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New Leaders Council

Our Board

Heather Blier, Chapter Co-Director 

Dr. Heather Blier, Ph.D. is the owner and serves as supervising psychologist at her consulting company Health and Education Support Solutions, LLC. She has held research, teaching, and leadership positions in universities and healthcare agencies throughout the U.S.. A Maine native, Dr. Blier moved back to her home state in 2008 in order to help establish a special-purpose school for children with significant emotional and behavioral needs. With this background, Dr. Blier later developed a consulting model that brings innovative interventions to agencies serving individuals with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Dr. Blier has extensive training and experience in program development for schools and outpatient health settings, with a focus on helping each client organization better meet the needs of every individual they serve. She has also developed and supervised clinical training opportunities for clinical and educational professionals in violence/bullying prevention, risk assessment, treatment of adolescent addiction, rural health services, school mental health, and family-based intervention. She has co-authored a number of articles and textbook chapters with leading researchers in the field of behavioral disorders and has presented her work internationally. When not working, Dr. Blier is a Disaster Mental Health Volunteer for the American Red Cross. She enjoys a range of outdoor sports including running, cycling, kayaking, hiking, skiing and snowboarding. A strong advocate for animal rescue, she owns an English Mastiff named Zen.   


Kyra Walker, Chapter Co-Director 

Kyra Walker is the Chief Operating Officer of Community Housing of Maine (CHOM), the largest supportive housing provider for homeless and special needs populations in the state.  Kyra has a Master’s degree in Public Policy and Organizational Management from the Muskie School of Public Service, and more than 17 years experience in the field of affordable housing.  In her current role, Kyra manages the internal functions of the organization, including oversight of office operations, information technology, and asset management of CHOM’s residential real estate portfolio.  Kyra has been with CHOM since 2008, helping increase its asset base by over 60%.  Kyra was a 2016 fellow of the Maine chapter of New Leaders Council.


Alex Cornell du Houx, Co-Founder & Board Director

Alex Cornell du Houx joined the U.S. Marines infantry out of high school, deployed to Fallujah, Iraq and graduated from Bowdoin College as a Mitchell Scholar. He was elected to the Maine House of Representatives, serving on the Veterans and Legal Affairs and Energy, Utilities and Technology Committees. Alex joined the Truman National Security Project to start and run the award winning Operation Free campaign to combat global warming and support energy security. He received a direct commission in the Navy Reserve as a public affairs officer, attended communications school, picked for Junior Officer of the Year, and was again deployed to the Middle East. Upon his return, he joined the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators, managing their programs, communications, and training efforts. Alex participated and led State Department delegations to Southeast Asia to foster government-to-government relations, is a Huffington Post blogger, a Kentucky Colonel, a senior advisor to the Veterans Campaign, a member of the Global Advisory Council for the American Veteran’s Committee and co-founded the Maine New Leaders Council. He currently consults for candidates, lawmakers and nonprofits, focusing on value-based communications and fundraising. 


Truc Huynh, Alumni Committee Chair

Eric Covey, Advisory Board Co-Chair

Morgan Rogers, Co-Founder & Advisory Board Co-Chair

Jessica Milinichik, Communications Committee Chair

Kyle Bailey, Curriculum Committee Co-Chair 

Amy Russell, Curriculum Committee Co-Chair

Liam Carroll, Finance Committee Co-Chair

Gordon Spinney, Finance Committee Co-Chair 

Harlan Cutshall, Fundraising Committee Chair

Dakota Dowling, Institute Logistics Committee Co-Chair 

Leslie Hogan, Institute Logistics Committee Co-Chair

Rebecca Cornell du Houx, Mentorship Committee Co-Chair

Meaghan Swan, Mentorship Committee Co-Chair

Micah Ehiorobo, Recruitment Committee Co-Chair

Adam Pontius, Recruitment Committee Co-Chair 

Marshall Archer, Selections Committee Co-Chair 

Will Albeck, Board Member

Kate Brown, Board Member

Matt Caston, Board Member

Emily Cramer, Board Member 

Greg Dorr, Board Member

Kate Ende, Board Member

James Jameson, Board Member

Gift Kiti, Board Member

Aashley Malsbury, Board Member

Matt Swan, Board Member

Amy Qiu, Board Member



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