Our Team

Susan Hammond

Executive Director

shammond@fourdirectionsmaine.org | (207) 866-6538

A member of Penobscot Nation, Susan is the founding Executive Director of FDDC. She oversees all aspects of the organization and provides strategic leadership to her team. Susan has cultivated partnerships with communities and organizations across the nation to promote affordable housing and economic development. Susan works hard to promote the advancement of the organization while remaining strongly rooted in FDDC’s mission and core values. Susan enjoys snowshoeing, kayaking, and watching the wildlife in her back yard.

Susan | Four Directions Team

Charlene Virgilio

Director of Operations

cvirgilio@fourdirectionsmaine.org | (207) 866-6572

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

Sayre Savage

Financial Capabilities Program Manager

ssavage@fourdirectionsmaine.org | (207) 866-2019

Sayre is FDDC’s Financial Capabilities Program Manager. She oversees the financial education program, including one-on-one counseling, group and First-Time Homebuyer education and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Sayre travels to Maine’s tribal communities to provide financial education in-person. Sayre is a certified HUD Housing Counselor and has received her Homebuyer Educator Certificates from NAIHC’s Pathways Home and Maine hoMEworks curriculums. She is a Certified Advanced Tax Preparer and Site Coordinator for the VITA Program. Sayre enjoys traveling, exploring Maine’s outdoors with her pups and discovering new music!

Sayre | Four Directions Team

Jacques Delli Paoli

Community Development Program Manager

jdellipaoli@fourdirectionsmaine.org | (207) 866-2018

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 Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Program Manager

pthomas@fourdirectionsmaine.org | (207) 866-2010

Preston, a Navajo tribal member, is the Small Business Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Program Manager who 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

pburington@fourdirectionsmaine.org | (207) 866-6546

Pat serves as FDDC’s Housing Loan Officer. She oversees all residential loans from inception to closing, servicing, and portfolio reviews. Pat is also on her 3rd year as an Advanced Preparer and Site Coordinator for the VITA program.  She has earned multiple certifications including her NMLS license and HUD Certified Housing Counselor.  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.

Patricia | Four Directions

Kim Miller

Office Manager

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

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