Action Team

Tyson Weems

Motivation: "This project reflects an intention to 'do my thing' in ways that benefit others. It builds on many different experiences and also means growing in new ways as an educator, performer, student, and leader. Getting to develop and share my energy, skills, and passion (including for civic engagement, movement, music, art, teaching, food, and trying to be clever) is super fulfilling."

    • Former RD LD (Registered Dietitian, ME Licensed Dietitian)
    • 8 years substitute teaching and 22 years of coaching experience
    • CrossFit Level I Trainer, CF Gymnastics, CF Weightlifting, and CF Kids

    Educational Background:
    • University of Northern Colorado Distance Dietetics Internship Program 2008
    • MT State University (MS in Health and Human Development) 2007
    • Bowdoin College (Sociology and Environmental Studies) 2000
    • Phillips Exeter Academy 1995
    • Brunswick High School 1994

    Current Home: Portland, Maine
    Other Current Activities:
    • Coaching at CrossFit Beacon
    • Performing music (guitar/voice solo and with backing tracks)
    • Sports (currently CrossFit, X-C sking, and snowboarding)

    Past Jobs: Substitute teacher (grades 6-12), sports referee, personal trainer, nutrition researcher, sports camp director, musician, guitar instructor, whitewater raft guide, snowboard instructor, baseball coach

    Elle Snyder

    Motivation: “The pervasiveness of disconnection today deeply saddens me but also drives me to action. I believe that successfully combating this crisis requires a holistic and intersectional approach like the one 3Levels employs. I’m dedicated to supporting a mission that sees the health of our bodies, our communities and our environment as one truly interconnected system.”

      • Legislative Aide in the Maine House Majority Office
      • Facilitator with Restorative Justice Institute of Maine
      • Volunteer/Organizer for several social justice and political action organizations (ACLU, ILAP, NARAL Pro Choice, Maine HDCC, Environment ME)

      • Endicott College (BS in Political Science with a concentration in Conflict Resolution)
      • USM Muskie School (current/seeking an MS in Public Policy)

      Current home: Portland
      Other Current Activities:
      • CrossFit
      • Plant-based baking
      • Yoga
      • Moving my body in nature however possible! (running, hiking, attempting to XC ski)

      Liz Vella

      Motivation: "The field of health psychology has amassed a vast literature demonstrating the interactive influences of healthy diet, regular aerobic exercise, and social support for augmenting quality of life and longevity. We are also discovering that being in nature is instrumental to this process. Civic engagement and community-engaged learning tie these elements together and in so doing build a sense of meaning, life purpose, and self efficacy. Now is the time to apply this knowledge in a manner that will translate to lifelong habits of health promotion."

        • Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern Maine
        • Author or co-author of numerous peer-reviewed scientific journal articles
        • Presenter of research at a variety of conferences
        • USM Psychology Department Chair
        • USM Psychology Club Faculty Advisor
        • USM Psychology Department Internship Coordinator

        Educational Background:
        • University of Pittsburgh (postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine) 2007
        • Virginia Tech (MS in Psychological Sciences) 2003
        • Virginia Tech (Ph.D. in Psychological Sciences) 2005
        • Sonoma State University (BA in Psychological Sciences) 1998

        Current Home: Portland, Maine
        Other Current Activities:
        • Cardiovascular reactivity to and recovery from lab induced stress
        • Stress reduction interventions to improve quality of life among cancer patients and combat veterans
        • CrossFit

        Board of Directors

        Coral Rabey

        Motivation: "Observing the disconnect between nature, self and community is deeply distressing. I am eager to find ways to solve this problem by being part of a team that is motivated and passionate. I have had the pleasure and benefit of participating in exercises that work to bridge the gap between self-awarenss and the natural world. My hope is that 3Levels will bring choices and connection to the community members who choose to leverage it's offerings, and that slowly, at a grass roots level, we will begin to see changes."

          • Former Boad President (served 1 term) and 7 year member of non-profit Maine Children's Cancer Program
          • Completed 1 term as a mentor with the Olympia Snowe Leadership Institute

          Educational Background:
          • Denison Univerity (BA in Psychology) ACFCS, ACAMs and International Diploma in Compliance
          • Current Home: Falmoth, Maine

          Other Current Activities:
          • CrossFit, hiking, and skiing
          • Going to the Farmer's market and making meals out of local in season produce
          • Spending time with my children and husband

          Steve Weems

          Motivation: "All aspects of Planet Earth need to be in harmony. This initiative touches health at multiple levels, from individual cells to the global community. Encouraging healthy thoughts and actions is critically important."

            • Chief Operating Officer (4 for-profit companies, 1 non-profit)
            • Commercial lender and project financing experience
            • Economic and community development experience
            • Board work for various for-profit and non-profit entities

            Educational Background:
            • Harvard Business School (MBA) 1965
            • Bucknell University (BS in Mechanical Engineering) 1963

            Current Home: Brunswick, Maine
            Other Current Activities:
            • Trustee, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority (MRRA)
            • Trustee, Chair of Governance Committee, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences
            • Board member, Treasurer of the Brunswick FoodShed
              (a developmental local farmers' market project)
            • Husband and father of two sons, including the founder

            Eleanor Snyder, Treasurer