Acadia Senior College

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Board of Directors

* Michael Hastings, President
* Candy Emlen, Vice President
* Andy Cline, Treasurer
* Dixie Hathaway, Secretary
Ruth Braun
Richard Cohen
Keith Davis
Bill Dohmen
Patsy Fogarty
Cynthia Livingston
Steve Powell
* Jack Russell
Seth Singleton
Kathleen Slack
Mary Vekasi
* Executive Committee Members
2022-2023 Board Meeting Schedule
July 15, 2022
October 21, 2022
January 20, 2023
March 3, 2023, Executive Committee Meeting
April 21, 2023
May 19, 2023 (budget review)
June 7, 2023 (following Annual General Meeting)

2022-2023 Board Members

Ruth Braun – Ruth has an 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 and an LLB from Yale, practiced law, and 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.

Keith Davis – Keith attended the University of Virginia before moving to Maine where he earned degrees in Zoology and Physiology as well as certification by the American Association of Bioanalysts. He worked in the laboratory at Mount Desert Island Hospital and was for several years the Directory of Pathology Services overseeing the various laboratory departments and Infection Control. He lives in Bar Harbor.

Bill Dohmen – A retired professor and banker, Bill was an early member of Acadia Senior College and has served in the ASC positions as President, Vice-President, and Treasurer, and for 14 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.

Candy Emlen (Vice President) – 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.

Patsy Fogarty – Patsy has a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Columbia University and had a long career in human services, originally in psychosocial counseling and then in executive positions for United Way. After retirement, she served on the board of the Darien Council for Aging and on the board of SoundWaters, an environmental education organization, both based in Connecticut. She and her husband Ed moved to MDI in 2006 where she became active in her church and on the board of the Southwest Harbor Public Library, which she eventually chaired until becoming chairman of the Maine Seacoast Mission. More recently she has been active with the Westside Food Pantry, the Library, the Mission, and the board of her Wellesley class, of which she is co-chair.

Michael Hastings (Vice President) – Mike is a native of Morrill, Maine, near Belfast. He is a graduate of Tilton School (NH) and Bowdoin College (ME). He worked on the staff of two U.S. Senators from Maine, managed development programs in Africa, and administered research programs on environmentally-sustainable aquaculture. Prior to his retirement in 2017, he was Director of Sponsored Programs for the University of Maine and a Cooperating Faculty Member in the Maine Business School. In addition to serving on ASC's board, he is also a member of Jesup Memorial Library's Board of Directors.

Dixie Hathaway (Secretary) – Dixie grew up in 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.

Cynthia Livingston – Cynthia's professional background has been primarily in organizational development and human resources management for both profit and non-profit organizations. With a partner, she founded a consulting practice called Cambio International, a management consulting practice with a focus on intercultural and change management. She has served on the executive boards of the Schoodic Institute and the Abbe Museum, has been a business coach for SCORE and was a member of the American Planning Board of Humanity in Action (HIA). She lives in Mount Desert with her husband Hank Schmelzer.

Steve Powell – Steve received a BA from Greensboro College in North Carolina, and 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 worldwide 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 his 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 a 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 several 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 a 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.

Kathleen Slack – Kathleen retired from teaching at Mount Desert Island High School in June 2018 after teaching Family and Consumer Science for 29 years in Maine, Ohio, and New Jersey. She was born in Dover, NH, and grew up in Lynn, MA. She was educated in Catholic schools and graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a member of the Conservation Commission for the town of Southwest Harbor and serves on the Women’s History Month Committee at the Southwest Harbor Library. She has also served on the ASC Racial Justice Committee.

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.