Dr. Jeffery N. Mills has served as President/CEO of the University of Maine Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) organization since July 1, 2012. A native of Bryant Pond in western Maine, Jeff was pleased to return to Maine and his alma mater. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Maine, his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Arizona State University, and his certificate in nonprofit leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School. He is an Adjunct Faculty Member of the Maine Business School. Mills served as the Vice President of Advancement at the University of Maine, Director of Constituent Relations at Arizona State University, President/CEO of the University of Maine Alumni Association, and Vice President of Advancement at Monmouth University in New Jersey. The University of Maine Foundation has been responsible for completing the $200 million Vision for Tomorrow campaign, the largest fundraising campaign in the University of Maine System’s history. He has twice been recognized nationally by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Most recently, he received the 2022 CASE Commonfund College and University Foundation Award. This prestigious award recognizes professionals who have made extraordinary contributions to the advancement, quality, and effectiveness of their foundations and the sector. Previously, he and his team at Monmouth University in New Jersey received the CASE award for most improved educational fundraising. For five terms, Jeff served in the Maine State Senate and House of Representatives.
Sarah McPartland-GoodFoundation General Counsel Sarahm@maine.edu 207.581.5100
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.
Kevin FrazierChief Financial Officer email@example.com 207.581.5100
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.
Joyce KennedySenior Director of Southern Maine Operations firstname.lastname@example.org 207.245.3652
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 CummingsSenior Director of Philanthropy email@example.com 207.581.1155
Monique HasheySenior Director of Annual Giving, Marketing, & Events firstname.lastname@example.org 207.581.5100
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, and annual fundraising. Monique is a member of the University of Maine President’s Club.
Elizabeth EricksonSenior Director of Philanthropy email@example.com 207.581.1145
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.
Dee GardnerAssociate Director firstname.lastname@example.org 207.245.3651
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.
Paige HolmesAssociate Director email@example.com 207.581.3564
Paige Holmes is a Philanthropy Officer with the University of Maine Foundation, in Orono, where she enjoys connecting individuals, companies, and foundations to opportunities to invest in areas that support their vision for the future and empower UMaine and its students. Prior to joining her parents’ alma mater, Paige served as the Director of Annual Giving and Advancement Services for another higher education institution; owned Holmes Consulting and served clients in fundraising, government relations, and project management; worked as a Lobbyist for Pineau Policy Associates at the Maine State House; and served as Finance Director for several statewide political campaigns.
Paige is currently a student in the UMaine MBA program and holds a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from Connecticut College. She lives in Orono with her husband, Jim, their two young boys, two goofy dogs, and a cheeky gecko.
Matt MullenAssociate Director firstname.lastname@example.org 207.581.1156
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.
Joe LightAssociate Director email@example.com 207.581.1158
Joe earned his undergraduate degree in 2004, and his MBA in 2021, from the Maine Business School. He is a third generation Black Bear. He has been a Philanthropy Officer with the UMaine Foundation for nine years, primarily supporting Student Life and the Athletics Department. Joe lives in Bangor with his wife Aimee, also a UMaine alum, and their children.
Karen KembleAssociate Director of Planned Giving firstname.lastname@example.org 207.581.5116
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.
Diane WoodworthPhilanthropy Officer email@example.com 207.581.5100
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.
Terri BeyerPhilanthropy Officer firstname.lastname@example.org 207.253.5172
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).
Ryan DalyPhilanthropy Officer email@example.com (207) 245-3653
Ryan is a Philanthropy Officer with the University of Maine Foundation; he received his bachelor’s degree in Communications at the University of Southern Maine and his master's in Conflict Resolution at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. As a Philanthropy Officer, he focuses primarily on the Graduate and Undergraduate Schools of Business. He is a first-generation college student and extremely thankful for the opportunities that higher education has given him. Before coming to the University of Maine, he worked at the University of New England as the associate director of annual giving, a position he held for eight years. In addition, Ryan also serves on the Board of Veterans Count, a division of Easterseals.
Hannah YoungPhilanthropy Officer firstname.lastname@example.org (207)581-1119
Anosha RaziqPhilanthropy Associate email@example.com (207)581-5129
Anosha Raziq is a Philanthropy Associate with the University of Maine Foundation, in Orono, where she focuses on the Life Sciences, Maine College of Engineering and Computing, School of Policy and International Affairs, and the Office of International Programs. Originally a California native, she attended the University of California Santa Barbara, receiving a degree in Global Policy, and received a master’s degree in Global Policy from the University of Maine, Orono. Having been heavily involved with the university campus for the past two years, she is enthusiastic about helping the campus grow and continue to build on its success.
Nancy ChuteExecutive Assistant firstname.lastname@example.org 207.581.1116
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.
Terri LibbyAdministrative Specialist for Planned Giving Officers email@example.com 207.581.5111
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.
Kristy HamiltonAdministrative Specialist for Philanthropy firstname.lastname@example.org 207.581.1212
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.
Kyla HarrisonManager of Accounting email@example.com 207.581.5107
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.
Kevin FossManager of Programming & Reporting firstname.lastname@example.org 207.581.5120
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 cat, Alex.
Holly HatchManager of Stewardship & Donor Relations email@example.com 207.581.5100
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.
Kaley BennerCoordinator of Gift Processing firstname.lastname@example.org 207.581.3565
Katie LattariManager of Research & Data email@example.com 207.581.1198
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.
Lin AubreyData Specialist firstname.lastname@example.org 207.581.1162
Lin joined the Foundation in 2016. As a Data Specialist, her primary focus is on data hygiene to keep our donor and alumni data organized and current. She lives in Bangor with her husband and their two cats.
Debbie RampAlumni Records & Data Specialist email@example.com 207.581.1140
Melinda RyanHuman Resources Associate firstname.lastname@example.org 207.581.1150
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.
Jodi KlimasResearch Analyst / Office IT Liaison email@example.com 207.581.3563
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.
Barbara LaPlanteAnnual Giving Data Analyst firstname.lastname@example.org 207.581.3500
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.
Allison DefilippSenior Annual Giving, Marketing and Events Associate email@example.com 207.581.5115
Aubrey DuplissieAnnual Giving, Marketing and Events Associate firstname.lastname@example.org 207.581.1154
Aubrey joined the Foundation in August 2022, after graduating with her bachelor's from UMaine in May. She grew up in Brewer but now lives in Old Town with her partner and their cat Bean.
Mari SmithAnnual Giving, Marketing and Events Associate / Proofreader & Writer email@example.com 207.581.3623
Kim HeathStewardship Associate firstname.lastname@example.org 207-581-5105
Christopher BruntonGift Processing Specialist email@example.com 207.581.1149
Amy MacDougallStewardship Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org 207.581.5109
Amy joined the Foundation in October 2022 as the Stewardship Coordinator with prior experience in Financial Aid, particularly Scholarships and Student Employment. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially her two grandchildren. She loves gardening and cooking. Amy and her husband James have three active German Shorthair Pointers.