Five Town Communities That Care is a 501(c)3 non-profit agency. A Board of Directors provides governance and fiscal oversight, and hires the Executive Director to oversee daily operations. The Board of Directors is drawn from the larger Community Coalition and appoints Chairs for the each of the six standing Workgroups of the organization. Membership on the workgroups is as follows:

Community Data Workgroup

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  • Lisa Ettinger (Chair)
  • Hank Lunn
  • Sarah Mattox
  • Sessa Salas
  • Lee Lingelbach
  • Molly Stone
  • Jessica Decke

Public Relations Workgroup

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  • Peter Russell (Chair)
  • Kriste Ernest
  • Peter Palermo
  • Lynda Clancy
  • Alex Owre (staff)

Program Evaluation Workgroup

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  • Lisa Ettinger (Chair)
  • Kirsten Staples
  • Harold Van Lonkhuyzen
  • Sarah Post
  • Sheryl Whittier (staff)

Funding Workgroup

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  • Peter Russell (Chair)
  • Barbara Bausch
  • Alex Owre (staff)
  • Richard Aroneau

Coalition Maintenance Workgroup

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  • Dick Strong (Chair)
  • Ken Gardiner
  • Patricia Finnigan
  • Pam Holland

Youth Involvement Workgroup

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  • Adam Kohlstrom (Chair)
  • Tanya Young
  • Dawn Smith-Cote
  • Aspen Jones

Board of Directors

Dick Strong (Treasurer)

Dick was born in Rockland, lived in Thomaston in his elementary years, and graduated from Waterville schools and the Univ. of Maine. He retired to Rockport in 1997 after an exciting 35-year career in Washington, DC.

While in the Washington area, Dick was involved for many years in his suburban church’s youth group ministries. This gave him a perspective on well-to-do kids, their aspirations, etc. He also headed up a Friendship Team of members from a collection of suburban churches that met with inner-city leaders (the team’s focus was an inner-city pastor and congregation). Monthly meetings in the inner-city and many activities associated with families and kids who lived in “the projects” and expressed little hope of personal or occupation success gave Dick insights into at-risk families and kids that will last a lifetime.

Dick’s career gave him a good understanding of organizational and personnel management. He retired as a civilian U.S. Government equivalent to a 2-star military general, so brings a high level of managerial experience and exposure to CTC.

Lisa Ettinger (Board Secretary)

Lisa has been involved with Five Town Communities That Care since 2004, serving in many roles. Currently, Lisa is the chair of the Community Data Workgroup. She lives in Camden with her husband and four children.

Ken Gardiner

Ken began working with Five Town Communities That Care in 2004 and serves on the Coalition Maintenance Workgroup. Ken is a financial advisor with Edward Jones in Camden where he moved along with his sweet bride, Vera, in 2004 from Memphis, TN. They are parents of 3 adult children and 2 granddaughters who are expected to eventually follow their parents wisdom to Maine.

Adam Kohlstrom

Adam Kohlstrom has been at Chestnut Street Baptist Church in Camden since 2003. The first five years he served as Pastor of Family and Youth and since 2008 as Senior Pastor. Adam moved to Camden from Massachusetts where he served for four years as Director of Youth at a church with a teen ministry that involved over 80 students. As an undergraduate, Adam studied Youth Ministries at Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in South Hamilton, MA. Adam has been involved with FTCTC since its inception in 2003. He used to facilitate the Teen Forum meetings, currently serves on the Youth Involvement Workgroup, and leads the Guiding Good Choices parenting program. Adam tries to stay connected with teens and is regularly involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) at CHRHS. He is excited to be a part of helping the five-town community become one in which adolescents might thrive. Adam enjoys reading, writing, playing guitar, spending time with his family, and drinking wicked-good coffee. He resides in Camden with his wife Leah and his children.

Peter Russell (Board Chair)

Peter started his career as an expediter for Pintoff Productions, a New York based film production company. During his stay there he apprenticed as a film editor. He then moved on for a short stay with National Recording Studios as a set up man and apprentice engineer. While at National he participated in one of the first 16 track sessions in N.Y.

For the next two years Peter was Stage Manager, Technical Director, or Lighting Designer for various Summer Stock and National Tour productions including STOP THE WORLD I WANT TO GET OFF; THE HOSTAGE; SOUND OF MUSIC; CAROUSEL; GYPSY and many others. During this period he designed the lights for the Off Broadway success NOAH.

Peter joined Staging Techniques in 1967 where he expanded his skills to include slide programming and live audio engineering while continuing as a Technical Director.

His programming credits include such clients as IBM; PANASONIC; JOHN DEERE; 7UP; and COCA COLA. In addition, he was part of the team that developed multi screen projection for opera and legitimate theater with Ron Chase and Skip Palmer. Among the productions conceived in this technique were TOMMY; A VILLAGE ROMEO AND JULIET; SEAGULL; LULU; TURN OF THE SCREW; KOANGA; and BEATRIX CENCI.


Peter has performed house or monitor mix for Della Reese, Paul Anka, Cleo Laine, The Pointer Sisters, Tony Bennett, Petula Clark, Ella Fitzgerald, Sha Na Na, Stevie Wonder, Crystal Gale and The Four Tops. As engineer for industrial shows he has mixed orchestra and cast for clients such as COCA COLA; BEECHAM; BEATRICE; BOEING; GOODYEAR; GOODRICH; CONTROL DATA; IBM; TOYOTA; BELL SOUTH and HONDA among many others. Peter is a graduate of the Syn Aud Con Sound System Design school and a member of the Audio Engineering Society.

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