Department of Technology

Advisory Board Members

Mr. John Bolduc is the Chair of the Precision Machining Department at Southern Maine Community College.  John is a graduate of Central Maine Technical College and University of Southern Maine with a BS in Applied Technical Education.

Ms. Kelly Brewer is the Construction Services manager for Tilson Technology Management, Portland, Maine.  A graduate of the University of Southern Maine, she holds a BS Business Administration/Marketing with a minor in Construction Management as well as a Masters in Business Administration.  While working her way thru school Kelly worked as the Transportation Coordinator for Pike Industries, Westbrook, Maine and Milton CAT, in Scarborough, Maine.  In addition to serving on the Department of Technology Advisory Board, Kelly is also the chairperson of the Construction Management Advisory Board.

Ms. Virginia Cross is a technical writer, graphic designer, digital publisher, educator and business leader.  She was the publisher of the Gorham Times, a biweekly newspaper for the Town of Gorham, Maine, and Public Affairs Director for the Maine State Bar Association.  She holds a BS in Psychology from Worcester State College and continued her studies in marketing and advertising at Clark University in Worcester.

Ms. Diane Dostie serves as Dean of Corporate & Community Services at Central Maine Community College, She has over twenty five years of experience developing partnerships and implementing professional development and training programs for companies in Maine.  Ms. Dostie earned B.S. degree in Industrial Arts Education and a M.S. Ed in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Maine. She was instrumental in obtaining two National Science Foundation grants in the area of precision machining for the college.  She currently serves as Principal Investigator for the Regional Advanced Machining Partnership and regularly presents at national conferences. Ms.Dostie has served as president of the National Coalition of Advanced Technology Centers and the Maine Vocational Association.  She currently serves on boards for several local and state economic and workforce development organizations. In 1999, she received the
Business-Education Partnership Award from the Androscoggin County Chamber and in 2008 she received the Education Excellence Award from the Manufacturers Association of Maine.

Mr. Steven Craig Howe is the Manager of Employee Relations at Pratt & Whitney, North Berwick, Maine.  He  holds a BA in German with a Minor in History from Nasson College, a Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Southern Maine.  He is also a graduate of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and completed the Emergency Medical Technician-Ambulance at Southern Maine Vocational-Technical Institute, now Southern Maine Community College.

Mr. Mark Lundy, P.E. is chair of the Engineering and Computer Science Department at Southern Maine Community College.  A Master Electrician and Professional Engineer, Mark is a graduate of New Hampshire Technical college and the University of Maine with a BS in Electrical Engineering.

Mr. Ralph Perkins is the Head of Command University at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which manages several personnel development programs, including leadership, skills, and career development. Ralph has an extensive production trades background leading teams through structured on-the-job training programs, administering and assessing practical skills examinations in formal training programs that result in formal qualifications for journeyman mechanics, and administering leadership development training programs. He has performed several supervisory and management roles over the past 30 years.

Mr. Steve Jocher is the Manager of Environmental, Safety, health, Quality, and Corporate Responsible Care at Evonik Corporation (Formerly Cyro Industries) in Sanford, Maine.  Steve holds a BA from Roanoke College, a BS in Industrial Technology from USM, and a MS in Management from Lesley University.  Steve is a certified hazardous materials manager with over 20 years of experience across chemical, electro-mechanical,ceramic, and acrylic manufacturing environments.

Mr. Theodore Williams is the Corporate Digital Image Specialist for Sappi Paper Corporation in North America.  He attended the University of Southern Maine and earned a BS in Industrial Arts Education.  Among other certifications, he is a certified Level 1 Infrared Thermographer, holds certification in image analysis, and is an Advanced Level of Certified Image Professional.  Mr. Williams has taught introductory courses in Graphic Arts at the University of Southern Maine as well as three years in the public school system.  He has extensive experience in optical test equipment and vision systems, including design, development and implementation used to promote higher quality, higher production and increased safety in the paper industry.

Mr. Dan Simpson is currently a Senior Automation Specialist for Horizon Solutions, an Electrical and Automation supply company servicing greater New England. He attended Southern Maine Community College and the University of Southern Maine where he earned his Associates in Electronics and his BS in Industrial Technology. For the past 27 years he has assisted manufacturing companies and engineering firms with the design and implementation of automated discrete and process control systems. He holds several lectures and hands-on workshops each year as well as teaching classes at Southern Maine Community College. He has been on the Advisory board at USM for the past 12 years.

Mr. Chris Streifel is a 15 year veteran of the construction management industry who has experience in both owner and contractor roles.  He started his career in the oil & gas industry after graduating with Geological Engineering and Geology degrees from the University of Minnesota, but quickly found his calling in the CM industry and settled in Denver, Colorado.  Over the next 7 years, Chris travelled the country managing a wide variety of mission critical construction projects for a variety of clients including Verizon Wireless, Dish Networks, AT&T, and the USPS.  In 2008, out of work due to the recession, Chris enrolled in the Construction Management program at USM to sharpen his skills and validate the knowledge gained through his years in the industry.  While at USM Chris passed the Construction Specifications Institutes’ Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) exam and the Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) exam.   As a senior at USM, Chris placed 3rd out of 1200+ in the 8-hour American Institute of Constructors (AIC), Associate Constructor (AC) exam.  As a result of his involvement with the USM program, Chris was offered a position at Bates College where he presently serves as Project Manager for the Capital Planning and Construction.

The Construction Management Concentration has a separate active advisory board that meets at least once per year.  Two of its members also serve on the Department of Technology Advisory Board. This not only provides expertise and program oversight, but regularly assists as guest speakers, and provides site tour, summer employment and internship opportunities.  This group also figured prominently in the establishment of an endowed scholarship program for CM students.  One member also played a strong role in the establishment of our Construction Management Association of America, student chapter.