Meet the UMaine Foundation Staff

Jeffery N. Mills, Ph.D.

Kevin Frazier
Chief Financial Officer

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 McPartland-Good
Foundation General Counsel

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.

Joyce Kennedy
Senior Director of Southern Maine Operations

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

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

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 works from the Orono office.
She is a member of the University of Maine President’s Club.

Liz Erickson
Senior Director of Philanthropy

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. She works in the Orono office.

Dan Willett
Associate Director of Planned Giving

Dee Gardner
Planned Giving Officer and Coordinator of Reunion Giving

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. Dee works out of the Falmouth office.

Karen Kemble
Planned Giving Officer

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. Karen works from the Orono office.

Terri Beyer
Philanthropy Officer

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). Terri is a team member of the UMaine Foundation Falmouth Office.

Paige Holmes
Philanthropy Officer

Jessica Hosford
Philanthropy Officer

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. Jessica works out of the Orono office.

Joe Light
Philanthropy Officer

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. Joe works out of the Orono office.

Matt Mullen
Philanthropy Officer

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. Matt works out of the Orono office.

Diane Woodworth
Philanthropy Officer

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. Diane works out of the Orono office.

Nancy Chute
Executive Assistant

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. Nancy works out of the Orono office.

Terri Libby
Administrative Specialist for Planned Giving

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. Terri works out of the Orono office.

Tracey Melody
Administrative Specialist

Kristy Hamilton
Administrative Specialist for Philanthropy

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. She works out of the Orono office.

Holly Hatch
Manager of Stewardship & Donor Relations

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. Holly works in the Orono office.

Kyla Harrison
Manager of Accounting

Roberta Leavitt
Manager of Gift Processing

Kevin Foss
Manager of Programming & Reporting

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. Kevin works at the Orono office.

Katie Lattari
Manager of Research & Data

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. Katie works from the Orono office.

Kaley Benner
Coordinator of Gift Processing

Joan Peters
Coordinator of Philanthropic Services

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. She works in the Orono office.

Sarah Penley
Coordinator of Digital Engagement

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. Sarah works from the Orono office.

Debbie Ramp
Alumni Records & Data Specialist

Yvonne Purdy
Gift Processing Specialist

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. Yvonne works in the Orono office.

Lin Aubrey
Data Specialist

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. Lin works in the Orono office. She lives in Bangor with her husband and their two cats.

Malissa Moore
Staff Accountant

Sharon Hamilton
Stewardship & Donor Relations Associate

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. Sharon works from the Orono office.

Christie Robinson
Philanthropy Associate

Jodi Klimas
Research Analyst / Office IT Liaison

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. Jodi works from the Orono office.

Barbara LaPlante
Annual Giving Data Analyst

Melinda Ryan
Human Resources Associate

Melinda ’89 coordinates the human resources responsibilities and activities of the organization. Prior to joining the Foundation at their Orono office in 2015, she worked for the University of Maine.

Heidi Bambrick
Annual Giving, Events & Marketing Associate

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. Heidi works from the Orono office.

Sina Dadfar
Call Center Coordinator

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. Sina works from the Orono office.

CJ Bowen
Senior Class Giving Manager

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.

Gabby Miller
Student Intern

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