Loaves & Fishes Board of Directors
Loaves & Fishes is made up of an all volunteer Board of Directors that is comprised of community members, teachers, active and retired business professionals, and recipients of Loaves & Fishes.
Irene has been involved with Loaves & Fishes for over 6 years, mostly as a fundraiser volunteer for this very worthwhile cause. She immediately went to work, introducing the 300 raffle fundraiser, which has become a huge success since its onset 6 years ago. Irene was not a stranger to fundraising when she joined Loaves & Fishes. She has introduced a variety of fundraising activities throughout the years as a parishioner in both St. Mary's and the Holy Cross church in Lewiston, ME.
Irene is a graduate of St. Dominic's Regional High School. Over the years, she has worked as office manager in the pediactric office of Drs. Morissette, Grimes, and Tiongson, a position she held for 27 years. She also owned her own real estate business from 1973 through 1989. She has been married to the love of her life, Maurice, for over 60 years. He, too, is a faithful supporter of Loaves & Fishes, and is often seen working in one fundraiser event or another, mostly in the bazaars held by Loaves & Fishes annually. Irene and Maurice have 3 lovely daughters, 7 grandchildren, and one great-granddaughter.
If anyone is interested in details about her 300-membership fundraiser, please feel free to contact her at email@example.com
(207) 577-9364 (Home)
Ellie was born in Boston a FEW YEARS AGO and grew up in the Boston suburb of Hyde Park. She met her husband David there and they were married in Hyde Park. They had their first child Donna while living there. They moved on to their first house, a nice small ranch, in Brockton Massachusetts. In 5 years, however, they outgrew that house after their second child Tina, third child Kim, and fourth child Bonnie were added to the family. They moved onto house #2 in Holbrook, a 9-bedroom house that would accomodate further growth in the family. Along came child #5, Tammy, and 6 years later, their son David was born, ending the family growth spurt.
Ellie was very fortunate to be a stay-at-home mom. She was a Campfire Girls leader for years, as well as a religious educcation teacher, and a Weeblo leader. Last but not least, she was the Campfire Candy chairperson for the town of Holbrook, which put her in charge of collecting money for 3 pallets of candy. Money which came in the form of lunch bags filled with change and single dollar bills. As her children grew older, Ellie got a part-time job working for BPM markets, which has since become Shaw's Supermarket. She worked for Shaw's for 27 years, working in several positions before becoming floral manager and designer at several Massachusetts locations. She retired and moved to Maine for the "good life," and to live closer to her sister Carol Bouvier. That is how she came to know Sr. Lucille and Loaves & Fishes. She enjoys being with the Sisters, and cooks for them every Monday. She helps out with the various fundraisers and serves as a member of the Loaves & Fishes board. At her home, she also stores and handles any furniture donated to Loaves & Fishes that the sisters cannot handle themselves.
Instead of her dream house, an old, restored farmhouse, she ended up buying Daddy's Diner in Sabattus, Maine and that is when her NEW CAREER happened. She took on the duties of baker, chief cook, and bottle washer, as well as being the BARN GODDESS and GENERAL LABORER. She worked 7 days a week instead of 5 (and they call this retirement), as David, her husband, was not able to retire for another two years, though he did help out as often as he could. Daddy's Diner has since closed. Ellie and her husband have 18 grandchildren and 3 great grand children.
Susan is retired from Lewiston High School where she was a math teacher. She lives in Sabattus with her husband, and has been active on the Loaves & Fishes board since it was founded.
Lucille is a Dominican Sister who resides at the Sabattus convent. She formulated the concept of Loaves & Fishes at a parish volunteer recognition dinner in 1997. Since then, she has been the Director of the board, and the moving force behind the program. She has been supported by many devoted and compassionate volunteers who share her concern for the less fortunate in the Sabattus area, regardless of religious affiliation. Loaves & Fishes has been and continues to be Lucille's passion in life. She beams with love and gratitude when the program brings hope where there was despair, comfort and joy where there was sadness. Loaves & Fishes has been growing with leaps and bounds throughout the years, and Sister Lucille is pleased to announce that she has named an Assistant Director for the program. The qualified and capable Monique Schreiber will continue to be a great asset to the Board of Directors, and will be a wonderful support in relieving Sister Lucille in some of her duties.
For more information about Lucille as a Dominican Sister, please check the "About the Sisters" area of this website.
She is a graduate of St. Joseph's College with a degree in Education, and her education includes advanced studies at the University of Maine. Prior to her retirement, she taught for 13 years in Parochial Schools, with ten years in Religious Education. She retired from the Lewiston School System in 1990 after 17 years of service. Rose was married for 22 years to her beloved husband and best friend Charles until his death in 2005. She lives in Lewiston and loves to keep herself busy by volunteering as a Eucharistic Minister at d'Youville Pavillion. She also brings the joy of music to residents of nursing and assisted living homes with the musical group "The Golden Nuggets". The joy of traveling is deep in her blood, and she has hiked throughout Ireland, the French, Italian, Swiss, Austrian and German Alps and also visited much of the United States and Canada.
To this day Rose is a great friend to the Dominican Sisters, and continues to be a vital part of Loaves and Fishes. For over nine years, she has manifested wonderful leadership qualities in "Catherine's Flock", a group that meets once a month at the convent, and is a great support to Loaves and Fishes.
Monique has been a member of the board since its inception. As the Assistant Director of Loaves and Fishes, her involvement has been with the fall concert at Central Maine Community College, card parties, annual meal and drawings, and fundraising activities. Being an advocate for social justice, she enjoys any task that she is involved with.
Monique attended Central Maine Community College and the University of Southern Maine at L/A College and attained a baccalaureate degree. For the over fifteen years, she has worked at CMCC as the Financial Aid Coordinator. She lives in Lewiston with her husband John. They have been married for over 30 years and have two sons, Ben and David.
Claudette has been a Loaves & Fishes Board member since its inception. Prior to Loaves & Fishes, she volunteered as a Religious Education teacher for 14 years. Claudette is retired from Community Concepts, a social service agency where she had been employed for 21 years. She now volunteers for Loaves & Fishes and cooks for the sisters one to two days a week
She is a 1991 graduate and former Board member of the Center for Parish Ministry. She also attended U of M, Augusta where she majored in Social Sciences.
Claudette was married 43 years to Richard Therriault who passed away in February, 2012. . She has lived in Sabattus since 1974 where she and her husband raised 3 children who spent their formative years being taught by the Dominican Sisters at Our Lady of the Rosary School. She now is blessed with 6 grandchildren. Her Sabattus home now holds 3 generations of family.
Louise St.Claire Board Member
Louise was born and raised in Lewiston. She is part of a large family (four siblings) and is blessed to be close to them. Louise graduated from Lewiston High School in 1989. During high school and subsequent to graduating, she worked for area law firms for approximately 13 years. She obtained her Associates Degree in Legal Studies in May, 2010, after returning to college in the fall of 2008. She is currently working in a paralegal position at the Maine Human Rights Commission, and studying or her degree in law.
She has been involved with Loaves & Fishes for just a short time, but already appreciates how rewarding it is to work within a community in order to help others in need. Louise’s primary role for Loaves & Fishes at this time is working to further acquire advertisements and increase traffic flow to the Loaves & Fishes website which was recently developed. She has 2 children a daughter and a son.
Born March 9, 1946 in Camden, Maine and was raised on a chicken farm.
Attended Lincolnville and Camden Schools and graduated from Maine Medical Center School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse in 1967.
Worked at Maine Medical Center for 5 years then married Lawrence Despres .We moved to Livermore Falls, Maine and had 3 children. Together, we established a foster home for developmentally disabled individuals.
We moved to Lewiston in 1989 and continued foster care but had to close after 18 years due to husband's ill health.
I worked as Resident Care Director at Sarah Frye Home and a staff RN on the dementia unit at D'Youville Pavillion. It was there that I developed a passion for hospice care.
In 2004, I joined Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice as a home hospice R.N.. After my husband's death in 2006, I moved to Sabattus and became a volunteer for The Dominican Sisters and Catholic Charities' Search Program.
I met and married Floyd Beatty on July 25,2008 and we happily reside on Lorelie Drive in Sabattus. Together , we enjoy my 8 grandchildren.
As chair of the Food Pantry, on the Tuesday prior to the 4th Wednesday of the month (Food Pantry Day) I arrive at the pantry and check the freezers ' temperatures and make room for the new items that will arrive by 9am and put the items in the order they will be distributed. When the food arrives from The Good Shepherd Food Bank frozen foods are placed in the freezers, then all of the food is put away and the shelves are restocked. If any of the produce has to be split and bagged, it will be done at this time. On the 4th Wednesday of the month I will check people in at 9am . After the last person leaves the pantry, the floors are cleaned and the tables washed. This procedure is repeated in the afternoon at 3pm at which time the empty boxes are stored for further use.
When the USDA foods come in, about every 2 or 3 months, I am there to organize the pantry with the new much appreciated foods. Once a month I make sure that the requested report is sent to Community Concepts. I make sure that the freezers and refrigerators are always clean and in good working condition.
I will also make myself available to help with the different fundraisers throughout the year. (Card Parties, Raffles, etc. but especially I will chair the fundraiser needed for the yearly matching grant for the food pantry, such as bottle drives, sale of daffodils, etc I will also do errands when needed.
She has worked in sales most of her adult life. This included being a Tupperware manager, an owner/operator of a family restaurant, and for the past 15 years, she has been a real estate agent for ERA Worden. She is married to Russell E. Neal, Jr. and, between them, they share 2 sons, 1 daughter and 10 wonderful grandchildren.