Team

Debora Keller
Executive Director
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Debora Keller has been with Bath Housing since January 2014. She is a community development leader in Maine with over 20 years of experience in non-profit management. She holds a Masters Degree from Tufts University in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning and a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University. She was the 2010 recipient of the Joseph Kreisler Community Impact Award from Preble Street for her work developing Florence House in Portland. She currently serves on the boards of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition, the Genesis Fund, the City of Bath’s community development committee, as well as the RSU#1 Building Committee for its new high school.  She is a Corporator of Mid Coast – Parkview Health, is active with the Maine Association of Public Housing Authority Directors (MAPHD) and served on the MaineHousing’s 2015 Affordable Housing Working Group.  She currently co-chairs the Maine Council on Aging’s Housing Committee.

Debora worked at Avesta Housing from 2004 to 2013, most recently serving as Director of Programs. In that role, she oversaw Avesta’s programmatic efforts, including unprecedented real estate portfolio growth from 2007 to 2013 with 21 affordable multi-family construction projects that created 649 new apartments. She also oversaw Avesta’s assisted living facility, Housing Choice Voucher program, and the launch of the new HomeOwnership Center.

Prior to joining Avesta, Deb served as Associate Director of the Genesis Fund, a Maine-based Community Development Financial Institution providing loans to nonprofit organizations. At Genesis, Deb managed the organization’s $3.0 million loan portfolio and was responsible for marketing, underwriting, monitoring, and servicing for all lending activity. She has extensive past work experience with non-profit community development organizations around the country. Deb started her affordable housing career as a VISTA Volunteer in Iowa where she created a security deposit loan program for low income clients and a breakfast café for the homeless.

 

Jess Irish
Director of Housing
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Jess oversees the integration of all housing programs and services, including Property Management, Maintenance, and Resident Services.  She has extensive non-profit leadership experience and a deep commitment to human services.  She most recently worked with GMS in Westbrook, Maine where she served as both the Director of Residential Services and the Director of Operations.  In this capacity, Jess worked to expand not only the Residential Services Department, but also the variety of services available to adults with intellectual disabilities and autism, leading to a growth from 27 to more than 150 individuals supported. Jess worked internally – and with outside agencies and contractors – to ensure staffing, housing, training, and policy needs were met to provide each new service in a quality manner.  Prior to returning to her home state of Maine, Jess worked as a counselor and then as director of adolescent behavioral health homes in the greater Boston area with Northeastern Family Institute of Massachusetts. She is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono. She currently serves as the Secretary of the Bath Elementary PTA and is a member of the RSU1 Design Committee for its new high school.

 

Amy Babb
Director of Administration
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Amy Babb serves as the Director of Administration. In this role, Amy B directs the day-to-day administrative operations of Bath Housing, performs daily accounting duties, works with the financial data for all programs, and monitors agency compliance with various program regulations.  She has been with Bath Housing since January 2003 and has held a variety of positions within the organization. Amy studied Psychology and Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Southern Maine.  In 2012, she received her Executive Director’s Certification from Rutgers University. She also holds various professional certifications including Housing Choice Voucher Regulatory Management.  She serves on the United Way of Midcoast Maine Basic Needs council, the CA$H Coalition, and is actively involved in Girl Scouts of America.

 

Chris Bennett
Director of Facilities
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As Director of Facilities, Chris supervises all maintenance operations at Bath Housing. He has been with the organization since October 2009. Chris has a diverse career that included a 20 year career in the US Navy where he ultimately became a Class C certified High Pressure Welder and Certified Navy Instructor. Other positions during his tenure in the Navy included plumbing, welding, sheet metal repair, blueprint reading and drafting, firefighting and damage control practices as well as nuclear, biological and chemical warfare and decontamination procedures.

Since his retirement from the Navy, Chris has become UPCS and HQS inspector certified, gas free engineer certified, high pressure pipe and plate certified welder, OSHA certified safety supervisor and certified prisoner escort. He was self-employed as a tile setter before accepting a position as foreman in a cabinetmaking shop. He moved to Maine in 2000 and worked for Seal-it Insulation as production manager, estimator, and rig operator until 2004. He worked at East Coast Woodworking until 2009.

 

Amy Conron
Resident Service Coordinator
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Amy Conron joined Bath Housing in August 2014. She has her B.S. in Recreation and Parks Administration with a focus in Therapeutic Recreation. Amy C has worked in the areas of mental health, human services, early childhood education, and health and wellness. This includes past positions at Family Focus and Bath Area Family YMCA.

 

Marie Goodman
Resident Service Coordinator
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Marie Goodman joined Bath Housing in March 2017.  She has a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Montana with a focus in education.  Marie has worked in the social services in Southern Maine for the last four years, most recently with Preble Street Veterans Housing Services as a Case Manager assisting Veterans and their families with housing search and eviction prevention.  She has extensive experience with elderly and disabled populations as well as navigating mental health and substance abuse services around the state. Marie enjoys a variety of activities in her free time including climbing, hiking, and back-country skiing in the mountains of Maine and New Hampshire.

 

Amy Parks
HCV Program Manager
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Amy Parks is the Housing Choice Voucher Program Manager. She has been at Bath Housing since May 2006. Her prior work experience includes stints at the Maine State Legislature as the Health and Human Services Committee Clerk and eight years in the medical field. Amy P has certifications in HCV Program Management (2014), Housing Choice Voucher Specialist (2013), Fair Housing & Reasonable Accommodation Specialist (2011), HCV Housing Quality Standards Specialist Inspector (2007), and Section 8 HCV Occupancy Specialist (2006).

 

Amy Liechty
Program Coordinator
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Amy Liechty joined the Bath Housing team as Program Coordinator in May 2015. She has a degree in Human Services with a focus in Counseling and Mental Health from the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Amy L brings to Bath Housing sixteen years of experience in human services and healthcare, including six years at Preble Street and three years at MaineHealth. During her tenure at Preble Street she assisted in the transition of the Women’s Shelter to Florence House, managed Logan Place — a housing first program for chronically homeless individuals — and assisted Veterans and their families with housing search and eviction prevention at Veterans Housing Services. Amy coordinated donated healthcare services for low-income, uninsured residents at Maine Medical Center.

 

Kris Stinson
Housing Specialist
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Kris Stinson provides support in the daily operations of Bath Housing. Kris has over 20 years of hospitality and customer service experience, most recently serving as the Bookkeeper and Office Manager at Harpswell Coastal Academy.  She moved to Maine from Virginia in 2009 and looks forward to being a contributing part of the Bath Housing Community. Kris enjoys a variety of activities including spending time with her family, being an active member of her church choir, jewelry making, and repurposing found or used objects.

 

Sean Marlin
AmeriCorps VISTA, Goodwill VISTA Partnership
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Sean Marlin is serving through the federal AmeriCorps VISTA program at Bath Housing from August 2016 through July 2017. Sean will be focusing on food security and community education around Bath Housing’s ‘Community Aging in Place’ program. Sean has a Bachelor’s of Arts from Texas State University in Studio Art and Photography. This is Sean’s second VISTA year, the previous being at Portland Housing Authority. He will be working closely with residents and community partners to build capacity around food security and  housing safety.

 

Sierra Buford
Administrative Assistant
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Sierra Buford joined Bath Housing in September 2016. She has her Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and is currently working to obtain her Masters Degree in Business Administration. Sierra is a life-long Maine resident with multiple years of experience with customer service and banking.

 

Karl Beane
Maintenance Technician
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Karl Beane joined the Maintenance Team at Bath Housing in May 2009. He is a certified UPCS Inspector. Karl’s past work experience includes three years as a helicopter mechanic for the US Army, ten years at Bath Iron Works as a ship fitter and pipe fitter, and eight years as a maintenance technician at the Highlands.

 

Joshua Dubois
Maintenance Technician
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Joshua Dubois began working with Bath Housing in January 2010. He serves a dual role as a maintenance technician and the Housing Quality Standards Inspector. He is certified as an HQS and UCPS inspector. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science Building Construction Technology from Central Maine Community College where he also completed a 30 Hour OSHA training certification course. Josh previously worked at East Coast Woodworking where he was a lead installer, at BIW where he was a ship fitter and backup lead man.   He graduated from Lisbon High School and serves as a volunteer fire fighter for the Town of Lisbon.

 

Brian Rogers
Maintenance Technician
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Brian Rogers joined Bath Housing in September 2015. Brian is a Morse High School graduate with over 30 years of maintenance experience.  He got his start at age 16 at Hill House.  Since then, he has gained extensive background and training in various trades. He has his asbestos license and training in heating, plumbing, electrical, and painting.  He spent more than eight years with Marvin Windows.

 

Danny Tipsword
Maintenance Technician

Danny joined Bath Housing in September 2016. He is a Morse High School graduate, served in the United States Air Force, and has been in building maintenance since 1981.  For 20 years, Danny worked for Bath Iron Works before becoming an HVAC mechanic.  He then worked for several local property management companies as a maintenance technician.

 

Bath Housing Authority Board of Commissioners

Catherine Powers, Chair
West Bath, ME
Term: February 2020

Francis R. Dillon, Vice-Chair
Bath, ME
Term: February 2016

Frederick Clarke, Housing Rep.
Bath, ME 04530
Term: February 2018

Terry Nordmann, City Council Representative (non-voting)
Bath, ME 04530
Term: Yearly

Michael Field
Woolwich, ME
Term: February 2019

Freida Gaudette, Housing Representative
Bath, ME 04530
Term: February 2018

Terrence H. Gray
Bath, ME 04530
Term: February 2017

Mary K. Terry
Woolwich, ME 04530
Term: February 2020

 

Bath Housing Development Corporation Board of Directors

Mary K. Terry, Chair
Woolwich, ME

Catherine Powers, Vice-Chair
West Bath, ME

Nancy Carleton
Woolwich, ME

Julia Couture
Phippsburg, ME

John Evans
Georgetown, ME

Frieda Gaudette, Housing Representative
Bath, ME

Barbara Gaul
Bath, ME

Jeff Knuckles
Phippsburg, ME

Michelle Rines
Woolwich, ME

Bernard Wyman Jr.
Bath, ME

CR Davis
Woolwich, ME