L to R Sarah, Maggie, Erin, Elizabeth, Teresa & Sarah
Teresa Kelly Gillis
Teresa is married to Jeff Gillis, they have two children, a son Everett who is in 9th grade and a daughter Elise who is in 6th grade. She teaches music and movement classes and works organizing political campaigns and am an activist.She is also on the Brunswick School Board and have volunteered in Brunswick schools for the past 9 years. She has directed the Brunswick Elementary School Variety Show for 7 years. She loves working with children of all ages to help them find their voice and to shine! Previously, she performed in opera’s and have acted in television commercials and print advertisement. She loves traveling abroad and exploring other cultures. Working with children makes her heart sing and keeps her grounded.
Maggie Vaughn Jansson
Erin Mangalam has a background in social work and a commitment to her community. Now that her youngest child is in kindergarten, she has had more time to devote to volunteering in the schools. While there, she has become aware of the vast needs among so many children there, and she wants those children and families who are struggling to know that there is a group of people who care about them and who will do all they can to bring together the goods they need to improve their lives. TEAN is a way to harness the good intentions and generosity that is already here in Brunswick, and Erin is honored to be a part of this project.
Sarah Singer is a Brunswick resident and community activist who currently stays home with three children (2,5 & 7). She has worked throughout her professional career as a union organizer and political activist. She spent two years working for a lobbying firm in Seattle working on expanding public transit options before joining the Kerry-Edwards ’04 campaign in 2003. Following that she worked for the political department of SEIU-UHW organizing political support for healthcare workers. After leaving SEIU in 2005 she spent 5 years at the Writers Guild of America West working to improve working conditions for non-union writers, fighting to get unpaid overtime through the California Department of Labor Standards enforcement, helping to lead a successful three month strike for writers in 2007. In 2010, she and her husband John Kosinski and son Caz relocated to Maine to be closer to family and in search of a better quality of life. She has been active in the community ever since working to organize a grassroots group that lobbies for school funding and community engagement as well as working as a board member at Seeds of Independence (a local non-profit that supports at-risk youth). In January of 2015 she joined the Brunswick school board as the District 7 representative. A year and a half ago she co-founded TEAN in an effort to help directly support the needs of a growing population of homeless of young people in the Midcoast region.
Elizabeth Sokoloff is an active Brunswick community member who is passionate about schools and education. She was a Department Chair for 15 years at a rural high school in Maine before she and her husband Andy left for Kazakhstan to adopt their son Lyle, now a second grader at Coffin Elementary. She serves on the Grants Committee of the Brunswick Community Education Foundation where she enjoys helping to fund our teacher’s most innovative and creative ideas. An avid volunteer in the schools, she is a member of the Coffin School Principal’s Advisory Committee and has served as an Event Chairperson for the Community for Coffin for the past 3 years. In January of 2017 she joinedthe Brunswick School Board as the representative from District 6. Elizabeth is thrilled to be a part of TEAN and knows her ability to organize and make things happen will benefit this amazing effort.
Sarah Stadnicki hails from Canada and has been a resident of the Brunswick community for the past fourteen years. She graduated with honors from the Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelors degree in Nursing and worked as a NICU nurse in Canada and the US for over 15 years. She is currently at home with her three young boys and operates a successful home baking business called “The 27th Chip”. Throughout her nursing career, Sarah supported families during the most vulnerable and desperate circumstances. She had a reputation in the NICU for ensuring that every family received photographs and handmade cards of their babies during various holidays and that those patients who were without caregivers received gifts at her own expense. This innate desire to continue to help those in need prompted Sarah to join forces with TEAN.