Board of Visitors
The UMM Board of Visitors was created by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees to advocate for the University, advise the President on community and regional needs, review new academic programs and tuition waivers, and submit an annual report of its activities to the Board of Trustees.
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.
- Jacob van de Sande - Chair
- Kyle Winslow - Vice-Chair
- Arnold S. Clark, ESQ.
- Amy Zipperer
- Sam Whitney
- Atrica Emerson
- Jennifer Peters
- Sarah Craighead Dedmon
- Charley Martin-Berry
- Chris M. Gardner
- Dianne Tilton
- Dwayne Shaw
- Elizabeth Neptune
- Judson McBrine
- Nichole Sawyer
- Ronald Ramsay
Jacob van de Sande - Chair
Board of Visitors Chair
Project Manager, Maine Coast Heritage Trust
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.
Kyle Winslow - Vice-Chair
Board of Visitors Vice-Chair
Stewardship Director, Downeast Coastal Conservancy
Kyle came to Downeast Maine to attend the University of Maine at Machias in 2002. He graduated with a B.S. in Conservation Biology in 2007 and has worked in the region since. Working with the Maine Department of Marine Resources and then the Downeast Salmon Federation, much of his time has been spent on the rivers of Washington County, focused on restoration of the endangered Atlantic salmon. In his time with the Downeast Salmon Federation, Kyle spent several years working in the Federation’s salmon hatcheries and fisheries restoration programs, as well as spending time working as their Land Trust Director focusing on conserving areas important to fisheries protection and restoration. Most recently, Kyle has been working with the Axiom Education and Training Center offering exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educational activities to area youth. Kyle enjoys spending his free time outdoors with his family and working in their garden at their home in Whiting.
Arnold S. Clark, ESQ.
Fletcher and Mahar
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.
Education Coordinator, Down East Community Hospital
Amy Zipperer received an associate degree in nursing with a Machias-based cohort through Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions (now Maine College of Health Professions). She has worked as a registered nurse in the emergency department at Down East Community Hospital and completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing through University of Maine at Fort Kent in 2015. She has provided nursing care throughout Washington County as a community health nurse with Community Health and Counseling Services. She currently works as Education Coordinator/Nurse Educator at DECH and is in her third year of a distance-based graduate nursing program with Duke University School of Nursing. Her current work involves linking nursing students with clinical placements at DECH, training and orienting new staff, and providing ongoing professional development opportunities for current staff.
Assistant Branch Manager, Machias Savings Bank
Sam Whitney graduated from the University of Maine at Machias in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Entrepreneurship. It was during his four years at UMM that he started a career at Machias Savings Bank, where he is currently the assistant branch manager of the Machias main office. As the ABM, Sam manages the operation of the branch as well as develops customer relationships through loans and deposit account services. Sam spends roughly 200 hours every year volunteering at local schools through financial literacy programs and coaching various athletic teams. Coaching has been a passion of his for close to ten years, ranging from junior high to high school athletes. Sam also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Eastport Health Care. He lives on a beautiful lake where he can spend most of his free time enjoying the lake life; fishing, boating as well as hiking and spending time with family and friends.
Employment and Training Specialist, CSSP Case Manager
Washington County CareerCenters
Atrica “Dodie” Emerson has worked for the Maine Department of Labor’s Bureau of Employment Services in the Washington County CareerCenters for 20 years. She attained an associate degree from the University of Maine at Machias in 1999 and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in May 2020. She has lived in Washington County her entire life and currently resides in Addison with her husband, Ossie and son, Jacob.
Assistant Director, Sunrise County Economic Council
Jen Peters joined SCEC in June 1996 while attending classes at the University of Maine at Machias. She graduated summa cum laude from UMM in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree, with concentrations in marketing and office Management. First as SCEC program manager and most recently as assistant director, Peters has played a crucial role in developing and administering several of the Council’s signature programs, including its scholarship fund for nontraditional learners, and trainings for small- and micro-business people. She began coordinating the award-winning Washington County Leadership Institute in 2002 and took on program facilitation in 2019. She is an active member of boards and committees dealing with topics from sustainable tourism to economic and community development, education, and workforce development.
Sarah Craighead Dedmon
Editor, Machias Valley News Observer
Together with her husband and two sons, Sarah Craighead Dedmon relocated to Machiasport in 2012 and loves living in Down East Maine. Her career background is in the tech industry, and she currently works as the editor of the Machias Valley News Observer and a freelance journalist. She has a degree in history from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and in her free time enjoys reading, knitting, excessive gardening, volunteering for Porter Memorial Library, and extolling the virtues of Washington County far and wide.
Executive Director, Community Caring Collaborative
As director of the CCC, Charley Martin-Berry leads our multi-level collaboration of local, state, and tribal partners working to improve outcomes for vulnerable community members in Washington County, Maine. Prior to becoming director, she led the design and implementation efforts for Family Futures Downeast, helping shape this two-generation education and workforce opportunity for families that was designated as a White House Rural Council Rural IMPACT project in 2015. Charley has also led CCC barrier removal programming, including the Hope Fund and the Dream Fund. Focusing on strengthening partner organizations and their collective impact, Charley builds on the values of the Community Caring Collaborative to increase health and hope in Downeast Maine. A graduate of the University of Maine in Orono with a degree in Anthropology and Women’s Studies, Charley lives in East Machias with her husband Jacob and her little daughter Raven.
Chris M. Gardner
Port Director, Eastport Port Authority
Chris Gardner was born and raised in Washington County. In 1998 he earned a BA in Business Administration from the University of Maine at Machias with concentrations in Marketing and Finance, and was a valedictorian graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. Upon graduation Chris served as a law enforcement officer in the Washington County Sheriff’s Department. In 2004 Chris was elected a Washington County Commissioner, and has served as Chairman of the Board of Commissioners since 2007. Since hired as the Port Director of the Eastport Port Authority in 2007, the Port has seen record growth in both its net worth and business volume. He has overseen the Port’s expansion into the live dairy cow export market and was instrumental in the almost $10 million bulk materials handling system investment at the Port. In 2013 Chris was selected by Maine Magazine as one of Maine’s 50 people who have made a difference in Maine. In his off time, Chris coaches at Washington Academy and Edmunds Community School and remains active in various community activities. He also serves as a reserve officer in Eastport.
Executive Director, Downeast Institute for Applied Research and Education
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).
Executive Director, Downeast Salmon Federation
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.
Owner, Neptune Advantage, Inc.
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.
Head of School, Washington Academy
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.
Dean of Business and Industry, Washington County Community College
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. She is currently the Dean of Business and Industry at Washington County Community College in Calais, Maine.
Superintendent, AOS 37
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.