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USM announces new members to Board of Visitors, new chair and vice-chair

The University of Southern Maine is pleased to announce the appointment of six new members to its Board of Visitors.

  • Reid Crewe is the grant director of The Bob Crewe Foundation, which provides support in the fields of fine arts and music by empowering aspiring artists and underserved youth to pursue, develop and realize their talents and goals.
  • Michael E. Hyde serves as the vice president for external affairs and strategic partnerships for The Jackson Laboratory.
  • Mary Kozicki Lafontaine has 25 years of experience in the private and public sectors and currently manages the Lewiston CareerCenter. She is a USM alumna.
  • Aimee Petrin is the executive director of Portland Ovations, a Maine-based multi-disciplinary presenter for over 80 years.
  • Julia Sleeper-Whiting is the co-founder and executive director of the Tree Street Youth Center in Lewiston. She is a USM alumna.
  • Laongdao "Tak" Suppasettawat is the president and founder of TAK Advisory LLC, an independent, fee-only financial planning and investment advisory services company. She is a USM alumna.

**Full biographies of all six are available on the USM website at

The USM Board of Visitors is an active group of volunteers who assists President Glenn Cummings in a range of activities including advocating for the university and raising private funds. According to Maine statute, the Board also reviews new academic programs, the university's five-year plan and makes final recommendations of any tuition increases to the University of Maine System Board of Trustees. The system's Board of Trustees has already ratified the appointments.

Additionally, the full 18-member Board of Visitors has also elected its chair and vice-chair, Clifton Greim and Luc Nya. Greim is president and CEO of the Auburn-based firm, Harriman, Architects + Engineers. Nya, a USM alumnus, is the Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis & Treatment (EPSDT) Coordinator for the State of Maine.

See the Portland Press Herald listing of the new positions here.