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Meet Our Board Members

Rev. Dr. Kenneth Phelps

President, Presque Isle

Rev. Dr. Phelps 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.  He has served on the Agency Board since 1996.

Barbara Robertson

Barbara Robertson

Vice President, New Limerick

Ms. Robertson worked in public education for many years. She has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education specializing in Special Education. She currently works part-time as an Achievement Testing Specialist. She volunteers for the Mildred’s Food Pantry and in the past served as the assistant manager. She also served as President of the Relief Society for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for ten years. She has served on the Agency Board since 2017.

Mary Anne Buck

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.

Durward Huffman

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.

Northern Region

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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.

George Dionne

George Dionne

Grand Isle

Mr. Dionne achieved the rank of Major in the U.S. Army.  He is a past farmer and USPS Letter Carrier.  He owns and operates a campground in Grand Isle. He serves on the Grand Isle Planning Board, chairs the town budget committee, acts as Safety Officer for the fire department, and serves as Treasurer for the Grand Isle Historical Society and Aroostook County Association of Letter Carriers. He has served on the Agency Board since 2016.

Donald Raymond

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.

Central Region

Stephen Poitras

Stephen A. Poitras

Fort Fairfield

Mr. Poitras has over 35 years of experience in facilities management, which includes more than 20 years of work in healthcare risk management. He has served as a director for the Aroostook United Way and as a director of the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce. He has served on the Agency Board since 2019.

Linda Nadeau

Linda Nadeau


Ms. Nadeau has worked as the Office Manager for County Electric, Inc. for over 30 years. She also served as an office manager for Spenard Builders Supply in Wasilla, Alaska, where she lived for 14 years.  She is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary. She serves on the board of the Caribou Congregate Housing Development Corporation. She has served on the Agency Board since 2014

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Walter Elliott Jr.


Mr. Elliott worked as Director of Technology for Limestone Community School and MSSM for many years and later was the Asst. 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.

Southern Region

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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

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.

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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.

Members at Large

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.

David Jones, M.D.

Presque Isle

Dr. Jones has over 40 years of experience as a practicing physician focused on emergency care and family practice.  He currently serves as Medical Director of Northern Lights Home Care and Hospice and the Aroostook House of Comfort. He served for 8 years on the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine as a member and secretary. He was a member of the governing board of TAMC AR Gould Hospital for over 14 years. He has served on the Agency Board since 2021.

Kathie Davis

Presque Isle

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.

Ms. Davis 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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