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 2018-2019
David Levesque, Esq. ’88
Chair, UMF Board of Visitors
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.
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.
Sven Bartholomew ’02
Senior Vice President
and Payroll Sales Manager
Bangor Savings Bank
Sven Bartholomew, a Farmington native, grew up on the UMF campus. Following his graduation from UMF in 2002 with a B.A. in Business Economics, Sven joined Bangor Savings Bank where he has worked with thousands of Maine employers, built working relationships with industry and government officials, and helped clients through challenging economic times and changing industry and workforce needs. He holds a Certified Payroll Professional Certification from the American Payroll Association and is currently enrolled in Husson University’s MBA program with a concentration on leadership. Sven served as President of the UMF Alumni Council from 2011-2014 and in several capacities for the University of Maine System, including the search committee for UMF president and the University of Maine Incubation Center Mentor program. In 2013 he was honored with the Florence Archibald Alumni Service award from UMF. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Eastern Maine Development Corporation.
Michael Bell ’86
Owner and President
Your Environmental Services
Michael Bell is an American Institute of Professional Geologists – Certified Professional Geologist in good standing and a Certified Hazardous Materials Manager. He worked for Capital Crossing / Lehman Brothers Bank for ten years where he created and directed their Environmental Services Department. Michael has consulted for banks, developers, and private real estate companies. Michael earned a BA in Geology/Chemistry from the University of Maine at Farmington and a MBA from Suffolk University. Between 2006 and 2008, Michael Bell was the President of the Environmental Bankers Association.
Stephen Brooks ’92
Stephen Brooks graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a Bachelor Degree in Business Economics. After graduating from college, he joined his brother Mark and sister Julie at Brooks, Inc. Stephen was instrumental in helping Brooks, Inc. expand their market, which now stretches from Canada to New Jersey. He helped them grow from two stores to five locations, including four in Maine: Brooks Trap Mill, Portland Trap, Brooks Marine Supply, Downeast Trap Shack, and one in Rhode Island: Brooks Industrial Marine. Stephen is also a member of the Maine Lobsterman’s Association, Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association, Downeast Lobstermen’s Association, Atlantic Offshore Lobstermen’s Association and he served as the president of the Rockland Lobster Boat races for three years. Stephen lives in Thomaston, Maine with his wife, Janelle, and three daughters, Sydney, Makenna and Lindsey.
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.
Todd Chamberlain ’03
IT Contract Staffing for Pro Search, Inc.
Todd Chamberlain is the Director, IT Contract Staffing for Pro Search, Inc., where he has worked since 2006. Previously, he was a healthcare recruiter with Maxim Healthcare Services from 2003-2006. He received his B.A. in Community Health from UMF in 2003 where he was inducted into Eta Sigma Gamma, the community health honor society. Since 2012, Todd is the Founder and President of B.A.S.S.A (Beaver Alums Supporting Student Athletes), a Maine based non-profit and fundraising organization of UMF alumni. Since 2006, Chamberlain has worked with USM Corporate Partners and also served as Chair from 2013-2015. USM Corporate Partners develops and supports partnerships between the business sector and the University of Southern Maine. Additionally, he serves on the USM Foundation Board of Directors.
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.
Jennifer Dorman ’93
Elementary Special Education Teacher
Jennifer Dorman received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington with dual certifications in Elementary and Special Education. In 2008, she completed her Master’s Degree in Special Education Consultation through Lesley University. She has twenty-four years of teaching experience in MSAD #54, and is currently a special educator and reading interventionist at Skowhegan Area Middle School. Jennifer is the 2015 Maine Teacher of the Year. She serves on the Teach to Lead Maine Teacher Leadership Committee and is a past member of Educate Maine’s Board of Directors.
Lynn Farrin ’89
STEM Education Specialist
Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
Lynn Farrin is a STEM Education Specialist at Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA), where she supports classroom teachers and afterschool educators through project work, consulting and curriculum development. Since joining MMSA in January of 2004, her work has included providing professional development in science and engineering education for K-8 teachers and afterschool educators, connecting literacy to science and engineering, mentoring, and teacher leadership. Prior to joining to MMSA, Lynn taught middle school science and mathematics for 15 years, was a mentor in the Northern New England Co-mentoring Network (NNECN), and Maine State Coordinator for the NNECN project. A recipient of a state-level Presidential Award for Excellence in Secondary Science Teaching in 1999, Farrin serves on the board of the Maine Science Teachers Association (MSTA) and was the District II Director for the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) from 2012-2015. Lynn graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in Secondary Science Education (Biology) and earned her M.Ed. in Science Education at the University of Maine.
James H. Gailey ’94
Cumberland County, Maine
James H. Gailey ‘94 is the County Manager of Cumberland County, Maine. He began his career working for the City of South Portland, ultimately becoming City Manager in 2007. During his time in that position, Jim reorganized South Portland’s government, created a Sustainability Office and worked to develop one of the state’s first public/private municipal broadband projects. In 2016, Jim became the Assistant Manager for Cumberland County and a year later became the County Manager, overseeing 400+ employees and a 43M budget. Jim earned a B.A. in Geography from UMF in 1994. He earned his M.A. in Public Policy and Management from the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine in 2001, and is a Xi Class graduate of the Institute of Civic Leadership. Jim was named Manager of the Year in 2014 by the Maine Town, City and County Management Association. He is the co-creator of the state’s first regional municipal employee Leadership Academy. Jim resides in South Portland with his wife Stephanie Netto ’93 and their two sons Max and Sam.
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.
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.
Former Trustee for the
University of Maine System
Marjorie Medd moved to Maine in 1974 and is a resident of Norway. An active advocate for education at all levels, Marge was a longtime chair of the Oxford Hills School Board. She holds the distinction of being appointed by 3 different Governors to serve Maine’s education system. She served 10 years on Maine State Board of Education, and served the University of Maine System as a Trustee for 10 years from 2006-2016, serving in that capacity as chair of numerous presidential search committees and as chair of the Human Resources and Labor Relations Committee. She is currently in her second term on the Maine Public Broadcasting Network Board of Directors. Marge was recently honored for her work with Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) and the Maine Overseers of Bar. She was honored by her alma mater, Tufts University, receiving the Distinguished Achievement Award for her community service. She is married to William Medd, MD and has three married children and five grandchildren.
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.
Paul Spizzuoco ’89
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™
First Vice President – Wealth Management
Advisory & Brokerage Services
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
Paul Spizzuoco graduated in 1989 from UMF with a B.S. degree in Secondary Education – Social Studies. After five years teaching United States History and Government in Maine high schools, Paul worked for almost five years at MBNA America attaining the title of Senior Personal Banking Officer. In August 1999, he joined UBS Financial Services in Rockland as a licensed financial advisor and life insurance agent. He earned the designation of Certified Financial Planner in 2005. Paul lives in Rockport, Maine, with his wife Tracy and two daughters, Ellie and Sarah.
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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