Board of Directors
Michael R. Stevenson, PhD, President
Michael earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University and has served higher education for over thirty years in a progression of faculty and administrative roles in Indiana, Ohio, Arizona, and Maine. He has earned national recognition for leadership and for outstanding contributions in teaching and scholarship to the science and profession of psychology. His scholarly work has appeared in a wide variety of books and periodicals; and he has offered lectures, workshops, and seminars for professional and lay audiences in Asia, Canada, the Middle East, South Africa, and across the United States.
Michael McDonald, Vice President
Michael is the Director of Program Management and Strategy for Business and Manufacturing Systems 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
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.
Justin Burkhardt, Secretary
Justin is a Marketing Strategy Manager at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care in Portland. In this capacity, Justin is 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, Justin and David can be found exploring the outdoors with their two dogs, Melvin & Sylvester.
Jared grew up in Wayne, ME and enlisted in the USMC directly after high school. As a consequence of a training related injury he experienced substance use disorder. After multiple attempts at treatment he found long term abstinence based recovery. In the years since he has worked in the substance use treatment field, gone to school, worked on political campaigns, and now advocates for the interests of non-profit organizations in the Maine Statehouse as a Legislative Consultant. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hockey, football and spending time with his two dogs Mattis and Maggy.
Teddy Burrage 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.
Dr. Thomas Courtney, M.D.
Dr. Courtney joined FPC’s Board in July of 2012. He has served as the Chief of Infectious Diseases at Southern Maine Medical Center (SMMC) since 1993. He is also Vice President of Medical Staff at SMMC. Originally from Washington, D.C., Dr. Courtney now resides in Saco, Maine, having practiced medicine in the area since 1988.
Eileen Levesque, Pharm.D., CSP
Eileen is currently the General Manager & Pharmacist in Charge at Apothecary by Design (ABD), a specialty pharmacy providing pharmacy services to patients throughout Maine as well as 10 other states. Eileen earned her doctorate of pharmacy from the University of Rhode island in 2004 before returning to her home state of Maine to start her career. She was the second pharmacist in Maine to become a Certified Specialty Pharmacist in 2016. Over half of her pharmacy profession has been dedicated to specialty pharmacy conditions, including HIV and PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis). 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 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 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.
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.
Tiffany L. Townsend, NP, AAHIVS
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.