Our Board of Directors

Neva Allen

Neva was born in Carson City, Nevada. She lived most of her life in Las Vegas, where she worked as a convention model. In 1994, she and her husband moved to Flagstaff, Arizona where she worked for a river rafting company. In 1998, Neva was diagnosed with a neurological disease, and so in 2000 she and her husband decided to move to Maine. In 2004, Neva was awarded a special volunteer award by Waldo Community Action Partners in Belfast, Maine for starting a calling service to seniors. Several years later, she developed the Accessibility Project in order to make the downtown of Belfast more accessible to people with mobility challenges. With the help of her husband, the Belfast City Council, the business owners, and the community, the city of Belfast went from being 20% accessible to 80% accessible in one year. Neva lives in Belfast with her two cats and tropical fish.

Suetta Tenney, M.D., F.A.C.P.

Community based primary care physician for over 30 years, with specialty in Integrative Medicine, Geriatrics, Palliative and Hospice Care. She founded and led a small community practice for 14 years where she facilitated mind-body Self-Care trainings for caregivers, mental health, and addictions. She was involved in many community efforts including Girl and Boy Scouts, interfaith and meditative/chant programs. She also chaired a grass-roots organization in the 1990s which created the town's first Middle School, after school program. She is a mother of three grown children, dog lover, and amateur musician. Resident of Stockton Springs, Maine

Elizabeth Moore

Elizabeth was born in Massachusetts and moved to Maine after college. She worked in a mental health aftercare agency, whose focus was to assist people released from the state hospital and reentering the community. After working in that role for a number of years, she became week-end manager of a group home for people with intellectual disabilities, where she encountered some of the kindest and most sensible people she has met in her life. She ultimately left this field and became a church office administrator. Currently she works part-time and seasonally as an editor for a Colorado firm which assists high school seniors in preparing to apply for college.

Barbara Gage
Member at Large

Barbara started her career 30 years ago working for the Maine State Legislature after completing her Master of Public Administration at the University of Maine at Orono and her Ph.D. at Penn State University. She spent 30 years in public policy research focused on the Medicare program, long term care, Medicaid, the Older Americans Act, and conducting payment and outcomes research. Positions included Congressional staff, Brookings Fellow, RTI, and faculty appointments at GWU and USC. After moving back to Maine in 2017, she worked closely with Susan Dupler, Belfast’s public health nurse and the Belfast Soup Kitchen to set up summer lunch delivery programs for kids in the greater Belfast area who couldn’t access the schools’ summer lunches. Barbara also served as President of the Belfast Garden Club for 2 years and helped care for the Waterloo Public Gardens downtown at the waterfront.

Most recently, she has been volunteering at But Still I Am One to help write grants. She knows that giving kids a chance at this stage of life can greatly affect their entire future. In her spare time she gardens, kayaks, makes glass beads, and reads.

Art Shea
Member at Large

Art is retired from an allied health field profession (prosthetics and orthotics). Since 1985, Art has worked with many people who have been without homes in one capacity or another. From working with individuals that were without a home in Portland and with big hearted people starting shelters (the Montgomery's for Bracket Street Shelter, Jeanine Jordan for Jordan House) to organizations start-ups (Mid-Maine Shelter, Waterville, ME, INH family shelter (a "Family Promise" model) in Worcester, MA. Also, in Worcester, Art was a volunteer at Dismas house halfway house for former prisoners and an effort to incorporate a "Housing First" policy for the shelter program in Worcester. Art also worked at "Sunrise House" in Augusta, ME for the deaf and mentally ill and as caretaker for his father with Parkinsons with dementia.

Art is retired and living in Brooks, ME and was advisor to the original Belfast Coalition for the Homeless. He is glad to advise on any efforts to help those "without walls."

Jim Shimko
Member at Large

Meet James Shimko (Jim), a Board member since August 2023. Jim's passion for music, business, and education aligns with his dedication to youth and community. Having obtained a Bachelor’s in Music with teacher certification from Youngstown State University, he went on to earn an MBA in Accounting while working full time with the Internal Revenue Service. Post-MBA, Jim taught college-level courses as a professor of accounting and taxation, initially at community colleges and later at universities.

Completing his Doctor of Business Administration in 2016 with a focus on sustainability reporting, Jim is currently an Assistant Professor at Husson University. Beyond his professional pursuits, Jim finds joy in music, the outdoors, and teaching. Happy to contribute to But Still I am One, he believes in the organization's cause as an investment in the potential and well-being of young adults. Jim sees shelter as the foundation for their sustained success, enabling them to pursue education, employment, and personal growth with confidence.

Marjory Stickler
Member at Large

Originally from Massachusetts where she was a Geriatric Care Manager, Marje was an LICSW. A former elementary school teacher, she raised 3 children. She and her husband enjoy Maine, an outdoor life, fishing, gardening and dogs.

Chris Wright
Member at Large

Chris Wright is a retired carpenter, Licensed Social Worker and mediator. He worked for many years with families in crisis, individuals in conflict and divorcing parents. He has two wonderful grown 'children' with their own young families. He is currently the vice president of the Church Council of the UU Church of Belfast, Maine. Chris states that “home insecure youth experience not only their day-to-day challenges to survive and thrive, but are at much greater risk of turning down unhealthy life paths.