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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laurie Qualey graduated from Harvard University in 1996 with a degree in biological anthropology and earned her science teaching certification from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is currently completing her Masters in Social Work and Certifications in Interprofessional and Rural Gerontology at the University of Maine. Laurie is the coordinator of Bangor Humane Society’s Pets on Laps outreach program which brings shelter pets to visit seniors in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. She lives in Orono with her husband and numerous rescue dogs and cats.