Brian Chin, President
Brian is a commercial film director and co-founding partner of a creative video agency in Portland called p3. He has been involved with Apex since 2015, and has been serving as Board President since 2018.
Generous with his time and effort in the community, he also serves on a development committee for the Portland Museum of Art, and volunteers sharpening knives for the local soup kitchen.
Brian's hobbies include furniture making, cooking, and outdoor activities with his wife, Kerrie.
Carolyn Brodsky, Vice Chair
Carolyn has 40 years of experience working in marketing, sales, manufacturing, operations, and executive management. She is an entrepreneur who started and ran two highly successful companies, specifically she is the Founder and CEO of Sterling Rope Company, Inc in Biddeford and Marketing Basics Applied in Marblehead, MA. In both companies, she focused on creating jobs, developing new products, promoting and growing people. Carolyn is a community supporter who worked to enhance economic development, engage our youth and schools in workforce development, and promote outdoor recreation for all. She is also a small business champion, helping to educate our community, schools and policy makers on the trials, issues and successes of Maine’s small businesses, especially manufacturers, and the importance of their existence to help Maine thrive. Carolyn is a board member of multiple organizations from church, to community to trade.
Brian Kennedy, Treasurer
Brian is a recent graduate of Suffolk University School of Law where he earned his J.D. as well as his L.L.M. in Taxation. He is currently studying for the Bar Exam after which he will be working as a Tax Specialist at BerryDunn, a regional public accounting firm headquartered in Portland, ME. Brian started at BerryDunn as an intern in June 2021 and has been developing his proficiency in all things accounting and tax since.
Prior to law school, Brian earned his undergraduate degree from Montana State University in Bozeman where he also worked as a lift operator at Big Sky Ski Resort. Brian is a non-traditional student; he took six years to travel and work between high school and college. This time presented him with ample opportunities to engage with nature and develop a respect for the great outdoors. Between his love for nature and wellness, he is very passionate about the mission at Apex. He believes a balanced relationship with the aforementioned components are critical to achieving a peaceful and productive existence which is what Apex strives to impart on its participants.
During his free time, Brian enjoys spending time with family, hiking, lifting, relaxing at the beach, and reading. He is ready to learn from the wonderful and diverse members of the Board as well as the Apex participants, and he is excited to engage with the community on behalf of Apex.
Anne-Marie Davee, Secretary
Anne-Marie Davee is a registered dietitian with over 25 years of experience in the field of nutrition and health promotion. She has worked in a wide variety of settings including education, corporate for-profit, retail, non-profit, and healthcare.
Anne-Marie is also a competitive athlete, having completed 20 (26-mile) marathons and 15 triathlons, including qualifying for and competing in the first Women's Olympic Marathon trials in 1984. She has received numerous awards, including the Bicycle Coalition of Maine's Harry Faust Leadership Award (2013) and the U.S. Surgeon General's Healthy Youth for a Healthy Future Champion Award (2008), and she was inducted into the Maine Running Hall of Fame in 2000.
Craig Cunningham, Board Director
Working in the life science and filtration industries for the past three decades, Craig is an engineer and business owner. Born and raised in Aroostook County, Craig now has three adult children. He and his wife, Lora, live in Kennebunk, Maine.
Craig enjoys canoeing, biking, and basketball.
Scott Descoteaux, Board Director
As a coach, teacher, and now Principal at Biddeford Middle School, Scott knows the value of relationships and caring about people: “You can accomplish so much more with quality relationships.” Scott is honored and excited to join Apex as a member of the Board.
Doug Dolan, Board Director
Doug is returning to the Apex Board after a year off as required by our Bylaws. A recently retired 37 year veteran of the semiconductor industry, Doug has been supporting Apex (and CBC) since 2008 and served on the Board for 6 years prior to his hiatus. After interacting with a number of the youth during a fundraising event, he knew he had to help grow the organization. It is extremely important to him for area youth to know what is possible as they move forward in life and adventure. Doug can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Grohman, Board Director
Born and raised in Colorado, Amy moved to Maine in 1999 and has called Biddeford home since 2003. Most of her professional experience is in non-profit fundraising and administration, having held various positions in the social services, arts, and higher education fields. After making a pivot to the for-profit world in 2019, she is currently employed by Tilson, a company based in Portland, ME that provides network development and information infrastructure services to telecom, construction, utility, and government clients across the country.
A firm believer in community service, Amy lends her time and talent to a number of organizations. She has served as a board member of the Heart of Biddeford for nearly ten years – four of those as board president. She is a member of the Maine Community Foundation’s York County Committee, and she joined the Apex Youth Connection board in January 2020. Amy also was elected as a member of the Biddeford School Committee in 2019.
Outside of professional and civic life, Amy can be found trying to keep up with her son, Henry (12) on his mountain bike; cooking and baking with her daughter, Hannah (14); or road cycling with her husband, Martin, around the beaches of southern Maine and the mountains of western Maine, where they enjoy time at their camp in Weld.
Kinza Hussain, Board Director
Born and raised in Boston, Kinza Hussain came to Maine to pursue a medical education. She is a medical student at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine and a candidate for her MBA in 2022. Along with her educational background, she is a medical social media influencer with a community of over 100k people. Kinza recently joined the Board at Apex as a medical soundboard and social media volunteer. Kinza is also a member of the Biddeford Food Pantry and loves living in Maine. She enjoys the beach, hiking, and painting during her free time.
Doris Ortiz, Board Director
Doris Ortiz lives in Biddeford, ME, where she will be starting her second consecutive term as City Councilor At-Large in January 2022. She also works full time in the finance department of the Bernstein Shur law firm. Originally from Chicago and having lived in multiple big cities before moving to Southern Maine 20 years ago, Doris has seen the power of strong teen programs for youth development, community action and change. Doris is proud to help our community's youth develop strong skills for the future, while focusing on sustainable and eco-friendly ways to evolve our city. In her off-time, Doris enjoys everything tacos, trying new recipes and cuddling with her family's 6 rescue pets.
Matt Tuller, Board Director
Matt joins the Apex board with a diverse background in business and education. Matt spent nine years working in private education in Massachusetts as an Admissions Officer, Secondary School Placement Counselor, Dorm Parent, Hockey, Lacrosse Coach and a student advisor.Matt’s responsibilities included traveling extensively all over the world recruiting students, meeting with alumni, and families.
Three years ago Matt moved back to his home state of Maine and joined his family's Mechanical Contracting business based in Biddeford. Matt is in charge of light commercial, residential, and national account sales and oversees the day to day operations of the business. Matt is part of the Biddeford-Saco Rotary club, board member at Arundel Yacht Club, and board member of the Air Conditioning Association of New England. In his off time he enjoys sailing, skiing, mountaineering, and golfing.
Sreylen Thor, Youth Board Representative
Sreylen is a Junior at Biddeford High School who brings the voice of our youth to the Apex Board. Sreylen began with Apex programs as a 7th grader in our Trek2Connect program. A confident leader, we approached her last year to ask if she would be willing to serve as our first Youth Liaison to the Board and she graciously said yes! In her spare time, Sreylen is an athlete and enjoys spending time with her family.