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 (Vice Chair)
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.
Bonnie graduated from the University of Maine in 1965 with a B.S. in Bacteriology. She worked as a teacher and tutor from nursery school through high school, and then as a pediatric assistant until “retiring” to raise a family on a small fiber farm in southern Maine. After moving to Machias in 1989 and taking Literacy Volunteer tutor training, she began working for adult education and was eventually promoted to Director in 2000. She also served as the ABE coordinator for the federally funded adult basic education collaboration (CWCABEC), which includes AOS 96, Lubec, and Maine Indian Education for the Passamaquoddy Tribe. For many years, she oversaw the state-funded Maine College Transition Program (TRAILS). Bonnie has served on a number of national, state, and regional committees and projects, such as the State of Maine Learning Results Review Advisory Committee, Maine Compact for Higher Education,the Local Workforce Investment Board, and the Board of Directors of the Literacy Volunteers of Washington County.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Ian graduated from Bowdoin College in 2009 with a degree in Latin American Studies and Education, including a semester at the University of Havana studying Cuban history and philosophy. In 2008, he was awarded Campus Compact’s National Student Humanitarian Award and Maine Campus Compact’s Heart & Soul Award. As Bowdoin College’s Goodwin Commencement Prize recipient, Ian was selected to speak at Bowdoin’s 2009 commencement ceremony. In addition to his work with Mano en Mano, Ian is a Call Firefighter for the City of Ellsworth and a Petty Officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve. For the past two years, Ian has been a participant in the Maine Leadership Forum on Sustainable Food Systems. Mano en Mano’s mission is to build a stronger community in Downeast Maine by working with diverse populations to provide educational and affordable housing opportunities, remove barriers to health and social services, and advocate for social justice.