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January 13, 2014

Broadreach Hires New Program Director for Youthlinks

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Broadreach Family & Community Services Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay has announced the hiring of Kristofer Koerber as the new director of the Youthlinks Program.  Kris began his new position on January 2nd.

 

“We are pleased to continue the fine tradition of Youthlinks offering quality after school and summer programs for area middle and high school students with Kris now leading the program.  He brings a great deal of experience working with young people in his previous roles as a coach.  Kris is also familiar with the region.  He lives in Owls Head where he is a volunteer firefighter and has worked as Sternman with Dave Cousens on board the F/V Three Sons out of South Thomaston.  Kris brings a great deal of enthusiasm, energy, and desire to continually improve the program to this position”, stated Kate Quinn Finlay.

 

Kris, a Maine native, grew up in Brunswick before leaving the state to attend Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.  After graduation he pursued a career in athletics, securing his first coaching opportunity at Colby College in Waterville, Maine, as an assistant for the men’s lacrosse team.  Following three years at Colby, Kris continued his coaching career at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York where he earned his Masters in Educational Administration.

 

“I first want to give thanks to Kate Quinn Finlay for presenting me and my family with this opportunity.  I am excited to be working at an organization where empowering people with skills for success are the standard.  I believe strongly in the mission of Broadreach and Kate’s dedication to Youthlinks.  I am honored to be the new leader at Broadreach’s Youthlinks Program and I am delighted to be working alongside such a passionate and outstanding staff”, shared Kris Koerber recently.

 

The purpose of the Youthlinks Program is to empower young people to commit to themselves and their community, broaden their horizons, and acquire healthy life skills through focused enrichment programs and meaningful volunteer opportunities.  The program fosters critical thinking skills (the ability to use logic and reasoning in solving problems that is self-directed, self-disciplined, self-monitored, and supports self-corrective thinking), empathy and introspection.  Youthlinks uses a wide array of programs (including animal care; interacting with senior citizens; cooking; hiking; running small businesses; and having youth identify a community need and address it).  Youthlinks collaborates with the local school system and a number of local partner organizations, businesses, and volunteers.  For more information about Youthlinks call 594-2221 or check out the website at wwww.broadreachmaine.org.

 

November 19, 2013

Deb Donnelly Joins Youthlinks

Deb Donnelly photoRockland – Broadreach Family and Community Services’ Youthlinks Program welcomes new Program Assistant Deb Donnelly.  Ms. Donnelly is familiar with the work of Youthlinks.  Her son participated in several of the programs including afterschool options such as Animation Class and Dodgeball, and Summer Photography Camp and an Outdoor Activity Camp.  She also was involved in Youthlinks’ Farm Camp at Headacre Farm in Owls Head this past summer.

“I feel strongly about the importance of Youthlinks programs.  Youthlinks provides a lot of opportunities at an age when that support is so necessary.  Youthlinks provides a sense of belonging.  It’s good to know that the people at Youthlinks always have your back,” Ms. Donnelly shared when speaking of a young person’s experience with Youthlinks, as well as the experience of being a parent of a teen participating in Youthlinks.

Ms. Donnelly combines her role as parent and Youthlinks Program Assistant with part-time work at a local bookstore.  Throughout her career she has worked for a number of non-profit organizations including a Ronald McDonald House in an urban area of the country where she learned a great deal from the parents of sick children.

“I worked there when my husband and I were starting our family.  It truly changed the way we thought about family life and what we thought of as important.  There are parents and children from all walks of life and all income levels but they all had something in common – they would do anything to help their child.  It helped us decide that we wanted a different kind of lifestyle for our family.  We made the decision to move to Maine, where his parents were living.”

“My son really enjoyed his time at Youthlinks.  Now I look forward to my role here, making sure I help things run smoothly at Youthlinks.”

For more information, contact Youthlinks: 594-2221 or visit www.youthlinksonline.org.  Youthlinks, offering after school programs and summer camps, is a service of Broadreach Family & Community Services, a non-profit organization that has been serving the children and families of Waldo and Knox Counties since 1983.

 

May 2, 2013

Sue diRosario, new Director of Fundraising and Development.

Filed under: New Staff — Sue Dirosario @ 10:31 am

Sue diRosarioBelfast – Broadreach Family & Community Services Executive Director Kate Quinn Finlay has announced that Sue diRosario has joined the organization as its new Director of Fundraising and Development.

Sue diRosario has over thirty years in not-for-profit organization management experience including over twenty years in philanthropy.  She most recently served as Director of Philanthropy for the EMHS Foundation for Sebasticook Valley Health.  Prior roles included Director of Marketing and Development for Sebasticook Valley Hospital and Director of Planning and Development for the Central Maine Area Agency on Aging, now known as Spectrum Generations.

Sue completed her graduate and undergraduate work at the University of Maine at Orono and is also a graduate of Leadership Maine and the EMHS Leadership Academy.  She has served on a number of professional associations, boards, and committees including seven years on the United Way of Mid-Maine board as a member, and also as Chair of a Community Impact Team and Chair of the United Way Board.  Sue has also been a member of the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program’s Child and Family Services Advisory Council.

Broadreach Family & Community Services is a private not-for-profit agency that has been making a difference in the lives of Maine children and families for over thirty years.  Through such programs as early childhood classrooms, care management services, after school and summer programs for youth, behavioral and mental health services, and parenting training, Broadreach helps community members to build skills and provides support to lead healthy and productive lives.

For more information about Broadreach visit the website at www.brmaine.org, email at info@brmaine.org, or call 338-2200.  Sue diRosario can be reached at 338-2200 extension 201 or by email at sdirosario@brmaine.org.

April 2, 2013

New Financial Director at Broadreach

Filed under: New Staff — Sue Dirosario @ 3:39 pm

karla5Broadreach Family & Community Services is pleased to announce that Karla Edney has accepted the position of Broadreach Finance Director. Karla will be replacing Broadreach’s retiring Chief Financial Officer, Chip Bradstreet.  “Chip has provided strong financial leadership to Broadreach for the past fourteen years. All of us at Broadreach wish Chip the best as he moves on to new adventures. We are thrilled to have found such a wonderful professional to carry on Chip’s leadership.” shares Kate Quinn Finlay, Broadreach Executive Director .

Karla Edney has over 25 years’ experience in accounting and finance having spent the last 13 years as Vice President of Finance and Administration at United Way of Eastern Maine.  Prior to that, she was the Manager of General Accounting at Harborside Graphics Sportswear in Belfast.

Karla earned a BS in accounting from Husson College.  In 2010, she  was elected to the Financial Issues Committee for United Way Worldwide where she served on many committees, responding to IRS and FASB issues and creating recommended policies and guidance for the United Way system.  Karla chaired the 2012 Finance and HR Forum held last October that brought 300 United CFO’s and HR professionals together to share knowledge and best practices. Currently, Karla co-chairs the Bangor Region Junior Achievement Board, whose purpose is to educate and inspire young people to value free enterprise, business and economics in order to improve the quality of their lives. Her passion for children and families was a great match to the mission of Broadreach.

Broadreach Family Services is a private not-for-profit organization that has been making a positive difference in the lives of Maine children and families for over 30 years.  Through such programs as early childhood classrooms, case management services, after school programs for teens and parent training, Broadreach helps community members to build skills and support to lead healthy and productive lives.

For more information, about the many services Broadreach provides for children and families, please visit our website at www.brmaine.org , email us at info@brmaine.org or call us at 338-2200.

 

March 13, 2013

Welcome Deb Rainey, Quality Assurance Specialist

Filed under: New Staff,Preschool — Sue Dirosario @ 6:16 pm

Deb RaineyKate Quinn Finlay, Executive Director of Broadreach Family & Community Services, is pleased to announce that Deb Rainey has accepted the position of Quality Assurance Specialist for the agency’s Early Childhood Programs. Deb Rainey will have management responsibility for overseeing the agency’s early childhood community partnerships, assuring best practice inclusive programming and assuring implementation of early childhood curricula.

 

Deb Rainey is an Early Childhood Specialist with over 25 years experience in early care and education.  She earned a degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Maine in Farmington and an M.Ed in Early Intervention from the University of Maine in Orono.  She has worked with young children and families in a variety of settings and programs.   Most recently Deb has provided consultation, coaching and training for early care professionals to support the inclusion of all children in community programs.  She has written curriculum for Maine Roads To Quality on Inclusive practice and received training certification in the Program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC). Deb has presented at several national conferences for National Association for the Education of Young Children, Division of Early Childhood and Zero to Three on inclusive proactices.  Deb is committed to the field of early childhood education/early childhood special education and keeps current with best practice and evidence based methods to meet the needs of all young children and their families.  Broadreach’s Early Childhood Services prepares young children for a lifetime of learning success with high-quality education, early intervention and childcare programs.  Broadreach early childhood classrooms are located in public school and community settings throughout Waldo and Knox County, are nationally accredited and taught by state-certified early childhood teachers. Broadreach early childhood classrooms include public pre-Kindergarten programs in collaboration with RSUs 3 and 20, and collaborative Head Start classrooms at Mid-Coast Children’s Services in Rockland.

For more information, about the many services Broadreach provides for children and families, please contact Mary Bailey, Broadreach Director of Early Childhood Services by e-mailing mbailey@brmaine.org, calling 338-2200 Ext 101, or visiting www.brmaine.org