Members are recommended by the President and are drawn from the local community external to the University. The regular term of appointment is three years with a maximum of two terms.

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2015 – 2016 Membership


Charles Rudelitch is the Executive Director of the Sunrise County Economic Council, a non-profit organization that works to facilitate the creation of jobs and prosperity in Washington County. Prior to joining SCEC, Charles served as the Pine Tree Legal staff attorney for Hancock and Washington Counties. His formal education includes a B.S. in Applied History from Carnegie Mellon University, a M.S. in Resource Economics and Policy from the University of Maine, and a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law. Charles lives in his hometown of Harrington with his husband, Marc. They own and operate a baking company and, along with other members of their extended family, are partners in a family farm.

Kathy Sparaga is Office Manager and co-owner of Machias Dental. She attended the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC, and received a Certificate of Oral Hygiene from the University of Pittsburgh. Kathy entered the dental field in 1974 and has been with Machias Dental since 1979. A certified Dental Assistant and registered Dental Hygienist, Kathy holds the Standard Proficiency Certificate from the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Kathy also serves as a Corporator for Down East Community Hospital, and previously served on UMM’s Board of Visitors from 1999 to 2005.


Upon graduating from the Maine Maritime Academy, Dana Altvater contracted with the U.S. Navy to work on contract compliance at Bath Iron Works. After returning to Washington County in the late 1990’s, Dana began working for the Passamaquoddy Tribal Authority at both Indian Township and Pleasant Point. During his tenure as Tribal Engineer, Dana has played a key role in several infrastructure improvements, including the rehabilitation of a youth center, a sewer treatment plant, and a trail conversion project.

Dr. Kristen Barbee has served as a family practitioner in Machias and Milbridge since 2013. Dr. Barbee received her Doctor of Osteopathy from the New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, and then completed her post-graduate residency training in Family Medicine at Spartanburg Regional Health System in South Carolina. Dr. Barbee is an active community member focused on numerous health initiatives, including the successful Halloween Candy Buy Back program.

Ron Beckwith was born and raised in Stratford, Connecticut. He graduated from the University of Maine at Fort Kent in 1981 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. Ron taught school in Lubec until 1985, when he went to work for the Roosevelt Campobello International Park. Ron began work at RCIP as a clerk/computer technician and served in successive positions as bookkeeper, staff accountant, and finance and administration manager. He brought the Park into the computer age by purchasing and installing first-generation desktop computers; collaborated with a financial accounting software firm to develop the Park’s unique computerized payroll and accounting system; developed new items for sale at the Park’s gift shop; contributed to the procurement of the Park emergency radio system; and worked on Park promotion and regional tourism initiatives. Ron was appointed as Superintendent of the Park and Executive Secretary to the Commission in August 2010. The Roosevelt Campobello International Park is the world’s only true “international park,” having been established by a 1964 treaty between the U.S. and Canada.

Joe Cassidy was appointed the seventh president of Washington County Community College in July 2013. His eclectic experience includes teaching in elementary and secondary schools, practicing law, and serving as Mayor of the City of Calais, Maine. Prior to assuming the presidency of the college, Joe taught education at WCCC for eleven years and served as president of the faculty association, chairperson of the college’s discipline committee, affirmative action officer, and co-chairperson of the college’s accreditation committee. Joe and his wife, Vanessa, along with their eight-year-old son, Max, live in Calais.

Arnold Clark received his law degree from Quinnipiac University in 2000. Upon graduating, Arnold taught at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, and later served as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Paul L. Rudman of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Arnold has served as Director of the Maine Heritage Policy Center for Constitutional Law. In 2011, Mr. Clark was appointed to the Maine Human Rights Commission, and he became Chair of the Commission in 2014. Arnold recently returned to Calais, where he grew up, to become a partner in the firm of Fletcher, Mahar and Clark. Arnold serves as Attorney for the City of Calais, and he is the current President of the Washington County Bar Association.

Since 2007, Wendy Harrington has served as Downeast Campus Director for Maine Sea Coast Mission. She graduated from Framingham State College in 1990 as class valedictorian with a B.S. in Education: Consumer and Family Studies, and served a volunteer stint in the U.S. Peace Corps. Wendy previously served as Co-Director of the Leadership Decisions Institute in Nobleboro, Maine, and as Adult and Community Coordinator for MSCM’s EdGE program. A recipient of the Maine Children’s Alliance Giraffe Award for meaningful work with children, Wendy also serves on the Board of Directors for Washington County: One Community, the Executive Board for UM’s Cooperative Extension, and the Advisory Boards for Downeast Table of Plenty, the Neighbors Care Volunteer Center, and the Washington County Food and Fuel Alliance. At MSCM’s Downeast Campus, Wendy oversees programs that provide resources, support, and critical services to Washington County, including the food pantry, housing repair program, clothing assistance, emergency financial assistance, and senior companion program.

Crystal Hitchings is the Planner for the Washington County Council of Governments. She has a BA in Environmental Studies, and an MA in Planning and Design. Crystal has over ten years of experience in the landscape and construction design/build industry, as well as in natural resource and municipal land use planning. Crystal’s expertise and interests tend toward the harmonious, aesthetic, healthful, and well-functioning integration of the natural and man-made environments.

Nichole Jamison graduated from the University of Maine with a B.A. in Public Administration, and she began her career with the Maine Department of Labor in 1993. She has extensive training and experience in career development, marketing and recruitment, workplace retention, customer service, employment law, project development, service design and workforce development. Throughout her career, Nichole has worked extensively with employment and training programming for youth, adults and dislocated workers. She has assisted in countless workforce development projects in the area and has significant experience working with individuals with disabilities.

Judson McBrine has served as the Head of School for Washington Academy since 1997. In this capacity, Judson has been a leader in recruiting international students to Maine. He has served as President of the Maine Association of Independent Schools, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Maine Principals’ Association. In 2005 Judson received the Maine High School Principal of the Year Award. He received a B.S. in Education in 1990, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership in 1996, and a C.A.S. in Educational Leadership in 2006, all from the University of Maine.

Becky McKenna grew up in Lubec, Maine, and graduated from UMM with a BA in English. While living in southern Maine, she attended York County Community College and earned an AS in Accounting. She returned home to Washington County with her family in 2003. Becky, who will receive her MFA in Creative Writing from USM’s Stonecast program in July 2014, is an accomplished writer, teacher, librarian, and small business owner.

Elizabeth Neptune has more than 25 years of experience in delivering innovative health and human services to Native communities. She became nationally known for her skills in directing programs and facilitating change in health care and child welfare systems. In her capacity as Director of Health and Human Services for the Passamaquoddy Tribe, Liz created a model for holistic care which won both state and national recognition. She served as the state Child Wellness Coordinator and helped employ Project LAUNCH for the State of Maine. Liz has served on the Passamaquoddy Tribal Council, and she currently serves as part of the HHS Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Tribal Technical Advisory Committee. She also serves on the boards of the Maine Community Foundation and Maine Children’s Growth Council.

Anne Perry is a Family Nurse Practitioner working at Calais Regional Medical Services in Calais, ME. She is a former State Representative for House District #31 (2003-10) in the Maine State Legislature and has served as co-chair of the Joint Standing Committees of Insurance & Financial Services and Health & Human Services. Ms. Perry is an adjunct professor at Husson University. She is a member of the District Coordinating Council for the Public Health System, board member of Washington County: One Community, member and president-elect of Calais Rotary Club and board member of the Maine Nurse Practitioner Association. Ms. Perry is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a BSN and Husson College with a MSN.

Ron Ramsay received his Bachelors in Education from the University of Maine. He began his career teaching science at Narraguagus High School, and has since served in progressive leadership positions within the local school system. Ron is currently the Superintendent of MSAD #37. He is an active member of the local community and has served on various boards, including that of Mano en Mano.

Traci Sanborn is the Senior Vice President for Retail Strategies and Marketing for the Machias Savings Bank. In this capacity, Traci has extensive experience in marketing and development of retail lending products. She has coordinated the bank’s strategic planning initiative, has been involved in community reinvestment and worked on numerous staff training and coaching projects. Traci attended Beal College, and she has completed course work at the University of Maine at Machias. She is an active community leader, having served as a trustee for Washington Academy, a corporator for Down East Community Hospital, and she completed a term as Chair of the Board of the Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce.

Dwayne Shaw is Executive Director of the Downeast Salmon Federation, where he has led the development of the Federation’s fisheries and land conservation programs since 1989. Dwayne graduated from UMM in 1984 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies and a concentration in Fisheries Management. He served as a fisheries biologist in the Peace Corps in Nepal, and has served on numerous fisheries boards including the Maine Sea Grant Public Advisory Committee and the Federal Recovery Team for Endangered Atlantic Salmon. In 2000, he led the removal of the East Machias River dam and received the National Coastal America Partnership Award from President Bush. The East Machias dam site is now home to the DSF East Machias Aquatic Research Center, a UMM community partner. Dwayne holds certifications as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Captain and Maine licensed Master Guide.

Dianne Tilton became DEI’s first Executive Director in 2014. Prior to her work at DEI, Dianne was employed as Operations Director and Senior Development Specialist at RHR Smith & Company, CPAs. Diane was voted District 33’s representative to the 124th and 125th Maine Legislature, where she served on the Joint Standing Committee on Marine Resources, was appointed to the Joint Select Committee on Maine’s Energy Future, and the Joint Select Committee on Regulatory Reform. In addition, Dianne developed programs to meet the needs of natural resource-based industries, and introduced several pieces of legislation, including one to ensure that rural communities have access to state research funds. Dianne also served for 13 years as the Executive Director of the Sunrise County Economic Council (SCEC).

Jacob received a Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic and a Masters in Fisheries Biology from University of New Brunswick – Fredericton. Jacob currently works as Project Manager for Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT) in Washington County where he supports landowners, partner organizations, communities, and government agencies on natural resource conservation and economic development. Prior to MCHT, Jacob served as an environmental educator and fish hatchery manager for Downeast Salmon Federation, where he engaged thousands of students and community members in watershed protection and enhancement activities. Jacob has also worked as a graduate-level researcher publishing scientific articles and as a conservation aide with the Maine Atlantic Salmon Authority. He currently serves as President of the Board of the Maine Natural History Observatory, and is Vice President and Secretary of the Narraguagus and Pleasant River Watershed Councils.

Marjorie Withers, LCPC, has worked in mental health and as a consultant for over 35 years. She holds a BA in Psychology from Boston University, and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Antioch University Graduate Center in Keene, New Hampshire. From 1993 to 2005, she served as Director of Clinical Services for the Passamaquoddy Tribe of Indian Township Health Center, where she developed a family focused culturally based system of care for families and children under a System of Care Grant from SAMHSA. Marjorie specializes in developing systems of care, skills, and supports to help families and children improve the quality of their lives through collaboration. For the past decade, she has focused on the development of rural and tribal collaboratives and designing technical assistant to replicate effective collaborative models.