Duke Albanese

J. Duke Albanese is an education advisor to schools, state education agencies, and national organizations. His educational career spans 44 years and includes long tenures as a superintendent of schools and commissioner of education. For the past decade, he has been a sought-after advisor on policy and practice in the following areas: assisting schools, school districts, and departments of education with the design and implementation of academic reforms intended to improve educational opportunities and prepare all students to access and complete a collegiate education; assisting school districts in strategic planning; defining and implementing healthy youth and interscholastic athletic programs at the middle and high school levels; and advising on the policy and implementation of 1:1 computing technology for teachers and students in schools, districts, and states. READ MORE

Ron Bancroft

Ronald M. Bancroft founded Bancroft & Company in 1985 to provide strategic consulting to medium-sized growth companies. Earlier in his business career, Mr. Bancroft spent twelve years learning the ropes of strategic consulting with McKinsey & Company. While at McKinsey, he was part of the team that collaborated with Tom Peters and Bob Waterman in the work that led to the management classic In Search of Excellence. READ MORE

Paul Bolin

Paul Bolin is the Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer with Eastern Maine Healthcare System. Most of Paul’s primary and secondary education was attained in Maine Public schools. Paul earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maine, and has spent most of his career working in Maine. Having completed the Leadership Maine program in 2006, and serving  as a board member of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, he is also a member in the Maine Bar Association’s Fee Arbitration Commission, and chair of the City of Bangor Planning Board, Paul is deeply rooted in Maine and its communities.

Paul has 24 years of leadership and HR experience, and holds the designation of Senior Professional in Human Resources and SHRM Senior Certified Professional. Paul annually instructs courses at Eastern Maine Community College for Maine HR leaders to assist them in attaining their national certifications.

Dan Coffey

Dan is the Manager of the Cianbro Institute at Cianbro Corporation.  Born and raised in Maine and residing in Hampden, ME with his wife and two boys, Dan joined the Cianbro Corporation following his graduation from the University of Maine.  In Dan’s 8 years with Cianbro he rotated through field operational and corporate support positions gaining significant knowledge specifically in the areas of Health, Safety and Human Resources. READ MORE

Barry Driscoll

Barry recently joined WEX as Vice President of Enterprise IT Services where he heads up the global IT team and work.  Prior to WEX, Barry worked with Fairchild for 10 years in a number of positions and served as their Vice President of Global IT.  Barry is a graduate of the University of Maine where he earned degrees in electrical and computer engineering.   READ MORE

Michael Dubyak

Michael Dubyak is Chairman of WEX Inc., a leading provider of corporate payment solutions. He has been affiliated with WEX since 1986, which included 15 years as President and CEO. Presently, WEX operates in twelve countries with products used in greater than 200 countries.
Mike led significant revenue growth and the company has a present market cap of approximately $5 billion. WEX, an S&P 400 mid-cap company, was named to Forbes magazine's "America's 100 Best Small Companies" list for six years during his tenure.

Mike was Educate Maine's first Chairman, was Chairman of the University of Southern Maine Board of Visitors, served on the board of United Way of Greater Portland, Executive Board of the Maine Chamber of Governor's Council on Competitiveness and the Economy, the New England Advisory Council of the Boston Federal Reserve, the Center for Grieving Children Board of Directors and co-chaired its Capital Campaign. He currently co chairs, FocusMaine, an economic initiative. 


Christopher Emmons

Chris Emmons is the co-chair of the Maine Early Learning Investors Group.  MELIG, as it is known, is a group of business leaders who know the success of Maine’s economy depends on well-educated, skilled and innovative workers. Chris received his Bachelors Degree from the University of Maine Orono in 1976. He began his banking career with Maine National Bank in 1977, spent eight years at BayBank, and later joined TD Banknorth.

With nearly 40 years of banking experience, Chris joined Gorham Savings Bank in 2003 as the Bank’s twelfth President and CEO. In addition to his work at Gorham Savings Bank, Mr. Emmons has been actively involved with several local non-profit organizations over the years. Chris is former Chair of the Board of Maine Medical Center and is a board member of MaineHealth and Maine Medical Center. He previously served on the University of Maine Board of Visitors and is a member and former Chairman of the University of Southern Maine Foundation. Chris is former Chairman of the Board of the United Way of Greater Portland and is a past laureate in the Maine Business Hall of Fame. Chris is past Chairman of the Maine Bankers Association and is currently a member of the FDIC’s Advising Committee on Community Banking.  Chris, who has three grown children and two grandchildren, lives in Yarmouth with his wife Nini.

Vicki Gordan

Vicki Gordan joined Unum in 1980 and currently is Senior Vice President, Chief Auditor.  Vicki is responsible for the Internal Audit, Internal Controls, and Internal Claims Audit functions for Unum Group.

Previously, Gordan has held a number of different positions within Unum, including Vice President and CFO, National Client Group & US Business Development; Vice President, Business Planning & Analysis and Business Development; Vice President of Business Development, Planning and Metrics for the Benefits Center; Vice President, Underwriting Services and Metrics; Vice President, Corporate Planning; Vice President, Customer Model; Vice President, Group Universal Life and Life Macro Risk; Vice President, Corporate Strategic Planning and Development; and Counsel, Mortgage and Real Estate Investments. READ MORE

Ken Grady

Ken Grady is Corporate Vice President & Chief Information Officer of IDEXX Laboratories, a leader in pet healthcare innovation, serving practicing veterinarians around the world with a broad range of diagnostic and information technology-based products and services. Ken joined IDEXX in 2014 to lead the global information technology functions which support the scale and reach of the growth oriented company, and continue to accelerate the leverage of technology in creating innovative customer solutions. READ MORE

Clif Greim

Clif Greim, is President and CEO of Harriman, a full-service architecture and engineering firm with offices in Maine and New Hampshire. He joined Harriman in 1981 and became an owner of the 74-person architecture and engineering firm in 1994. For three decades, he has led the firm's mechanical engineering department and has designed mechanical systems for a wide range of projects including several on a national level. Clif has always had a special interest in sustainable design and has developed innovative and energy-efficient systems that incorporate leading-edge technology. He has designed numerous sustainable buildings including several LEED Registered and Certified projects.

Considered an expert in his field, Clif has lectured extensively about renovating and updating mechanical systems for energy efficiency. He has also authored numerous articles appearing in national magazines on similar topics including energy efficiency, commissioning, and air quality. In 2008, Clif was named President and CEO of the 145-year-old firm. As President he is responsible for the strategic planning of the firm and implementation of the company’s vision. Clif earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Maine at Orono.

Chris Hall

Christopher Hall is the Director of Regional initiatives for the Greater Portland Council of Governments.  He previously worked at the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce for 10 years, including four as CEO.  Prior to his work in Portland, Hall was Senior VP and General Counsel for the Maine State Chamber of Commerce for 17 years. Hall graduated from Bowdoin College and Boston University School of Law. He lives in Falmouth with his wife Jahnna Steindl and son David.

Rick Hopper

Dr. Richard Hopper, President, Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) assumed his post at KVCC in April 2013. Prior to KVCC, he was a Senior Education Specialist for the World Bank conducting analysis on education investments and reforms, overseeing lending operations in education, and leading technical assistance to governments worldwide. Dr. Hopper has 27 years of professional experience in teaching, higher education administration, economics of education, and international development. His formal academic training is in economics (George Washington University), international affairs (Geneva, Switzerland), and education policy (Harvard University).

In addition to his career at the World Bank, he has managed US higher education programs abroad, assisted in the establishment of new universities abroad, and advised governments and individual institutions on investments, reforms, and labor market linkages. He is a recognized expert in higher education governance, finance and quality assurance as well as the large-scale measurement of student learning outcomes.

Dana Humphrey

Dr. Dana N. Humphrey is Dean of Engineering at the University of Maine. He joined the University of Maine in 1986 after receiving his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University.

Dr. Humphrey has served as Chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, President of the UMaine Faculty Senate, and Faculty Representative to the UMaine System Board of Trustees. He has been Dean since September 2006. Under his leadership, enrollment in the College of Engineering has grown more than 30%. Moreover, he is leading efforts to bring undergraduate and graduate engineering education to the Maine Advanced Technology Center in Brunswick. READ MORE

Laurie Lachance

Laurie Lachance is Thomas College’s fifth president and the first female, and alumna to lead the college in its 120-year history. From 2004-2012, Laurie served as President and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation. Prior to MDF, Laurie served three governors as the Maine State Economist, and before joining state government, she served as the Corporate Economist at Central Maine Power Company.

A frequent author and speaker on leadership, education, and the economy in Maine, Laurie holds an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College, an MBA from Thomas College, and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Maine at Presque Isle. She has been the recipient of several awards and was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014. Laurie serves on a number of boards including Educate Maine, Educare Central Maine, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Community Development Advisory Council.

Cari Medd

Cari Medd, Principal of Poland Regional High School, became a founding faculty member of Poland Regional High School in 1999, the first new high school in Maine in over 20 years. She became principal of the school in 2008 and continues to serve in that role today. In 2014, Cari was named Maine’s High School Principal of the Year. READ MORE

Gary Merrill

Gary has worked for Hussey Seating for over 25 years and was elected President and CEO in June 2016. Prior to that role Gary served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Gary graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and received his MBA from Babson College. He earned his CPA while working for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC in Portland, ME. In addition to his responsibilities at Hussey Seating, Gary serves on the Board of Directors for Tilson Technology and the American Red Cross of Southern Maine.

Tammy Ranger

Tamara Ranger, a middle school reading interventionist at Skowhegan Area Middle School, was Maine's 2017 Teacher of the Year. She has held this position since 2009. She has also served as a 7/8 Grade ELA teacher. She started her teaching career in 1999 as a sixth grade reading and social studies teacher at the Margaret Chase Smith School in MSAD 54. Tammy is a yoga instructor at School Street Yoga, the New Balance Factory and the Woodlawn Nursing and Rehab Facility. She sits on the board of the Waterville Public Library and is a volunteer at the Evening Soup and Sandwich Program in Waterville. In addition to teaching middle school students, Tammy has shared her talent with pre-professional teachers as an adjunct instructor at UMaine teaching a methods course in English/Language Arts. Tammy earned her initial National Board Certification in 2005 and renewed in 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a concentration in Literacy from the University of Maine at Farmington, and a Masters in K-12 Literacy from University of Maine. 

She was named 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year & 2016 Somerset County Teacher of the Year

Liz Riley

Liz is the V.P. of Operations at Winxnet, and manages the Sales, Marketing and Managed Services teams. Liz joined Winxnet in 2014 as a Marketing Analyst, after spending seven years working in various capacities at the Portland Sea Dogs, the Double A-Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

In the marketing department, Liz was able to work closely with the sales, technical and consulting teams to create compelling campaigns and programs. As a result of this work, Liz was in tune to consultant and technician successes and challenges that led to the expansion of her role to include more operational responsibilities. Today, she is responsible for the teams that work closest with the Winxnet clients, and oversees key aspects of Customer Service, Account Management, Sales and Service. READ MORE

Deanna Sherman

As President and CEO of Dead River Company, Deanna Sherman oversees one of the largest energy companies in Northern New England. Founded in 1909, Dead River Company is family-owned with over 1000 employees serving customers in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and northern Massachusetts.  Sherman joined the company in 1986 and has worked in leadership roles including District Manager, Region Manager and Vice President of the Energy Division.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Colby College, majoring in Government/Public Policy and French.  After attaining her first management position at Dead River Company, Sherman returned to the classroom and received her MBA at the University of Southern Maine.    

Sherman is active in the community through her present and past Board involvement with United Way of Greater Portland, Educate Maine, Junior Achievement of Maine, the Maine Energy Marketers Association and the University of Southern Maine Foundation.

Lindsay Skilling

Lindsay is the CEO of Giffords Famous Ice Cream. Lindsay is still young by most measures, but her role today has grown to that of mom, wife, and CEO at Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream. She is part of a small legion of women in Maine who are running mid-sized businesses. With a staff of 37 year-round employees and sales of 2 million gallons of ice cream a year, her role includes oversight of operations, staff, five seasonal ice-cream stands, and an ice cream factory in Skowhegan that produces 100 flavors and distributes to hundreds of retail locations from Maine to Virginia to Nevada.

E. William Stockmeyer

Bill Stockmeyer is an attorney at Drummond Woodsum & MacMahon, where he serves as the firm’s Practice Group Leader for Public Finance.  Bill represents schools, municipalities, special purpose districts, and other governmental clients on a wide range of financial and business matters.  Bill advises Maine school units on issues such as state and local funding of education, school budget authorization, bond issuance, legislation, organization, construction, public bidding and procurement, real estate, and board conflicts of interest.  Bill was extensively involved in recent, sweeping statutory changes that led to the reorganization of Maine’s public school systems.  READ MORE

Betsy Webb

Betsy Webb is superintendent of the Bangor School Department. She is a passionate, committed educator that believes all children can learn at high levels and the key to success is acceleration. Dr. Webb began as a teacher in 1983 and has held a variety of educational positions spanning the K-12 levels. Dr. Webb has been the superintendent in Bangor since 2008, where she has distinguished herself by increasing academic achievement, developing a ten year strategic plan emphasizing academic excellence, professional excellence, quality instructional program, and an environment for success. Through her leadership, Bangor High School has created a STEM Academy and a Visual and Performing Arts Academy which are gaining state and national attention for student success.

Other recent additions include a Business Academy, a Humanities Academy, and a Bridge Year. Dr. Webb has been named the 2013 Maine Superintendent of the Year and in 2012 was the Maine School Superintendents’ Associations Outstanding Leadership Award winner. Superintendent Webb serves on a number of boards in the community, the state, and at the national level.

Bill Williamson

Bill Williamson is Maine Market President-Bank of America. He serves as the company’s enterprise leader in Maine with a focus on integrating Bank of America business lines across the state and overseeing corporate social responsibility activities including philanthropic giving, community development lending and investing, environmental initiatives, diversity efforts, arts and culture projects, and employee volunteerism. READ MORE

Kelly Winslow

Kelly Winslow is Vice President and Regional Market Manager for the mid-Maine and coastal regions for Bangor Savings Bank. Kelly is a graduate of Winslow High School and the University of Southern Maine, where he received his B.A. in Business Administration, minoring in Economics. He has worked for Bangor Savings Bank for twelve years, beginning his career at the Bank as a branch manager in Waterville, and in 2004 transitioned to his current position as Regional Market Manager. Kelly is active in his communities, serving as a board member of the Mid Maine Chamber of Commerce and the Kennebec Valley Community Action Program. For over ten years, he has coached local youth baseball, softball, basketball, and football teams. Kelly resides in Winslow with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, Mackenzie and Cameron.

Shawn Yardley

Shawn is the CEO of Community Concepts, Inc. in Lewiston. Shawn has had a long career in nonprofit and State and Municipal government. He has played a leadership role in a number of organizations including past President of the Maine Public Health Association, past Chair of the State Coordinating Council for Public Health, past President of the Bangor YMCA and has served on Board of Visitors for Husson University Catholic Charities Maine and the Maine Children’s Trust. He currently serves  on the Board of Visitors for the University of Maine Augusta, National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)-Maine, Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine and the Maine Community Foundation’s Androscoggin County Advisors.

He previously worked for the City of Bangor as the Director of Health and Community Services, for Maine DHHS as Regional Manager for Child and Family Services and has been adjunct social work faculty at the University of Maine since 1986.