Supporting people with developmental,
cognitive and intellectual disabilities to be
actively involved in their home communities.

Board

Board Members

LEAP is supported by a committed group of board members who carry our mission into their own lives and professions.

Our board is comprised of a group of dedicated people who believe in our abilities to enhance the lives of the people we serve through compassion and respect. Each member serves on a committee to meet a variety of public relations or fundraising needs.

 

Sherry Walrath

Sherry Walrath is a retired American Sign Language interpreter. She served as a public school special education teacher and as an adjunct professor taught ASL at several universities, most recently at the University of Maine at Farmington. She continues to teach sign language to direct support professionals who work with persons who are deaf and cognitively challenged.

 

Doug Walrath

Doug Walrath is an ordained minister who has served as a local pastor, denominational executive, church consultant and seminary professor. He directed the Small Church Leadership Program at Bangor Theological Seminary for many years. He has published several books for leaders of small churches, as well as a variety of books on religion in American society.

 

Robert Lockwood

Robert Lockwood is a fine arts graduate of the Tyler School of Art, Temple University. He has taught design and drawing at the Philadelphia College of Art and at the Baum Art School in Allentown, Pennsylvania. For many years he was the design director at The Allentown Morning Call, a newspaper which became known as a leader in news design innovation. After forming his consulting company, Lockwood worked with publications worldwide, including some of the largest newspapers in Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. He was a founder and first president of the Society of News Design. Since retiring, Robert has resumed painting and playing classical guitar. He supports LEAP because he wants to help the organization make a difference in people's lives.

 

Tyler C. Barnes, D.C.

Tyler is a practicing chiropractor for Western Mountain Chiropractic in Farmington. He is a native Mainer and outdoor enthusiast who volunteers as a snowboard and recreational soccer coach. Tyler is actively engaged in improving the overall health and wellness of the local community, both physically and mentally. Being a dedicated supporter of LEAP has allowed him to pursue this commitment and advocate for others.

 

Celeste Turner

Celeste recently retired after working 34 years in public schools as a speech language clinician for the Mount Blue Regional school district. She has two daughters, Caitlin and Bethany, and a two-year-old grandson, Elliot. A native of Brunswick, she moved to Farmington in 1977. Her experiences in special education, both as a therapist and as the parent of a child with Down syndrome, evolved into the need to learn about and navigate the adult services system. Her main interests in serving on the board are to educate herself, offer a parent’s perspective, and hopefully contribute to the ever-changing opportunities available to adults with disabilities.

 

Roger E. Condit, M.D.

Service through volunteering in community nonprofit programs has provided Roger with great satisfaction since his retirement from family practice in medicine nine years ago. Roger has served on LEAP's Board of Directors for most of those years. For the people they care for, LEAP strives conscientiously to provide the best for personal dignity and health and life's fulfillment.

 

Frank Hosea

Frank is a native of Maine who enjoys the four seasons of the great outdoors. He received his MBA from Thomas College. Frank has worked in Healthcare as a systems analyst for over 12 years with a focus on financial systems, project management, and data extraction. Early childhood exposure brought awareness to the varying levels of individual needs. This has made him passionate about advocating for the mental and physical dignity of the people that LEAP supports as members of society.

 

Lance Neeper

Lance is an assistant professor of special education at the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF). As a former special educator, he enjoyed the challenge of making learning accessible to all students regardless of the perceived severity of their disability. Lance’s current work focuses on preparing individuals with disabilities for post school success. He has a passion for advocacy that closely aligns with LEAP’s person-centered focus.

 

Lynne Hunter

Lynne has lived in Maine with her husband and family for close to 30 years. She loves to cross country ski and hike in the mountains of Western Maine. Lynne works as the adult services librarian at the Wilton Free Public Library and understands the importance of providing meaningful services to the public. Volunteering to serve on LEAP's Board of Directors is an opportunity to learn more about the needs of adults with disabilities and how our community can come together to meet those needs.