Resources & Good Works
MRBN Newsletter, September 2019

Message from MRBN Board President; Leslie Forstadt

Greetings! I am excited to share that MRBN has become a 501 c 3 nonprofit and we are in the process of recruiting members for our first Board of Directors!  

To advance the continued goals of MRBN, Kini has been named Executive Director. Please join me in congratulating Kini on her new position! Kini can be contacted at:

MRBN is excited to welcome Joyce Morrissette as Engagement and Training Director. See our full announcement here. ( ) Joyce can be reached at:

Our evolution and growth are with the greatest intention to serve the state and to do so in a responsive, resilience-informed, and effective way. It is exciting to see new ways for members to be part of the Network and to share about your inspiring work.

Thank you for your support, welcome to new members, and I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer!

Please join me in welcoming Kini and Joyce!

Leslie Forstadt 
Join MRBN members at the screening and panel discussion of BROKEN PLACES at our September 26 th member meeting!

BROKEN PLACES explores why some children are severely damaged by early adversity while others are able to thrive. By revisiting some of the abused and neglected children we profiled decades ago, we’re able to dramatically illustrate how early trauma shaped their lives as adults.

BROKEN PLACES interweaves these longitudinal narratives with commentary from a few nationally renowned experts to help viewers better understand the devastating impact of childhood adversity as well as the inspiring characteristics of resilience.

Save the Date:

Maine Resilience Building Network Meetings

October 31, 2019. 9:00-12:00 pm
Guest Speaker: 'Population Health and Health Equity in Maine' - Deborah Deatrick, MPH
Educare, Waterville

January 30 th , April 29 th , July 30 th , and October 29 th
Educare, Waterville
Jim Sporleder, retired Principal WallaWalla, WA will be visiting Maine!

Jim Sporleder will be visiting central Maine to work with Coalitions and Schools to understand the steps needed to become a trauma-informed school. “MRBN is pleased to have the opportunity to consult with Jim to expand our capacity to offer TA and guidance to Maine schools. MRBN looks forward to assisting schools who are exploring or creating plans to become trauma informed,” explained Ms. Tinkham, MRBN’s Executive Director. 

Jim Sporleder has dedicated the next chapter of his life to assisting schools become more trauma informed and centers of healing. After 33 years as an educator and most recently as principal of Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, Jim and his staff’s pioneering work was documented in the movie Paper Tigers .

Most recently, Jim along with Heather Forbes, published an Implementation Guide for Administrators and School Personnel. The manual is designed to provide a step-by-step guide on how to turn any building into a trauma-informed school.
Special Program Offering:
Early Child Care and Public Preschool Providers Caring for Children Birth-5

This no-cost Professional Development Training is offered by Maine Department of Education and Department of Health and Human Services in collaboration with the Maine Resilience Building Network.
The Maine Resilience Building Network is offering training at 12 sites across Maine to Early Childhood and Public School Preschool providers on Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resilience Building. MRBN is excited to meet with early childhood providers in communities to offer new knowledge and resources.  Please share this information with your local schools, private and program early childhood providers. 

​Partner Resources

National Academies: 

AAP Disaster Preparedness Advisory Council

National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH)
The Maine Fact Sheet 2019 is based on analysis of data from 2016-17 and the most recent data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS).

SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center Supplemental Research Bulletin
Mental Health Issues and Conditions in Children and Youth Exposed to Human-caused Disasters July 2019
The Maine Resilience Building Network offers many membership levels. Our network, representing a cross sector of professionals and community members, is committed to building communities where children and families can thrive. Please visit and JOIN the Maine Resilience Building Network!