Camden National Bank announced its 2020 Leaders & Luminaries Awardees and provided $22,000 in grants for their respective organizations. The honorees include: Doris Dennee from The Iris Network; Evelyn Kieltyka from Medical Care Development; Inc., Jackie Studer from Classical Uprising; Ray Gerbi from the Pejepscot History Center; and Dr. Robert “Bob” Holmberg from Community Compass.

Since the recognition program launched in 2011, Camden National Bank has donated nearly $175,000 to 48 Maine nonprofits with Leaders & Luminaries Awards presented to outstanding board directors from across the state.

“This year especially, nonprofits have had to adapt and reprioritize, all at lightning speed. And effective board directors have been instrumental in helping their organizations navigate these uncharted waters, without losing sight of longer term goals,” said Greg Dufour, president & CEO of Camden National Bank. “It’s an honor to shine a light on our 2020 awardees who have demonstrated innovative thinking and an outstanding commitment to community.”

Camden National Bank’s independent selection committee narrowed the pool of nominations down to four Leaders & Luminaries Award Winners, each receiving $5,000 grants, and a Spotlight Award Winner, receiving a $2,000 grant. Donations were funded through the bank’s private charitable foundation, The Bank of Maine Foundation.

2020 LEADERS & LUMINARIES AWARD WINNERS

Doris Dennee, Board Treasurer, The Iris Network, Portland

Doris Dennee first became involved in The Iris Network from her work with Guiding Eyes for the Blind, where she trained puppies to support people who are visually impaired. She soon joined the board, first from 2002 – 2004, when she was instrumental in opening Iris Park Apartments, and again in 2017. She currently serves as treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee.

Jackie Studer, Board President, Classical Uprising, Portland

Jackie Studer first joined the board of a local nonprofit called the Portland Bach Experience in 2019. Seeing a synergy between the Portland Bach Experience and Oratorio Chorale (another local nonprofit), she led the two organizations and boards through a detailed exploration and eventual merger, forming Classical Uprising. Less than two years after joining the board of Portland Bach Experience, and after leading the merger process, Jackie was elected to be board president of Classical Uprising.

Ray Gerbi, Board Treasurer, Pejepscot History Center, Brunswick

Having retired in Maine and looking to give back in the community, Ray Gerbi began volunteering at the Pejepscot History Center. After serving on the Buildings & Grounds Committee, he was elected to the board. In 2018, he became board treasurer as well as chair of the strategic planning and facilities master plan committees.

Dr. Robert “Bob” Holmberg, President & Founder, Community Compass, Blue Hill

Eight years ago, Dr. Robert “Bob” Holmberg, a retired pediatrician from Brooksville, was inspired by a presentation on confronting poverty in the Blue Hill Peninsula. After researching programs and solutions across the nation, Bob founded Community Compass, fueled by his vision of focusing on today’s children and youth to ensure that tomorrow’s adults are prepared and empowered to thrive.

2020 SPOTLIGHT AWARD WINNER

Evelyn Kieltyka, MSN, MS, FNP-BC, Board Chair, Medical Care Development, Inc., Augusta

Evelyn Kieltyka, a family nurse practitioner who serves as senior vice president of Program Services at Maine Family Planning, originally joined MCD’s board to represent Maine’s nursing community. As board chair, she’s guided MCD’s 2017 restructuring to focus the Maine-based non-profit exclusively on public health in Maine, across the US, and in low and middle income countries overseas.