Alfred Niese (Brunswick) Al Niese is an ordained minister in the Episcopal Church and affiliated with St. Paul’s Church, Brunswick. Al is a graduate of Rutgers University and the General Theological Seminary in NYC, with a post-graduate degree in counseling psychology. Al served four urban and suburban churches in NJ for more than 35 years. As a UNA Maine board member for 16 years, he has served many roles, including Editor of our newsletter, and chair of the Membership Committee. Al has also served on the board of Hospice Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine and for three years was board chair of the Brunswick region’s Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program.
Andrea Keushguerian (Damariscotta) A graduate of the University of Maine, Orono, Andrea Keushguerian taught high school and then traveled through Europe before settling for over a decade in Berkeley, CA, where she owned Lighting Studio and Lalime’s Restaurant. She then moved to Florence, Italy for 12 years before returning to Maine. Andrea is a Special Education teacher at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, where she also serves as faculty leader of the Model UN program. She and her family normally live part of their summer in Armenia. At one time they spent an entire academic year in Armenia, and Andrea initiated Armenia’s Model United Nations Conference program. Andrea has been on our board since 2009, and currently serves as Secretary.
Bruno Yomoah (Auburn) Born in Ghana, Bruno Yomoah served for many years as the English Language Learners (ELL) Coordinator at Deering High School, Portland. He has taught English at high school and college levels in Africa, Europe, and North America. As a Model UN Moderator for over 20 years, he helped Model UN students develop skills of negotiation, collaboration and consensus building. He has Master’s degrees, in English and in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. He holds a variety of certificates in education: Graduate Study in Nonprofit Management; Advanced Study in Educational Leadership, ESL, English Language Arts, Adult Education, Curriculum Coordination, and Building Administration. Bruno is a member of the Education Committee of the World Affairs Council of Maine; the Advisory Council of Community Financial Literacy; and is Secretary to the Board of the Portland Community Health Center. Bruno joined our board in 2016 and served as Membership Committee in 2016-2017.
Catherine Yomoah (Auburn) Catherine, an Advisor to the Board last year, is employed as a policy analyst with the Maine CDC Policy and Compliance Unit. Prior to this she worked as the State Refugee Coordinator for the Maine Refugee Resettlement Program at Maine DHHS. Catherine is an ardent advocate for equality and justice; she has a wide range of experience working with refugees, immigrants, and other minorities. Catherine is a graduate of the Muskie School of Public Service, at USM. She
started out as a teacher in Ghana (her homeland), then Nigeria and Turkey, before coming to the US. She has 3 grown children and lives in Auburn with her husband Bruno, also a member of our board!
Donald Lawson-Stopps (Bath) An attorney with law offices in Bath, Don came to Maine after graduating from the University of Richmond in 1974. In 1979 he began an apprenticeship in traditional wooden boat building at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, a career that expanded into custom home building, cabinetry and architectural woodwork. He and his wife Ruth, who led our executive committee in its strategic planning several years ago, bought a home in Bath in 1981 where they raised two daughters. Don is a graduate of the Maine School of Law. He has served on several non-profit boards, including the Southern Mid Coast Chamber of Commerce. Don has served as Vice President since 2019.
Eleanor Brown (Brunswick) Eleanor “Lollie” Brown, mother of 4 children and 8 grandchildren, was a member of Angus King’s executive team when he was Maine’s governor, serving as his Director of Constituent Services. Born in New York, Lollie attended Columbia University and holds a degree from Vermont College. Her previous roles include: Director, Freeport’s K-12 Student Aspirations Partnership; Bowdoin College Research Assistant; and co-chair of Action for Nuclear Disarmament in Weston, MA. Lollie has received several awards for engagement in community service and improving the position of women in society. She has served on our board since 2010.
Elizabeth Eames (Lewiston) Elizabeth, is a Professor of Anthropology at Bates College, where she has taught for over 30 years, including terms as Chair of the Department of Anthropology and Chair of Women’s Studies. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Bryn Mawr College, and earned her Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. She has traveled and written volumes about African culture, and has extensive teaching and consulting experience on issues as varied as Somali immigrants in Lewiston; Gender and Culture; and Cinematic Portraits of Africa. She has one adult son who lives in New York City.
Florence Hull (Topsham) Flora, currently the Licensed Branch Manager for Key Bank in Brunswick, earned her Bachelor degree in Social Science from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. While a student, she worked with the UNHCR office. After graduating she worked for the Kenyan Ministry for Foreign Affairs, helping with the Somalia Peace Process from 2002-2006. She later worked as a Communications Consultant in Columbo, Sri Lanka. After coming to the United States, she worked in financial advising with Morgan Stanley, HSBC and Key Bank. She holds an Executive MBA from the University of New Haven. She has 3 children, the oldest is at USM.
Lucinda White (Freeport) Lucinda White is an artist (oil painter) and an attorney, as well as an avid supporter of the UN and the earth. She served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Natural Resources Division of the Maine Department of the AG for over twenty years. Prior to that she was a staff counsel at the Maine Health Care Finance Commission (hospital rate regulation). In her first decade as an attorney, she worked at Pine Tree Legal Assistance representing low income Maine residents with civil problems. Lucinda’s interest in global affairs began as a Government major at Smith College, where she specialized in Comparative Government. She and her husband Tom Kelley have two adult children and four young grandsons. Lucinda joined the board in 2014 and has served as President since 2015.
Peter Cole (Topsham) Peter Cole is a retired educator from California’s multicultural, multilingual schools where he felt that he was living a UN experience. Peter graduated from Claremont McKenna College with a dual major in Economics and History and received his Master’s from UCLA in Educational Administration. Peter taught all grades during his tenure in education and most recently served as an elementary school principal for 20 years. Peter’s wife, Elizabeth, taught English language learners (ELs) in the U.S. and Japan and served as a school district’s EL coordinator. She still does linguistic consulting work. Their daughter, Sarah, is in the Master’s Program at Middlebury Institute for International Studies in Monterey, California where she is specializing in International Policy Studies and Arabic. Peter joined the board in 2017 and has served as Treasurer since 2019.
Timothy Ruback (Hiram) Dr. Timothy J. Ruback joined our board in 2016, after he became the director of the Maine Model United Nations Program (MeMUNC) at the University of Southern Maine (USM) where he is also Lecturer of Political Science in the Department of History and Political Science. He previously taught at Dartmouth College, Smith College, and Arizona State University. Professor Ruback teaches courses on the U.N., on U.S. Foreign Policy, and an introductory course on International Relations. Other courses he has enjoyed teaching include: Border Politics, Global Terrorism, International Theory, and The Global Politics of Soccer. A graduate of Bates College, Class of ’98, he earned his M.A. in 2000, and his doctorate in 2008 from Arizona State University.