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Board of Directors & Staff

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

STAFF

John Viehman

John Viehman
President

John has had an extensive career in the media business. He is an avid outdoor enthusiast, having hosted two outdoor series on PBS along the way. He lives in Rockport Village, where he also serves on the Town Planning Board.

Betsy Saltonstall

Betsy Saltonstall
Vice President

Betsy’s experience includes posts on the Boards of Lesley University, Maine Women’s Policy Center, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Emerge Maine and Midcoast Recreation Center, on town Committees and the School Board. Betsy lives in Rockport and works in Philanthropy at Maine Medical Center.

Jill Lang
Exec. Committee Member at Large

Jill is the Chair of UMC’s Communications Committee. She works in Marketing at Allen Insurance and Financial and has a background in journalism. Jill lives in Hope with her husband and has two adult daughters.

Megan Williams
Executive Director

A Maine native, Megan has been living and working in the Midcoast since 2007. She has led local organizations and helped them progress by focusing on strategy and relationships. Megan lives in Rockland with her husband and two daughters.

Lori Alexander
Secretary 

Lori is a real estate broker with Legacy Properties Sotheby’s Int’l Realty in Camden. Her background is in magazine publishing and marketing. She has been a Chamber of Commerce board member and a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor. She is a 25-year resident of Rockport where she lives with her husband and pets.

Steve Kemple

Steve Kemple
Treasurer 

Steve, a retired aircraft financing executive, relocated with his wife to Lincolnville from Ohio in 2017 after having a second home in Midcoast Maine for many years.  While in Ohio, he served as treasurer of a charity that purchased and distributed clothing to school children in need.  In addition, he has served on various boards and committees both in Ohio and Maine.

Debbie Mitchell
Exec. Committee Member at Large

Debbie retired to Belfast from Los Angeles in 2004 after a career in the music business. As an oil painter, she is active in the arts community in Belfast. She has served on several nonprofit boards and is one of the founders of the Soap Closet.

Kelly Carey
Administrative Coordinator

A lifelong Waldo county resident, Kelly is passionate about resilient, livable communities in the Midcoast. She lives in Brooks with her family.

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John Burgess

John owns and operates Camden Hills Realty. He is a past president of the Camden Chamber and was an interim director of the Belfast Chamber of Commerce. Northport is home, where he has served both as selectman and on the planning board. John worked for Marriott Hotels & Resorts prior to arriving in Maine from Bermuda.

Chris Beebe

Chris Beebe

Chris is former owner of Steel Pro in Rockland, where he now serves as chairman of the board. He has been treasurer of the Farnsworth Museum and a board member at Pen Bay Healthcare.

Sani Fogel

Though Sani has always had a presence in Rockport with her family, her professional life took place primarily in Philadelphia, directing several nonprofits in the arts and in philanthropy. In 1995, Sani became the founding director of The Maine Philanthropy Center in Portland and moved full-time to Rockport. She retired in 2001 and is presently Board President of Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School.

Jay Foster

Jay graduated from Camden High School and, after graduating aviation technical school and time spent with the U.S.Army, completed a 35 year career in commercial aviation with Trans World Airlines. Since returning home, he has volunteered locally and worked on various boards and committees for the Town of Lincolnville.

Leni Gronros

Leni is VP of Penobscot Bay Ice Co., Inc. which oversees several companies including Graffam Bros. Seafood Market. He lives in Rockport with his wife, Kimberlee Graffam, their 4 Daughters, 5 cats, 1 dog, and 96-year old Great Grandmother. Leni and Kimberlee are long-term members of Camden Rotary Club serving both on the local and international level.

Lucile Hanscom

Lucile Hanscom

Loie served as Executive Director of the Picker Institute, best known for its dedication to patient-centered care. She has extensive nonprofit experience, including on the Board of Planetree, The Gold Foundation, MCMH, PBMC and currently as an Officer of the Camden Yacht Club. She lives in Rockport with her husband Stephen. They have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren.

Jim Hengerer

Jim grew up in Albany, NY. After medical school, he served in U.S. Navy for nine years while training in Ear, Nose and Throat. He practiced in Lynchburg, VA for 35 years and retired to Rockland four years ago with his wife, Judy. They have spent summers in Maine on Echo Lake for many years.

Peter Palermo

Originally from Connecticut, Peter relocated to Camden in 2003 with his wife Kim and family. His career has spanned almost 40 years in marketing and advertising and he currently owns Elm Street Marketing Essentials. Peter is passionate about the mission of UMC in the community and has volunteered for UMC since 2013.

Joan Phaup

Joan grew up in Los Angeles and lived in the UK for 10 years before moving to Camden in 1994 with her husband and two children. She enjoyed a career in journalism and PR before starting her own editorial services business. Joan values the strong sense of community in the Midcoast and has served on the boards of various local nonprofits.

Tom Rodman

After a 40-year career on Wall Street, Tom retired to Camden where he now serves as CEO of Fox Hill Real Estate, LLC, managing the property from which McLean Hospital operates Borden Cottage, a residential treatment facility. Tom is also Board Chair and co-founder of Strive Intl., a nonprofit workforce development agency headquartered in New York City.

Eric Waters

Eric Waters is the Chief Financial Officer of Island Institute in Rockland, ME.  He and his family have been residents of the mid-coast since 2006 and they have a forty-year connection to this area.  Eric has served numerous Midcoast organizations as a board member or committee member since his arrival.