FCAM is a non-profit, non-sectarian, all volunteer organization dedicated to providing education and advocacy for the public so they may be informed of the many options available for pre-planning the disposition of their remains in a dignified, affordable manner.
All functions of the organization are executed through volunteer efforts.
Officers and Board
President: Alison Rector (Monroe, ME)
Alison joined FCA Maine in 2006. In 2009 volunteer Chuck Lakin answered Alison’s phone call to the FCA Maine hotline, guiding Alison to arrange direct cremation after her parents’ death. That experience moved her to volunteer to help FCA Maine’s mission, and she now serves as President. Alison represented FCA Maine at the 2014 national FCA conference (with Kitsy Winthrop). She is currently a candidate for the national FCA Board of Directors.
Vice President: Leon Bresloff (Augusta, ME)
Lee holds graduate degrees in anthropology and is a registered RN and healthcare administrator. He serves on several non-profit boards and has been a member of FCA Maine since the mid-70s. Lately he has taken a more active role in the organization, currently serving as vice president.
Treasurer: Valerie Lovelace (Westport Island, ME)
Val is the executive director of It’s My Death, a 501(c)(3) organization providing services and education to people who wish to actively explore the meaning of life by embracing the certainty of death. Val has a wide range of professional experience, from a career in the U. S. Navy to corporate work, to the practice of homeopathy. Val also supports FCA Maine with web development and other technology.
Recording Secretary: Rochelle Roelofs (Anson, ME)
Rochelle joined FCA Maine because of her strong belief “in the importance of being in charge of my own death-related matters” and a motivation to encourage greater awareness in the general public about the increasing options available for disposition of one’s body after death. Her goals as a board member are to further the mission of offering objective information regarding end-of-life topics and to promote a more positive attitude toward the stage of life commonly called death.
Membership Secretary: Nancy McAlley (Brooks, ME)
Nancy is a retired registered nurse with experience in many different areas. She is an interfaith minister, a Home Funeral Advocate and a Life-cycle Celebrant with an interest in funerals as well as other celebrations. She is a hospice volunteer and has had experience with end-of-life issues throughout her career. Nancy believes in the importance of education to allow people to feel more comfortable with the issue of the death that comes to us all one day. She founded the Belfast Death Café in January 2013.
Mary Bayer (Augusta, ME)
Mary is a journalist and RN certified in Mental Health & Geriatric Nursing who for several decades has counseled dying patents and their families. She writes often for the FCA Maine quarterly newsletter.
Jonathan Hull (Damariscotta, ME)
Jonathan moved to Newcastle Maine with his wife, Gretchen, in 1970 and has a statewide trial law practice in Damariscotta since 1980. Prior to that he worked for the Legislator’s non-partisan staff as a committee research analyst. From 1982 to 1994, he was Legal Counsel to the Speaker of the House. He has been active in charitable work for many years and was one of the original founders of the Memorial Society of Maine. He presently sits on several non-profit boards and serves as our legislative Watchdog.
Jim Jacobsen (Pittston, ME)
Jim is Project Manager/Webmaster at the Maine Division of Environmental Health. Jim graduated from Eastern Maine Technical College with a degree in Environmental Control Technology. He has worked for the State of Maine for 30 years, nine years at the Land Use Regulation Commission and the remainder at the DEH, which is responsible for the oversight of new and expanded burial grounds, cemeteries, mausolea, and crematoria. Jim also creates and maintains the website MaineDeathCare.
Peter Lindquist (Camden, ME)
Peter has a degree in art from Maine College of Art, and has organized Death Cafes in Rockport and Hope, Maine.
Peter is working on learning more about managing transitions: marriage, love, parenting, career and earning a living. He is comfortable with learning about end-of-life issues, all of them, not just the sentimental ones. Peter says, “At 18, I thought I knew it all, making my grandmother’s casket in shop class. She was then 65. I ended up taking care of an empty mahogany box for 27 years. The funeral went just a she planned, closed casket in front of large assembled group at State Street Church. Many folks were determined to make my grandmother, Dot’s funeral, just to see this casket that she told them about for years.”
Lynn Tobin (Boothbay Harbor, ME)
Lynne is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who works extensively with individuals and families during end-of-life journeys and bereavement. She facilitates two Death Cafes; one in Boothbay at the new Senior Center, and one in Damariscotta, at Savory Maine Restaurant. Death Cafe groups discuss subjects as diverse as writing advanced directives, near death experiences, and views on life after death. Tobin, in private practice in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, offers individual and group counseling, and specializes in situational anxiety and/or depression that might occur during normal life transitions. She is an advocate for patient-directed care in the state legislature and works with Compassion and Choices Maine raising public awareness for Aid-in-Dying Legislation. She holds two masters’ degrees, one in education and one in counseling. She also studied thanatology at Hood College. Before moving to Maine, Lynne worked with patients and families as a spiritual counselor at McLean Homecare and Hospice. She was the End-of-Life educator at the Bristol Hospital Homecare and Hospice for the nursing staff, social workers, volunteers and Certified Nursing Assistants. Lyne taught at the University of St. Joseph graduate school in the Counseling Department.