Board of Directors

Matt Ouellette, (Board President, Strategies for a Stronger Sanford) Youth and Family Services Director, Sanford-Springvale YMCA, Springvale, Me

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Matt has been a member of the board since 2011 and has been a life-long member of Sanford-Springvale. Matt has an incredible passion for his local community and brings this enthusiasm to his work as a board member. Matt would love to hear from you and get together to talk more about the work of Strategies for a Stronger Sanford over a cup of coffee or during a round of golf.

 

Lisa Blanchette (Board Vice President, Strategies for a Stronger Sanford), Academic and Vocational Coordinator,  Sanford Community Adult Education, Sanford School Department 

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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.

 

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Matt Westerlund, (Ex-Officio Chair, Strategies for a Stronger), 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 afterschool coffee house for teens that happens once a week.  Matt lives in Sanford with his wife and two boys.

 

a_m_mastraccioAnne-Marie Mastraccio, Maine State House Representative, Sanford, Me

Anne-Marie Mastraccio currently serves the City of Sanford as the Representative to Maine House District 143. She is a member of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee and the Joint Select Committee on Maine’s Workforce and Economic Future.  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!

 

Megan Walsh, 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.