Shaina Fraser is the FFCC’s Executive Director. She has a diverse professional background in both social work and administration of nonprofits. She earned a B.A in Psychology and Community Studies from UMM and worked in Children’s Services for DHHS when she graduated. She then went on to work as a Jobs for Maine’s Graduates Specialist at Narraguagus Jr.Sr High School, working with high schoolers to overcome barriers to education, helping them gain skills for life and the workforce. She then went on to work as the administrator of the Ark Animal Shelter, having a strong knowledge of animal welfare and state law. During her tenure with the Ark she became certified to manage non-profits. She is looking forward to dedicating her daily work to the FFCC’s mission and utilizing all of her skills and experience in building relationships, providing leadership within daily operations, program development, and fundraising.
Liza McChesney is the Residential Aide for FFCC. This is a unique position that offers free room and board in exchange for doing 15 hours of household operations, answering off-hours phone calls, and being at the house 70% the time when staff is not in the house. Liza feels this is an awesome opportunity to connect with an important organization that helps families struggling with homelessness. This experience has been rewarding in that she gets to be a support system for a bunch of wonderful women and children. Liza has a 5 year old daughter who is in kindergarten at Ellsworth Elementary School. Liza’s hobbies include, but are not limited to hiking, reading, outdoor activities with her daughter, working at Aroma Joe’s, and attending concerts.
Steve Dotson, MBA (Treasurer), Harvard Alumni & Air Force veteran who has retired from a long career in finance working in Washington DC.
Paul Ouellette, PAC- MHP (Secretary), has worked in both Internal medicine and emergency medicine for the last 28 yrs.
Nichole Gulowsen entered the field of social services in 1996 when she began working as an Assistant in the Child & Families Program at the Washington Hancock Community Agency. From there she would go on to hold positions as a Case Manager with Community Care of Bangor; Assistant Director of the Emmaus Shelter and then Director; Substance Use and Mental Health Counselor with Wellspring; Program Director of Wellspring’s Infinity House, and now, she is in private practice as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker doing substance use and mental health counseling, affording her the time to serve on the Board of Directors for Families First Community Center, an organization she has been interested in since 2015 when it’s original founder began developing its concept while working at the Emmaus Homeless Shelter. Creig Crippen once wrote, “I love the weirdos. The rule breakers. The strange, whimsical, outlandish, peculiar, and uncanny. The misfits. The curious, unusual, eccentric, and unpredictable. The freaks. The radical, star-gazing vagabonds. The loners. The rejects. The outsiders. The silly romanticists who ridiculously dream of changing the world someday – because they do.” These are not only the people I work with but they are the people who will change the world and I am proud to consider myself one of them!
Kate McLoud, Retired Lieutenant Col. Airforce, has expertise in finance
Gertrud Champe, PhD, is a retired language professor who specialized in scholarly and technical translation. She is our grant writer.
Mary Allen, is retired from a career as a research scientist for the FDA in Washington, DC and has expertise in finance.