MEET THE AARP MAINE TEAM:
Noël Bonam, AARP Maine State Director. 207-776-6348, email@example.com
Noël Bonam is AARP Maine's State Director. Noël has extensive experience in leadership development, stakeholder engagement, diversity, equity and inclusion practice and civic leadership. Before joining AARP, Noël had been the head of The Global Institute, a public benefit organization (with operational hubs in Denmark, India and the US), specializing in social equity, leadership development and organizational sustainability.
Noël has worked extensively with diverse partners from across the world, particularly in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Formerly, he was the Director for the Bureau of Multicultural Affairs for the State of Maine. In that role, he oversaw systemic changes through diversity, equity and inclusion efforts by working closely with inter-departmental stakeholders and with key community partners from across the state. He practices collaborative facilitative leadership and is committed to stakeholder engagement and empowerment, long-term sustainability and dialogue for action.
Noël holds a Master’s in Public Personnel Management from Osmania University (India) and a certification in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Human Resources from Cornell University. He is also a graduate of the Senior Executive in State and Local Government mid-career program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Association for World Education, an international NGO specializing in lifelong learning with consultative status at the United Nations.
Jane Margesson, Communications Director, 207-776-6301, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Margesson is AARP Maine’s Communications Director. Jane is a communications professional with over 20 years of experience with AARP. She manages media relations, online and print publications, and communications volunteer programs. She writes regularly for several Maine publications including Bangor Metro, Wiser Living and weekly newspapers. Jane is also a public speaker and has appeared on many of Maine’s television and radio programs on issues such as fraud prevention, caregiving and financial security.
Prior to moving to Maine in the fall of 2011, Jane directed communications for AARP in the New Jersey State Office. During her seven-year tenure in the Garden State, Jane developed creative and effective communications tactics that translated the work of AARP into meaningful benefits for the state’s 1.3 million members. Several of the tactics she developed were adopted by AARP as an association “best practice” and her communications volunteer model won the AARP Member Innovation Award in 2009.
Jane holds a B.A. in Communications from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.
Japhet Els, Director for Advocacy and Outreach, 207-776-6302, email@example.com
Japhet Els is one of AARP Maine’s Advocacy and Outreach Directors. Japhet began his tenure with AARP Maine in 2014 and brings more than ten years of experience in grassroots campaigns and communications to the position. As Advocacy and Outreach Director, Japhet is responsible for engaging AARP members, volunteers, policymakers and other community partners on issues that impact Mainers 50+ and their families. He spends most of his time in central and northern Maine working with local members, volunteers, their families and communities.
Prior to joining AARP Maine, Japhet worked for several national presidential campaigns in states around the country, as well as national nonprofits on a variety of issues. He’s inspired by the evolving role technology plays in organizing communities, running effective communications and the impact it can have on a well-organized advocacy campaign at every level of government. During his career he’s helped organize tens of thousands of concerned citizens on issues such as climate change, political corruption and electoral reform.
Japhet also served as an outside communications and organizing consultant for AARP Vermont on their state utilities campaign, nearly doubling their active email list over a seven-month period and coordinating a daily social media messaging campaign.
Bridget Quinn, Director for Advocacy and Outreach, 207-776-6303, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bridget Quinn is one of AARP Maine’s Advocacy and Outreach Directors. Bridget joined the team in 2020 and works on outreach initiatives designed to enhance awareness and community relationships, while identifying and engaging volunteers in grassroots advocacy campaigns that support AARP’s policy goals.
Bridget previously worked with AARP New Jersey where she engaged and mobilized the state’s 200+ volunteers and active AARP chapters in outreach and advocacy initiatives. Prior to joining AARP, Bridget received a B.A. in International Studies with a specialization in Diplomacy from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). While at TCNJ, she developed a passion for work in public policy, community engagement and creating positive change in her local environment.
In conjunction with her studies, Bridget worked with the Women in Learning and Leadership Program and the Student Anti-Violence Peer Educator Program. During that time, she completed internships with the International Justice Project advocating for refugees from Darfur residing in the US, and with America’s Unofficial Ambassadors as an ESL teacher in Azrou, Morocco.
David Torresen, Senior Operations Manager, 207-776-6312, email@example.com
David Torresen is AARP Maine’s Senior Operations Associate. Before moving to Maine and joining AARP in 2015, David worked for eleven years at the Center for Advancing Health, a nonprofit focused on patient engagement in Washington, DC. As Vice-President for Finance and Operations there he was involved in grant management, event coordination, human resources, board relations and editorial work.
Previously, David worked for twelve years as Administrator and Operations Manager at the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest LGBTQ newspaper. Since 1997 he has maintained PeggyLee.com, the official website of the late singer Peggy Lee, in collaboration with her family. A native of Michigan, he majored in English at Kalamazoo College, which incorporated an internship at Crown Publishers in New York and a semester of arts and humanities study in London.
David is a member and board member of the Maine Gay Men’s Chorus and a board member of the Back Cove Neighborhood Association in Portland.
Patricia Oh, Ph.D., LMSW is a Program Manager with the UMaine Center on Aging, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patricia Oh, Ph.D., LMSW is a program manager with the UMaine Center on Aging. She works closely with AARP Maine to bolster local age-friendly community’s efforts to enhance the physical, social, and service environments for aging. She has presented her research widely, and is primary author of the AARP Roadmap to Livability series and Rural Report. By day, you can find her working with volunteers, elected officials, municipal leaders, and organizations to plan, develop, and implement age-friendly strategies. By night, she is typically re-living a nightmare episode of This Old House while renovating a circa 1800 home.
Shannon Colbert, Outreach, Advocacy and Communications Intern, email@example.com
Shannon Colbert is AARP's Outreach, Advocacy, and Communications Intern. Originally from Plymouth, MA Shannon has been living in Maine for the last 5 years pursuing a college degree. She got her undergraduate degree in Finance and Marketing and is working on getting her Masters in Policy, Planning, and Management with a concentration in Public Policy. She was a member of the USM Women’s Ice Hockey team for the past 5 years and served as team captain for 4 of those years.
Before AARP, Shannon held a Marketing and Communications internship at the Maine Lobstermen’s Association where she worked to advocate for local Maine lobstermen, and she is excited at the opportunity to build upon this advocacy work during her time here at AARP.