Board of Directors
2019-2020 Board Members
Michael Blythe – Michael has a degree in Literature from Oxford University. He served in the Corps of Royal Marines, and worked as a Structural Engineer in the offshore oil industry in West Africa, the Persian Gulf, India, Indonesia and the Far East.
Ruth Braun – 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.
Ann Caswell (Secretary) – Ann has degrees from Connecticut College, UC Berkeley, and Arcadia University. She is a New Hampshire native and taught high school English in the Philadelphia public school system. She is active in book group, cooking club, Footloose Friends and Blueberry Jammers. Ann teaches courses for ASC and serves on the ASC Membership & Volunteers Committee and ASC Events Committee.
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.
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. Gail is the chair of the ASC Nominating Committee.
Linda Dunn (President) – Linda Dunn 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.
David Einhorn – David has degrees from University of Pennsylvania, London School of Economics, and Georgetown Law School. He practiced law in New York, New Jersey and Maine, and worked at the Jackson Laboratory for 22 years. David is an active ASC Instructor and currently serves on the board of MDI Hospital.
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 (Executive Committee) – 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.
Sheila Kirby – Sheila was a senior economist at RAND, a nonprofit think tank, for over 30 years. She served as a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago from 2012 to 2017. Her two primary research fields were education and defense, publishing extensively in both of those areas. Sheila held a joint appointment as an adjunct professor of economics and public policy at the George Washington University where she taught at the graduate level for 25 years. She volunteers with the League of Women Voters and Friends in Action and enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, music, plays and telling stories to her grandchildren.
Ward MacKenzie – Ward received a BSc degree in Physics from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a MBA from the Amos Tuck School, Dartmouth College. Ward is a US Sailing certified instructor who has sailed the New England and Nova Scotia coasts, circumnavigated Newfoundland, and navigated the Marion-to-Bermuda Offshore Sailing Race. He has been an ASC member since 2000 and is a member of the ASC Finance Committee.
Sandy McFarland – Sandy is an 8th generation MDIslander. He has an MBA from University of Maine, Orono and was on the management staff at the Jackson Laboratory for 45 years. He has served on the boards of the Bar Harbor and MDI High School, the YMCA, the Bar Harbor Town Council, and MDI Historical Society. Sandy is a member of the Bar Harbor Yacht Club and the National Ski Patrol, and works as a summer tour guide.
Kathleen McQuaid – Kathy is a retired Professor of Political Science having taught at Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. She has a BA in History/Asian Studies, a MA in Comparative Politics & International Relations, and a PhD in Political Science, all from Temple University. She and her husband, Jeff Burnham, live in Pretty Marsh in a renovated farmhouse and are active volunteers for WERU Community Radio.
Jane Reynolds – Jane attended the University of Massachusetts where she received a BS in Nursing. She worked in many areas of health care before finally focusing on surgical nursing and later obtained an RN First Assistant Certification. Jane retired after 40 years of practice and moved to MDI with her husband, Jim, in 2001.