Board of Directors
2020-2021 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 (on leave as of July 2020) – 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 – 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 (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.
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.
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.
Liz Sherblom – Liz earned a BA from Smith, an MBA from UMaine, and a BA in Studio Art at UMaine. She worked at an organic food co-op outside NYC, started a recycling program and a Planned Parenthood Clinic at a Navy base in Washington State, moved with her family to the Bangor area in 1975, and helped to start a PERC energy recovery facility at Orrington. She and her husband retired to Bar Harbor in 2017 where she volunteers with the Bar Harbor Food Pantry and continues to work for environmental, economic, social, and racial justice.
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.