Board of Directors:

Matt Dexter – Founder + Executive Director

Matt founded CBF in 2014 as a single fundraising event to support surrounding cancer programs and has since lead the organization into something greater for eastern Maine. He believes collaboration and innovation is the secret to bringing Maine communities together and reducing the burdens of cancer. Matt lives in Bangor, ME, and often enjoys a run along the waterfront and road trips across the state in his free time.

Matt is the Secretary of the Bangor Lions Club, serves on the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center Board of Directors, vice-chair of Fusion: Bangor, and sits on the Community Advisory Committee of Maine Health Access Foundation. His leadership has been recognized with invitations to the Bangor Region Leadership Institute as well as the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, Gen2End Leadership Summit & Capitol Day.

BA in Social Psychology from the University of Maine Orono | MS in Nonprofit Management from Lasell College.

Robert Smith – President

Rob Smith is a father of 2 teenage children at Bangor High.  He is a financial advisor with Edward Jones after spending 15 years as a chemical engineer servicing the pulp and paper industry.  Rob also serves on the Board of Directors for Amicus here in Bangor.

James Dexter – Treasurer

Jim has been a Program Manager for Teradyne for the past 26 years. Currently serving as Treasurer, Jim has been involved with CBF development since its inception to honor his late spouse, Christine.

Alison Barkley – Secretary

During her 25-year career as a U.S. diplomat, Alison Barkley served in some of the most dangerous countries of the Middle East, functioning as the Town Manager of U.S. embassies overseas. Her last assignment was in the State Department’s Office of the Inspector General, where she inspected internal operations of embassies overseas and Washington offices of the State Department. She retired at the equivalent rank of a two-star general. In the four years following her 2015 retirement, using a methodology similar to her inspections at the State Department, Alison has done management reviews of two Towns, a library, an NGO which assists victims of domestic violence, and a church. She is currently the program manager of the Artisan Village in Greenville, Maine, and is a volunteer for the Christine B. Foundation, the Eastern Area Agency on Aging, and Pine Tree Hospice. Alison resides in Beaver Cove on Moosehead Lake with a second home in Bangor. Her husband, Robert Ford, is also a retired U.S. diplomat.

Robin Russel Ph. D, J.D. – Director

Dr. Russel is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Maine. She has taught in the areas of foundation practice, social welfare policy, research, child welfare, family violence, and spirituality and social work. She started her career as a legal services attorney specializing in juvenile and family law. Robin brings uniquely personal experiences as well as knowledge of others in the Maine cancer community to strengthen CBF’s mission. 

Becky Caron – Director

Becky is an Oncology Nurse at Eastern Maine Medical Center Cancer Care. Her hands-on experience with the cancer community in Eastern Maine strengthens CBF’s understanding of what the community seeks and how CBF can deliver. Her leadership and community engagement is also apparent through countless volunteer positions and her adjunct professor position teaching nursing at Eastern Maine Community College.

Jack Keenan – Director

Jack is a Bangor native currently living in Glenburn. Jack is an A. VP Portfolio Manager at Bangor Savings Bank. Outside of CBF and Bangor Savings, he plays an active part in the Bangor Lions Club.

Katherine Lavallee, MPH, CAC – Director

Katherine lives in Veazie and works at Northern Light Health – EMMC Cancer Institute in Patient Access Services. She is a seasoned outpatient leader with advanced practice operations skills in primary care, OB/GYN and hematology/oncology. Katherine plays an important role in bridging the gap for patients between clinical treatment and community resources. 

Jamie Comstock – Director

Jamie lives in Orono and is the mother of two.  She is the Health Promotion Manager at Bangor Public Health and Community Services and has worked with partners locally and statewide since 2007 to build and strengthen Maine’s public health system.  She brings experience in program development, program management, and grant writing.

Amanda Cost – Director

Amanda Cost is currently the Executive Director at Partners for Peace and a survivor of cancer times 2. Amanda has worked in the nonprofit sector for 23 years including serving on the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence’s Governing Board, the City of Bangor Public Health Advisory Committee, and the United Way of Eastern Maine Campaign Cabinet. She is passionate about social justice advocacy and supporting individuals and families in Maine who need and deserve someone who will listen. She lives in Orono with her partner Chad and their two children, Christopher and Laura.

Wendy Schors – Director

Wendy is Vice President of Asset Management for Machias Savings Bank and has been employed by MSB for the past 30 years.  Additionally, she teaches banking classes for the Northern New England Center for Financial Training.  Wendy lives in East Machias with her husband and two children.  She has volunteered for a variety of organizations over the years including Children’s Miracle Network, Northern Light Healthcare Foundation, Eastern Maine Elite Cheering, Machias Memorial High School Athletic Boosters Club, Junior Achievement, Machias Area Little League, Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and the  Red Cross Disaster Services.  Wendy is passionate about giving back to my community and always looking for a way to improve the quality of life in rural areas. 

Previous Directors:

Danielle Dexter (2014-2018)
Marc Edelman (2018-2019)
Robin Long (2017-2019)


Sarah DeGeorge – Public Relations Coordinator

Sarah has been involved with CBF since inception, never letting an opportunity of outreach and promotion slip away. She offers years of experience in social media marketing, small business consulting, and public relations to deliver CBF’s mission and impact on our community. 

The Eastern Trek for Cancer Alumni Fund Committee:
Chair, Daniel Rossignol (ETC 2016, 2017, & 2018)
Alex Gonzalez (ETC 2015 & 2016)
Jordan Harris (ETC 2016)
Emily Loebs (ETC 2016)
Joe Johnson (ETC 2018)
Mark Smith (ETC 2018)
Victoria Wong (ETC 2019)
Caitlin Marino (ETC 2019)
CBF Program Steering Committee:
Jon Henry
Robin Russel
Ann Hawley
Becky Caron
Melody Joliat
Sheena Villard
Charlie Villard
Bill Libby
Robin Long
Lisa Dunning
CBF Innovation Advisory Committee:
Renee Kelly
Andrew Finch
Heather Drake
Larry Clifford
Toho Soma
Shawn Ell
Jessica Fogg
Lee Umphrey
Meg Callaway
Amanda Burgess
David Wihry
Tami Gower

Are you interested in joining the CBF team?

Please call us at (207) 517-0256