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Meet Our Team
Public Affairs Officer
Public Affairs Associate and Volunteer Coordinator
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Oka Hutchins’ commitment to community and Mount Desert Island brought her to non-profit work at MDI Hospital in 2013. An award-winning journalist and photographer, she has previously worked for news and feature publications in Maine, Oregon and North Carolina including the Mount Desert Islander, the Ellsworth American, the Raleigh News and Observer and Oregon’s Future Magazine.
Her background in both journalism and the restaurant industry has led her to be a strong supporter of farm to table food and food education. As the Public Affairs Officer at Mount Desert Island Hospital, Oka has led the development a partnership with renowned chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day, bringing hands-on food education to Island children. Oka has also worked to establish a broad public outreach effort around health insurance reform, and has dedicated countless hours to helping people in her community better understand their health insurance options and enroll in coverage.
Hutchins holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Journalism with a concentration in Advertising and minors in English & Sociology from the University of Maine in Orono.
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Surrounded by a large and loving French Canadian family, Brenda Sprague is a Maine native from Howland. This high school jock and basketball star made her way to Bar Harbor in 1998 with a certification in medical transcription from the University of Maine at Augusta. Brenda began her career with MDI Hospital as a medical transcriptionist at Cooper Gilmore Health Center. In 2002, she transferred to the Philanthropy and Public Affairs Office where she found her niche as Public Affair Associate and Volunteer Coordinator. Brenda is dedicated to growing the hospital’s volunteer program, which includes the MDI Hospital Auxiliary, where she acts as chief liaison. She also serves as a nonclinical member on the hospital’s palliative care committee and has been instrumental in bringing Death Cafes to MDI.
Brenda was awarded the 2015 Director of Volunteer Excellence (D.O.V.E) Award for her outstanding contributions and continued service to the community. Outside the hospital Brenda enjoys spending time in Acadia, reading and volunteers her time with many organizations on the Island. She also serves on the event committee for Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County. Brenda is proud that her mom taught her that you can make a difference in someone’s life no matter how small the gesture, and to always celebrate life any chance you can. She makes her priorities in her life spending time with her husband, Stephen, family and friends and enjoys being a “Meme” to her four grandchildren and grandpup.