FDDC Staff

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Susan Hammond | Executive Director

Susan Hammond, a Penobscot Nation tribal member, is the long-standing Executive Director of Four Directions Development Corporation.  As one of the founders, Ms. Hammond has been involved with FDDC since the earliest planning stages, beginning in the fall of 2000.

More about Susan
Susan graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a BS in Business Administration. Prior to Four Directions, she worked for the Penobscot tribe for ten years in various positions including the Vocation Education Coordinator for the Economic Development Department, the Financial Manager for the Health Department and the Director of the Tribal Housing Authority. She has completed training from the National Development Council, Fannie Mae, and the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. She served on the Penobscot Nation Tribal Council from 1996 to 2004 and was President of the Board of Alnabak Corporation, (later Olamon Industries) a tribally-affiliated plastic injection molding company.

In 2003, Susan was awarded the Maine SBA Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year Award. She is the first-ever recipient of the Visionary Leader Award from the Opportunity Finance Network/Oweesta Corporation and in 2010 received the Circle of Honor Award from the Opportunity Finance Network / Oweesta Corporation.

 Contact
phone: 207.866.6545

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Karen Cashman | Senior Accountant

As the Senior Accountant, Karen maintains all financial and fiscal aspects of the organization’s operations and provides financial insight and strategic planning in support of the organization’s growth and stability.  

More about Karen
Karen has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Business Management from the University of Maine in Orono and brings more than twenty five years of experience to FDDC.  Before joining Four Directions, Karen worked for a diverse range of companies gaining experience in a wide variety of financial activities including:  P&L reporting and analysis, budgeting, variance analysis, and government reporting and compliance. 
Contact
email: kcashman@fourdirectionsmaine.org   phone: 207.866.2018

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Erika Honey | Housing Program Manager

As Housing Program Manager, Erika provides homeownership and financial counseling and takes on-and off-Reservation home loans through the entire lending process from application to post-closing. Erika works in conjunction with FDDC’s Loan Committee to evaluate loans and provide access to affordable capital to tribal members.

More about Erika
Erika is a Penobscot Nation tribal member and graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta with a BA in Liberal Studies and Public Administration.  She brings over 9 years’ of experience serving the Penobscot Nation Tribal Administration in finance, Tribal Court and Human Resources working closely with Tribal Members and Leaders.  In addition she has over 10 years of work experience in management, program compliance and budgeting for non-profit organizations.  Erika served as Co-Chair for the USET Tribal Administration Committee from 2012-2014, and as a committee member since 2010.  At FDDC, Erika manages a lending portfolio of over $6 million and a staff that offers financial counseling and related workshops to over 200 tribal members annually. Erika also is the lead coordinator of Wabanaki CA$H, a VITA free tax preparation program for tribal members in Maine.
Contact
email: ehoney@fourdirectionsmaine.org   phone: 207.866.6546

DSC_0454 (2)Erin St. Peter | Development, Grants & Impact Manager

Erin coordinates FDDC’s day-to-day development, grants management/reporting, communications, and impact measurement strategies. Erin is also working to manage FDDC’s role as fiscal agent for Maine’s statewide VITA free tax preparation cohort.

More about Erin
Erin comes to FDDC with a strong interest in working to support communities and economic development in Maine.  After growing up in Old Town, she earned a BA in Government/Legal Studies and Economics from Bowdoin College. While at Bowdoin, Erin served as the McKeen Fellow for Native Communities in Maine and worked to explore and expand the college’s connections with and knowledge of various communities across the state. She has volunteered with Midcoast CA$H and Wabanaki CA$H free tax preparation programs, served as tutor with immigrant populations in Portland, and spent a year teaching English at a university in Senegal on a Fulbright fellowship. In her free time, Erin enjoys hiking, adventuring around Maine, and contra dancing.
Contact
email: estpeter@fourdirectionsmaine.org   phone: 207.866.2019

picture1Frances Soctomah | Wabanaki Marketplace Coordinator

At Four Directions, Frances coordinates activities to support Native Artisans across Maine. She oversees FDDC’s Youth & Culture Artisan Apprenticeship Program and is working to launch an online sales platform for Wabanaki art.

More about Frances
Frances is a citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township where she grew up learning the traditional art of brown ash and sweetgrass basketry from her grandmother. She is a recent graduate of Bowdoin College where she earned her degree in Sociology with a minor in Anthropology. Frances has interned with the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA) and recently completed a fellowship in the Development Department at the Peabody Essex Museum.
Contact
email: fsoctomah@fourdirectionsmaine.org   phone: 207.866.6545

DSC_0427 (2)Sarah Nickerson | Administrative Assistant

Sarah’s work supports each department within Four Directions Development Corporation. She performs client intake, manages FDDC’s main phone line, and is working to standardize various internal policies and procedures. 

More about Sarah
Sarah grew up in Old town, Maine and currently lives in Orono. She attended the University of Maine at Orono, where she received a BA in Psychology and studied English. After completing her education, Sarah worked for a period as a teller at a local credit union. Sarah brings with her a passion for helping others. During her free time she is the Assistant Coach of the Old Town High School Women’s Swim Team. Because of her love of nature, Sarah recently joined the Orono Land Trust. When she is at home Sarah enjoys reading and spending time with her family and pets. 
Contact
email: snickerson@fourdirectionsmaine.org   phone: 207.866.6545

Matt Lewis | Contracted Business Counselor

Through a partnership with MaineStream Finance (another CDFI in Maine) Matt Lewis joins Four Directions as a part-time business counselor. His duties include providing technical assistance and loan services to small business owners, artisans, and entrepreneurs.

More about Matt
Matt has over 10 years of experience owning, managing, and nurturing small businesses. Previously, Matt worked for the Passamaquoddy tribe to develop lending strategies, commercial scale renewable energy projects, and intergovernmental database methodologies. He has since started a property development corporation rehabilitating low income areas of Washington County to provide safe, low cost rentals to businesses and individuals.
Contact
email:mlewis@fourdirectionsmaine.org   phone: 207.973.3509