Board of Directors



BS Earlham College, MD, Columbia University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. McFarlane is Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Early in his career Dr. McFarlane was active when community mental health outreach was just starting. This led to his developing community-based treatment paradigms that have resulted in his becoming a world leader in the field of Psycho-Education. He develops methods for community treatment of psychotic illness and rehabilitation of adolescents with psychotic illness. Dr. McFarlane's methods have informed the Speaking Place approach for communicating with constituencies that may be hard to reach.


BA Yale University; Ph.D. Harvard University

Dr. Sam Low, Anthropologist, has explored his Hawaiian heritage through films and biographical writing. He has produced an award winning Public Broadcasting Television Series on anthropology and has documented and been active in the Hawaiian cultural and language renaissance. Sam published his book Hawaiki Rising in 2013. His documentary film, The Navigators, on the revival of traditional Hawaiian and Pacific islander seafaring culture, is a classic.


BS from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Lissa is Executive Director of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, an environmental foundation based in Belfast, Maine that supports graduate Fellowships and a Leadership Grant Program supporting NGO partnerships on critical environmental issues in the US. Lissa has extensive experience in managing philanthropic initiatives such as the Lila Wallace Program for enhancing Arts in the Community, where she encouraged the use of film to engage minorities in contemporary issues.

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