Board of Trustees
Lucille (Lonnie) Anderson
Lucille Brooke (Lonnie) Andersen graduated from Lincoln Academy, Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing and Wellesley College. While working at various social service organizations, she combines her nursing experience and economics understanding. Lonnie is an active member of the Second Congregational Church, Newcastle. In the 80s Lonnie lead PTA organizations and co-founded a start-up technology company in Connecticut. Returning to Maine in 1991 and living on Damariscotta Lake is the fulfillment of a dream. Lonnie is the current president of the Bunker Hill Ladies Aid Society, Jefferson. Her three children and five grandchildren keep Lonnie ever mindful of how important “home” is at all stages of life.
Bruce Bachelder was born and raised in Maine and graduated from Thomas College in Waterville. He moved to December in 1977 for his first job at Miles Memorial Hospital. Bruce has been a CPA in public practice since 1981 and has been a sole practitioner in Damariscotta since 1998. He has been married to Karen, the love of his life, since 1975 and one son and one grandson. Bruce is a long time Board member for The Lincoln Home and Mobius Inc.
Bruce and Karen’s Story
When I graduated from College in May of 1977 I accepted a job as business manager at Miles Memorial Hospital. I commuted to work from Waterville everyday while looking for a place to live in or near Damariscotta. Karen was very pregnant at this time. It had been a huge financial struggle to get through college with both of us working basically full time. We had zero savings and with Karen out of work for a while we had very little money for anything and coming up with a security deposit and first and last month’s rent was not possible. After a lot of searching, someone told us about Blue Haven and John Andrews. We checked it out and found a little cottage available at a very low rent. We moved in during August and our son was born in October. Shortly after we brought him home from the hospital our ancient Ford Pinto died and could not be repaired. We walked everywhere; to work, to the store, to the doctor’s office, post office and laundry. We didn’t like not having a car but were grateful for not really needing one. We got by. After a year or so, having Karen back at work and saving a little money, we were able to buy our first home. It was a mobile home in a mobile home park but we were finally getting ahead. I have always looked back on those days with gratitude for the opportunity we had to get our financial feet under us.
Bill and Barbara Howlett
Bill and Barbara Howlett are the founders of Stepping Stone Housing, Inc. Bill was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and spent his early years in Holland, Michigan. He graduated from Penn State and spent 3 years in the US Army.
Barbara was born in Augusta, Maine, moved to Yardley, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Wilson College. She was working for the Army as a civilian when she and Bill met. In the next 55 years Bill and Barb had 3 children, lived in Massachusetts, Dover, Delaware and Connecticut, and Maine, where they retired 26 years ago. They are members of the Second Congregational Church Newcastle and are involved in many volunteer activities.
Mark Hamilton is a retired UCC pastor who served five churches over 28 years. He has been active in social justice matters throughout his life. He and his wife, Sally, live in Walpole along with their four cats.
Carolyn Neighoff was born in Baltimore, Maryland and moved to Maine at the age of 20 after two years of study at Towson State College. For 19 years she was owner and operator of a Christian Bookstore in downtown Augusta, during which time she raised two children. She finished her bachelor’s degree at the University of Maine and began her teaching career. Carolyn returned to the University of Maine for a master’s degree in teaching, followed a few years later with a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in leadership. After serving as Principal in an elementary school for seven years, Carolyn completed her MDiv at Bangor Theological Seminary and did further studies on line at Luther Seminary in Minnesota. Carolyn was the founder of a soup kitchen and homeless shelter, Bread of Life Ministries in Augusta.
After 22 years in education, Carolyn retired and is currently the pastor of Water of Life Lutheran Church in Newcastle, Maine.
Kimberley Tolley is a native of Massachusetts who moved to Maine in 2002 with her husband, Michael, to raise their three daughters. Kimberley is a graduate of Northeastern University where she studied business and spent the first decade of her career as an officer and partner in a business consulting firm specializing in strategic innovation working with Fortune 50 companies as well as non-profits. After selling the consulting firm in 2000, giving birth to twins, and getting her Montessori teaching degree, Kimberley and Michael moved to a family home in Maine, and welcomed their third daughter. For the past 11 years, Kimberley has worked as the Administrator and Admissions Director for the Damariscotta Montessori School in Nobleboro and coordinates Faith Formation for the youth of St. Patrick’s Church in Newcastle.
Marilee A. Harris
Marilee Harris is a local girl who grew up in Woolwich and has returned to Maine with her husband Val, to raise their two daughters, Lydia and Emily. Marilee left Maine after graduating from Morse High School to work on her college degree in ornamental horticulture and floriculture and completed her B.S. and Masters of Education degrees, at Cornell University. After traveling and teaching in foreign countries she returned to the United States to complete an MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary. She is currently serving part-time as pastor at the Damariscotta Baptist Church as well as part-time Executive Director for Stepping Stone Housing, Inc.