|Linda Menard||Board Member||lmenardemhs.org|
|Deirdre McMahon||Board Member||tmcmahonmaine.rr.com|
|David C. Adams||Board Member||davedascoinc.net|
|Loriann Bates||Board Member||bateslsad1.org|
|Kurt Bates||Board Member||coachbates405gmail.com|
|Stephen Eyler||Executive Director||directoraroostookhomeless.org|
A native of South Williamsport (home of Little League Baseball and not Williamsport), Pennsylvania, Steve began working with the homeless population in the fall of 1999. He first started as a volunteer and was then employed as one of the core management team Directors of a very large homeless shelter for men in Charlotte, NC. After assuming the position of Executive Director in March of 2011, he has implemented ‘best practices’ to ensure a safe, drug and alcohol-free operation and effectively carrying out the policies and desires of the Board of Directors. He is proud to be a 10-year veteran of the US Marine Corps.
Melanie grew up in Fort Fairfield and has spent most of her life in Aroostook County. After a couple of years living in North Carolina, she returned to “The County” in 2010. Melanie spent 13 years working at Video Monitoring Services here in Presque Isle and began working with us in September of 2012. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially the younger one.
“Like almost all County natives, no matter where I travel, I always return home.” Steve’s most recent return was in 2008 after working in Bangor for 13 years with a clinical focus on the chronically homeless and indigent alcoholic. He first worked at Hope House and after merging with Acadia Hospital, the Acadia Recovery Community. Steve states, “I continue to be impressed by the resilience of the human spirit, our ability to adapt to change, and to believe in what the future holds. I’m looking forward to working with Shelter staff to help individuals move towards independence.”
Kevin (a.k.a. Clark Kent) grew up in Presque Isle, Maine. After a short tour with the US Air Force in 1996, he returned home to pursue other jobs and adventures that would keep him local and county oriented. He states, “Every summer I would try and find a new outlet for my restlessness by going anywhere from New Hampshire, to New York, and to as far away as Texas seeking new volunteer related outings and excursions. Working at the Shelter was something that just seemed to fit, but because of scheduling conflicts and prior commitments it never quite lined up for me. When the opportunity at the Shelter became available in early April of this year, I jumped in head first, and haven’t looked back.”
Tonya joined our team again after a short time away. She was born and raised in south-central Pennsylvania where she started her work career with a diverse background of people, including the Amish and Mennonites. She and her family moved up here to “the County” in June of 2010 and she started work at the Shelter soon after. Tonya states, “I’m surprised at the growing number of homeless. When I started here in 2010, there were 6 people in the Shelter and now we are almost always at full capacity.”
Harold lives in Presque Isle with his four year old son. He plans to graduate from the University of Maine Presque Isle next year and plans on continuing his education at the graduate level. He’s worked a variety of jobs, but is happy to be working at the Shelter once again and doing what he can to help those who are homeless.
Brad was raised in Presque Isle until he was 13 and then his family moved to Arizona. He lived there through High School and was very active with his Church through missions to Mexico and helping towns rebuild their Churches and Community Centers. Brad returned to the area at age 23 and has been here since. He attributes his greatest accomplishment as fatherhood and is grateful for the opportunity to serve our community and Shelter. “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” -Charles Dickens.
Joann is originally from Washington County, Maine, and moved to Presque Isle in 1997 to attend the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Before coming to work at Homeless Services of Aroostook, Joann worked in the dental field for 8 years, during which time she became a Certified Dental Assistant, while continuing her education. She has a degree in Recreation-Park Management from the University of Maine at Presque Isle, and she also earned her M.B.A. from Columbia Southern University. Joann is currently working on her second Master’s degree in Public Administration/Criminal Justice Administration and hopes to put her knowledge of public service to use for the community. Joann current resides in Mapleton with her son and daughter and two dogs, where she enjoys hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, and martial arts.
Kurt is a recent addition to our Shelter staff team on the overnight shift. His bio will be posted soon.
Michael is a loving husband and father who has worked his entire life painting and doing carpentry work. He moved to Maine in 2002 and has loved it here ever since. He started getting back to what he loves in July of 2015 when he joined the HSA Team as the maintenance staff of one.