Julie Helwig

President and member since 2008. I began my career in education as a teacher and transitioned into Special Education after obtaining my Master's Degree. I shifted my focus from serving school aged children and adolescents to serving adults by working for the State of Maine, DHHS, Office of Adults with Cognitive Disorders. After gaining insight and experience into the opportunities adults have to integrate into their community through residential and community support, I felt passionate about making a difference in my own community and started Citizens of Maine. In my personal time I enjoy spending time with my family, painting, listening to music, and camping.

Darren Helwig

Manager and member since 2011. My favorite part of this job is Special Olympics. I have been involved with Special Olympics since I was a teenager, beginning with the Law Enforcement Torch run. Now I am a coach with track and field, alpine skiing, snowshoeing, bocce ball, and bowling; but my favorite is participating in the unified sports. I am also a certified trainer for MANDT and First Aid/CPR. Personally, I enjoy any activity with my kids, biking, skiing, motorcycle riding, and camping.

Bernie Oster

Director of Residential Support from August 2015 to March 2016 and presently Agency Director. I have over 30 years experience working with adults with intellectual disabilities. My favorite part of this job is the opportunity to interact with our members and work with a great team to make positive changes in the supports we provide. I have also been involved with Special Olympics for the past 25 years, first as a parent, then a coach and for the past five years as the Area Manager for Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Hancock counties. In my spare time I love to read, bake, and go to Maine Women's basketball games.

Courtney Maynard

Director of Community Support Services and member since 2014. Serving children and adults with intellectual and physical disabilities have been a large part of my life since childhood. I became very passionate at a young age watching my brother and his childhood best friend, who was intellectually disabled, take on the world as a dynamic duo. I have served adults with intellectual disabilities since 2009 and have an educational background in Psychology and Child Development and Family Relations. In my personal time I enjoy spending time with my family, being active outdoors and in the gym, and enjoying my local community.

Melinda Sides

I recently accepted the position as PCP Coordinator, but have been employed for Citizens of Maine since 2013. I find my work very rewarding; a job I accepted to support my children turned into a career field I am extremely proud of. I am always looking to advance my knowledge of supporting individuals with intellectual disabilities, including how to empower them in our communities.

I enjoy coaching our Special Olympic Athletes. I am certified in Candlepin Bowling, Soccer, Aquatics and Track/Field. I encourage them to push themselves, to do their best, show good sportsmanship and most importantly have FUN!

Alison Crofton MacDonald

I received my Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 2013. Early on in my life I learned that art had the power to focus, communicate, express, and to heal. Wanting to share my experience and passion for art I began to pursue my Art Education Certification from the University of Maine in the Fall of 2015. Working at Citizens of Maine I am able to see the empowering nature of art every day. When I am not teaching art I am creating art on my own, or you can find me rock climbing or scrambling in the woods.

As the best teacher of all once said "Take Chances. Make Mistakes. Get Messy!" Ms. Frizzle