A. Ali, Opportunity Scholars Initiative, University of Southern Maine Muskie School

Abdulkadir Ali is an Ethiopian-American social activist. From human rights to community leadership, Mr. Ali addresses issues that continuously occur in silenced communities caused by systematic oppression. He is an Artistic Director with Maine Inside Out, an organization that uses theater to engage communities around the subject of incarceration, and works as an organizer with Maine Youth Justice. An organization that brings people of all backgrounds together to address the failures of the criminal/juvenile justice system while working to advance reform. 

Mr. Ali also works in partnership with the Young People's Caucus, which connects policy decision makers with young people to discuss and learn about topics that are important to youth, and Opportunity Scholars at the University of Southern Maine, which creates a bridge for formerly incarcerated young people to access post-secondary education. 

Abdifatah Ali, Educational Technician, Lyman Moore Middle School

Ali is an Educational Technician at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland, Maine.

Alexis Jones, Principal, Brown Elementary School

Alexis began her educational career as a kindergarten teacher in Easton, Pennsylvania, and later became the district’s Response to Intervention (RTI) Coordinator. After relocating to Maine, Alexis joined the South Portland School Department in the role of Data Coach at James Otis Kaler Elementary. This position was part of Maine’s School Improvement Grant, and one of multiple initiatives that helped close the performance gap between Kaler and the state. After four years in this role, Alexis joined the staff at Brown Elementary as building principal. Alexis is committed to fostering community partnerships, knowing that it takes a team in order to provide enriching educational experiences for all children.

Andrew Young, Resiliency Coordinator, Biddeford School Department

He started his career in 2007, teaching regular education and special education in grades one through twelve.  Andrew’s certifications have given him opportunities to understand students' vast abilities in learning.  Most recently, he has been trained in ACES and trauma responsive approaches.  As the Resiliency Coordinator, Andrew facilitates staff development, leads restorative circles, implements whole-school mindfulness, and participates in community outreach. Andrew will often be seen with his Great Dane, Remi. Remi is a certified therapy dog-- through the Alliance of Therapy Dogs--and is a tremendous asset to the Biddeford Primary School community.

Angela Atkinson Duina, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Southern Maine

Dr. Atkinson Duina has 24 years experience across all levels, from pre-K to college graduate, in urban, rural and international settings. She has focused her research on program evaluation, policy implementation and school improvement. She is committed to advancing positive outcomes for Maine youth through community collaboration.

Bret Watson, President and CEO, Jøtul North America

Bret has led a lean transformation that began in 2001 and continues today, utilizing a sustainable continuous improvement culture.  Under Bret’s leadership, Jøtul  has grown from 13 employees as a distributor to manufacturing assembly of sheet metal fabrication with 95 employees.  All products sold in North American market are developed in Gorham, ME headquarters for North American hearth products market.  Jøtul has been a finalist or winner in the Best Companies to Work in Maine in 2006, 2008 and 2010 and was awarded manufacturer of the Year by the Manufacturers Association of Maine 2019.  Bret received a BS degree in Economics/Psychology Magna Cum Laude from  St. Lawrence University and a MBA from the University of Vermont. 

Camelia Babson-Haley, M.Ed, Executive Director, Youth & Family Outreach

Camelia joined Youth and Family Outreach (YFO) in March of 2000. Camelia has been in the field of early childhood education since 1989 and during that time she has seen more than 500 children head off to public school with the tools they need to succeed on their educational journey.  From a lab school in Nevada to a Head Start in Maine to a parent cooperative in Atlanta, Georgia; Camelia has experienced the diversity of programming that has set the stage for her work at YFO.  Each year seeking public and private funds, Camelia actively obtains the resources necessary to meet the needs of the staff, families and children that YFO serves.  Camelia is known in the community as a collaborator and actively seeks out beneficial partnerships such as the University of Southern Maine, Portland Public Schools, and The Opportunity Alliance. She has maintained national accreditation with the National Association for the Education of Young Children for YFO since she first earned this status in 2003

Candace Williams, Director of Policy, Research and Strategic Initiatives

Candace is responsible for the development and implementation of policy and research activities including: guiding the organization’s policy agenda and priorities; producing reports and analysis of salient policy issues, trends and developments affecting higher education and the economy in New England; engaging with key stakeholders and policymakers in the region to provide analysis, data resources, policy expertise and technical assistance. She also oversees efforts to expand NEBHE’s portfolio of grant-funded initiatives and acts as project director of High Value Credentials for New England. Before joining NEBHE, Candace was an aide in the Massachusetts state senate. A native of mid-coast Maine, she made her way to Boston to earn her undergraduate and graduate degrees in economics at Northeastern University. 

Charlotte Peyser, Senior Policy and Research Analyst, New England Board of Higher Education

Over the past year at NEBHE, Charlotte has helped to lead various initiatives focused on adult learners in the region, co-authored NEBHE’s most recent white paper, Upskilling New England: Bridging the Gaps between Educators and Employers, and is currently working on NEBHE’s newest project, All Learning Counts, in partnership with Lumina Foundation. Prior to joining NEBHE, she earned her Master’s degree from Boston University in education policy and leadership studies. Charlotte has spent her career in the education policy space and is passionate about creating greater opportunities and support structures for adult learners to enroll in and complete postsecondary credential programs.

Christina Horner, Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership

A large portion of Christina’s educational career has been dedicated to equity and social justice for underserved communities. For decades, she has been a part of one of the country’s longest running, voluntary desegregation programs where she has held a myriad of roles—student, bus monitor, secretary, teacher, board chair, and central-office administrator. Most recently, Christina has worked throughout New England as a Universal Design for Learning implementation specialist, helping school teams implement a set of principles for curriculum development that give all students equal opportunities to learn. Christina earned a BA in business from Boston College and a MS in education from Lesley University. In her free time, Christina enjoys volunteering as Girl Scout Troop leader, traveling, walking, and bike riding. She lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts, with her husband, twin sons, daughter, and two dogs.

Cindy Yuill, Global Head of IT Quality Engineering, IDEXX

Cindy is a Senior IT Manager at IDEXX Laboratories in Westbook, Maine. She is currently leading a global Quality Engineering organization responsible for instituting quality best practices throughout the Software Development Lifecycle. 

Claire Sullivan, Ph.D., Assistant Vice Chancellor for Innovation in Digital Badging and Micro-credentials, University of Maine System

Claire is co-PI on the All Learning Counts-Maine Lumina grant. She developed UMaine’s Engaged Black Bear Digital Badging initiative and continues to collaborate with the Education Design Lab on their Badged to Hire initiative. She is co-chairing the All Learning Counts Steering Committee working to build an aligned micro-credential ecosystem to aid in workforce development. As a UMaine faculty member and Associate Dean, Claire developed and strengthened community engagement and service-learning projects, receiving the Maine Campus Compact Donald Harward Award for this work.

Curtis Picard, President and CEO, Retail Association of Maine

Prior to his current position, Curtis was Vice President of Business Development and International Trade for the Vermont Chamber of Commerce. He was responsible for the chamber’s International Trade Program with offices in Shanghai, China and Taipei, Taiwan.

Daniel Westoven, Pathways Coordinator, Greely High School

A Greely graduate himself, Daniel uses job shadow days, internships, volunteer work, and field experience to develop extended learning opportunities which are focused on career exploration for students. Daniel developed a passion for community based learning as a special education teacher, a role that he served in for more than a decade. Now in his third year as the Pathways Coordinator, he believes that schools have a fundamental responsibility to make students aware of the career opportunities that exist here in Maine. His hope is that these opportunities will continue to grow and that schools and businesses can develop meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships that will support the future of the Maine workforce. 

Daniela Aryaie, Student, University of Southern Maine

Daniela Aryaie is a graduate of Deering High School and the Make It Happen! program. She is now a freshman at University of Southern Maine studying Political Science. 

Danielle L. Wong, Site Coordinator, Portland Public Schools

Danielle is the current Site Coordinator for the Make It Happen program at Portland High School. Make It Happen is an academic support and college readiness program for multilingual and multicultural students. She previously worked at Deering High School, the Multilingual and Multicultural Center, and Lyman Moore Middle School, all in Portland, Maine. She is a 2012 graduate of Saint Joseph’s College in Standish Maine where she earned her bachelor’s degree in History and Secondary Education. She hopes to pursue her master’s degree in Secondary Education. 

Dolly Sullivan, Program Director, Educate Maine

As Program Director, Dolly leads the Maine Teacher of the Year program. Dolly started working in education advocacy in 1998 as the program director for the Maine Coalition for Excellence in Education, the forerunner of Educate Maine. In addition to directing MTOY, she works with the Education Leaders Experience team. She is a proud University of Maine alumna – go Black Bears!—and she and her husband, Tom, are longtime residents of Bucksport. They have two adult children, Brian and Keely, and an Irish Shorty Jack Russell, Weezie.

Dr. Ryan F. Thornell, Deputy Commissioner, Maine Department of Corrections

Dr. Ryan Thornell currently serves as the Deputy Commissioner of Corrections for the Maine Department of Corrections, appointed in April 2018. In this capacity, Dr. Thornell is responsible for the overall management and operations of the Department. This role also includes specific oversight of legislative and policy matters, medical and behavioral health services, correctional programming and treatment services, and adult facility operations. 

Dwayne Conway, Principal, Maranacook Community High School

He has been at Maranacook for eight years and feels extremely fortunate to work in his community helping students to see beyond their current reality. He has a firm belief that nothing is impossible and any challenges, can be solved through collaboration and a positive mindset.

Ed Cervone, Executive Director of CIE, VP of Innovative Partnerships, Thomas College

Ed Cervone works at Thomas College where he is the Executive Director of the Center for Innovation in Education and the VP of Innovative Partnerships. He has worked on education and economic development issues in Maine for twenty years and has held a number of leadership positions at Maine nonprofits.  

Emily Doughty, Educator Effectiveness Coordinator, Maine Department of Education

In her role, she works closely with educators from across Maine on areas related to leadership, peer support and mentoring, educator retention, and educator recognition.  Emily is passionate about elevating the profession by working collaboratively with stakeholders.

Gail Senese, Ph.D, State Director, Office of Adult Education, Maine Department of Education

Gail has spent the majority of her professional career in adult education in Maine at the local program and state levels. She also worked with adults in the continuing education department of an out-of-state university. A programmer at heart, Gail's passion lies in creating and being involved with innovative academic and workforce programs, collaborations, and in the ongoing hunt for solutions that overcome barriers for adults striving to access education, employment and their life goals.

Grace Valenzuela, Executive Director, Communications and Community Partnerships, Portland Public Schools

Grace Valenzuela, Ph.D. is the Executive Director for Communications and Community Partnerships for Portland Public Schools. She oversees the district’s Multilingual and Multicultural Center, Youth Development, family engagement, volunteer management, community partnerships, and internal/external communications. She has a B.S. in Education from Philippine Normal College in Manila, an MA in Teaching ESL from the School for International Training in Vermont, and a PhD in Public Policy from the University of Southern Maine. Her professional experiences in the United States, Philippines, and Mexico include teaching, curriculum development, staff development, family and community engagement, teacher preparation, and program administration. She has extensive experience in providing professional development for high school teachers all over the U.S. and an international experience with non-governmental agencies specializing in refugee work.  

Heather Whitaker, 2020 Maine Teacher of the Year; Alternative Education Teacher, Gorham Middle School

Heather Whitaker is the alternative education teacher at Gorham Middle School in Gorham, Maine, where she has been teaching for 20 years. Whitaker is passionate about combining learning opportunities with the needs of the community. She started her school’s garden, which donates over 800 pounds of produce for the local food pantry each year. She also was a founding member of the Gorham BackPack Program, which provides students in her community, experiencing chronic hunger, with food over the weekend. Her alternative education students are active volunteers for both programs. Whitaker graduated from Boston College in 2000, where she received her  Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with Moderate Special Needs, with a minor in Human Resources. She later earned her Master of Science in Literacy Education at the University of Southern Maine.

Henry John Bear, Maliseet Tribal Representative

Professor Bear grew up in poverty. After 20 years on his home reservation where he worked both as the tribal forest manager and tribal fisheries manager, Henry served as an elected tribal councillor. After graduating from law school in Canada and successfully prosecuting his people's treaty rights in Canadian courts, Professor Bear then obtained his Master of Laws degree in the United States while continuing to successfully prosecute these same treaty rights in the US courts and other forums, including three terms as a member of the Maine House of Representatives.

Jaclyn Robidoux, Marine Extension Associate, Maine Sea Grant

Jaclyn is a Marine Extension Associate with Maine Sea Grant and University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Jaclyn works to develop the seaweed sector in Maine, with an emphasis on sustainable seaweed production, post-harvest processing, and product development. Jaclyn works closely with researchers, sea farmers, organizations, and resource managers on issues pertaining to seaweed fisheries and aquaculture. In addition to applied research and technical field assistance, Jaclyn’s work also supports educational networks to bring marine science to coastal communities. 

Jake Giessman, Assistant Principal, Lyman Moore Middle School

Jake is an Assistant Principal at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland, Maine.

Jane Hubley, School Social Worker, Lyman Moore Middle School

Jane is the School Social Worker at Lyman Moore Middle School in Portland, Maine

Jennifer Burns, Senior Director of Education, United Way of Greater Portland

Jennifer Burns has been with the United Way of Greater Portland since 2014 and currently serves as Community Impact Senior Director, Education.

 

Jennifer is a career educator. Beginning as a classroom teacher, Jennifer worked in a variety of positions including Director of College Counseling and Director of Organizational Development. She led a team that trained faculty in K-12 public charter schools in DC, MD, NY, and FL in providing student and family supports. Jennifer also worked in higher education administration at Bowdoin College. She received her BA from Bowdoin College and her Ed.M. from Harvard University.

Joseph Jackson, Coordinator, Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition

Joseph Jackson is the coordinator of Maine Prisoner Advocacy Coalition. A group that engages in direct advocacy with the Maine Department of Corrections on behalf of prisoners and their families. Mr. Jackson is the Director of Leadership Development with Maine Inside Out and he is a founder of Maine Youth Justice and currently serves as campaign advisor. 

Joshua Broder, CEO, Tllson

Joshua Broder serves as CEO of Tilson, which is on a mission to build America’s information infrastructure. Under his leadership, Tilson has grown from less than 10 employees to over 550, earning a top spot on the Inc. 5000 list for the past ten years. He is also the founder of Tilson’s public utility affiliate, which develops and leases back 5G infrastructure including poles, towers, fiber and private networks nationwide. Josh cut his teeth in leadership as an Army officer serving overseas for four years on missions world-wide. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College and a certificate in entrepreneurial studies from JFK University, and is a graduate of MDF’s Leadership Maine. Josh is currently serving a gubernatorial appointment as the co-chair of Maine’s Economic Recovery Committee and serves on the boards of four other great Maine companies; Skowhegan Savings Bank, Versant Power, VETRO FiberMap, and Kleinschmidt Associates.

Kate Gardoqui, Senior Associate, Great Schools Partnership

Kate Gardoqui is a senior associate with the Great Schools Partnership. She has worked in public middle and high schools in New Mexico, Philadelphia, New Hampshire and most recently at Noble High School in North Berwick, Maine. Kate has taught a wide range of classes and served as a teacher leader in many capacities, including helping to lead the transition to a standards and proficiency-based system at Noble. She was awarded the 2007 Bob Costas Grant for the Teaching of Writing, was a state finalist for the 2011 Maine Teacher of the Year Award, and was named the University of New Hampshire Teacher Mentor of the Year in 2014. Kate has also taught for over a decade in the University of New Hampshire Literacy Institutes, which offers graduate-level classes for teachers. 

Katherine Darling, Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Maine at Augusta

Katherine Weatherford Darling is a medical sociologist working for health equity through education, research and social change. Her scholarship uses participatory sociological methods to analyze and address structural barriers to health. She has taught in UMA's Prisoner Education Program and collaborates with justice-involved women on research and policy analysis that examines the intersecting inequalities built into the criminal justice system. 

Kaylyn O’Brien, Strategic Talent Programs and Partnerships Manager, WEX

Kaylyn currently works at WEX as the Strategic Talent Programs and Partnerships Manager, where she collaborates across the HR ecosystem, as well as with external partners, to develop innovative recruitment, retention, and talent development initiatives for WEX. Prior to relocating to Maine from New York in 2018, Kaylyn spent five years working in higher education at the Centennial Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Kaylyn is currently working on completing her Ed.D in Leadership and Learning in Organizations from the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. She received her MA in Philosophy and Public Affairs from University College Dublin, Ireland and her BA in Critical Social Studies and Public Policy from Hobart and William Smith Colleges. 

Kimberly Ray, School Counselor, Maranacook Community High School

Kim Ray is a National Board Certified School Counselor at Maranacook Community High School and coordinates the dual enrollment program with the partner colleges.  She entered the school counseling field after graduating with an MS in Counseling from USM in 2010 and has also worked at Westbrook High School and Winthrop High School.  In addition to her role as a counselor, Kim also serves as the dual enrollment coordinator, freshman advisor, AP testing supervisor, and has served as the department head of Guidance.  

Laurie Lachance, President, Thomas College

In 2012, Laurie Lachance became Thomas College’s President and the first female to lead the College in its 126-year history. From 2004-2012, Laurie served as President and CEO of the Maine Development Foundation. Prior to MDF, Laurie served as the Maine State Economist and served as the Corporate Economist at Central Maine Power Company. She 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. Laurie was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame in 2014 and was recognized in 2016 by Maine Magazine as one of the 50 Mainers Charting the State’s Future. Laurie serves on the Boards of Educare Central Maine, the Maine State Chamber, Educate Maine, and MEMIC. In 2020, Governor Mills appointed Laurie as the Co-chair of Maine’s Economic Recovery Committee, charged with advising on how to most effectively guide Maine’s economy from surviving this pandemic to thriving. 

Lisa Larson, Ph.D, President, Eastern Maine Community College

Dr. Larson spent over 20 years in the Minnesota State System serving as a Communications faculty member, dean, vice president for academic and student affairs in several colleges and as Interim President at North Hennepin Community College.  Lisa has extensive experience in both technical and transfer education as well as student affairs.  Dr. Larson has been part of the microcredentialing and digital badging initiative for the Maine Community College System helping to create policies, procedures, and solutions for workforce partners.  Lisa is focused on creating learning centered environments and success initiatives in collaboration with faculty, staff, students and partners that result in students meeting their academic goals and building Maine’s workforce.

Lisa G. Martin, Executive Director, Manufacturers Association of Maine

Lisa is the executive director of the Manufacturers’ Association of Maine and has 25+ years in economic, workforce and business development. 

She leads the effort to build the Manufacturers’ Association as an economically strong industry through partnerships and collaborations with other industries, with state and federal agencies and organizations and within the manufacturing industry. 

Lisa currently sits on the Maine Technology Institute Precision Manufacturing Board, is a member of the Maine Policy Institute Board of Advisors, University of Maine, Advanced Manufacturing Center Board of Advisors, Robotics Institute of Maine Executive Board and is an Alumni of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine Mu Class

Lisa holds a BA from University of Southern Maine, a Master of Science degree in Community Economic Development (CED) from New Hampshire College and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Lisa lives in her home town of Portland. 

Lisa Morrissette, Director of Marketing, Dead River Company

For more than 25 years, Lisa Morrissette has led brand development and management, and marketing and public relations strategies in both the financial services and energy space. A self-proclaimed “brand geek,” Lisa is driven by a desire to deliver exceptional customer experiences. She takes pride in caring for brands as if she is nurturing a child. 

As Dead River Company’s Director of Marketing, Lisa also leads the company’s extensive community outreach and non-profit support. Among the projects she is most passionate about, is the work she is doing in partnership with the United Way of Greater Portland and Brown School in South Portland to help ensure children get a strong start in life. Outside of work, she enjoys camping, spending time on the water and hiking with her puggle, Raisin. 

Mara Sanchez, Policy Associate, University of Southern Maine

A former news and documentary producer, Mara completed her master's degree in Policy, Planning and Management from the University of Southern Maine in 2017. Mara is primarily focused on youth justice issues and co-leads the Place Matters project and Opportunity Scholars initiative within the Justice Policy Program.

Margaret Pitts, Principal, Biddeford School Department

Margaret Pitts has been an educator for 31 years in public school systems.  Her first nine years were as an elementary teacher.  Margaret became an administrator in 1998 leading positive change and supporting high achieving learning environments. In 2016 she started teaching at local colleges, expanding her education and experiences.  Putting students first has always been a priority of Margaret.  In addition, the effects of poverty in education continue to be a passion. Most recently, Margaret has led her staff in becoming trauma informed and responsive.  She has implemented many proactive practices within her building, participates in large community opportunities, and continually demonstrates great empathy and support to her students, their families, and her staff.  

Mari T. O'Neil, General Manager, Outlets at Kittery

Mari O’Neil is the General Manager of the Outlets at Kittery, where she currently oversees the operational and leasing components, as well as executing the marketing efforts for the shopping center. She has traveled to many parts of the country to assist with training and operational organization at various properties.
Prior to her career in shopping center management, Mari worked in areas of retail that included management, training, loss prevention, store openings, and recruitment with major retailers; TJ Maxx, County Seat, and Home Depot.
Mari holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and has earned a Certified Marketing Director designation from the International Council of Shopping Centers.
She is a certified trainer for the National Retail Federation Foundation’s RISE UP curriculum and sits on the board of the Retail Association of Maine, where she also serves as Board Chair for the Maine Business Education Partnership. 

Maria Povec, Senior Policy Analyst, Governor's Office of Policy Innovation and the Future

Maria is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Governor’s Office of Policy Innovation and the Future. Maria Millard Povec was born and raised in Orono. She has more than a decade of public policy experience. She most recently served as the Policy and Programs Director at the American Alpine Club, a climbing and conservation non-profit based in Colorado. She earned her Master's in Policy and Leadership from Stanford University. She has worked for the Maine Legislature, Educate Maine, and the Education Commission of the States in Denver where she advised legislators, governors, and state agency leaders on education policy.

Mariah Cunningham-Knaus, Consultant, Educate Maine

Mariah Cunningham-Knaus is a Maine-based Nonprofit Consultant. She holds a Master's in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service. 

Mary Axelsen, Vice President, Human Resources, EnviroLogix

Mary has her Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion Champion Certificate from Bentley University, and Change Styles Indicator certification through MHS Assessments.  She specializes in organizational design, talent strategies, executive coaching, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She is a Leader Advisor for Olympia Snowe Women’s Leadership Program where she mentors girls at Biddeford High School on their values, voice, and vision. She also sits on the Governance Committee for Dempsey Center who makes life better for people managing the impact of cancer.  She loves spending time with family and friends, golfing, and traveling. 

Melissa Cilley, Board Vice Chair, Youth & Family Outreach

Melissa Cilley has been a child advocate her entire career.  She began as an early educator teaching kindergarten and preschool, then worked as a lawyer in Kansas City representing exclusively children.  On moving to Spokane, Washington, she entered the non-profit sector serving that community's young victims of crime and their families.   When she and her family moved to Maine in 2007, Melissa re-entered law practice with Drummond Woodsum's Education Law team before returning to non-profit work in 2011.  She now leads Apex Youth Connection in Biddeford and maintains a small consulting practice helping non-profits grow.  Besides serving as Vice Chair for Youth and Family Outreach, Melissa serves on the Maine Children's Alliance Board, as a member of Biddeford Ready!, and on the Development Committee with Catherine Morrill Day Nursery.  She looks forward to beginning work this month with the Regional Care Network on behalf of systems-involved youth.

Morgan C. Cuthbert, Educator, Frank H. Harrison Middle School

Morgan is 20-year teaching veteran, 2011 Milken Educator Award winner, and 2016 Cumberland County Teacher of the year.  Morgan's teaching has focused on placed-based learning and making learning authentic and real to students.  In the past 5 years, Morgan has focused the content of his curriculum in the realm of marine science and aquaculture.  

Page Nichols, Chief Innovation Officer, Maine Department of Education

As Chief Innovation Officer for the Maine Department of Education, Page and her team support and leverage innovation in education in Maine. She and her team have spent the last several months pursuing innovative solutions to remote learning including the #ConnectKidsNow! Initiative to provide internet connectivity for all students in need, The MOOSE Platform to provide a high-quality, asynchronous, Maine-based learning option for students, families, and educators, and RREV (Redefining Remote Education Ventures) to expand statewide capacity for innovation in education as it relates to remote learning.  
She currently serves on the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Board, Juvenile Justice Task Force, The Justice for Children Task Force, The Nature-Based Education Consortium, and the Maine Climate Council. 
Outside of work, Page enjoys surfing and skiing with her family and friends. 

 

Rachel Knight, Founder and CEO, Destination Occupation

Rachel Knight is the Founder and CEO of Destination Occupation, a free online career exploration resource for Maine students, job seekers, educators and job coaches.  Destination Occupation produces career exploration videos that highlight career opportunities in Maine featuring employers like Bath Iron Works, Darling’s Auto Group, Maine Health, Enercon Technologies, Procter & Gamble and more!  DO’s tagline is “If you can’t SEE it, you can’t BE it”.  Rachel taught in Maine schools for 20 years and continues to do career education outreach to schools across the state.

Earlier this year, Destination Occupation and the Manufacturers Association of Maine signed a Memorandum of Agreement to work collaboratively on workforce development training and recruitment for the association members.  Maine hosts a healthy manufacturing economy that has numerous career opportunities that range from production to IT, and from engineering to robotics.

Scott Galloway, Author & Professor, New York University Stern School of Business; Founder, Section4

Scott Galloway is a Professor of Marketing at NYU Stern School of Business where he teaches Brand Strategy and Digital Marketing to second-year MBA students and is the author of the Digital IQ Index ®, a global ranking of prestige brands' digital competence. In 2012, Professor Galloway was named "One of the World's 50 Best Business School Professors" (Poets & Quants). Professor Galloway is also the founder of several firms including L2, a subscription business intelligence firm serving prestige brands; Red Envelope, an e-commerce firm; and Prophet, a global brand strategy consultancy.

Professor Galloway was elected to the World Economic Forum's "Global Leaders of Tomorrow," which recognizes 100 individuals under the age of 40 "whose accomplishments have had impact on a global level." Professor Galloway has served on the board of directors of Eddie Bauer, The New York Times Company, Gateway Computer, and Berkeley's Haas School of Business. He received a BA from UCLA and an MBA from UC Berkeley.

 

Tamara Ranger, Maine Teacher of the Year 2017; Educator Excellence Coordinator, Maine Department of Education

Tamara (Tammy) Ranger is the Educator Excellence Coordinator at the Maine Department of Education. Major projects in this role include Educator Recognition (Maine Teacher of the Year, National Board Certification) and Educator Talent (recruitment and retention). Prior to coming to the Department in 2019, Tammy taught middle school in Skowhegan for twenty years. Tammy is the 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year, a National Board Certified Teacher, and a Maine Writing Project Teaching Fellow. She is graduate of the University of Maine at Farmington (BA Elementary Education, ’99) and the University of Maine (M. Ed., Literacy Education, ’07). Tammy remains as passionate as ever about the power and promise of public education and is proud of the work Maine is doing to increase equity and support for schools, educators, and students during these unprecedented times. 

Timothy Cronin, Program Director, Make It Happen!, Portland Public Schools

Tim Cronin has been the Director of Portland Public Schools Make It Happen! Program since 2010. Prior to this position he was a classroom Science teacher in Portland at King Middle School for over 10 years. From 2003 to 2006 Tim was a Math and Science teacher for the US department of Defense Schools in Yokosuka and Misawa Japan. He also owned Summer Fun Camp for 5 years until 2007. 

Tim Lyon, Vice President for Analytics & Strategy, Maguire Associates

Tim oversees the Maguire Associates predictive modeling group and helps educational institutions develop data-informed strategies to meet their enrollment goals. In addition to helping clients achieve success at the undergraduate level, Tim has led initiatives to bring practical applications of the Maguire Associates methodology to the pre-college and graduate education sectors. Prior to joining Maguire Associates, Tim worked as a secondary mathematics teacher at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom where he developed and managed a database that tracked assessment performance and concept comprehension and served as a committee chair for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process. Tim holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and an M.B.A in Quantitative Analysis.

Wendy LeBlanc, School Counselor, Biddeford School Department

Wendy LeBlanc is the School Counselor at the Biddeford Primary School.  Wendy began her educational career in 2005 as an elementary teacher.  Over the course of twelve years Wendy taught several different grade levels ranging from kindergarten to fifth.  Wendy received a Masters in Education with a focus of Literacy in 2014 and a Masters in School Counseling in 2017.  She was able to start her new role as School Counselor in the same school she was teaching first grade, Biddeford Primary School.  Throughout her years in education, Wendy continues to  connect her classroom teacher experiences and school counselors practices. Her experiences allow her to provide perspective, and connect staff and students to administration. Wendy is passionate about her connections within the school and community.