I have lived in Gray for over 30 years. I was elected to the Gray Town Council in 2019 and currently serve as Vice-Chair. But this is just one of a long list of ways I have volunteered in Gray, beginning with volunteering in my kids’ classrooms when they were in school, and directing children’s plays after school. Later I served on the School Board for a term and later joined the Gray Community and Economic Development Committee. I also spent 10 years volunteering with the Gray Community Endowment (GCE), where I helped lead the effort to purchase land on Libby Hill from Hancock Lumber. While serving as the GCE Chair we set up the Gray Bike-Ped Committee (BPC) and I later left GCE to lead the BPC, where we wrote a Bike-Ped Plan that was adopted by the Gray Town Council in 2014 (along with an update adopted in 2019). The BPC worked with the Town of Gray to plan and apply for a grant to help construct paths in Gray Village, as part of the Village Area Loop Trail envisioned in the Bike-Ped Plans. More recently, the Council also approved a Complete Streets Policy also developed by the BPC.
I am also the author of Voting Down the Rose: Florence Brooks Whitehouse and Maine’s Fight for Woman Suffrage, published in 2014, a book about my great-grandmother. I speak regularly on Florence Brooks Whitehouse and women’s rights history. I serve on the Steering Committee of the Maine Suffrage Centennial Collaborative and as the Maine Coordinator for the National Votes for Women Trail, a project of the National Collaborative for Women's History Sites. In 2019 I was appointed to Maine’s Permanent Commission on the Status of Women.
For my day job, I am the founder and principal of ABG Consulting LLC, a small business supporting nonprofits, local and state governments, and foundations in their efforts to help people in need build stable, productive lives. One aspect of my work as a consultant is helping clients write state and federal grants; to date, I have written over $169 million in successful grants since founding my business in 1993, working both in Maine and nationally.
I received my BA degree from Reed College in 1982 and a MA from the University of Maryland in 1987.
I live in Gray with my husband, and we feel so fortunate to live in this beautiful town with so many friendly people, where we can hike, run, x-c ski, and ice skate!