Board of Directors
Meredith Hunt, 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 Waterville 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.
Shawn LaGrega, EqualityMaine Vice President, 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.
.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.
Anya Trundy, Treasurer, works at the Maine Democratic Party as the Finance Director. 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 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.
Jane Clayton, 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.
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.
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.
Zack Pakkonen is currently a private attorney based out of Portland. Previously, Zack was a staff attorney at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. He is from Bucksport, Maine, and was educated at the University of Southern Maine and Cornell Law School. He has lived in Portland since 1997. Before working at GLAD, Zack co-founded a general practice law firm focusing on helping the Maine LGBTQ community. He is on the executive committee of the National LGBT Bar Association Family Law Institute and is a board advisor to the Trans Youth Equality Foundation. When not working, Zack enjoys baseball, spending time with his spouse and his cats, and reading.
Dwight Sholes is an experienced marketer and successful entrepreneur who brings a wealth of business experience to the Equality Maine board and the development committee. He currently works remotely as Director, Response Consulting for Return Path Inc., a New York-based provider of email marketing technology and solutions. Previously, he held positions at American Express Vacations and was the founder and president of Quotient Marketing, a Portland-based provider of email marketing technology and services that was successfully acquired in 2007. Dwight holds a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and an MIA from Columbia University. As the son of a foreign service officer, he was born in India and was raised in India, Pakistan and Turkey. After spending summers in Maine as a child and living in the state off and on as an adult, he settled here permanently in 1997 and currently lives with his partner in Bowdoinham.