Rota L. Knott
Rota L. Knott has more than a two decades of experience in nonprofit leadership and is passionate about furthering Tedford Housing’s role as a catalyst for change in the Southern Midcoast community and in the lives of all people experiencing homelessness. Rota believes that everyone is entitled to a safe place to live and is looking forward to expanding Tedford Housing’s ability address both the present and emerging needs around homelessness in the community.
A native of Maryland, where she oversaw programming to address homelessness in diverse populations, Rota moved to Maine and took the helm of Tedford Housing in 2020. She holds a Master of Science in Administration of Human Services from Wilmington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Media Communications from Salisbury State University. She holds the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation and is certified in Results-Based Accountability and planning for outcomes measurement. An award-winning journalist, Rota worked for print and online publications for more than 25 years prior to joining the nonprofit world.
Rota enjoys spending time exploring the outdoors and is an ardent hiker, gardener, and wildlife rescue volunteer.
Director of Programs
Originally from Minnesota, Giff has worked for 36 years in the fields of mental health, HIV/AIDS, and homelessness. Giff moved to Maine in 2003 and for most of the time since has worked for Tedford Housing, first in assisting with developing 6 supportive housing properties and, since 2011, as the Director of Programs. Giff received his MA in Human Development from St. Mary’s University in 1997, and earned a certificate from the Midcoast Maine Leadership Institute. Other involvement includes co-chairing the Region II Homeless Council and serving on LAASH (Lewiston Auburn Alliance for Services for the Homeless), and the Sagadahoc Board of Health. He also co-facilitates the Midcoast Interagency Services Collaborative (MISC). Giff enjoys the working with the community and the comradery of his co-workers in the fight to end homelessness. In the other part of his life Giff enjoys songwriting and performing, bird watching, hiking and time with his family.
Director of Administration
Danielle Triffitt has been with Tedford Housing since 2013 and has over 25 years of administrative and financial experience. Danielle received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College and is grateful to not only have been able to return to live in this area, but to be a part of an important community organization like Tedford. When not in the office, Danielle can be found hiking, running and exploring the Maine trails with her husband and daughter.
Blaine N. Flanders
Community & Donor Relations Coordinator
Blaine Flanders joined Tedford Housing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Blaine has a Master of Public Affairs degree from Merrimack College in Andover, Massachusetts, and also a bachelors degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts. She wanted to work for Tedford Housing because she was inspired how the organization focuses on permanent supportive housing and preventative measures to prevent relapse of homelessness. Blaine has spent time managing humanitarian assistance projects in East Africa, fundraising and managing volunteers at United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and grant writing for nonprofits, among other experiences. Blaine uses her experiences to bring a fresh take on development, marketing, event planning, and volunteer engagement to Tedford Housing.
Family Shelter Case Manager
Beverly McPhail has worked for Tedford Housing for 15 years as a case manager. She enjoys working for Tedford because it has a family environment and the Tedford staff all work together to assist clients in securing housing, employment, and whatever else they want to work towards. Prior to working for Tedford, Bev was a Real Estate Broker for 23 years. Currently, Bev is finishing her bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern Maine.
Adult Shelter Case Manager
Michelle Thiboutot is a proud single mother of a 23-year son, Robbie, and a 20-year old daughter, Marissa. Michelle worked at the shipyard in her very young years and decided it was not for her. She spent over 15 years bartending and decided in her late 30 this was not ideal for long-term stability. A few years later, Michelle went back to school and now holds an Associate Degree in Business and a Bachelor Degree in Psychology. In 2009, Michelle started working at Tedford Housing as a shelter attendant, then migrated her position to Supportive Housing Case Manager because she knew the guests and infrastructure well. As of now, she is the adult shelter case manager and navigator for MSH. She has worked for Tedford for total of 11 years, and strives to provide safe, affordable housing and long-term case management for Tedford’s guests ensure long-term stability. Michelle noted that she enjoys the staff members and guests that Tedford serves.
Supportive Housing Case Manager
From northern Maine, Anthony Lamarr earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science at the University of Maine at Fort Kent. Since then, Anthony built his resume providing case management services to at-risk populations and is now the Supportive Housing Case Manager for Tedford Housing, offering case management services for the tenants of Tedford’s six supportive housing buildings throughout Brunswick, Bath, Lewiston, Auburn, and Augusta. Anthony strives to assist tenants with maintaining their housing in an effort to prevent further risks of homelessness and assist tenants with their goals to help them move forward in their lives and stay stability housed.
Homeless Prevention & Outreach Case Manager
Alexander, our Homeless Prevention and Outreach Case Manager is currently finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Human Services at the University of Maine at Augusta. It is his goal to then enroll in a Master’s program for Social Work. Alexander has worked in the past with individuals with intellectual disabilities in a group home setting, and in a hospital setting with individuals struggling with mental illness. He began his journey with Tedford Housing in 2016 as a shelter attendant in Tedford’s adult shelter. Alexander is passionate about Tedford’s mission of empowerment and housing, as he enjoys lending a listening ear to our guests and hearing their individual and unique stories.
Shelter Attendant and Housing Navigator
Tia Gregory came to Tedford Housing in March of 2020. Tia is a shelter attendant and housing navigator at the adult shelter. She has an extensive background in healthcare, having worked in various settings ranging from group homes for adults with disabilities, to assisted living, and most recently in memory care at The Highlands. She formerly worked as a crisis stabilization worker at Maine Behavioral Healthcare and as a mental health tech at Riverview Psychiatric Center. Tia is currently enrolled in school to complete her nursing degree at Southern Maine Community College.
Adult Shelter Supervisor
Kay Wilson started out as a volunteer for Tedford Housing from 2000 to 2001, until she became homeless herself. She left Tedford at that point in time to secure housing and worked at 711 as an assistant manager. In 2006, Kay came back to work for Tedford Housing and has been working here ever since, and became the adult shelter supervisor in 2012. During her time in Brunswick, she has also volunteered for Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program as a cook, and served on their board. Kay has five children, nine grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. She serves the homeless in the community with passion and empathy in order to help Tedford’s guests find stable, long-term housing.
Andrea joined the Tedford Housing team with enthusiasm and excitement in May 2018. She comes from a background in accounting and entrepreneurship. Andrea is also a mother of three and a Zumba Instructor. In addition to working part time for Tedford, she also works part time for First Universalist Church of Yarmouth. She is so happy to be part of such a progressive organization.
Lisa Green started with Tedford in May of 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic. She has a deep need to serve her community and offer support to those who may need it. During her time at the adult shelter, she enjoys interacting with Tedford’s guests and wishes them the very best in their journey to safe, secure housing. In her opinion, the best part of Tedford Housing are the opportunities for guests to improve themselves, find secure and safe housing, recover from past problems, and practice self-sufficiency skills. Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in political science with minors in pre-law, theology, history, and philosophy from LeMoyne College in New York. Before Tedford, Lisa was a US Army police officer during the Gulf War and worked for the Onondaga County District Attorney’s office.
Cecelia Hitte has master’s degrees in both ESL and anthropology, and is “all but dissertation” in critical medical anthropology. She spent most of her professional career abroad with refugee assistance, international development, and English language teaching programs, as well as teaching English, creative writing, and social sciences in community colleges. She was attracted to working with Tedford because she wanted to work with her fellow Americans in need, while using the skills she developed overseas. She especially appreciates that her two-plus years as a shelter attendant at Tedford have sensitized her to struggles our guests endure, and she is most excited when she can think of an activity or resource that will spark creative and positive thinking among our guests.