Our Founding Leaders Believe In The Power Of Change

Founder & Chief Change Maker

 When my 12-year-old son steps onto the mat at martial arts, he bows to his instructor and says  "I'm gonna do the best I can today."  When he's done, he bows again, and, before stepping off the mat, says  "I did the best I could today."  For me, " Change is...Doing the Best we can every day so that more kids can dream and be their best."

When my 12-year-old son steps onto the mat at martial arts, he bows to his instructor and says "I'm gonna do the best I can today." When he's done, he bows again, and, before stepping off the mat, says "I did the best I could today." For me, "Change is...Doing the Best we can every day so that more kids can dream and be their best."

Matt Hoidal, Esq.: Graduate of St. Lawrence University (B.A., 1994); Vermont Law School (JD, 2000). Former SVP Resource Development & Marketing, United Way of Greater Portland (2014-2017). Executive Director of Camp Sunshine in Casco, Maine, a national nonprofit retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families (2001-2014). Matt worked in the Office of the New Hampshire Attorney General (Charitable Trusts Division), New Hampshire Legal Aid, and Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. He serves on the national Board of Directors of SADD, Inc. (Students Against Destructive Decisions), and has served on the Board of the Governor Baxter School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Maine. Previous volunteer work has also included serving with the WCSH 6 Who Care Board of Governors, and the Maine Marathon Committee. Matt is a longstanding member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and resides in Falmouth, ME.

In 2001, Matt recruited a team of 12 runners from around the country who participated in a 1,600+ mile East Coast trek - Miracle Marathon - for Camp Sunshine. A huge believer in big challenges, Matt and his staff partnered with Life is Good a few years later to set the Guinness World Record in Boston with 30,128 carved and lit pumpkins covering the Boston Common in 2006. Through these events, and his work in the nonprofit sector, Matt witnessed the human spirit at its best and our remarkable tendencies toward compassion and kindness.

Founding Board Members

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Fred Frawley III, Esq., Board Secretary:  Graduate of Dartmouth College (B.A., cum laude, 1973); University of Maine School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1976); and Georgetown University Law Center (L.L.M., Taxation, 1980). Senior Counsel at Eaton Peabody, his concentration is in privacy law, intellectual property and technology law. Fred practiced with the Washington, D.C., law firms of Howrey & Simon, and Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth. Since 1982 he has practiced in Maine as a partner at both Brann & Isaacson and Preti Flaherty. He has appeared in Federal and State courts throughout the United States. Fred is a founder, board member, and past president of the Foundation for Faces of Children (at Children’s Hospital in Boston), Board member of the McLaughlin Foundation (South Paris, ME), Maine Preservation (Yarmouth, ME), Board President of the Regional Transportation Program (Portland, ME), and Board Member of WMPG-FM. Resident of Cumberland, ME.

Tissa Hami: Graduate of Brown University (B.A., 1995); Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (M.I.A., 2001); and Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Diplome, 2001). Stand-up comic, speaker, and activist – Tissa traveled the country as one of the nation’s few female Muslim comedians. She has appeared in the PBS documentary Stand Up, on ABC’s The View, and in publications including the LA Times and Washington Post. Her professional experience includes work at Sullivan & Cromwell, Goldman Sachs, UCSF, and Harvard University. Resident of Weston, MA.

  "Change is...Making amazing experiences available to young children so that they can see what is possible no matter what their background.”

"Change is...Making amazing experiences available to young children so that they can see what is possible no matter what their background.”

Chet Homer III, Board TreasurerGraduate of Dartmouth College (B.A., 1973); Northeastern University (M.B.A., 1974). Owner of Shawnee Peak, one of New England’s oldest ski areas. Former chair of Ocean National Bank, Portsmouth, NH, and Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, New England Advisory Council. Former owner of Portland Pirates AHL hockey team. Former Chairman, New England Ski Areas Council. Former Director, National Ski Areas Association. Former Executive Vice President & Director, Tom's of Maine. Former Trustee, University System of New Hampshire (8 years) - Investment Committee Chair. Resident of Portsmouth, NH.

  “Whether through evolution or epiphany, positive change can have far-reaching impact. The greatest gift is to start the chain reaction of positive influence in young people so that they seek to positively influence others in their lives, one person at a time. Compounding influence is true magic.”

“Whether through evolution or epiphany, positive change can have far-reaching impact. The greatest gift is to start the chain reaction of positive influence in young people so that they seek to positively influence others in their lives, one person at a time. Compounding influence is true magic.”

Dan Scheerer: Graduate of Denison University (B.A., 1986); Babson College Executive Entrepreneurship Programs (1997). Founder & Director of SmartGeorge Outreach, Inc.. Former owner of Scheerer Holdings, Ltd.. Former owner of the Master Franchise rights to Cartridge World in New England. Former President, Owner of The Robert C. Lavin Corporation, Inc. Commercial Real Estate Broker, The Shepardson Group. Resident of Duxbury, MA.

 

  "Change, because...We are all on this earth for a good time, not a long time."

"Change, because...We are all on this earth for a good time, not a long time."

Barry Tatelman: Graduate of Boston University (B.S., 1972). Owner of Destiny Ventures and Rocasuba, Inc.. Broadway producer. Former co-owner of Jordan's Furniture, the first retailer to pioneer "shoppertainment," mixing entertainment and furniture. The highest sales per square foot in the world and the most number of inventory turns. In 1999, Barry and his brother Eliot sold the company, which had grown to four stores and $250 million in sales, to Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway). Inducted into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame. Resident of Boston, MA.

 Thinking back to when I was reading Dr. Seuss to my grandchildren this quote from the Lorax stands out: " Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not ." For me, " Change is...helping now and not postponing until tomorrow when it is too late. "

Thinking back to when I was reading Dr. Seuss to my grandchildren this quote from the Lorax stands out: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." For me, "Change is...helping now and not postponing until tomorrow when it is too late."

Peter Wasserman, Board Chair: Graduate of St. Lawrence University (B.A., 1964). General Partner of Patriot Partners, LP. Former President of Altman, Brennen, and Wasserman, a boutique brokerage firm in New York, NY. Member of the New York Stock Exchange (from 1967 until it went public). Peter's professional experiences also includes work at Drysdale Securities, and Carlysle Co, both in New York City. Volunteer work includes serving as a board member of Gilda's Club; former board member of Desert Cancer Foundation (Palm Desert, CA), Rippowam Cisqua School (Bedford, NY), The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT), and The Bridges Resort (Warren, VT). Resident of Palm Desert, CA.

 

Board of Advisors

Brett Austin: CEO of Rapid Insight, an analytics software solutions company, with offices in Conway, NH and Portland, ME - Brett is an angel investor, experienced technology executive team leader and entrepreneur. Most recently, he was the President of Kepware Technologies, leading the company to a sale to PTC, a global Industrial Internet of Things software company. Driven by the challenge of scaling great businesses, Brett has spent more than two decades developing a profound passion for creating progressive organizations that foster trust, collaboration, learning, creativity, and community engagement. Brett is an active member of Investors’ Circle, the largest early-stage impact investing network. He is also a pledger of Founder Pledge, a group of entrepreneurs and investors who have pledged to give a substantial part of proceeds to charitable causes. His community support benefits the environment, children, education, and entrepreneurship, including organizations such as 1% for the Planet, World of Change, Protect our Winters, Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, United Way of Greater Portland, Seattle Works, and Greater Boston Food Bank. Brett earned a B.A. in Accounting from the University of Notre Dame. Resident of Cumberland, ME.

Carol Hancock: Carol and her husband David were fifth generation members of the Hancock family, owners of Hancock Lumber, established in Maine in 1848. Carol was a classroom teacher with SAD #61, the Lake Region School District. She has served on the board of directors for the Portland Stage Company, Hancock Lumber, Hancock Land Co., the Cancer Community Center, Camp Sunshine, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, and the Parks Advisory Committee for the Town of Casco. She was a member of the SAD #61 School Board, a trustee for the Casco Public Library, and a member of the Long Range Plan Committee for the Casco Village Church. She also served on the Advisory Board for the Artist-in-Residence Program for the Maine State Arts and Humanities Commission. Resident of Casco, ME.

Kevin Hancock: President of Hancock Lumber Company. Established in 1848, Hancock Lumber operates ten retail stores and three sawmills that are led by 460 employees. The company also grows trees on 12,000 acres of timberland in Southern Maine. Kevin is a past chairman of the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association as well as the Bridgton Academy Board of Trustees. Kevin is a recipient of the Ed Muskie ‘Access to Justice’ Award, the Habitat For Humanity ‘Spirit of Humanity’ Award, the Boy Scouts of America ‘Distinguished Citizen’ Award, and Timber Processing Magazine’s ‘Man of the Year’ Award. Kevin also spent 20 years coaching middle school basketball for the Lake Region school district. Kevin is a graduate of Lake Region High School and Bowdoin College. He is also a frequent visitor to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. In 2015, Kevin published a book about his experiences with the Oglala Sioux Tribe titled, Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse. The book won the 2015 National Indie Excellence Award, first place in leadership and runner-up in the spirituality category.

Roxanne Quimby: In 1989, Roxanne and her partner Burt, a beekeeper and refugee from New York, started Burt's Bees. In 2003, Roxanne sold the multimillion dollar company, and used proceeds of the sale to fund two foundations - The Quimby Family Foundation and Elliotsville Plantation. Roxanne also serves as the founding director of the Quimby Colony, an artist in residence program located in Portland Maine, and in the summer of 2010, was appointed to the National Park Foundation by its Chairman, Kenneth Salazar, Secretary of the Department of the Interior. In August 2016, Roxanne and her family donated 87,500 acres of land in Maine, which President Obama announced the designation of Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument as America’s 413th unit of the National Park System. The gift was facilitated by the National Park Foundation as part of its Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks. In addition to the new park land, the gift includes an endowment of $20 million to supplement federal funds for initial park operational needs and infrastructure development at the new monument, and a pledge of another $20 million in future philanthropic support.