Chris LinderChief Executive Officer
Chris has over 20 years of leadership, operational, and consulting experience in community development finance, microfinance, and commercial banking. Before MaineStream, he was Associate Vice President for the Financial Services Practice at International Executive Service Corps (IESC.org), based in Washington, DC, where he led IESC’s financial services practice on small business banking, agriculture finance, and microfinance throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. Prior to joining IESC, Chris specialized in providing direct technical assistance to financial institutions and strategic advice to industry associations, particularly on social performance, youth enterprise development, and product development in Africa and Asia. For MicroSave-Asia/India, he led a team of professionals who assisted microfinance institutions (MFIs) and banks in new product development, including savings and mobile banking solutions. Previously, Chris served in various team and leadership roles in commercial banking and consulting in securing financing for healthcare institutions and other non-profits in the Northeast United States – primarily based out of Boston. Chris holds a BA in business administration and economics from Rhodes College, Memphis, TN and an MBA from Babson College – Olin School of Business, Wellesley, MA. Chris is originally from rural Arkansas and is excited to be assisting Mainers, particularly from rural areas, expand their businesses and increase home ownership.
Heather MassowCertified Housing Counselor and Educator
Heather has worked with Penquis for more than eight years. Heather currently works with clients who are facing foreclosure, teaches homebuyer education classes, and works one-on-one with pre-purchase clients to help them become credit-ready to purchase a home. Previously, she worked in the mortgage banking industry for about 14 years processing, originating, and closing loans. Recently, Heather joined the board of the Bangor chapter of Habitat for Humanity and is on the Family Selection Committee. Heather especially enjoys working with her foreclosure clients and finds the process rewarding. In her spare time, you will most likely find Heather riding her Morgan horse Magic or doing anything horse-related.
James L. MacomberBusiness Advisor & Financial Coach
James is responsible for providing technical assistance and business counseling to existing and start up microbusiness owners. Duties include instructing the Incubator Without Walls program and providing one-to-one technical assistance to microenterprises. Mr. Macomber is also now supporting our housing counseling and financial coaching programs. Mr. Macomber is a past recipient of the SBA Home-based Business Champion Award for both Maine and New England. Mr. Macomber has “real world” entrepreneurial experience as the business owner of a website design and maintenance company.
Ken GreenleafBusiness Advisor & Financial Coach
Ken is responsible for providing technical assistance and business counseling to existing and start up microbusiness owners. Ken is now supporting our housing counseling and financial coaching programs as well. Before joining MaineStream Finance, Ken was a sales and marketing manager where he worked with businesses ranging from small operations to large chains. He has also managed an Internet development firm creating enterprise web sites for a wide variety of clients. He started and ran a small high-end renovation company in New York City. Besides his background in sales and business, his work experience includes building musical instruments and commercial fishing. Greenleaf is also an artist and writer, and has written regular columns in the past for MaineBiz magazine, the Portland Newspapers, and the Portland Phoenix. One of his clients called him the Swiss Army knife of small business.
Matthew LewisPortfolio and Business Services Manager
Matthew joins MaineStream Finance with 10+ years experience owning, managing, and nurturing small businesses. His duties include providing technical assistance to small businesses and loan services to MaineStream Finance’s commercial and residential customers. In 2007, Lewis returned to Maine to work for the Passamaquoddy tribe of Washington County, developing lending strategies, commercial-scale renewable energy projects, and intergovernmental database methodologies. He currently sits on the board of directors for the Passamaquoddy tribe’s commercial-scale maple syrup operation. Matthew joined MaineStream Finance in 2014.
Rebecca GrantFinancial Coaching & Savings Coordinator
Rebecca Grant helps individuals save for a home, car, business, or emergencies using our Family Development Accounts; a match savings program.
Rebecca started full-time with Penquis CAP in 2003 as a Client Service Representative working with Section-8 clients. Rebecca was able to grow from there where she moved on to be a Fiscal Specialist and ended up as an Occupancy Specialist. In October of 2012, she was given an opportunity to transfer to be a Client Service Representative for the Home Repair and Lead Program and there Rebecca worked one on one with clients for two years until she was promoted to the Administrative Assistant. Rebecca joined our team in October of 2019 where she has seamlessly taken over the Financial Coaching & Savings Coordinator role. Rebecca enjoys relaxing with her husband at their family camp and traveling anytime they can.
Roberta TeetoLoan Officer
Roberta Teeto, Loan Officer at MaineStream Finance, processes loan applications from start to finish, including home purchase loans, home repair loans, mortgage refinancing and educating clients about their different financing options.
Roberta has worked with reputable real estate agencies, including Prudential and John R. Wood. Roberta helps homeowners and new buyers secure a loan that suits their budget and goals. Before becoming a Loan Officer at MaineStream Finance, she provided administrative oversight of the FDA/IDA program since September of 2009. She has a Bachelor’s degree of Science & Education from the College of Charleston, S.C.
Tiffany BrowningLoan Administrator
Tiffany joins MaineStream Finance in the new role of Loan Administrator. Tiffany works with the lending team in closing loans as well as servicing existing loans, among other duties to help manage our overall loan portfolio. She has a financial services background having recently worked for Banker’s Life and Maine Savings FCU, particularly in customer service, with over eight years’ experience in all. She also has a previous Penquis connection, having covered the Family Visit program in the evenings and weekends for six months. Tiffany has lived in the Bangor region for over 10 years, having graduated from Bangor High, and grew up in Jacksonville, FL.
Penquis CEO and MSF President
See Kara’s biography on Penquis
Chair, TD Bank, Vice President
Vice Chair, Penquis Board, Piscataquis County
MSF Treasurer, Penquis CFO
See Denice’s biography on Penquis
Board of Directors
Michelle Cobb, Chair
TD Bank, Vice President
Geneva Libby, Vice Chair
Penquis Board, Piscataquis County
Four Directions Development Corporation, Executive Director
Bar Harbor Bank Trust, Vice President
First National Bank, Vice President
Harvey Gosselin III
Embrace Home Loans, Senior Loan Officer
NextHome Experience, Realtor