Board of Directors
Jessamy Luthin, President
Jessamy Luthin is from the Bangor area. She earned a B.A. in History from the University of Maine in 2012 and is in the process of completing her training as an out-of-hospital midwife at Birthwise Midwifery School. Jessamy currently resides in Orono. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, hiking, and trips to the coast.
Catherine Kurr, Secretary
Catherine Kurr is from the Bangor area. She graduated from the University of Maine in 2007 with a B.A. in Women’s Studies; her studies focused on issues of violence against women. Catherine is the Advocacy Services Coordinator at the Spruce Run – Womancare Alliance where she provides education, training, and support for staff and volunteers to ensure access to and quality of the Alliance’s core advocacy services. Catherine has been a long-time supporter of the Mabel Wadsworth Center and joined the Center’s Advocacy Committee in 2013. She started skating with Central Maine Derby in 2014.
Ashley Wells, Treasurer
Ashley came to Bangor in 2012 after spending her childhood in Lisbon, Maine and attended Champlain College in Burlington, VT where she got her Bachelor of Science in accounting. She works for the University of Maine System as an accountant. In her free time, she spends time with her dog Bert and cat Sophie, hikes, reads, and tries cooking new recipes with varying success.
Alice Bruce is on the faculty at the University of Maine where she teaches chemistry and does research in the field of inorganic chemistry. Alice has served on a number of task forces at UMaine regarding women in STEM fields, including chairing the President’s Council on Women. She loves cross-country skiing in the winter, kayaking in the summer, and riding her horses all year round. Being on Mabel’s Board of Directors has been very rewarding and has helped to reinforce her ideas about what it means to be a feminist. Alice served as President of the Board from 2013 – 2015.
Kate Dawson grew up in Bangor, graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in English, and returned to Maine to pursue her Master of Fine Arts degree in the University of Maine Intermedia program. She is a realtor at ERA Dawson Bradford Co., which has been family run for over 40 years. Kate is currently researching the art and sex education methods of Betty Dodson. It is a joy for Kate to serve on the Mabel’s Board of Directors.
Andrea LaFlamme has been affiliated with the Center since 2007 when she began a year-long work-study position as a Student Clinic Assistant. Andrea continued to volunteer with the organization until 2011 when she joined the Board. Andrea holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from the University of New England and a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from the University of Maine.