Founder & President
3i HoME was established to address the need for more accessible, affordable and supportive housing so that adults with physical disabilities in Maine can live independently in our communities. Following a lengthy career in business and law, Paul Linet, founded 3i Supportive Housing in 2019. 3i HoME was organized as a non-profit in 2020 as a natural outgrowth of the foundational work Paul initiated through 3i Supportive Housing.
Paul brings more than 25 years of family caregiving advocacy, as well as regulatory and legislative experience at the state and federal level, to this effort. Over the years, Paul has served as a member of the government relations committee of the Northern New England Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society during which he was involved on a task force that produced recommendations on supportive housing in Massachusetts. He has testified before state regulators on the impact of the Supreme Court's landmark Olmstead community-based care decision and was an organizer and presenter at a regional symposium held under the auspices of the National Family Caregivers Association (now Caregiver Action Network). ln 2005, Paul's dedication and commitment to family caregiving was recognized at a State House in Boston when he was presented the Outstanding Caregiver Award by the Office of Elder Affairs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Paul currently serves as a member of the board of directors for The Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, a non-profit agency whose mission is to advocate for quality of life and care for long-term care consumers.
In addition to Paul Linet, 3i HoME has assembled a distinguished Board of Directors and Panel of Advisors, each of whom is an expert with years of service to various stakeholder groups impacted by accessible, affordable and supportive housing.
Community Development Coordinator
Jaime Berhanu recently joined the 3i HoME team to assist with administrative and marketing needs, community development and outreach efforts. Jaime’s background includes 15 years running an organic farm and commercial tempeh production with her husband and children in midcoast Maine, and 11+ years developing and coordinating the Low Income Food Access Program at the Portland Farmers’ Market. She is deeply committed to being part of solutions to community needs that are inclusive, compassionate, and effective. Jaime is grateful for the opportunity to join the collective effort of 3i HoME, to support the vision and implementation of supportive and affordable housing that promotes autonomy and improved quality of life for adults with disabilities
Board of Directors
Marva is the former President and CEO of The Boston Home, a nationally recognized residence and center of excellence for adults with progressive neurological diseases. Marva developed Harmon Apartments, an innovative housing project in Boston for adults with physical disabilities. The Boston Home received national attention for its innovative programs in assistive technology, wellness and spirituality, creative arts and clinical practice.
Active in many leadership activities, Marva serves on the Board of Directors of the Codman Square Health Center, Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation and Social Venture Partners. She is a former President of the Massachusetts Public Health Association and Massachusetts Senior Care Association.
Prior to joining the staff of The Boston Home, Marva was the CEO of the Shattuck Hospital and President of Cura VNA in Plymouth. Early in her career, she served as a key member of the executive management teams at several Boston hospitals.
Marva received her BA from Boston University and MPH from Yale University.
Michelle is a Senior leader with over 25 years of comprehensive business, technical and delivery experience in public/private sectors across retail, manufacturing, technology and service industries. She has designed, implemented and sustained Project Management Offices across various organizations, resulting in measured financial and operational improvements. Michelle was instrumental in leading a company wide business transformation initiative at L.L.Bean, leveraging Program Management skills to replace 300 legacy systems with 5 industry leading enterprise platforms. She builds and develops high performing teams utilizing the skills and experience gained from 8 years of Naval Intelligence service. Michelle is currently the Director of the Strategic Project Management Office at Martin’s Point Health Care. On the personal side, Michelle is an outdoor enthusiast and spends most of her free time hiking in the White Mountains throughout all of the seasons.
Betsy White is a Managing Director and CFO at Consensus Advisory Services, a boutique investment bank with offices in Boston, New York and London focused exclusively on consumer-facing companies. With career experience including public accounting, lending and CFO roles at publicly traded companies, Ms. White works with and advises clients of all sizes, with a focus on financial performance. Betsy is based out of Consensus' Boston office.
Mitch Sturgeon is an author, blogger, disability advocate, and power wheelchair user. His memoir, ENJOYING THE RIDE: Two Generations of Tragedy and Triumph, chronicles how his quadriplegic mother inspired him to meet his own challenges later in life.
Mitch lives with his wife and now caregiver, Kimberly, in their highly adapted home in South Portland, Maine. He is a contributor to multiplesclerosis.net and has been blogging for 10 years at enjoyingtheride.com about living a contented life. Mitch is a member of the Advisory Council for the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center, a world renowned MS research facility.
Mitch also serves as a Consumer Advisory Group Member at The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Wireless Technologies at the University of Pittsburgh.
Mitch earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1986 and his MBA in 1995. Mitch spends his days following his favorite teams (he's an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan), writing, and leads the 3i HoME Mobility and Assistive Technology initiative.
Drew Gattine is a Senior Policy Fellow at the National Academy for State Health Policy. He has over 25 years of experience in implementing and operating programs designed to deliver more effective and efficient health care. He is nationally known on the topic of program integrity and has presented at numerous national conferences on this subject. He is also a former state assistant attorney general.
Drew is passionate about helping vulnerable people access high quality health care and live better lives. His service has been recognized by organizations such as Maine Equal Justice, AARP, Disability Rights Maine, Maine Council on Aging, Maine People’s Alliance, Cancer Action Network Maine and The Maine Primary Care Association. He has served in executive roles at Optum and Molina Medicaid Solutions.
Drew lives on a small family farm in Westbrook with his wife, Elizabeth. They have two children and a bunch of animals.
Panel of Advisors
Julie is the former Director of the Center on Aging and Disability at the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. She worked for over 20 years conducting research, evaluation and analysis of Medicaid and Medicare programs and policies with an emphasis on the financing and integration of care for individuals who are dually eligible for those programs. Prior to her retirement, she was a member of the national research team, led by RTI, responsible for monitoring and evaluating dual eligible demonstrations in a number of states.
She also evaluated a number of Maine-based demonstrations for people with Alzheimer’s and
Dementia; and provided implementation and monitoring assistance for the Money Follows the Person Program. Other areas of expertise included quality management of home and community based waiver programs; the use of Medicare-Medicaid data for policy analysis; and the development of quantitative and qualitative metrics for monitoring long term services and supports.
More recently, Julie has continued to be involved in local civic groups and is chair of the town of New Gloucester’s Economic Development Committee and is a member of the town’s Comprehensive Planning Update Committee.
She has a BA from Hampshire College and an MBA in Health Care Management from Boston University.
David Hirschberg is Senior Vice President of Development & Chief Strategy Officer for Bay Cove Human Services, a Boston based non-profit social services agency. David has more than 20 years of experience in fundraising and non-profit management. Prior to joining the staff of Bay Cove in April 2011, David served as Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Zoo New England. He has also held senior fundraising positions at Project Bread - The Walk for Hunger and Community Servings.
David holds an MBA from the Heller School at Brandeis University, and a bachelor's degree from Tufts University.
Diane F. Pinchuk
Diane F. Pinchuk serves as General Counsel for Innovia LLC, Innolene LLC and InnoCare Urologics, LLC, biomedical engineering companies headquartered in Miami Florida. Diane's focus is in the areas of corporate law and contracts, human resources, financial matters and general operational and administrative functions for the companies.
Prior to her assuming responsibilities with Innovia, Innolene and Innocare, Diane was staff counsel for Del Monte Fresh Produce Company in Coral Gables, Florida where she handled corporate, intellectual property, real estate and contract matters. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Miami.
Peter Pitegoff is Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law, where he was Dean from 2005 to 2015, and previously was a professor and vice dean at the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo Law School. He has taught, worked, and written extensively in the areas of community economic development, labor and industrial organization, corporation and nonprofit law, employee ownership, and legal ethics.
Peter served for ten years on the board of directors of Coastal Enterprises, Inc., a national leader in community development finance. He currently serves on the board of directors of Avesta Housing, a Portland-based nonprofit corporation that develops, manages, and advocates for affordable housing in Maine and New Hampshire; and on the board of directors of the Surf Point Foundation, an arts and artist residency organization in York, Maine. Prior to his academic career, he was legal counsel for the ICA Group, a Boston firm that assists worker-owned enterprises and related economic development initiatives. He is a graduate of Brown University and New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden scholar.
Mary Crossley is a Professor of Law, John E. Murray Faculty Scholar, and Director of the Health Law Program at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Widely recognized for her scholarship in disability and health law, Professor Crossley has written broadly on issues of inequality in health care financing and delivery and has published articles in numerous law journals. She is the author of a forthcoming book, Embodied Injustice: Race, Disability, and Health, to be published by Cambridge University Press. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute and an appointed member of the Pennsylvania State Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Mary is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Law and earned her BA at the University of Virginia.