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Meaghan LaSala

Interim Executive Director

Meaghan became involved in SMWC in the fall of 2012. As a student at the University of Southern Maine she organized against program closures and layoffs, and she’s also been active in the movement to end fossil fuel extraction. You can reach Meaghan at meaghan@maineworkers.org

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DrewChristopher Joy

Leadership Development Coordinator

Drew is a white, mixed-class, queer and trans* carpenter and organizer. After many years of “living away,” Drew moved back to their home state of Maine with a political commitment to multi-racial organizing in majority white, working-class communities, as part of a broad vision of movement building. In September 2012, Drew was introduced to the ...more Drew is a white, mixed-class, queer and trans* carpenter and organizer. After many years of “living away,” Drew moved back to their home state of Maine with a political commitment to multi-racial organizing in majority white, working-class communities, as part of a broad vision of movement building. In September 2012, Drew was introduced to the Southern Maine Workers’ Center and realized that they had found their new political home. Drew was politically raised in a combination of anti-racist DIY punk culture and people of color led organizations continuing a tradition of transformative community organizing. The overarching theme is activism rooted in love for our communities and a commitment to do what’s right with whatever you’ve got. In New Orleans Drew worked with residents organizing to regain access to their homes in public housing developments after Hurricane Katrina, primarily with the organization Survivors Village. Drew was formally trained as an organizer in San Francisco by the Catalyst Project and through a two year internship with POWER: People Organized to Win Employment Rights, which is now a part of Causa Justa::Just Cause. You can reach Drew at drew@maineworkers.org

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Arlo W. Hennessey

Work With Dignity Program Director

"Ask workers what they need & believe them." Arlo is a member & worker organizer for the Work With Dignity Committee at the Southern Maine Workers' Center, which runs the Worker Support Hotline & legal clinic, and has won recent state and local campaigns for workers rights and human rights.Their past and present projects include; ...more "Ask workers what they need & believe them." Arlo is a member & worker organizer for the Work With Dignity Committee at the Southern Maine Workers' Center, which runs the Worker Support Hotline & legal clinic, and has won recent state and local campaigns for workers rights and human rights.Their past and present projects include; State-wide Maine campaign for Ranked choice voting, and community organizing for black liberation, and racial justice in Northern New England. They earned a B.A from Drew University in Pan African Studies. You can reach Arlo at arlo@maineworkers.org

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Sydney Avitia-Jaques

Research Coordinator

I’ve spent most of my time in Maine organizing with workers, renters, and unhoused people. I care a lot about making time to learn and reflect within movement spaces, and I identify as a structure-nerd. When I’m not organizing, you can find me roller-skating, reading, or spending time with my friends. You can reach Syd at sydney@maineworker.org

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Ronny Flannery

Joint Committee Organizer

Ronny is a mixed-race non-binary organizer of working class Vietnamese descent who grew up and lives in Lewiston, ME. They bring experience campaigning for the human rights to health and housing across Maine and California, and follow a transformative organizing practice that emphasizes relationship building beyond social differences and the ...more Ronny is a mixed-race non-binary organizer of working class Vietnamese descent who grew up and lives in Lewiston, ME. They bring experience campaigning for the human rights to health and housing across Maine and California, and follow a transformative organizing practice that emphasizes relationship building beyond social differences and the leadership development of those most impacted by structural violence. They studied English, Sociology, and Global Political Economy at the University of Maine at Farmington and the University of Kassel in central Germany. Ronny is also a board member of the Raise-Op Housing Cooperative. They see the interconnections between oppressive systems clearly, and believe an abundant world that meets our human needs is within our grasp. You can reach ronny at ronny@maineworkers.org

Sergio Cahueque

Board Co-Chair

Sergio got involved with the SMWC in the late fall of 2017, joining the HCHR committee, the Portland Organizing Committee, and eventually joining the HCHR-Leadership Committee. He was drawn by the transformative organizing approach to ensuring that all people have access to health care and a dignified job. Sergio is an immigrant that grew up in a ...more Sergio got involved with the SMWC in the late fall of 2017, joining the HCHR committee, the Portland Organizing Committee, and eventually joining the HCHR-Leadership Committee. He was drawn by the transformative organizing approach to ensuring that all people have access to health care and a dignified job. Sergio is an immigrant that grew up in a middle class family in Guatemala City. He is inspired by Latin American social and campesino movements. Sergio is a full-time organizer at the Environmental Health Strategy Center, fighting for the right of people to healthy lives.

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Heather Foran

Board Co-chair

Heather Foran is the Co-founder and facilitator of the The Field Academy and a long-timer server in Greater Portland area restaurants.

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Kirk Robbins

Board Of Directors

Having a long term interest in social justice issues, Kirk Robbins was drawn to the SMWC after doing a Health Care is a Human Right survey, and became part of the Political Education Committee after the Annual Meeting in the spring of 2016. Kirk also joined the Membership Committee this year. Growing up in poverty in central Maine and living below the poverty line his entire adult life has impacted his political outlook.

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Ali Mann

Board Of Directors

Ali joined the SMWC in 2008 and has been learning from its members and staff ever since. Ali comes to the organization from a background of class privilege, and is always asking how that identity can be enlisted to advance movements for Black, brown, indigenous and working class power. When she’s not thinking about the SMWC, she’s often ...more Ali joined the SMWC in 2008 and has been learning from its members and staff ever since. Ali comes to the organization from a background of class privilege, and is always asking how that identity can be enlisted to advance movements for Black, brown, indigenous and working class power. When she’s not thinking about the SMWC, she’s often dreaming about solidarity economies and the commons. She enjoys sewing stuff, biking, and serving as a jungle gym to her two young kids.

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Matt Beck

Board Of Directors

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. Matt is a representative from the Southern Maine Labor Council, and has been involved in SMWC for nearly a decade.

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Constant Kabuyenge

Board of Directors

Constant Kabuyenge is a married man and father of one son. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from Burundi. Constant Kabuyenge is a Core Certified Healthcare Interpreter, Voting member of the American Translators Association  and works as a Medical/Court Interpreter/Translator bringing more than 15 years of experience in the translation field.  ...more Constant Kabuyenge is a married man and father of one son. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Law from Burundi. Constant Kabuyenge is a Core Certified Healthcare Interpreter, Voting member of the American Translators Association  and works as a Medical/Court Interpreter/Translator bringing more than 15 years of experience in the translation field.  Constant Kabuyenge is a board member of the Southern Maine Workers Center and a Client Representative Board Member at Pine Tree Legal Assistance.

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Ina Demers

Board Of Directors

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. She is a full time educator at the Portland Public Schools district.

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Doug Born

Board Of Directors

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. Doug is a representative from the Southern Maine Labor Council.

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Victoria Rodriguez

Board Of Directors

Victoria was introduced to the SMWC in 2016 while working as an organizer with the Maine Women's Lobby. She was moved by the transformative, human rights-centered organizing efforts led by the SMWC community to expand health care across Maine. Victoria is especially interested in movements focused on improving public health and building power ...more Victoria was introduced to the SMWC in 2016 while working as an organizer with the Maine Women's Lobby. She was moved by the transformative, human rights-centered organizing efforts led by the SMWC community to expand health care across Maine. Victoria is especially interested in movements focused on improving public health and building power through electoral organizing. She joined the Board in 2020 and is a member of the Fundraising and Media Committees.

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Philippa Adam

Board Of Directors

Philippa is a white, queer, working class artist. They joined Work with Dignity's Earned Paid Sick Days campaign in early 2018, advocating for guaranteed paid sick time for all Maine workers and working with the Worker Support subcommittee during the early days of the Legal Clinic & Hotline. After EPSD disbanded, they worked with the Membership ...more Philippa is a white, queer, working class artist. They joined Work with Dignity's Earned Paid Sick Days campaign in early 2018, advocating for guaranteed paid sick time for all Maine workers and working with the Worker Support subcommittee during the early days of the Legal Clinic & Hotline. After EPSD disbanded, they worked with the Membership and Fundraising committees, and then took a break from SMWC to focus on organizing and establishing the Preble Street Workers United SEIU Local 1989 Union. Philippa is currently a full-time art education graduate student, and is excited to join the board and to start working with the Fundraising committee again, advocating for ways to expand our views of accessibilty and inclusivity; how to be anti-racist in a predominantly white region; developing a labor movement that is inclusive of unemployed, disabled, and homecare workers; and building community in a rural state during a global pandemic.