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Meet Our Board Members



Barbara Robertson

President, New Limerick

Ms. Robertson has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education specializing in Special Education and worked in public education for over 20 years.  She also has experience in retail serving as district manager for the House of Fine Fabrics for 10 years.  Always engaged in her community, she was the President of the Board of the Literacy Council of Caroline County, Virginia; President of a homeowner’s association in northern Virginia; Girl Scout Leader; and Mildred’s Food Pantry volunteer. In her church, she has been President of the Relief Society and a teacher in various organizations within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  She has served on the Agency Board since 2017.


Walter Elliott Jr.

Vice President, Limestone

Mr. Elliott worked as Director of Technology for Limestone Community School and MSSM for many years and later was the Assistant Director of Technology for RSU39. Prior, he served in the Air Force for 21 years.  He served as chair and selectman for the Town of Limestone, vice chair of Northern Maine Development Commission, a board member of Aroostook Waste Solutions, and as a church leader throughout northern Maine and the Atlantic provinces. He has served on the Agency Board since 2021.


Mary Anne Buck

Secretary, Mapleton

Ms. Buck worked alongside her husband, Jack, for 35 years at Buck Farms in Mapleton. She served on the Northern Maine Fair Association Board, St. John Aroostook Rural Conservation and Development Council, and is past president of the Maine Agri-Women. She currently serves on the ACTS retreat team for the Parish of the Precious Blood. She is proud of her four children, 14 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. She has served on the Agency Board since 2002.


Dr. Durward Huffman

Treasurer, Fort Fairfield

Dr. Huffman was honored in 2004 with the title of “President Emeritus” by the Maine Community College System for his 14 years of service as President of the Northern Maine Community College. He served on the membership committee of the Maine Gerontological Society for many years. He is the primary caregiver for his wife who has dementia. He has served on the Agency Board since 2009.


Rev. Dr. Kenneth Phelps

Past President, Presque Isle

Rev. Dr. Phelps has served on the Board since 1996 , most recently as President. He is a retired American Baptist pastor with 39 years of service in Aroostook County Baptist churches. He currently serves as a chaplain of Northern Light Health AR Gould Hospital.  He lives in Presque Isle with his wife Carolyn. He has two children and four grandchildren. 

Northern Region


Andrew Birden

Fort Kent

Mr. Birden is Librarian at the Fort Kent Public Library.  He has held positions as computer programmer/network designer, public school teacher, and journalist.  He was founder, editor, and publisher of the online newspaper, Fiddlehead Focus, and later managed four Aroostook newspapers for the Bangor Daily News/Bangor Publishing.  He is a freelance author as well as accomplished musician, songwriter, and poet. Also importantly, he is an experienced caregiver.


Donald Raymond

New Canada

Mr. Raymond worked as the Registrar for University of Maine at Fort Kent for 34 years. He serves on the Board of Appeals for New Canada and on the Edgar J. Paradis Cancer Fund Board of Directors. Don is a member of the Fort Kent Senior Citizen Center, the Fort Kent Historical Society, and the Department of Inland Fisheries Freshwater Committee. He has served on the Agency Board since 2013.


Roger Lagasse

Fort Kent

A native of Madawaska, Mr. Lagasse worked at Northern Maine Medical Center for 38 years as the Chief Finance Officer.  After his retirement from the hospital, he worked for three years for the Catholic Diocese of Portland as a business manager for St. John of the Cross Cluster.  He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Husson College.  He is Past President of the Madawaska Jaycees and Past Chair and Member of the Hospital Insurance Board.

Central Region


Dr. Dorothy "Dottie" Martin

Fort Fairfield

Ms. Martin served 46 years in the field of education with students from pre-k to post graduate.  She has a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership.  She has served as a board member of several organizations, including the Maine State Board of Education, County Federal Credit Union, Central Aroostook Chamber, and the National Consortium of Specialized Secondary Schools of Math, Science and Technology where she also served as President of the Board.  She is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow, was the 2018 Chamber Director of Year, and received a legislative sentiment from the 130th Legislature upon her retirement in 2022.

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Alva King


Ms. King taught school for 47 years in Maine, New York and Germany. A graduate of Aroostook State Teacher's College, Alva did graduate work at UC Santa Barbara, Ball State, Berkley, UC San Luis Obispo and SUNY Plattsburg. She has travelled the world as a daughter and wife of career Air Force men. Her leadership experience includes Officer of her Sorority, Member of the United Methodist Church Parish Council, and longtime National Honor Society Advisor. She enjoys singing, learning and writing fiction. She has served on the Agency Board since 2020. 


Deborah J. Jones, FNP

Presque Isle

Ms. Jones was born in Eagle Lake as part of a bilingual family.  She started her career as a registered nurse at The Aroostook Medical Center in the Intensive Care Unit and then Educational Services for 17 years.  Continuing her education, she later worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care for 15 years with a special interest in Women’s Health and Geriatrics, transitioning to Northern Light Home Care and Hospice in 2015 until her retirement in 2023.

She treasured being able to work along side her husband and mentor Dr. David Jones in both Family Practice and Hospice.

She enjoys gardening, cooking, exercising, and spending time with friends and family including her children and six grandchildren.

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Southern Region


Patricia McCain


Ms. McCain graduated from the University of Maine with a degree in marketing and management.  She worked in management for many years in banking and retail in Salt Lake City, and later Seattle, during which time she actively volunteered in fundraising for the University of Utah’s medical care auxiliary for a new hospital chapel. She then moved to Beaumont, Texas where she became a leader in Weight Watchers. After that, she spent many years traveling and living in Indonesia, Nigeria, and Kuwait.  Now she lives and runs her family farm in Ludlow. She has always had a five-year plan and now plans to spend more time giving back to the community to make it a better place to live.


Keith MacKenzie

Island Falls

Mr. MacKenzie is a native of Island Falls. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Maine. He was employed at Katahdin Trust Company for 38 years, working for many years as a Branch Manager in Oakfield and Island Falls. He is past president of the American Baptist Churches of Maine and is active in his local church and has served as district secretary and treasurer for the Lions Club. He has served on the Agency Board since 2019.


Robert Meinders


Mr. Meinders worked for many years for the USDA. He has his Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Pathology. He actively volunteers for several non-profits via Aroostook RSVP, including the Houlton and Sherman food pantries and Upper Room thrift store in Sherman. He is a trained Matter of Balance facilitator. He has served on the Agency Board since 2017.

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Mary Harbison


Ms. Harbison retired in 2018 as principal at Hodgdon Middle/High School after 41 years in the field of education.  She has a Master of Education degree from Bridgewater State College and is a Licensed Social Worker.  She currently works at Madigan Estates in Houlton.  She has served as a Trustee of the Board of both Houlton Regional Hospital and Community Living Association.  She and her husband, David, have two grown children and five grandchildren.   

Members at Large


Kathie Davis

Presque Isle

Ms. Davis is an Aroostook County native, a graduate of Washburn High School and the University of Maine at Presque Isle with a degree in education and music. She dedicated many years of service as a volunteer to her church as a musician, choir director and worship leader.  She also was an active volunteer in the Presque Isle school system as a classroom assistant, accompanist for the elementary and middle school chorus groups, and with the parent-teacher organization.

She loves spending time with her grandchildren, gardening, reading, and learning new things.  She is a member of the Board of Directors for Advent Christian Retirement Communities in Kittery and has served on the Agency Board since 2021.

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