MaineLyme is a 501 C 3 organization whose mission is to decrease the prevalence of Lyme disease and other tick-borne illnesses in the State of Maine through awareness, prevention, education, and advocacy. MaineLyme was organized by 6 women from around the state, who saw a dire need for more awareness and public education about tick-borne diseases. In August, 2010, the organization was born. All of the Board members are actively providing information and support for Maine citizens through private conversations, support group activities, public speaking engagements, and awareness events. All donations are tax-deductible.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President— Constance “Happy” Dickey RN
Founding Director Happy Dickey has been a nurse since 1973. She has been studying and teaching about Lyme disease since 1999. Happy has been attending national conferences since 2000 and currently facilitates support groups in person and online. She participates in community and medical education programs. Happy is a member of ILADS since 2000, and was formerly on the Board of Directors as Membership Chairperson, and she also serves on the Board of Directors of the Partnership for Tick-borne Disease Education which is a 501 C 3 dedicated to providing continuing medical education to physicians and other medical providers.
Treasurer — Susan Holmes
Founding Director Susan Holmes was impacted by Lyme Disease when her husband was diagnosed in 2005. Former owners of a business that had been in the family since 1945, Jon was no longer able to work and the business had to be sold. During the ensuing years many friends and former “customers” began contacting Susan with questions about Lyme. Educating herself is a work in progress and she recognizes the need to address the rapidly growing Lyme disease problem in her area. Susan does public awareness education on ticks, tick-borne diseases and is an active advocate for Lyme patients. Susan attended the LDA conference in R.I in 2014, and has attended conferences in Maine.
Lisa is a Brewer educator and joined the BOD of MaineLyme in 2013. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in organizing and bringing the community together. She has organized several fundraising events including Tee Off for Lyme. Lisa is very compassionate and is driven to help others with tick borne diseases. She is especially passionate about helping children and their families. She looks forward to learning more about the science of Lyme disease and attended the LDA conference in R.I. in 2014. She has also attended Maine conferences.
Deb attended her first Tick Talk in 2003, and has been a long time advocate and supporter of MaineLyme. She has attended many Tick Talks and other conferences in the state since then. She has been involved in our fundraising events, sharing freely of her time and energy at our Tee Off Against Lyme Golf Tournament, the Waterfront/Darlings concert events, and promoting Amazon Smile. She has helped direct many community members to find the knowledge and help they need to get therapeutic care. Deb looks forward to continuing her education and bringing more awareness about tick borne diseases to our communities.
Jen Long, RN
Jen has been involved in the medical community since 2002 and has been an RN since 2007 and is employed at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Her family was impacted by Lyme disease in 2015 when her husband, and eventually her 3 children were diagnosed with tick borne illnesses. She has been an advocate and supporter of MaineLyme, spending much of her time and energy helping MaineLyme fundraise and helping patients find effective, therapeutic care. She is particularly interested in helping children, their families, and their educators in learning how best to help children with tick born diseases during the diagnosis and treatment process.
Chris has lived in Maine most of her life and has been a resident of Brewer for 18 years where she lives with her husband, two children, and two dogs.She holds an Associate’s degree from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale where she studied Ad Design and Visual Communications. In 2016 she began a new career as a real estate agent in Bangor.
Her family was affected by Lyme disease in 2009 when her daughter was diagnosed. MaineLyme board members helped her by educating her on the disease and guiding her and her family while they were seeking proper treatment. Since then Chris has wanted to give back and help the non-profit group that helped her daughter beat this disease.
Chris has helped organize successful fundraising events through Darlings, where MaineLyme hosts the Darlings’ VIP tent during a Waterfront Concert event. She has also volunteered her time to help out during the Tee-Off Against Lyme Golf Tournament. Chris plans to help MaineLyme plan more fundraisers in other areas of Maine. She will continue to offer support and guidance to those looking for help and answers. Her ongoing involvement in the community and her networking skills are a benefit to MaineLyme. Having a background in art and advertising will continue to help in marketing future fundraisers and spreading awareness.
Medical Advisor— Beatrice Szantyr MD, FAAP
Medical advisor Beatrice Szantyr, board certified in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, has been actively engaged in study and research into Lyme disease and related tick-borne disorders, as well as educating and raising awareness about these diseases, since 1994. Dr. Szantyr has lectured to professional and community groups throughout New England. She is a member of the Maine CDC Vector-borne Disease Work-group, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society, was on the Board of Directors of the former Lyme Digital Library, and serves on the Penquis District Public Health Coordinating Council, among other professional and community groups.