MEET OUR TEAM
BERTRAND MIZERO, cEO
Bertrand Mizero has a Master's Degree in International Development from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a BA in Business Administration.
Before moving to the US, Bertrand worked extensively in the field of International Development, both in the Middle East and in the Great Lakes region of Africa. He was commissioned to impart his expertise in the field on developing and implementing new projects as well as conducting evaluation processes.
Prior to establishing Ubuntu Care, Bertrand worked in various capacities with organizations that provide support to individuals with developmental disabilities. Bertrand has always strived to engage clients in reaching goals helping them live a most fulfilling life. Bertrand's dedication to individuals with learning disabilities is demonstrated by his relentless drive to ensure the highest quality of care to clients in UC's care.
Bertrand enjoys life with a beautiful wife and three of the cutest kids you've ever seen!
Patrick Dushime, CFO
Patrick leads the finance department at Ubuntu Care where he is in charge of daily financial management and operations. He oversees payroll operations and plays a transversal role with all the departments to ensure they use the available funds in the most efficient way. Prior to join Ubuntu Care, he successfully worked over a decade as project manager and accountant with both local and international non-profits organizations impacting more than 200,000 people. Patrick holds a Bachelor degree in business administration and management coupled with many professional certifications and trainings he acquired over years. In his spare time, Patrick is involved in his local church if not at his church, he is playing basketball with his friends. Patrick is married to his beautiful wife and their 3 sons.
Director of operations
Ben is a graduate of Husson University with a Post Bachelor Degree in Legal studies . His passion for service to vulnerable populations is exhibited in his professional resume. With over 5 years' experience working in the legal framework, he worked for UNCHR mandated by the United Nations to seek durable solution for refugees and worked tirelessly to insure they are safe and have a safe place to restart their lives and regain a sense of dignity. Since 2015, he has supported people with disabilities with passion and heart with similar goals. Ben is an irreplaceable member of the Ubuntu team, as he brings a high level of integrity, passion and experience to the table, while keeping an eye on the legality of processes and procedures. Ben collaborates with the team to ensure operations are conducted smoothly, working diligently to ensure clients are getting the proper care they deserve and staff are equipped to offer quality care to those in their care. Ben knows first hand the challenges that come with the job of a DSP, and is committed to supporting UC staff, giving credit as due!
Ben is married, enjoys working out, hiking and plays basketball.
Sally Papciak, LCSW-cc
Sally is a graduate of USM with a Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work, and has a BA in Sociology. She has over 20 year's experience working with individuals with disabilities, mostly Autism and PTSD. Sally works hard every day to ensure staff are well trained, and understand the individuals we serve in order to provide quality care with an emphasis on clinical care. Sally has worked as a school board president, a teacher, a coach, a mentor, a direct care provider, a counselor, a case manager and has led a support group for families of children with disabilities. Sally has training in Sensory Integration, ABA planning and implementation, functional assessments, bio-psychosocial assessments, global functioning assessments, positive support plans and development and implementation of behavior plans.
Sally served in the US Air Force, and her husband of 27 years retired from the military in 2014. Sally and her husband have four children, three dogs, two gerbils, forty chickens, ten ducks and a goose. Sally also is a beekeeper and enjoys fishing and gardening.
Director of programing
Olivier leads the programing department, responsible for staff onboarding, orientation, and scheduling. Olivier works closely with home supervisors ensuring excellent service delivery. He is extraordinarily dedicated to UC as demonstrated to remaining "on-call" most weekends. The team at UC rely on his on-going support of staff and value his whole-hearted resolve toward quality care.
Prior to joining the Ubuntu Care team, Olivier has spent 4 years as Direct Support Professional where his passion of working with people with developmental disabilities grew.
Olivier is a recent graduate from the School of Policy and International affairs at the University of Maine where he earned his Master of Arts in International Trade and Commerce. Olivier is also an active member of 2 local organizations where he strengthens his ties with other people in the community. During his free time, Olivier enjoys hanging out with friends and family. He is also an avid food taster as he uses weekends exploring different cuisines in town.
Bruce bennet, Facilities director
Bruce, another valuable member of the Ubuntu Care team, is heavily relied on for the logistics of our group homes. From maintenance to contracting new leases, the UC team depends on his diligence to making our homes safe and comfortable for our clients.
With a long history of working in logistics, customer service, and direct service for adults with disabilities. In his home country of Burundi, he worked in logistics with United Nations and Radio broadcasting. For the past twelve years he has worked as a customer service representative in Tulsa OK, Westbrook Me and Portland Me also as Direct Support Specialist in Cambridge MA, in Saco Me and in Portland Me. Bruce got his start in residential services by witnessing firsthand the need for Care givers when he was working for the State of Maine/DHHS in 2015 for which he demonstrated that he has the heart of serving his community and the public in general.
His friends would describe him as easy going, lighthearted, a good listener and a person who is dedicated to helping people. Best known for his charm and kindness, he is also a father of 3 and a husband to a beautiful woman.
director of training
Jeff started in healthcare service in 2011 as a Direct Support Professional and worked his way to management and eventually a Directorship position. Jeff serves as Ubuntu Care’s quality Assurance and Training Director along with contributing to the day-to-day general operations of Ubuntu Care.
Jeff has a passion for teaching and his experience from the ground floor assist him in training delivery. Jeff has experience teaching College of Direct Support Live classroom sessions, CPI, and is currently a certified Safety Care Instructor. Jeff also is a certified Mental Health Support Specialist (MHSS) Trainer.
Jeff is a graduate of the University of Maine @ Farmington, with a degree in Community Health Education. While at the University of Maine, Jeff was a member of the men’s soccer team and was voted team captain by his peers for his final 2 seasons. A natural leader, Jeff has a knack for staff development and brings a solution focused energy to the team.
HANNAH STRITCH, OFFICE MANAGER
Hannah tends to the routine operations of the executive team and office, and is relied on heavily by her teammates. She is the smiling face visitors enjoy upon entering the office. The Ubuntu Care team has come to depend on Hannah's exemplary organization skills to keep us on track. Although new to the field of support for individuals with intellectual disabilities, Hannah is very excited and grateful to be working in such an important field of work, and it shows in her welcoming smile and demeanor.
Hannah graduated from MECA with a BA in illustration. She spends most of her free time making art; she likes to make happy, colorful art that reflects childhood, in hopes to bring smiles to her viewers. You are likely to see some of her impromptu work around the office. She plans to incorporate art therapy in her future at Ubuntu Care, and become an editorial illustrator. She has already planned to work with individuals we serve through an art club which she hopes to implement post-Covid!
Jacob papciak, quality assurance officer
Jacob is our data expert. He supports the team immensely by assuring essential data is captured, maintained and analyzed. While he often works remotely, many staff have come to know his name as he keeps them on their toes! Jacob's data analysis is essential to the clinical department, as they have come to rely on his reports to support plans for clients and indicating the efficacy of plans. Jacob has much experience working with the population we serve, mostly through his volunteer work in school.
Jacob graduated from MECA with a BA in illustration. He often will create comic characters in his free time. Jacob has long-dreamed of publishing graphic novels and we are certain many of our clients will love his work. Jacob will be teaming with Hannah leading art club in the near future.