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New Leaders Council

Our Board


Board Leadership

Amy Russell, Chapter Co-Director, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and the Director of Client Services for Sexual Assault Support Services of Midcoast Maine. She grew up on Great Cranberry Island, off the coast of Acadia National Park, and ventured away for college, graduating from the University of Arizona in 2006 with B.A. in Sociology. Amy returned home to Maine and completed her Masters from the University of New England School of Social Work in both clinical and organizational and community practice in 2010. She spent several years working with people experiencing homelessness in Portland and supervising case management staff and nascent social workers at the Preble Street Resource Center. Amy is published in Empowering Workers & Clients for Organizational Change (2014). She was a 2016 NLC Maine Fellow and served on the Maine Chapter Board as the Curriculum Co-Chair for the 2017 Institute before transitioning to her current role as Chapter Co-Director.

Kyra Walker, Chapter Co-Director, 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. She has been with CHOM since 2008, helping increase its asset base by over 60%. Kyra was a 2016 NLC Maine Fellow and became Chapter Co-Director in 2017.  

Alex Cornell du Houx, Co-Founder & Board Director, 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, 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 founded the Maine New Leaders Council. He currently consults for candidates, lawmakers and nonprofits, focusing on value-based communications and fundraising. 

Board Committee Chairs and Members


  • Fenna Robbins


  • Harlan Cutshall
  • Kirsten Dargis


  • Nicole Benham
  • Alyssa Dean-Littlefield

Finance and Fundraising

  • Liam Carroll
  • Gordon Spinney

Institute Logistics

  • Kirsten Dargis
  • Fenna Robbins


  • Rebecca Cornell du Houx
  • Veronica Gorlovsky


  • Stefanie Millette


  • Marshall Archer

Other Board Members

  • William Albeck
  • Kyle Bailey
  • Kate Brown
  • Matt Caston
  • Emily Cramer
  • Kate Ende
  • Ava Gurekian
  • Leslie Hogan
  • Truc Huynh
  • Brian Kilgallen
  • Jessica Mikinichik
  • Adam Pontius
  • Amy Qiu
  • Samuel Underwood
  • Meaghan Swan
  • Zachary Thompson
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