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Meet the Team

Elizabeth McLellan

Founder and CEO

Elizabeth McLellan received her degrees from American University, Northeastern University, the University of Southern Maine, and Boston University School of Medicine and Public Health. McLellan has spent her career working as a leader in nursing and healthcare administration. In recognition of her leadership, compassion, and service, McLellan has received numerous awards including the Hanley Center Leadership and Humanitarian Relief Award in 2010, the Red Cross Real Hero Award in 2011, the Outstanding Non-Profit Award in 2012, and the Northeastern University Social Impact Award in 2014.


Paul Golding

Director of Advancement

Paul Golding was born and educated in the UK and has spent the last thirty years in the US working in Advancement, Development and Communications in Higher Education, Public Health and Social Services .


Laura Nilsson

Director of Global Programs

A Massachusetts native, Laura has been happily living in Portland since 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science, Accounting & Finance degree from Bentley University and a Master of Science, Global Studies & International Relations degree from Northeastern University. Laura brings a background in intercultural exchange, non-profit/social enterprise management and global public health administration to PWH. She is a humanitarian by nature and strives to embody global citizenship in all parts of life.

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Alan Clark

Director of Operations

Alan Clark earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine. Having grown up in Houlton, ME, Alan is proud of his Aroostook County roots. His work ethic began at a young age by getting up at 5 AM to work in the potato fields during the harvest school break. That work ethic carries through to today. Alan spent close to 30 years as a manager in retail pharmacy from which he will bring his knowledge of operations, organization, and community involvement to Partners. Alan has lived in Portland for the last 18 years with his wife Shelly, and their 3 rescue cats.

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Laura Darnell

Director of Materials Management

An advocate for sustainable resource management and community-led initiatives, Laura is driven by a commitment to making a tangible difference. She aims to harness the power of responsible materials management to ensure a brighter, more sustainable future for Maine and beyond. Originally from Massachusetts, Laura has found a deep appreciation for all that Maine has to offer. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling with her partner Cindy.

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Kali Focht

Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

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Naomi Levesque

Volunteer Operations Coordinator


Erin Lamparter

Medical Supply Program Coordinator

As a native Vermonter, Kali's sense of community is what propelled her to pursue the nonprofit world. With a background in events, and frontline customer service experience, she is ready to take on Portland with her husband and dogs in tow. With skills that come from working alongside people, Kali aims to bring her knowledge to Partners with goals to grow the volunteer team.

Born and raised in the White Mountains of Northern NH, Naomi brings 17 years of non-profit experience to her role at PWH. Inspired by those achieving much with limited resources, she’s thrilled to contribute to PWH’s mission and help bring aid to those doing so much with so little. Naomi finds working alongside volunteers who share this passion exhilarating, and believes they are the backbone of propelling the mission forward. Living in the Standish area, Naomi finds tranquility in nature kayaking, birding and hiking, while also dedicating time to volunteer for environmental and wildlife organizations committed to preserving our beautiful natural world.

Erin comes to PWH with a 20-year background in marketing, sales, and nonprofit development & community relations. With her lifelong dedication to the well-being of humans, animals, and the planet, she is glad to contribute to PWH’s efforts of locally (re)distributing medical supplies and equipment in a mindful, effective, and expansive way and to keep our oceans and landfills free from excess medical waste. Erin has lived in Portland since 2014. She is a reiki practitioner for people and animals, and as an ethical vegan has been involved in farm animal activism and the rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife and companion animals for decades. Erin also served a stint as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana, West Africa. She has a BA in marketing from Michigan State University.

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Harry Swan

Materials Management Coordinator


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Jim Siulinski

Biomedical Engineer

Harry Swan grew up in Brunswick, ME and graduated from Hamilton College in 2013. He has lived and worked in many different places since then, including three years as an English teacher in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. (He will never complain about hot weather in New England again!) He recently returned to Maine and joined PWH as a warehouse coordinator in April 2023.

Bobbi joined the team in March of 2022. I am 63 and live in South Portland. I love animals, to walk, sew and crochet blankets. I have worked for big corporations as well as small companies from being bookkeeper to HR Director and Controller. My career has mostly been doing accounting, something I love. I hope to be with PWH for a very long time.

Jim is a Maine native who has retired from a career in semiconductor product development. His lifelong interest in technology has led him through many areas of engineering including software and hardware development and worldwide product support. He is currently reinventing himself as a biomedical engineer at PWH. Jim is also an avid hiker, woodworker and photographer.


Pearl McNeil

Third Party Resale Coordinator

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Kristian Kangas

Advancement Associate

Emma Gabriele

Media Relations and Special Events Associate

I learned of PWH in 2009 when a friend in the medical field told me about the Blue Wrap Project. I loved everything about PWH but could not volunteer because I didn't have a car and there were no bus stops nearby. I held this place in my heart for 10 years until we finally got a car in 2019. One of the first things I did was to sign up for volunteer training. Now, 3 years later, I have decided to expand my scope and take on the job of Third Party Resale Coordinator. I look forward to learning about a whole different part of PWH that I never knew of before. Besides being at PWH I love to go beachcombing, explore this great state of ours, help those in need and create a wide spectrum of art. I live in Augusta with my wife, Patty, and our little snugglebug kitty named Junipurr.

Kristian received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History of Medicine and Bioethics from University of Puget Sound in Washington. She discovered her passion for donor relations and advancement while there, and is thrilled to merge her academic and career interests through her work for PWH. She is also a strong supporter of health advocacy, and brings experience and education in aging life care and community health to the table. During her spare time, Kristian can be found working hard in the gym or getting cozy with a crochet project and a cup of tea. She is looking forward to exploring New England, and is particularly interested in braving Maine’s abandoned military forts. She is an animal lover, and lives vicariously through the various staff and volunteers who bring their dogs into the office.

Emma is a dedicated educator and public health advocate with a background in digital humanities research. She holds bachelor's degrees in Philosophy and Communication & Culture from Clark University and earned an M.A. in Media Communication Studies from the University of Rhode Island in 2016. She joins the team at Partners for World Health in earnest, honored to work alongside staff and volunteers that collaborate everyday to ensure that we all might live healthy lives on a healthy planet. In her free time Emma enjoys spending time outside with "Whiny" Winnie (her dog-daughter) and reacquainting herself with the natural wonders of New England.

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Sue Ouellette

Business Manager

A Connecticut native, Susan Ouellette moved to Portland with her family in July of 2023 after spending seven years in hot, humid, and very trafficky, Georgia! She is glad to be back in New England, and especially Portland, where she enjoys the diverse population, proximity to the ocean, and the change of seasons. Sue earned her BS in Accounting and a MS in Organizational Management from colleges in CT. As a Finance Manager, she worked in several healthcare organizations, and non-profits, always with a focus on contributing to the greater good. After 17 years in the business arena, she returned to school and earned a 6th year degree as a Classroom Specialist in Education to teach Math, Science, and Language Arts, at the Middle School Level. For 20 years teaching in Catholic Schools in CT and GA, she utilized her accounting experience and healthcare background to enrich the curriculum for her students with many real-life based projects. It was a pleasure for her to see her students grow in knowledge and awareness of the world around them. Sue is proud of her diverse family from several cultures, and her earth conscious children. She has joined them in their mission to make this world a better place to live. Working at Partners is another step forward in her quest to contribute to the greater good around the globe.

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