Board of Directors

Thank You for joining the Tree Street Youth Group

Julia Sleeper, President/Executive Director


Julia Sleeper is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Tree Street Youth Center. Born and raised in Bangor area, she initially moved to Lewiston as an undergraduate at Bates College. During her time as a student, she began connecting to the Downtown Lewiston community youth through service learning opportunities afforded to her as a Psychology and Education major. Over the past 10 years, Julia has continued to build on the relationships formed as an undergrad, seeking to provide valuable programming to at-risk youth in Lewiston-Auburn. After completing her Masters in Leadership and Organizational Studies at USM-LAC, she began the present-day Tree Street Youth Center.

Paula Marcus-Platz, Chair


Paula Marcus-Platz is a longstanding advocate for the health and well being of the Lewiston-Auburn community. Her board experience has included the YWCA and Temple Shalom, where she also serves as its Program Committee chair. Paula has been long affiliated with the Bates Dance Festival as the ad-hoc chair of the Advisory Council. She has had a private psychotherapy practice in Lewiston-Auburn since 1982 and, with the exception of a little more than a decade, Paula has been a lifelong resident of Auburn.

Faye Luppi, Vice Chair

Faye Luppi, Esq., is the Project Director of the Violence Intervention Partnership, a coordinated community response to domestic violence in Cumberland County. She also provides national and international consulting services on developing a coordinated response to domestic violence, risk assessment, and working with trauma-affected youth. She has served as a juvenile prosecutor and Juvenile Law Professor.

Christopher Hanks, Treasurer

Chris is a credit officer for Maine Community Bancorp. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from USM. Chris loves volunteering and getting involved within the community. During his free time, Chris loves laughing and playing with his family.

Michael Malloy, Clerk

Michael is a business lawyer devoted to serving the individuals and organizations working to build a better Maine. After eight years practicing at medium–sized firms, where he represented some of Maine’s largest private employers and municipalities, Michael recently embarked on a longtime dream and launched The Malloy Firm as an independent practice based in Lewiston-Auburn, with a statewide reach. Involved in his community and within the bar, Michael is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Androscoggin County Bar Association, for which he serves as Vice President. Michael is Co-Chair of the Red Mass Committee for the Catholic Diocese of Maine, and volunteers his time and expertise on behalf of a number of community nonprofit organizations, including Tree Street Youth, the Emerge Film Festival, and the Auburn Nordic Ski Association.

Lin Dehetre

With more than 25 years banking experience, Lin is dedicated to providing the best customer experience possible for all her clients.  Lin is active with Safe Voices, L/A Metropolitan Chamber, Center for Financial Training as well as providing financial literacy to high school students.  Lin is passionate in giving back to the community she works in. Lin lives in New Gloucester with her husband Roger and enjoys spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Abdimalik Maalim

Abdimalik Maalim was born in Somalia but raised in If’o Kenya. In 2006, he arrived in the United States and attended Lewiston High School where he graduated in 2011. He then went on to receive his Associates Degree in General Studies from CMCC in 2016, where he now works as a Learning and Advising Representative helping students register for classes.

Mohamad Mohamad

Mohamed Mohamed grew up in Djibouti and moved to Maine in 2011 with his family. He attended Lewiston High School where he graduated in 2013 with a National Honors Society designation. Mohamed is an alum of Tree Street and works at Bangor Savings Bank as a Customer Service Specialist.

Chris Delamater

Chris Delamater is responsible for managing the marketing, communications, and community relations functions for Northeast Bank. He also serves as the Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Officer, helping to support the needs of local communities across Maine.  He currently serves as board member of the Androscoggin County Fund, part of the Maine Community Foundation, which provides grants to non-profits throughout Androscoggin County. Mr. Delamater received his B.S. in Marketing from Coastal Carolina University and M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine.  He lives in Oxford with his wife and three children.

Marty Deschaines

Marty works at the Bates College Harward Center for Community Partnerships with students who engage in the Lewiston-Auburn community through the volunteer program, student leadership, community work-study, and summer grant-funded opportunities. In addition, she serves on the board of Safe Voices, the domestic violence resource center in this area. She is a long-time resident of the Lewiston-Auburn community.

Kirk Egge

Kirk Egge is the Chief Information Officer at Mechanics Savings Bank. Kirk has over 20 years of experience in guiding non-profits in implementing and managing technology solutions.  Kirk enjoys spending time in the mountains with his two young children and wife Anita.

Steve Labonte

Steve Labonte is a Juvenile Community Corrections Officer for Maine Department of Corrections. Steve received his Bachelor’s Degree in Leadership and Organizational Studies, Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Southern Maine.

Betty Robinson

Betty Robinson served as the Dean of  Lewiston-Auburn College, and is the Emeritus Professor of Leadership and Organizational Studies. Betty served on many area- and state-wide boards including that of the Maine Community Foundation.

Ayman Mohammad

Ayman Mohammad lives in Lewiston but was born in East Africa and moved to the United States seven years ago. He studied residential and commercial electricity at Washington County Community College and now works with Cianbro. Ayman has been a part of the Tree Street organization since it began.

La-Qiana Perez-Saxon

LaQiana Perez-Saxon, Esq. is a licensed Maine attorney. She has a BS in Business and Executive Management from Bay Path University and a JD from the University Of Maine School Of Law. Born and raised in the inner city of Springfield, Massachusetts, she was personally exposed to the effects of poverty and the senseless taking of teenage lives. For many years before moving to Maine she served as a teen leader and mentor for at-risk youth. Today, as the owner of Saxon Legal Services, LLC, Atty. Perez-Saxon offers free mentoring and internship opportunities for interested teens.