Preble Street Welcomes Three New Members to Board of Directors

Preble Street, a social work agency empowering people experiencing homelessness, hunger, or poverty and advocating for solutions to these problems, has appointed three new members to its Board of Directors. Justin Rosner, Principal, Battery Ventures; Chris Ellingwood, Principal, BerryDunn’s Commercial Practice Group; and Joe Ingream, Senior Vice President and Head of Employee Benefits, OneAmerica Financial, began their three-year terms in the fall of 2023. 

Preble Street has a comprehensive Veterans Housing Services program, offering various and extensive services to Veterans experiencing homelessness to support a successful transition into housing.  “I’m deeply honored and excited to contribute my expertise in support of Preble Street’s mission to provide accessible, barrier-free services to those experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty in Portland, Maine. As a Veteran and a member of the Portland community, I am particularly keen on making a positive difference towards Veterans experiencing homelessness,” said Joe Ingream.  

From its successful Rapid Re-Housing program to Site-based Housing First, Preble Street is committed to providing safe, affordable, and permanent housing to people experiencing homelessness in Maine. “Preble Street’s work is inspiring and far reaching. I could not be any prouder to be part of this organization and to help advance its mission forward,” shares Chris Ellingwood. “I look forward to working on actionable solutions that address the housing crisis and make a real impact in the lives of fellow community members.”  

Combined with the experience gained throughout our 50-year history, Preble Street services and strategies are founded on approaches that have emerged nationally as key to addressing homelessness, behavioral and mental health disorders, and chronic substance use. “I joined the Preble Street board to support the incredible work the agency is doing in the community of Portland and beyond to tackle homelessness and substance use. I relish this opportunity and deeply look forward to making connections with staff and community members,” adds Justin Rosner.  

“Justin, Chris, and Joe are industry leaders, with a diverse set of backgrounds and skillsets. Their breadth of experience will make them valuable additions to the board. We’re fortunate to have them as we look to continue to grow and expand our programs and shelter work,” said Preble Street’s Executive Director Mark Swann.  

Preble Street is a nonprofit social work agency, serving the most vulnerable people in Maine since 1975 through innovative, best-practice, client-centered programs. In addition to the largest direct service emergency food program in northern New England, Preble Street operates low-barrier programs throughout Maine providing 24/365 services for individuals and families, including homeless youth, women, Veterans, and survivors of human trafficking. Driven by their mission, Preble Street meets urgent needs, empowers people to move beyond the crises in their lives, and advocates for solutions to homelessness, hunger, and poverty.