About Us

Founded as an all-volunteer organization in 2012 by Joy Johnson, Embrace A Vet’s mission is to provide direct and supportive services to Maine veterans and their families living with the challenges of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  All programs and services are provided without cost to the veterans and their families.


Edward L. Bradley

Following 11 years as a pilot in the Air Force, Ed had a 26-year career flying for Federal Express. After retirement, he and his wife moved full time to Maine. He’s involved at First Parish Church, Brunswick, was one of the founders of The Gathering Place, an adult drop-in day center in Brunswick, is a Trustee for Family Focus, a local early childhood learning program, and was a Trustee and past Board President of the Maine State Music Theatre.

Beverly Brown, Treasurer

Bev Brown spent over 40 years in the marine industry, including 33 years with Grumman Boats and the OMC Boat Group as a Regional Sales Manager. In 1991 she and her husband, Captain Paul Hureau, USCGR (Ret.), founded Maritime Skiff, a manufacturer of family/fishing boats. After retiring to Topsham, Bev has been an active volunteer at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.  She became interested in Embrace A Vet because of her husband’s military background, and because she could lend her expertise in bookkeeping, knowledge gained from her business experience.

Richard Corbin, MD

Richard is a retired physician who brings extensive clinical, educational, administrative, and research experience to Embrace A Vet. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians whose clinical experience was in Critical Care and Pulmonary Medicine. He is a non-combat veteran who served in the USAF during the Vietnam era. He also serves on several other health related non-profit organization boards and committees.

Larry Fitch

Larry is a US Army combat infantry Viet Nam veteran who relocated with his wife to Maine from San Diego in 2013. His professional career focused on workforce development, innovation and leadership. While in San Diego, Larry served on the board of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation Foundation and the LEAD San Diego Board of Directors. He also was appointed to the Executive Committee of Biocom, the San Diego biotechnology industry association. Larry currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Topsham Public Library, Chair of the Town of Topsham’s Comprehensive Plan Commission, and as a director of Topsham Development, Inc.

Robert E. Healing

Bob Healing graduated from Holy Cross College in 1965 and Cornell Law School in 1971.  He was in the Marine Corps from 1965 to 1969 and served as an artillery officer in Vietnam.  In Bob’s civilian career, he worked as a lawyer for General Electric from 1971 to 2004.  Bob and his wife Marge have lived in Brunswick since his retirement.

Diane P. Hender, President

A former Human Resources professional, Diane relocated from Andover, MA to Maine with her husband in 2006. Both were active in that community, and Diane was on the boards of various NFPs serving education, high-risk adults and youth, and cultural endeavors.  Among the most rewarding was five years volunteering on a suicide crisis hotline for the Samaritans of Merrimack Valley.  Locally she has held leadership positions on the boards of the American Red Cross, the Topsham Historical Society, and others, and currently is a Trustee of the Topsham Public Library.

Elizabeth Humphrey, Secretary

Professionally, Beth’s work experience has been/is providing operational and administrative leadership for organizations, including nonprofits. Personally, Beth is a wife and mother of two. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Sebago Lakes Chamber of Commerce and the Auburn Business Development Corp. Currently, she serves at her local church in the music ministry.

Marilou MacDonald, USA Ret.

A retired US Army veteran and grandmother with many diverse interests, Lou currently volunteers as a tax preparer in the VITA/AARP/IRS program and as a volunteer for the Dempsey Challenge. She also has served as a hospice volunteer with the Portland VNA, an ambassador on Amtrak’s Downeaster, and as an elected member of the Board of Selectmen in Durham.

Geraldean Paterson, RN

A native of Maine and health care professional, Dean serves, or has served, on a variety of community and professional boards. These include Mid Coast Hospital, Wolfe Neck Center for Agriculture and the Environment, Oasis Health Network, and Pine Tree Society. In addition to her role as an EAV Director, Dean serves as a Wellness Coach at our veteran and caregiver Healing & Wellness Retreats and is the volunteer coordinator for our Caregiver Peer Support Program.


Everett “Brownie” Carson

Roy Driver, MS, LCPC

Deborah Farnham

ADM Gregory Johnson

David C. Knight

LTG Frank Libutti, USMC Ret.

Karin McIlvaine, RN

Peter McGuire, MD

Beverly Paige, PhD

Trendy Stanchfield

Christine Toriello


Tracy A. Shaw