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Lisa Sockabasin is a citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Motahkomikuk. Lisa has expertise in tribal and state governments, non-profits, and philanthropic organizations. In her capacity as the CEO of Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness, Lisa collaborates with tribal leadership, federal agencies, and philanthropic partners to address systemic inequities experienced by indigenous people. Lisa enjoys developing and implementing culturally based programs that respond to the needs of all communities.
Lisa has over 20 years of experience addressing inequities experienced by and providing opportunities to tribal populations. Prior to joining WPHW, Lisa served as the Director of the Office of Health Equity in the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, as an epidemiologist in the Infectious Disease Program for the State of Maine, as a nurse epidemiologist with the North American Indian Center of Boston, Inc., and served for two decades as coordinator of the Four Directions Summer Research Program at Harvard Medical School & the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Lisa holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Maine, a B.S. in Nursing from the University of Maine, and an M.S. in Health Policy and Management from the University of Southern Maine. She holds a graduate certificate in Non-Profit Management and serves on several boards including Maine Philanthropy Center, Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, Maine Development Foundation, and the ACLU of Maine.
Rebecca Petrie oversees day-to-day operations for the organization’s work plans, deliverables, and reporting. She brings with her over 15 years of experience in health equity, public health nutrition, program evaluation, health research, and systems development, including 10 years of experience in state government where she worked for the Office of Health Equity, the WIC program, Public Health Informatics, and Infectious Disease Epidemiology.
In her previous role as a public health consultant, Rebecca’s projects included tribal public health efforts where she worked with tribal communities to conduct community assessments, develop data collection and reporting tools, develop system-wide performance measures, and evaluate the success of ongoing programs. In her work with public health research and systems development, she utilizes blended data collection methods to accurately capture the impacts of programming on tribal populations while addressing biases in standard data collection practices.
Rebecca holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of Maine, an MPH in Epidemiology from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Public Health – Community Health from Walden University.
Sharon Tomah Jordan is a citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and the Director of Clinical Services at Wabanaki Health & Wellness, an organization she co-founded in 1996 that provides culturally-sensitive case management for tribally-enrolled Native Americans, free HIV testing and screening, recovery meetings, medicated assisted treatment, and health promotion services. Sharon has extensive experience working in mental health, HIV prevention, suicide prevention, substance use prevention, and recovery, and is responsible for program planning and development, ensuring adherence to organization policies and procedures, and directing and monitoring all agency activities.
Sharon is a mother, grandmother, and engaged member of the Wabanaki communities. She brings with her over 30 years of expertise as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and longstanding relationships with individuals, organizations, and governments to her work. She has worked in both clinical and outpatient settings where she prioritizes the health and safety of her clients first. Sharon believes strongly in the strength of our people and cultural teachings. She believes that when we celebrate our accomplishments, we are celebrating our ancestors and the generations to come, and that when you belong to a people, you are never alone. Sharon incorporates these beliefs into every level of planning and implementation of programming at Wabanaki Health & Wellness.
Sharon holds a B.A. in Human Development from the University of Maine, an M.S.W. from the University of Maine, and an L.C.S.W. from the State of Maine.
Brian Martinez is an innovative leader, bringing over 10 years of experience in Human Resources, administrative systems, and logistical coordination. Brian has always had a deep sense of duty and honor, which led him to enlist in the United States Army.
During his time in the Army, he was responsible for in-depth training in all facets of the HR field, learned strong leadership and strategic planning skills working alongside battalion leadership on key HR issues, and gained a deep appreciation of logistical planning and managing a complex organizational structure. Upon discharge, he moved to a corporate setting, working for a large multinational marketing organization. This position helped broaden his HR skills with deep knowledge in benefits management, talent acquisition, and international immigration law.
In 2018, Brian joined Wabanaki Public Health, where he worked his way up to the position of Senior Director of Wabanaki Public Health and Wellness, where he is responsible for facilities management, information technology, and administrative services and organizational support. Brian is currently working on his MBA and B.S. in Business Management and holds a degree in Human Resources Management from Beal College in Bangor.