Board of Directors

Board of Directors


Debra PhillipsPresident

Deb is the current Board Secretary, a member of the Governance Committee, and a board member for approximately two years. She is pleased to be part of an agency that provides such vital and essential services to victims of domestic violence, and looks forward to continue learning in an effort order to better advocate for the programs and the agency.


Amy Gagne - Vice President

Amy has been involved in efforts to reduce violence for over a decade, including working as a researcher for the Violence Against Women's Act at the Muskie School of Public Service and educating, counseling, and advocating for survivors of sexual violence. Amy is a Lewiston native, and is committed to social change, community engagement, and helping to empower those affected by domestic violence in the community. She currently works as an Analyst at OPEGA for the Maine State Legislature.


Linette Dehetre - Secretary

Lin is an Assistant Vice President & Branch Manager of Norway Savings Bank in Auburn.  Lin has close to 30 years in the banking industry and is dedicated to providing colorful solutions for both personal and business clients in the Androscoggin Market.  Lin lives in New Gloucester with her husband Roger.  Being a Board Member of Safe Voices has been one of the most rewarding experiences knowing that we are making a difference to help end domestic violence and create social awareness in our communities.


Elise M. Johansen - Executive Director

Elise has over 14 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, from direct service to overseeing large grants and federal projects to agency administration and leading strategic direction. She holds a Bachelor in English from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Fine Arts from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Elise passionately works towards creating a world that is free from violence where people are able to have access to the services and resources needed to live a life of self-sufficiency and peace.


Peter Lasagna

Peter is in his 16th season as head coach of Men's Lacrosse at Bates College. He came to Bates after 18 years of coaching at Brown University. Peter and his wife Holly live in Auburn.


Allison Thompson, LCSW

Allison H. H. Thompson, otherwise known as Ally, is a Licensed Clinician Social Worker with a psychotherapy private practice in Lewiston and Auburn. Ally has worked on the mission to end domestic violence for nearly twenty years throughout Maine and uses this experience both in her practice as a therapist and as a board member at Safe Voices. Ally also works as a field planner for the online MSW program at the University of New England, placing students in appropriate placements, like Safe Voices. Along with this work, she is also a wife and a mother of two young daughters whom she hopes to instill a strong sense of self, self-esteem, and ability to advocate for themselves and others.

Tammy Begin Dumais

Tammy Begin Dumais

Tammy holds degrees in Radiologic Science and Sports Medicine. In addition to starting one of the first yoga centers in her area, 14 years ago, she launched an integrative wellness company called Balance Company. Balance Company works with a co-op of wellness practitioners and educators, offering holistic wellness resources, services and consulting for individuals, groups and businesses. In addition to Balance Company, Tammy also teaches anatomy and physiology, pathology and kinesiology for a massage therapy school, yoga teacher training programs and per diem at USM. Most recently, Tammy was contracted as a health educator for the State of Maine and Norway Savings Bank, providing health and wellness consulting services for their employees. In addition to her passion for wellness, Tammy has started a career in her second passion, real estate. Tammy lives in central Maine with her husband, two teenage boys, 2 dogs and often has a foster pup! She enjoys traveling, cooking, strength training, and living in the present moment. 

Tina Kelly

Tina Kelly

Tina has 20 years of HR experience including roles as an HR Generalist and Nursing Recruiter in a local Maine hospital as well as HR Manager for a warehouse and distribution business. She has been with TD Bank for almost five years and has supported various different lines of business in back office and customer-facing. Her role focuses on strategic partnership with executives, and she offers ongoing thought leadership on activities like Resource Planning/Talent Management and efficient Organizational Structure. Tina has a Bachelor's Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies and a Master's in Business Administration. She lives in Maine and works out of the Bates Mill location in Lewiston.