Board of Directors
Jane Clayton, President, is a partner at Vafiades, Brountas & Kominsky, LLP in Bangor and focuses her practice on all aspects of family law, including collaborative law. Jane was previously the Chair of the Penobscot County Law Library Committee, a Board Member of Bangor Area Visiting Nurses/Hospice of Eastern Maine, a Board Member of Pine Tree Legal Assistance and a Board Member of Maine Association of Mediators. Jane was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia. Jane earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Maine, and her J.D. from the Villanova University School of Law. She moved to Maine in 1986 and currently lives in Veazie with her wife Nancy, one dog and two cats. In her time away from the office she enjoys creating stained glass panels, photography, movies, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Barb Wood, EqualityMaine Foundation Vice President, came out as a political activist in 1984 by hosting EqualityMaine's first mailing party. As a founding member, she helped launch our annual awards banquet and the EQME booth at the Common Ground Fair. EqualityMaine created the “Great Pioneer Award” for Barb when she was recognized for being the first openly gay or lesbian elected official in Maine. Barb served on the Portland City Council from 1988 through 1991, and was a key spokesperson for Portland’s anti-discrimination referendum.
In recent years her time has been focused on her career at L.L. Bean, renovating her condemned, but historic, Victorian home in Portland’s West End, and celebrating life after surviving ovarian cancer.
Meredith Hunt, EqualityMaine Vice President, joined the Board of EqualityMaine in April of 2010. Meredith has worked as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner for the past 16 years. She is employed by the Family Planning Association of Maine and works predominantly in the Rockland and Augusta area. Previously, she worked for Western Maine Community Action’s Health Service and covered clinics in the Norway, Rumford, Farmington, and Auburn area. Before moving to Maine in 1998, Meredith served on the executive board of Chiltern Mountain Club, a New England wide LGBT outdoor recreation club. Meredith became involved with EqualityMaine in 2004 as a volunteer and has worked on several LGBT issues with her partner Melissa Hamkins, including the Protect Maine Equality. When not working or volunteering, Meredith and Melissa enjoy living on their organic homestead farm in Bowdoin.
Anya Trundy, Treasurer, works at Macpage LLC as a Staff Accountant. Anya attended Bowdoin College and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and Legal Studies, she also holds a Certificate in Accounting from the University of Southern Maine. Prior to joining the Firm, Anya worked for an assortment of candidate and referendum campaigns in Maine. She is also a Board Member for the Maine Women’s Lobby and chairs the Development Committee. Anya currently resides in Portland, Maine.
Lucie Bauer, Secretary, was elected to the EqualityMaine Foundation board in 2010. Lucie has a long history of working for LGBT equality as a leader in community-based efforts and as a volunteer with EqualityMaine and the Maine Speakout Project. In her professional life, Lucie has taught art history to undergraduate and graduate students in settings ranging from Dartmouth College to the Maine State Prison. She was educated at Vassar College and at the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University and has held fellowships to Villa I Tatti, Harvard University's Center for Renaissance Studies in Settignano, Italy and to the Warburg Institute of the University of London. Lucie and her spouse Annie were married in California in 2008. They have lived in Rockport since 1995. Lucie is the proud step-parent of two adult children.
Stacey Fitts of Pittsfield served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives, representing District 29, which includes Clinton, Detroit, and Pittsfield. Stacey attended Maine Maritime Academy, receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1984. He currently works an engineering consultant in the energy field. He enjoys golf, skiing, hunting, and woodlot management. He is active in the community and belongs to the Meridan Lodge and the Anah Temple Shrine. He is a former chair of the Pittsfiled Planning Board and is a member of the First Congregational Church. Stacey and his wife, Tina, have two children.
Rev. Sue Gabrielson, has been the Minister for the Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church since 2003. In 2012 she worked for the Yes on 1 campaign as the Faith Director, successfully bringing marriage to same-sex couples in Maine and continues that work in a part time capacity as the Executive Director of the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination. Prior to her settlement in Maine she served as the student minister for The First Parish of Watertown, MA for two years and as their Director of Religious Education for a year. Previously, Sue worked as a Police Officer and Undercover Narcotics Officer for five years in New Hampshire. She has also worked in Higher Education as both an administrator and a faculty member. She earned her undergraduate degree in Religion and Sociology from the University of Vermont, a Masters degree in Adult Development from Vermont College and a Masters in Divinity from Andover Newton Theological School. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Multi-disciplinary Human Services and Public Policy. She enjoys the outdoors, adventuring and is a certified personal fitness trainer.
Jenna Ginsberg was elected to the EqualityMaine board in 2009 after years of volunteering. She grew up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania until leaving home to attend boarding school in Vermont. Jenna is a graduate of Bates College with degrees in psychology and philosophy. She worked for more than a decade at Sunday River, where she met her wife, Darlene. While working at Sunday River, Darlene and Jenna purchased a 42 acre farm and Bed & Breakfast in the mountains of Western Maine. Since leaving Sunday River she has pursued her own entrepreneurial endeavors. In addition to the Bed & Breakfast, Darlene and Jenna breed an internationally renowned line of Labrador Retrievers which celebrated its 50th year in 2009! She also owns and manages an event services company providing a wide array of services to sporting events, allowing her to travel across North America. When she isn't traveling, Jenna enjoys volunteering for other worthy causes such as the Maine Speak-out Project, as well as serving on a variety of boards and committees involved in the oversight of competitive skiing in North America.
Shawn LaGrega, joined the board of Equality Maine in 2006. Shawn is the Deputy Director of Maine Pretrial Services, Inc., a non-profit social service agency which operates criminal justice case management programs throughout Maine. Shawn has also worked in the Domestic Violence field since 1997 specializing in working with men who batter and teen dating violence. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology. Shawn has also served on the Board of Directors for the Aids Lodging House since 2005. Shawn and his partner currently live in Portland, Maine.
Cara Pelletier began her work in LGBT rights in 2003 as a member of the Fargo-Moorhead Pride Collective in Fargo, ND. Having grown up in Maine, she returned home in 2005 and volunteered with the non-discrimination campaign that year, as well as with the 2009 and 2012 campaigns. Cara has over 10 years of experience as a professional educator and currently works for Ultimate Software, a leading provider of HR, Payroll and Talent Management software. She finds that her work in adult education and public speaking dovetail nicely with her involvement in political campaigns, community outreach and education. Cara was thrilled to be able to move back to her hometown of Bangor in 2011, and is passionate about the communities of Central and Northern Maine. She and her wife Kerrie live with their two dogs in the heart of Bangor.
Alex Roan is committed to working for social justice, and has been especially active in his work with the transgender and LGBTQ youth communities in Maine. As the founder of Maine Transgender Network, Alex has provided training and consultation to health and social service providers throughout the state, and has facilitated support groups for members of the trans community, their families,and allies. He has volunteered with GLSEN and PRYSM and presented workshops on a variety of transgender-related topics. Alex is a clinical counselor, providing family therapy and trauma-focused treatment in a residential program for at-risk youth. He was a contributing member of the committee that developed the"Competencies for Counseling with Transgender Clients," for use by mental health providers working with members of the trans community. Alex has a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Colby College, an M.S. in Counseling, and is working towards a Ph.D. in Counseling Studies. He lives in Biddeford and is the proud owner of six incredibly cute guinea pigs.
Ethan Strimling represented Portland for three terms in the state senate. During his time in the Senate, Ethan served as chair of the Labor Committee, chair of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee and co-chair of Maine's Homeland Security Task Force. He is the executive director of Learning Works, a non-profit social-service agency that provides learning opportunities for at-risk youth, the immigrant community, and low-income families in Cumberland, York and Androscoggin counties. He joined the EqualityMaine board in 2008.
K. Barrett Wilkinson was elected to the EqualityMaine board in March 2010. Barrett has spent her professional career committed to issues of conflict resolution and violence prevention currently working as the Research Specialist and Facilitator for the Center for Preventing Hate. Prior to this position Barrett has worked as a dialogue facilitator for Seeds of Peace focusing specifically on conflict resolution with youth from South and Central Asia. Her work has led her all over Maine, throughout the U.S. and to Northern Ireland, connecting her with the stories and struggles of people all over the world. Barrett has volunteered for Equality Maine on several campaigns, and continues to work to get progressive candidates and issues into Maine’s political discourse.
She has BA in Psychology from the University of Maine at Farmington, and a Masters degree in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service. Barrett lives in Portland with her wife Katie.