Sarah Braik (President-2019) joined HEP in 2016 and doesn't know quite how she managed to live without it all these years. She has recently retired from careers in the restaurant, community mental health, and education fields. She finds herself busier than when she was working. She is a co-leader of the Portland Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby and Associate Companion-in-Charge of the Maine Chapter of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross.
Ian-Meredythe Lindsey (Ian or Mer, they/them) is a newcomer to HEP, having just joined this year. They are currently working on their Master’s in Leadership and Organizational Studies at USM. They are an insurance professional, actor, and activist based in South Portland. In their free time they are either doing homework or spending time with their partner, two dogs, and one cat.
Adriane Herman (Vice President-2020) designs performative events to occasion opportunities for people to relinquish physical or symbolic items or state intentions to let go of non-tangible things before encouraging witnesses. Herman explores content in context with students at Maine College of Art, where she is Professor of the MFA in Studio Art. She holds a B.A. from Smith College, an M.F.A. from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Level II Wilton Method Cake Decorating certificate. She has lectured at over 50 institutions, and been an artist in residence in Nova Scotia; Varanasi, India; Yarmouth, ME.; and Kansas City. She has been a member of HEP since 2005 and believes passionately in its mission and fundamental tenet that everyone's time has equal value. Recent HEP exchanges greatly facilitated her 2017 solo exhibition at SPEEDWELL projects entitled "Out of Sorts." She also serves on the board of the non-denominational Church of Nature.
Today Dieudonne is employed by Spurwink as a Cash Applications Specialist. He is "fluent" in Quickbooks, and has volunteered in the Portland/Westbrook area for ITNAmerica, a non-profit that provides transportation for seniors and those with vision impairments. Serving as Treasurer of HEP is right up his alley, combining Dieudonne's accounting skills with his desire for community service.
Karin Belsheim (Secretary-2019) retired from Maryland to Maine after a career in education and non-profit work. She handles office communications and other behind-the-scenes work for HEP. Karin also volunteers elsewhere in the community by moderating Portland's freecycle.org website, staffing the tourism desk at Ocean Gateway and Tommy's Park for visitportland.org, ushering at Portland Stage, and helping The Locker Project food distribution program and Still A Good Cause charity thrift shop.
Kelsey Munksgaard is a marketing professional based in the Greater Portland area. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine. Kelsey is thrilled to contribute to Hour Exchange Portland's Board and the marketing, community and event initatives. In her spare time, she enjoys live music and travel.
Sally Trice (2018) has been an Hour Exchange member since its founding and still enjoys its benefits. A music major in college, she has directed choirs and also plays accordion. She is an enthusiastic Gardener albeit her rather pale green thumb.
Danielle Strandson is a communications and engagement professional in Portland. She holds a M.A. in Community Development and Planning and has many years of experience working with nonprofits in Massachusetts. She is a proud member of HEP, the Maine Mineralogical and Geological Society, and the Porttango Argentine tango community. Danielle enjoys biking, sailing, and beach trips with her dog Nori.
A queer, black, female refugee born in Johannesburg, South Africa and raised in the Portland area, René Goddess Johnson spent the last 27 years fumbling and creating and somehow in all that work has become an embodied equity consultant, director, producer, arts administrator, performance artist, educator, dancer, choreographer, playwright and founder of the Theater Ensemble of Color, a strong unconventional institution committed to social justice and racial equity as well as historical education. Since 2013 Rene has been writing, producing and performing an interactive one-woman show, g e e l, that includes powerful dance and song in multiple languages, including English and Afrikaans, with content themes ranging from severe physical and emotional abuse and trauma to self harm habits and routines, and most important many things positive.
Rene received the majority of her arts training at the Celebration Barn Theater in South Paris, Maine and has taught every grade level from birth through major universities and corporate settings. Working primarily with marginalized groups in the arts, her purpose is to teach people of color how to fully engage their instinctual creative selves through fully engaged embodied impulsive play.
When not working, Rene can be found singing and dancing down the streets of Portland wearing her crown, or eating at her favorite restaurant, Empire, on Congress Street.