The Cancer Support Center of Maine | Meet The People
Barbara A. Vittum, Executive Director
An Ellsworth native, Barbara attended and graduated in 1975 from the Ellsworth public school system. Having extensive business experience for over three decades, she owned and operated the Hancock Grocery in Hancock, Maine from 1977 to 1986; and the Vineyard, in Bucksport, Maine from 1987 to 2008. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2001.
Graduating suma cum laude from The University of Maine in 2007 with a BA in psychology, she received many awards, honors and scholarships, including The Outstanding Achievement Award for Lifelong Learning. With her sights on pursuing a Masters degree, her area of interest is Public Health, Disabilities and Social Policy.
Barbara served on the Board of Directors of Bucksport Regional Health Center, a health care facility offering primary care to area residence regardless of their ability to pay, serving on numerous committees for 15 years.
She is a member of the Maine Breast Cancer Coalition and Encore breast cancer survivor support group; did her two-year student internship at Caring Connections, a women’s health-care cooperative between Eastern Maine Medical Center and the Bangor Y; was a Peer Advisor to first year students for three years for the University of Maine College Success Program; and for years has participated in many cancer-related fundraising activities: Komen Race for the Cure, Avon Marathon for a Cure, American Cancer Society walks and other AMC fundraising; as well as participating in various university and community food drives and events.
Compassionately providing help to many friends and family members through their cancer journeys, as well as being a cancer survivor herself, Barbara is a strong advocate and active supporter of those in the community in their times of need.
Martha Ohrenberger, President - Board of Directors
Martha lives and works in Penobscot, Maine. Graduating from the University of Maine with a degree in education in 1976, she worked with children with severe disabilities and emotionally challenged adolescences. Martha also graduated from Eastern Maine Vocational College in Nursing in 1984.
She is self employed as a full time health education coordinator and massage therapist, graduating from the McKinnon Institute in Oakland, California in 1993; and in 2007, Martha received her certification in SHEN Therapy, which is a physical bodywork modality for somatic emotional release.
Martha feels passionately about personal empowerment and works to assist others in finding the true nature of their own body wisdom and health. She has a background as a nurse in medical/surgical and cardiac nursing, in addition to elder-care in a nursing home setting. Presently, she works to educate others on nutrition as it affects all systems of the body and her interests are in both direct care giving and patient risk reduction as a result of cancer. Personally impacted by cancer, Martha has done hands-on nursing care for both friends and community members who have undergone surgery and treatment for various cancer diagnoses. She serves as a strong resource to numerous families during their times of health crisis, as both a care giver and family support person.
Theresa Soucy, Vice President - Board of Directors
Theresa graduated from the Academy of St. Joseph’s in 1967 and attended University of Maine at Presque Isle. She has owned and operated Frank’s Bake Shop in Bangor, Maine for the last 30 years, in addition to Aqua Pure Water Store from 2005 to present. Theresa is also a certified Body Talk practioner, synchronizing and balancing the body/mind complexes to the innate wisdom of self healing; as well as a certified Rain-Drop therapist, using non-invasive message and essential oils applications, helping to strengthen the immune system. She has long been active in community support through her business donating to: a wide variety of local agencies, including donation of food to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter; has given time, food, and resources to a number of local fund raising events; and is active in community enhancement activities.
Through her many years in business, Theresa has employed interns from Community Culinary Arts Schools to fulfill their curriculum development, and has employed numerous individuals with disabilities. She is a volunteer at the Bangor Senior Citizen’s Organization, and been a guest speaker at Husson College, in Bangor Maine, to promote family businesses in Maine. Theresa has long been an ally for those in need, and generously given to dozens of individuals and area non-profits throughout her decades of business in Bangor. She has also supported and done hands on care for many friends and family who have had cancer.
Laurie LeBlanc - Board Member
Originally from Newport Beach, CA, Married to husband Mark for 24yrs, 3 children and 4 grandkids. Laurie LeBlanc's career started as a Financial executive in Florida, Georgia and Colorado over a 15 year time period. Her husband and she pursued their own interests by opening two businesses over a 7 year span.
Laurie fulfilled her personal goal by acquiring her Nursing degree. She has been a Cardiac Critical Care nurse, Cardiothoracic Surgery Surgical Nurse, Home Health Nurse, Practice Manger and Nurse Care Manager over the past 13 years while living in both Florida and Maine.
Laurie's personal connection with Cancer comes by having helped her mother through diagnosis, treatment and hospice care for brain cancer as well as countless friends who have lived through various forms of cancer over the years. Laurie was in on the CSCOM Advisory Board as the Way to Wellness Program was in it's planning phase 5 Years ago. She participated as a provider during the CSCOM’s first Tobacco Cessation pilot program. Laurie LeBlanc has a huge heart and steps up to the plate in her community. She understands the important value of supporting and caring for individuals and loved ones facing a cancer diagnosis.
Patricia Couture - Treasurer
Margo Holmes, Bucksport, Maine
Jay Palmer - Board Member
Dr. Linda Yelland - Board Member
Denise Daniel, LCPC LADC - Board Member
Denise has combined her BSN and psychiatric clinical experiences to provide patient care from a holistic perspective. To fully understand a patient’s needs and the needs of their support system is paramount to helping the patient become invested in what’s best for their care and treatment. Informed and knowledgeable patients become their own advocates. A years’ nursing experience on a fast paced neurology/orthopedic/med surgical floor has provided a firm foundation in the field of nursing.
Denise has personal and professional experiences with cancer which have shaped her abilities to support and care for people with cancer. CSC comes from a grassroots perspective, I am proud to be a board member.