Board of Directors
Justin Burkhardt, President, he/him
Most recently, Justin served as the Marketing Strategy Manager at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Portland. In this capacity, Justin was responsible for developing marketing, communications and advertising strategies to increase the company’s brand awareness within the state. Prior to moving to Maine, Justin served as the Deputy Chief of Staff to United States Senator Jeanne Shaheen in Washington, D.C. where he provided support to the Senator on a wide range of political, operational and management issues. Justin and his partner David reside in Cape Elizabeth. An avid swimmer, Justin spends most of his spare time in the swimming pool or in the open waters off Maine’s coastline. When on dry land, you can find him with his partner, David, enjoying the state's culinary scene or walking the beaches of southern Maine.
Michael McDonald, Vice President, he/him
Michael is The Senior director of Enterprise Applications at Bluebird Bio in Cambridge, MA, a company committed to developing transformative gene therapies for severe genetic diseases and T cell-based immunotherapies. Mike previously held positions at Kite, a Gilead Company in Santa Monica, CA, Celgene and at Juno Therapeutics, in Seattle, WA, where he consulted in cell therapy operation strategy. When Mike is not working, traveling or volunteering he enjoys living between Central, MA and Ogunquit, ME with his partner Domenic and all the kids.
David Masengesho, Treasurer, he/him
David is a Data Analyst Trainee for Institutional Research, Analytics and Consulting at Bowdoin College in Brunswick. In his role, David supports his team in multiple aspects, such as collecting, extracting, combining, and analyzing data. Prior to joining Bowdoin College, David taught introductory statistics as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern Maine and was a statistics intern at the Center for Outcomes and Research Evaluation at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. David worked as statistician monitoring economic development and poverty reduction strategy, and millennium development goals for Rwanda’s National Institute of Statistics. David earned a bachelor’s degree in Applied Statistics from National University of Rwanda and a master’s degree in statistics from the University of Southern Maine.
Tiffany Townsend, Secretary, NP, AAHIVS, she/her
Tiffany is a nurse practitioner who treats hepatitis B, hepatitis C, HIV, and substance use disorder, in addition to providing PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post exposure prophylaxis) to those at risk of acquiring HIV. She is certified through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and earned her HIV Specialist certification through the American Academy of HIV Medicine. She is very active in educating other medical professionals about HIV and viral hepatitis, and is a member of the Medical Advisory Committee for the New England Division of the American Liver Foundation. She was born & raised in Maine, and enjoys many outdoor activities with her wife and yellow lab, including skiing, kayaking, swimming, and downhill mountain biking.
Teddy Burrage, he/him
Teddy is a local activist who has been involved with Frannie Peabody Center since 2012. He currently works as Administrative Coordinator at the Southern Maine Workers Center and studies Public Health at USM’s Muskie School of Public Service. Formerly a congressional intern for Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, he has served on the steering committees of Pride Portland!, The League of Young Voters, and Portland Racial Justice Congress. Teddy currently resides in Portland’s West End with his fiancee Jason and two cats Fred and Ricky. When not at home, he can be found exploring Maine’s coast and vast interior.
Caitlin Eldridge, she/her
Caitlin is the Director of Social Work Programs at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Caitlin’s work in higher education is focused on workforce development for the social service sector. She is dedicated to equipping the next generation of social workers with advocacy skills and tools to help clients navigate complex systems like healthcare and social services, and to effect positive change within those systems. Prior to becoming an educator, Caitlin worked in various roles at Frannie Peabody Center, including as a case manager and later as Director of Client Services and Operations. Many of the lessons Caitlin learned at Frannie Peabody Center are reflected in her teaching today, including the importance of harm reduction, client-centered services, and unconditional positive regard.
KJ Gormley, they/them
KJ Gormley (they/them), is a lifelong Maine resident and proud member of the Portland area's queer and trans community. Their work in activism includes LGBTQ health equity, non-profit development, mass communications, literacy access, and IT. They currently serve as chair of the Maine Transgender Network (MTN)'s wellness working team, which directs the organization's health equity, education, access, and policy advocacy. A graduate of Smith College where they studied Medical Anthropology and Latin American Studies, they are currently pursuing a career shift to public health. In their downtime, KJ enjoys hiking, traveling, playing in an orchestra, and scuba diving.
Theo Greene, PhD, he/him
Theo is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Bowdoin College. His research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of sexuality, urbanism, and culture. His award-winning research broadly uses sexual communities to understand how urban redevelopment shape and reconfigure how individuals conceptualize, identify to, and participate in local communities. His current book project, entitled Not in MY Gayborhood: Gay Neighborhoods and the Rise of the Vicarious Citizen (under contract with Columbia University Press) explores the persistence of iconic gay neighborhoods in Washington, DC through ephemeral acts of placemaking by nonresidential community actors (vicarious citizens). Greene has also begun research on queer placemaking in Portland, Maine, which will also culminate in a digital archive historically tracing Portland’s queer geographies. He also hopes to incorporate Portland and Maine in future research on placemaking and the production of queer communities in resort towns.
Eileen Levesque, Pharm.D., CSP, she/her
Eileen is a pharmacist who graduated from University of Rhode Island in 2004 before returning to her home state of Maine to start her career. The majority of her 17 years in pharmacy has been spent in specialty pharmacy, most recently at Apothecary by Design where she was the Pharmacist in Charge and General Manager. During her time there she worked with HIV and PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) patients and also became the second pharmacist in Maine to become a Certified Specialty Pharmacist in 2016. In 2021, Eileen left Apothecary by Design and founded BESPOKE Health, LLC hoping to make pharmacogenomics more widely recognized and utilized in Maine to improve outcomes in mental health and pain management (as well as other disease states). In this business she consults with providers and patients to identify medications that are most likely to be effective and least likely to cause side effects based on the pharmacogenomic test results. In her free time Eileen can be found enjoying Casco Bay with her husband and daughter, or at home engrossed in DIY projects she has found on Pinterest.
Sarah Lewis, she/her
Sarah is a capacity-builder at Maine Access Immigrant Network (MAIN), an ethnic community-based and community health worker organization in Portland, which has earned national and international recognition for its public health initiatives. Sarah also serves on the Maine HIV Advisory Committee and as a Board member of the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC) in Portland. Prior to working in Maine, Sarah worked with the World Health Organization Collaborating Center in Pharmaceutical Policy on projects in Ghana, China, and Switzerland, provided capacity-building consultation to nonprofits in Boston and New York City, worked on a cervical cancer health campaign with Grounds For Health in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and has experience serving with several legislative teams in Washington, DC, and Maine.
Jimmy Lucibello, he/him
Jimmy currently lives in Ogunquit, Maine, and has been an active advocate in the fight against AIDS for more than 30 years. Jimmy received the 2010 Cameron Duncan Award, which recognizes service to the community living with AIDS and, in 2013, was recognized as one of the “The POZ 100” unsung heroes in the fight against AIDS. Jimmy has been both an organizer and the top individual fundraiser of the Southern Maine AIDS 5K Walk/Run each year since its inception. As a client, active volunteer, and former employee of FPC, Jimmy brings a unique well-rounded perspective to his position on the Board of Directors.
Timothy D. Stein, Esq., he/him
Tim is a principal of the firm Lourie & Cutler. His practice focuses are estate, tax and business planning. He has extensive experience in advising individuals with high net worth regarding sophisticated tax planning matters and operations and issues regarding family offices. He also has significant experience in international income and estate tax planning, as well as international and domestic asset protection, including the establishment of both offshore and domestic trusts. In the area of business planning and transactional work, Mr. Stein has both broad experience and technical expertise in areas of LLC, partnership, and corporate taxation, mergers, acquisitions and other reorganizations. Finally, he serves as chief tax counsel to multiple significant private foundations, and is responsible for their tax compliance, structuring and planning.
Tim received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980 and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1983. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, U.S. Court of Claims, and the U.S. Tax Court. Tim was also one of the earliest board members of GLAD (Boston) where his partner Wayne Fette also served on the board. Together, Tim and Wayne have been tremendous supporters of our New England GLBT community. Since Wayne’s passing in 2015, Tim has continued their good work. It was an honor to name our Frannie Peabody Prevention and Testing Program in Wayne Fette’s memory.
Deborah Shields, JD, MPH, she/her
Deborah has been involved in working with people with HIV/AIDS since the late 1980s. She served as staff attorney at Harvard’s AIDS Law Clinic before moving to Portland to serve as Director of the AIDS Project, the AIDS Lodging House and worked as a policy analyst in Maine CDC’s HIV/AIDS department. She had the privilege of knowing Frannie Peabody and helping her pick out her signature boa for the Pride day parade. Deborah has been the director of public health and LGBTQIA+ advocacy organizations in Boston and recently returned to Portland as the Director of Graduate Programs in Public Health at UNE. She has been an activist since high school.
Chloe Swerdlow, she/her
Chloe Swerdlow is a Transitional Care Manager with CarePatrol, a national company that provides education and resources for seniors. Additionally, she provides private consulting for families impacted by the wide array of dysfunctions and addictions threatening someone they love.
Chloe has worked in the mental health and addiction field for over 8 years, starting at Milestone Recovery in Portland Maine as a H.O.M.E. team member, working directly with the homeless population of greater Portland. She later worked as the Director of Admissions for Liberty Bay Recovery in Portland, before shifting into outreach. She takes great pride in being solution focused, especially when it comes to mental health and addiction resources throughout Maine and beyond for everyone.
Prior to living in Maine, Chloe studied culinary arts and is classically French trained. In her spare time, she enjoys entertaining over good food and great conversation. She currently resides in Sarasota, FL with her husband Adam, and children, Harlow and Oscar.