Ali Vander Zanden, is the Interim Executive Director for EqualityMaine and was the Coalition Director for Mainers United for Marriage. As Coalition Director, she grew the coalition to 207 partner organizations and managed the campaign's faith outreach, labor outreach, and family and friends conversation training programs. Prior to joining EqualityMaine in 2010, she worked on state-based and national health care reform at the Maine People's Alliance. Ali is originally from Southwest Harbor and has a degree in Women and Gender Studies from Bates College.
John McKenna, Office Manager, joined EqualityMaine in January 2007. John had recently relocated to Maine, where he spent several summers as a child. Before moving here, he lived in Portland, Oregon for six years, working in non-profit administration for two organizations: Outside In, an organization addressing homelessness; and the Northwest Children’s Theatre School.
Thomas Sumner, Bookkeeper, is the owner of Sumner Bookkeeping. He has been EqualityMaine's part-time bookkeeper since April 2002. He lives in Westbrook with his partner, John, and is the proud grandfather of three children.
Beth Allen, Program Director, Beth grew up in Eliot, Maine and found herself drawn north to Hancock County after high school. She studied at the University of Maine in Orono. She worked for KidsPeace New England for 12 years. She is active in her community, as a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ellsworth and the Secretary of the Hancock County Democratic Committee. She was bitten by the political bug when she became involved in the 2009 Marriage Equality campaign. Beth and her partner Valerie are raising 2 daughters in Fletchers Landing Township. Beth is a graduate of Emerge Maine and is excited to be doing this important work at EqualityMaine.
Ian Grady, Communications Consultant, previously served as EqualityMaine's Communications Director. In 2012, Ian was the Digital Director for Mainers United for Marriage, where he led the campaign's direct contact through email and managed all of its web and social media presences. Prior to the campaign, Ian was the Maine Public Education Manager at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders. Ian was born and raised in Maine but spent several years in Boston, where he attended Emerson College and worked on Massachusetts' historic marriage victory, as well as on other campaigns and with elected officials.