OUT MAINE BOARD

Emily Cantillo

Emily Cantillo

Co-Chair (she/her/hers)

Emily is a Compliance Manager at First National Bank in Damariscotta. She lives in Maine with her husband and children. She is a parent of a transgender elementary school child.

Vanessa Shields-Haas

Vanessa Shields-Haas

Co-Chair (she/her/hers)

Vanessa is a Family Nurse Practitioner who provides primary care at the Knox Clinic, women’s health care at the Island Community Health Center on Vinalhaven, and family planning and gender affirming care at Thomaston’s Maine Family Planning clinic. She previously worked as a sexual assault and domestic violence forensic nurse examiner. Vanessa lives in mid coast Maine with her wife, daughter, and animal friends.
Jess Anderson

Jess Anderson

Treasurer (she/her/hers)

Jess brings with her a passion for teaching and learning and decades of experience working with youth. She lives in Maine with her husband and son.

Melissa Bellew

Melissa Bellew

Secretary (she/her/hers)

Advocacy is Melissa’s passion. As a retired public defender, organizer, nonprofit professional, and faith leader, Melissa is the current Vice President of Operations at the Capital District YMCA in Albany, New York. A past resident of Maine, Melissa’s career has been steeped in providing a voice to those who often cannot speak or argue for themselves. Melissa has been in the YMCA movement for the past eleven years, where she serves on the Y’s national LGBTQ+ Resource Network. Melissa resides with her wife, Lori, in New York.

Rev. Patty Fox, M.Div, MSW

Rev. Patty Fox, M.Div, MSW

Board Member (she/her/hers)

Rev. Patty Fox is the Associate Minister at the First Congregational Church of Camden and is ordained in the United Church of Christ. As a chaplain for the Presbyterian Church, she worked with survivors of domestic violence and people living with HIV/AIDS. She and her wife Lisanne have two adult children whom they adopted at birth and live in Midcoast Maine with their four-legged family members: Daisy, Percy, and River.

Christina Theriault, NP

Christina Theriault, NP

Board Member (she/her/hers)

Christina has been a Nurse Practitioner for 17 years. She is a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner at Maine Family Planning in Fort Kent and Presque Isle, faculty at UMO, and adjunct faculty at UMFK. She received her Masters in Nursing from Boston College in 2006 and worked at a major Boston hospital. She resides in Fort Kent with her husband, 2 young sons, and Cooper the cat.

Cynthia Turcotte

Cynthia Turcotte

Board Member (she/her/hers)

Cynthia Turcotte is a former high school teacher for over 20 years and GSA adviser for ten. She has worked with and supported LGBTQ+ youth throughout her teaching career. She loved volunteering at the Rainbow Ball for many years. Since leaving teaching, she has been working with her husband, Tom Fair, at the business they run called Applewald Farm. Applewald Farm is a produce farm/apple orchard/cider mill/bakery/gift shop, which keeps them busy. They are helped at the farm by their two grown sons, one of whom is part of the LGBTQ+ family.

OUT MAINE STAFF

Susan Campbell

Susan Campbell

Executive Director (she/they)

sue@outmaine.org

Sue’s career spans over 25 years in the nonprofit sector. Her extensive expertise in business administration, finance, and public policy has been pivotal in assisting various organizations to achieve their missions and make a lasting impact. With over 15 years of dedicated leadership on local and state school boards, Sue has consistently demonstrated her leadership effectiveness. Sue’s journey as a parent of a transgender son has deeply influenced her work. Having experienced firsthand the challenges and triumphs of supporting youth and families through the transition process, she brings a unique perspective and profound empathy to her advocacy efforts. Sue’s unwavering commitment to inclusivity, diversity, and social justice drives her passion for creating a more equitable society. Sue never gets tired of being on an adventure exploring the nooks and crannies of Maine with her partner and their crazy dog, Dazey.
Katie Lutts

Katie Lutts

Associate Director (she/her/hers)

katie@outmaine.org

Katie is a 2007 graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education and has been teaching health and physical education in Maine for the past 14 years. Katie has experience working with the teacher’s union, administration, and school board on creating and implementing policy. She brings enthusiasm, energy, and years of experience working with students and adults to encourage and support change. Katie lives in Maine with her wife, 3 dogs: Tilley, Fivel, Charlie, and 2 cats: Jetta and Fiyero.

Rachel Albury

Rachel Albury

Development and Communications Coordinator (she/her/hers)

rachel@outmaine.org

Rachel is a 2005 graduate of the University of Maine in Orono with a degree in Business Administration. Rachel brings her experience in website development, marketing, and event planning to the team. She also has experience in non-profit operations and fundraising through her 15 years of volunteer work at a fully volunteer-run community radio station.

Tara Barker

Tara Barker

Program Operations Coordinator (she/her/hers)

tara@outmaine.org

Tara graduated from Bowdoin College in 2000 with an Environmental Studies and Sociology degree. She has spent her adult career exploring diverse interests, moving from public health policy research into the pastry arts and hospitality entrepreneurship to, most recently, the legal field. In every venture, she has found ways to use her position to advocate for underserved populations, create more welcoming and inclusive environments, and use personal connections and outreach to build community. She is thrilled to now bring those passions to OUT Maine. Tara is an avid birder, has a long list of loves including hiking, skiing, camping, travel, writing, yoga, attending musical theater, reading, and cooking, and does everything in her power to stay close to the ocean. She lives in Midcoast Maine with her two teenage sons and two rescue dogs.

Aiden Campbell

Aiden Campbell

Mental Health Consultant/LCSW (he/him/his)

aiden@outmaine.org

Aiden grew up in Maine; transitioned from female to male in high school; and graduated with a Masters of Social Work in 2019 from the University of Southern Maine. Aiden has over seven years of diverse experience working with both at-risk youth and families. Aiden brings his experience as a clinician, along with his personal transitioning  journey, to help OUT educate, support and uplift LGBTQ+ youth across Maine. 

Cassie Cooper

Cassie Cooper

School Engagement Coordinator (she/they)

cassie@outmaine.org

Cassie is the School Engagement Coordinator and comes to OUT Maine from the Education profession where they taught elementary music for seven years. They have a Masters in Music Education from Florida State University and have been an advocate for teacher and student wellness through serving as a union representative, community school advisory board member, school leadership teams, and district curriculum development teams. Cassie continues to serve the education community as the Maine Music Educators Association executive board Secretary. Cassie lives in Southern Maine with her fiance and beagle mix, Maggie.
Maggie Hirshland

Maggie Hirshland

Youth Engagement Coordinator (they/she)

maggie@outmaine.org

Maggie graduated from the University of Virginia in 2020 where she double majored in Youth & Social Innovation and Public Policy. Since moving to Rockland, Maggie has worked within a variety of community spaces as well as directly with youth, including previously serving as the Community Engagement Americorps Fellow at Rockland Main St., the After School Coordinator at South School Elementary, and the Hub Manager at the Camden International Film Festival. Throughout her time in Rockland, Maggie has focused on building community and creating connections among different institutions and individuals, and is looking forward to continuing to do so with youth at OUT Maine. She also recently completed a boat building apprenticeship at the Apprenticeshop, played in the local co-ed softball league (which won the championship this year! Go Redwings!), and likes to drink too much coffee at local coffee shops or rollerblade around town. 

Jamie Knowles

Jamie Knowles

Finance Coordinator (he/him)

jamie@outmaine.org

Jamie has spent most of his life in the Midcoast Maine region, and after several moves and trips around North America, came back to roost and serve his community. He comes to OUT Maine bringing his experience with technology, communications, and grant-funded program management. Before settling in Rockland, Jamie served as the program manager for Waldo CAP’s Transportation Support Program where he provided services to adults with disabilities, the elderly, and low-income families. Jamie is a lifelong learner, advocate for the arts, and community activist. Outside of work he can typically be found playing video games or reading comic books with his cats, Nugget and Bubba.

Maura Oakes

Maura Oakes

Mental Health Coordinator / LCPC (she/her/hers)

maura@outmaine.org

Maura graduated with a Master of Science in Counseling and Psychological Services in 2019 from Salem State University in Massachusetts. Maura has recently worked as a mental health counselor with at-risk children, adolescents, and adults in Southern Maine. She enjoys working with children and adolescents and brings experience working with families to foster healthy and positive relationships. Maura uses her mental health expertise to support and help LGBTQ+ youth and parents learn to thrive. Outside of work, you can find Maura working on a craft project, exploring Maine, or spending time with her husband & their pets.

August Sender

August Sender

Training Coordinator (they/them)

august@outmaine.org

August Sender, training coordinator for OUT Maine, is a highly sought-after educator renowned for their uplifting, affirming style that mobilizes participants towards the thriving of rural Maine’s LGBTQ+ youth. August has been invited to lead trainings and workshops for audiences all over the US and is skilled at working one-on-one, with small group consultations, and with audiences of several hundred people. August is committed to fostering connections across diverse identities and is proud to continue the legacy of advocating for marginalized communities. Prior to this position, August was the Education Co-Coordinator for the Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine and has worked in rural health clinics across the state. They currently live with their spouse, dogs, and chickens on a small homestead in rural Midcoast Maine.