The University of Maine at Farmington Board of Visitors is an advisory body of community and regional leaders and champions who provide counsel to the University and help identify and implement university / regional partnerships.
The Board advises the President on a wide range of issues regarding the University’s role and mission and its relationship to the people of Maine. It also serves as public advocates for UMF, assisting the University by promoting understanding by and support from the System Board of Trustees; the state legislature; state agencies; businesses, school systems, and social services providers; the media; and the general public.
Board of Visitors 2014-2015
Gerald ‘Jerry’ Cayer ’85
Chair, UMF Board of Visitors
Franklin Community Health Network
Jerry is currently executive vice president of Franklin Community Health Network, a comprehensive health care system serving central and western Maine. The network includes Franklin Memorial Hospital; Franklin Health, a multispecialty physician practice; and NorthStar EMS, the regional ambulance service. A native of Lewiston, Jerry has served as chief operating officer of Franklin Memorial Hospital since 2005. Previously, he served as the director of the Department of Health and Human Services for the city of Portland, Maine.
A former Marine, Jerry is an active youth coach and high school basketball and baseball official. He is active in many public/community health initiatives and is a graduate of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine Program, which prepares statewide leaders to shape Maine’s changing economy.
Jerry received a B.S. in Community Health Education from the University of Maine at Farmington, and later earned his Master’s of Public Health degree from Boston University. Jerry resides in Waterville with his wife, Tami, also a UMF graduate, and their three children.
Peter Addicott is retired from Inter-Connect, where he served as President. He contributes his time to many organizations, including the Community Foundation Board, the National Peace Alliance Board, the United Way of Tri Counties Cabinet, Special Olympics of West TN Track and Field committee, United Way of Memphis agency selection Taskforce, the Springfield College David Allen Read Society, and Story Telling Festival Boards/Steering Committees in Farmington and Memphis.
In addition to his volunteerism, Peter enjoys spending time participating in church activities, singing with a semiprofessional choral company, and spending time with his grandchildren.
He holds an M.Ed. from Springfield College in Springfield MA.
MELMAC Education Foundation
A former reproductive health teacher and Assistant Director of Admissions at Westbrook College (now the University of New England) in Portland, Maine, Wendy Ault served as the Associate Director of Admissions at the University of Maine at Farmington for seventeen years. During her tenure at UMF, she was elected to four terms in the Maine House of Representatives She served all eight years as a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs, serving as its House Chair during her final term.
In September 1999, she became President of the non-profit Maine Educational Loan Marketing Corporation (MELMAC). When MELMAC was sold to a for-profit corporation in January 2001, the proceeds from that sale created the MELMAC Education Foundation. Since its creation, Wendy has been the Executive Director.
Wendy is a graduate of Gould Academy and Bates College. She lives in Wayne with her husband and has two children.
Dana Bullen ’88
Resort President & General Manager
Dana Bullen has served as Resort President and General Manager of Sunday River since September 2004 and brings to the position more than 25 years of ski industry and management experience. Prior to his promotion, Dana worked as Vice-President of Partnership Marketing for American Skiing Company where he oversaw corporate partnership programs for the company’s entire network of resorts.
Dana worked his way up the ski-business ladder shortly after earning a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Maine Farmington in 1988, holding various positions at Sugarloaf, including golf pro for the award-winning Sugarloaf Golf Club.
A native of Farmington, Maine, Dana enjoys skiing, fishing, hunting, and the Maine outdoors.
Sharon Cullenberg ’78
Call Center Manager
Stericycle Patient Communications Solutions
Sharon Cullenberg currently manages Stericycle Patient Communications Solutions, formerly NotifyMD, in Farmington. She serves in her community as a board member for the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area and the Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice. Sharon is also a long-time member of the Farmington Rotary Club.
A 1978 graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington with a B.A. in English, Sharon resides in Farmington with her husband Ron, and in her free time enjoys reading, playing golf and pickleball, skiing, and traveling to different parts of the world to visit her children.
Senior Regional Retail Lending Specialist
Bangor Savings Bank
Becky Davis-Allen is the Vice President and Senior Regional Retail Lending Specialist at Bangor Savings Bank in Farmington, her professional home for 25 years. In addition to her work at the bank, Becky contributes her time and skills to the community by serving as Treasurer of the Healthy Community Coalition’s board, and as a board member of the Western Maine CA$H Coalition, a volunteer tax preparer, assistant site coordinator, and site tax consultant. Becky is a member of the Farmington Downtown Business Association.
She enjoys swimming, reading, gardening, cooking, spending time with her two beautiful granddaughters, and spending time on Kimball Pond at her camp. She is a resident of Strong, Maine.
Steven ‘Al’ Feather
Branch Manager, Farmington
Hammond Lumber Company
The Branch Manager of the Farmington location of Hammond Lumber Company for almost thirty years, Al Feather is a long-time member and past president of the Farmington Rotary Club. He also serves as advisor to both the University of Maine at Farmington’s Rotaract Club, and Mt. Blue High School’s Interact Club.
Al has twice been awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship award by the Farmington Rotary, and was honored with the Rotarian of the Year award for his district in 2010.
Professor Emeritus, Special Education
University of Maine at Farmington
Ray was a professor in UMF’s Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation for 34 years. Currently, he teaches online courses to Special Education teachers across the state of Maine who are working toward their certification. Ray served on the RSU 9 school board for thirteen years and was chair for five. He was also the honorary campaign chair for the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area in 2013.
Ray earned his B.S. from Central Connecticut State University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Special Education and Counseling at Syracuse University. He has a strong interest in Spanish and has enjoyed extended stays in Mexico, Ecuador, and Nicaragua with his wife, conducting several teacher education workshops as a volunteer. Ray and his wife enjoy spending time with their three grandchildren.
Alison Hagerstrom ’73
Greater Franklin Development Corporation
A resident of Farmington, Alison Hagerstrom is the Executive Director of Greater Franklin Development Corporation.
Alison is a former business owner with over 20 years of manufacturing and management experience. Her company, MTE, Inc. located in Farmington, manufactured wiring harnesses and other electrical sub-assemblies for the electronics industry. She was previously employed by SCI in Augusta as program manager and later consulted with Franklin Memorial Hospital on software development. Alison served on the Plus 1 Small Business Committee created by former Governor Angus King and in June 1991, she received the University of Maine at Farmington Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Award.
In September 2006, Alison was chosen as The Franklin Journal and Livermore Falls Advertiser’s first-ever “Person of the Year.” In October 2011, she was presented with the Florence Hewey Archibald ’27 Alumni Service Award. She is the immediate past president of the Economic Development Council of Maine, a position she held for two terms.
Alison holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington.
University of Maine at Farmington
Valerie Huebner retired in 2012 after more than 30 years of service at UMF. She began her career teaching writing, literature, women’s studies, and linguistics courses and became Executive Assistant to the President in 1989. Valerie worked in this capacity for three presidents, taking on such assignments as coordinating diversity efforts, helping launch the Sustainable Campus Coalition, and working as the UMF Equal Opportunity Coordinator. She concluded her career as the UMF Sustainability Coordinator.
She has served on the boards of SAVES and Mountain Counties Heritage and is currently the community member on the UMF Diversity Lab.
Valerie’s retirement includes spending winters in Mexico on the Yucatan coast, working on her Spanish and engaging with people in the local village. She holds a B.A. from Stanford University in American Literature and a Master of Arts and Teaching from Harvard University.
United Way of the Triv-Valley Area
Lisa Laflin is the Executive Director of the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area where she oversees all aspects of meeting the organization’s mission to improve people’s lives and build a strong and healthy community. Lisa assumed this role in 2008.
Previous employment saw Lisa deeply rooted in arts administration (Executive Director, River Tree Arts, Kennebunk); health promotion, resource development, and marketing (Healthy Community Coalition, Farmington; and Sacopee Valley Health Center, Kezar Falls); and graphic design and publishing (self-employed).
She has served on numerous boards of directors and received a number of awards for her community engagement efforts, including the Governor’s Service Award for Excellence in Volunteer Administration in 2013, the 2013 Salt and Light Award for collaborative efforts with the faith-based community; SeniorsPlus Partners Award; and the Collaborative Spirit Award from the Maine Alzheimer’s Association.
Lisa is a graduate of the Honors Program at the University of Maine with dual degrees in English and Art History, and has completed coursework toward a Master’s degree in Community Planning and Development at the University of Southern Maine’s Muskie School of Public Service.
An active Farmington Rotarian who is very involved in exchange programs, Lisa lives in New Vineyard, and gardens among the bugs with her husband Brent and their two children, Park and Riley.
Betty-Jane S. Meader ’68
Professor Betty-Jane S. Meader taught for 44 years, 41 of them at Thomas College (30 years in fashion merchandising and retail management and 11 years in marketing).
Upon retirement in 2012, she served as state president of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Maine for two years. Betty-Jane is also a member of the Waterville Branch of AAUW (membership vice president and former president), the American and Maine Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (district chair and former state president), Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Key Women Educators and the Coalition for Maine Women. For five years (1997-2002), she served on the board of trustees at Foxcroft Academy, from which she had graduated in 1964.
A supporter of the arts, Betty-Jane is a member of the Maine Film Center, the Portland Museum of Art, the Common Street Art Gallery and the Redington Museum. Presently, she volunteers at the Evening Sandwich Program and Girls’ Day at the State House.
Betty-Jane received a B.S. degree in home Economics from Farmington State College (now UMF) and a M.S. degree from the University of Maine. She and her husband, Dick, have two sons and four grandchildren and reside in Waterville.
Anne K.W. Richardson
Director of College Counseling
Director of International and ESL Programs
Kents Hill School
Since 1998, Anne Richardson has served as the Director of College Counseling at Kents Hill School. She is also a certified TESOL teacher, and currently directs Kents Hill’s international program and chairs the ESL Department at Kents Hill School.
Anne has also served as the President of the New England Association for College Admissions Counseling (NEACAC) and is a member of the National Association for College Admissions Counseling’s (NACAC) Commission on International Student Recruitment. She has also chaired the NEACAC Summer Institute, and currently serves as a mentor for NEACAC’s Rising Leaders Colloquium. Anne has authored several articles for the Journal of College Admission, the NEACAC newsletter and the Kennebec Journal. She has presented at NEACAC, NACAC, MECA, IECA, TABS, University of Maine International Educators and ISANNE conferences.
Anne is a graduate of Oberlin College (A.B. English) and Wesleyan University (M.A. Liberal Studies/Humanities)
Mark R. Shibles
Dean and Professor Emeritus, School of Education
University of Connecticut
A Maine native, Mark Shibles is Dean and Professor Emeritus, School of Education, University of Connecticut. During his fifty year career, he has been a counterintelligence agent, public school teacher, university professor, university dean, superintendent of a university high school, a board of education member, and director of a university educational policy center.
Mark is the author and coauthor of various books, monographs, articles, and technical reports.
He holds a B.A. in History and Government from the University of Maine and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Cornell University. Mark currently serves a member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Maine Children’s Alliance, and he lives in Wilton with his wife.
Ray Therrien ’79
Mt. Blue RSD Franklin County Adult Basic & Community Education
A native of Jay, Maine, Ray Therrien has been the Director of Franklin County Adult and Community Education for more than twelve years. In his thirty-plus years of experience in education, Ray has made education accessible to refugees from around the world, Micmac and Mexican migrants, prisoners, high school age youth at risk and adults.
Well-regarded in the field of higher education, Ray has been a member of numerous state and regional boards, including Franklin County Community College Network. He is a graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington, with a B.S. in Elementary Education and enjoys music, adventure and the outdoors.
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