Nov 26, 2012

New Board Chair at The Opportunity Alliance

Tom Saturley Accepts Board Chair Position


For Immediate Release

Contact:           James Gemmell (207-523-5014)

Thomas Saturley Accepts Board Chair Position at The Opportunity Alliance

PORTLAND (November 14, 2012) — The Opportunity Alliance announced today that Thomas Saturley has accepted the position of Chair of its Board of Directors.  Tom has played an instrumental role in the development of the organization since his involvement began over 10 years ago, first, as a member of the Youth Alternatives President’s Council, most recently as Chair of the Governance Committee.


Over the past several years, he has served on numerous Boards in our community. He also has a lengthy list of charitable fundraising activities in which he participates. Tom is President of Tranzon Auction Properties, a Northeast regional auction company specializing in the marketing of real estate and other significant assets. He has an extensive background in real estate, investment, and was formerly Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maine. 


Tom brings many talents to the board ranging from his business savvy to his deep understanding of the economic and social climate of Maine. The quality that stands out most is his unswerving commitment to the mission of the organization to improve the lives of children, families and individuals in Maine, whether they be living in poverty or with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. His counsel is thoughtful, intelligent and caring. His suggestions are never overbearing, they are generous in spirit and synthesize many elements that are sometimes conflicting, for instance the challenges of trying to deliver social services as the needs increase but the funding contracts. Tom has always gone out of his way to be available whenever he is needed and is more than happy to offer his service and advice in any capacity.


He was also instrumental in bringing about the merger  in 2007 that unified the missions of Ingraham and Youth Alternatives and the merger in 2011 that brought Youth Alternatives Ingraham and PROP together as one agency.


Today, The Opportunity Alliance is comprised of 50 integrated community based and clinical programs serving more than 20,000 people annually.  As a CAP (Community Action Program) agency, the organization has provided early education and child care, nutrition programming, advocacy, information and referral, mental health and substance abuse treatment, as well as basic needs for people living in poverty for more than 40 years.  The Opportunity Alliance continually seeks ways of integrating our programs into a seamless continuum of care.


For more information on The Opportunity Alliance or to schedule an interview with Mr. Saturley, please call or email Jim Gemmell, Director of Communications at The Opportunity Alliance.