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.
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.
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.
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.
Fletcher Kittredge is the CEO and founder of GWI in Biddeford. Founded in 1994, GWI is a telecommunications company specializing in providing gigabit fiber networks and cloud telephone solutions to Maine. Kittredge is a graduate of Colby College and Harvard University. He serves on the board of the Maine Center for Entrepreneurial Development, and is Chairman of the ConnectME Authority Advisory Board.
In 2011, Kittredge was named Large Business Leader of the Year by Mainebiz magazine and has led GWI to be recognized by INC. magazine as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies five times.
Tony Payne serves as vice president of business development at Clark Insurance. He has more than 40 years of business, civic and political experience in Maine including serving as executive director of the Maine Republican Party, president of Maine Media Advertising, town councilor in Falmouth, vice president of underwriting & marketing at MEMIC, executive director of the Alliance for Maine’s Future and chair of the Board of Visitors of the University of Southern Maine.
Payne also has been a weekly columnist for the Maine Sunday Telegram, Kennebec Journal, Morning Sentinel and The Forecaster. He is a graduate of Hobart College and lives in Falmouth.
Rick Rector is executive vice president and group publisher at United Publications, Inc., having joined the company in 2000. His media career has spanned three decades 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.
Rector 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.
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 has more than 35 years of experience on municipal boards and committees, holding both elected and appointed offices.
Justin Schair is president of the Casco Passage companies, an investment and consulting business focused on energy storage, technology and real estate and is Director of Business Development of ArchSolar LLC. He also serves on the board of directors of Thermal Energy Storage of Maine.
Schair has worked in business, politics and journalism, including at the New York Daily News. Additionally, he serves on the boards of several Maine-based non-profit organizations and foundations. He is a graduate of Hofstra University.
Marie Tessier works at the intersection of democracy, news and interactive media as the lead moderator of reader comment to the Opinion pages of NYTimes.com, and as the contributing writer of the Readers Respond series on the Op-Talk blog. Her work in Community and Interactive News Technology is part of the company’s audience development strategy. Before joining The New York Times in 2007, she was an independent journalist specializing in coverage of violence against women, politics, and legal and financial affairs.
Tessier’s work has appeared on the Women’s eNews and Women’s Media Center Web sites, in Ms. magazine, the Columbia Journalism Review, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle, in other papers and magazines, and on “Marketplace” radio and National Public Radio. She is the author of “Covering Aviation Safety: An Investigator’s Guide,” from Investigative Reporters & Editors and several book chapters. She has been a regular panelist on a Maine Public Television talk show. She is an independent writer whose work has been distributed throughout the English and Arabic-speaking world. Before going into journalism, she worked at the League of Women Voters national office, and served on the production staff of the presidential debates.
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