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Anne Grimes

Anne Grimes

Anne has been a member of the PELSLF Board since 2006. She is co-editor of the newsletter and the chair of the Oral History Project.

Anne has past and current experience serving on a number of boards and committees. In addition to PESLSF, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Partners for Rural Health in the Dominican Republic where she is the co-editor of the newsletter, and serves on the Interpreting and Public Relations Committees. She enjoys interpreting for PRHDR during their medical missions to the Dominican Republic. Her interests in Portland's immigrant community led Anne to a teaching internship at Portland Adult Education's program for English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). She served as Intake/Greeter for Preble Street Resource Center's Food Pantry. Since 2006, Anne has enjoyed her work at the Friday Immigration Clinic at the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) where she serves as in-take volunteer.

Former City Arborist and Superintendant of the Forestry Division of Portland, Anne was a member of the Board and Past President of the Maine Arborist Association. She served on the board of the Pine Tree State Arboretum.

Anne received her B.S. in Plant Science from the University of New Hampshire. Later, she received her B.A. in Hispanic Studies summa cum laude from the University of Southern Maine where she was a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key International Honour Society, and The Phi Sigma Iota International Language Honor Society.

"I enjoy volunteering on the board of PESLSF because it's a wonderful way to connect with our new Americans in Portland. They all have a unique and compelling story to share. As part of the Oral History Project, I feel honored to interview our scholarship recipients and I'm humbled by their strength, resilience and optimism in overcoming adversity. Once they have arrived in the US, learning English is often one of the most difficult challenges they face. It is very rewarding to be part of an organization that provides scholarships to help our newcomers take their first steps to rebuild their lives here in Maine."