Four area executives are among 10 leaders from across Maine to complete the 2022 John T. Gorman Fellowship, an intensive program designed to strengthen their ability to make a measurable difference in the lives of Maine people.

They are: Melissa Hue, director of diversity, equity and inclusion for Lewiston; Kristen Miale, president of Good Shepherd Food Bank in Auburn; Chet Randall, deputy director of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Lewiston; and Charles Woodworth, executive director of Greater Franklin Development Council in Farmington.

The program was established in 2015 and includes 42 fellows.

John T. Gorman fellows are established Maine leaders in a variety of fields, including education, government and human services, who share the John t. Gorman Foundation’s commitment to improving the lives of Mainers experiencing poverty.

Over the past nine months, these high-level, cross-sector leaders received training in results-based leadership practices, which leverage data, collaboration, and other strategies to make progress toward results at a regional or statewide level. Each fellow identified a specific result — a concrete outcome they are working to achieve. The fellows dug deep into the data around their issues, identified strategies to make progress toward their goals, and are executing their plans to move others within their organizations and networks to action.

This year’s fellows tackled a wide range of challenges facing Maine people, including mounting instability for Maine renters, social isolation among older adults, lack of access to quality child care, low wages for working families, food insecurity, economic hardship for students, and disparities across these issues for Black, indigenous and people of color communities.

In their final seminar, fellows made presentations on their Result Action Plans in which they shared how data influenced their goals and strategies, the progress they have made so far on their results, and how they intend to continue that work over the next year.

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