District Staff

Mike Oldham
Young Adult Director

I am currently serving as pastor at AG Christian Center in Vergennes, VT. Previously I was an assistant pastor at Church of the Rock in St. Albans VT, where for the last five years I was there I worked specifically with youth and young adults in St. Albans as well as throughout VT, engaging in the hard issues of faith in culture, teaching how to live in but not of this world, and developing ways to reach the Mosaic generation.
I have been married for 28 years to Lisa and have four children and two grandchildren and am currently enrolled in Northpoint Bible College finishing my degree in Theology.

Travis Nichelson
Youth Director

Travis was born and raised in a small town at the foothills of the Appalachians, Dahlonega, Georgia. It was here that his family raised him in church and here, during summer camp, he felt the call for full-time ministry. Following the voice of God in his life, Travis moved to New Hampshire to attend Master’s Commission and would later help plant another Master’s Commission in Waterville, Maine. During his time in Waterville, he was asked to become the Youth Pastor and has been for the past five years. During those five years, Travis met his wife Erin and together they have two beautiful children: Luci-Lu, a 3 year old shitzu-poodle mix and Jones Daniel, a 1 year old golden-doodle mix. They have been married for three years, the best three years of Travis’ life to be exact. Travis is an avid sports fan, rooting for the likes of the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Raptors, and the Atlanta Falcons (yes, he remembers Super Bowl LI).

Karen Boudreau
Administrative Assistant

Karen graduated from Valley Forge Christian College in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education. After working in the banking industry for seven years, the Lord brought Karen to the District Office as the Bookkeeper in September, 1994. In April of 1997, Karen became the Assistant to the Director of Church Ministries until July 2013 when she became the Administrative Assistant of the office. With her background in Bookkeeping, Karen has become the “Jack of all Trades” in the office, filling in as Bookkeeper and helping out wherever she is needed! In June, 1998, Karen married her husband, Carl, and in May of 2001 they were blessed with the birth of their daughter, Hannah.
A favorite Scripture verse that has helped Karen since she became a Christian is from Psalm 91:1-2: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust.’”

Brenda Palermo

Brenda has been the Bookkeeper here at the District Office since 1999. She graduated with an A.S. in Business with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Southern Maine. She has also worked with Girls Ministries and has been an active member at Emmanuel Assembly of God in Portland, Maine. In August, 2002, Brenda was blessed to marry her husband, Vinny. She is the mother of two adult children, Michael and Amber, and the proud grandmother of Sofia Lillian – born on Christmas day 2012. She is very thankful for her praying grandmother (Lillian) that never gave up asking, “are you coming to church with me?”! Her favorite motto/scripture: For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

Angela Abbatiello
Office Staff

Angela Abbatiello and her husband, Dan, currently reside in Raymond, Maine. They actively pastored for over 30 years during which time Angela, a graduate of Evangel University, Springfield, MO, taught elementary school in both the public and private sectors. In 2009, Dan accepted the position as Director of Church Development for the Northern New England District of the Assemblies of God, Portland, Maine. Angela now serves as his administrative assistant.
The Abbatiellos have two grown children, Vincent and Danielle, who currently reside in New York state. Vincent and Theresa have just returned from the People’s Republic of China where they lived and worked as English teachers at Zhengzhou University for the last 10 years. Jason and Danielle are presently planting a church in downtown Schenectady with City Reach Network. Angela delights in being “Grammie” to 5 year old Isabella and 2 year old Carolina Cooper.
Since receiving the Lord at age 12, she endeavors to live out her life verse. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5 & 6 NKJV

Darlene Shearer
Office Staff

Darlene has been working at the district office since April 2001, and currently serves as the office receptionist. She also served as the district Real WOMEN Real Life Assistant Director from 2003 to 2010, and has prior experience at Community Bible Church in South Burlington, VT as a receptionist and then later as an Administrative Assistant.
Darlene enjoys working with the office team at NNED, as well as traveling with her husband Ed visiting all the various churches in our district. In her free time she loves spending time with family: her son David and his wife Nicki, and their daughter Chloe; and her son Jonathan and his wife Erin and their four sons- Isaiah, Micah, Noah and Elijah.
One of her favorite scriptures is, Whatever you do, work at it wholeheartedly as though you were doing it for the Lord and not merely for people. Colossians 3:23 ISV