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Margo Beland
Margo Beland
Finance Manager
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Margo Beland joined MeHAF as Finance Manager in June 2015. As a newly created position for MeHAF, it will significantly strengthen MeHAF’s internal financial management capacity. Margo is responsible for the finances, human resource management, and working with the foundation’s investment advisors and the Board of Trustees’ Finance Committee. For several years, Margo served as MeHAF’s contract accountant through her former employer, Maine Development Foundation. Through her work, Margo has over 30 years of experience in the non-profit finance and operations administration. Margo is a graduate of Thomas College and a Leadership Maine alumna, Upsilon Class. Margo resides in Augusta with her husband Bob. Margo has a grown son and step-son and two grandchildren. She enjoys travelling in the winter and spending time at her camp in southern Maine in the summer months.
Charles Dwyer
Charles Dwyer
Program Officer I
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Charles Dwyer joined MeHAF as Program Officer in December 2012. He currently oversees MeHAF’s Healthy Community and Rural Health Programs, and provides assistance to the foundation’s Governance Committee. Charles is also an advisor of the Maine Community Foundation’s Equity Fund. He has 16 years of public health experience, most recently serving as the health department liaison in the four county area of the Mid-coast. From 2006 to 2011 he served as the Director of the State Office of Rural Health and Primary Care which began convening the statewide Health Workforce Forum and the Maine Tele-health Collaborative under his leadership. Other roles at the Maine CDC have included Assistant to the Director of the Division of Infectious Disease; HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Program Manager, Public Health Educator, and Disease Intervention Specialist. Charles is proud to be a former AmeriCorps National Service Volunteer and a lifelong resident of Maine, Charles graduated from the University of Southern Maine, School of Social Work in 1996. He completed the Northeast Regional Public Health Leadership Institute in 2002, and continues to explore opportunities to learn and grow both personally and professionally.
Jake Grindle
Jake Grindle
Program Officer I
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Jake Grindle joined the MeHAF staff in September of 2015. He currently oversees MeHAF’s Health Equity Capacity-Building program. Jake also has responsibility for several research and communications functions. Prior to this position, Jake worked at Western Maine Community Action, where he served as the Project Coordinator for the Maine Community Action Health Navigator Project. In this role, Jake spearheaded community outreach and enrollment efforts for the statewide consortium of CAP agencies that have been engaged in health insurance Marketplace enrollment. Prior to assuming the Coordinator position, Jake served as the Field Director for the Northeast Archaeology Research Center and the University of Maine at Farmington. He has also worked as a Community Organizer for the Maine’s People Alliance and Maine People’s Resource Center, and was a founding member and organizer for Visible Community in Lewiston. Jake is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington. He currently lives in Pownal with his wife and two dogs, where he spends his free time tending his garden and small fruit tree orchard.
Holly Irish
Holly Irish
Program & Communications Assistant
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Holly Irish is MeHAF's Program & Communications Assistant. She joined MeHAF in December 2011 as the Program Assistant. Holly is responsible for a range of duties related to the effective and efficient administration of the Foundation’s priorities. She provides administrative support to the Grants Manager and other program staff to facilitate the successful implementation, monitoring, and reporting of the grants program. Holly also coordinates all logistical needs for MeHAF's grantee meetings and the larger Learning Community meetings. Holly is the staff support for the Grants Committee and Community Advisory Committee. She also provides support to all Program Officers for their respective grant programs and is responsible for coordinating all grantee related meetings and gatherings. She is responsible of creation and distribution of MeHAF's bi-weekly e-newsletter and any press releases. Holly works with the staff-led website team to review and keep the Foundation's website up to date with any changes to layout, text and the addition of pages. Before joining MeHAF, Holly worked as an Administrative and Communications Assistant at Kennebec Behavioral Health, where she provided support to the Director of Communications, the CEO and the Executive Assistant. Holly is a native Mainer and a graduate of Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield. She resides in Clinton with her husband and two daughters, their dog and two cats. She enjoys the outdoors, music, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Ruta Kadonoff, MA, MHS
Ruta Kadonoff, MA, MHS
Senior Program Officer
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Ruta Kadonoff joined MeHAF as Senior Program Officer in December 2016. She oversees the Thriving in Place program and MeHAF’s collaboration in funding the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging as well as staffing the foundation’s Grants Committee. Ruta came to this position with over 20 years of experience in fostering and advocating for quality improvement and person-centered approaches in long term services and supports for older people. She has held leadership roles in a diverse set of national organizations focusing on policy, research and practice change. She currently serves on the board of Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County. Ruta grew up in Connecticut and moved to the Washington, DC area to attend The Catholic University of America where she received a B.A. in political science. She subsequently completed a Masters of Health Science degree in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and a Master of Arts degree in the Management of Aging Services from the Erickson School of Aging Studies at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Ruta, her husband and their cats re-located from the Washington suburbs to Belfast in 2016, realizing a long-standing dream. She spends as much of her spare time outdoors as possible, and particularly enjoys walking and hiking, sailing, kayaking and photography.
Dani Kalian
Dani Kalian
Executive Assistant
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Dani Kalian provides administrative support and assistance to the President and other staff. She oversees general office operations and facility management as well as provides support to the Board of Trustees, Governance Committee, and Strategic Planning Committee. Dani joined MeHAF in 2008 as the administrative assistant and has been the Foundation’s Executive Assistant since 2011. Dani attended St. Bonaventure University in New York before moving to Maine where she graduated from Andover College. She lives in Manchester with her husband.
Barbara Leonard, MPH
Barbara Leonard, MPH
President & CEO
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Ms. Leonard is MeHAF’s President and CEO, having taken on the role in October 2016 after a national search. Barbara brings over 25 years of experience and leadership in philanthropic and public health program development, administration, management and evaluation at the state and national level. Ms. Leonard originally joined the MeHAF team October 2007 as a senior program officer, and became Vice President for Programs in May 2008. At MeHAF, she has played a key role in developing and leading health reform initiatives such as a comprehensive portfolio of grants focused on payment reform, development of community-focused programs such as Thriving in Place and Healthy Community grants, and the multi-year Integrated Care Initiative. She serves as primary staff for the Board of Trustees, as well as the Strategic Planning, Finance, Governance, and Executive Committees. Barbara is a past president of the board of the Maine Philanthropy Center and the Maine Women’s Fund. Barbara was raised in Connecticut and first came to Maine as a student at Colby College in Waterville where she received a BA in Psychology. She has an MPH in Health Policy and Resources from Yale University. In her spare moments, she spends time with her husband, Dan, spoils their Labrador retrievers Cooper and Jessie, cooks for friends, sings as a soprano with the Maine Music Society Chorale, grows perennials and vegetables, and is an enthusiastic amateur at the Belfast Curling Club.
Cathy Luce, MBA
Cathy Luce, MBA
Director of Grants Management
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Cathy oversees grants management operations and ensures that these functions are of the highest quality and accuracy, compliant with federal and state regulations, as well as coordinated and integrated with other program and administrative functions of the foundation. Cathy works as part of the Program Team to plan the fielding, execution and monitoring of all grants and other program activities. In addition, she provides quality control for grantmaking procedures and systems, and monitors both to make sure the foundation is compliant with legal and IRS standards. Cathy joined MeHAF in April, 2002 as Administrative Assistant, and has held several positions since then, including Grants Associate, Grants Manager, and is currently the Director of Grants Management. Prior to joining MeHAF, Cathy worked as the Officer Manager and Bookkeeper for Consumers for Affordable Health Care Foundation and was Co-Owner of a small reforestation business. Cathy received her MBA and B.S. in Business Administration from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. She is also a Leadership Maine alumna, Phi Class. Cathy has three adult children and lives in Waterville with her husband Mark. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, attending local sporting events and taking walks with her dogs, Emmitt and Zeke.
Kathryn Pierce, MPA
Kathryn Pierce, MPA
Program Officer I
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Kathryn Pierce joined MeHAF as Program Officer in December 2016. She currently oversees MeHAF’s Addiction Care and Discretionary and Meeting Support programs, and provides assistance to the foundation’s Strategic Planning Committee. Prior to joining MeHAF, Kathryn worked for three years as a Consultant at TCC Group, which is a social sector consulting firm based in New York City. In this role, Kathryn worked with nonprofit organizations on strategic planning, and supported foundation clients in the design and delivery of capacity building supports for their grantees. Through her work at TCC Group and a previous position at the Catholic Medical Mission Board, which is a faith-based organization that provides long-term, co-operative, medical and development aid to underserved communities around the world, Kathryn has developed a knowledge base around issues related to unequal access to health care. This experience, coupled with her Peace Corps service as a Rural Community Development Volunteer in Costa Rica, has helped Kathryn develop a strong appreciation for the mission and work of MeHAF. Originally from Kennebunk, Maine, Kathryn left the State to attend Fordham University in New York, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and International Political Economy. She continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her Master’s in Public Administration at the Fels Institute of Government. After more than a decade away, Kathryn is grateful to be back in Maine and eager to invest her time, skills, and energies in improving the health of people across the state.

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