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.
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.
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.
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.
Suzanne Parish Gordon
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.
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 recently completed her Masters in Social Work and Graduate Certifications in Interprofessional and Rural Gerontology at the University of Maine. Laurie is development coordinator at Eastern Area Agency on Aging and also runs EAAA’s Furry Friends Food Bank which helps low-income seniors keep their pets happy and healthy. She lives in Orono with her husband and beloved fur-kids, 4 dogs and 2 cats.
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. She did clinical supervision, taught CSD courses and served as Clinical Director of the Conley Speech, Language and Hearing Center. Susan pursued her passion for working with families and developed a course in Family-Based Treatment, making that a focus for 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 a now nine-year-old grandson Ronan. Her second grandson is scheduled to arrive June 22, 2018. It is Susan’s good fortune to be able to volunteer at the Mabel Wadsworth Center where she has been a long time client and now serves on both the Advocacy Committee and the Board. The opportunity to be a part of the mission for reproductive justice and work 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.
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.