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.
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. Seven 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 Scooter, a rescue Maltese mix and Oliver, a Maine Coon cat.
Sonia Turgeon (Staff Assistant)
Sonia attended college at UMO, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. She was employed by L. L. Bean for approximately 10 years holding different positions, the last one being supervisor of Insurance Services/Product Liability. She left L.L. Bean for a position in the Group Disability Reinsurance department at Unum, working there for approximately 15 years before leaving to care for mother who had MS.
Sonia’s interests include a 5 month old puppy named Hugo, gardening, watercolors, reading, and exercise (has previously trained as a fitness instructor). She has volunteered for the Big Brother Big Sister program and the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Falmouth Maine. Sonia grew up in Lewiston, and later lived in Auburn. She now resides in Gray with her husband Mark of 24 years and in addition to Hugo, shares life with two cats named Sali and LuLu. At the Center Sonia will focus on volunteer support and assist with program and office needs.