Keenan spent the first two decades of his life in Aroostook County where he was greatly impacted by the farming community, a strong family-unit and the local Church. He spent five years in the small coastal town of Castine where he earned an engineering degree as well as started and led multiple organizations that supported Maine Maritime Academy and the Castine community.
Keenan joined the Transformation project as a handy-man for the facility in the summer of 2017 and eventually became a part of the project’s construction committee within the first few months. After a few interactions with the team and spending time within the building, he was able to experience the vision and potential for the radically transformed lives from the ministry of Christ through the Transformation Project; his membership on the board began in January of 2018.
Keenan and his wife Ashely are active followers of Christ through the local church, gathering at Eastpoint Christian Church to worship and serve both inside and outside of its walls. Keenan is employed as a project manager with an industrial process solutions company in southern Maine while Ashley teaches math at the local middle school. They enjoy spending time with each other hiking, camping and with their family and friends as often as they can.
Founder, Board Vice-Chair
Ken Hawley has been making a difference in the lives of our marginalized young people here in Maine for 20 years. He has served as Teen Director at The Root Cellar in Portland and has been ministering to inmates within the Maine Department of Corrections for nearly 20 years. Ken is also the founder and creator of Future Men Ministries, a Christian wilderness adventure ministry that’s in its 19th year of strengthening fathers and preparing young men to be future leaders.
Ken worked as the Maine State Director for Straight Head Ministries for nine years providing various volunteer led programs for our incarcerated young people. He has recruited and trained over a 150 volunteers to serve inside Maine prisons and jails as mentors, Bible study leaders, life skill trainers, art and music teachers, recreational volunteers, worship leaders and reentry prep facilitators.
Ken founded The Transformation Project in 2015 after having his heart broken many times because of the extreme rate of recidivism. Ken’s first mentee was shot and killed only months after being released, largely because he didn’t have a favorable place to live upon his release.
Ken remains committed to seeing the lives of our young offenders transformed by the love of Jesus Christ. The Transformation Project was created to provide our returning offenders a loving home, life skills, mentoring education, employment, discipleship, and the opportunity to discover who God created them to be.
Ken and his wife Miriam live in Casco, Maine with their 3 children, Caleb, Grace and Joshua. Their oldest son Blake graduated, has his master’s degree in music performance, and resides in Montreal Canada.
Board SecretaryRachel Gordon joined the TTP Board of Directors in 2017 and currently serves as Secretary of the Board. Throughout her life she has felt led to love and support the many young men and women in, and coming out of, corrections who deserve another chance and the hope of a renewed life. This passion led her to The Transformation Project.
Rachel has worked for the Institute for Financial Literacy, another nonprofit here in Southern Maine, since 2011 and was appointed Executive Director in 2015. She received her BA in Business Management with a concentration in Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship in 2011 from the University of Southern Maine.
With her ongoing training and nonprofit experience, she is excited to be a part of the TTP team and looks forward to helping bring hope and second chances to the greater Westbrook community.
TreasurerRon Beland is a CPA and worked in the Tax Department of Unum Group for 18 years. He has been involved with The Transformation Project since December of 2016 and currently serves as the Treasurer on our Board of Directors.
Ron did not come to know Jesus until he was 40 years old. Since then, he has tried to grow on the grace and knowledge of Jesus. He has a heart for the lost in prison and juvenile offenders. He believes this ministry serves a critical need to help young adults coming out of lock-up turn away from the lifestyle that got them in jail. He also believes that TTP serves as a light to offenders coming out of lock-up to learn to walk with Jesus.
Ron is also active with Future Men Ministries, which encourages men to be better fathers and husbands.
Board MemberRich has over thirty years of management experience in the commercial printing industry. This includes several years as a training supervisor and as a member of the human resources department. Other management includes supervising crews of up to 80 people in a production environment and eventually managing the department of over three hundred employees. He has always been fascinated by technology and has been involved with computer tech since the first offerings were made to the public.
As the economy began to suffer Rich experienced a downsizing at two different companies and then a plant closure at a third location. This provided the opportunity to take advantage of government grant money which resulted in three different computer tech certifications (Comptia A+, Comptia Network+, and Microsoft MCDST). Shortly after that, he was asked to consider working part time as the Interim Director of Administration at First E. Free, and as the church worked through a time of transition, the position became full time.
Rich is married to Jeannie and they have two daughters. Alexandra Elizabeth and Caitlin Elyse who live in San Jose, California. Both girls are working and faithfully serving the Lord. We can choose to wonder, or even worry, but ultimately we need to trust God, and this has been realized completely through Rich’s life verse which is Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. (NASB)
Hank wishes he was a Mainer. He has only lived here since 1977, so he is “from away”. However, he loves his adopted state. Experiences in volunteering at Preble Street, outside the Oxford Street shelter, and a series of meetings on the opioid epidemic led Hank to question how we can break the cycle of Drug Dependency, Homelessness and Incarceration.
Several ministries and secular efforts work at stopping the cycle in different places. The Transformation Project provides unique opportunities for volunteers to meet people who are ready to take a serious run at breaking the cycle. Hank is also a volunteer at Maine Correctional Center in Windham.
Hank is a Board member at South Portland Church of the Nazarene. He and his wife enjoy visits from their sons when they come home from college. He is also an engineer who works in the construction field.
Office ManagerRebecca Thomson is our Office Manager. She grew up in a small town in northern Maine, where she learned the value of hard work at an early age. Aside from picking potatoes, her first “real” job was at a law firm at the age of 16. It was there that she discovered her great love of analyzing information, creative technical writing, and creating beautifully organized files from chaotic stacks of paper (really). She studied Philosophy and English throughout college, then went on to earn her paralegal degree. She continued work as a legal assistant/paralegal for over 20 years.
Those skills, along with her love of encouraging and validating the downtrodden, have led her to The Transformation Project. She believes that everyone has something valuable to offer, whether they realize it or not.