Our Leadership Team
Meet the leadership team of Spiritual Care Services of Maine!
Rev. Dr. Lori Whittemore
Founder, Executive Director
Rev. Dr. Lori Whittemore is the founder of SCS Maine and currently serving as the Executive Director. She also serves as the minister for the Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco/Biddeford. She is a certified clinical chaplain and a certified clinical pastoral training supervisor. She received her M.Div from Bangor Theological Seminary, and her D.Min from the George Fox University, Portland Seminary. She is ordained through the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine and is credentialed by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.
Diane Dicranian is a Quaker and is currently Clerk of Midcoast Meeting of Friends. Diane attended Bangor Theological Seminary and was recently certified as a Youth Mental Health First Aid Provider. Diane serves on her Meeting's Ministry and Counsel as well as New England Yearly Meeting of Friends Ministry and Counsel.
Rev. Linda Card
Rev. Linda Card is an ordained interfaith chaplain who came to the field after a 25 year career in technology sales. Currently a volunteer chaplain at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, Linda is a certified End of Life Doula who enjoys working with others, both individually and in groups, where she practices non-judgemental, compassionate listening. She tries her best to meditate and laugh daily.
Rev. Liz Farmer
Liz (she/her) is an ordained chaplain and meditation teacher. She has worked in a variety of contexts, including health care, end of life, education, and carceral settings. She also co-leads a meditation community in Southern Maine dedicated to engaging with the connections between wisdom teachings and social justice. Liz currently serves as a mentor for students in Upaya Zen Center’s chaplaincy training program and is studying to be a lay teacher of Zen under the guidance of Roshi Joan Halifax. She recently served on the board of Renewal in the Wilderness, a Maine-based organization dedicated to guiding encounters in nature for people working in helping professions.
Rev. Lisa Steele-Maley
In actions and words, Lisa Steele-Maley weaves together her role as mother, daughter, wife and educator. Attentive to the affirming rhythm of the natural world and the details of daily living and relationships, Lisa strives to nurture the fierce and tender connections between self, spirit, land, and community.
Lisa was ordained in the Interfaith tradition by Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME) and now serves as Dean. Lisa lives in an aging farmhouse on the coast of Maine with her husband and an assortment of wild and domestic critters.
Rev. Sue Gabrielson
Sue is currently the ¾ time minister at the UU Congregation of Fort Myers, Florida. Before that she spent 8 years as director of private, bi-lingual schools in Costa Rica. Rev. Sue (as she is affectionately called) served as pastor of the Sanford UU and Saco UU churches in Maine for 15 years. She has also organized political campaigns for same-sex marriage, healthcare as a human right and climate change, she has taught classes at university, and served on many community boards including: York County Community Foundation for 10 years, Regional Boards for the UUA, School Boards in Costa Rica and more) She has two master's degrees, one in Adult Education and one in Divinity and is ABD in a PhD program in Multi-Disciplinary Human Services. Sue has worked in higher education administration and sailed three times on the Semester at Sea Program. She has two daughters: Grace and Ellie. She loves reading, playing pool, walking, biking and other outdoor activities. She currently lives in Monteverde, Costa Rica with her Tico husband (commuting monthly to Florida).
Melinda Thomas is a certified human rights consultant through the United Nations High Commission on Human Rights. She is a life-long student and practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism in the Nyingma lineage and a graduate of Sutrayana Seminary at Karme Choling. Melinda was formerly on the Board of Directors for the Center for Spiritual Direction in Springfield, Massachusetts. Melinda has worked in human services for over 30 years and is currently Project Manager at New England Arab American Organization. She has a M.A. in Culture Studies and an M.F.A. in writing.