Serving the Maine Communities of Franklin County, Livermore & Livermore Falls

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We celebrate board members who have recently served two terms (six years):

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Officers

Board Members

Karen Henderson
President
Karen Henderson
Community Concepts, Inc.

Karen is a Maine native and has lived in Franklin County since 1978, growing, learning, and loving the Phillips, Kingfield and Strong areas. Graduating from Mt. Abram High School in 1990. She has always possessed a strong desire to be the voice of those underrepresented and a staunch advocate for equality. She maintains a strong bond with her community. lnitially, she established her career by gaining an understanding of community resources and systems that foster independence for person's served. Since that time, she has worked diligently to build relationships with community partners and stakeholders with a goal of improving the quality of life in our rural area while empowering residents to effectively advocate for themselves. Karen is a workforce development specialist at Community Concepts, Inc.

Karen is a Maine native and has lived in Franklin County since 1978, growing, learning, and loving the Phillips, Kingfield and Strong areas. Graduating from Mt. Abram High School in 1990. She has always possessed a strong desire to be the voice of those underrepresented and a staunch advocate for equality. She maintains a strong bond with her community. lnitially, she established her career by gaining an understanding of community resources and systems that foster independence for person's served. Since that time, she has worked diligently to build relationships with community partners and stakeholders with a goal of improving the quality of life in our rural area while empowering residents to effectively advocate for themselves. Karen is a workforce development specialist at Community Concepts, Inc.

Dr. Erika Schumacher
Vice President
Dr. Erika Schumacher
Fiddlehead Pediatric Healthcare

Dr. Schumacher obtained her MD degree from the Larner UVM School of Medicine in 2008. She completed residency at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital in June of 2011 and subsequently directed the Yale Pediatric Refugee Clinic for newly-arrived refugees for several years, as well as practiced pediatric medicine in a community practice in central Connecticut. 

In January 2015 she and daughters moved to Farmington, in an effort to be closer to family. She was employed at Franklin Memorial Hospital from 2015 until December 2020, when she left to pursue her goal of providing integrated, high quality primary care for children and families. She has opened an independent practice in Narrow Gauge Square in Farmington, Fiddlehead Pediatric Healthcare.

Dr. Schumacher obtained her MD degree from the Larner UVM School of Medicine in 2008. She completed residency at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital in June of 2011 and subsequently directed the Yale Pediatric Refugee Clinic for newly-arrived refugees for several years, as well as practiced pediatric medicine in a community practice in central Connecticut. 

In January 2015 she and daughters moved to Farmington, in an effort to be closer to family. She was employed at Franklin Memorial Hospital from 2015 until December 2020, when she left to pursue her goal of providing integrated, high quality primary care for children and families. She has opened an independent practice in Narrow Gauge Square in Farmington, Fiddlehead Pediatric Healthcare.

Beckie Bowering
Treasurer
Beckie Bowering
Franklin Savings Bank

Beckie has worked in the banking industry for the past 24 years and currently partners with business owners and non-profit organizations to find banking solutions that are the most efficient and beneficial to them. She is active in the community and has served on boards of multiple organizations in the past few years. Beckie feels strongly about giving back to the community and can often be found participating in community events; most times, with her family.

Beckie currently resides in Wilton, Maine with her husband Marc. Together they have raised four adult children who are all doing amazing things. In the past few years they have enjoyed spending time with their 4-year old granddaughter. Beckie's favorite past time is first and foremost spending time with family, when not doing that she enjoys traveling, spending time at the beach, spending time with friends and always enjoys shopping for new shoes (which her husband says she has way too many)!

Beckie is excited to join the United Way Board as it is an organization that benefits multiple parts of our communities through its various programs and mission to unite people and resources to improve lives and build a strong and healthy community. An organization near and dear to her heart!

Beckie has worked in the banking industry for the past 24 years and currently partners with business owners and non-profit organizations to find banking solutions that are the most efficient and beneficial to them. She is active in the community and has served on boards of multiple organizations in the past few years. Beckie feels strongly about giving back to the community and can often be found participating in community events; most times, with her family.

Beckie currently resides in Wilton, Maine with her husband Marc. Together they have raised four adult children who are all doing amazing things. In the past few years they have enjoyed spending time with their 4-year old granddaughter. Beckie's favorite past time is first and foremost spending time with family, when not doing that she enjoys traveling, spending time at the beach, spending time with friends and always enjoys shopping for new shoes (which her husband says she has way too many)!

Beckie is excited to join the United Way Board as it is an organization that benefits multiple parts of our communities through its various programs and mission to unite people and resources to improve lives and build a strong and healthy community. An organization near and dear to her heart!

Terri Winslow
Secretary
Terri Winslow
Eagle Elevator Company, Inc.

Terri Winslow is a Branch Manager for Eagle Elevator Company, running operations for Maine and New Hampshire out of her home in New Sharon.  Terri was born in Oak Harbor, WA into a military family and lived in various places throughout the country and Japan before settling in southern Maine with her husband and their children.  

Terri worked as an Administrative Assistant for Advocates for Children in Lewiston for over 8 years before beginning her career in the elevator industry where she has worked for over 20 years.  She has the opportunity to meet with building owners and facility managers throughout Maine and New Hampshire, putting together plans to maintain, repair and upgrade their elevator equipment.

When not working, Terri loves gardening, hiking, running, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or just about anything that gets her outside.  Especially if that means spending time with family. Terri and her husband, Doug, have four grown children. All are happily united with families of their own living here in Maine.   

 

Terri Winslow is a Branch Manager for Eagle Elevator Company, running operations for Maine and New Hampshire out of her home in New Sharon.  Terri was born in Oak Harbor, WA into a military family and lived in various places throughout the country and Japan before settling in southern Maine with her husband and their children.  

Terri worked as an Administrative Assistant for Advocates for Children in Lewiston for over 8 years before beginning her career in the elevator industry where she has worked for over 20 years.  She has the opportunity to meet with building owners and facility managers throughout Maine and New Hampshire, putting together plans to maintain, repair and upgrade their elevator equipment.

When not working, Terri loves gardening, hiking, running, biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or just about anything that gets her outside.  Especially if that means spending time with family. Terri and her husband, Doug, have four grown children. All are happily united with families of their own living here in Maine.   

 

Dr. Joshua Hill
Dr. Joshua Hill
University of Maine Farmington

Dr. Joshua Hill joined the Early Childhood Education faculty at UMF in 2020. Prior to coming to UMF, Dr. Hill had nine years of classroom experience working in a variety of early childhood classrooms including public school preschools, university lab schools, and private childcare centers. They are an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Dr. Hill’s research interests include representations of transgender children in picture books, the inclusion of LGBTQ+ children and families in picture books, and an anti-bias curriculum in preschool settings. When not working, they enjoy spending time with their dogs and traveling with their partner.

Dr. Joshua Hill joined the Early Childhood Education faculty at UMF in 2020. Prior to coming to UMF, Dr. Hill had nine years of classroom experience working in a variety of early childhood classrooms including public school preschools, university lab schools, and private childcare centers. They are an active member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the National Council of Teachers of English, and the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators. Dr. Hill’s research interests include representations of transgender children in picture books, the inclusion of LGBTQ+ children and families in picture books, and an anti-bias curriculum in preschool settings. When not working, they enjoy spending time with their dogs and traveling with their partner.

Rose Darling
Rose Darling
Wex

Rose graduated from Central Maine Community College with an Associate Degree in Business Administration and Management in 2020. After working in the banking industry for almost 25 years Rose joined the team at WEX Inc in Portland, Maine as a dispute analyst in the Summer of 2021.  Rose was born and raised in Livermore, ME, and lives there with her husband of 25 years and two dogs.  Their two adult children are recent college graduates that currently reside in Southern Maine.  In her free time, Rose enjoys spending time with her family and doing anything outside such as hiking, camping, and chasing sunsets.  If there is a waterfall or beautiful sunset to be found, you can find Rose chasing it down for the magical view and peacefulness.

As local business owners of Riverview Plumbing & Heating, Rose and her husband have always made it a priority to donate to local organizations that help those who need it most.  She is excited about the opportunity to join the United Way Board of Directors because she feels strongly about giving back to her community and is always looking for ways to get involved. Rose is looking forward to using her skills and get-it-done attitude to assist the United Way in any way she can.

Rose graduated from Central Maine Community College with an Associate Degree in Business Administration and Management in 2020. After working in the banking industry for almost 25 years Rose joined the team at WEX Inc in Portland, Maine as a dispute analyst in the Summer of 2021.  Rose was born and raised in Livermore, ME, and lives there with her husband of 25 years and two dogs.  Their two adult children are recent college graduates that currently reside in Southern Maine.  In her free time, Rose enjoys spending time with her family and doing anything outside such as hiking, camping, and chasing sunsets.  If there is a waterfall or beautiful sunset to be found, you can find Rose chasing it down for the magical view and peacefulness.

As local business owners of Riverview Plumbing & Heating, Rose and her husband have always made it a priority to donate to local organizations that help those who need it most.  She is excited about the opportunity to join the United Way Board of Directors because she feels strongly about giving back to her community and is always looking for ways to get involved. Rose is looking forward to using her skills and get-it-done attitude to assist the United Way in any way she can.

Lisa Charles
Lisa Charles
Community Member

Lisa is a mother of two boys, Kyle 20 and Anthony 10. She graduated from Gray New Gloucester High School in 1997. From a young age she was always a people person. She enjoyed making people laugh and being kind. She started her first job at 14 and never stopped working. She came across a lovely lady who offered her a job with adults with disabilities and that led her down a path of direct care. She had a sister who was disabled with CP and a seizure disorder so that kind of care came naturally to her.

She raised her oldest mostly on her own. She and her son started to get to know people through work and sports and volunteering at school and events.  She continued taking care of individuals with disabilities until COVID hit and currently cares for the elderly in their homes privately. Clients come to her from word of mouth referral. Lisa feels she has found the most amazing families through her work.

Her family knows all too well what it’s like to have less and fend for food or heat or simple things people take for granted, like having a place to do laundry. Since becoming stable she has started reaching out to the community to give back. She feels they were so fortunate in their time of need to get help from others, and feels it is her time to give back, specifically around the holidays. In the past she helped a few families, last year it was 8 families with 24 kids, and this year has turned into 17 families. She works to get the community involved in helping these families as well.

She is always looking for a way to be involved in her community and has participated in the Mother’s Day Flowers that United Way does for our seniors. She is very excited to join the Board of Directors.

Lisa is a mother of two boys, Kyle 20 and Anthony 10. She graduated from Gray New Gloucester High School in 1997. From a young age she was always a people person. She enjoyed making people laugh and being kind. She started her first job at 14 and never stopped working. She came across a lovely lady who offered her a job with adults with disabilities and that led her down a path of direct care. She had a sister who was disabled with CP and a seizure disorder so that kind of care came naturally to her.

She raised her oldest mostly on her own. She and her son started to get to know people through work and sports and volunteering at school and events.  She continued taking care of individuals with disabilities until COVID hit and currently cares for the elderly in their homes privately. Clients come to her from word of mouth referral. Lisa feels she has found the most amazing families through her work.

Her family knows all too well what it’s like to have less and fend for food or heat or simple things people take for granted, like having a place to do laundry. Since becoming stable she has started reaching out to the community to give back. She feels they were so fortunate in their time of need to get help from others, and feels it is her time to give back, specifically around the holidays. In the past she helped a few families, last year it was 8 families with 24 kids, and this year has turned into 17 families. She works to get the community involved in helping these families as well.

She is always looking for a way to be involved in her community and has participated in the Mother’s Day Flowers that United Way does for our seniors. She is very excited to join the Board of Directors.

Ryan Wilford
Ryan Wilford
Red Door Title

Ryan Wilford serves as Marketing Manager for Red Door Title in Central/Western Maine. He is responsible for new business development, as well as maintaining relationships with established customers.

Ryan is approaching nearly 10 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to title and real estate, Ryan worked in the construction industry primarily as a carpenter. Ryan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce. Ryan also spends time volunteering for Tri-Valley United Way in Farmington. Ryan is an active affiliate member for the Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors, and was named 2018 Affiliate of the Year. Ryan holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science (Construction Technology) and resides in Farmington, Maine with his family. Ryan’s favorite hobbies include skiing, hiking and gardening. 

Ryan Wilford serves as Marketing Manager for Red Door Title in Central/Western Maine. He is responsible for new business development, as well as maintaining relationships with established customers.

Ryan is approaching nearly 10 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to title and real estate, Ryan worked in the construction industry primarily as a carpenter. Ryan currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce. Ryan also spends time volunteering for Tri-Valley United Way in Farmington. Ryan is an active affiliate member for the Kennebec Valley Board of Realtors, and was named 2018 Affiliate of the Year. Ryan holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science (Construction Technology) and resides in Farmington, Maine with his family. Ryan’s favorite hobbies include skiing, hiking and gardening. 

Heather Piawlock
Heather Piawlock
Manager, Franklin Health Pediatrics

Heather graduated from Southern Maine Community College with an Associate Degree in Graphics Design and New Media in 2010. After leaving Portland and returning to her hometown of Farmington, she took a job as a phlebotomist at Franklin Memorial, this was where she discovered that she enjoyed health care and found her desire to lead. She has now been with the hospital for 11 years and is the Manager of Franklin Health Pediatrics. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and Great Dane puppy, Remus.

Heather loves to travel, explore new (warm) places, go kayaking, camping, and trying new things this world has to offer. If there is a thrill to be had or a new adventure to try - from bull riding, to skydiving, swimming with whale sharks or exploring Mayan ruins -  she is signing up to soak in the opportunity. Ever since she was a child she wanted to give to others pulling as many gift tags off the Walmart tree that her mom would allow or having a “sponsor a child” donation for her birthday gift, helping those in need has always been important to her. Working at FCHN has allowed her to grow that passion in adulthood and start working with the United Way to impact her own community in a larger way. This is what made her so excited to have to chance to join the United Way board of directors and find new ways to help.

Heather graduated from Southern Maine Community College with an Associate Degree in Graphics Design and New Media in 2010. After leaving Portland and returning to her hometown of Farmington, she took a job as a phlebotomist at Franklin Memorial, this was where she discovered that she enjoyed health care and found her desire to lead. She has now been with the hospital for 11 years and is the Manager of Franklin Health Pediatrics. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, friends and Great Dane puppy, Remus.

Heather loves to travel, explore new (warm) places, go kayaking, camping, and trying new things this world has to offer. If there is a thrill to be had or a new adventure to try - from bull riding, to skydiving, swimming with whale sharks or exploring Mayan ruins -  she is signing up to soak in the opportunity. Ever since she was a child she wanted to give to others pulling as many gift tags off the Walmart tree that her mom would allow or having a “sponsor a child” donation for her birthday gift, helping those in need has always been important to her. Working at FCHN has allowed her to grow that passion in adulthood and start working with the United Way to impact her own community in a larger way. This is what made her so excited to have to chance to join the United Way board of directors and find new ways to help.

Shane Cote
Shane Cote
Deputy Chief of Police

Shane graduated from Caribou High School and earned his Eagle Scout award in 1992. He went on to the University of Maine and graduated with an Associates of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1994. While working as an Officer for Farmington Police he attended the University of Maine at Farmington graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2005. He earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Husson University in 2010.

Shane started his law enforcement career at the age of 18 working as a transport officer for the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department. During college he worked as a security guard and as a transport officer with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department. Shane was hired as a full-time patrolman in November of 1996 for the Farmington Police Department. He attended and graduated from the 84th Municipal/County Basic Police School, at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, in June of 1997. He was promoted to Sergeant in June 2004 and Deputy Chief of Police in October of 2010.

Shane served as a board member for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services and the Bonney Woods Corporation for many years. Shane is currently the secretary for Maine Lodge #20 A.F. & A.M., the secretary for the Widows Sons, Sons of Hiram Chapter Masonic Motorcycle Riders Association, and the band manager and member of the Kora Shrine Band.

Shane graduated from Caribou High School and earned his Eagle Scout award in 1992. He went on to the University of Maine and graduated with an Associates of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1994. While working as an Officer for Farmington Police he attended the University of Maine at Farmington graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2005. He earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Husson University in 2010.

Shane started his law enforcement career at the age of 18 working as a transport officer for the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department. During college he worked as a security guard and as a transport officer with the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department. Shane was hired as a full-time patrolman in November of 1996 for the Farmington Police Department. He attended and graduated from the 84th Municipal/County Basic Police School, at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy, in June of 1997. He was promoted to Sergeant in June 2004 and Deputy Chief of Police in October of 2010.

Shane served as a board member for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Services and the Bonney Woods Corporation for many years. Shane is currently the secretary for Maine Lodge #20 A.F. & A.M., the secretary for the Widows Sons, Sons of Hiram Chapter Masonic Motorcycle Riders Association, and the band manager and member of the Kora Shrine Band.

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