Leadership

Leadership

The Southern Maine Workers’ Center Board of Directors is elected by our membership at our annual meeting. Our board is made up of our members, allies who share our vision for racial and economic justice, and three representatives of the Southern Maine Labor Council.

Ali
Ali Mann, Treasurer & WWD Committee Chair
Ali has been on the Board of the SMWC since 2008, and currently focuses on developing the Work With Dignity committee. She practiced union-side labor law for five years and now makes documentary films and other videos for artists and nonprofits.

Meaghan
Meaghan LaSala, Board Chair & Political Education Committee Chair
Meaghan became involved in SMWC in the fall of 2008. She is a recent graduate of University of Southern Maine and is an organizer with Maine Students for Climate Justice.

dougDoug Born
Doug is a busy guy. He is a stagehand with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 114, Maine AFL-CIO delegate, President of the Southern Maine Labor Council, and a member of the Maine Fair Trade Campaign.

Matt Beck
Matt Beck
Matt is a union organizer for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. His work with labor and social justice movements has included dozens of issues and electoral campaigns, including the right to organize, fair trade, marriage equality, and voting rights.

VinnyVinny O’Malley
Vinny is a retired administrative law judge and longshoreman. He current serves as the Interim Director of the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Vinny also sits on the board for the Maine Labor Group on Health.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJeff Young

 Jeff is a labor lawyer and sits on the board of directors for the Jeremiah Cromwell Disabilities Center and the Maine Disability Rights Center.

Karen Hessel

 Karen is a retired ecumenical executive who has been with SMWC since its start in 2006. She is also a co-convener and founding board member for Interfaith Worker Justice of Southern Maine.

BarrettBarrett Littlefield, Secretary Barrett is a young, queer, white cis-male living and working in the city of his birth. He was raised by working class parents in rural Maine and is a law student at the University of Maine. Barrett has engaged in community organizing and prison abolition work both at home, in New York’s Hudson Valley, and in New Orleans with Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to opposing the expansion of the prison industrial complex.

10559877_916437171718165_7795064482381365788_nIna Demers
Ina (Indriani) Demers has attended the Southern Maine Workers’ Center (SMWC) Annual meetings for several years. An active member since 2014, now a member of the Work With Dignity. She is an active member of the Maine Education Association (MEA) and at the National level (NEA), and serves on the Human and Civil Rights and Cultural Affairs Committee, MEA Representative Assembly (RA) and the NEA RA. She organized and teach a group of Newcomers to learn English, collaborating with Whole Foods and local Volunteers. She is a full time educator at the Portland Public Schools district.

Heather Foran unnamed-3is a former server in Portland restaurants. She is the Co-founder and facilitator of the The Field Academy

Maria Anderson

Maria Anderson, SMWC member and pastor at Saint Ansgar Lutheran Church Maria is a faith leader in Portland who spends much of her time thinking about oppression and liberation. She sees her work at the Worker’s Center as an important part of her work as a faith leader.  Currently, Maria serves St. Ansgar Lutheran Church in Portland as their transition pastor.

Andy Jones

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAndy Jones is the Toxics Action Center community organizer for Maine. He is working out of the Portland office to help communities clean up and prevent pollution. Andy was born and raised in Maine and has a BA in Sociology from Hunter College and an MBA from Baruch College. He worked with Protect South Portland to protect local air quality from the effects of tar sands loading on tanker ships and is the chair of the Recycling and Energy Advisory Committee of the town of Falmouth, Maine

 

Additional Committee Chairs

Committee Chairs are the lead coordinators for committee work. SMWC committees are made up of both members and board members. Committee chairs provide volunteer leadership to our programing and administrative committees.

10461936_898490890179460_7512039457335214286_nNicole Manganelli, Fundraising Committee Chair
Nicole grew up in Maine and has been doing anti-oppression work with young people and adults for thirteen years across the state and nationally. When she’s not doing youth engagement work, she’s trying to put the fun back in fundraising and/or making movement art as a letterpress printer.

nat2Nathaniel Lippert, WWD Co-Chair
Nat is a recently-returned Mainer who has organized in a variety of contexts, primarily focused on issues of class, oppression and healing from societal and individual hurts. While living on the west coast, he spent five years working for UNITE HERE, the hotel and restaurant workers’ union, and he is enjoying applying his experience in the labor movement to his organizing work at the Workers’ Center and to his job at a local restaurant in Portland.