The Cancer Support Center of Maine | Meet Our 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 summa cum laude from The University of Maine in 2007 with a BA in psychology, Barbara received many awards, honors and scholarships, including The Outstanding Achievement Award for Lifelong Learning. She 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 has participated in many cancer-related fundraising activities: Komen Race for the Cure, Avon Marathon for a Cure, American Cancer Society walks, as well as participating in various university and community food drives and events.

For 15 years Barbara served on the Board of Directors of Bucksport Regional Health Center, a health care facility offering primary care to area residents regardless of their ability to pay.

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.

Board of Directors

President: Martha Ohrenberger

Vice-President: Misty Fitzgerald

Treasurer: Patti Couture

Secretary: Holly DeYoung

 

Members:

Laurie LeBlanc

Jean Derosche 

Daryl Keezer

Advisor: Linda Yelland

Martha Ohrenberger

Martha is a health education coordinator with a background as a massage therapist and as a nurse in medical/surgical and cardiac nursing, in addition to elder-care in nursing and home settings. Presently, she works to educate others on nutrition as it affects all systems of the body and her interests are in both direct caregiving and patient risk reduction as a result of 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 caregiver and family support person.

 

Misty Fitzgerald

Misty graduated from the University of Maine in 2012 with a Master's degree in social work. Since then she has been working with children, teens and adults in a clinical capacity. Misty is also the social worker for Pathfinders which is a grieving children's program where she volunteered as a facilitator 12 years prior to her current position. Misty has been personally impacted by cancer and professionally is honored to do the work that she does in supporting others through all the challenges that family members are faced with while managing the many facets of cancer.

 

Patti Couture

Patti is a retired office manager for a dental practice and has done extensive support and advocacy for those affected by cancer.

 

Holly DeYoung

Holly is a retired health care executive with 42 years’ experience with palliative and hospice care.

 

Laurie LeBlanc

Laurie's career started as a financial executive in Florida, Georgia and Colorado over a 15-year time period. Laurie transitioned from business to nursing, serving as a Cardiac Critical Care nurse, Cardiothoracic Surgery Surgical Nurse, Home Health Nurse, Practice Manager and Nurse Care Manager in Florida and Maine over the past 13 years. Laurie's personal connection with cancer came through helping 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.

 

Jean Derosche

Jean is a retired clinical social worker.  She has had both professional connections and personal relationships with those affected by cancer.

 

Daryl Keezer

Daryl is an entrepreneur and community advocate. He has been a volunteer since the Center’s founding.