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Board of Directors
2021-2022 Board Members
Ruth Braun (Secretary) – Ruth has a MSc degree from Johns Hopkins University. She has taught junior and senior high school science. She also taught Environmental Geology, Physical Geology, and Historical Geology at Bloomsburg University, and has taught Geology for Acadia Senior College. Duane and Ruth Braun are coauthors of Guide to the Geology of Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park.
Andy Cline (Treasurer) – Andy has a Mathematics degree from the College of Wooster (Ohio) and a Master's degree in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan. Andy taught math and coached baseball at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. He is a board member of the Southwest Harbor/Tremont Ambulance Service, serves on the ASC Advancement Committee, and is the chair of the ASC Finance Committee.
Richard Cohen – Richard grew up in New Jersey, earned a BA from Princeton & a LLB from Yale, practiced law, rose to become a judge on the New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division. He and his family have been coming to MDI since 1978 and he and his wife Pamela retired here in 2017. Richard has taught several courses for ASC. His ongoing passions include basset hounds, wooden boats, music, baking bread, and studying our national history.
Abigail Conrad – Gail has a PhD from Yale and did a post-doc at the University of Chicago. She is a developmental biologist who served on the faculty at Kansas State University. She and her husband, Gary, have retired in Bar Harbor after 40 years of summer affiliation with the MDI Biological Laboratory.
Bill Dohmen (Executive Committee) – Bill, a retired professor and banker, was an early member of Acadia Senior College and has served in the ASC positions as President, Vice-President and Treasurer, and 13 years as a Board member. He has also taught 14 courses for ASC, the most recent on James Joyce's Ulysses, and is a member of the ASC Finance and Curriculum Committees. He holds a PhD in English literature from the University of Virginia, with a specialty in modern British fiction and theater. Bill and his wife, Ellen, live in Bar Harbor.
Linda Dunn (President) – Linda is a retired Maternal Fetal Medicine physician who practiced in Philadelphia. She volunteers at the Charlotte Rhoades Park Butterfly Garden, and has been active with the Abbe Museum and Healthy Acadia. Linda also serves on the ASC Curriculum Committee.
Candy Emlen – Candy was Director of Marketing & Sales for a small commuter airline in Pennsylvania before moving to Mount Desert Island in 1983. She and her husband Jay operated Mount Desert Travel for three years. In 1989 Candy began working for the Southwest Harbor Public Library as the Children's Librarian and in 2002 she was promoted to Director. She retired in 2018, but continues to volunteer for the Library.
Nathaniel Fenton – Nat has been practicing law in Bar Harbor since 1972. He is the former Chairman of the Bar Harbor School Board, the MDI High School Board, and the Bar Harbor Warrant Committee. He has served on the boards of Island Housing Trust, Friends of Acadia and MDI Historical Society, and Finance Committee of MDI Hospital.
Michael Hastings (Vice President) – Mike was born in Belfast, Maine. He graduated from Tipton School and proceeded to Bowdoin College, graduating in the class of 1972. He was a Congressional staff member for Representative and later Senator Bill Cohen and Senator George Mitchell through 1984 when he took a position to manage activities for Catholic Relief Services in Africa until 1991. Returning to Maine, he served as the director of an organization that promotes research on sustainable aquaculture, and Director of Sponsored Programs at the University of Maine where he was also adjunct faculty in the Maine Business School.
Dixie Hathaway – Dixie grew up Missoula, Montana and has lived in Iowa City, Baton Rouge, and Ithaca, New York, where she completed her law degree at Cornell. Dixie retired from her work as legislative counsel for the Comptroller of New York State, and before that for the New York City Comptroller. Her work primarily involved drafting and advocating for bills dealing with New York's pension systems, local government functions and State Finance law. She regularly walks and hikes in Acadia National Park, and volunteers with the Bar Harbor Historical Society, Serendipity (BH Food Pantry), and the Wild Gardens of Acadia.
Dan Poteet – Dan grew up on the Jersey shore, earned a BA from Harvard and a PhD in Medieval English Literature from the University of Illinois. He taught and then became provost for a number of small liberal arts colleges, finishing at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. He first came to MDI as a sailing instructor in 1963, summered here with his family since 1971, and moved here permanently in 2008. He has used his provost background to assist many Maine programs, including the Maine College of Art, the Abbe Museum, the Schoodic Institute, the Jesup Library, and Acadia Senior College.
Steve Powell – Steve received a BA from Greensboro college in North Carolina, developed a passion for opera at the Metropolitan Opera in NYC while living in northern New Jersey. He moved to MDI in 1982 to create an antiquarian crime-mystery-detective book business which garnered a world-wide clientele, and eventually led to a brick & mortar store in Hulls Cove in 2009. He has been active with the MDI Rotary Club, worked with the Bar Harbor Food Pantry, and taught many courses for ASC on books adapted for cinema and the history of American Cinema.
Jack Russell – Jack was born and raised on Mount Desert Island, attending school here through freshman year in high school. He later attended Phillips Exeter, Marlboro College, Brown University, and the Union Graduate School at Antioch. He was active in the civil rights and anti-war movements in the 1960s, and moved to Detroit in 1971 where he became an expert on the American auto industry and was staff to the Detroit City Council and the Michigan Senate. Since then Jack has continued to direct his energies to a half-century as community organizer, policy analyst, organizational leader, and single-shingle consultant. Since returning to MDI in 2006, he has worked on conservation, written on national and local politics and regional history, and in 2016 was co-chair of Acadia Centennial Task Force. Jack has offered several ASC courses on Acadian and Island history, Walden, and Moby Dick, and offered a number of Food for Thought and Coffee Clash presentations.
Seth Singleton – Seth teaches international relations, most recently at the University of Maine. He studied Russian history and literature at Harvard and political science at Yale. He has lived in Russia, Tanzania, Ecuador, and Vietnam, has consulted in China, Mongolia, and Bolivia, and has been faculty research associate at Harvard and academic dean in universities in the US and overseas. He moved year-round to MDI in 2001 after many previous summers sailing out of Somesville harbor. Teaching is what he most enjoys, and he appreciates students of all ages for their intelligence, curiosity, open-mindedness, and insistence on making the world a better place.
Mary Vekasi – Mary grew up in Michigan, earned a degree in elementary education from Central Michigan University and taught all over the globe from Michigan, to the Kingdom of Tonga (with the Peace Corps), to Montana, to Maine, and retired in 2008. Since then she has been active with ASC in both teaching and learning.