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The Board

Boots 2 Roots

Our Board of Directors is intentionally comprised of community members without military service and community members who are veterans. Maintaining a Board with at least 50% civilians is important because we are a community integration organization.

Dave “Lowell” Hickey

Founder & Board Member
Dave Hickey

Dave was born and raised in Maine. He has served multiple combat tours in Iraq, Kosovo, and Afghanistan, and is still serving. He completed his undergraduate work at Norwich University and his graduate work at Air University. Dave is the Founder of Boots2Roots.

John Manganello

President & Co-Founder

John brings over ten years of relevant and significant human resources, communication, and organizational development experience to the Board. He has worked at Forrester Research, General Dynamics (BIW) as well as UnitedHealth Group. John’s holds a BA in Psychology from Colby-Sawyer College and a MS in Adult and Higher Education from USM. John is currently a second year MBA at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Baskahegan Company and from 2015-2018 served as a Shareholder Observer on the Board of Pacolet Milliken Enterprises. John lives in Freeport with his wife, Lauren, and three children, Otis, Vera and Seth.

Kathy Dyer

Vice President
Dave Hickey

Kathy is a Real Estate Broker and has lived and worked in Greater Portland for over 30 years. Her knowledge of the area and its communities makes being in the Real Estate Industry a perfect fit. She prides herself on the relationships she has built thru helping Clients navigate the home buying/selling experience and is humbled to say those Clients have become treasured friends. Kathy is also passionate about giving back to the community and achieves this via volunteering with local organizations

Colleen Ruggelo

Colleen Ruggelo

Colleen is a Business Development Manager with a work history rooted in adult and higher education. She hopes to use her background in networking, sales, marketing and freelance writing to the benefit of the organization and the military folks and families that we serve. Through her work with adult education, Colleen has had the pleasure of writing resumes for military professionals and helping veterans and civilians find the path to meaningful employment.

Cheryl Ramsey

Board Member
Cheryl Ramsey, Board member of Boots2Roots
Dr. Cheryl Ramsey is an expert in organizational science, leadership development, strategic alignment and change management for corporate executives, clinical leaders, and their teams. She is the owner of Leadership ROI Consulting, a certified woman owned business, located in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Dr. Ramsey has over 20 years of successful achievements working in large healthcare systems, government, academic, and non-profit organizations in both Canada and the U.S. She has dedicated her career to helping leaders build trust and engage teams while achieving results and sustainable outcomes during times of change and uncertainty.

Chad Schuman

Board Member
Chad Schuman, Board Member of Boots2Roots
Chad is a Financial Advisor in Portland with the Glenn Group of Baird. Prior to joining financial services in 2000, he was an active duty Naval Officer following his commissioning from the University of Rochester NROTC program in 1991. A native of Connecticut, Chad served as a P-3C Orion pilot during two tours at NAS Brunswick, ME with deployments to Italy, Iceland, Puerto Rico and Panama. He continued in the Navy Reserves at the Naval War College until his retirement as a Commander in April, 2012. Being part of a greater cause has always been central to Chad’s life, whether it is supporting youth athletics, community hunger prevention, college scholarship funds or Veterans.