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.
Erika Burns ‘16
Elementary School Teacher
Erika is a graduate of UMF with a degree in Elementary Education. She currently teaches 3rd grade at Cascade Brook Elementary School in the Mt. Blue School District. She lives in Farmington, enjoys being active in the community and loves her job.
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.
Scott Conners ‘90
A 1990 Business Economics major at UMF with Ski Industries certificate, Scott Conners earned an MBA from Penn State University and went on to a successful career at Landmark Partners, a private equity firm. Retired since July 2015, Conners is chair of the board of Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation and member of the board of the Educational Corporation of America.
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.
Matt Gilbert ‘95
Mountain Valley High School
Matt Gilbert has been in education since 1995 starting as a special education teacher and then moving into administration. He has spent his entire career working with students in Western Maine. He has been at his current position since 2005. He is the President of the Mountain Valley Conference and serves on the Maine Principal’s Association Board of Directors. In the past he has been recognized by the Department of Education with School Climate Awards and was nominated for the MPA Principal of the Year. Away from school Matt volunteers coaching youth sports and enjoys playing music.
Matt earned his master’s degree from the University of Maine. He lives happily in Jay with his wife and three children.
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.
Ex Officio, UMF Board of Visitors
Gold LEAF Institute
After moving to Industry, Maine from Chicago in 1997, Eileen Kreutz became active with Gold LEAF Institute, the senior college at UMF with its mission of lifelong learning. She served over the years as its curriculum chair, president, office manager, and Maine Senior College Liaison, as well as the organization’s representative on the Board of Visitors.
Eileen holds a B.S. In Psychology from Loyola, but an early career in youth services led her to teaching carpentry skills to young people and to women through Chicago Women in Trades, for whom she developed the curriculum still in use today. During those years, she and her crew created many low and moderate-income housing units for a non-profit housing development corporation in Chicago.
Now retired, she continues as an active Gold LEAF member and, as time allows, teaches stained glass artwork classes in her studio. She continues to serve as lake monitor on Clearwater Lake, as a regular volunteer with the Community Energy Challenge, and as a member of Encore Leadership Corps in Maine.
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.
Chris McKee ‘92
Vice President of Corporate Programs
Chris is a 1992 graduate of UMF with a degree in Business Economics. He is vice-president of corporate programs at Geiger, a Lewiston, Maine based promotional marketing firm. Having been with the company for more than 20 years, Chris has held management positions in marketing, field sales management, and corporate programs with responsibilities for developing its national sales force, top level client base, and supply chain. He currently is responsible for developing Geiger’s global distribution network, sales growth, team of web developers, call center, and distribution center operations. Chris is a pilot, certified diver, and avid mountaineer. He is involved with numerous civic and industry organizations – including as president of the UMF alumni council. Chris lives in Wayne with his wife and two sons.
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.
Tree Street Youth
Julia Sleeper is the Founder and Executive Director of Tree Street Youth Center in Lewiston, Maine. She was born and raised in Bangor area and initially moved to Lewiston/Auburn as an undergraduate at Bates College. During her time as a student she began connecting to the Downtown Lewiston community youth through service learning opportunities afforded to her as a Psychology and Education major. Over the past 10 years Ms. Sleeper has continued to build on the relationships formed as an undergrad, seeking to provide valuable programming to at-risk youth in Lewiston-Auburn. After completing her Masters in Leadership and Organizational Studies at USM-LAC she began the present-day Tree Street Youth Center. She was recently selected by maine magazine as one of “50 People Shaping the Future of Maine.”
University of Maine at Farmington
Cathryn Wimett retired in 2016 after forty-six years of teaching. Cathy began her career as a fourth grade teacher in the Boston Public Schools. These years were followed by positions as a middle school teacher of students with special needs, as an educational diagnostician with hospitalized adolescents, and with twenty-seven years of college teaching. Cathy capped her career with nineteen years as a faculty member in the Division of Early Childhood and Elementary Education at the University of Maine at Farmington. She is very grateful for the stimulating and fulfilling years at UMF teaching courses in literacy education. Most of all, she is grateful for the opportunity to know and work with the wonderful students, faculty and staff at UMF.
Cathy earned a BA from Emmanuel College in Boston; an MED from Lesley College (now Lesley University) in Cambridge, MA; and a doctorate in Reading and Language from National-Louis University in Evanston, IL. She volunteered for many years with two major organizations: a community mental health agency in Massachusetts and the Holocaust and Human Rights Center in Maine. Cathy is now eager to turn her energies to the UMF Board of Visitors and appreciates the invitation to join this board.
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