Our Foundation4Love Board
President, F4L - Leah Robert
Leah, Co Owner of SaltyGirl Boutique and also an Oncology Nurse at New England Cancer Specialists started Foundation4Love with her sister, Sarah. As an infusion nurse, Leah enjoys helping treat her patients, however also giving back to adults on a more personal level has been truly special for her. Becoming a business owner and creating a 501 C 3 was something Leah never thought would happen until 2015, when cancer hit close to home. Since then, she was able to turn lemons into lemonade and give back to families who need it most. Leah currently lives in Old Orchard Beach, Maine with her husband, Greg and two dogs Zoey and Kayla.
Vice President, F4L - Rob Robinson
Rob has lived in New England his entire life, as the summers on the coast and colors of autumn always lead him to forget how much he dislikes winter. He has spent his entire career marketing for values-driven organizations in the nonprofit and for profit sector and currently works as a brand manager for Tom's of Maine, where his primary focus is on brand equity and social responsibility. As a parent with two children, Rob has no free time. But he imagines that if he did it would be spent kayaking, hiking, reading, and finally learning how to play a musical instrument. He has a Bachelor's degree from Bates College and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine. He currently lives in Kittery, Maine with his wife, two kids, and too many pets.
Secretary, F4L - Mary Nylen
Mary is an SAP SuccessFactors consultant who has always had a love of helping others. This led her to a background in teaching and consulting. She believes that being a strong, independently minded woman is one of the greatest qualities one can obtain, and nothing beats being surrounded by other woman with the same fierce nature. This is what drew her to Leah and Sarah and their gracefulness and strength they put into the Foundation4Love. When Mary was a child, she lost her grandmother, the rock that held the family together, to cancer. Before her passing she asked Mary's grandfather to look out for the children she had met during her time at the hospital. Her grandfather began to devout his life to honoring his wife's request by raising money for the Maine Children's Cancer Program. What became a tradition that Mary, and the rest of her family partakes in, has turned into over $500,000 raised over the years. This has led Mary to be someone who is very goal oriented, and is always looking for new challenges to work towards that have a positive impact in others lives, and she could not be happier to help make Foundation4Love's success continue to grow for years to come.
Treasurer, F4L - Tori Lavoie
Torie Lavoie is the Patient Financial Advocate Supervisor at New England Cancer Specialists. She was born and raised in Maine. After spending years in sales, medical billing and collections, Torie joined the team at New England Cancer Specialists about six years ago as an advocate. She is currently the superior for the Financial Advocate team and on the Board of for Foundation4Love and work closely with other local foundation to help access help and to also promote the foundation and help with fundraising. Oncology Advocacy has become a great passion of Torie's, and she enjoys help the New England Cancer Specialists team grow stronger day by day and lessen financial burden for their patients, one patient at a time.
Board Member, F4L - Janna Dyer
A native of Maine, Janna became passionate about oncology nursing during her second year in school. Since graduation in 2009, she has worked as a Registered Nurse in surgical, medical, and outpatient oncology, most recently at New England Cancer Specialists. As a member of the Foundation4Love Board of Directors, she looks forward to getting more involved in the community and being able to help give back to adults dealing with cancer. When she's not working, Janna enjoys traveling, walking the beach, and spending time with her husband, daughter, and dog.
Board Member, F4L - Sarah Kelly
Co Owner of SaltyGirl Boutique and breast cancer survivor, Sarah has had a passion for natural sustainable products since starting her career 15 years ago with Tom’s of Maine. In 2010 Sarah completed her MBA from Simmons College in Boston with a focus on Sustainability in business. In 2015 Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer while 32 weeks pregnant. Her cancer diagnosis led her down her dream of finally starting her own business SaltyGirl along side her sister Leah. Part of building her own business meant giving backing to her community in a powerful way which is why creating Foundation4Love is so important.
Board Member, F4L - Dr. Jason Lachance
Dr. Lachance is a Gynecologic Oncologist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine, one of northern New England’s major teaching institutions. Originally from New Hampshire, Dr. Lachance completed his medical school training at Georgetown University SOM, followed by a residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. He then completed a fellowship in Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Virginia prior to joining the faculty at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Lachance is currently the Residency Program Director for Obstetrics & Gynecology. He is involved nationally with the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. His personal research interests include clinically based Health Outcomes Research, involving health economics and decision analysis modeling and qualitative research. He holds the academic rank of Assistant Clinical Professor.
Board member, F4L - Ted Nichols
Ted, a Senior Consultant and Co-founder of North Atlantic Energy Group, LLC lives in Kennebunk, Maine. Eight years in the U.S. Merchant Marine as Chief Engineer lead him into 33 years in Engineering in the Power Generation Industry. After his oldest daughter, Sarah Kelly was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 he started becoming an avid cyclist raising money for cancer in the PAN-MASS in 2015, 2016 and Dempsey Challenge in 2017. Helping families through Foundation4Love has been very rewarding and a humbling experience for Ted since he saw Sarah and her family go through the struggles any family would endear during a cancer journey. Ted is excited to be working with both his daughters with this Non-Profit Organization. Ted enjoys spending time with his wife, Connie of 40 years his 4 children, 2 grandchildren and passionately waiting for 3 more in 2018!