Search Committee Chair

David MacMahon was born and educated in the United Kingdom where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science and a doctoral degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of Nottingham. David immigrated to the U.S in 1976 and has since become a U.S. Citizen. Currently retired, his work experience in the U.S. includes marketing and general management. He was President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Gates Formed Fiber, later Formed Fiber Technologies from 1984 to 2007 with facilities in Maine, Ohio, and South Carolina. After a brief retirement, he was recruited as CEO of Maine Machine Products before finally retiring in 2013. In addition to several other board memberships and committees, David has been a member of the University of Maine System Board of Trustees since May 2018. He is also currently a director of Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice and has been a Trustee of the Maine Community College System since 2012.

Search Committee Members

Jess Berry is the Director of the Learning Assistance Center at the University of Maine at Farmington. Her department provides student support services that include disability services, developmental education, and peer tutoring on campus. She has worked at UMF for nearly 13 years and was promoted to the director of the LAC in 2015. Prior to coming to UMF in 2006, she was a Special Education teacher in MSAD #52, working with high risk youth. Jess received her B.S. in Political Science from the University of Maine at Farmington and her M.S. Ed Special Education from the University of Southern Maine.

Page Cadorette* is a sophomore at UMF and is an Elementary Education major with a concentration in Math. Since the start of her time at UMF she has been a member of Aspiring Educators and Student Senate, to which she currently holds the position of Officer of Financial Affairs. This year she hopes to continue her involvement by joining the Indoor Track and Field team. Page has been an employee at the Fitness and Recreation Center since October of 2017 where she is an After School Program staff member which gives her the opportunity to gain experience working with kids in an environment outside of the classroom.

Dr. Jean Doty has been a faculty member in the Division of Natural Sciences since 1993, where she teaches Introductory Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology. During her years at UMF she has served the campus in many capacities, including Chair of the Division of Natural Sciences, in faculty governance as a member of Faculty Senate, as Chair of the Curriculum and Planning Committee, and more recently as a member of UMF President’s Council. Dr. Doty is a microbiologist with research interests in both environmental and medical microbiology. Her research focuses on the interactions between humans and their microbiota, with a special interest in how bacteriophage interact with their host bacteria. As a Steering Committee Member for the Maine INBRE, Dr. Doty works with other academic and research institutions in the State of Maine to increase biomedical research training.

Jessica Freeborn is a junior at UMF and is originally from Massachusetts. She was attracted to UMF for the education program and amazing skiing opportunities. Jessica has participated in student government for the past three years and was Chair of the Leadership Banquet last year and currently serves as the President of the Student Senate. She is an Elementary Education major with a concentration in Math and is a captain of the Women’s Alpine team and President of the Competitive Snow Sports. This is her third year working at the Fitness and Recreation Center on campus where she works as a building attendant, lifeguard, and swim instructor. Over the past two years, she has participated as an orientation leader to welcome new students to campus and is a member of Aspiring Educators.

Dr. Wendy Harper is a Maine native and teaches courses in microeconomics, finance, and environmental economics. Her most recent research interests include non-market valuation, agriculture and food, and sustainability. She is active in faculty governance, she was a previous chair of the Interdisciplinary & General Education Committee and the International Studies Council. She is currently the senior at-large representative to the UMF Faculty Senate. She has worked with colleagues throughout the UMaine system as member of the APRIP task force, the major to major task force and through participation in the NSF funded, Sustainability Solutions program. Outside of work, Professor Harper enjoys running, hiking and chauffeuring her children to their various sporting events. She is currently attempting to learn to ski, she hopes to one day complete an intermediate trail without injury. PhD, Economics, University of New Hampshire (2000); M.A., Economics, University of New Hampshire (1995); B.A., Bates College (1990).

Craig Larrabee is currently the President and CEO of Job’s for Maine’s Graduates (JMG) where he has been employed since 1993. Craig is a Maine native, who grew up working on his grandparents’ farm, and is a graduate of Belfast High School. As a first-generation college student, he attended the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF), and graduated with a degree in secondary education in 1992. Twenty years later, in 2012, he served as the Co-Chair for UMF’s 150th Anniversary Celebration and was the recipient of the University’s Alumni Achievement Award. For more than twenty consecutive years, JMG has been recognized by Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) for achieving best-in-nation student outcomes. Craig is a member of JAG’s Council of State Affiliates, and is regularly called upon to offer consulting, advising, and leadership at the national level.

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.

Dr. Robert K. Neely is the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs (VCAA) for the University of Maine System (UMS). Prior to joining the UMS, Dr. Neely most recently served for 5.5 years as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas Woman’s University, a public, co-educational University serving >15,000 students on three campuses. Additionally, Dr. Neely previously served Eastern Michigan University (EMU), a large, public university, as a full-time faculty member from 1984 – 1998, during which time he was recognized with separate professional awards for his teaching and scholarship, prior to assuming successive administrative responsibilities at EMU, including Department Head (Biology), Associate Dean (Arts & Sciences), Senior Associate Vice President, Associate Provost, Associate Vice President for Research, and interim Provost. Dr. Neely received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Botany with an emphasis in aquatic plant ecology in 1982, a Master’s degree from Baylor University in biology with an emphasis in limnology in 1978, and a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwest Baptist College in Biology in 1976, as well as post-doctoral work at the University of Alabama.

Dr. Deborah Overstreet (biography unavailable)

Elizabeth (Betsey) Timm is a financial services industry leader recognized for building and managing profitable businesses. She served as President for Bank of America and Citicorp in Maine and was more recently a management consultant for REMAX/By the Bay real estate firm. Until her retirement, she was the Bank of America Maine Market President and Consumer Market Executive. Currently, Betsey serves on multiple boards and committees, including the University of Maine System Board of Trustees where she has served since October 2017. Betsey was a two-time, bi-partisan gubernatorial appointee to the Maine State Housing Authority and served as the first woman President of the National Council of State Housing Boards. She earned an MBA from the University of Southern Maine, a BA from the University of Maine at Orono, and is a graduate of the American Bankers Association National Commercial Lending Graduate School at the University of Oklahoma. She also completed the Institute for Civic Leadership Program and was a member of the inaugural class of Leadership Maine.

Lori Tremblay relocated to the Farmington area in 2012 after residing in Portland for 23 years. She came to work at UMF in the fall of 2012 as a part-time Administrative Assistant to the Division of Social Sciences and Global Studies. She currently is the full-time Administrative Specialist for the Division of Natural Sciences. Her professional background includes small business management, team building, fine art sales and training with specialized skills in presenting, preserving, and restoring fine art. She is a practicing visual artist with professional gallery representation in the state of Maine.

Karl Turner earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine and continued his academic career there with graduate work in Pulp & Paper Technology. He began his professional career with IBM where he held a variety of management positions. Karl has been very active in the Falmouth community and has served on several boards and committees, including the University of Maine System Board of Trustees where he was served since June 2011. Karl also served four terms in the Maine Senate as a member of the 120th – 123rd Legislatures. He has a broad policy prospective having been a member of the Appropriations, Education and Cultural Affairs and HHS Committees.

Dr. Katherine Yardley is the University of Maine at Farmington’s Acting Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost and has served as a longstanding member of the Academic Leadership Team. Prior to assuming this position, Dr. Yardley served as the Associate Provost and Dean of the College of Education, Health, and Rehabilitation from 2001-2018, and Chair of the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education from 1995-2001. Dr. Yardley began her career at UMF in 1987 as an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education. Dr. Yardley has overseen multiple state and national accreditation reviews of UMF’s teacher education programs, served as a reviewer for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and Maine State Board of Education, and chaired the APRIP Education Team. Dr. Yardley graduated from Bowdoin College with a B.A. in Psychology, and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a M.Ed. and an Ed.D. in Early Childhood Education.

*Student Alternate