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OUR BOARD

OUR BOARD

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Jennifer Sporzynski (She/Her)

President

Jennifer Sporzynski is the Senior Vice President of Workforce and Business Development at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI). Ms. Sporzynski has worked in community economic development since 1993, working with small business owners in the United States, Guatemala (as a Peace Corps Volunteer) and Paraguay. At CEI, she coordinates the microloan program and leads the Business Development Services, and Workforce Solutions departments. Ms. Sporzynski serves on the CA$H Coalition of Greater Portland and volunteers as a tax preparer for CA$H. She was a previous board member of the Portland Development Corporation (including 2 years as treasurer). She was named co-recipient of the SBA Minority Small Business Champion in Maine. She has a BS in Business Administration, Finance, from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree from Harvard University. She is a Leadership Maine alumna (Upsilon Class), an Aspen Institute Fellow of Emerging Leaders in Microenterprise (ELM2) and completed the CDFI Leadership Learning Network with the Annie E Casey Foundation.

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Rachel Morales (She/her)

Treasurer

Rachel Morales is the Director of Admissions at the University of Southern Maine. She has worked in Admissions since 2003. She has a long-standing commitment to social justice work, with community service involving Cultivating Multicultural Alliances, Dialogues in Diversity, Maine Youth Suicide Prevention, and as a Board of Directors member for the Center for Prevention of Hate. In 2010, she received the IDEAL (Inclusion, Diversity, Education, Access & Leadership) Award from the New England Association for College Admission Counseling. Ms. Morales lives with her family in Portland, Maine.

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Sana Osman (She/Her)

Board Member

Sana Osman came to the US in 1998. She met her husband in Chicago and they got married in 2002. Before coming to Maine in 2011, Ms. Osman worked as a substitute teacher in New Jersey. Ms. Osman, lives in Westbrook with her husband and children and works at Maine Access Immigrant Network (MAIN) as a Community Health Worker. She has been with MAIN for 5 years. In 2012, Ms. Osman became the first female Arabic interpreter qualified by the Maine Judicial Branch Court. Ms. Osman is also an Arabic medical interpreter.

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Alysia Melnick (She/Her)

Board Member

Alysia has been Legal Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to the Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, a Public Policy Counsel for the ACLU, and is currently an attorney at Bernstein Shur. She has over 20 years of experience advocating in the public and non-profit sector. From civil liberties, to drug policy, to environmental protection, and privacy rights, Alysia knows how to effect change and get results in the legislature and at the ballot. When she’s not working, Alysia enjoys spending time with her family, pursuing dance and being anywhere in, on or near the water.

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Ryan Gorneau (He/Him)

Board Member

Ryan Gorneau has been working for the past 6+ years as the City of Portland’s Director of the General Assistance/GA department, as well as overseeing the City’s Representative Payee program. Ryan has a deep commitment to serving the community, and all of its members. In Ryan’s previous employment, he dedicated 10+ years advocating for and working with individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities in the nonprofit sector. Ryan currently volunteers his time as Vice President of the Maine Welfare Directors/MWDA, and does this by working with the MWDA team in conducting trainings/ conferences across the state of Maine for
various elected officials and municipalities'/ townships’ employees. MWDA’s objective is to actively promote and present the GA program needs to the Legislature and public to create a greater awareness of the importance and the benefits of equitable, efficient, and standardized administration of the GA program. Ryan received the MWDA Director of the year award in 2023-2024 for his continuing contributions to the GA profession. Ryan has a passion for beekeeping in his rare time away from the office, and also enjoys spending time with his husband/ family/ friends.

President

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