Meet the UMaine Foundation Staff

Jeffery N. Mills, Ph.D.
President/CEO

jeffmills@maine.edu
207.581.5100
Located in the Orono office.

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Kevin Frazier
Chief Financial Officer

kfrazier@maine.edu
207.581.5100
Located in the Orono office.

Kevin is a CPA and joined the Foundation in 1996 following a 12-year career in public accounting. As Chief Financial Officer, he sees firsthand how much the University of Maine means to its alumni, friends, community, and our State by the many, many generous gifts received at the Foundation. Kevin has three children including two UMaine grads and truly appreciates the education and opportunity resulting from attending the University of Maine. Kevin raised his family in Bangor but now lives in Hermon with his wife Kathy.

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Sarah McPartland-Good
Foundation General Counsel

sarahm@maine.edu
207.581.5100
Located in the Orono office.

Sarah McPartland-Good, Esq. is the Foundation General Counsel at the University of Maine Foundation in Orono, where she has worked for twenty-one years to help University of Maine alumni and friends and their counsel to establish endowed funds to support UMaine students through bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts and other planned gifts. She is a member of the Maine bar and an inactive member of the New Hampshire bar. A former Board Secretary for the Maine Planned Giving Council, she served as the Chair of the Grievance Commission of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar and was appointed by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court as a trustee for the Lawyer’s Fund for Client Protection.

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Joyce Kennedy
Senior Director of Southern Maine Operations

joyce.kennedy1@maine.edu
207.253.5195
Located in the Falmouth office.

A native of Bath, Joyce Swearingen Kennedy ’80 recently returned to her home state to join the Foundation team in her “dream job” serving the mission of UMaine. A journalism major, she lived in Androscoggin Hall, was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, and was elected to the All Maine Women Honor Society, one of her proudest achievements. Joyce worked for several years at Unionmutual/UNUM and headed their public relations team during the company’s IPO. She relocated to NY and worked in senior communications positions for Reliance Group Holdings, and ABB, Inc. before launching a consulting firm, Kennedy & Company. An active community volunteer, Joyce raised thousands of dollars for local charities and soon realized this was a new career path for her. In 2012 she was hired at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY as director of Corporate Relations, a new position on the college’s Advancement team. Over the next eight years, Joyce held a number of positions within Advancement, including gift processing, grant writing, project and event management, and most recently, as director of Community Relations.

Pat Cummings
Senior Director of Philanthropy

patricia.cummings@maine.edu
207.581.1155
Located in the Orono office.

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Monique Hashey
Senior Director of Annual Giving, Marketing, Research & Events

monique@maine.edu
207.581.5100
Located in the Orono office.

Monique ’91 joined the Foundation in 2013. Her previous advancement work was at the University of Maine as Director of Marketing and a member of the Advancement Cabinet. Her team at the Foundation is responsible for marketing, event management, annual fundraising and research. Monique is a member of the University of Maine President’s Club.

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Liz Erickson
Senior Director of Philanthropy

elizabeth.erickson@maine.edu 207.581.1145
Located in the Orono office.

Liz has worked as a fundraising professional for nearly thirty years, including nine years at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor. Currently, Liz’s primary responsibility is to garner support for the College of Natural Sciences, Forestry, and Agriculture, including social work, communication sciences and disorders, earth and climate sciences, economics, biology and ecology, molecular and biomedical sciences, marine sciences, ecology and environmental sciences, and wildlife, in addition to forestry and agriculture. Liz also works with donors interested in UMaine’s research farms, e.g., Witter, and associated gardens like the Littlefield Garden or the Hyland Arboretum. Liz did her undergraduate work at the University of Virginia and holds a Master’s of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School. Liz lives on Mt. Desert Island with her husband.

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Dan Willett
Associate Director of Planned Giving

dwillett@maine.edu
207.671.8552
Located in the Falmouth office.

Dan joined the Foundation in 2001 following a career in insurance as an officer of the state’s largest health insurance company. Dan also served as Chairman of a $1 billion bank that is the only bank headquartered in Cumberland County. As a planned giving officer in the Portland area, Dan built the office in Portland and expanded the alumni bases in Southern Maine that support the University of Maine. Dan was a graduate of Orono High School and the University of Maine with a BS in Finance in 1969 and an MBA in 1970. Dan has been a consistent donor for 43 years and is a member of the President’s Club, Charles F. Allen Society, and Stillwater Society Level 2. Dan lives in Gorham, Maine.

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Dee Gardner
Planned Giving Officer and Coordinator of Reunion Giving

dgardner@maine.edu
207.253.5195
Located in the Falmouth office.

Dee Gardner ’89 joined the staff as a planned giving officer after years of experience in higher education – specifically at UMaine as senior associate director of admission and coordinator of the Portland office. Prior to joining UMaine, she was director of admission at the University of Southern Maine. While at UMaine, Dee was chosen to be a member of the All Maine Women Honor Society, and got her start in an internship in Enrollment Management during her senior year at UMaine, which introduced her to a career in higher education.

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Karen Kemble
Planned Giving Officer

karen.kemble@maine.edu
207.581.5116
Located in the Orono office.

Karen Kemble ’P21 joined the University of Maine Foundation in 2015 as a planned giving officer. Karen works with individuals who wish to support UMaine by making planned gifts such as charitable bequests in their wills/trusts or other planning documents, donating real estate or other property, or creating life-income gifts. She also works with professional advisors whose clients wish to support UMaine.
In her former life, Karen worked in the private practice of law in Bangor for ten years and handled equal opportunity issues for the University of Maine as the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity.
Karen grew up in Chesterville, a small town in western Maine. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Bates College where she played field hockey and was on the Nordic ski team. She went on to earn her law degree from Cornell Law School. She married her high-school sweetheart, Jay (UMaine ’87, ’95G). Karen and Jay have two children: Peter (UMaine Class of ’21) and Anna who is studying musical theatre in Glasgow, Scotland. When Karen isn’t working, she enjoys the outdoors and doing any activities with her family, including watching her son play baseball for UMaine and her daughter perform.

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Terri Beyer
Philanthropy Officer

terri.beyer@maine.edu
207.253.5172
Located in the Falmouth office.

Terri joined the University of Maine Development Office in 2011 as a Philanthropy Officer with primary responsibility for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). She worked closely with Dean Jeff Hecker and Dean Emily Haddad promoting CLAS initiatives to alumni and friends of the University. In 2016, the University closed the Development Office and Terri joined the staff of the UMaine Foundation. In 2018 her position transitioned into a broader focus throughout New England. Terri currently represents all UMaine entities and works from home in New Hampshire where she is well positioned to travel throughout Southern Maine, New England and Upstate NY. Prior to joining UMaine, Terri worked as District Manager for a NH Member of Congress and prior to that as VP for Marketing for Ocean National Bank/Chittenden Bank (in NH).

Paige Holmes
Philanthropy Officer

paige.holmes@maine.edu
207.581.3564
Located in the Orono office.

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Jessica Hosford
Philanthropy Officer

jessica.hosford@maine.edu
207.581.5129
Located in the Orono office.

Jessica ’93, ’97G received her bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources and her master’s in Public Administration, both from UMaine. In her role as Philanthropy Officer, she focuses primarily on the Maine Business School and the Darling Marine Center working closely with the Deans and Director, respectively. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jessica worked at Maine Maritime Academy, leading their annual giving efforts and at Northeast Historic Film in development and communications.

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Joe Light
Philanthropy Officer

joseph.light@maine.edu
207.581.1158
Located in the Orono office.
Joe is a 2004 graduate of the Maine Business School, and a third generation Black Bear. He has been a Philanthropy Officer with the UMaine Foundation for over six years, primarily supporting Student Life and the Athletics Department. He’s currently enrolled in the UMaine MBA program. Joe lives in Bangor with his wife Aimee, also a UMaine alum, and their children.

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Matt Mullen
Philanthropy Officer

matt.mullen@maine.edu
207.581.1156
Located in the Orono office.

Matt, a third generation UMaine alum, received his degree in History and Education. In his role as philanthropy officer, he focuses primarily on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, working most closely with the Dean of the College. Formerly the director of parent giving and programs at Colby College, over the course of nine years, he worked with parents and supporters of athletics. Previously, Matt worked with the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) and Sidwell Friends School in a variety of advancement positions.

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Diane Woodworth
Philanthropy Officer

diane.woodworth@maine.edu
207.581.5100
Located in the Orono office.

Diane joined the University of Maine Development Office in 2014 as a philanthropy officer and transitioned to the University of Maine Foundation in 2016. She works primarily with the College of Engineering (COE) traveling throughout the United States to promote UMaine and COE initiatives to alumni and friends. Diane earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maine at Augusta and did graduate work at Saint Michaels College in Colchester, Vermont. She has spent her entire career working in philanthropy for nonprofit organizations throughout northern New England. Diane currently resides in Hermon, Maine and enjoys travel, the outdoors, and photography.

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Nancy Chute
Executive Assistant

nchute@maine.edu
207.581.1116
Located in the Orono office.

Nancy Chute is Executive Assistant to the President/CEO. She began working at the Foundation in 1993 when it was located on Columbia Street in downtown Bangor. She enjoys working with the Foundation’s Board of Directors, Incorporators and Honorary members as well as alumni and friends of the University of Maine.

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Terri Libby
Administrative Specialist for Planned Giving

tlibby@maine.edu
207.581.5111
Located in the Orono office.

Terri Libby provides administrative support for the Foundation General Counsel and the planned giving officers, as well as offers a friendly voice to greet visitors. She started at the Foundation 14 years ago, after working for the Department of Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine. After several years in California, she returned to her home state of Maine with her two children to settle down. “Working in the beautiful Buchanan Alumni House with people who really care about others makes it a joy to come to work,” said Terri.

Tracey Melody
Administrative Specialist

tracey.melody@maine.edu
207.253.5172
Located in the Falmouth office.

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Kristy Hamilton
Administrative Specialist for Philanthropy

kristy.hamilton@maine.edu
207.581.1212
Located in the Orono office.

Kristy started at the Foundation in summer of 2018. Prior to her employment here, Kristy worked in mental health field since 2004 in administrative roles as well as one-on-one patient care. In her post here, Kristy works with philanthropy officers and assists other departments as needed. She particularly enjoys the atmosphere at the Foundation, and having the opportunity to assist donors. Kristy currently lives in Carmel with her husband Tim, two kids and her dog.

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Holly Hatch
Manager of Stewardship & Donor Relations

holly.hatch@maine.edu
207.581.5100
Located in the Orono office.

Holly joined the Foundation in April 2012 as Information Services Associate with prior experience in banking, hospitality, medical, and aquatics. With strong family ties to Maine, she moved to the Bangor area after spending her childhood in Massachusetts. Active in the community, Holly has been involved for many years with area youth music and competitive swim programs as a volunteer and board member. She enjoys a good book, photography, playing piano, anything aquatic, and spending time with her family.

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Kyla Harrison
Manager of Accounting

kyla.harrison@maine.edu
207.581.5107
Located in the Orono office.

Kyla is a CPA and joined the Foundation in 2013 and earned her MBA from the University of Maine in May 2018. Born and raised in Maine, Kyla is a graduate of Old Town High School. She spent 8 years in the Marine Corps stationed in Okinawa, Japan, Hawaii and Quantico, Virginia. After being honorably discharged she returned to Maine with her two children and spent 7 years in public accounting specializing in audit and small business tax before joining the staff in the Orono office at the Foundation.

Roberta Leavitt
Manager of Gift Processing

roberta.leavitt@maine.edu
207.581.1123
Located in the Orono office.

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Kevin Foss
Manager of Programming & Reporting

kfoss@maine.edu
207.581.5120
Located in the Orono office.

Kevin graduated from UMaine in 1996, majoring in History with a minor in Latin. Before joining the foundation in 2015, he held various IT related positions for both the University and the University of Maine System dating back to 2000. As Manager of Programming & Reporting Kevin oversees reporting from our donor and alumni database. A lifetime resident of Bangor, he lives with his wife Katie and their two cats.

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Katie Lattari
Manager of Research & Data

katie.lattari@maine.edu
207.581.1198
Located in the Orono office.

Katie Lattari ’09 ’11G is the Manager of Research and Data at the UMaine Foundation. Based in the Orono office, Katie oversees all prospect research for the Foundation and contributes to the maintenance of the alumni database. She has worked at UMaine as part of its advancement mission since 2013, and has been with the Foundation since 2015. From 2009-2019, she also intermittently taught and advised in an adjunct capacity in both the English Department and the Honors College at UMaine.

Kaley Benner
Coordinator of Gift Processing

kaley.benner@maine.edu
207.581.3565
Located in the Orono office.

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Joan Peters
Coordinator of Philanthropic Services

joan.peters@maine.edu
207.581.1154
Located in the Orono office.

Joan is a member of the Annual Fund team with a focus on direct mailings, gift clubs and events. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2016, she worked for the University of Maine.

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Sarah Penley
Coordinator of Digital Engagement

sarah.penley@maine.edu
207.581.1159
Located in the Orono office.

Sarah Penley, a proud UMaine alum, joined the UMaine Development Office in 2012 and the UMaine Foundation in 2017. She has over a decade of experience working with nonprofit organizations to help them reach their fundraising, membership, and service goals.

Debbie Ramp
Alumni Records & Data Specialist

deborah.ramp@maine.edu
207.581.1140
Located in the Orono office.

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Yvonne Purdy
Gift Processing Specialist

yvonne.purdy@maine.edu
207.581.1149
Located in the Orono office.

Yvonne graduated from UMaine with a Bachelor’s Degree in physical education & recreation in 1993 after transferring from Northern Michigan University, her home state. Before starting at the Foundation December 2019 as a Gift Processing Specialist, Yvonne worked in data management and accounting in Salem, Massachusetts. She is happy to have relocated back to the Bangor area with her husband and daughter after fifteen years, to be closer to her family.

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Lin Aubrey
Data Specialist

lindsey.aubrey@maine.edu
207.581.1162
Located in the Orono office.

Lin joined the Foundation in 2016 as an Administrative Assistant, working closely with several of our Philanthropy Officers. In 2018, she moved into the role of Data Specialist, wherein she works with both our Data and Gift Processing Departments. Holding those positions has helped her gain a broader, more varied understanding of how parts of the Foundation combine to create a successful whole. She lives in Bangor with her husband and their two cats.

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Malissa Moore
Staff Accountant/Gift Processing Specialist

malissa.moore@maine.edu
207.581.5125
Located in the Orono office.

Malissa started as a temp in September 2014 and was blessed to join the Foundation in January of 2015. Prior to working at the Foundation, she worked as an office manager in construction and bookkeeping/accounting for other entities. Originally from Old Town, ME she lived in Maryland for 10 years and then moved back home in 2001 to be with family. She resides in Milford, Maine with her son, dog, and cat.
Malissa enjoys cooking, biking, hiking, fishing, camping, reading, kayaking, travel and time with friends and family. “I feel fortunate to be a part of a family that truly believes what they do and witnessing it make a difference in other’s lives,” says Malissa.

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Sharon Hamilton
Stewardship & Donor Relations Associate

sharon.hamilton@maine.edu
207.581.5105
Located in the Orono office.

Sharon is the Stewardship and Donor Relations Associate for the Foundation. She has been with the Foundation for over one year. She is a 1984 graduate of the University of Maine, with a degree in Business Management. Sharon lives in Bangor with her husband Tim. They have five kids together and eight grandchildren.

Christie Robinson
Philanthropy Associate

christie.robinson@maine.edu
207.581.5100
Located in the Orono office.

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Jodi Klimas
Research Analyst / Office IT Liaison

jodi.klimas@maine.edu
207.581.3563
Located in the Orono office.

Jodi joined the Foundation in 2016 as a Research Assistant, working on a variety of projects for the Research and Data team. In 2018, she moved into the role of Research Analyst and Office IT Liaison, focusing most of her work in Research, and helping staff with IT needs in the office. She has over 20 years of combined experience in the office and in technical support.

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Barbara LaPlante
Annual Giving Data Analyst

barbara.laplante@maine.edu
207.581.3500
Located in the Orono office.

Barb joined the Foundation in April 2016 and currently serves as the Annual Giving Data Analyst. Prior to that, she held various positions at the University of Maine.

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Melinda Ryan
Human Resources Associate

melindar@maine.edu
207.581.1150
Located in the Orono office.

Melinda ’89 coordinates the human resources responsibilities and activities of the organization. Prior to joining the Foundation at their Orono office in 2016, she worked for the University of Maine.

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Heidi Bambrick
Annual Giving, Events & Marketing Associate

heidi.bambrick@maine.edu
207.581.5115
Located in the Orono office.

Heidi began work at the Foundation as a student intern in 2013. In 2015, she graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism. Since then, she has held the position of Marketing Assistant, and her current position. She works on marketing materials, events, annual fund letters and the Foundation’s website.

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Sina Dadfar
Call Center Coordinator

sina.dadfar@maine.edu
Located in the Orono office.

Sina began working at the foundation in 2019 as a Graduate Assistant, with the title of Call Center Coordinator. Sina is a Pharmacist and currently pursuing an MBA degree in the University of Maine Business School in Orono. He works with UMaine student callers to raise private support to ensure future excellence.

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CJ Bowen
Senior Class Giving Manager

christopher.bowen@maine.edu
Located in the Orono office.

CJ will be working at the Foundation to spearhead this year’s Senior Class Giving campaign. He is a senior at the University of Maine, and is originally from New Hampshire.

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Gabby Miller
Student Intern


Located in the Orono office.

Gabby works during the week for the Annual Fund, Events & Marketing staff members. She is originally from Southern Maine, and is an early childhood education major.

UMaine Phonathon
Phonathon Student Callers

umaineannualfund@maine.edu
207.581.5100