Sven Bartholomew, Trustee and Search Committee Chair
Mr. Bartholomew has spent many years working in the communities of Maine, having worked with thousands of Maine employers and has working relationships with many across the state in almost every industry and governmental affiliation. Sven has also had the unique opportunity to help many of these clients through challenging economic climates and changing industry workforce needs.
Currently, Sven works as Senior Vice President of Camden Nation Bank overseeing Business Banking. Previously he was the Senior Vice President of Bangor Savings Bank. He has an undergraduate Degree (BA) in Business / Economics from the University of Maine at Farmington, a Master’s Degree (MBA) from Husson University and is a Certified Payroll Professional (CPP).
Sven’s commitment to higher education in Maine started with his role in the President of The University of Maine at Farmington’s Alumni Council and later as part of the University of Maine at Farmington Board of Visitors. Sven is also involved in workforce and economic development in Maine as Corporator and Board Member for Eastern Maine Development Corporation in Bangor.
Emily Cain, Trustee
Emily Cain joined EMILY’s List as Executive Director in 2017 with a decade of experience as a Maine state legislator and public policy leader, two cycles as one of the country’s top ranked Democratic congressional candidates, more than a decade of work in higher education and past leadership in a private sector tech company. Emily, who was first elected to office at age 24, made her mark in Maine politics serving in both the House and Senate over five terms in the state house, leading the Appropriations Committee as Chair and serving as the youngest woman House Minority Leader in state history. In 2012, against all odds, Ms. Cain led House Democrats back into the majority by recruiting top candidates, electing more women, and winning tough seats in Maine’s challenging rural areas. As a leader in the legislature Emily Cain was known as a tough negotiator, deal closer, and champion for women, equality, domestic violence prevention, higher education, and economic development. In 2014 and 2016 Emily ran for U.S. Congress in two of the most competitive house races in the country. Prior to joining EMILY’s List, Emily was the Chief Strategy Officer at HistoryIT, a Maine-based technology company. Emily also worked for Jobs for Maine’s Graduates, and was the Coordinator of Advancement in the UMaine Honors College for more than ten years.
The daughter of a shoe salesman and a sign language interpreter, Emily is the oldest of three sisters and learned at a very young age the value of hard work, family, and education. Emily has lived in Maine most of her life, was born in Kentucky, and spent her childhood years in Illinois and New Jersey. Emily is a proud graduate of the University of Maine and Harvard University, and is currently working to complete her Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Maine. Emily and her husband, Danny Williams, live in Orono, ME with their dog, Bartlet the pug.
Peggy Rotundo, Trustee
Peggy Rotundo has spent her professional life working in higher education. During her 35 years at Bates College, she has directed the College’s Career Counseling Office and helped to establish its nationally recognized Center for Service-learning. She currently serves as Director of Strategic and Policy Initiatives at the Bates Harward Center for Community Partnerships.
Peggy represented Lewiston in the Maine State Legislature from 2000-2016. During her tenure in the Senate and House, she served on the Appropriations Committee for 14 years (chairing it for 8 years), chaired the State and Local Government Committee and served on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee and the Government Oversight Committee. She was appointed to numerous statewide commissions, including a commission to increase the number of students going on to post-secondary education, and represented the State of Maine as a Commissioner on the Education Commission of the States. She sponsored bills that created greater public access to government information, a cleaner environment, increased educational opportunities for all Maine people and better services for veterans, low income families and the elderly. As Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Peggy led in creating bipartisan state budgets. She has won numerous awards for her work on these issues and for her work in creating civil and respectful public discourse.
Peggy has been actively involved in her community, having served on a variety of boards, including the Lewiston School Committee, which she chaired for 4 years. She was a founding member of the Lewiston Aspirations Partnership with L. L. Bean and a founding member and former president of the Lewiston Education Fund. She currently serves on the Boards of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, Emerge Maine and the Frances Perkins Center. Peggy holds her B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and is married to Loring Danforth, Charles A. Dana Professor of Anthropology at Bates College. They have two grown children, Nicholas and Ann.
Susan Baker, UMA Professor of Science
Professor Baker is in her 39th year of teaching sciences at the University of Maine at Augusta. She holds degrees in biochemistry from Brown University and in education from the University of Maine. She is the Coordinator of the Biology program and teaches courses in chemistry, biology, and (pre-COVID) a capstone course in global health that included an international service trip. Professor Baker is a member of the Faculty Senate, chairs the Academic Policy Committee, and Co-Chairs the President’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council. Throughout her career, she has been committed to service. Her scholarship focuses on applied research in support of service partners in Haiti and South Africa. For over 20 years, she led a science program for children that hundreds of children attended annually (some of whom are now graduates of UMA), has worked as a medical and community health educator in Haiti, Zambia, and South Africa, and has lead numerous hurricane and flood recovery teams to the Gulf Coast. Professor Baker was awarded the Meritorious Service Award for the College of Arts and Sciences (2004, 2021), received the Haworth Award for Service-Learning (2012), was selected for UMA’s Distinguished Educator award (2012), and awarded a Trustee Professorship (2013). She also received the Student Choice award for faculty excellence multiple times.
Matt Dube, UMA Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems
Dr. Matt Dube is Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems and Data Science at the University of Maine at Augusta and cooperates in various academic capacities with the University of Maine Graduate School and the University of Maine at Machias. A native of the western mountains of Maine, Dr. Dube has worked extensively with various TRiO programs both directly and indirectly, a significant portion of the UMA student population. Dr. Dube graduated with a Ph.D. in Spatial Information Science and Engineering from the University of Maine, and also received a B.A. in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Maine. His research work focuses on various aspects of spatial data and its relationship to society, including human-centric query systems, usages of spatial data for governmental functions, community needs assessments, and data science education. Dr. Dube has a long history of student organizational advising oriented toward service learning. He also spends his spare time during the year as a sporting official, most notably in baseball.
Tim Surrette, UMA Associate Professor of Education
Tim is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Maine at Augusta. His teaching interests include methods of teaching project-based science and problem-based mathematics in elementary schools and approaches to differentiating instruction, lesson planning, formative/summative assessment, and classroom management in K-12 schools. His research interests include applications of university-based mentoring programs to support early career teachers, particularly science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators, and the ability of online environments to facilitate teacher professional development. Tim is currently serving his second term on the Bangor school department’s school committee. On a personal note, Tim lives in Bangor, ME with his spouse and their twin six-year-olds. As a lifelong Mainer, Tim enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, and skiing.
Jim Bradley, Regional Director of UMA Centers, Inland
Jim Bradley was selected by the UMA professional staff to represent them on the search committee. He has worked for the UMS for 23 years. The first 16 years at USM and last 7 years at UMA. He is director of UMA’s centers in Rumford and Lewiston as well as Regional Director of UMA Centers – Inland which include centers in Rumford, Lewiston, Houlton and E. Millinockett. He has associate and bachelor degrees from UMA as well as a masters in Adult and Higher Education from USM.
Heidi Reinhard, Administrative Specialist, UMA Ellsworth Center
Heidi has a BA in Earth and Geographic Sciences, a Certificate in Environmental Studies and another in Geographic Information Systems from UMass Boston. She is currently pursuing her second Baccalaureate in Public Administration at UMA.
Heidi has lived with her artist husband and their dog in Penobscot since last November. Prior to that, Heidi was a homesteader and farmer in central Maine but also has federal and nonprofit experience in conservation.
Brenda McAleer Ph.D., CM, PMP, UMA Associate Provost
Brenda McAleer, a Professor of Business Administration, is the Associate Provost and Dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of Maine at Augusta. Her major areas of expertise are Marketing, Organizational Behavior, and Strategic Management. She has conducted Marketing and Customer Service workshops at organizations such as Geiger, Lewiston; St. Andrew’s Hospital, Boothbay Harbor; Taction, Waldoboro, ME; Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MPERS), Augusta ME, and for the City of Portland. Her doctorate is in Administrative Sciences and Decision Making from Walden University, MN; her Masters is in Human Resource Management and Development from Norwich University, VT, and her Bachelors is in Economics and Business from St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN. She also earned the designations of Certified Professional Manager (CM) and Project Management Professional (PMP). Brenda has moved with her military husband many times, to include living around the US, in Japan and Norway
Craig Larrabee, Vice Chair UMA Board of Visitors
Craig Larrabee has over 25 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit, education, and workforce development sectors. Throughout his career, Craig has championed innovative student-centered approaches through public/private partnerships to achieve results-driven outcomes. A sought after thought leader in large scale initiatives aimed at systems-level change, Craig has been an appointed member of the Maine Department of Labor State Workforce Board and served on a governor’s transition team. He is currently a coalition member of MaineSpark. Craig was also the first recipient of the Weston L. Bonney Education Leadership Award awarded annually by Educate Maine.
Craig is a Maine native, who grew up working on his grandparents’ farm, and is a graduate of Belfast High School. As a first-generation college student, he attended the University of Maine at Farmington (UMF) and graduated with a degree in secondary education in 1992. Twenty years later, in 2012, he served as the Co-Chair for UMF’s 150th Anniversary Celebration and was the recipient of the University’s Alumni Achievement Award.
Under Craig’s leadership, JMG has successfully implemented an aggressive expansion plan growing the company from serving 1,500 students per year, to its current reach of more than 11,000 students served annually. Originally limited to high school programs, Craig led the charge to create a JMG middle school program; and, in recent years, launched the design of the JMG College Success Program. JMG is the only statewide nonprofit offering a continuum of support to students from middle school through post-secondary education and career pathways.
During his tenure, JMG has garnered several awards of recognition, including being named an Economic Champion by the Maine Development Foundation, a Giraffe Award from the Maine Children’s Alliance, and the Kenney Award for Outstanding Community Service. Most recently, JMG was named as one of Maine’s Best Places to Work based on employee acknowledgment and appreciation of JMG’s strong culture, accountability, and transparency.
Dianne Chicoine, UMA Alumni Representative
Dianne Chicoine is the Director of Business & Information Services for the Maine Health Care Association, which represents long-term care facilities in Maine. In her role, she manages and administers the operations of the association’s group purchasing program, information services (IT, databases, website, wage surveys, etc.), vendor trade show at the association’s fall conference, as well as the MMSF Golf Tournament, and provides graphic and design assistance for conference brochures, special events booklets, email banner templates, and other materials, as well as the production of video PSAs. Dianne also serves as a resident portrait photographer for the Remember ME Photography & Recognition Event. She received her Bachelor Degree in Art from UMA in 2019, earning the Outstanding Student Award, and completed her Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Saint Joseph’s College, Maine, in 2007. Dianne serves on the UMA Alumni Association, elected to Vice President in 2021. She is also a member of the Kennebec Valley Art Association, Maine Fiberarts, and American Tapestry Alliance. Dianne continues her artistic pursuits as a multi-media artist, as well as hone and expand her skills through continuing studies programs at the Maine College of Art and other programs. Her work has been shown in Tactile Exhibit, September 7-29, 2018, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell (The Reveal), and A Body of Work Exhibit, April 4 – 26, 2014, Harlow Gallery, Hallowell (Three Ladies in Paper). Her work is currently at the Maine Art Collective’s popup in Portland.
Rosa Redonnett, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Credential Attainment
Ms. Rosa Redonnett is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success and Credential Attainment for the University of Maine System. In collaboration with the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Associate Vice Chancellor provides System-wide leadership to enhance and promote student success through collaborative efforts within the University of Maine System, with other higher education institutions, and within the preK-20 education community. This position provides system-wide leadership and support on furthering campus efforts specific to adult credential and degree attainment and the development and implementation of a System-wide approach to micro-credentials. She is a member of the core team of MaineSpark, Maine’s statewide attainment initiative, and specifically the Adult Promise (adult degree and credential completion) component of that work, and serves as the UMS representative to the State Workforce Board. Prior to her appointment to this position, Ms. Redonnett served as the Chief Student Affairs Officer for the UMS (2008-2019) and the Vice President for Enrollment Management at the University of Southern Maine (USM) from 1994-2008.
Mohamed Khalid, UMA Student
Mohamed Khalid went to Lewiston High School and the Connecticut boarding school, The Kent School. Mohamed is a first-generation college student studying business concentrating in small business. Mohamed enjoys spending time with his family and friends, enjoying sports, and working with Gateway Community Services to empower underserved and underprivileged students in the Portland/Lewiston area through their youth coalition and youth mentorship programs.
Kristen Cartier, UMA Student
Ms. Kristen Cartier is currently pursuing her baccalaureate in Mental Health/Human Services. Kristen obtained two Associates Degrees simultaneously in Accounting and Business Management in the early 1990s. Her experience includes owning and operating multiple businesses in Bar Harbor, ME. She spent over 20 years helping her husband, at the time, operate a plumbing, heating, fuel oil & propane business while operating her own payroll/bookkeeping service.
Kristen enjoys living in Ellsworth, working with a Master Gardner and the Ellsworth Garden Club, concentrating on her studies, and looking forward to a new profession in equine assisted therapy/mental health.