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.
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.
Cindy Pullyard | Operations Manager/Senior Accountant
Originally hired as the Senior Accountant, Cindy 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. She has now become our Operations Manger, and oversees all service areas for Four Directions. If you need information about any of our programs, Cindy’s office is always open.
Cindy has a BS Degree from the University of Wisconsin LaCrosse in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting. She has worked for various service organizations in Wisconsin, Alaska and Maine, filling up her toolbox with a diversity of skills and experiences. Her ‘purpose in life’ is simple–“Do whatever I can to make another’s life easier.” Cindy is energetic and eager to fulfill that goal.
Rachel Mathieson | Development Services
Rachel came on board at Four Directions to coordinate the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and is now working in Development Services, where she is writing grants and coordinating Housing and Financial Counseling, and Group Education programs.
Rachel has a Bachelor’s Degree from Gordon College in Music Education K-12, as well as a Master’s Degree in Music from the University of Maine in Orono, where she also worked for three years as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Rachel has worked both in the for-profit and non-profit fields. Her positions have included teaching, sales and marketing, direct support, and administrative work. Prior to coming to Four Directions, she worked for 18 years for a non-profit organization in Bangor. Rachel’s employment experiences have always focused on helping people and providing good customer service. She looks forward to further expanding her skills at Four Directions in serving the Native American population.