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Paving the way for Portland, Maine,
neighbors to age in place

Staff & Board of Directors

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Elaine Mullin

President & Executive Director:  Elaine V. Mullin

Elaine is a 30-year resident with the last 12 years spent on Munjoy Hill. When she found her home, she realized she never wanted to leave and found like-minded people to start planning for a future to support all who want to stay and age in place here.  Elaine is a recently retired registered nurse, who worked in in-home and community care for 20+ years prior to retiring.

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Regi Robnett


Carol Colton



Bruce Dalbeck


 Kate Spanier


Vice President:  Regi H. Robnett, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Regi is a professor emeritus of Occupational Therapy and Associate Director of the Center for Excellence in Aging & Health at the University of New England in Portland.  She has many years of experience in gerontology and brings an understanding of the senior population that is a valuable asset to the Board. Regi and her husband reside in Portland, Maine.


Treasurer & Director of Operations:  Carol S. Colton

Carol and her husband moved to Portland 16 years ago and love everything about Portland and Maine.  She retired 10 years ago from a 30+ year career in insurance as a personal account manager and loved the opportunity it gave her to interact with and provide service to her clients. After retiring, she was looking for a way to give back to the community and was thrilled to join the steering committee to develop an initiative to help neighbors age in place.  As a Board member, she spreads her passion for this program wherever she can. Carol also serves on the Board of Directors of Back Cover Neighborhood Assn. 


Secretary:  Bruce W. Dalbeck

Bruce grew up in Maine and moved back in 2000. He is currently employed as a caregiver by a local home care company and by LL Bean seasonally. In his previous career, he was a management consultant working on a variety of strategic initiatives, ranging from improving operations to helping start-ups get launched and grow. Bruce believes community-wide support can help provide a more dignified, graceful, and safer way to age at home. He wants to help the Independent Seniors Network become a key support for all of us. He resides in Back Cove with his wife and two cats. Bruce loves being outdoors - sailing, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, gardening, or just exploring our beautiful State and region.


Director:  Kate Spanier, MS, LSW

Kate started with Independent Seniors Network as a volunteer driver after being attracted to the mission and has recently joined the Board. She has worked for over 25 years in the not-for-profit sector, focusing on geriatrics, and served on several community boards. She is an LSW and currently works in Care Coordination for Seniors Plus. Originally from Maine, she had lived in Colorado and North Carolina before returning to Maine 5 years ago. She lives in Portland with her husband, two teenage daughters, and a very large dog.   




Director & Staff:  Marissa Caminiti

Marissa has a background in nonprofit administration and is the Scheduling Coordinator for Independent Seniors Network. She responds to all inquiries and ensures the smooth and efficient operation of our services. She has a strong educational background and a diverse range of skills. Marissa's passion for the written word led her to pursue a BA in English from the University of Southern Maine. During her college years, she developed community leadership skills and discovered a passion for community service. Having grown up in the beautiful Greater Portland area, Marissa understands the unique needs and preferences of the local community. She is happy to be of service to seniors in her community.   


Advisor:  James Casey


Jim is a marketing strategist with expertise in strategic planning, product positioning, and tactical communications. His career is focused on building regional, national, and global brands in many industries for varied clients. Jim is very active in pro bono work with start-ups and early-stage companies. He is a mentor with the Maine Center for Entrepreneurs, served on the Board of the Association for Consulting Expertise, and is on the Board of the Cumberland County Master Gardeners.

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