An interim president, new board leadership and the election of three board members mark an important transition at the Maine Community Foundation.
Starting this month, Sterling Speirn, former CEO of the WK Kellogg Foundation and the Peninsula Community Foundation, will become the interim CEO of MaineCF. He replaces Steve Rowe, who is retiring after nearly six years at MaineCF. The search for a new President and CEO of MaineCF will begin this fall.
Gregg Collins of Caribou and Adilah Muhammad of Lewiston have been appointed chairman and vice chairman of the board of directors of MaineCF.
Collins is Vice President of SW Collins Co., a fifth generation lumber and building materials dealer with locations in Lincoln, Houlton, Presque Isle, Caribou and Fort Kent. He is currently a member of the Presque Isle High School Regional Trades Program Advisory Board and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Collins joined the MaineCF Aroostook County Committee in 2006 and served as its chair from 2012 to 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Maine.
Muhammad is the president and founder of The Third Place in Portland and is an independent planning and research consultant. She has served on the Androscoggin County Committee since 2018 and is currently a consultant for Indigo Arts Alliance. She is a past chair of the Lewiston Downtown Neighborhood Action Committee and a past director of the board of directors of L / A Arts and Raise-Op Housing Cooperative. Muhammad is a graduate of DePauw University and holds an MA in Politics, Planning and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.
The MaineCF Board of Directors welcomed three new members at its June meeting: Julie Mallett, lawyer for senior legal services in Bangor; Claude Rwaganje, Founder and Executive Director of ProsperityME in Portland; and Ben Sprague, vice president of First National Bank in Bangor.
Mallett is also a broker and consultant with Mallett Real Estate, LLC. She holds a BA from Colby College and a law degree from the University of Maine Law School. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Center Theater and as a volunteer in the youth activities of the YMCA Piscataquis. Mallett served as a councilor for the Piscataquis County Committee of MaineCF for nine years, including a term as chair.
Rwaganje is serving a three-year term on Westbrook City Council. He serves on the board of directors of the Portland Chamber of Commerce and the United Way of Greater Portland and is a past member of the Community Development Advisory Board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Rwaganje holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and is a Certified Coach and Housing Advisor through NeighborWorks America.
Sprague is a former member of the Bangor City Council. After earning a BA in Public Administration from Harvard University, he worked for the Boston Red Sox and taught high school diploma and career development courses. He is a board member of the Good Shepherd Food Bank and is the founder and running director of Erin’s Run, an annual road race that raises funds for a local domestic violence resource center and the Bangor YMCA .
Based in Ellsworth, with additional staff in Portland, Dover-Foxcroft, Rockport and Mars Hill, the Maine Community Foundation works with donors and other partners to provide solid investments, personalized service, local expertise and strategic giving. to improve the quality of life for all residents of Maine. To learn more about the foundation, visit
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