Shenna joined the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine in June, 2018. Shenna is also a State Senator for Senate District 14 in Kennebec County. Shenna led the ACLU of Maine as Executive Director for eight years and served as Interim Executive Director for LearningWorks. Most recently, Bellows owned a nonprofit consulting firm providing services to a range of nonprofit organizations ranging from the Maine Women’s Lobby to the Maine Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. She was a key leader on the successful 2012 marriage equality campaign and co-chaired the successful 2011 statewide ballot campaign to restore same day voter registration. She served as a volunteer with the Peace Corps in Panama and AmeriCorps VISTA in Nashville. Shenna and her husband live in Manchester.
David is an adjunct professor of Drama at the University of Maine at Augusta, and also works as a grant writer and consultant for non-profit organizations around the state. He has worked as a consultant with the HHRC since 2012, and joined the staff in the spring of 2013. Prior to coming to the HHRC, David spent 14 years leading The Theater At Monmouth, and has been a theater artist and arts administrator for more than 25 years. His first involvement in the HHRC was when he produced and acted in a professional production of The Diary of Anne Frank in the Michael Klahr Center in 2010. As a writer, David is a frequent contributor to The ArtsFuse, a Boston-based on-line source for arts reviews. David is a member of the Board for the MidMaine Global Forum, Everyman Repertory Theater, the Advisory Board of the New England Music Camp, and several organizational committees. David lives in Gardiner.
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Philip joined the HHRC team in the spring of 2018. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland but moved to Rhode Island where he completed his high school and college education. In high school Philip attended a peace keeping visit to a school in China which aimed to have Chinese and American students share their culture and experiences with each other. Philip graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a BS in Business Administration. His interests include history, culture and travel. He is also an avid gamer and enjoys buying and selling antiques in his free time. He currently lives in Gardiner, Maine.
Development, Communications and Education Associate
Marpheen Chann is an openly gay, second-generation Cambodian American and a Portland, Maine-based thinker, writer and speaker on LGBTQ+ and immigrants’ rights, social justice and equality. He was born in California to a refugee family who later moved to Maine in the late-90s. At the age of 9, he was placed in foster care and later adopted at age 14 by an evangelical, white working class family in Western Maine. Marpheen is the president of the Cambodian Community Association and has served on the boards of the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center and Maine Association of New Americans. While in law school, he chaired the Maine Law LGBTQ+ Law and Policy group and spent 7 months in the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Marpheen holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of Southern Maine and a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.
Western Maine Educator
Piper is a graduate of the College of the Atlantic where she was in the teacher certification program and majored in human ecology. She has a master's degree from the Teachers College at Columbia University where she has continued interdisciplinary doctoral work. Piper has direct classroom experience in social students and english as well as curriculum development and program evaluation experience. Piper served most recently as the Director of Education at Wolfe's Neck Center.
Northern Maine Educator
Erica Nadelhaft was born in Madison, Wisconsin, but grew up in Maine and Scotland (United Kingdom). She is an adjunct professor of World and European history at the University of Maine at Fort Kent and received a BA in History from Brandeis University and a MA in Contemporary Jewish Studies with a specialization in the Holocaust from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her article, “Resistance through Education: Jewish Youth Movements in Warsaw”, was published in POLIN: Studies in Polish Jewry (Oxford University Press). She has also worked as a book group facilitator and program evaluator for the Maine Humanities Council and as a Polish and Hebrew translator for POLIN. She is a regular lecturer for the Fort Kent Senior College. She has three grown daughters and lives in Fort Kent, Maine, with her husband.