Sherry Flint (founder & president) volunteered at a nursing home before she could drive and has been volunteering in various capacities ever since. She is trained in Hospice and spiritual formation. She and her husband, Sandy, have shared their home with others, experiencing both the challenges and enjoying the rewards, for over 30 years. Most of all, Sherry enjoys continuing to learn and grow in the art of loving, gratitude, hospitality, generosity, and authenticity.
Sharon Abair (co-vice president) lives in Nobleboro in a little house with big gardens. With a MS in Early Childhood Education, she spent her career working for non-profits serving young children and their families. Along the way, she gained experience responding to state and federal grants as well as inviting friends and community to join in supporting the financial stability of her programs. Through her work as a Hospice volunteer for the last couple of years, she has seen the problems that people face as they age into the stages when they need close community around them to help them take care of their various needs. With families so scattered these days, and the older generation wanting to have their independence in their own homes for as long as possible, it was exciting to see Inn Along the Way come into the community and she is honored to help see it become a reality. She and her husband love to travel, camp and spend time with several grandchildren who live throughout New England. Rabid sports fans, you can find them at the Red Sox spring training games in March and on the edge of their seats on Sundays during football season!
Cory K. Ethridge (treasurer) currently semi-retired and consulting two days a week with SobelCo LLC, Cory specializes in nonprofit financial management, accounting, and operations. She was the Director of Business Operations for Gilda’s Club Westchester in White Plains, NY for six years (2015–2021) and was responsible for all financial reporting and finance and business operations, including HR, insurance, facilities management, and government grants. From 2004 until 2015, Cory was the Managing Director of Caring Habits, Inc., a profit-making venture that provided support to over 200 nonprofit organizations in the acquisition, processing, management, and reporting of electronic donations. She managed relationships with client IT, Finance and Development departments, and assisted clients in processing electronic payments from numerous sources, including direct mail, telemarketers, and online. She has served as Treasurer of Scarborough Presbyterian Church in Scarborough, NY and No Mirror Movement, a San Francisco dance company. Cory has an MBA in Finance from NYU and is a resident of Garrison, NY. She joyfully spends July and August in Bremen, ME.
Ellen Barnum (secretary) was born and raised in Connecticut, where she earned a BFA Degree in Graphic Design from the University of Hartford. She lived out west with her husband, Wilt, and three children for many years before moving to Maine in 2006, drawn back east by her love of New England and, particularly, the Maine Coast. She has worked in graphic design, the airline industry, for an architectural design firm, as a real estate paralegal and now in Quality Control for First National Bank in Damariscotta. She originally came to be associated with Inn Along the Way as the recording secretary for the Board of Directors, a role which she still holds, and is honored to now be a member of the Board.
Timothy Kimpton was born in Montana, and grew up in Colorado. His parents instilled in him a lifelong love of the outdoors and winter. In his multi-faceted career, he spent nearly thirteen years in the Army, worked for approximately eleven years as a machinist and production supervisor, five years in retail men’s wear, and nearly two years as a goldsmith. In 2002, he graduated from the University of Maine School of Law. He is an attorney with Gallagher, Villeneuve and DeGeer, in Damariscotta, where he focuses on family law and all aspects of estate planning and preservation. Tim now lives in Portland, where he enjoys spending time with close friends and grandchildren, hiking, bicycle riding, and playing in the snow.
Erin Blomquist is a fifth generation Damariscotta area resident. She works at First National Bank in Damariscotta, currently in the Quality Control Department. Erin has volunteered and served on several boards and non-profits from a young age. She is a graduate of Lincoln Academy and Smith College, holding a BA in Psychology. Erin says she is happy to bring her talents and enthusiasm to Inn Along the Way “as we develop this wonderful community space and resource.”
John Gallagher, as well as his three children and their families, is a lifelong resident of Damariscotta. John taught at Morse High School prior to purchasing, with his wife Mary Chapman Gallagher, the local Western Auto and David Chapman Insurance Agency from Mary’s father, David Chapman. John lost Mary to cancer in 2007. Previously serving on the board and as past president of Central Lincoln County Ambulance Service, John has served as an advanced EMT since 1972. He received the "EMT of the Year" award in 2014 from the Maine State Grange. John has also worked with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and as a commercial diver, and has served on the Damariscotta Budget Committee, Great Salt Bay Sanitary District, and several other volunteer and community positions.
Marianne H. Pinkham CFCS, MBA, MEd
Before graduating to the third chapter in her life’s journey Marianne served, for over twelve years, as the Regional Director for Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center. During the last five years of her tenure Marianne coordinated the Center’s Annual Aging in the Right Place Symposia and Community Conversations: Before a Crisis Happens focusing on creating one’s team, livable communities, positive and active aging. With a strong belief in creating a sense of community/place and an environment for lifelong learning Marianne continues to be active on a state and local level becoming a Maine Community Foundation (MCF) Reframing Aging Peer Facilitator (changing the narrative about aging and ageism), serving on the Mid-Coast Public Health Council’s and the Lincoln County Regional Planning Commission’s executive committees, Nobleboro Planning Board and Comp Plan Update committee, Maine Association Family Consumer Sciences Board, as the Foundation Chair for the Damariscotta-Newcastle Rotary Club and as member of Rotary District 7780’s Foundation Committee. A grants writer and evaluator, Marianne raised the funds needed to establish the Coastal Community Center’s East Meets West fitness and functional movement program and served on the grants review teams for the United Way of Mid-Coast Maine, the MCF and the MCF’s Lincoln County fund. While working for the University of Maine’s Dining Services and in the Chancellor's PR Department she earned her Masters of Business of Administration as well as her Masters of Education degree in Career Counseling and Adult Development. Marianne and her therapy dog, Cardigan Welsh Corgi Rocket, live in her family’s ancestral home in Damariscotta Mills.
My name is William Burleson and I have lived and worked in the mid coast Maine area since 1994. I am the son of former board member Nancy Burleson. Through the years I have worn the hat of a cook, waiter, bartender, dishwasher(because we all need to pay our dues), painter, carpenter, lumber yard worker, retail salesperson, certified nursing assistant, hospice caregiver, and currently that of a property manager for a wonderful South Bristol family. In my spare time you can find me working in the yard or on the family home. Occasionally you will find me on stage with one of the local theater groups. My goal as a board member would be to work closely with board members and volunteers alike to help bring the vision of IAW to fruition by continuing and building upon the work of past and current members, creating a strong and sustainable community based organization.
Tracy Verney (board member at large)
Jim has more than four decades of international security operational and senior leadership experience in both the public (U.S. Department of State) and private (The Coca-Cola Company) sectors. He has served on the boards of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area Red Cross and the Kennesaw State University Foundation. Jim has also co-chaired the U.S. Secretary of State’s Overseas Security Advisory Council, and was a founding board member of the Atlanta Police Foundation. Since retiring, Jim and his wife spend their time between Georgia and Maine, and are committed to supporting their communities through volunteerism.
Brian has a very broad education and work history, including a Master’s in counseling and religious studies, a Ph.D. in religious studies and certification in clinical chaplaincy. He’s worked as a minister to youth, pastor, corrections and hospice chaplain and professor of religion. He’s also worked on a farm, in a nursery, and in fast food, among other things. This diverse experience helps him to relate to persons of varied backgrounds. He’s learned that everything he does is sacred, when done with gratitude. Writing articles or washing dishes are equal blessings. Brian arrived in Maine in October of 2018 after deciding to ‘have an adventure.’ He came for the winter and is still here! He ended up at Inn Along the Way because of its mission. Everything seemed to fit well with his personal religious mission. He feels that he will be able to integrate solitude and service, being apart and being a part of a group. He wanted to be where people are treated equally and with the respect due everyone.
Kay Decker has long been an active proponent for improving the quality of life for elders. A faculty member of Northwestern Oklahoma State University since 1989, she has been the chair of the Social Sciences Department since 1993. She is the founding executive director of Freedom West Community Development Corporation. Under her leadership, Freedom West CDC owns and operates a community arts facility, constructed and rehabilitated nearly 200 affordable housing units, and assisted in constructing a 24 unit assisted and independent living facility for area seniors in Northwest Oklahoma. Expressing a long held belief in the capacity of dedicated citizens to creatively solve emerging social issues, Dr. Decker serves in an advisory capacity to Inn Along the Way.
Connie Bright is chairing the application process for residency at Inn Along the Way. She has been the director of volunteers at LincolnHealth for 28 years. In her career she has served on many board positions and as past president of Maine Society Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services and the Miles Memorial Hospital League. She is an active member and former board member of the New England Association of Directors of Healthcare Volunteer Services. An active community member, she has volunteered for organizations such as the American Cancer Society, Camp Kieve, and Great Salt Bay School. She has also served on the board of the University Maine Cooperative Extension of Knox and Lincoln Counties. Trained in Hospice, she works closely with the LincolnHealth Spiritual Care Committee and with Tracy Verney on the Lay Spiritual Care and Compassionate Care programs. She lives in Damariscotta Maine with her life partner, Paul, and two wonderful terriers. Connie has one grown son living nearby in Edgecomb and one parent living in Ohio.
Inn Along the Way board
Sharon Abair, Ellen Barnum,
Erin Blomquist, Sherry Flint,
John Gallagher, Tim Kimpton,
Gordon Lind, Nancy Monroe, Marrianne Pinkham
Board Member at large: Tracy Verney
(Screen shot from the archive of 2020's annual meeting.)