Grete Zemans, President
Grete has been a Board member since 2014 and currently serves as President. Grete has served in leadership positions for mental health organizations in Maine, and as a community health organizer in the Northeast. Grete also volunteers in Tanzania developing a continuum of care for children with HIV/AIDS.
Richard “Skip” White, Treasurer
Skip joined the Board in 2017 and presently serves as Treasurer. Skip is working as an independent health care consultant focusing on health plan/delivery system collaboration, primary care payment models and provider contracting. Previously, Skip was General Manager of Employer and Provider Partnerships at Martin’s Point Health Care for three years. Skip is currently on the Quality Improvement Committee at Maine Behavioral Health Care and the Community Advisory Committee at Maine Health Access Foundation. Skip resides in Portland.
Nadine Twagirayezu, Secretary
Nadine has been a Board member since 2014 and currently serves as Secretary. Originally from Burundi, she worked in international environmental, as well as in social justice education fields. Nadine works as a paralegal at Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project.
Amy Kustra Barksdale, MD
Amy has been a Board member since 2015. A former Medical Director at Greater Portland Health, Amy is an artist with a special interest in art’s role in the community and healing. Amy co-organized a nonprofit organization founded on non-toxic living called: “The Naked Truth Project.”
Victoria is a founding Board member. She is a documentary film maker and hosts a weekly television and radio show called ‘Nosostros—We the People.’ Originally from Peru, Victoria also teaches Spanish, and volunteers helping many Spanish-speaking immigrants in the community.
Victoria joined the Board in 2013. Victoria is the Director of Marketing for New England Cancer Specialists in Scarborough, Maine, and has a professional background in media and journalism. Victoria is also a city councilor in Biddeford and volunteers with a number of nonprofit organizations, including Girls on the Run and Heart of Biddeford.
Gloria has been a Board member since 2015. Gloria has considerable experience volunteering for healthcare education and advocacy programs benefitting women and increasing awareness of behavioral health services in New England.
Maurice has been a Board member since 2014 and has served on the patient advisory committee. Originally from the eastern Congo, Maurice is a qualified Community Health Outreach Worker in Portland with a background in human rights, peace-building, and advocacy.
Joyce has served as a Board member since 2014. She was previously a public school teacher and director of camp and extra-curricular programming in Baltimore and Freeport. She is a strong advocate in the community and at Greater Portland Health for programs supporting women, families, and the homeless.
Adria Moynihan Rusk
Adria has been a Board member since 2012, and has a background in project management, creative administration and social services. A talented artist, Adria has a small business teaching art and providing design and administrative services to organizations and individuals.
Paul joined the board in 2018. The senior manager of communications at the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization, Paul has a long history of working on public health and social justice issues with diverse communities, including native American tribes, immigrants and members of underserved urban populations.
Eileen joined the Board in 2015. Eileen previously served as the State President for one of the largest organizations of spouses, daughters and granddaughters of veterans. She has experience in the medical field, and served as a chairman of the State of Maine Committee for Certified Nursing Assistants.
Bruno has been a Board member since 2009, and served as Secretary from 2009-2015. Originally from Ghana, Bruno taught English Language Learners at Deering High School before retiring in 2016. He also works with Portland’s immigrant populations at several public schools.
Joelle joined the board in August 2018. She works as Development Associate at the ACLU of Maine and is on the board of Safe Space Radio, a show on difficult subjects to discuss. Originally from Rwanda, she worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which kindled her passion for public health. Joelle is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Public Health at the University of Southern Maine.