Here’s a little movie about our organization: https://youtu.be/xuPU1VsIJxM
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 for HRC as a political organizer. 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 operas and 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
Maggie Vaughn Jansson was born and raised in Brunswick, moved away to Ithaca, New York during high school, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. After working for several years as a community health educator in Minneapolis, she attended the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Health degree while working as a Pediatric Emergency Department nurse at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 2010, Maggie and her husband Peter made the decision to move to her hometown to raise their family, which now includes two young sons. Since 2014, Maggie has worked as the Pediatric Nurse Case Manager for CHANS (Community Health and Nursing Services), part of the MidCoast-Parkview Health System. She is grateful for this opportunity to work with TEAN to support the same community and school district that supported her.
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 real estate agent with three children (5,8 &10). 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. She served as a board member for Seeds of Independence prior to founding TEAN. In January of 2015 she joined the Brunswick school board as the District 7 representative. She and Teresa Gillis co-founded TEAN in an effort to help directly support the needs of a growing population of homeless or economically at risk 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 4th grader at Harriet Beecher Stowe 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 joined the 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.