Board of Directors

2017-2018 League Year 

Jillian Rich -- President

Jillian Rich joined the Junior League of Portland, ME in 2010 and currently serves as President. She previously served on the League's Board as President-Elect, President-Elect-Elect, and Vice President of Mentoring & Placement. She has enjoyed a number of placements in the League including on the New Member Committee, where she focused on connecting with women as they started their JLP career; on the Public Relations Committee, where she concentrated on the branding and marketing of the League; and on the Fund Development Committee, where she worked on the League’s Annual Event raising dollars and awareness for the League’s focus area and mission.

Jillian has also led an ad hoc committee focused on analyzing the League’s current fund development efforts and making recommendations for future improvements. She received the JLP Outstanding New Member Award in 2011.

Jillian is a graduate from Quinnipiac University, where she received her Bachelors of Science degree in Marketing with a minor in Psychology. She has spent the last six years working in Marketing at Bangor Savings Bank, and she is currently Assistant Vice President and Senior Marketing Coordinator.

A resident of Portland with her husband Zodie, dog Ollie, and young daughter, Jillian enjoys spending her time running, skiing, or hosting friends at their home.

Shikha Vasaiwala -- President-Elect

Shikha Vasaiwala is committed to women's and girls' empowerment and advancement. Since 2011, she has dedicated herself to raising her two young girls and donates her time to Falmouth schools, the JLP, Center for Grieving Children, and The Woodlands Club.

In 2009, Shikha founded Glamour Gone Good, Inc., a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, to offer free training to salon, spa, fashion and beauty industry professionals in the art of charitable fundraising. Glamour Gone Good distributed over $15,000 in cash and in-kind donations to Dress for Success Worldwide, GEMS, and Sister to Sister: Women's Heart Foundation in 2010.

In 2007, Shikha joined actress and cancer survivor, Fran Drescher, as the founding Executive Director of her women's cancer charity, the Cancer Schmancer Movement, an organization dedicated to ensuring Stage 1 diagnosis of women's cancers through education, prevention and policy change.

Previously, Shikha served as Director of Programs at Do Something, Inc., where she managed social change programs for teens, including the 2005 Kids Tsunami Relief Fund, through which she distributed over $475,000 to NGOs rebuilding schools, children's camps and health clinics in India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia.

Ashley Hawkins-Kimball -- Treasurer

Ashley Hawkins-Kimball joined the Junior League of Portland, ME in October of 2013. She currently acts as Treasurer on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee and previously served on the Annual Event Committee.

After growing up in Brewer, Maine, Ashley went on to earn both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees at the University of New Hampshire Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics. She is a Certified Public Accountant and is currently working as an Assistant Vice President of Financial Reporting and Accountant at TD Bank.

Ashley resides in South Portland.

Mackenzie Arsenault -- Recording Secretary

Mackenzie Arsenault joined the Junior League of Portland, ME in 2015 and currently serves as Recording Secretary. Mackenzie has served on the Fund Development Committee and was recognized with the League's Outstanding New Member award in 2016. 

A graduate of Roger Williams University, Mackenzie earned her Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, in Financial Services, and later completed her Certified Financial Planner™ coursework at Boston University. Mackenzie is currently a Financial Planner at Cornerstone Financial Planning of Portland and provides fee-only financial planning services to individuals and families.

After spending time working for UBS in Boston, Mackenzie moved back to Maine in April 2014 and resides on Portland’s Eastern Promenade. She is a passionate sailor and loves spending winters skiing at Sugarloaf. Mackenzie is active in her community and is currently the Chair of the Maine Women’s Network: Portland Chapter.

Lindsay Hudnor -- Assistant to the President

Lindsay LaPrad Hudnor joined the Junior League of Portland, ME in 2013 and currently serves as Assistant to the President. Previously, Lindsay has held the position of Assistant Chair of the New Member Committee and has served on the Leadership Development and Member Events Committee.

Lindsay grew up in Brunswick and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. In 2010, she graduated from Seton Hall University with a Master's Degree in Museum Professions and Nonprofit Management. Currently, Lindsay works in fundraising and alumni relations at Thornton Academy, an independent school in Saco, Maine. She previously held positions in relationship building and marketing at the University of New England and the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

In 2016, Lindsay participated in Lift 360’s Emerging Leaders program and is enthusiastic about giving back to her community. Lindsay resides in Windham with her husband, Justin and rescue pup, Chance. In her spare time, Lindsay can be found boating, fishing, cooking, biking, and dancing.

Victoria Hartig -- Vice President, Community

Victoria Hartig joined the Junior League of Portland, ME in 2013 and currently serves as Vice President of Community. Most recently, she served as a member of the Community Committee and prior to that sat as the Assistant Chair to the Leadership Development and Member Events Committee, where she facilitated mini-fundraisers to support the league.

Victoria received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine and her Global MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Professionally, Victoria works as the Assistant Director of Strategic Marketing for the University of New England where she manages a team to promote the UNE online graduate portfolio.

As a resident of Portland with her soon to be husband, Andy, and their fur children, Luna and Wyatt, Victoria enjoys exploring the outdoors, traveling, cooking and attending concerts.

Jess Nason -- Vice President, Fund Development

Jess Nason joined the Junior League of Portland, Maine shortly after moving to the area four years ago and currently serves as Vice President of Fund Development. She was looking for an opportunity outside of her job to network, volunteer in the community, and build her skills. Now, four years later, Jess shares that the Junior League has exceeded her expectations. "It's an honor to be among so many inspiring and intelligent women who make a tremendous impact on our community," she said. 

Outside of the League, Jess works at Portside Real Estate Group as their Marketing and Operations Manager and resides in South Portland.

Eliza Warren Giberson -- Vice President, Membership

Eliza Warren Giberson grew up in Portland and joined the Junior League of Portland, ME in 2013, currently serving as Membership Vice President. Eliza has previously held positions in membership serving as the New Member Committee Chair and Assistant Chair as well as positions on ad-hoc committees addressing fund development initiatives. Eliza was selected as a delegate to The Association of Junior Leagues International’s 2015 Organization Development Institute, where she eagerly shared and absorbed many best practices regarding comprehensive fund development.

Professionally, Eliza serves as a Leadership Gift Officer at Maine Medical Center working to raise funds supporting patient care, research, and education initiatives in our community. Eliza has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College and has previously held positions raising funds for the Center for Grieving Children here in Portland and Rush Hour Concerts in Chicago. Additionally, Eliza was a founding member of Make Music Chicago, an annual day long free music festival in downtown Chicago.

In her spare time, Eliza enjoys attending rock shows and skiing Maine's many mountains with her husband, Jim.

Alicia Dambrie -- Vice President, Mentoring and Placement

Alicia Dambrie joined the Junior League of Portland, ME in 2012 and currently serves as the Vice President of Mentoring and Placement. She previously held various leadership roles during her tenure, including: Placement Committee Chair, Annual Event Committee (Marketing), Public Relations Council (External Web Specialist).

Alicia is a graduate of the University of Maine and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. She has spent the majority of her career in IT at Unum Group, a Disability Insurance Company, where she currently works as a Data Analyst in the Corporate Data & Integration department.

Alicia currently resides in Scarborough with her husband, Anthony, and her Brittany Spaniel, Taco.

Alison Siviski -- Vice President, Public Relations

Alison Siviski currently serves on the Board of Directors as Vice President of Public Relations. Alison joined the Junior League of Portland, ME in 2014 and was formerly Marketing Specialist and Press Specialist on the Public Relations Committee. Alison participated in an ad hoc committee to produce the League’s Annual Report and on the Community Impact Rollout Team to develop and implement the League’s newest focus area of Reaching Youth at Risk. She was honored with the League’s Outstanding First Year Active Award in 2016, followed by the Sally G. Vamvakias President’s Award in 2017.

Alison is a graduate of the University of Maine, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Advertising. Her career has been focused on communications and program development at educational institutions. Alison is currently working as Community Engagement Specialist at the Olympia Snowe Women's Leadership Institute and Executive Assistant to Senator Olympia J. Snowe and Governor John R. McKernan Jr.

In her personal life, Alison coaches Deering High School Varsity Cheerleading, plays flag football, and enjoys being active in the great outdoors with her rescue animals, family, and friends. She currently resides in Portland with her husband, Steve.

Sandy Couch Kelly -- Sustainer Co-Director

Sandy Couch Kelly served as President of the Junior League of Portland, ME during the 2013-2014 League year and is continuing her many years of leadership as Sustainer Co-Chair this year.

Sandy is originally from Omaha, Nebraska. She graduated from Colby-Sawyer College with a Bachelor of Art’s degree in Psychology and Boston College School of Social Work with a Master of Social Work degree. She relocated to Portland in the Fall of 1996 and worked as a Spurwink Clinician in the Westbrook Public Schools--providing individual, group and family therapy as well as clinical consultation for 15 years. She then transitioned into private practice, co-founding the Maine Neurotherapy Center in Portland.

Sandy has served in many community groups, including as a girl scout troop leader and in the Episcopal church of St. Mary's Guiding Ray program. She is a former President of the Westbrook Food and Resource Center. She currently serves on the Falmouth 300 committee and the Colby-Sawyer President's Alumni Advisory Committee and as a Falmouth Education Foundation Board member. 

Sandy and her husband, Jamie, enjoy family time with their two daughters and two dogs. The family savor's its downtime watching movies and hanging around their fire pit, and they love to travel and enjoy the many activities Maine can offer, like boating and skiing. They can be found cheering on their daughter's sports teams and endeavors and, in the fall, their favorite football teams: the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the New England Patriots.

Elliott Pitts -- Sustainer Co-Director

Elliott Pitts has been a member of the Junior League of Portland, ME since 2001. She has served in a variety of roles for the League including President in 2011. Elliott is honored to rejoin the Board as Sustainer Co-Director.

Professionally, Elliott is the Northeast Regional Director for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit that raises needed funds and awareness for local children’s hospitals. Additionally, she plans and manages clergy wellness conferences for The Episcopal Church.

Previously, she has raised funds for The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, overseen wish granting and volunteers for Make-A- Wish Foundation of Maine, and taught art as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana. Elliott has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sweet Briar College and certificates in program management, supervision, organizational development, and training and facilitation. 

Elliott is a member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, a Board Member for Rippleffect, the Town Clerk for Squirrel Island, Maine, the Squirrel Island Chapel Corresponding Secretary, and past Champion of the Maine Cribbage League.