Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Debra PhillipsPresident

Board Member Since: 2014

Deb is the Human Resources Director for the Security and Employment Service Center, part of the State Department of Administrative and Financial Services.  She has worked in the human resources field in State Government for several years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration and is a member of SHRM and IPMA.  

“I am pleased to be part of an agency that provides such vital and essential services to survivors of domestic violence, and I look forward to continue learning in an effort to better advocate for the programs and the agency.”


Amy Gagne - Vice President

Board Member Since: 2015

Amy works for the  Maine State Legislature as an analyst for the Office of Program Evaluation and Government Accountability. Her previous work includes research and technical assistance for the Violence Against Women Act, and providing services for survivors of sexual assault and dating violence. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service. 

“As a Lewiston native, I am committed to social change, community engagement, and empowering those affected by domestic violence in my local community.”

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David Krause

Dave Krause - Treasurer

Board Member Since: 2018

Dave is the Chief Financial Officer for Auburn Savings Bank. Dave has more than 20 years of banking and accounting experience, and has been with Auburn Savings since 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s of business administration, both from Stockton University.

“Domestic violence has no place in our society. I continue to be in awe of Safe Voices and their work to support and empower those affected by domestic violence. I am proud to be a member of the board and fully support Safe Voices’ mission."

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Linette Dehetre - Secretary

Board Member Since: 2011

Lin is the Vice President & Branch Manager, Loan Officer at Norway Savings Bank in Auburn.

“Being a Board Member of Safe Voices has been one of the most rewarding experiences knowing that we are making a difference to help end domestic violence and create social awareness in our communities.”


Elise M. Johansen - Executive Director

Joined Safe Voices: 2015

Elise has over 14 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, from direct service to overseeing large grants and federal projects to agency administration and leading strategic direction. She holds a bachelor's in English from Florida Atlantic University and a master's of fine arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey.

"I am passionate about creating a world that is free from violence, where people are able to have access to the services and resources needed to live a life of self-sufficiency and peace."

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Tammy Begin Dumais

Tammy Begin Dumais

Board Member Since: 2017

Along with working in the integrative wellness field for the past 25 years, Tammy owns a real estate investing company and is a broker with Keller Williams Realty. As an advocate for wellness, Tammy’s current and past work includes providing and assisting others in obtaining and/or providing healthy housing, along with wellness consulting for the State of Maine, Occupational Medical Consulting, Norway Savings Bank and many other employers and groups around the state. With a background in Radiology, Sports Medicine and Education, Tammy’s passion centers around the importance of wellness within our being, within our environment, within our communities and within our future generations. 

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Delan Fulgham

Delan Fulgham

Board Member Since: 2021

Delan is the Workforce Program Manager for the LA Metro Chamber of Commerce. His past work is diverse, includes stints in the banking industry,  healthcare, and retail management. He’s currently working on his bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Arizona after receiving an associate's degree at Central Maine Community College.

“As a young male, I recognize how much of the work around gender-based violence is focused on women, when so many of the violent perpetrators are men. Serving on this board and supporting Safe Voices mission is central to my beliefs, and just one way that I can contribute to this organization's important work.”

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Tina Kelly

Tina Kelly

Board Member Since: 2017

Tina is a Senior HR Manager in Employee Relations with TD Bank, where she provides leadership on changes to organizational design and effectiveness and employment risk mitigation. Tina has a bachelor's degree in leadership and organizational studies from the University of Southern Maine, and a master's in business administration from Kaplan University.

"It's an honor to support the work of Safe Voices as they provide support and assistance in our own community in ways that may at times be invisible."

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Peter Lasagna

Board Member Since: 2012

Peter has served for more than 20 years as head coach of Men’s Lacrosse at Bates College. He came to Bates after 18 years of coaching at Brown University, where he also graduated with a degree in American Civilization. He was named USILA D-1 Coach of the Year in 1994 and has been honored as NESCAC Coach of the Year three times. Peter was recognized as the NEILA Walter Alessi Man of the Year in 2017.

“As a coach of young men, father, citizen I believe we all have to invest in bringing an end to domestic violence in our communities. Safe Voices’ remarkable staff commits daily to saving and changing lives with wisdom, energy, love and care.”

Jeff Smith

Jeffrey Smith

Board Member Since: 2021

Jeff is the Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer for Androscoggin Bank. A Maine native, he has more than 35 years of experience in the financial services industry and has been with Androscoggin for six years. As part of his role at the Bank, Jeff is responsible for community engagement and is an active supporter of many not-for-profit organizations. Jeff holds a bachelor's degree in administrative science from Colby College. 

“As a community banker and leader, I am deeply engaged in the community, committed to support the treasured organizations that serve and motivate to affect social change. I have a special interest in the area of domestic violence having personally experienced its impact.”

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David St. Laurent

David St. Laurent

Board Member Since 2019

David has been in law enforcement for 29 years, having a vested interest in domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse investigations throughout his time on the force. Over the years, he has taken a leadership role with many entities working to support survivors, such as the State of Maine Domestic Homicide Review Panel, the Franklin County Children's Task Force, and the Child Death Advisory Board. He obtained the rank of Detective Lieutenant in 2013 and teaches interview and investigation classes at the State of Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

"It's always law enforcement's duty and privilege to serve and protect all people in the areas they are responsible for and to be fair and diligent to whomever needs help."

Ally Thompson

Allison Thompson, MSW, LCSW, CADC, CCS

Board Member Since: 2012

Ally is a Licensed Clinician Social Worker, Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and Certified Clinical Supervisor with a private psychotherapy practice in Auburn and via telehealth. Ally has worked on the mission to end domestic violence for decades throughout Maine in many positions and uses this experience both in her practice as a therapist and as a board member at Safe Voices. Ally holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from the University of Southern Maine, and a master’s of social work from the University of New England.

“Along with this work, I am also a wife, and a mother of two young daughters whom I hope to instill a strong sense of self, self-esteem, and ability to advocate for themselves and others.”

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Aimee Labbe

Aimee Labbe

Board Member Since: 2021

Aimee works as a Senior Account Manager for Anchour, a marketing and branding agency based in Lewiston. She holds a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from Emerson College, and has a background in non-profit fundraising, event planning, and marketing. A proud native Lewistonian, Aimee feels strongly about giving back to and strengthening the L/A community to make it a safe, healthy, and inclusive place for all. 

“As a mom of two young children, it's important to me that I not only model giving back and investing in causes we care about, but also that my sons understand their roles in helping end domestic violence."

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Amy Landry

Amy Landry

Board Member Since: 2023

Amy Landry is an Associate Broker with Keller Williams Realty and co-owns an investment real estate company. Prior to her career in real estate, Amy spent over 15 years in a variety of progressive healthcare roles, most recently serving as CEO of Maine Optometry, where she managed their seven practice locations, as well as their real estate division. She has a Master of Healthcare Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Healthcare Administration from New England College.  

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