I have been a member of Hour Exchange since 2004. I believe that we are one as a people, and that we need to help each other in any way possible, which is why Hour Exchange is an ideal I respect and am happy to be a part of. I have had multiple careers, have traveled some and am an extrovert by nature but equally enjoy my introverted alone time. A former nurse, I believe in social justice, equality and respect for all, and am an independent thinker and voter. My goal each day is to make a difference in some small way in the life of at least one person if not more...and to live a 'carpe diem' type of life. I am available to help members connect with one another to find the services they are looking for.
I am a recent transplant from the West Coast and became a member of Hour Exchange Portland in late 2021. I trained as a Holistic Chef in Berkeley CA, as an Esalen massage practitioner in Bali, Indonesia and as an organic gardener in Ferguson, Missouri. I'm currently planning to create a glamping opportunity in Scarborough that encompasses education regarding planting native plants, rewilding and the role of the gardener in encouraging biodiversity in our outdoor landscapes. To me, timebanking is the ideal concept of community and I look forward to meeting more members and exploring collective ways to best serve the needs of our times.
Sarah Braik (President)
I joined Hour Exchange in 2016 and don't know quite how I managed to live without it all these years. I have recently retired from careers in the restaurant, community mental health, and education fields. I find myself busier than when I was working. I am a co-leader of the Portland Chapter of Citizens' Climate Lobby as well as the Cathedral of St. Luke's Public Policy and Environmental Action Team. I am an active member of the Maine Chapter of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross.
Colleen Hutchinson (Treasurer)
I was born in the Western hills of Maine and have lived in Falmouth for almost 40 years. I started my own bookkeeping business thirty-five years ago. A relatively new member, I am excited to be included on the Board as Treasurer and am in awe of all the great talent and services of the members of Hour Exchange.
I am interested in action pertaining to ecological preservation, inclusion, diversity, and the sharing of time and talent to build a strong, healthy, local community. I feel the Hour Exchange embodies these ideals perfectly, and it is what drew me to join. I'm happy to be of service to the Hour Exchange in any capacity, and hope that I can help move the ball forward in its growth and ongoing evolution.
Debra Boxer (currently on leave of absence)
I joined Hour Exchange in June of 2019 and immediately knew that I wanted to be a member of the Board because Hour Exchange is an incredible organization that values equally what everyone has to offer. This is my philosophy in general so I felt right at home!
I have a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) and have practiced as a psychotherapist and consultant; more recently, I have decided that I MUST be much more visible and active doing consulting and training to business, healthcare, government and the community because our world is so crazy… As a social worker and a person who deeply cares about the world we live in, I have taken concrete action to improve healthcare costs, reduce disability claims, and enhance employee morale and productivity.
I am also extremely concerned about our environment. My definition of healthcare includes physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social and environmental health.
I eventually plan on opening the Center for Optimal Work, Health and Living. This center will further integrate traditional, alternative and indigenous approaches to health and wellness.
Lewie Bosler (Interim Vice-president)
I recently moved to Maine and have joined the Hour Exchange. I have lived most of my life a few minutes from beautiful Narragansett Beach, RI where I loved to surf and ride motorcycles. I began studying and practicing Buddhism 40+ years ago. I am a certified Kripalu yoga teacher and teach meditation and yogic breathing techniques. Spirituality has been at the center of my entire adult life.
My first career after college was to manage funeral homes. I also earned a master's degree in psychology and became a certified grief counselor and an end-of-life counselor and later became a professor and chairman of the Bereavement Studies Program at Mt. Ida College.
I later became a full-time and adjunct college professor of psychology, and created men's studies programs/courses and men's centers on college campuses. I have given presentations and lectured on men's issues and have created, facilitated, and participated in men's support groups in the community since the 1980's.
I worked as a psychotherapist and substance abuse counselor at mental health agencies, as well as in my private practice. I became a certified batterers intervention counselor and was appointed as the regional director of VOCA (Victims of Crime Assistance Program), a program created, managed and funded by the US Dept. of Justice.
I developed and taught unique methods to help people with anger management issues, and methods to help people reduce anxiety and stress in their lives. I also teach an effective communication technique to help individuals and couples improve their communication and listening capabilities.
My greatest joy has been derived from my passion to help people enjoy and enhance their lives, the lives of their children and families, and the people in their communities. I have served as president and on the board of directors of numerous organizations. My successes in developing and increasing membership/participation of organizations, programs and services. are the result of my compassion and strong desire & capability to form meaningful relationships. and to provide and develop dedicated and committed leadership.