(Administration & Development)
Sarah has a background in sociology, organizational development, the healing arts and sustainable communities. She has worked for over 18 years in capacities related to community building including human wellbeing, local food and agriculture and social justice.
Sarah's interests, passions and skills all lend themselves to her current role at Bridging the Gap which she has held since spring of 2017. She relies heavily on systems thinking and the strong belief that the best solutions arise out of the distillation of many voices. Sarah works to incorporate the same values that guide BTG into her personal life: respect, dignity, empowerment and community engagement.
When she is not at work, you might find her writing poetry, eating Indian food, taking a hike or spending time with her family in Massachusetts.
(Programs & Community Resources)
Sänta joined the team in November of 2017 with a background in Human Services and Mental Health. She holds her MHRT/C and is certified as a Recovery Coach.
In addition to her education, Sänta brings her own lived experience and knows what it means to live on the margins. Her story includes poverty, substance use disorder, homelessness, teen pregnancy & parenting, mental health challenges, domestic violence, and state systems. She is passionate about mentoring individuals as they move toward becoming the healthiest versions of themselves.
Outside of her role at Bridging the Gap, Santa enjoys being actively engaged in her community, traveling, gym time, art, spending time with her family, and she’s always open to a new adventure.
Operations & Service Manager
Nicole was introduced to BTG through an opportunity to volunteer in early 2019. After witnessing the impact it has on the community, she was motivated to dedicate more of her time and efforts into the organization and she applied to become part of the staff at BTG.
Nicole has a ten year history of working in the Banking Industry. She held positions as an Assistant Branch Manager, and Branch Supervisor. Her employment experience, as well as an Associates Degree in Business, has helped to hone her skills in team building, team management, communicating to, and advocating for, that team. She has a passion for organization and efficiencies; identifying obstacles and working creatively to get passed them. She believes that there is always room for progress, and that change, while scary at times, is often necessary to achieve progress and growth.
When Nicole isn't working with her team at BTG, she is working with her team at home, which includes two children, a dog, and a handful of cats! Nicole can often be found at local youth sporting events, cheering on her son or daughter from the sidelines. Together they enjoy all of Maines natural gifts, including day trips to the Ocean, and long weekends camping in the great outdoors.
"An error doesn't become a mistake until you refuse to correct it." - John F. Kennedy