Pictured: Becca Asen, Preble Street Board of Directors, at the Joe Kreisler Teen Shelter
How did you get involved with Preble Street?
Having grown up in Maine, I have been aware of the important work done by Preble Street for a long time. When my husband and I moved back to Maine, I was struck by how many members of my community were struggling with homelessness and hunger. I wanted to put my legal and finance background to use for Preble Street and reached out to (Executive Director) Mark Swann to see how I could best do that.
What do you do when you’re not at Preble Street?
I like to spend time with my two young kids, my husband, and our extended family here in Maine, especially my newest niece. By day, I am Associate General Counsel at IDEXX and in my spare time I love to get outside when I can. I also am training to run in the New York City marathon, so if you ever see me (slowly) running, give a wave!
There are a lot of nonprofit organizations in Maine. What makes Preble Street special?
I believe there are two factors that make Preble Street such an extraordinary organization. The first is historic — as founded by Joe Kreisler, Preble Street began with an ambitious yet simple mission: to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people in need. This mission flows through all aspects of the work of Preble Street today and remains just as inspiring as it was 40 some years ago. The second is, without a doubt, the staff and volunteers who dedicate their time and their hearts to the work being done to further the Preble Street mission. I am so inspired by the commitment of these individuals to improving the lives of our neighbors.
Why do you believe others should support Preble Street?
I firmly believe we all have a duty to help those in our community. By sheer chance we were born into our own families and circumstances and if, by good fortune, we have the time and resources to help others, we are all better off by doing so.