Our Team

Charlene Virgilio

Executive Director

cvirgilio@fourdirectionsmaine.org | (207) 866-6545 ext. 102

A citizen of the Penobscot Nation, Charlene joined FDDC in January 2019 as its first Community Development Program Manager. In 2020, she was promoted to the Director of Operations and is responsible for managing FDDC’s Programs and Operations, Building Organizational Capacity, Marketing and Portfolio Growth. Prior to FDDC, Charlene worked 37-years with International Business Machines, where she held several management roles and led transformational projects. She also served on the Penobscot Tribal Council for eight years. Charlene enjoys hiking, skiing and boating.

Charlene | Four Directions Team

Jacques Delli Paoli

Community Development Program Manager

jdellipaoli@fourdirectionsmaine.org | (207) 866-6545 ext. 103

Jacques is the Community Development Program Manager. He works with the tribal communities in Maine to improve their economic development initiatives. Jacques’ program supports the advancement of Tribal Sovereignty and economic prosperity while strengthening communities. Jacques holds a Masters of Science Degree in Management from Stevens Institute of Technology located in Hoboken, NJ and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. Jacques enjoys sailing and horseback riding in his free-time.

Jacques | Four Directions Team

Preston Thomas

Small Business & PTAC Program Manager

pthomas@fourdirectionsmaine.org | (207) 866-6545 ext. 106

Preston, a Navajo tribal member, is the Small Business Program Manager and oversees Four Directions’ small business program including business lending, small business counseling. He also runs the Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) program which works with Native businesses and Tribal Enterprises throughout Maine to win government contracts. Preston brings diverse experience to FDDC. He began with the first national American Indian PTAC in the Southwest, NCAIED. He also served as the Director of Business Development for Native American Public Television, now Vision Makers Media, which was one of the first companies to provide internet broadcasting and pioneered the first Native Call-In Radio Show. He also worked to develop the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona. Preston became the CEO for Ho-Chunk, Inc.’s IT subsidiary, All Native Systems, a tribal 8(a) enterprise. Preston moved from Arizona to Maine in 2021 and enjoys working out and playing golf.

Preston | Four Directions Team

Patricia Burington

Housing Loan Officer & Program Administrator

pburington@fourdirectionsmaine.org | (207) 866-6545 ext. 107

Pat serves as FDDC’s Housing Loan Officer and Program Administrator. Pat processes residential loans from inception to closing. She also provides administrative support and escrow reviews for FDDC’s Community Development, Small Business, and Residential Lending programs. Pat is on her 3rd year as an Advanced Preparer and Site Coordinator for the Financial Capabilities’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.  She has earned multiple certifications including her NMLS License #1819633 and HUD Certified Housing Counselor certification.  With dedication and passion, she continues to strive for all Native Americans to have a safe, affordable housing. Pat is an avid wood-worker and enjoys scrapbooking.

Kim Miller

Office Manager

kmiller@fourdirectionsmaine.org | (207) 866-6545 ext. 101

Kim has been with FDDC since 2018 and is now the Office Manager. She assists the organization in a variety of daily duties including scheduling, bookkeeping, and greeting new clients. Kim grew up in Aroostook County and loves the state of Maine. Prior to FDDC, Kim had 19 years of experience running her family-owned plumbing & heating business. She brings over 25 years of Customer Service experience to her role here at FDDC. Kim likes to go bowling and camping with her kids and grandkids.

Kim | Four Directions Team

Sara Trafton

Grants Manager

Sara is the Grants Manager and has been with FDDC since June, 2021. She has worked in the nonprofit field for the over 20 years in executive leadership, management, and consulting roles. She brings extensive experience in grant management and compliance to the position. Sara is a Maine native and enjoys being outdoors.

James Nealey

Financial Capabilities Housing Counselor

jnealey@fourdirectionsmaine.org | (207) 866-6545 ext. 110

James joined Four Directions in September, 2021 and currently holds the position of Financial Capabilities Program Coordinator.  In that role, he works with individuals and families in both one-on-one meetings and group education sessions providing financial capacity education and asset building plans.  James offers real-world help to people on an array of personal finance topics, including creating budgets, working with credit scores, and becoming “borrow-ready” for home loans and small business lending.  James also coordinates the VITA program, working in partnership with the Maine CA$H Coalition to provide free income tax assistance to people in Washington, Aroostook, and Penobscot Counties. James graduated from Husson University in Bangor, Maine where he earned both a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a Master’s in Business Administration.  When not at work, James enjoys hiking with his wife and dogs, swimming, and traveling.

James | Four Directions Development Corp

Matthew Lewis

Director of Operations

mlewis@fourdirectionsmaine.org | (207) 866-6545 ext. 109

Matthew is a citizen of the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Sipayik with strong experience and expertise in non-profit, community development financial institutions. He is the Director of Operations at Four Directions Development Corporation. In his capacity at FDDC, he works to advance preservation of culture and traditions of the Wabanaki through economic development coordination efforts. Matthew has over a decade of experience working with Municipal, State, Tribal, and Federal Governments administering revolving loan funds and carrying out community development projects. In his spare time, he enjoys crafting Excel formulas, tinkering with electronics to automate tasks around the house, and exploring the Maine woods with his wife.

Matthew | Four Directions Development Corp

Patrick Bubar

Accountant

pbubar@fourdirectionsmaine.org | (207) 866-6545 ext. 108

Patrick joined FDDC in June 2022 with the title of Accountant. In this role, Patrick performs a long list of bookkeeping and accounting tasks; assists with grant accounting and reporting and provides support to program managers and the executive director on planning initiatives and special projects. Patrick’s passion to help others financially led him to Four Directions where his work contributes to that goal every day. His co-workers can attest to the fact that he demonstrates his commitment to “treating every customer with a smile” on a daily basis. Patrick graduated from Husson University with a B.S. in Accounting and is excited to be applying his education to work that makes a difference. In his free time, Patrick enjoys playing guitar, fishing, and hiking in the great outdoors of Maine.

Chris Waite

Tribal Broadband Consultant

cwaite@fourdirectionsmaine.org | (207) 522-7258

Chris Waite serves as FDDC’s Tribal Broadband Consultant. With over 20 years of experience in the broadband industry, he brings a lot to the table, holding roles in system maintenance along with fiber optic construction and engineering. Additionally, Chris is the owner of a small fiber construction company and an architectural digital twin creation firm. Chris grew up in Maine, traveling along the east coast where he lived on the eastern shore of Maryland for some time during his early adult years. He returned to Maine later in life where he currently resides in Bowdoinham. Outside of the office, he spends his time being an entrepreneur, hiking, and working with tractors and landscaping. Chris also enjoys spending time with his wife, Jennifer, and their yellow lab, along with his five adult children and two grandchildren.