FDDC Staff

Susan Hammond Professional Photo

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.

phone: 207.866.6545



Cindy Pullyard | Senior Accountant

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.  

More about Cindy
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. 
email: cpullyard@fourdirectionsmaine.org   phone: 207.866.2018

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.
email: fsoctomah@fourdirectionsmaine.org   phone: 207.866.6545

DSC_0427 (2)Sarah Nickerson | Housing Program Support Specialist

Sarah’s work supports the Housing Program at Four Directions Development Corporation. She performs client intake, provides homeownership and financial counseling, 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 is a member of the Orono Land Trust. When she is at home Sarah enjoys reading and walking with her dog.
email: snickerson@fourdirectionsmaine.org   phone: 207.866.6545


Kathleen Pelkey | Office Manager

As FDDC’s Office Manager, Kathleen performs general administrative, bookkeeping and support duties for our Executive Director and Program Staff. She connects clients to FDDC’s different departments and also assists with Board functions.

More about Kathleen
Kathleen grew up in Maine and Virginia, and had a several year stint living in Arizona.  She is a graduate of the University of Maine at Augusta, having receives a BS in Business Administration with a Management concentration and a Fraud Examination minor.  Having spanned careers from helping the elderly, working as a vet tech, working in the finance division of the telecommunications industry, and her alma mater UMA it became clear her place was in an industry that serves people.  She has found her passion in helping people grow, learn, and achieve in their lives and communities.  She carries this message into her personal life while raising her three children.  When time allows you’ll find her gardening, doing yoga, or trying to organize the universe.
email: kpelkey@fourdirectionsmaine.org   phone: 207.866.6545