Board of Directors
Jed Davis, who serves as president of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, grew up in New York City, where he practiced law for seven years after graduating from Yale Law School. He served as a lawyer in the U.S. Navy Reserve JAG Corps. In 1971, Davis moved to an old farm in Fayette, where he still lives and where he helped raise three wonderful children. He has served as town manager of Fayette and Readfield. He has been in a law partnership, in Augusta, with Jim Mitchell since 1976. Recently, Mitchell’s wife, Libby, joined them.
Committed to issues of social justice, Davis was a founder of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine in 1985, and still serves on its board; is chairman of the board of the Augusta Boys & Girls Club for Teens; is chairman of Fayette’s Planning Board; and he served for a number of years on the board of Spurwink Services. He is proud to be on the board of this important organization.
Alison Harris is the President of Harris Marketing Services, a business-to-business marketing services and public relations firm. She founded the company in 2000 to help businesses work more effectively with the media and has since expanded to offer a broad range of direct and content marketing solutions for companies of all sizes. Harris volunteers her time to startups and emerging businesses via SCORE, Scale-UP Portland and MCED. She lives in a suburb of Portland with her family and is a die-hard Beatles fan, amateur cook and wanderluster.
Rick Rector is executive vice president and group publisher at United Publications, Inc. He joined the company in 2000. His media career has spanned 30 years and included such diverse industries as small farming, seafood, IT support, gourmet retail food, call centers, fitness clubs and healthcare as well as regional consumer publishing. Currently he serves on the SIIA/ABM Digital Media Council and the Knowledge Marketing Customer Advisory Board.
He is a founder and former chairman of the Small Enterprise Growth Fund, now known as the Maine Venture Fund. In addition he was a founder and former executive director of the POP!TECH conference, an annual conference exploring the impact of technology on people and society. He also co-founded the McGillicuddy Foundation and Enterprising Maine.Mr. Rector serves on the board and is the immediate past chair of the Points North Institute, producer of the Camden International Film Festival, one of the top 10 showcases of documentary films internationally. He also has over 35 years experience on municipal boards and committees, holding both elected and appointed offices.
John (Jack) Beaudoin is a writer and editor living in Brunswick. He was the founding editor and CEO of HIMSS Media, based in New Gloucester, a business-to-business publisher for the healthcare industry. Previously, he was editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel, an editorial writer and statehouse reporter for the Portland Press Herald and a reporter for The Journal Tribune in Biddeford. Beaudoin is a graduate of Colby College, holds a master’s degree in English from Syracuse University and held a post-graduate fellowship in American government at Boston College.
Jo Dondis is a resident of Camden and a Maine native. She spent her professional life mainly in Los Angeles, where she worked for 24 years as a television news producer for CNN, ABC, CBS and KCET, a PBS station. After moving back to Maine in 2011, Dondis spearheaded the historic Strand Theatre’s transition to a non-profit organization in 2013 and now serves as chair of Friends of the Strand Theatre, the entity that owns and operates this 1923 landmark in Rockland.
Dondis has also served on the boards of Adas Yoshuron Synagogue in Rockland and the statewide women’s campaign training organization, Emerge Maine. She received her M.S. in Broadcast Communications from Boston University and her B.A. from Wellesley College.
Lauren Guite was born in Caribou and raised in South Portland. She started her non-profit career in 2004 as an organizer but quickly evolved into an online organizer and, finally, digital marketer. Now a senior specialist at Environmental Defense Fund, her specialties are audience development and content marketing. While her work took her to Jacksonville, FL, Boston and Washington D.C., she could not wait to return to her home state in 2012 settling in the West End of Portland.
In her spare time, she is captain of a women’s ice hockey team called the Maine Coon Cats, serves on the board for the Maine Girls Ice Hockey Association, volunteers at SCORE as a workshop presenter and loves to go camping, especially via kayak.
Gretchen Gavett is a senior associate editor at the Harvard Business Review and a contributor at Longform. Prior, she was a digital researcher and writer for the PBS series Frontline. She has degrees in English Literature and Gender and Cultural Studies from Wheaton College and Simmons College, respectively, and completed the photography program at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies in Portland.
Gavett grew up in Orono and spent her summers living on a small pond in East Orland. She currently lives in Boston with her husband and two cats, and coaches CrossFit in her free time.
Connie Sage Conner
Amanda Cooley is the community relations director for Kennebec Savings Bank, a $1.1 billion state-chartered community bank headquartered in Augusta. In her role, she oversees the bank’s charitable giving program and press relations. Prior to joining the bank, she held positions at Husson University and Colby College in fundraising, marketing, and communications. At Colby, she was responsible for coordinating the Elijah Parish Lovejoy Convocation and an annual conference for student journalists.
She graduated summa cum laude from Husson University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration as well as an MBA. In 2012, she earned a Master of Science in Human Relations, also from Husson. She resides in Waterville with her husband, Tim, children Claire and Isaac, and a pet tarantula.