Elizabeth Ward Saxl, Executive Director
Elizabeth has overall strategic and operational responsibility for MECASA’s staff, programs, expansion, and the execution of its mission to end sexual violence in Maine and to support high quality sexual violence prevention and response within Maine’s communities. In addition, she focuses on initiating and advocating for victim-centered public policy at the State House and in other policy arenas. Elizabeth reports directly to MECASA’s Board of Directors, which is comprised of the directors of the sexual assault support centers across the state. Elizabeth lives in with her family in Belgrade. Elizabeth may be reached here.
Destie Hohman Sprague, Associate Director
As the Associate Director, Destie leads MECASA in developing the agency’s work plan; working on evaluation and how we measure our efforts; grant writing and reporting; and helping to set the agenda for statewide prevention and programming. She also helps to support the staff who are coordinating programs, such as the Maine Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers, the Maine Sex Trafficking and Exploitation Network, and member services. She is happy to help out with questions about program development, outcome evaluation, collecting data and making it useful, primary prevention (and spreadsheets!). Destie lives in Bath with her family. She may be reached here.
Cara Courchesne, Communications Director
As Communications Director, Cara oversees MECASA’s internal and external communication strategies to define the agency’s statewide messaging and support MECASA staff and member centers in all communication needs. This includes media support (developing talking points on emerging issues, writing op-eds and contributor pieces, and coordinating with centers and local media on issues in their communities), creating digital and print content, social media, and ensuring MECASA’s products have a consistent voice, quality and visual palette. Cara lives in Hallowell, Maine with her family. Cara may be reached here.
Julie Agri, Financial Coordinator
Julie is the Finance Coordinator at MECASA and brings many years’ of finance experience with her. She enjoys spending time with her two teenage kids, road trips, kayaking, and photography. Julie may be reached here.
Erika Allen, Program Coordinator
As Program Coordinator, Erika enjoys spending her time planning conferences, webinars, and trainings, and playing with numbers in MECASA’s database. While she’s not at our office, Erika is busy living her best life in Jefferson: going to farmers’ markets, picking out glittery stickers for her planner, and writing to her senators while watching episodes of Scandal and RuPaul’s Drag Race. Erika may be reached here.
Jess Bedard, Trafficking & Special Projects Coordinator
Jess is the Trafficking & Special Projects Coordinator. She provides technical assistance to sexual assault service providers and community members who are delivering services in complex systems, specifically with survivors of human trafficking and incarcerated survivors. Please reach out to Jess with questions around any of these issues. Jess may be reached here.
Katie Church, Office Coordinator
Katie is the office coordinator at MECASA and supports many of the day to day operations. She previously worked as the education coordinator at SARSSM before moving up to the Augusta area and is thrilled to have the opportunity to join the MECASA team. She holds a B.A. and M.S. in psychology from UMF and USM, respectively. When she’s not at work, Katie loves to explore the outdoors with her family and try new recipes. Katie may be reached here.
Sarah Firth, Quality & Compliance Coordinator
Sarah coordinates compliance and quality where she helps Maine’s sexual assault support centers figure out how to offer services and develop their workplace in ways that also satisfy the regulations. She conducts site visits and trainings on these issues, and also works on projects to develop consistent statewide services like text/chat and support group facilitator training. She lives with her family in Vienna. Sarah may be reached here.
Meg Hatch, Children’s Advocacy Centers Network Coordinator
Meg is the Network Coordinator for the Maine Network of Children’s Advocacy Centers. Her work is focused on providing support to Maine’s existing and emerging CACs and multidisciplinary teams. The Network also creates a monthly Resource Round-up, maintains the CAC website and updates the online CAC toolkit. Meg’s goal is to create programs across the state so that all children have access to high quality intervention services provided at CACs. Meg lives in Whitefield, Maine and when she’s not working she enjoys spending time outside with her family, running, creating delicious food and reading. Meg may be reached here.
Katie Kondrat, Underserved Programs Coordinator
Katie is the Underserved Programs Coordinator, responsible for supporting infrastructure and sustainable, community-led sexual violence services for underserved populations, including victims of trafficking and exploitation. She works with local rural advocates and culturally and community specific providers to create tools and resources to make services more accessible and equitable. Please reach out to her for any questions about culturally-specific programming or any other underserved population. Katie is from away, but has been a resident of Portland, Maine for over ten years. Katie may be reached here.
Katie MacDonald, Prevention Coordinator
Katie is MECASA’s Prevention Coordinator. Her work is focused on providing technical assistance and support to prevention educators at all of Maine’s sexual assault support centers. This includes supporting the development and implementation of prevention programming and evaluation across the state, facilitating bi-annual prevention affinity meetings, managing the MECASA Prevention Education Toolkit—MECASA’s online resource for preventionists—and creating round ups of relevant tools and trainings. In her spare time, Katie enjoys spending time with her dog, exploring the world, and spending time with friends and family. Katie may be reached here.