Meet the Development Staff

Philanthropy Leadership

Sue Doliner

Susan Doliner, FAHP,
Vice President for Development

(207) 662-4236,

Susan is honored to lead the most comprehensive health care philanthropy program in Maine, and proud to have assembled a team of exceptional professionals who help make dreams come true. Working side by side with charitable donors to advance the care of patients, launch lifesaving research efforts, and improve hospital infrastructure, the philanthropy team is working every day to bring about a brighter and healthier future for Mainers.

Susan Doliner holds the Fellows Accreditation from the Association of Healthcare Philanthropy, the highest credential in the field, and is a past president of the International Association for Healthcare Philanthropy. In 2012, Susan was awarded AHP’s prestigious Harold J. (Si) Seymour Award for development professionals whose careers reflect excellence and outstanding leadership in health care philanthropy.

"Maine Medical Center is an organization of world-class care, and I am humbled by the extraordinary skills of our caregivers, which is matched only by their compassion. It is an honor and privilege to connect generous donors who care deeply for Maine and Maine Medical Center to programs and projects that can improve the lives of those who seek care here. It’s deeply gratifying to secure donations that give our caregivers the facilities, equipment, and program support they need to ensure the high quality of care all Maine families deserve."

John Curran

John Curran,
Senior Director of Development  

(207) 662-6357,

As our Senior Director of Development, John assists donors who are interested in exploring a leadership commitment to Maine Medical Center. He joined the MMC team in 2003, providing experience as a development professional that spans the worlds of education and health care. Prior to Maine Medical Center, John served as a Development Officer at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, and as a member of the Bicentennial Campaign team at Middlebury College in Vermont.

John has a particular expertise in charitable gift planning and helping donors develop customized philanthropy plans tailored to their unique situation. He is a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy, a designation provided by the American College for professionals that show broad knowledge and skills to effectively advise prospective donors.

"I am thrilled to be part of such a dynamic and creative organization that is so essential to our community, and to have the opportunity to work with supporters to create a legacy of excellent health care for the future."

John is active in a number of professional organizations, including the Planned Giving Group of New England where he is a past president, and the Maine Planned Giving Council where he is a former board member. John is also active with Portland Rotary, serving on their International Service Committee and as a team leader of the Give Hope - Give a Hand project, an initiative to provide prosthetic hands free of charge to needy patients around the world.

In his spare time John chases after his two children, is an avid skier and photographer, and is a devoted fan of Boston's professional sports teams.

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Matt Parks,
Dir. of Development,
Annual & Special Giving

(207) 662-6111,

As our Director of Development, Annual and Special Giving, Matt oversees the fundraising efforts of a team of dedicated development professionals who work closely with the community to raise money to benefit The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and Maine Children’s Cancer Program. The team's fundraising energies also support Maine Medical’s research operations and ongoing staff medical training. Prior to joining Maine Medical Center, Matt worked for City Year, an education nonprofit in Boston that focuses on the national high school dropout crisis.

Hailing from Liverpool, England, Matt is an avid soccer fan and marathon swimmer. He hopes that training in the cold, surrounding waters of Portland will help him to achieve his lifelong ambition of swimming the English Channel. Matt completed an undergraduate degree in History and Politics in England and Colorado and has a Masters Degree from Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. He also lived in Asia for five years, teaching English as a second language and studying Chinese.

John Curran

Ashley DiPietro, Administrative Specialist

(207) 662-4236,

Beginning her career with leadership roles in both higher education and local non-profits; Ashley joined Maine Medical Center in 2011, spending over five years in Radiology building strong relationships around the hospital. In the summer of 2016, she was chosen to represent Maine Medical Center as a Loaned Executive to the United Way of Greater Portland, an experience that proved to be meaningful enough to lead to a career change into Development.

As Administrative Specialist, Ashley supports the Vice President for Development with donor relations and special projects. In addition to assisting with the Philanthropy team’s various events and strategic initiatives, Ashley is responsible for the office’s operations and daily activities.

In her spare time, Ashley is on the Board of Directors at the JCA of Southern Maine, sits on Maine Medical Center’s United Way Campaign Cabinet and is a member of the Brick & Beam Society. At home, she enjoys spending time with her son, cooking, gardening and crafting.


Administrative Associate, Kyle Allen

(207) 662-2669,

Kyle joined the Development Department in March 2014 and supports annual giving programs as well as the department’s operations. She honed her organizational skills while providing project coordination at the University of Southern Maine, Freeport Conservation Trust, the Trust for Public Land, as well as marketing firms in greater Portland.

Kyle earned an undergraduate degree in history from SUNY Binghamton, an interest that led her to leading history tours of Portland and becoming a long-time volunteer at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum in New Gloucester.

Originally from New York City, Kyle enjoys Maine’s woods, lakes, mountains, and beaches in every season.

Planned Giving, Leadership Gifts and Grants John Curran, Director

Kendra Flowers

Kendra Allen,
Leadership Gift Officer

(207) 662-2925,

Kendra Flowers comes to Maine Medical Center with over a decade of experience in the philanthropy sector. Her fundraising background ranges from the arts, higher education, humanitarian aid and education reform. Kendra is now thrilled to apply her skills to the critical needs of healthcare and research philanthropy at Maine Medical Center and MMCRI. Excited to be making Maine her new home, Kendra is honored to work with the dedicated supporters and colleagues here at Maine Med, collaborating to improve the healthcare of all Mainers.

Kendra received her BA from University of Colorado at Boulder and her MA from New York University, Steinhardt School. She lives with her husband and two children in Portland.

Betsy Saltonstall,
Leadership Gift Officer

(207) 662-0810,

We're so pleased that Betsy has joined our team. More to come.

Christy Gunduz

Christine Gunduz,
Leadership Gift Officer

(207) 662-5637,

Christy originally joined the Development Team as the Manager of the Maine Children's Cancer Program in 2009. After the birth of her daughter in 2011, Christy transitioned to a Major Gifts role where she works with donors on a one on one basis.

Before joining Maine Medical Center, Christy worked as a Marketing Manager for the events group at The Boston Globe planning large scale events such as the New England Flower Show, the Boston Globe Travel Show and Earth Fest. Prior to the Boston Globe, she worked in Marketing for the Greater Boston Food Bank. Christy graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications.

Christy lives in Falmouth with her husband, children and dog. They can all usually be found outside running, biking or gardening.

Eliza Warren Giberson profile

Eliza Warren Giberson,
Leadership Gift Officer

(207) 662-2773,

As a Leadership Gift officer, Eliza is committed to helping individuals achieve their goals to improve the health and wellness of our community through philanthropy. Eliza is particularly passionate about cancer care and research and is thrilled to apply her skill set to support the team at the Maine Medical Center Cancer Institute.

Born and raised in Portland, Eliza joined the team at Maine Medical Center in 2014 and has previously held positions in philanthropy with organizations such as Rush Hour Concerts, United Way of Greater Portland, and the Center for Grieving Children. She attended North Yarmouth Academy and Smith College where she earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology.

An active volunteer in the Greater Portland community, Eliza is a member of the Junior League of Portland, Maine where she will be serving as President during the 2019-2020 year helping to address issues facing youth and families at risk in our local community while developing the potential of women as trained volunteers and community leaders.

In her spare time, Eliza enjoys cooking, attending concerts at the State Theater, and skiing Maine's many mountains with her husband Jim.

Laura Hellen,
Relationship Specialist

(207) 662-2669,

We're so pleased that Laura has joined our team. More to come.

Kristen Crean,
Relationship Specialist

(207) 662-2925,

We're so pleased that Kristen has joined our team. More to come.

Bethany Winslow

Bethany Winslow,
Senior Manager of Strategic Projects & Operations

(207) 662-2996,

Bethany joined the Major Gifts Team in January of 2007. In her role, she manages the private foundation grant submissions for the Medical Center in addition to special projects and events for the philanthropy team.

Bethany holds a bachelor’s in Visual Design and a certificate of graduate studies in Nonprofit Management from the University of Southern Maine and is a Certified Grant Writer through the American Grant Writer’s Association. In addition, Bethany has the unique perspective of previously working as a Certified Nursing Assistant, providing direct care to patients of Maine Medical Center.

"My first-hand experience of working with such a professional and compassionate nursing staff here at MMC, makes me very enthusiastic to now be part of a team that assists generous individuals to make a difference through this excellent community resource."

Caitlin Visscher,
Leadership Gift Event Coordinator

(207) 662-2299,

We're so pleased that Caitlin has joined our team. More to come.

Aislinn White,
Senior Leadership Gift Officer

(207) 662-2773,

We're so pleased that Aislinn has joined our team. More to come.

Stephanie Philbrick,
Research Specialist

(207) 662-2669,

We're so pleased that Stephanie has joined our team. More to come.

Lauren Barret,
Copy Specialist

(207) 662-4210,

We're so pleased that Lauren has joined our team. More to come.

Annual Giving  Matt Parks, Director

Emily Moser,
Annual Giving Manager

(207) 662-2036,

We're so pleased that Emily has joined our team. More to come.

Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital Matt Parks, Director

Sarah Stern

Sarah Helming,
Philanthropy Manager,

(207) 662-2101,

Sarah joined the Maine Medical Center Philanthropy Department in May of 2014 as the Philanthropy Manager of The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. She manages partnerships between BBCH and local businesses and coordinates many fundraising events in the community.

Sarah graduated from Boston College with a degree in Elementary Education & Human Development with a minor in Business. Sarah also competed on the Varsity sailing team and was honored in 2002 as an All-American Sailor.

Sarah works with her high school alma mater, The Hotchkiss School, as a Class Agent and is a Board Member of the Great Schools Partnership.

Sarah lives in Portland with her daughter Caroline and dog Tank. In her spare time she can usually be found working on her fixer-upper or sailing on Casco Bay.

Meaghan McNamara

Meaghan McNamara,
Development Coordinator,

(207) 662-2737,

A native of Maine, Meaghan is happy to have returned home after more than a decade away, living in California and South Carolina. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a BA in Communications, Meaghan was introduced the community healthcare as she completed two terms of service with AmeriCorps. She first served on City Year’s Public Health Team in Columbia, South Carolina, and then spent an additional year with the American Red Cross in Maine. Meaghan has 10 years of experience in various areas of the medical field, including a neurosurgical practice in California, and the Marketing Department at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Meaghan is excited to have transitioned back to the non-profit world, joining Maine Medical Center in March 2013.

Outside of work, Meaghan can be found taking walks with her 13 ½ year old chocolate lab, Gus. She loves taking different art classes- from pottery, to glassblowing, to woodworking- and is quite passionate about ice cream, a passion Gus would like to share with her!

Children’s Miracle Network Matt Parks, Director

Kate Richardson

Kate Richardson,
Children's Miracle Network Manager

(207) 662-2243,

Kate Richardson joined the Development Team at Maine Medical Center in June 2012. In her role as Development Coordinator, Kate supports the fundraising efforts of The Barbara Bush Children's Hospital and its Children's Miracle Network.

Kate is a native of Akron, Ohio and moved to Maine in 2007 as an AmeriCorps member to serve with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland. She has a BA in psychology from The University of Toledo and is currently working towards her master's degree in public health at The Muskie School of Public Service at The University of Southern Maine.

Kate has a passion for volunteerism and building community She has gotten to know the non-profit community in Maine through her active engagement with the Maine AmeriCorps Alumni group. One of her favorite ways to support a wide variety of local non-profits is by participating in local running/athletic events such as Tri for a Cure, the LL Bean 4th of July 10k and the Maine Half Marathon.

Maine Children’s Cancer Program Matt Parks, Director

Tara Studley

Tara Studley,
Program Manager,

(207) 662-6274,

Tara Studley joined the MMC Development Office in September 2012 as Development Coordinator for the Maine Children's Cancer Program (MCCP). She coordinates MCCP's many fundraising events, often in collaboration with area organizations such as the Portland Sea Dogs, the Maine Elks Association and the Rotary Club, to name a few.

Since graduating from Colby College in 2005 with a B.A. in English, Tara has held jobs in which event coordination was a large component, first at Pierce Promotions as an experiential marketing coordinator, and most recently at Bowdoin College as Assistant Director of Summer Programs. She also volunteers at SailMaine, where she has helped plan and coordinate the organization's fundraising events.

In her spare time, Tara enjoys running, yoga, sailing, and spending time outdoors. She also loves the performing arts and music, and tries to get to as many shows as she can.

"I am thrilled to be a part of an organization that provides such amazing care and support for kids in Maine who are fighting cancer. I also feel very fortunate to work with such inspiring individuals, both in the hospital and in the development office."

Ashton Hunter-Sildve,
Development Coordinator,

(207) 662-2739,

We're so pleased that Ashton has joined our team. More to come.

Gifts Acknowledgment and Information Systems Administration Matt Parks, Director

Nichole Greaves, Systems Manager

(207) 662-2683,

We're so pleased that Nichole has joined our team. More to come.

Cassidy Gosselin, Gifts Processor

(207) 662-2692,

We're so pleased that Cassidy has joined our team. More to come. 

Janice Pratt, Gifts Processor

(207) 662-4256,

We're so pleased that Janice has joined our team. More to come. 

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