Board of Directors

Don Russell – Chair

Don is the founder and President of Salt Associates, a national provider of consulting and administrative services to the insurance industry.  Don grew up in Maine and attended the University of Maine at Orono where he met his wife Pam.    Don and Pam currently live in Cumberland, Maine.  Don is an active member of the community and has served on several boards including Foundation 51 and The Coastal Conservation Association.  When not at work, Don can be found fishing, boating, or riding his bike.

Brenda Chandler – Vice Chair

Brenda has spent the majority of her finance career in the technology and paper industries.  She is currently the Senior Director and Assistant Treasurer for Fairchild Semiconductor, International working from their South Portland Maine location.  She joined Fairchild in 1999 and progressed through various finance roles.  During the 1990’s Brenda worked in the paper industry in various finance and accounting positions.  She holds a BS and AS from the University of Maine Augusta.  Born in Bar Harbor she has roots “downeast” and makes frequent trips to the area.  A few years ago she and her husband Tony completed renovations to her grandparent’s house in Jonesport, a sentimental journey bringing the old house back to life.  The boat they now enjoy there is named “Renovator”.  Brenda and Tony live in Auburn on an 18 acre farm, here again a place packed with an abundance of weekend projects.  They have 6 children between them and 5 grandchildren.  Currently Brenda also serves on the Supervisory Committee for the Board of Maine Solutions Credit Union.

Melissa A. Duffy – Secretary

Melissa is a managing partner and director at Hightower Advisors.  In addition to Wayfinder Schools, Melissa currently serves on the Board of Directors for The Maine Women’s Fund, and has served on the board of ChoralART and The Junior League of Portland. Melissa is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  She lives in Cumberland, Maine and enjoys skiing, hiking and camping with her two daughters.

H. Lowell Brown

Lowell is an attorney whose practice focuses on compliance. He has also been appointed as special compliance monitor for the Raytheon Company and the DIRECTV Group. Formerly, he was assistant general counsel of Northrop Grumman Corporation. Since leaving Northrop, he has practiced law in Maine. He currently serves as a director of two foreign-owned corporations engaged in work for the U.S. Government. He began his career as assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia. He also served as assistant general counsel of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and was a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Heron, Burchette, Ruckert and Rothwell. He resides in Falmouth with his wife Ella, who is also an attorney, and their four children.

Ron Cantor

Dr. Ronald G. Cantor has been President of Southern Maine Community College since 2011.  He holds degrees from Syracuse University (Ph.D., cultural foundations of education/history), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (M.Ed., educational administration), and the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics (B.S., administration). Dr. Cantor is active with numerous community organizations and initiatives including those committed to student success, workforce and cultural development, health care and history.  He and his wife, Alexandra Bennett, have two daughters:  Katharine XiangFei and Julia RuiMin, both adopted from China.

Lane Clarke

Lane W. Clarke is an Associate Professor of Education and Chair of the Education Department at University of New England. This is her seventh year living in Maine with her husband and two sons. Before coming to Maine she taught Literacy Education courses at Northern Kentucky University and got her Doctorate in Literacy at University of Cincinnati. She has been a classroom teacher and Reading Specialist in New York, South Carolina, and Ohio. She is passionate about literacy particularly digital literacy, adolescent literature, and struggling readers.

Alison End Fineberg

Alison is currently working remotely from Maine as Operations Director on the Global Operations Team at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and is also consulting on a few public health projects.  Alison moved back to her hometown of South Freeport, Maine in early 2015 with her husband, Tao, to have their first daughter, Nova.  Alison was working abroad in global health for CHAI for 7 years, serving as Operations Director in Nigeria, Country Director in Swaziland, and Country Director for a new office in Lao PDR.  The role of the organization in each of these countries was to provide technical assistance to the Government across a variety of public health issues, with the goal of supporting them to strengthen health systems to save lives and improve quality of care.  Prior to joining CHAI and moving abroad, Alison worked at Massachusetts General Hospital coordinating clinical research studies in the neuroendocrine unit with children and adolescents.  She also served as co-Executive Director, Board Member, and faculty member for an instructor education program for equestrian professionals.  Alison graduated from Dartmouth College in 2004 with a degree in Neuroscience after completing an honors thesis in adolescent brain development.  Alison and Tao are currently expecting their second child in May and are really enjoying becoming more involved in the Maine community.

Catherine M. Martin

After growing up and attending nursing school and college in New York City, Catherine married and moved to Alabama, New York, and Minnesota, before settling in Maine in 1991. She and her husband both received master’s degrees at the University of Maine Orono. She is still very involved in teaching Montessori education, primarily to adult learners now; she is involved in community activities such as the USM advisory board, peace and social justice committee at her church, area choir and the art museum. Catherine loves outdoor activities, such as running, snow shoeing and tennis, despite bad knees! She and her husband have five adult children, and six (soon to be seven) grandchildren; they keep Catherine and her husband young and eager to spend time with them. Catherine has been on the board for about ten years and has watched the program grow and change in great ways.

Jerry McQueeney

Jerry is President at Boost Employee Benefits Corp. and has over 20 years of experience. After working for Industry leaders such as Hub international, UNUM, Sun Life and PMA, Jerry started, grew and sold a Maine employee benefit operation. He has a strong record of service, leadership, innovation and resourcefulness. His success with local, regional and national businesses has allowed him to identify market opportunities and ensure resources are available to meet them. Jerry went to the University of Maine, graduating with a degree in Business Administration. Jerry has been active within his community serving on the local School Board as well as coaching multiple sports.

Barbara Russo

Barbara is an associate broker at Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. Before beginning her career in real estate in 2002, Barbara was an administrative secretary in the Music Department at Colby College in Waterville. She is a member of the Coastal Mountain Council of the Mid-Coast Board of REALTORS® and is a past co-chair of the annual “Realtors Giving Back” Benefit Auction for Habitat for Humanity. In 2007, Barbara was chosen by her peers as recipient of the Realtor of the Year Award for her reputation of honesty and integrity, service to the Maine Association, and service to the community. Barbara is a past president of Wayfinder Schools’ Board of Directors and is a member of the Development Committee. She was also a member of the Board at The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockport. Barbara and her author husband, Richard, live in Portland.

passages-staff“The common sense and the uncommon compassion of Wayfinder Schools has improved hundreds of young lives and enriched the surrounding neighborhoods.”
– Former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell