Jeffery N. Mills has served as president/CEO of the University of Maine Foundation since July 1, 2012. A native of Bryant Pond in western Maine, Jeff is pleased to return to Maine and his alma mater. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine and his graduate degrees from Arizona State University. Mills served as vice president of advancement at the University of Maine and president/CEO of the University of Maine Alumni Association before assuming the position of vice president for advancement at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey. Jeff and his wife Tammy have a daughter Olivia and a son Robbie and live in Enfield.
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.
Sarah joined the Foundation in 1998 as a planned giving officer, after having been in the private practice of law in Bangor for 10 years. She is a graduate of the Franklin Pierce Law Center. A native of Houlton, Sarah now resides in Hampden with her family. On July 1, 2008, Sarah assumed the position of Director of Planned Giving, and on July 1, 2016, she became Senior Director of Planned Giving.
Monique joined the Foundation in February 2014. Prior to taking time off to raise her daughter, she was the director of marketing at UMaine. She has also worked part-time doing marketing for the UMaine School of Performing Arts.
Dan joined the Foundation staff as a planned giving officer in the fall of 2001, after a 30-year career in the insurance industry. Dan, a native of Orono, graduated from the University of Maine with a BS in Business Administration in 1969 and an MBA in 1970. Dan is active in his community, serving on several municipal boards and community organizations. Dan lives in Gorham. He has two grown daughters, Beth and Laura.
Dan works out of the Falmouth office.
Planned Giving Officer and Coordinator of Reunion Giving
Dee Gardner '89 joined the staff as a planned giving officer in July 2014. She has twenty-three years of experience in higher education, most recently 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.
She works from the Falmouth office with Dan Willett.
Karen D. Kemble, Esq., joined the Foundation in 2015 as a planned giving officer. After having been in the private practice of law in Bangor for 10 years, Karen was the director of the Office of Equal Opportunity for the University of Maine. She is a graduate of Bates College and Cornell Law School. Karen grew up in Chesterville, Maine, and her primary hobby is attending her teenage childrens' various activities.
Jessica Hosford ’94, ‘97G joined the Foundation as a Philanthropy Officer in the spring of 2016. She has more than 15 years of development experience working in higher education, local non-profits, and as a consultant. She brings experience in donor relations, annual giving, event management, proposal development, and advancement services. She lives in Bucksport with her husband and three daughters.
Joe Light ’04, joined the Foundation as a Philanthropy Officer in the summer of 2016, after spending three years as a Development Officer at the University of Maine. He spent eight years working in the advertising industry after earning his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine in 2004. Joe is proud to be a third-generation Black Bear. He lives with his wife and fellow alumnus Aimee, and their two children in Bangor.
Martin L. Novom, CFRE joined the Foundation in July 2016 as a Philanthropy Officer. Previously he had worked for the University of Maine Office of University Development as a Senior Development Officer beginning in June 2011. Martin is passionate about the importance of charitable giving and its role in allowing donors an opportunity to make the world a better place. He has 30 years of experience as a philanthropic fundraiser and has been certified since 1992. He the lead author and editor of “The Fundraising Feasibility Study: It’s Not About the Money,’’ and is a Master Trainer with the Association of Fundraising Professionals. As a part-time student Martin is pursuing a Masters of Arts in history at UMaine. When is he is not working he is downhill skiing in the winter and tending his organic vegetable garden and sea kayaking in the summer. Martin has two adult children and, with his wife Deborah, lives in Clifton, Maine.
Manager of Information & Computer Services
Pam joined the Foundation in 1996 after working for 13 years in a similar role at the University of Maine's Development Office. She serves as the Foundation's director of information and computer services. Pam is an Orono native who received a clerical degree from Beal College. In her spare time, Pam enjoys gardening, walking and various other outdoor activities.
Kyla joined the Foundation in 2013 after spending 8 years on active duty in the Marine Corps and 7 years in public accounting. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Averett University and a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Accounting from the University of Maine. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Business Administration at UMaine. She resides in Old Town with her family and enjoys running, playing soccer and spending time outdoors.
Jeff joined the Foundation in 2015 after spending three years in the same position with the University of Maine. He has more than 10 years fundraising experience, working in higher education and healthcare. He lives in Hermon with his wife and children.
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.
Derek joined the Foundation in 2015. He graduated with his B.A. in Journalism from the University of Maine in 2011 and went on to complete his Masters of Education in 2014. A Maine native, Derek has lived in the Orono/Old Town area for the past 15 years and cares greatly for the local community.
The UMaine phonathon is an essential element of the Annual Fund. Every year, University of Maine students reach out to alumni and friends,sharing news of UMaine and requesting financial support. Our students represent many different majors and areas of interest but share one element in common: all love UMaine and are committed to helping to raise private support to ensure future excellence.
After transferring to the University of Maine in 2013 to finish school, Heidi began working at the Foundation as a student intern. In 2015, she graduated from the University with a degree in journalism, and began working full time at the Foundation. As Marketing Assistant, Heidi provides support to the marketing department at the Foundation, as well as performs some donor relations. She lives in Winterport, Maine, with her husband Ben and dog Sandy and enjoys getting outside and hiking during the weekends, as well as visiting her parents and younger brother in her hometown of Brunswick, Maine.
Katie Lattari was hired by the Foundation in September 2015 as a Research Analyst. Previous to working for the Foundation, she held the same position with the University of Maine Office of University Development. In her spare time, Katie serves as adjunct faculty in UMaine's Department of English where she teaches Creative Writing courses. She has also served as a UMaine Honors College thesis advisor. Katie studied English and fiction writing during her undergraduate and graduate studies, and her debut novel American Vaudeville was published by MAMMOTH Books in 2016. Her short fiction has been published in the Ursa Literary Review, NOO Journal, and Cabildo Quarterly, among other places, and prize-winning work is forthcoming in the Neoverse Short Story Anthology.
Debbie joined the Foundation in September 2015 after working 34 years in similar roles at the University of Maine Alumni Association and the University of Maine Development Office. She is principally responsible for biographic data maintenance in our alumni database.
She and her husband Randy enjoy spending time motorcycling, four-wheeling, camping and attending New England Patriots and Red Sox games.