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Our Team

The Loaves & Fishes Board of Trustees is supported by the time and energy of our 100+ volunteers. Want to volunteer? Click the "Learn More" button below! (Board photos courtesy of Down East Photography.)


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Max Dietshe

Vice President


Max recently retired from a career in corporate communications and user experience design to work on marketing and development for the pantry. He and his wife, novelist W.S. Winslow, moved full-time to their Trenton "camp" in 2019. 

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Born and raised in Ellsworth, Rhonda retired after 23 years working for the state of Maine. She currently works part-time and serves as treasurer and volunteer for several area non-profits.

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Margaret (Muffet)



Muffet and her husband, Doug, moved to Maine from Philadelphia in 2017. She has 50 years' experience as a bookkeeper and Parish Administrator and is currently the Parish Administrator at two churches on MDI. In her off time she enjoys kayaking and volunteering.

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Tracy Shaffer


Tracy moved to Ellsworth after retiring from Verizon post a 25+ year career. An ordained deacon in The Episcopal Church, Tracy remains an active Rotarian after serving as President of the Ellsworth club in 2018-19. 

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Clyde is a Special Education Teacher working in the younger grades. He's a community member who has served as a volunteer firefighter for 25 years, as well as a member of the Ellsworth Rotary Club. A trustee since 2016, Clyde enjoys golf and the outdoors in his downtime.

Clyde Cushing

Board of Trustees

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Joe Bruno

Blue Hill

A retired financial IT executive and lifelong optimist, Joe resides in Blue Hill with his partner, Rachel. He's been playing golf and guitar since youth and enjoys volunteering, cooking, practicing and teaching yoga, hiking and travel.

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Debra Gillespie-fowles


A retired housing coordinator and case manager, Debra grew up in Massachusetts and lived in Guilford for almost 25 years before moving to Ellsworth. She is a tireless volunteer for the pantry.

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Andy Matthews

Past President


Andy and her husband Tom, both retired educators, made the permanent move from Georgia to Maine in 2011. Andy connected with Loaves and Fishes as a pantry volunteer in 2012 and has served as Board President since 2018.

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Mario Panaro


Born way down south (in Connecticut), Mario grew up in Bucksport and now serves as Finance Manager at Darling's Chevrolet. When not working and volunteering at the pantry, he enjoys spending time with family and a menagerie of dogs, cats and hamsters.

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Blue Hill


Blue Hill

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