Ken GreenleafBusiness Advisor
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. Matt joined MaineStream Finance in 2014.
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.
James L. MacomberSmall Business Counselor
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 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.
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.
Denise St. PeterDevelopment Manager
Denise works with MaineStream’s homeownership and business programs on project development, reporting, and evaluation. She collaborates with community partners on regional economic development initiatives and provides direct service to financial literacy, home ownership, microbusiness, and asset-building clients. St. Peter is originally from the Bangor area and has a background in international and community development. Before joining MaineStream, St. Peter coordinated projects and proposals for economic development initiatives in West and Central Africa.
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.
Taylor PondFinancial Education Coordinator
Taylor was an AmeriCorps volunteer for MaineStream for 2 years until she officially joined the team in 2017. Her duties include assisting the FDA coordinator, editing the MaineStream website and social media, creating marketing materials for all of the MaineStream programs, and coordinating the PRIME grant. Prior to joining MaineStream Finance, Taylor graduated from the New England School of Communications of Husson University with a B.S. in Web Media and worked at a law firm during her undergrad years. Taylor also has a history of working and running international education programs and has studied abroad in South Korea.
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
MSF Clerk, Penquis CAO
See Field’s biography on Penquis
Secretary, Penquis Board, Knox County Steering Committee
Board of Directors
Michelle Cobb, Chair
TD Bank, Vice President
Four Directions Development Corporation, Executive Director
Geneva Libby, Vice Chair
Penquis Board, Piscataquis County
Erin Hustus, Secretary
Penquis Board, Knox County
Bar Harbor Bank Trust, Vice President