Board of Directors
Aislinn Canarr (she/her/hers), President
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.
Suzanne Parish Gordon (she/her/hers), Past President
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.
Samaa Abdurraqib (she/her/hers), Treasurer
Program Coordinator, Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence
Lily Herakova (she/her/hers), Secretary
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.
Katharine Appleyard (she/her/ hers)
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Patti Chambers (she/her/hers)
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.
Quinn Gormley (she/her/hers)
Executive Director, Maine Transgender Network
Jacquelyn Gill (she/her/hers)
Faculty member, University of Maine
Kathy Kilrain del Rio (she/her/hers)
Kathy Kilrain del Rio is passionate about making organizations, advocacy, and government inclusive for all people and raising up the voices of the people who are most impacted by injustice and inequitable policies in our work toward a truly equitable future. She began her career as an educator—teaching people of all ages from preschool to middle school classrooms to pre-GED and GED programs in a NYS correctional facility. Kathy made Maine her home in 2006, working to improve literacy and language skills of adult learners both in local literacy and adult education programs and through systemic work at a statewide organization. In 2012 she joined the staff of the Maine Women’s Lobby where she oversaw programs, outreach, fundraising, and communications efforts. Kathy organized three Maine Women’s Summits on Economic Security and helped engage activists, media, and policymakers on a range of issues impacting women’s lives. In 2018 she joined Maine Equal Justice where she currently works as Director of Campaigns and Healthcare Advocacy, fighting for expanded and improved access to affordable health care for all Mainers. Kathy also serves on the board of Emerge Maine and is recharged by reading, music, and having fun adventures with her family and dear friends.
Hillary E. Knight (she/her/hers)
Hillary Knight’s career as a lawyer is dedicated to protecting vulnerable people from oppressive systems. After four years as a public defender in Worcester, Mass., Hillary returned home to Maine to work as a legal aid lawyer, providing free representation and a supportive ear to clients facing eviction and navigating our public benefits system. A graduate of Smith College, Hillary is committed to empowering people of all genders, protecting the right to bodily autonomy, and supporting the movement for reproductive justice. Hillary lives in Bangor with her partner and spends her free time outdoors, hiking, exploring, and fly fishing.
LaRae LaBouff (she/her/hers)
LaRae has lived in the Bangor area for nine years. She grew up in Oklahoma and went to Baylor University in Texas where she earned a degree in Film & Digital media. She took a career turn early on and focused on health care, which has since become a passion. She worked for a women’s health clinic before settling as a Histotechnologist working in laboratories in both Waco, TX and Bangor. She is currently enjoying very early retirement that gives her time to travel and spend with her husband and senior dog.
Susan K. Riley (she/her/hers)
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.