The UMF Board of Visitors 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
Chair, UMF Board of Visitors
University of Maine at Farmington
Cathryn Wimett retired in 2016 after 46 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 27 years of college teaching. Cathy capped her career with 19 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 B.A. from Emmanuel College in Boston; an M.Ed. 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.
Mana Abdi ‘18
Office of International Education
Prior to her position at Bates College, Mana Abdi worked for Disability Rights Maine as the Developmental Services Advocate in Lewiston. Before that, she worked at the District Attorney’s Office in Lewiston as a Legal Assistant. Mana received her B.A. in Political Science and International Global Studies from the University of Maine at Farmington. She firmly believes the world is a better place when we are all treated justly.
Chief Financial Officer
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, he 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, Todd 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, Scott 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
RSU / SAD 54
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 25 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.
Thomas Dukes ’90 JD
Chief Executive Officer
Veritas Data Research
Retired Brigadier General, USAF
Thomas A. (“Tom”) Dukes, Jr., is General Counsel for SafeGuard Cyber (a Digital Risk Protection start-up based in Charlottesville, VA), and also serves as the Assistant Adjutant General-Air for the Virginia National Guard. Tom graduated from UMF as an Honors Scholar, earning a B.A. in Political Science / Social Sciences and a minor in Philosophy before earning a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. During a 25-year public service career, he served as a U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate, as a U.S. Department of Justice Cybercrime Prosecutor, as a U.S. State Department Diplomat, and as an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia and the University of Tartu, Estonia. Tom lives in Virginia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Mattie LaJoie ‘19
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, Eileen 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
Senior Vice President
Chris McKee 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. He 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 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, M.D. and has three married children and five grandchildren.
Jonathan Moody ’98
Superintendent of Schools
RSU / MSAD 54
Jonathan Moody is a graduate of University of Maine at Farmington and holds a B.A. in Secondary Education. He also received his M.A. in Educational Leadership and Administration from the University of Maine. After years of teaching Social Studies at Dirigo High School and Messalonskee High School, Moody became the Vice Principal of Messalonskee Middle School and eventually the Principal of Messalonskee High School, serving in that role for five years. In 2016, he accepted the position of Assistant Superintendent of Schools for MSAD54 in Skowhegan. He is now Superintendent of Schools for MSAD54. Moody was inducted into the UMF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2016 for being golf’s all-time wins leader. Jon lives in Oakland, ME with his wife Shelly Moody (also a UMF graduate and 2011 Maine Teacher of the Year) and their three children.
Narrow Gauge Cinema
Peter Osborne ‘09
Director of Educational Services
Maine Municipal Association
Peter Osbourne leads a team providing education and training to Maine’s municipal employees and elected officials. He has 10+ years experience in higher education, adult education, and state government. He earned a B.S. in secondary education from the University of Maine at Farmington, a M.S. in Adult andHhigher Education from the University of Southern Maine, and has taken doctoral coursework in diversity and equity in education at the University of Illinois. Peter is a past president of the UMF Alumni Council, serves on the board of the Maine Career Development Association, and is a proud first-generation college student who grew up in a paper-making community in the Katahdin Region. He currently resides in Jay, Maine with his partner, Dani.
Walmart #1866 Farmington
Originally from Rogers, Arkansas, Greg Patterson attended the University of Central Arkansas where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree. He has worked for the Walmart Corporation for 33 years and helped open the first Walmart Supercenter in New England. He currently serves as the Store Manager at Walmart in Farmington. He lives in Wilton with his family and is an active bass fisherman and former basketball player. Greg is married with four children, one of whom is a student at the University of Maine at Farmington.
Barbara Sergio BSN, MSHA, CPHQ
Sr. Director of Quality & Patient Safety
Franklin Community Health Network
Barbara Sergio is the Sr. Director of Quality and Patient Safety at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Farmington. Barbara is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing, a Master’s in Healthcare Administration and is certified nationally as a healthcare quality professional. After receiving her RN in 2003 Barbara worked in a small rural facility in South Dakota where she practiced bedside nursing in a variety of inpatient/outpatient settings before becoming Director of Surgical Services for the same facility. While working in surgical services Barbara worked to obtain her master’s degree in Healthcare Administration. Since receiving her master’s degree in 2012, Barbara has worked as a Director of Nursing for two different healthcare organizations before becoming a Director of Quality in 2015. As the Sr. Director of Quality at Franklin Memorial Hospital she is a member of the senior leadership team and works closely with frontline staff on key issues or concerns regarding quality and patient safety. Barbara and her husband Steve moved to Maine in 2019 and live in Wilton. She and her husband enjoy spending time with their kids, grandchildren and the many outdoor activities Maine has to offer.
Office of the President
University of Maine at Farmington
224 Main Street
Farmington, Maine USA 04938