Staff

John Shoos
John Shoos
Executive Director

Prior to joining the Foundation, John served as Senior Vice President of Community Impact and in other roles for the United Way of Greater Portland over a 26 year career. He is a board member for Konbit Sante, a Health Partnership in Haiti, and has served on the boards of Spring Harbor Hospital, the Institute for Civic Leadership, and the Maine Children’s Alliance. John and his wife Lisa raised two sons in Maine and now enjoy visiting them or traveling with them, wherever that may be!  

Dana Baldwin
Dana Baldwin
Program Officer

Before joining the Foundation, Dana served as the Program and Communications Director for the Maine Philanthropy Center. In this role she worked with foundations, nonprofits, and individual philanthropists on a diverse range of issues affecting our state. Prior to MPC, Dana worked in art museum education and led the Learning and Interpretation Dept. at the Portland Museum of Art for almost 20 years. She is a Board member of Pineland Farms and the Portland Public Library and an active volunteer for Portland Public Schools and the Maine State Ballet. Dana and her husband Robert live in Portland with their two children. They try to spend as much time on Long Pond in the Belgrade Lakes as possible.

Gloria Nicholson
Gloria Nicholson
Grants & Finance Administrator

Gloria joined the Foundation in 2014. Previously she worked for a comprehensive college search and application guidance program geared toward lower income and first generation students, and in the retail industry. Gloria has chosen to spend her volunteer efforts supporting education and the arts.  She has held multiple positions in school-related organizations within MSAD51 and is currently active with Portland Ballet.  Gloria lives in North Yarmouth with her husband Todd and their three children.

Board

Jeffrey A. Nathanson
Jeffrey A. Nathanson
President

Mr. Nathanson has over 25 years of varied banking experience and currently serves as Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff to the President and CEO, TD Bank Group. Mr. Nathanson joined TD Banknorth, the predecessor to TD Bank, America's Most Convenient Bank, in 2002 where he served as Director of Corporate Communications and Head of Investor Relations. Prior to that, he spent 13 years at Fleet Bank in various management positions and in the early 1980's worked as a Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill for Maine Senator George J. Mitchell. 

A native of Saco, Maine, Mr. Nathanson earned a Bachelors Degree from Williams College in Williamstown, MA, and a J.D. from the University of Maine, School of Law in Portland, Maine. Mr. Nathanson has a strong commitment to the community and has served on the Board of Directors for various organizations including the Mitchell Institute and the Cancer Community Center. Mr. Nathanson resides in Cumberland, Maine with his wife Alison and has two adult children.

Jerome F. Goldberg
Jerome F. Goldberg
Chairman

Mr. Goldberg has been a tax partner in the law firm of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer, & Nelson and in the Maine office of the accounting firm Coopers and Lybrand. He has also held adjunct faculty positions with the University of Maine School of Law and the University of Southern Maine. He was chair of the Maine State Bar Association Tax Section, president of the Maine Estate Planning Council, a member of the executive committee of the Federal Tax Institute, and he served as a tax policy advisor to two Maine governors.

Currently he works with his son Brian in Bramlie Corporation, a real estate development company they founded. He was national chair of the Colby Alumni Council, a member of their Board of Overseers and a member of the Board of Trustees. He has served as president of both the Jewish Community Alliance and Temple Beth El (Portland), and as a board member of The Cedars. Other board service includes the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Portland Chamber Music Festival, and the Maine Audubon Society. He and his wife Susan live in Portland and spend the winter months in Boca Raton, Florida.

Sherry P. Broder
Sherry P. Broder
Secretary

Sherry Broder is a lawyer and concentrates in complex civil litigation with an emphasis on social justice issues. She has litigated cases on behalf of the Native Hawaiian people and the victims of human rights abuses. She has represented clients in litigation in many different state and federal courts and in the courts of other countries. Ms. Broder serves as an international arbitrator. She was the first woman President of the Hawaii State Bar Association and is the President of the Federal Bar Association for the District of Hawaii. She was a founder of both Hawaii Women Lawyers and Hawaii Women Lawyers Foundation and served as one of their Presidents during the early years. Ms. Broder teaches International Law and International Ocean Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii. She has been a consultant to the Republic of Turkey. Ms. Broder is the recipient of various awards, including ABA Solo Practitioner of the Year 1992, ABA Solo and Small Firm Lifetime Achievement Award 2015, and Cox Price Human Rights Award from the University of Denver Law School 2007. She has published many articles and chapters on international and ocean law issues. Ms. Broder graduated from Wellesley College and U.C. Berkeley Law School, Order of the Coif. She serves on a number of other boards, including the East-West Center Foundation, Ved Nanda Center of International and Comparative Law, Honolulu Zoological Society, Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, Kaleleonalani Foundation, dedicated to the preservation and revival of Native Hawaiian culture, and the International Law section of the Hawai`i State Bar Association​.​ She is on the Advisory Board of Protect Our Defenders. Ms. Broder is the niece of Sam L. Cohen.

Edward K. Simensky
Edward K. Simensky
Treasurer

Mr. Simensky, a CPA, has been associated with Simensky and Engstrom since 1963.  Currently he is a board member of Norway Savings Bank and the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Previously he served on the boards of Sweetser Children’s Home, Portland’s Temple Beth El, Portland Concert Association (now Portland Ovations), Coastal Savings Bank, and the former Mutual Fire Insurance Company. Mr. Simensky and his wife Martha have resided in Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough since 1970, and they spend much of the winter in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Elinor G. Miller
Elinor G. Miller
Director

During her 28 years as Assistant Director of Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Ms Miller secured funding for Maine’s first legal aid project for victims of domestic violence and worked on funding initiatives for underserved populations including migrant farm workers and Native Americans. She also worked on the development of the KIDS LEGAL program. More recently, she served as the Director of Levey Day School and is currently an instructor at the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School. Her volunteer activities have been focused in Portland’s Jewish community where she has served on the boards of numerous organizations including the Federation (now the Jewish Community Alliance) and as President of Temple Beth El.  In 2009, she, together with her husband, Charlie, received the Edmund S. Muskie Award for Access to Justice.  In January, she became the Interim Executive Director of the Jewish Community Alliance and is a board member for Colby’s new Center for Small Town Jewish Life.  She also serves as a board member and Treasurer of Pine Tree Legal Assistance.

Kenneth S. Spirer
Kenneth S. Spirer
Director

Mr. Spirer was a lawyer with the Securities & Exchange Commission in Washington, DC before joining Merrill Lynch in New York as First Vice President and Assistant General Counsel. He has served as Chair of the Maine Community Foundation and is currently a trustee of the Portland Symphony Orchestra, Maine Public Broadcasting, University of Maine School of Law, and CEI Notes. In 2009 Mr. Spirer was appointed by Governor Baldacci to serve as a Commissioner with the Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services. He is also on the Investment Committee of Maine Audubon, was past president of the LARK Society for Chamber Music, and a founding member of Common Good Ventures (now Lift 360) and was, for 10 years, a volunteer with the AARP/IRS Tax Aide program. Mr. Spirer has lived in Portland’s West End with his wife, Joan Leitzer, MD, since 1995.