Our Team

Charlene Virgilio

Executive Director

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

Susan Hammond

Senior Advisor

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

Sayre Savage

Residential Lending & Education Manager

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

Sayre is FDDC’s Residential Lending & Education Manager. She oversees the Residential Lending program as well as the Financial Capabilities program which includes one-on-one counseling, group and First-Time Homebuyer education and the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Sayre is a certified HUD Housing Counselor and has received her Homebuyer Educator Certificates from NAIHC’s Pathways Home and Maine hoMEworks curriculums. She also has her NMLS License #2127836. Sayre is a Site Coordinator and Certified Advanced Tax Preparer 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 & PTAC Program Manager

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

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) 866-6456

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

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.