Board of Visitors Members
Tony Payne is the Vice President of Business Development for Clark Insurance, an employee owned insurance agency headquartered in Portland, Maine. He is the former executive director of the Alliance for Maine's Future, advocates for a strong Maine economy. Before joining the Alliance, he served as vice president of underwriting and marketing with Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC) and later, as New England Region vice president of communications for OneBeacon Insurance, the state's two largest insurance companies for independent agents. He also was president of Maine Media, an advertising, market research, and public relations company. Tony has been involved in civic affairs for more than 30 years including service as the chairman of the board of the Institute for Civic Leadership. Tony is a graduate of Cheverus High School and Hobart College where he earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science. He is a native of Portland and a resident of Falmouth where he and his wife are raising three boys.
Clifton Greim, P.E.
Harriman, Architects + Engineers
Clifton Greim joined Harriman in 1981 and became an owner of the 76-person architecture and engineering firm in 1994. For three decades, he has led the firm’s mechanical engineering department and has designed mechanical systems for a wide range of projects including several on a national level. Clif has always had a special interest in sustainable design and has developed innovative and energy-efficient systems that incorporate leading-edge technology. He has designed numerous sustainable buildings including several LEED Registered and Certified projects.
Considered an expert in his field, Clif has lectured extensively about renovating and updating mechanical systems for energy efficiency. He has also authored numerous articles appearing in national magazines on similar topics including energy efficiency, commissioning, and air quality.
In 2008, Clif was named President and CEO of the 140-year-old firm. As President he is responsible for the strategic planning of the firm and implementation of the company’s vision.
Clif earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Maine at Orono. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Past President of the Maine Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and a member of the New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society.
Mark H. C. Bessire
Director, Portland Museum of Art
Mark H. C. Bessire became Director of the Portland Museum of Art on March 1, 2009. Previously, Bessire was the Director of the Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston, Maine where he initiated a Collections Project Series, worked with departments to create cross-disciplinary exhibitions through a Synergy Fund, exhibited Chinese art to support Bates’s strong Asian Studies Program, and strengthened the Friends of the Museum program. At Bates, he was also a lecturer in the Humanities and Chair of the Committee on Public Art. As the Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine from 1998 to 2003, he organized many exhibitions there, including The Photography of Ike Ude and Eracism: William Pope.L, which traveled nationally and was accompanied by an MIT Press Publication.
Bessire holds a M.B.A. from Columbia University, a M.A. in art history from Hunter College, and a B.A. from New York University. He was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow at the Whitney Museum of Art and a Fulbright Fellow in Tanzania. He has published widely, including three books with MIT Press, has organized numerous traveling exhibitions, and has participated on national art juries. He is active in local, community, and national public art programs and also lectures on museum studies.
Bessire is a founding board member of the non-profit organization Africa Schoolhouse, which is dedicated to building schools in rural Africa. He is a member of the Maine Arts Commission, the Board of Advisors at SPACE Gallery, and the University of Southern Maine Board of Visitors. He resides with his family in Portland.
Founder/Owner, Roxane Cole Commercial Real Estate
Roxane founded the firm Roxane Cole Commercial Real Estate LLC in February 2010. Previously, she was co-owner of a leading Portland commercial brokerage firm where she was a broker for 23 years. Prior to brokerage, she entered the business as a commercial property manager—responsible for office and retail properties and condominium projects. At age twenty-five she founded and co-owned a chain of retail stores and a mail-order business that she sold prior to entering the field of commercial real estate.
After graduating from the University of Maine at Orono, she taught school and dabbled in several entrepreneurial ventures.
Roxane is a Certified Commercial Investment Member, CCIM, having completed the curriculum and professional-experience requirements for the prestigious international designation held by only six percent of commercial real estate professionals nationally.
She is the recipient of the 1999 Commercial Broker of the Year Award from the Maine Commercial Association of Realtors and is a 2002 recipient of YWCA’s Women of Achievement Award. She received the 2009 Public Policy award from the Maine Real Estate and Development Association.
Roxane is Past President of the Maine Real Estate and Development Association, is past Chair of the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce and served as president of the Portland Rotary Club. Roxane is a founding board member of the Maine Commercial Association of Realtors and a founding board member of the University of Southern Maine Foundation.
Mira Denning is the Director of MaineHealth here in Portland. MaineHealth is a non-profit family of high-quality providers and various healthcare organizations that is ranked among the nation’s top 100 integrated health networks. Previously, Mira spent a decade working in the health law practices of national firms, and then served as a senior manager at New York Methodist Hospital. Her experience and expertise has led her to become an Adjunct Professor in health law for the University of Maine Law School. Mira also serves on the Strategic Planning Committee of Mercy Health Systems. Mira is also the co-founder of the Patient Performance Institute, which is “dedicated to developing tools and processes to improve patient outcomes and health care provider quality, efficiency, and performance.”
Mira graduated from Harvard University with a degree in English and American Literature. She went on to earn her J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center.
South Portland School Department
Rep. Jane Eberle currently works as the Director of Business Partnerships for the South Portland School Department. Jane served four terms as the Maine State Representative for parts of South Portland and Cape Elizabeth, from 2004 until 2012, when she reached her term limit. While in the legislature, Jane served on the Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the Committee on Natural Resources, and the Joint Select Committee on Maine's Energy Future.
Jane is the Vice President of the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber of Commerce, where she has initiated several business-education partnerships in the community. Jane is a founding member of the Belgrade Lakes Youth Conservation Corps, and was active on the boards of the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance and the Belgrade Lakes Association for two decades. She was the campaign co-chair for Phase I of the Kennebec Highlands land conservation project. She has been an active environmental volunteer in the Belgrade area and school and community volunteer in the Portland area.
Jane is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She resides in South Portland with her husband Brett. Jane and Brett have three grown children and one grandchild.
The Baker Company, Inc.
Dennis Eagleson has worked with The Baker Company, Inc. for 45 years. He now serves as the CEO and Board Chair of the company in Sanford, Maine. The Baker Company, Inc. is a family owned and operated laboratory equipment manufacturer, specializing in design and fabrication of Biological Safety Cabinets used in the Biomedical research and health care industries.
Dennis is chair and President of the John M. Eagleson Jr. Institute: a non-profit corporation with a mission to promote the principals and practices of laboratory safety. He is a member of the Laboratory Products Association, where he previously served on the Board of Directors, as well as a member of the American Biological Safety Association and the Glove Box Society of America.
Dennis is active in many community organizations. He has held positions with the Board of Directors of Goodall Hospital and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maine. Dennis served on United Way of York County’s Board of Directors and is a recipient of the Kitteridge award. He is a past Chairman of Sanford-Springvale Chamber of Commerce and the University of Southern Maine’s ASET Advisory Council. Dennis currently sits on the Board of Directors of Sweetser. He also served on the Board of Directors for Foundation for Blood Research a not-for-profit medical research, service and education institute in Scarborough, Maine.
Dennis is a 1967 graduate of Bates College with a B.A. in Economics. He grew up in Kennebunk, Maine and still resides there today.
City of Portland
Gray came to Portland in 1969 and took a job in the City of Portland’s Planning Office. He was the Director of the Portland's Model Cities program, Deputy Director of the Portland Renewal Authority and then Director of Planning and Urban Development prior to becoming the City Manager, a post he held for 10 years. He is most proud of the Shoreway Access Plan, which grew into a network of more than 50 miles of trails throughout the city. Gray is also proud of his role in overseeing the process to develop the Ocean Gateway cruise ship terminal and a deep-water berth for larger ships; the expansion of the Portland International Jetport; the development of a downtown arts district and preservation of the city's neighborhoods.
Gray has always been very supportive of University of Southern Maine and its initiatives particularly in relation to the Portland Campus and the contributions USM makes to the cultural and economic health of the city.
Glenn Hutchinson '80, '89
Bath Savings Institution
Glenn Hutchinson has been with Bath Savings Institution since 1988. He began as Vice President, but quickly rose to the Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President position. He has been President and CEO since 1995. Prior to Bath Savings Institution, Glenn worked as a Controller for Bailey Sign, and served as Assistant Vice President at Sun Savings and Loan.
Glenn is on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Mid Coast Maine. He has also served in leadership roles for many other non-profit organizations, including the Midcoast Hospital and the Bath Area YMCA. He has also coached soccer and Little League, and has continued to encourage Bath Savings’ staff to get involved with their communities as well.
Glenn grew up in Cumberland and graduated from Greely High School. In 1980 he received a degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Maine. Glenn returned to USM to earn his Masters of Business Administration in 1989. Glenn now lives in Bath with his wife Ellen.
MaineFab Manager, Texas Instruments
Chris was promoted to lead the MaineFab site on April 2012.With more than 31 years in the semiconductor industry, Chris has held a number of development and engineering roles with Texas Instruments, Fairchild and National Semiconductor. Most recently, Chris served as the Engineering Manager for the MaineFab Process Development organization. In this role, his group supported technology developments, qualifications and transfers, contributing significant revenue growth for the company.
Chris has a BS in Engineering Physics from the University of Maine, and a MS in Electrical Engineering from USM. He also completed the Technical Professional Management Series at the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Chris and his wife, Becky, live in Yarmouth. They have 3 children, all married, and one grandchild who resides in Falmouth.
Valerie R. Landry
Landry & Associates
Valerie Landry has more than 20 years experience in senior executive positions in both the public and nonprofit sectors. She is the founder of Landry & Associates specializing in strategic planning and organizational development. Recent consulting work has included an emphasis on mergers and collaboration.
Prior to launching Landry & Associates, Valerie served as commissioner of labor under Maine Governor Angus King. During this period, Valerie led a comprehensive reorganization of workforce programs to improve public access and to strengthen the quality of services. Also, Valerie was appointed by Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift to the MassPort Commission to make recommendations regarding the organizational structure of MassPort, which includes Logan Airport, after the September 11 terrorist attacks. The Commission made sweeping recommendations regarding ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the organization.
Valerie also has held senior posts in the nonprofit sector and has served as an elected official at the municipal level. She serves on several Boards including the Greater Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board of Visitors of the University of Southern Maine, GrowSmart Maine, and the Women’s Campaign School at Yale.
Lisa Martin '88
Manufacturers Association of Maine
Lisa G. Martin is executive director of the Manufacturers Association of Maine and has over 20 years in economic, workforce and business development.
Lisa directs the association with emphasis on economic development, membership growth and liaisons with associations, government, business leaders, legislature and state and national agencies.
Lisa chairs the Precision Manufacturing Board at the Maine Technology Institute, is a member of the UM Advanced Manufacturing Center Board of Advisors, a member of the USM Board of Visitors and is an Alumni of the Maine Development Foundation’s Leadership Maine Mu Class.
Lisa holds a BA from University of Southern Maine, a Master of Science degree in Community Economic Development (CED) from New Hampshire College and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Lisa lives in her home town of Portland.
Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce
Chip Morrison has been president of the Androscoggin County Chamber of Commerce since the fall of 1995. Prior to joining the Chamber he was city manager of Auburn and commissioner of the state Departments of Administration and Labor. He has a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. Over the course of his career Chip has won several honors including the State of Maine Public Administrator of the Year, the Ken Curtis Leadership Award from the Maine Development Foundation, the Auburn Citizen of the Year, the Chamber Executive of the Year, and this year the Mainebiz CEO of the Year.
Chip is a resident of Auburn where he lives with his wife Jane. They have two grown children who graduated from Edward Little High School, went on to college and graduate school, and who are now in successful careers in the arts and medicine.
Luc Nya '96, '99, '08
Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Luc Nya is the Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis & Treatment (EPSDT) Coordinator for the State of Maine. His position is based out of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (DHHS) Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS). Prior to this, Nya served as the Multicultural Services Coordinator in the Office of the Multicultural and Immigrant Services (OMIS). Nya’s unique experiences working for both DHHS, and OMIS has led to his partnership and Board position with the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), which works to “promote access to quality health care, especially for those who are uninsured and underserved, and improve the health of everyone in Maine.”
After coming to Maine in 1992, Luc graduated from the University of Southern Maine with a degree in Economics in 1996, and went on to receive his Masters in Public Policy & Management from the Muskie School of Public Service in 1999. He returned to USM and earned a Master of Science and Education degree in Counseling in 2008.
Luc has helped mental health service providers improve their ability to cross cultural boundaries and serve people more appropriately. He has helped many understand how western concepts of mental health may be foreign to immigrants and refugees. Because of his dedication to this work, Luc Nya received a “Heroes in the Fight” award from the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) in 2006.
Partner of FutureMetrics, LLC and FutureEnergy Partners
Mr. Schmidt served as Chief Technology Officer of Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc. from May 2008 to January 2011. He served as Executive Vice President of Global Operations of Fairchild Semiconductor from February 2004 to May 2008 and Senior Vice President of Global Operations from October 2001 to February 2004. Mr. Schmidt has over 25 years of experience in the semiconductor industry. He held various management positions over the preceding eight years, including Vice President of Wafer Fabrication Manufacturing, Vice President of Operations for Discrete Products Group and Managing Director of the South Portland, Maine wafer fabrication facility. Prior to joining Fairchild in 1983, he spent six years with Texas Instruments. He serves as a Director of Ocean Energy Institute.
Denise Taaffe '78
Baker Newman & Noyes, LLC.
Denise is an audit principal with the public accounting and consulting firm of Baker Newman & Noyes, LLC. In addition to serving clients, Denise leads the firm’s audit practice as its Director. She provides accounting, auditing and consulting services to companies in northern New England primarily in the financial services sectors, including commercial enterprises and governmental finance agencies, as well as employee benefit plans.
She began her career in public accounting with the international firm of KPMG and named a partner at KPMG prior to becoming a founding principal of Baker Newman Noyes in January 1995.
Denise is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, where she earned a degree in Accounting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Maine Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Denise is a member of the USM Business Advisory Council. She is also a board member and Treasurer of the Girl Scouts of Maine, a member of the Susan Curtis Foundation advisors board, having previously served as president and treasurer.
Affiliated Organization Representatives
Carissa Robb '07, Chair, Ex Officio, Alumni Board
Linda Varrell '00, Chair, Ex Officio, USM Corporate Partners
Tom Parchman, Chair, Ex Officio, USM Faculty Senate
Rick Vail '76, Chair, Ex Officio, USM Foundation Board
Ex Officio, USM Professional Staff Senate Chair
Ex Officio, USM Classified Staff Senate Chair
Ex Officio, USM Student Body President