Board of Directors
CEEF’s Board of Directors comprises community volunteers with a wide range of backgrounds who are all aligned in the pursuit of fostering innovation in Cape schools.
Meredith Beauregard, an original “Mainer”, Beauregard moved to Cape Elizabeth in 2014 with her husband and two sons. She works at Maine Medical Center as a leader on the Hospitalists service where she has been for the last 13 years. Meredith joined the CEEF board in 2017 and recently became Co-Chair of Development. Meredith has also Co-Chaired the annual “Play for Education” Golf Tournament and Auction and looks forward to this event in 2021. Meredith is also a founding member of the Pond Cove Playground Committee, and truly enjoys being part of the Cape Elizabeth community.
Co-Chair, Development Committee; Co-Chair, Golf Committee
Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Sheri Bragg came back to her husband Jason’s home state of Maine, in 2013, and the two have made Cape Elizabeth their home with their two children Ali, a Junior at CEHS, and Cooper, an 8th grader at CEMS. With a BS in Business Administration from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA she began her career in Reston, VA with Shell Oil Company then ventured up to Boston where she lived in the city and worked for Fidelity Investments for five years before leaving to start a family. As a board member for her daughter’s swim team, Portland Porpoise Swim Club, and several community roles like The Cape Challenge Race and a member of the Education Committee for the Fort Williams Foundation, Sheri wanted to get back to making an impact within our schools. Sheri came onto the board of CEEF in 2019 and is the Co-Chair for the 2021 Kitchen Tour as well as the Co-Chair for Grants. Sheri enjoys spending time outside with her family taking in all that Maine has to offer.
Chair, Grants Committee; Co-Chair, Kitchen Tour
Sarah Espinal, originally from NH, moved to Cape Elizabeth with her husband in 2016 after spending many years in Boston. There, she headed up strategic planning at a firm that specializes in the commercialization of treatments for rare diseases. Most recently, Sarah took a step back from marketing to focus on her three children, Addison (1st grade), Jackson (pre-k) and Poppy (18mo). Sarah enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, skiing at Sugarloaf Mountain, and traveling. She has a deep passion for support in mental health for children and is eager and excited to support CEEFs mission.
Greg Gordon – Chair, Marketing/Communications Committee
Carmensol Arvelo Kesselhaut grew up in Caracas, Venezuela. She came to the United States to earn a graduate business degree and decided to stay in Boston after finding a job that included traveling to Latin America, including her home country. Her work experience comprises Corporate Finance and Investment Banking. After living in the Boston area for many years, the family moved to Cape Elizabeth twelve years ago, and could not be happier raising their children in this beautiful town. She has two kids, a freshman in college and a junior in high school. Carmensol previously served as Treasurer for MSPA for six years. She has been a member of the CEEF Board since 2014 and also previously served as Grants Chair.
Cathy Kline – and her husband, Jeff — moved to Cape Elizabeth in 2008 from Los Angeles when their daughter, Darby, was 4 years old. They have been so pleased with their decision to raise Darby in this beautiful town. Cathy is a clinical social worker and specializes in geriatrics at both Maine Medical Center and in private practice. Volunteering in her community has always been a priority for Cathy. In addition to her work with CEEF (since 2019), Cathy also serves on the board of the Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine and is a Girl Scout leader. In her spare time, Cathy enjoys yoga, paddle boarding, and is an avid reader. Darby is now a Senior at Cape Elizabeth High School.
Lisa Leighton joined CEEF in Fall 2021. She was born and raised in Maine, left for a few years to live in North Carolina and the San Francisco Bay Area, and then came back. She’s lived in Cape Elizabeth since 2008 with her husband, Chip, and their children, Matthew (Class of ‘22) and Laura (Class of ‘26). Lisa graduated from Bowdoin College and earned her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. For several years she’s worked as an independent contractor for LexisNexis, providing case law and legislative updates for some of their publications. She has been an active member of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, most recently as co-chair of the committee to hire its new Rector. She also recently joined the board of the Thomas Memorial Library Foundation. When not transporting kids to music and sports activities, she can be found at the gym, the beach, walking with friends, or enjoying Portland’s restaurant scene.
Kara Leopold and her husband have lived in Cape Elizabeth since 2006, welcoming two of their three children in Maine. Born in San Diego and reared in Washington, DC, Kara practiced law in New York for several years with a focus on federal civil litigation in a variety of commercial, corporate, and securities matters. She now provides legal and compliance services to companies and investment firms through her own consulting firm. Kara has a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School. Kara has been on the CEEF Board since 2015, currently serving as Secretary, Co-Chair of the Kitchen Tour, and as a member of the Development and Nomination Committees. Kara also served on the Board of the Friends of Fort Williams Park (formerly Fort Williams Park Foundation) for five years. In addition to being active in not-for-profit work in education and the arts, Kara enjoys skiing, pilates, and Portland’s rich food scene and music/cultural institutions.
Secretary; Co-Chair, Kitchen Tour
Cory Mosunic received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Tufts School of Veterinary medicine in 1999. After completing her internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital, she traveled south to complete a Masters in Ocular Pathology and Residency in Veterinary Ophthalmology at The University of Georgia. After becoming a board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist, Cory started her trek back to New England to her New Hampshire roots. Cory and her husband Chris ultimately chose Cape Elizabeth to raise their two girls due to the close-knit community, beautiful ocean setting, and wonderful schools Cape had to offer. Cory joined the CEEF board shortly after she moved to Cape in 2015. She has served as co-chair of the annual CEEF golf tournament planning committee as well as Secretary and Vice President of the Board. She also serves as the Chair of the Membership Promotion and Outreach Committee for the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmology and as a Promise Leader for the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation. She loves gardening, spoiling her Norwich Terrier, and being a hockey mom to her two girls.
Mika Reynolds grew up in California but has lived in Cape Elizabeth for nine years with her husband, Tom, and two school-aged children, Kip and Maggie. Mika was a lawyer professionally but is a life-long volunteer. Since living in Cape Elizabeth, finding ways to volunteer in and on behalf of the schools has been a priority. Looking for a way to make even more impact on our community’s school, she joined the CEEF board a year ago and has served on the grants, marketing, and Red Apple committee. When not in the schools, you can find her walking her dog on the town trails, exploring Casco Bay or following her family at a cautious (slow) pace down Sugarloaf Mountain.
Eliza Shaw Sandals grew up in Portland attending the city’s public schools. She received her BA from Bowdoin College, majoring in visual arts and education before moving to Boston and starting her career in marketing. In 2015, Eliza and her husband Dave moved to Cape Elizabeth for a strong school system and to be closer to family. Eliza joined the CEEF Board of Directors when her oldest child started kindergarten as a means to connect with and support the Cape schools. In addition to volunteering at CEEF, Eliza serves on the Portland Museum of Art’s (PMA) Collection Committee and the PMA Contemporaries Steering Committee. She enjoys spending time with her family in the great outdoors, including skiing, boating, golfing, and gardening. Eliza’s three young children and their 8 cousins all attend Cape Elizabeth schools ranging from preschool to 8th grade.
President; Co-Chair Golf Committee
Michelle Whitney and her husband, Chris, moved to Cape Elizabeth in 2000, where they’ve raised their 3 children (Sam, Freshman at Syracuse University, Charlie, Senior at CEHS and Lyla, 8th grader at CEMS). Born and raised in Waterville, Michelle is a proud life-long Mainer. After graduating from high school, she left the state for 13 years to go to college in North Carolina and to work in Washington DC, and Boston. After returning to Maine, Michelle worked at R.M. Davis and Diversified Communications. She also started 3 businesses, Maisey Mae Designs, Whitney + Fish Staging + Design, and, most recently, Whitney+ Co. Whitney + Co is a home staging and home project management business. She has been involved with CEEF since 2008, first serving as a Community Advisor during the grant process and then joining the board in 2017, where she currently serves as co-chair of the Development Committee. While not spending time with her family at camp on Clearwater Lake in Farmington, volunteering in the school system, or at a lacrosse game or swim meet, Michelle likes to take spin classes, read, walk with friends and drink extra-hot hot cocoa.
Co-Chair, Development Committee
Liz McEvoy moved to Maine on a whim 24 years ago and never looked back. Originally from Savannah, GA, Liz and her husband moved to Cape in 2003 and their three children – Archie, Mimi and Maddie – all attend Cape schools. After graduating from Smith College, Liz received her J.D. from Maine Law and practiced in Maine for several years with a focus on tax law, including establishing and advising non-profit organizations. That focus led her to want to be further involved with local non-profit groups and she joined the board of CEEF in 2013, serving as Grant Chair and President. A strong belief in public education, and Cape schools specifically, led to six years as a board member before becoming Executive Director in 2019. When not watching her children play soccer or lacrosse, she is often hiking one of the many town trails, enjoying the beach, or waiting out winter with a new book.