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
From 1996–2003, Albanese served as the Commissioner of Education for the State of Maine and is currently Senior Policy Advisor for the Great Schools Partnership, Inc. in Portland, Maine. As a nationally recognized leader in high school redesign and the school change process, the Great Schools Partnership works to raise educational aspirations and achievement by creating equitable, rigorous, and personalized academic programs that prepare all students for college, work, and citizenship in the 21st century.
Albanese is also a founding director of the Sports Done Right initiative, which has been one of America’s leading efforts to strengthen youth and school sports programs. Initially funded by the United States Congress and based at the University of Maine, Sports Done Right has been featured in national news media and in numerous professional publications.
Originally hailing from East Providence, Rhode Island, Albanese attended public schools before earning his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College and completing graduate studies at the University of Maine. Albanese has served on several boards and commissions and was, for six years, Chair of the Maine Children’s Cabinet, comprised of the commissioners of Health and Human Services, Labor, Corrections, Public Safety, and Education.
Duke and his wife, Nancy, reside in the college town of Brunswick on the coast of Maine. They have two grown children, Derek and Kelsey, of Scarborough and Brunswick respectively, and two grandchildren, A.J. and Ava. READ LESS
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
Now largely retired from his consulting practice, Ron remains an advisor to Industrial Growth Partners, a San Francisco –based Private Equity firm. He is also active in education reform. He was a founder and former Chairman of the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education, a business/education coalition. During his time as Chairman, the Coalition was recognized as the national business coalition of the year by the National Association of Business Economics for its work in establishing statewide education standards in Maine. He subsequently was a founding Board member of Educate Maine, a business-led coalition that combined the two leading advocacy groups for K-12 and Higher Education in Maine. He is also a member of the Board of the Great Schools Partnership, a non profit dedicated to bringing proficiency-based education to New England high schools.
In addition, Mr. Bancroft for several years wrote a weekly column on state and national policy issues for the Portland Press Herald.
Leadership and service have been consistent themes throughout Ron's life. He is an honors graduate of the United States Naval Academy, where he commanded the Brigade of Midshipmen. A Rhodes Scholar, Ron earned a Master's Degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from Oxford University.
Ron resides in Cumberland, Maine with his wife, Sally. They are active in their church and their community. READ LESS
Paul Bolin is the Vice President of Human Resources, East Region, 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.
Susan Corbett is the owner and CEO of Axiom Technologies, a telecommunications and information technology company headquartered in Machias, Maine that has been creating and developing solutions for rural broadband deployment since 2005. Axiom has brought high-speed internet service to Washington County with over 90 Access Points, creating an umbrella of coverage over 2,500 square miles. READ MORE
Ms. Corbett has been a public speaker throughout Maine and the United States 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, was recognized by Bangor Daily News as “1 of 11 People to Watch in 2011” and received the 2011 WIPP AT&T Technology Innovator of the Year award.
Axiom Technologies has received the 2010 Maine Development Foundation “Champion of Economic Development Award”; in 2010 was the Recipient of a Senate Congressional Record and in 2011 received Coastal Enterprises, Inc. “Founders Award” and Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2011 and 2014 “Business of the Year” award.
Axiom was awarded a $1.4 million BTOP grant award from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce in September 2010 for the “Washington County Education and Employment through Sustainable Broadband Adoption” Project that provided educational and employment opportunities for farmers, fishermen and nursing.
Axiom, in collaboration with Sunrise County Economic Council, received funding from the John T. Gorman Foundation to provide free computer skills classes to the residents of Washington County in 2013 and 2014 and to date has provided training to over 3,500 adult learners and 350 businesses at over 43 locations.
In 2014, Ms. Corbett formed a non-profit, the Axiom Education & Training Center answering the call for more digital literacy, adult education, work force development, and STEM education for our youth in Washington County and throughout Maine.
Axiom is 1 of 10 designated “TechHire” companies in Maine, and Maine is one of four states recognized by the White House as a “TechHire” state. Axiom Technologies and the Axiom Education & Training Center are currently involved in 5 White House initiatives. READ LESS
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
As the Manager of the Cianbro Institute, Dan is responsible for meeting the workforce development needs of the entire Cianbro Team, comprised of over 4,500 Team Members across the United States. Delivering craft skills, safety, and leadership development programs as well as outreach to K-12 and post-secondary educational institutions, Cianbro has been nationally recognized for its workforce developmental efforts under Dan’s leadership and passion for education.
The Cianbro Companies is an employee owned open shop contractor based out of Pittsfield, Maine. Presently operating in more than 40 states with offices in Texas, Illinois, Maryland, Connecticut, S. Carolina, Kentucky, Louisiana, and multiple facilities in Maine, Cianbro is one of the largest most diversified, self-performing open shop contractors in the country. For more information, visit us at www.cianbro.com.
Maine’s 2016 Teacher of the Year is Mrs. Talya Edlund, a third grade teacher, Literacy Teacher and Team Leader and Pond Cove Elementary School, where she taught from 2004-2016. She started her teaching career as a second and third grade teacher at P.S. 23 Carter Woodson School in Brooklyn, NY. Her first teaching position in Maine was as the Program Coordinator for Project Safe and Smart at Lincoln Middle School in Portland. For two years, Talya was an adjunct instructor at Southern Maine Community College, teaching prep reading to English language learners. Now teaching Grade 5 at Cape Elizabeth Middle School, Talya holds a BA in Humanities from University of Michigan and an MS in Elementary Education from Brooklyn College.
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. Mike's career at WEX spans the company's nine years of venture capital ownership, five subsequent ownership changes and ultimately its initial public offering in 2005. READ MORE
Presently, WEX operates in nine countries with products used in greater than 20 countries. Mike led significant revenue growth and the company has a present market cap of approximately $4 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.
Mike has received numerous awards, including the Alton "Chuck" Cianchette Business Hall of Fame Award from the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Portland Regional Chamber's Masterton Award for Economic Development, the City of South Portland Business Leader of the Year award, the Maine Development Foundation's Champion of Education, Training and Leadership Development, the Good Shepherd Food Bank's JoAnn Pike Humanitarian of the Year award, the Junior Achievement Hall of Fame and received the 2005 Distinguished Alumni Award from the Institute for Civic Leadership. Mike was named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2011 Financial Services Award Winner for New England. READ LESS
Chris Emmons is President and CEO of Gorham Savings Bank. Chris earned 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 thirty years of banking experience, Chris joined Gorham Savings Bank in 2003 as the bank’s twelfth President and Chief Executive Officer.
In addition to his work at Gorham Savings Bank, Mr. Emmons has been actively involved with several local non-profit organizations over the years. He has served as past Chair of the Maine Medical Center Board of Trustees, University of Southern Maine Foundation, Maine Bankers Association, and the United Way of Greater Portland. He presently serves as Vice Chair of the University of Maine Board of Visitors and is a Trustee of Maine Medical Center and MaineHealth. Chris is a past laureate in the Maine Business Hall of Fame.
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
She graduated from Bates College in 1977 with a BA in History; received her Juris Doctor degree in 1980 from the University of Maine School of Law, and received her MBA in 1986 from the University of New Hampshire. She received her Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1992. She was a charter member of the Board of Directors of the University of New Hampshire Executive MBA Alumni Association and has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Wardwell Home for the Aging. She is a member of the Cumberland County Bar Association, Maine Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She is currently a member of the board of Educate Maine, and served as co-chair of Unum’s United Way campaign in Portland in 2009.
She and her husband, Scott, have two daughters and live in Raymond, Maine. READ LESS
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
Previously, Ken was the CIO of New England Biolabs, one of the founding members of the biotech revolution, and a leader in molecular biology and fundamental research, which continue to transform healthcare solutions and our understanding of biological systems. Ken’s tenure included early adoption and delivery of creative connected devices and Internet of Things solutions to help connect scientists and institutions with the products and tools they needed to accomplish their breakthrough research.
In addition, Ken spent many years in technology leadership positions at Novartis, a global pharmaceutical company, living and working in the US, Europe and Asia.
Ken is originally from Riverdale, Georgia, and studied computer engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology before joining the US Army and serving five years active duty as an Arabic translator. Ken is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California.
Ken and his wife Giuia live in Gorham, Maine with their two school age children. READ LESS
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.
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.
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.
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
Dr. Humphrey is Chair of the Board for the Maine Space Grant Consortium and a member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Discovery Museum. He was a committee member and subcommittee co-chair for the University of Maine System University-Business Information Technology and Computer Science Partnership.
Dr. Humphrey has received the Maine Distinguished Professor Award (1994), Carnegie Foundation Maine Professor of the Year (1994), and Presidential Public Service Award (1998). He is a 2010 graduate of Leadership Maine (Rho Class). In 2015 he was appointed as the Sauders Professor of Engineering Leadership and Management. READ LESS
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, 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
Cari grew up in Paris, Maine and graduated from Oxford Hills High School. She then graduated from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in American Studies and earned Master’s Degrees in Teaching and Learning at Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1992 and Educational Leadership at the University of Southern Maine in 1999.
Cari started her teaching career at Leavitt Area High School in Turner, Maine from 1992-1999, serving as assistant principal there during the 1998-1999 school year. During her time at Leavitt, she served on the state education commission which published “Promising Futures”, a road map for high school reform in Maine.
She lives in Hebron with her husband and two children. READ LESS
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 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.
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
Bill’s national recognitions include listings by Best Lawyers in America for Public Finance Law and Education Law. In 2010, his peers elected Bill to the American College of Bond Counsel. Bill is listed in the "Red Book" of municipal bond attorneys. He has been a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers for over 20 years. Bill has published numerous articles on financial and business topics for school and municipal officials. He is the primary author of the School Finance chapter of Maine School Law, Fifth Edition (2014).
Bill holds A.B. and M.S. degrees from Cornell University and a law degree from Cornell Law School. He has three adult children and resides with his wife, Mary, in Portland. READ LESS
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 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
Additionally, he serves as a Senior Client Manager in Bank of America’s Commercial Banking Group for Northern New England, and has served in similar capacities for SunTrust Banks, Fleet Bank and Bank of New England. He has 31 years of commercial banking experience. Currently, he manages the commercial banking for a diverse group of public and private companies in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Previously, he worked in the field of education as Director of Development for Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and Vermont Academy in Saxton’s River, Vermont. Bill has served as Director of School Administrative District #51 in Cumberland, Maine and as a board member of the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce and the Susan Curtis Foundation. Currently he is a board member of, and the Maine State Chamber of Commerce. A resident of Falmouth, Maine, he is a graduate of Colby College with a B.A. in English. READ LESS
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 is the CEO of Community Concepts, Inc. Shawn has an accomplished career in nonprofit and public management, is a trusted confidant for public and private leaders, has a reputation for leading successful efforts to address complex issues, and is involved in many statewide policy conversations. As a vital community leader in Bangor he is known for being a strategic and systemic thinker and leader. With multiple honors and awards for volunteer leadership, including, the University of Maine School of Social Work’s “Alumnus of the Year,” Shawn currently serves on seven local and statewide nonprofit boards. READ MORE
Recent jobs held include Director of Community Services at Penobscot Community Health Care, Director of the Bangor Health and Community Services Department, Executive Director of the River Coalition in Old Town, and Maine’s Department of Human Services, Regional Program Manager for Penobscot, Piscataquis, Hancock, and Washington Counties.
Shawn has a B.A. in Sociology and Social Welfare from the University of Maine, an MS and MBA from Husson University, and has been a Faculty Associate in the Social Work Department at UMaine since 1986. He has been elected every year to serve on the State Coordinating Council for Public Health, and in 2006 was appointed by Governor Baldacci to the inaugural State Homeless Council, an appointment he continues to hold today. READ LESS