Board of Directors

Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Board Member Contact Sheet

Board Meeting Schedule

Cheryl Bulmer, Chair

Cheryl has been associated with Good Will Hinckley for several years, first serving as a volunteer on our Finance Committee. She eventually joined the Board in 2004 and remained an active member until the fall of 2010. She joined the MeANS Board in 2013. Cheryl retired after fulfilling the role of Financial Controller at the Somerset Plant of Sappi located in Skowhegan, Maine where she was responsible for financial controls, data integrity, financial reporting, analysis and planning.

Cheryl was an active participant in the site operating decision-making process as a member of the Mill Leadership Team, utilizing her financial expertise and overall business skills. In addition, she led the training and development of the entire Sappi finance organization across North America. She began her finance career in the banking industry in Portland and Waterville and has more than 30 years’ experience in finance. She is also a past Mother Advisor of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls and current member of the Fairfield United Methodist Church. Cheryl resides in South China, Maine and enjoys spending time traveling with family.

Scott Byrd, Ph.D., Vice Chair

Scott Byrd is a research scientist at the Mindbridge Center in Portland, Maine. At Mindbridge, he coordinates research work across multiple projects, writes grants for new projects and consults for other organizations. He is also the lead investigator on a National Science Foundation project that is building a community-based, augmented-reality, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning game for rural youth. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California. He has been an active researcher for nearly 20 years in the fields of human rights and social justice, non-profit organizations, environmental sciences and now the learning sciences. Scott was a faculty member at Murray State University in Kentucky before he and his wife moved to Maine in 2014. Scott views education as not only vital to developing an individual’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills but also helping youth learn about their culture and history while being actively engaged in their communities. When not working Scott enjoys writing science fiction, maintaining hiking trails throughout the Medomak valley, and renovating their 1700s house in Waldoboro.

Cheryl Mercier, Secretary

One of the most respected Special Services Directors in the state, Cheryl serves on the MADSEC Board and is currently the Special Services Director at RSU #18. She has been a Director of Special Education for 27 years, with 13 years at RSU #18, 10 years at MSAD 47 and 4 years at Auburn Schools. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from UMF and a Master’s Degree from USM.

Dana Doran

Mr. Doran is a native Mainer and has significant ties to the forest products industry of Maine. Since returning to Maine in 1999, he has cultivated his passion for timber both professionally and personally. He is a member of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine. He has owned two woodlots that have been recognized by the American Tree Farm System. He has also had a unique opportunity to serve in several positions with a diverse set of organizations, both public and private, in Washington, DC and here in Central Maine where logging was a topic of his work on various occasions. From 1998-1999, Mr. Doran worked as a political appointee for then President William Clinton in the United States Department of Labor. From 1999-2001, he served Governor Angus King as Assistant Commissioner of Public Affairs For the Maine Department of Labor. In 2001, Mr. Doran joined Central Maine Power Company as their Director of Business Development, acting in this capacity until 2003. From 2003-2007, Mr. Doran taught Social Studies and coached varsity basketball at Gardiner Area High School. His most recent position was as Director of Energy and Paper Programs at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine. Mr. Doran held this position since 2010 and also served as Director of Resource Development for the college from 2007-2010. Mr. Doran is a 1996 graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History/Government and Law. He was awarded an M..P.A. with a focus on Public Administration from the University of Connecticut in 1998. He and his family currently reside in Belgrade, Maine.

Sally Beaulieu

Mrs. Beaulieu had a 23 year teaching career before leaving the classroom in 2014 to work for GEAR Up Maine. The last ten years of her teaching career were, in her mind, the most rewarding. She designed and delivered, with her teaching partner, a program for students who have skills and talents not traditionally valued in school. A couple of her former students eventually became students at MeANS. In 2014, Mrs. Beaulieu went to work for GEAR UP Maine as the Regional Facilitator for MeaNS. She was eventually asked to coordinate GEAR UP Maine’s three pilot studies designed to raise students’ aspirations; assist them in career and postsecondary exploration and planning; and facilitate enrollment in a postsecondary institution and perseverance through the first year. In addition to GEAR UP Maine schools, Mrs. Beaulieu has been able to share the preliminary findings of these studies with other college access professionals nationwide. Mrs. Beaulieu respects and appreciates the mission of MeANS and wants to be a proud part of the school.

Kim Patnode, LCSW

Kim has been a Clinical Social Worker for over 25 years.  She has a private therapy practice in Augusta.  She has extensive experience with adolescent residential services, outpatient adolescent therapy, domestic violence advocacy, trauma and substance abuse treatment.  She has taught classes in Psychology and Social Services at UMA.   She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Keene State College and her Master’s Degree from The University of New England.  She and her husband farm in South China.

Mike Muir

Mike Muir, a 35+ year educator, has dedicating his work to helping schools create better learning experiences for all students, especially for disenfranchised, low SES, and rural learners. He has worked with educators across the country to implement effective programs to motivate underachievers, leveraging technology as a tool for learning, and leadership for school change. He was part of the teams that designed and implemented the first statewide 1to1 learning through laptop program, Philadelphia’s Magnet School Grant, and the first districtwide 1to1 iPads in primary grades program. Mike has served on AMLE’s Research Advisory Board, on the AMLE Board of Trustees, and is Past President of AMLE. He has held similar positions in Maine’s middle grades organization. Mike is currently Tech Director for a small, innovative district in the Western Maine Mountains. Dr. Muir is the author of Moving the Needle: Proven Strategies for Implementing School Change.

Shannon K. Webber

I was born and raised on a small farm in Topsham, Maine where my family continues to farm close to 100 acres of vegetables and fruit in the Bowdoinham and Topsham area.  My passion for agriculture and the natural resource based industries started early on in life and has continued on through my current career working for Farm Credit East.  I am the VP Branch Office Manager for our Auburn office and have been with Farm Credit for over 16 years.  I was a commercial lender with Farm Credit for 15 years and in my new role as Branch Manager I work closely with our lending, operations and financial services staff, as well as continuing to manage a loan portfolio of commercial loans. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine and my Master’s Degree from Southern New Hampshire University.  I reside in Bowdoinham, Maine with my husband and two young boys and enjoy traveling and anything active and outdoors. 

Jesse Wechsler

Jesse Wechsler is a member of Kleinschmidt Associates’ Fish Passage and Protection Team and provides key support to regulatory and hydroelectric relicensing proceedings. Jesse specializes in the development and administration of research to determine the effects of hydropower and water storage projects on freshwater fish and aquatic resources. As a senior scientist, Jesse is responsible for the administration of environmental research at hydropower projects (e.g., fish passage studies and fishway design, instream flow studies, water quality studies), project management, stakeholder consultation, data analysis and management, and technical reporting. As a lead aquatic resource specialist, Jesse is also responsible for environmental analyses pursuant to the Federal Power Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and the Endangered Species Act consultation for threatened and endangered fish species. Jesse holds a M.A. in Physical Geography from the University of California, Davis; and B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Management from the University of Vermont and has been a board member with MeANS since 2019.

Whitney King

Whitney King is the Miselis Professor of Chemistry at Colby College where he has been  teaching analytical and environmental chemistry for 33 years. His research group develops instruments to  study the chemistry of the oceans and lakes. King and his research students are also active in researching the biogeochemistry of the Belgrade lakes to help preserve the water quality of this valuable Maine resource.

Anna Perkins

Anna has worked in the field of special education in Maine since 1980 in both public and private special purpose school settings as a teacher, consultant and special education administrator, including 14 years as the Special Education Director for GWH/MeANS. Prior to her work in Maine, Anna held positions in Massachusetts as a teacher and adjunct faculty in the fields of early childhood and school age special education. Anna holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University and a Master’s Degree from Lesley College. Over the years, she has been active in the special education community at the local, regional and state levels. Anna has always enjoyed working with families, students and staff and welcomes the opportunity to support the Maine Academy of Natural Sciences through Board membership.

Martha Harris

Martha J. Harris is the owner of the law firm of Paine, Lynch & Harris, P.A. in Bangor, Maine.  She has been practicing in the areas of family law, general civil litigation and criminal defense for 44 years. 

She has a BS in Mathematics (Physics Minor) from Tufts University, an MSW from Rutgers and Juris Doctor from Northeastern University. 

She is a member of the bar of the State of Maine, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Federal District Court of Maine and First Circuit Court, Maine State Bar Association, Penobscot County Bar Association, Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the American Bar Association. She has a long standing history of service in the education field, including Main State Board of Education – 2010 to 2021; NASBE (2010 – Present); RSU 22 School Board 1995-2016 She has sat on many committees and commissions in her professional and personal life. She has two adult sons and resides in Winterport with her husband.

Angel Hesketh, Treasurer

Angela Hesketh joined Good Will-Hinckley in July 2020 as the VP, Director of Finance. In this position she is responsible for financial management and administrative leadership for Good Will-Hinckley and Maine Academy of Natural Science. She provides oversight and recommendations on all financial matters as well as all information technology needs. She is the Treasurer of the Board of Directors as a non-voting member for both GWH and MeANS. Prior to joining Good Will-Hinckley Angela worked for Home Care for Maine with several years of experience as the Controller of the nonprofit. She was a member of the leadership team overseeing financial, human resources, administrative and operational functions of the organization as well as providing financial information to the Board of Directors. Angela played an integral role in management to continue HCM’s mission allowing the elderly to stay at home where they want to be most. Angela also has experience working at the State of Maine as a Senior Staff Accountant, Staff Accountant and Accounting Technician. One of her primary responsibilities was performing all financial aspects of the multi-million dollar Unemployment Trust Fund. She began her career in the banking industry working for Franklin Savings Bank. Angela is a highly effective financial leader with experience in finance, banking, human resources and operations. Angela graduated from the University of Maine at Augusta with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.