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Emily BrostekEmily Brostek, MPH, CHES
Executive Director (2013)
Ms. Brostek is a NCHEC Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) who has been working in the field of community health and health education since 2006. As Executive Director, she  directs, manages, and oversees the general operations of the organization and provides policy analysis.    She has extensive experience in program planning, health education, health literacy and health communication, and is committed to patient advocacy and empowerment. Emily graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Colby College. She earned a Master of Public Health and a certificate in Interdisciplinary Health Communication from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and is a member of the Theta Chapter of Delta Omega, the public health honorary society.

SteveSteve Butterfield
Policy Director (2015)
Steve joins CAHC with over a decade of experience in all aspects of the public policy process, from citizen engagement and direct lobbying to policy research and formation. As our Policy and Program Associate, Steve works to ensure that the consumer voice informs health care policy at all levels. Steve received his B.A. in political science from the University of Maine and his masters in public policy from the Mundus MAPP program, a European Union-facilitated consortium of leading public policy programs across Europe, where he was an Erasmus Mundus fellow. Steve served as a representative in the 124th Maine Legislature.

Valérie McAuslin
Office Manager(2005)
Valérie has over 25 years of progressive experience troubleshooting and improving a variety of business and communication systems using technology. She utilizes her well rounded suite of technical skills, software knowledge, business management, and promotion skills to support the daily operations at CAHC. Valérie works to keep CAHC’s staff and systems working smoothly and efficiently as well as overseeing the daily operations building and office management.

KateKathryn Ende
Consumer Assistance Program Manager (2013)
Kathryn started at CAHC as the Women’s Health Intern in the summer of 2013. In this position she worked with the Maine Women’s Health Campaign on public education activities aimed to increase awareness and enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace among women. After the summer Kathryn joined CAHC as a Consumer Assistance Program Associate. Responsibilities in her current role include responding to consumer questions on the Helpline and coordinating outreach activities. Kathryn graduated from Wheaton College as a member of Alpha Kappa Delta with a B.A. in Sociology.

Katie LatheKatie Lathe
Bookkeeper (2005)
Katie brings to Consumers for Affordable Health Care more than 30 years of progressively responsible experience.  She possesses excellent organizational skills, superior memory for details and a strong work ethic. Katie is responsible for budget reconciliation, bank reconciliation, payroll and benefits, accounts payable and receivable. She compiles and coordinates all  fiscal and budgetary reports.  Ms. Lathe is a self-starter with the ability to analyze business operations and prioritize accordingly.

Stu Rogers
HelpLine Advocate (2017)
Stu graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a BA in Secondary Education and a focus on the Language Arts.  He taught for one year at a school for disadvantaged youth, and then 5 years in a middle school, first teaching Science and then English and Social studies.  These teaching bouts were intermingled with work in the non-profit sector where for over twenty-five years he provided residential supports for people with intellectual disabilities.  Working his way up through the ranks he started in direct support and progress to administration of an Intermediate Care Facility for persons with Intellectual Disabilities and led the conversion from that License into the assisted living program breaking the ICF into two assisted living homes. After his time as administrator Stu worked with the State DHHS Office of Adults with Cognitive and Physical Disabilities services as an Adult Protective Investigator where he continued to advocate for the safety and wellbeing of people with disabilities within the state. Stu has been a strong advocate for the individuals in his care and looks forward to continuing this advocacy in his position at CAHC as a Help line advocate.

Helen Roy
HelpLine Advocate (2016)
A long-time resident of China, Maine, Helen has been active, over the years, advocating for better pay, access to health insurance, and paid time off for Maine’s direct care workers. She also advocates for social justice in the Kennebec Valley and across the state. Issues such as adequate funding for Head Start, access to public transportation, adequate staffing for Maine’s nursing homes, and alleviating elder isolation are some of the concerns she’s helped address.

Helen graduated Summa Cum Laude from Husson University in May of 2016. She received her Bachelors of Science in Paralegal Studies.

Helen is looking forward to continuing her advocacy on behalf of Maine people. She is looking forward to assisting them with their health insurance concerns, helping them enroll in health coverage plans, and helping them navigate the complicated health care system.

Mary SchneckenburgerMary Schneckenburger, M. Ed.
Education and Outreach Manager (2008)
Mary has been working with the public in educational program design, management, facilitation and evaluation since 1983, primarily in staff development and community and adult education. She has extensive experience working with special needs adults, adult education staff, volunteers, immigrants and refugees. She earned a Ms. Ed in Educational Leadership with a focus on adult education and a B. S. in Psychology. Her responsibilities in the Consumer Assistance Program include responding to consumer questions on the Helpline, creating educational material, instructional design, facilitating workshops and presenting to groups on request.

Julia Underwood
Associate Director (2016)
Julia graduated from University of Maine School of Law in 1996 and has been devoted to public service and non-profit work ever since. For ten years she managed operations and production at PORTopera, Maine’s only professional opera company. Prior to her work at PORTopera, she served as Co-Director of Maine Law & Civics Education at the University of Maine School of Law.


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