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 2015-2016
Chair, UMF Board of Visitors
United Way of the Tri-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 (she has hosted five students), Lisa lives in New Vineyard, with her husband Brent and enjoys gardening among the bugs and rocks. She sends her second child off to college this year and promises not to take over his room for her ever-expanding unfinished projects.
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.
Ed Cervone is the Executive Director of Educate Maine, a business-led, education advocacy organization in Maine. Ed has worked for more than a decade in Maine’s policy realm on issues of workforce, education, fiscal policy and economic development. Prior to Educate Maine, Ed worked with the Maine Center for Economic Policy and the Maine Development Foundation. Ed received his undergraduate education at Princeton University and earned his master’s degree at the University of Maine.
Mortgage Development Officer
Bangor Savings Bank
Becky Davis-Allen is the Vice President and Mortgage Development Officer at Bangor Savings Bank in Farmington, her professional home for 27 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, member of the Farmington Rotary Club and Youth leader for Next Act, 2016-2017 United Way Annual Campaign Chair and member of the Finance Committee as well as Community Investment Team.
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.
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 currently serves on the South Solon Historical Society board and the Nordica Homestead board as well as the Board of Visitors. She lives in Farmington with her husband, Alan Markert, and spends weekends in the country in East Madison, gardening and engaging with old friends and summer visitors.
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.
David Levesque, Esq. ’88
Law Office of David Levesque, P.A.
David Levesque is the owner of the Law Office of David Levesque, P.A. He has a general civil law practice with concentrations in tax, real estate, business matters, and civil litigation which he conducts out of his office in Damariscotta, Maine.
In addition to his political science undergraduate degree from the University of Maine at Farmington, David holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.
David is Immediate Past President of the Maine State Bar Association and is a former President of the Lincoln County Bar Association. He also is the Division One (Administration) Director and a Council member of the American Bar Association’s Solo, Small Firm, General Practice Division.
Originally from Ellsworth, Maine, David now resides in Newcastle, Maine with his wife, Susan ’88, also a graduate of UMF, and their three sons, Luke, Austin and Joseph.
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. Last year, she served as secretary and diversity chair. For the next two years, she has been elected state membership vice president. Betty-Jane is also a member of the Waterville Branch of AAUW (former president and immediate past membership vice 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 Alliance 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 Farnsworth Art Museum, 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 an 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 career, he has been a counterintelligence special agent, public school teacher, university professor, university academic dean, superintendent of a university high school, a board of education member, and director of a university educational policy center. He has served in leadership positions in numerous national, state, and regional education organizations. Shibles has been a consultant to national governments, state governments, universities foundations, professional associations, regional educational agencies and many local school districts.
Mark is the author of books, monographs, articles, and technical reports and holds a B.A. in History and Government from the University of Maine and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Cornell University. He resides in Wilton, Maine.
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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