Marilee joined the Stepping Stone Housing Board in 2016. She was hired as executive director on July 1, 2016 and served until August 31, 2019 when she accepted a full-time teaching position. She was immediately elected as president at the September 2019 meeting succeeding Bill Howlett and becoming SSHI’s second president. Marilee is also the pastor at the Damariscotta Baptist Church and has a passion for the mission of SSHI.
Mal first became involved with Stepping Stone Housing when helping SSHI founder Bill Howlett and Bill Hain (former board member) install the first tiny house at our Blue Haven property. Mal is a tireless supporter in Midcoast Maine and works not only with Stepping Stone Housing, but also with the Regulars and CHIP on housing, carpentry, and building projects. We are very lucky to have him!
Bruce is a CPA practicing in Damariscotta. He and wife Karen (also a big SSHI volunteer) have lived in Damariscotta for over 40 years. Bruce has been a SSHI Board member and volunteer since 2014. He has a personal connection to SSHI as he and Karen lived at Blue Haven in 1977. Karen does the bookkeeping for SSHI and manages the Permanent Yard Sale. When not working or volunteering B &K enjoy family, pets, gardening and travel.
Kim has lived in Midcoast Maine with her family for over 20 years, and has been a SSHI Board Member since 2016. She is active in the community and serves on several non-profit boards and volunteers for several organizations in our Midcoast Maine community as well as being active in the All Saints Parish community. Kim worked at the Damariscotta Montessori School for 15 years and now serves as President of the board of the school. She has three college age daughters and a husband who is an Oregon Columbia River Bar Pilot. The Tolley family enjoys traveling, creating, and going on adventures together.
Original Board Member
Carolyn is an original Board Member of Stepping Stone Housing and also serves at the Pastor at Water of Life Lutheran Church, where she has been a member for twenty five years. In her former professional life Carolyn was a teacher, coach and administrator in the Augusta School Department. Carolyn is married to Jack Crommett and together they live in Augusta. She has two children, Krista Chase and Seth Meyer, and four step children. Between them they have seven grandchildren.
Lonnie is a long time board member of SSHI. She graduated Lincoln Academy and attended Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing and Wellesley College. She has worked as a private orthopedic scrub nurse and a bookkeeper for family business. She moved back to Jefferson, Maine with her husban Ken in the early 90s. She has volunteered over the years for the Girl Scouts; as a Master Gardener in schools; Bunker Hill Ladies' Aid; Stepping Stone Housing Inc; and Second Congregational Church Outreach and Diaconate. Lonnie has 3 children and 4 grandchildren.
Kellie is an associate real estate broker in Damariscotta, co-owner of an oyster farm, full-time coordinating-teacher of the gifted and talented program at the Great Salt Bay Community School, and mom of twins. She and her husband have lived in Midcoast Maine for over 25 years. Kellie has been a SSHI Board member and volunteer since 2018. Kellie has a passion for community involvement and outreach, volunteering, also, for her town’s school board and now budget committee for over 10 years. She hopes to see the day when Lincoln county can meet the housing needs of all of its residents, so we can proudly say each of our neighbors has a roof over their head and a place to call home. When not working or volunteering Kellie enjoys spending time with her twins when they are home from college, gardening, learning languages, art, and traveling.
Karol has been a Spanish and French teacher for the past thirty-five years at Lincoln Academy, the Chewonki Foundation and Boothbay Region Elementary and High School. In addition she has been a member of the Damariscotta Baptist Church for over forty years, participating in short-term mission trips and serving monthly Wednesday night meals at the Newcastle Congregational Church for over twenty years. When Pastor Marilee Harris said that Stepping Stones Housing was looking for new members Karol volunteered in 2022, hoping to give back to her community and has not once regretted the decision.