director, Maine Downtown Center 207.512.4906, aball@mdf.org
Anne became Program Director in 2016. She originally joined the Foundation in 2012 as a consultant to coordinate Healthy Maine Streets, a three-year CDC Community Transformation Grant and Grants to Green Maine, a partnership with Maine Community Foundation and Efficiency Maine. Previously Anne was the Cultural and Heritage Tourism Coordinator for DECD and has consulted for many organizations 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.

Yellow Light Breen - President & CEO - 207.626.3112, yellow@mdf.org
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.

Sarah Curran – Program Director for the Maine Forest Economy – 207.626.3116, scurran@mdf.org
Sarah joined the Foundation in 2016 as Program Director for the Maine Forest Economy, a three-year federal grant to support collaborative industry and community efforts to strengthen and revitalize Maine’s forest products industry and reinvest in rural communities impacted by recent mill closures. Sarah has more than a decade of community and economic development experience working with Maine communities and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining MDF, Sarah was a Senior Planner with Planning Decisions, Inc. a Maine-based research and planning firm. Sarah has a Master's Degree in Community Planning and Development from the Muskie School for Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.

Kate Foye – Manager of Program Support and Events – 207.626.3121, kfoye@mdf.org
Kate joined MDF in 2016 as the Manager of Program Support and Events. Kate works to guide and deliver program events, logistics, and coordination for Policy Leaders Academy. She also handles recruitment, alumni engagement, fundraising, and events for Leadership Maine. Previously, Kate worked as a Field Organizer on the Hillary for America Campaign and spent five years working at the Hyde School in the Family Education Department as well as in the Development & Alumni Relations Department. Kate holds a degree from Southern Maine Community College in Hospitality Management, and a Business Administration degree from Southern New Hampshire University. Kate lives in Brunswick, and loves to spend time with her husband and three sons.

Dianne Heino – Executive Assistant – 207.626.3120, dheino@mdf.org
Dianne rejoined the Foundation in 1998. Dianne supports the Leadership Maine recruitment and alumni program, Next Step 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.

Michael Higgins – Program & Special Projects Manager – 207.520.0427, mhiggins@mdf.org
Mike joined the Foundation in October 2015 as a consultant to assist with Policy Leaders Academy, our experiential learning program for Maine Legislators, and our Adult Learner and Workforce Initiatives. Mike has spent his career working in Maine’s public and nonprofit sectors. He served as nonpartisan staff to the Maine Legislature for 6 years, as a senior official at the Maine Department of Education, and as a senior executive at Spurwink Services in Portland for nearly 15 years. He is an experienced executive, policy analyst and fundraiser. Mike was raised in rural Maine and educated in the University of Maine System, from which he holds an undergraduate degree in English from USM and a graduate degree in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service. Mike has served on a number of local and statewide boards, including the Coalition for Excellence in Education, the Maine Compact for Higher Education, and the Institute for Civic Leadership. Mike lives in Raymond with his wife, Judy Ryan.

Jan Kearce – VP of Program Impact - 207.626.3123, jkearce@mdf.org
Jan joined the Foundation April of 2017. She is a change leader, strategic partner, facilitator and coach who brings deep passion and experience to her work with leaders, teams and organizations. Perhaps equal to Jan’s depth of passion and experience is her commitment to building leadership capacity and operational excellence that leads to sustainable, thriving organizations and communities. Jan has over 30 years of experience working with leaders and teams. She has worked within and across-sectors and geography in her leadership roles with organizations focused on manufacturing, outdoor education, the environment, leadership and consulting. Jan has led organizations and initiatives that have focused on quality, safety and operational excellence; designing great places to work; strategic and fundraising planning; creating an internal training institute; multi-location mergers; developing regional and statewide leadership; and engaging millennial leaders in local communities. Jan has a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia; a Master’s Degree in Human Resource / Organizational Development from American University and NTL;Leadership Coaching certification from Georgetown University; and is both a graduate of and current Program Director of MDF’s Leadership Maine and past Program Director of the ICL and now Lift360’s Leadership Intensive.

Ryan Neale – Program Director – 207.626.3119, rneale@mdf.org
Ryan joined MDF in 2010 and oversees the Foundation's economic research and reporting. He is Program Director for the Maine Economic Growth Council, oversees the Making Maine Work report series, and is co-director of the Policy Leaders Academy. Prior to joining MDF, Ryan worked in Washington, D.C. for Senator Olympia Snowe. 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.

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