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.
Suzanne Parish Gordon, President-Elect
Suzanne Parish Gordon is proud of her career as a pediatric physical therapist and educator, having recently retired as Professor Emeritus from her position as Director of the School of Physical Therapy, Husson University. In decades of working in and teaching about healthcare, she has witnessed the joys and challenges of the disparate U.S. healthcare system. Consequently, she continues to teach PT students about advocacy for healthcare services that honor health equity – the right of each individual to attain the highest level of health. With this personal mission, she is pleased to join the Mabel’s Board of Directors. She earned her BS PT degree from the University of Missouri, her MA degree in pediatrics and education from the University of North Carolina, and her EdD degree in higher education leadership from the University of Maine.
Aymie Walshe, Treasurer
Aymie Walshe is a lifelong Maine resident (except for a year spent in DC). She believes firmly that all lasting change starts locally and that building communities is the single most important work any of us can do in our lifetimes. She has degrees in early childhood development and elementary education and has worked as a teacher, an organizer, and an advocate. She currently is a UniServ Director with the Maine Education Association. She lives in Bangor with her son, their two cats, a dog, and now…a hamster.
Bonnie Case, Secretary
Bonnie Case grew up in Bangor. She earned her BS in nursing from Northeastern University in Boston in 2010 and her MS in nursing from Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions in 2013. She returned to Maine after graduation to work as a Family Nurse Practitioner at a community health center in the Bangor area. She enjoys knitting, spinning yarn, playing board games, camping, and canoeing with her partner.
Aislinn Canarr lives outside Bangor with her cat all week and with her son on the weekends. She graduated from Wheaton College, MA with a degree in Economics and Urban Studies. She doesn’t share that too often as people then expect her to know about GDP, GNP, and all sorts of other acronyms that she barely remembered for the tests. Instead, she focused on the social economics of race and racism, gender, education, labor and economic history. She started working with Mabel’s advocacy committee in 2016, and she found an outlet for her passion around reproductive justice and sexual health. When not working to smash the patriarchy, she enjoys cards, evenings with friends, and the arts.
Patti Chambers is a retired physician who moved here with her husband and youngest daughter, Shelby in 2014. Prior to that, she lived in Lancaster PA and worked as a clinician at Planned Parenthood there for nine years. She and her husband, Scott met in medical school at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. They honeymooned in Maine and always wanted to return. Shelby has since left the nest for Gettysburg College, Patti’s alma mater. She has an older sister, Loren and a brother, Nathan. Patti enjoys hiking, knitting and embroidery.
Casey Faulkingham grew up in Aroostook County and currently resides in the greater Bangor area with her dog, Brynn. Casey’s pronouns are she, her, and hers. She is the Community Response Team Leader at Partners for Peace, the organization serving people affected by domestic abuse in the Penobscot and Piscataquis County Region. Casey graduated from the University of Maine in 2012 with a B.A. in Social Work and Psychology; her studies focused on issues of violence and trauma. She has worked to end domestic violence throughout the State of Maine since 2012 and has worked within some of the state’s most rural communities. In her spare time, she enjoys snuggling her dog and crocheting gifts for loved ones.
Aubrae is the director of Maine Career Connect, a concierge resettlement program aimed at helping newcomers to the Bangor region get settled, established and connected in the community. She moved to Bangor in 2016 and was introduced to Mabel’s at a neighbor’s house party. She began volunteering with the Center shortly after and joined the board in 2018. Aubrae lives in Little City with her husband and son. In her free time, she enjoys good food and wine, dipping her toes in the ocean, exploring Maine with her family and fighting for social justice, equality and women’s rights.
Nicole “Niki” Golden-Bouchard is an Attorney and Legal Fellow at Spruce Run-Womancare Alliance where she currently leads a project that outreaches and provides pro bono legal representation to LGBTQ+ survivors of domestic violence. Niki earned her B.A. from the University of Maine, Summa cum laude, and received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, with a concentration in Public Interest Law. Additionally, Niki is a Truman Scholar, an active member of Phi Beta Kappa, an avid baseball fan, and a lover of all things shiny.
Lily Herakova (she/her/hers) is a Communication and Journalism faculty member at the University of Maine. She holds a PhD in Communication Studies from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she researched how pregnancy knowledge and care are communicated in clinical and everyday contexts. Lily identifies as a feminist who engages storytelling and performance to ignite community dialogues on complex issues of social justice, such as race relations, immigration, health disparities, sexual violence, and stigmatized health experiences. Her journey into U.S. academic circles was as much necessitated by her love for her partner and by visa restrictions as it was moved by her curiosity and commitment to learning and social change. Lily is a mother, a spouse, a daughter, a sister, a baker, a teacher, a sexual assault survivor, a person who has had an abortion, a… Her immediate family is spread across 4 countries and her network of loved ones spans 4 continents. Longing and loving are the defining gerunds of her life and she explores them in her academic writing and in the occasional bad poems. Lily is an immigrant who has lived mostly in the U.S. for the past 16 years. In that time, she has filled many roles in the story of immigration – she has been the intellectually-gifted foreign student who’s been told she can go as far as she wants, she’s been the alien waiting for a green card, she’s been the pregnant foreign mother on welfare, the winner of small academic awards, the cleaner of offices, the host of play dates, and organizer of conferences.
Susan K. Riley
Susan moved from Chicago to Maine in 1982 with her two children, Casey and Finnian. Her experience as a single parent, both joyful and exhausting has given her an appreciation of the daily challenges for women raising families alone, often without the privileges of job security and healthcare. Susan was a Clinical Faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Maine focusing on Family-Based clinical services. Susan received her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology at Northwestern University in 1964 and her M.S. in Communication Disorders at the University of Wisconsin in 1965. Susan retired in 2009 in time to fully enjoy being a Mimi to her two grandsons, Ronan and Jasper. Susan volunteers at Mabel Wadsworth Center where she has been a long time client and now serves on the Advocacy and Events Committees and the Board. Being a part of the mission for reproductive justice and working with the dedicated women at MWC is both exciting and a privilege. Susan loves being out in her beautiful garden, culinary challenges, making banana bread with Ronan, keeping up with two book groups, exploring art museums all over the world and most of all, her precious time with her family.