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.
Paul Santomenna, Secretary
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.
M. Isabella Borrero
Isabella joined the Board in May 2019. Currently the Public Health Lab Director for the City of Portland, she has a wide range of experience in the healthcare field including as a microbiologist, Community Health Worker, and medical interpreter. She is passionate about working in the community and joined the Board to help ensure we continue to provide culturally competent care, especially for the Latino community.
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.”
Rebecca joined the Board in January 2020, after she completed the Maine Association of Nonprofits Emerging Leaders program. She currently works as a Data Analyst at MEMIC. She has extensive experience in financial analysis and nonprofit administration, and she is an active member of the Portland recovery community.
Gloria has been a Board member since 2015. Gloria has considerable experience volunteering for healthcare education and advocacy programs benefiting women and increasing awareness of behavioral health services in New England.
Jean Paul Mugiraneza
In 2013, Jean Paul graduated with distinction from Kigali Independent University with a B.SC. in International Relations. He went on to receive his M.A. in Social Innovation from the University of San Diego in 2019. Prior to joining GPH's Board of Directors in 2021, Jean Paul spent six years working domestically in Rwanda on issues related to the 1994 genocides.
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.
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.
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.
Jeanne joined the Board in February 2019. She has a background in project management and 12 years of experience working in Europe and Africa. She is currently the Coordinator of the Business Hub at Greater Portland Immigrants Welcome Center and a member of the John Maxwell International Leadership Team working as a Transformation Advisor, Trainer, and Speaker. She has a Master’s Degree in Development Studies and International Relations from Aalborg University in Denmark.
Benjamin is an active member of the community and Operations Director for the Resilience Hub. He has experience in planning large events and is passionate about growing and eating healthy local foods. Benjamin joined the board because he believes that building supportive and strong communities is key to everyone's happiness. He resides in Westbrook with his husband Stephen.
John is a painter, composer and poet. He combines visual art and music and the spoken word in a kind of conversation. He's interested in how the arts in general promote and encourage healing, both physical and mental.
Chris has been a Board member since 2021. Chris currently works as an attorney at Unum Group, focusing on corporate transactions and governance. Prior to Unum, Chris was a counsel for Martin's Point Health Care, where he served as the day-to-day legal counsel for all aspects of the organization's insurance and health care center operations. Chris' service on the Board stems from his legal experience and his strong support for the New Mainer community and the Portland Public Schools.