Since January 2014, Tom has served as the New England Field Representative for The Conservation Fund. Prior to that, Tom was the Executive Director of the Downeast Coastal Conservancy and Director of the Great Auk Land Trust. From 2003-2005 he served as a rural natural resource volunteer with the United States Peace Corps in Vallegrande, Bolivia. As a result of his successful service, he was invited to work as a technical specialist for the Peace Corps Natural Resource Management Program in Cochabamba, Bolivia until 2007 when he returned to Machias. Tom’s previous experiences include working as a conservation organizer with the Sierra Club in Maine, trail steward and operations assistant at Little Lyford Pond Camps in the 100 Mile Wilderness of the Appalachian Trial, watershed field assistant with the Maine Department of Conservation, and as a native pollinator researcher for Downeast blueberry growers. He graduated in 1999 from the University of Maine at Machias with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. Tom lives on a small farm with his wife Chloe and two children, Arlo and Darwin.
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.
Joseph Cassidy, Esq.
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.
Ms. Corbett is the owner and CEO of Axiom Technologies, a telecommunications company headquartered in Machias, Maine that has been creating and developing solutions for rural broadband deployment since 2005. The recipient of four State of Maine ConnectME grant awards totaling $825,000.00, Axiom has brought high-speed Internet service to Washington County with over 90 Access Points, creating an umbrella over 2,500 square miles. The company is the only Information Technology Company in Washington County, employing fourteen, much sought technical positions. Additionally, Ms. Corbett owns a medical billing and practice management company, Morning Glory Enterprises, which provides services throughout New England and employs a staff of ten. She has managed many businesses throughout her 35-year career, mostly in healthcare and has a 25 year background in office nursing and medical practice administration and has consulted in over 250 medical practices and businesses. She has been a public speaker throughout Washington County and Maine advocating for rural broadband and is dedicated to the mission of bringing broadband to every resident and business. Ms. Corbett is a 2010 MaineBiz Women to Watch awardee recognized for her dedication in rural broadband development in the State of Maine.
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.
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.
Doug most recently served as CEO of the Down East Community Hospital in Machias, following ten years of exemplary service as President and CEO of Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth, Maine. At Maine Coast, Doug successfully led a $5.5 million capital campaign to expand that facility and its surgical services. Doug holds a B.A. in Economics from St. Lawrence University, and a Master of Public Health degree from Tulane University. He previously served as President/CEO at Genesee Memorial Hospital and United Memorial Medical Center, in Batavia, NY, during the 1990s, during which time he oversaw the merger of Genesee Memorial Hospital with St. Jerome Hospital. Doug has extensive experience in strategic planning and budget management, and he is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the Maine Hospital Association (Public Policy Council), and chaired the United Way of Eastern Maine campaign in 2006.
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.
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.
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.
Kathy Sparaga (Vice Chair)
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.
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.