Board of Directors & Staff



John Viehman
Executive Director

John has had an extensive publishing and broadcasting career while also engaging in many community activities. He joined the UMC board in 2014 after serving for six years on its communications committee, and was UMC’s board chair and president from 2015 through 2019. He lives in Rockport Village, where he also serves on the Town Planning Board.

Kelly Carey

Kelly Carey
Program Coordinator

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


Betsy Saltonstall

Betsy Saltonstall

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.

Lori Alexander
Vice President

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.


Frank Hackett

Frank and his wife, Mary Ann, relocated to Rockport in 2018 from the Hudson Valley. Frank has experience from his past roles as partner at a CPA firm, COO of a leather design firm, CFO of a lamp manufacturer and a consultant to many for-profit and nonprofit organizations. Frank has enjoyed vacationing in Maine for 40 years and continues to enjoy traveling, hiking, camping and skiing now that he is a resident.

Jim Hengerer
Grants Committee Chair

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.

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.

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.

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.

Elinor Goldberg

Ellie has lived in Hope since 1971 and has spent most of her professional career advocating for children, youth and families. She retired as the founding executive director of the Maine Children’s Alliance. Ellie is trained as a social worker and has served on many advisor councils, including the Maine Children’s Cabinet and Maine Child Care Advisory Council and on the boards of Equity Maine, Dirigo Alliance, Belfast Area Childcare Center and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. She is now retired and enjoying her gardens.

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.

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.


Mary Sargent

Mary is Executive Director of Penobscot Shores Retirement Community in Belfast. From 2010-2018 she was Administrator at Quarry Hill in Camden. Mary is a lifelong member of the Midcoast community and is active in giving back. She has been a West Bay Rotarian since 2012 and is the immediate past president of the club. She lives in Lincolnville with her husband and children.