WHO WE ARE
Established in 1992, the Rainbow Business Professionals Association (RBPA) mission is to promote networking within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning, intersex, and asexual or allied (LGBTQIA) business community. The goal is to support LGBTQIA professionals and business people throughout the State of Maine through networking and educational enhancement.
In 1998 the RBPA established a scholarship for higher education specifically focused on individuals that consistently and actively promote equality, ensuring their ability to achieve their goal of higher education.
Over the years RBPA has become Maine’s premier LGBTQIA business networking organization.
To find out what events we have upcoming, visit our Events page.
To become a volunteer with RBPA, visit our Volunteer page.
MEET THE BOARD
Mitch Rosengarten, AAMS | President & Scholarship Committee Chair
Mitch is a Financial Advisor and Vice President of Wealth Management with UBS Financial Services, Inc. Mitch became Co-Chair of the Scholarship Committee in June of 2013 and Treasurer in November 2013. In 2017, Mitch resigned as Treasurer to become RBPA Board President.
Mitch graduated from Syracuse University in 1990, and promptly moved to NYC. While living in NYC he did volunteer work for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. In 1998 Mitch relocated to Los Angeles where he spent a large portion of his free time working for MZA Events which puts together the LA AIDS WALK. In February of 2004 he moved to Vermont for a career opportunity and to supervise the continuing health of his parents who retired to Vermont in 1989. Mitch moved from Vermont to Maine in June of 2014.
Michael Snell | Vice-President
Kelly Maines | Secretary & Scholarship Committee Member
Kelly received a BFA from West Virginia University and is a freelance artist, communications expert and advocate for equality. She and her family were integral in the fight for equal access to restroom facilities in the state of Maine where the positive outcome has reverberated across the nation.
Kelly and her family are the subject of the book "Becoming Nicole: The transformation of an American family", the inspiring true story of a transgender girl, her identical twin brother, and an ordinary American family’s extraordinary journey to understand, nurture, and celebrate the uniqueness in us all - written by Amy Ellis Nutt, the Pulitzer Prize–winning science reporter for The Washington Post.
Kelly frequently advocates for equality and most recently was joined by her husband Wayne for a keynote presentation to the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Conference in Austin, Texas where they discussed the important role that therapist play in helping a family safely navigate and nurture the needs of a non binary family member or members.
Katie Snell | Treasurer & Auction Chair
Katie is the Office Manager at Cozy Harbor Seafood in Portland. She joined the RBPA Board in 2015 as the Auction Co-Chair, eventually taking over as full Chairperson.
Katie graduated Westfield State University in 2007 with a B.A. in Mathematics, and the ability to solve a Rubik’s Cube, both of which make her parents very proud.
A Massachusetts native, she moved to Maine in 2014 seeking a change of pace and new adventures. Now, when not sorting through numbers, she is trying some new recipe in her kitchen, visiting family all over New England, plotting her next big trip, or at home with a ball of yarn and her cat. Her local claim to fame is being the daughter of Michael Snell and Steven Bridges, the first same-sex couple married in Maine.
Andrew Newman | At-Large Board Member
Andrew is a sales agent at Keller Williams Realty in Portland. He joined the RBPA Board as Treasurer in 2011 and became president in 2013.
After attending the University of Maine, Andrew spent the first part of his career working in retail marketing and corporate management. He held assignments in many cities across the United States, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. He returned to Maine in the early 1990's and left the corporate world to co-found ADMedia Communications, a full service advertising and design agency, in 2004. In 2013 he shifted his focus to real estate, something he has had a longtime interest in. Andrew has been residing in Falmouth since 1999.
Michael is a true New Englander, born and raised in Lexington Massachusetts. He has also resided in Connecticut and New Hampshire before relocating to Maine in 2004. New England values such as integrity, loyalty, dedication, passion, and hard work are all part of what makes Michael a great asset to RBPA.
Michael is an Associate Broker for Excellence Realty in Portland and a licensed massage therapist with a private practice in Portland, Integrity Bodyworks.
Michael resides in Portland with his husband, Steven. Michael & Steven were the first same sex couple to be legally married in December of 2012. Michael is passionately involved in the LGBTQIA community in Portland. He was a founding member of Pride Portland and the Pride Parade Chairperson from 2014 to 2016. He joined RBPA in 2017 and active volunteer for Equality Maine.
In his down time you will find Michael cooking, entertaining, camping, gardening, and spending time with his husband Steven; and his daughters, Katie and Carolyn.
Tim LaBerge| At-Large Board Member & Events Co-Manager
Tim works in textiles supplying the furniture and boat building industries throughout Maine and the Northeast.
Tim has a passion for working with LGBT+ organizations, and can often be found planning community events throughout the area. He joined the RBPA board in 2017 and is a resident of South Portland.