We have a hands-on board. They meet monthly on third Fridays from noon to 2:30 with the first hour dedicated to development work and the last hour and a half to other business. All Board members are donors at a level they are able, committing to also give or bring in the equivalent of at least one SHERO ($240) annually. Board members also participate in various fund raising events and other programs throughout the year. We currently have 11 Board members 2 of whom will be leaving in January. We can have up to 12 Board members and so will be adding 2-3 in 2014. One to two of those will be women from the Center. If interested in serving, please speak with the Executive Director for a nomination form.
Deborah Bockus (Chair)
Debbie has lived in Auburn most of her life, graduating from Edward Little High School and later the University of Southern Maine. Debbie has worked in the mental health field for the last seven years. She is married to David, has two step-daughters and two dogs.She has been a volunteer Boy Scout/Webelos Leader, along with a member of the advisory board for the International Order of the Rainbow for girls and an advisor/activity leader for the IORG Pledge Group. Debbie has also worked with Community Little Theater doing costuming. She has also volunteered for the Kora Temple Shrine Circus. Debbie is a member of both Pine Cone Chapter and Golden Sheaf Chapter Order of the Eastern Star. She is a three time Past Matron. She is also a majority member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and is a Past Worthy Advisor of the local assembly.
Her interests include sewing, cooking, gardening, flying and sailing. She has raced catamarans in Maine and New England. Debbie has been a part of a hot air balloon team that has flown in Maine, the Greater Northeast and the three eastern providences of Canada. She currently owns her own hot air balloon and is finishing up her pilots license. Joined 2012
Angela Burke (Treasurer)
Angela is currently an Accountant at Austin Associates and is an active member of the Young Professionals of Lewiston Auburn Area, YPLAA. She studied Philosophy at Plymouth State University, and is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, where she received her degree in Accounting. Angela has several years experience as a Tutor for math and statistics, and wishes to volunteer these services within the community. She is continuing her education in the accounting field, and plans to become a CPA. She enjoys music, reading, and cooking, as well as staying active either at the gym or through outdoor play with her energetic son, Mason. Angela and her son reside in Lewiston. Joined 2013
Once upon a time, as a CPA, Filomena helped people balance their budgets. Now, as a PAC, Personal Achievement Coach, she is helping them balance their whole life to achieve more success with less distress, and turn passions into profits by coaching them toward peak performance in their personal and professional lives. She served as Treasurer of CWW for two years.
Filomena’s professional endeavors focus on wealth and wellness programs. Since 1996, she has been designing and conducting development programs for organizations and groups that educate, enlighten, and entertain participants. Program topics include life balance, peak performance principles, essential business and team building skills, assertiveness training, emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication, as well as developing personal strategies for dealing effectively with change, conflict, stress, and time management issues. She currently helps people design healthier financial structures while improving their physical and emotional wellness through balance, nutrition, and healthy habits and outlooks to create better days for themselves and their loved ones. She likes to say that as a wealth and wellness coach, she helps people improve their books, their looks, and their outlooks.
Her personal endeavors are varied …from helping community groups and nonprofits raise awareness and funds for educational and women’s issues, to traveling to far-away places, especially to her homeland of Italy. Filomena was born in Avellino, Italy, and came to the US as a 2 ½ yr old with her mother and older sister and brother after her father, who had been in the US since 1956, saved enough to bring them to America. She was brought up in Fitchburg, MA and put herself through college with scholarships and loans while working as an office manager for a psychologist and waitressing. Filomena currently has a home in Lewiston with a 21 year old daughter, Jillian. In her “spare time” she enjoys dancing, singing, performing on stage in musical/comedy events for Community Little Theatre, traveling, boating, golfing, reading, 3D puzzles, sewing, crocheting. She is also an avid flower gardener, which is a good thing for someone with FTD for initials. Joined 2010
Matt Dyer (Governance Cmt.)
Matt is a lifelong resident of Maine. Both sides of his family were involved in lobstering, commercial fishing and were merchant mariners. He however couldn’t tie knots and I got sea sick so they sent him to law school. He graduated from the University of Maine, School of Law in 1993 and accepted a position with a former Pine Tree Legal lawyer here in Lewiston in 1994. Since 2000 Matt has worked as a staff attorney for Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Lewiston and for a brief time in Augusta. Pine Tree Legal is a statewide legal services provider assisting low income individuals in civil legal matter. He and his partner participate in basset hound rescue and have adopted and fostered many elderly and abused hound dogs over the years. They currently live in Turner. Joined 2011
Gale has lived in Androscoggin County most of her life, graduating from Lewiston High School and later the University of Maine. She currently resides in Durham with her significant other and their new puppy, Max. Gale has been on the board of directors for the March of Dimes and believes that giving back to the community, in which you live, is vital. She currently is a life coach and spends time with women who have personal challenges that prevent them from being the best they can be.
Gale has been employed as Director of Finance & Administration at the United Way of Androscoggin County for over 22 years. She enjoys traveling back roads with camera in hand, reading, spending time with her grandchildren that are out-of-state and learning new things. Recently, she took herbal classes and has started an herbal garden at home. Joined 2013
Rebecca Herzig holds the College’s only full-time faculty appointment in Women and Gender Studies at Bates College. She teaches a range of interdisciplinary courses on science, technology, and medicine, as well as Introduction to Women and Gender Studies and Methods and Modes of Inquiry (two of the required core courses for WGS majors). Her most recent book is The Nature of Difference: Sciences of Race from Jefferson to Genomics, co-edited with Professor Evelynn Hammonds, Dean of Harvard College. Her current research concerns the history of body care in the United States. Joined 2013
Linda is a retired speech/language teacher who is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. She serves on the vestry there as the treasurer, and is the pianist for the “Joy Ensemble” (the music team). Linda volunteers one morning a week at the Women’s Center and is putting together an art fundraiser for August. She lives in Greene with two wonderful dogs. Her interests are many though she especially loves music which she indulges by singing in several ensembles, playing piano and going to concerts. And in her spare time Linda is part of a reader’s theater. Joined 2009
Kim Jacques (Secretary)
Kim Jacques was raised in Lewiston and graduated from the University of Maine with a BS in Natural Resource Management. Upon graduation she served a term as an Americorp Volunteer teaching sustainable agriculture through service learning projects to grades 2-9 throughout rural Maine. She continued her studies in herbology, massage therapy and polarity therapy and has been an accomplished massage therapist since 1999. She also served as Director of Education at Spa Tech Institute where she successfully graduated over 700 massage therapists.
Kim is currently the president of Revelation Massage in Auburn Maine. Revelation Massage, located in Auburn, Maine provides high quality massage therapy and whole health education services. Through Revelation Massage Kim is able to support the health of individuals and communities through delivering high quality, customized and user friendly massage therapy services, while also supporting the arts, education and health related organizations through financial support and outreach initiatives
Kim regularly offers self-care workshops at the Center for Wisdom’s Women, free chair massage at the Lewiston Farmers’ Market, YWCA and local athletic events. She is also an active member of the Chamber of Commerce’s Regional Image Committee, and a board member of the Maine Women’s Network. Joined 2012
Erica works at CMMC Family Medicine Residency as an Integrative Family Medicine Physician and Faculty. She provides care for all individuals from birth to death and everything in between, including maternity care. The integrative term means she provides both evidence based conventional and alternative medical options and discussions. She completed extra training in the field of integrative medicine through Maine Medical Center and the University of Arizona (with Dr. Andrew Weil – some of you may know that name). Personally, She am happily married with 2 lovely boys (ages 2 and 5). Her husband grew up in this area and most of her in- laws still live in the L/A area. They enjoy doing most anything outside (walking, fishing, camping, hiking, skiing, etc). This year she picked up women’s hockey to help her son learn about “learning to play” and to help herself understand the sport and she has found an activity she really enjoys! Joined 2011
Carole was born and grew up in New Hampshire, attended Regis College and Fordham University Grad School, taught Government courses at Regis, married, moved around a lot and raised two daughters, became a student again at Seattle University School of Law, got my JD in 1989, worked with the Washington State Attorney General’s office for 10 years, and retired from the practice of law in 2001. She came to Auburn in 2003 and has been a volunteer instructor, quality reviewer, and preparer for both the Vita and AARP TaxAide programs in LA since then. Those programs offer free tax preparation services to community members at the Lewiston Armory during tax season. Outside of the tax season, Carole is an avid reader and walker/work-out person, and she is trying to re-introduce herself to her guitar. She believes that “To whom much is given, much is expected” and supporting this extraordinary program is one way to give back. Joined 2011
Judy grew up in Auburn, and moved to Bangor in 1971. Having received her Associates Degree in Business Administration (at then Auburn ME School of Commerce–then Mid-State), she had a very interesting life working for several years at the Orono campus of the University of ME and taking courses to obtain her degree in Psychology, which is still her dream.
Fast forward 30 years in Bangor – she served as WVII-TV’s National Sales Mgr. for 14 years, Executive Director to Keep Bangor Beautiful and the Bangor Convention Bureau for 7 years, owned her own closed captioning business for the hearing impaired and a direct mail company, traveled in her motor-home 34,000 miles across the U.S. and Canada from 2002-2006; and landed back in Auburn in a new home and worked at MPBN as a Corporate Underwriting Sales person for six years (selling TV and radio). In January of this year, she decided to reinvent herself.
The re-invention has included free-lancing with TOSS ME A PILLOW, FIRST LIGHT HOME CARE, and most recently ELECTRICITY MAINE here in Auburn! All said, sales and marketing are her loves! And most important are overseeing 24/7 care for her 89 year old Dad in his home, while trying to keep up with her partner-for-life, Dale, his two daughters and granddaughter, and Jack the Cock-a-poo pup! Joined 2013
Klara Tammany (Executive Director)
Re-starting and running this small non-profit is an encore career for Klara. She has an MEd in Religious Education and Post Master’s Certificate in Spirituality from Boston College. After teaching first grade for 6 years, she worked for 20 years as a religious educator in the Episcopal Church, first at St. Paul’s in Brunswick and later as the religious education consultant for the Episcopal Diocese of Maryland. Her book Living Water: Baptism as a Way of Life (Church Publishing, 2002), is a guided reflection on living your faith in your life.
In 2006 Klara decided to change course, return to Maine and start look for an encore career. After a winter stint answering phones at LL Bean, her first job was at Advocates for Children as a parent educator, where she learned a lot about the social service system! All the while she volunteered at what was then called ”Wisdom’s Center.” When the Daughters of Wisdom determined that they could no longer maintain the work they had founded 9 years previously, and closed the center in 2008, Klara gathered a group to raise funds to keep it going. Five years later, it is her passion.
To further her non-profit leadership skills, in 2011 Klara participated in the Leadership Development Institute of the Maine Association of Non-Profits. She is an active member of Trinity Church which is located in the same neighborhood and which serves as the fiscal sponsor of the Center. She dabbles in photography and lives in Auburn with her dog Doodle the Poodle and Francesca the cat.