Our Executive Leadership
Kara Hay, Chief Executive Officer and President, is a Maine native. She came to Penquis in 2009 as the Deputy Director and Operations Manager for the Penquis Child Development Department and was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of Penquis in June, 2014. Kara collaborates with the Board of Directors to refine and implement the strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, staff, and priorities are aligned with Penquis core mission. She provides inspirational leadership and direction enabling Penquis to achieve its long- and short-term goals and objectives. She ensures the delivery of high quality services while managing for current and future growth. She oversee the financial status of the organization including developing long and short range financial plans and sets financial priorities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre from the University of Maine, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo, and a Master of Arts degree in...
Denice Conary, Chief Financial Officer, has over 23 yearsâ€™ experience in the accounting field. She began her career at Penquis in 2001 as the companyâ€™s Controller and was appointed CFO in 2013. In her current position she directs the preparation and management of the agencyâ€™s 38 million dollar annual operating budget, serves as staff to the Finance Committee of the Board of Directors, is directly involved in the financial aspects of six subsidiary corporations under the Penquis umbrella, and is responsible for the fiscal oversight of ten low income/senior housing projects in the area. Through the effective management and stewardship of resources, Denice ensures the organizationâ€™s financial integrity and supports the provision of essential services to low-income individuals and families. A resident of Holden, she has a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Husson University, is a member of IMA, and is a candidate for the CMA exam.
Field Glover, Chief Administrative Officer, is a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has spent over twenty years as a nonprofit professional and comes to Penquis after serving as the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of Development for the University of South Dakota Foundation. In his current role, Field works with teams in human resources, facilities, information services, resource development and serves as staff liaison to the Audit Committee and of the Board of Directors. He is focused on ensuring the safety and maintenance of Penquis properties and facilities, providing competitive compensation package and a robust technological infrastructure that allows Penquis to efficiently and effectively serve the citizens of Maine.Field holds a BA in Studio Art from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts and a MBA from the University of Colorado. He has worked and traveled in virtually every state in the country and was eager to return to New England to raise his...
Heidi LeBlanc- Chief Operating Officer, has worked with children and families for over 25 years in residential, community and educational settings. Heidi worked as the Director of Child Development Director for Penquis from 2014 to 2016, overseeing Head Start, Early Head Start, and child care programs and our Pre-K partnerships. She received her BA in Psychology from Colby College and her M.Ed in Special Education/Early Intervention from the University of Maine. As Chief Operating Officer, Heidi has primary responsibility for the administration of the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) which supports the Penquis mission to alleviate and prevent poverty in the lives of individuals, families and communities. She also has oversight of several departments at Penquis including Child Development, Transportation, Housing and Energy, and Family Enrichment services.
Jennifer Giosia, Department Director of Housing & Energy Services, has worked in the social service sector for 23 years. She began her career at Penquis in 1992 in the energy services field and has expanded her role to include housing for low income households. Jen and the Housing and Energy staff work with thousands of Maine families each year to provide home weatherization and, during the winter season, home energy assistance. She has served as Chair of the Maine Community Action Associationâ€™s Energy Council and Vice Chair of its Housing Council. Jennifer holds a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University.
Cheri Snow, RN.
Cheri Snow, RN, Department Director of Family Enrichment Services has over 20 years of experience in service provision and program management. She oversees many well-known Penquis services including Health Services, Law Project, Rape Response Services, Maine Families, Autism Community Services, and, a recent venture for Penquis, Assisted Living Services. Cheriâ€™s broad experience and background ensures the highest level of customer service throughout our services. She joined Penquis in November 1990. Cheri received her AD in Nursing from Eastern Maine Community College.
Marcia Larkin, Department Director of Lynx Mobility Services, has twenty years of experience providing transportation services to the residents of Maine. Marcia began her tenure at Penquis in 1994 serving as a Dispatcher in the transportation department. At Penquis, Marcia has held the positions of Lead Dispatcher, Dispatch Supervisor, and Division Manager, and Director of the Community Support Department. In 2013, Marcia was appointed Department Director of Lynx Mobility Services. Whether itâ€™s transportation to medical appointments or ensuring rural residents get their shopping and banking done, Marciaâ€™s team is there to make it happen. Last year, LYNX Mobility Services covered over 1 million miles.
Janeen Feero, Resource Development Officer, has over 15 yearsâ€™ experience in fundraising and grant writing. Janeen worked for the University of Maine and the College of the Atlantic before joining Penquis in 2000. She received her BA in Speech Communication from the University of Southern Maine and her MA in Speech Communication from the University of Maine. Janeen oversees Penquisâ€™ development efforts, including fundraising and community relations. Janeen works diligently with staff across the agency to capture grant resources, win competitive bidding opportunities, obtain philanthropic support, and assure Penquis maintains appropriate, strong public information and community relation efforts.
Steven Richard is Director of the Non-emergency Medical (NET) Transportation Brokerage department which began operations in August, 2013 and brokers transportation services for MaineCare members in Penobscot and Piscataquis counties, and, beginning August 1, 2014, in Kennebec and Somerset counties. Steven brings more than 25 years of experience in business management and process improvement to this new brokerage service. With a degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masterâ€™s of Business Administration degree, Steven offers an analytical approach to the management of social service related programs. Over the last decade, he has worked as a project manager for the Maine Secretary of State, served as Executive Director of the Down East AIDS Network, and has worked with hundreds of Maine small businesses as a business counselor for the Maine Small Business Development Centers. Steven and his team strive each day to improve transportation access for our economically...
Jason Bird, Housing Development Director, joined Penquis in May 2015. Most recently, he was the Community and Economic Development Officer for the City of Bangor. He formerly worked as a Senior Program Director with the Midcoast Council of Governments in Damariscotta. Jason has nearly 10 years of project development and management experience, with a strong record of federal, state and local grant writing and fundraising. Jason holds a Bachelors in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration, both from the University of Maine. He currently serves on the Board of the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter and the MPBN Community Advisory Board.
Elissa Wynne, Child Development Director, joined Penquis in August 2016. She is responsible for overseeing Head Start, Early Head Start, child care services and Pre-K partnership programs in Penobscot, Piscataquis and Knox counties. Prior to joining the Penquis leadership team, she spent seven years serving children and families at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services in child welfare, child abuse prevention and managing multiple federally-funded child care programs. Elissa holds Bachelors and Masterâ€™s degrees in Social Work, both from the University of Maine. Her priority in Child Development is to increase access to high-quality early education for Maineâ€™s low and moderate income citizens and to ensure Penquisâ€™ continued leadership and excellence in the early care and education field.
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