Meet the Staff:

From left to right: Michaela Stone, Program Coordinator, Kelly McMahon, Office Manager, Erika Weidner, Executive Director, Sue Kingsland, Director of Programming, Luke Milardo, Program Coordinator (Below).

Erika Weidner, Executive Director. Erika brings over 20 years of non profit management experience working with youth and teens in New England. With a B.S. in Human Services, and only a few classes away from finishing her Masters in Business, she has led several successful capital campaigns, overseen founder transitions, and helped create stronger community services through non profit mergers. Her passion is helping people of all ages reach their full potential, and she is loving her new role at Seeds. Erika enjoys running, dancing, sailing and traveling.

Dr. Sue Kingsland, Director of Programming. She brings over 30 years of experience working with youth, young children and their families. Her passion is building resiliency models that can promote positive outcomes for young people. She is very enthusiastic about building collaborations within our greater community to support children’s success in school and in life. Sue is passionate about yoga, family health, and drinking Oaks & Maple coffee.

Kelly E. McMahon, Office Manager. Kelly joined the Seeds team two years ago after a service learning trip to Cape Town, South Africa confirmed her desire and ability to support teens. Kelly knows firsthand that robust mentorships change lives, and is passionate about helping youth set goals, take on new experiences, and build confidence. Kelly has earned a B.A. in Leadership & Organizational Studies, from the University of Southern Maine, certificate of training from the Youth Leadership Abroad Program in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as LEAN Management Systems. In her spare time Kelly enjoys hiking, camping, dancing, arts & crafts, adventures with her two nieces, and travel of any sort.

Michaela Stone, Program Coordinator. In the summer of 2017 Michaela attended the Trekkers Training Institute for Youth Development, a 12 week immersive training focused on Trekkers 10 Youth Programming Principles. This is part of the Aspirations Incubator Program , of which Seeds of Independence is partnering with through the Lerner Foundation. Michaela was thrilled to be a part of this training and looks forward to using the knowledge and experience from this collaborative effort to implement and grow programs for area youth. Michaela has a BA in Women’s Studies and Criminology from the University of Southern Maine. She has been a Licensed Social Worker for the past twelve years, working in Home Visiting programs, local Head Starts and as the Community Navigator for the Boothbay region. Michaela resides in the Midcoast area with her husband, 2 children, 4 dogs and assorted farm animals. She loves the outdoors, the ocean and exploring.

Luke Milardo, Program Coordinator. Luke recently joined Seeds of Independence after an eclectic few years as an educator. He is a Maine State Certified English Teacher and a graduate of Bowdoin College, class of 2014. Recently he has facilitated environmental education programs for Vinalhaven Land Trust, taught high school English and History on North Haven, and worked with outer island schools through the Island Institute, where he spent most of his time in the Frenchboro School. Luke likes to be outside as often as possible and is happy to be back in the Brunswick and Bath area. Luke enjoys building things and making all sorts of music and art.

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