Lisa Blanchette (Board President, Strategies for a Stronger Sanford), Academic and Vocational Coordinator, Sanford Community Adult Education, Sanford School Department
Lisa may not fit the “official” definition of a Sanford native, but she was raised in Sanford from the age of 3; she and her husband have raised her three children here; and her daughter is raising her 2 grandchildren here. When Lisa’s youngest child was in Junior High she was made aware of a new program being put into action by the school resource officers in the Sanford Public Schools, and immediately became involved as an active parent and executive board member of this initiative later to be named, Sanford Police Cadets and Youth Initiatives (her son graduated from Sanford High School and the Cadet program). Through her work at Sanford Community Adult Education over the past 30 years, Lisa has seen the result of children who have not had positive experiences and have come back for a second chance but the work that Strategies and SPC&YI is doing is an attempt to make the first try a positive experience and she wants to be a part of that. Lisa is an active member of the CrossRoads United Methodist Church and serves on several of their committees and sings in the choir.
Megan Walsh, (Board Vice President, Strategies for a Stronger Sanford) LADC, LMSW, Student Resource Coordinator, Sanford Schools
Megan brings a unique skill set to this project including administration, clinical work, and teaching. She is a Licensed Masters Social Worker and a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor. Administrative responsibilities include managing an Adult Outpatient department with an Intern Program from area colleges and universities providing services to over 250 patients with a budget of 1.2 million in a county Mental Health agency for seven years. Prior to this she developed and directed A Substance Abuse Department for four years. Megan instructed at the University level teaching both Masters and Bachelors level students including courses on Substance Abuse, Intern Practicum and Social Policy. She has been with the Sanford schools since 2001 in her capacity as a Social Worker with Special Education and the Safe Schools Healthy Students. She was the Project Director for two federal mental health counseling grants through the department of education at both the elementary and secondary level serving 3,000 students in the Sanford schools.
- She currently works at Maine Behavioral Healthcare as the Crisis Response Services Community Outreach Program Coordinator.
- She has also worked for MBH/Maine Health as the Training & Public Relations Coordinator for Crisis Response Services MaineHealth.
- She is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and MHRTC-CSP and is also a Notary Public.
- CIT-Law Enforcement Instructor and training support liaison on behalf of Maine Behavioral Healthcare for N.A.M.I.-Maine.
- She is a State of Maine Youth Suicide Awareness Trainer, LOCUS, MHRT-C-CSP trainer & a Maine Behavioral Health Disaster Team Member.
- Cheryl has served her community professionally and on a volunteer basis most of her adult life, she has formerly served on the Board of Directors of Caring Unlimited, The Acton Parent Teacher Group, Acton Recreation Board, York County Travel Basketball League Board, The Sanford Strong Coalition, CPPC committee, Allied Public Health Committee, and The Drug Free Community Task Force, Sanford High School Project Graduation Committee 2013, Chair 2017 and Chair for 2019.
- She currently services as the Vice President of Sanford Alumni Association, Board Member for the Sanford Legacy Foundation, and is the Secretary for Strategies for a Stronger Sanford Board of Directors.
- In addition to these groups she has served on various task forces and sub committees in the community including the York County Opiate Task Force.
Cheryl believes strongly in community involvement and working with various grassroots efforts that impact community change.
Cheryl lives in Acton, Maine with her husband and 3 children Ryan, Summer and Brooke, all who share a deep passion for their community roots and service to others.
Elizabeth Kelly, (Board Treasurer, Strategies for a Stronger Sanford) Partners for Healthier Communities, Southern Maine Health Care.
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Matt Westerlund, St. George’s Episcopal Church, Sanford, ME
Matt came to Maine from Idaho in 2009 and became involved
in the community of Sanford through his work with youth.
Matt is involved in the lives of local teens through his work with St. George’s Episcopal Church, Sanford and Gathering Grounds – an after school coffee house for teens that happens once a week. Matt lives in Sanford with his wife and two boys.
Anne-Marie Mastraccio, Maine State House Representative, Sanford, Me
and serves as the House Chair of the Government Oversight Committee. She is also a three term member of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee. Previous elected office includes 12 years on the Sanford School Committee and 9 years on the Sanford Town Council. She is a retired Dental Hygienist and worked in her now retired husband Albert’s optometry practice for over 20 years. They are the proud parents of Carla and Joseph, both married, and 2 grandchildren, Michael and Max!
Dorrie Whittier, Manager-Business Systems Projects Liberty Mutual in Dover, NH and Sanford, ME
Dorrie was born and raised here in Sanford. She is the proud parent of two sons and lives here with her husband of 34 years. Dorrie has a degree in nursing and business management and is a certified project manager. She brings experience in health care, health insurance and project management. Dorrie is involved with local community groups and spent 10 years as a youth leader
Kate has been a part of the Sanford community since 2012 when she was hired under the GRAA ( Grant to Reduce Alcohol Abuse) grant and then moved to the Nellie Mae grant at the Sanford School Department. She developed a deep passion for community building and youth development. Kate has volunteered with the Sanford Police Cadet Program since 2013 in many different capacities. She has a sister, niece and two nephews that live in Sanford. One of her nephews is now involved in the Cadet program. Katy graduated from St. Joseph’s College of Maine and is currently working at the Center for Wildlife.
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Emily came to Maine via New Hampshire in 2004 where she was born and raised in a small town. She is the proud mother of two children, Nathan and Madison. She quickly became involved in the Sanford Community through her love of the local youth. She graduated from the first cohort of the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI). She then went on to facilitator training in Virginia and began facilitating the next cohort of graduates. She received a Strategies for a Stronger Sanford High Five award for her advocacy on the school budget. She was a member of the Build Our Future Committee which raised awareness on both the High School and Elementary School projects. She became a member of the Nasson Community Center board of directors which eventually led her to become employed there as the Executive Assistant. She also is member of the Sanford School Committee serving her first term.
Bio and picture to be updated.