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 – Treasurer

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 Managing Director with Simmons Wilkes Investment Advisors, and a graduate of the Williston Northampton School and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  She is a native of the Portland area and returned to Maine in the spring of 2002. Melissa resides in Cumberland, Maine with her two daughters. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Portland, Maine and has served as the League’s vice president of Public Relations. Melissa is also an active supporter and volunteer at The Ronald McDonald House of Portland.

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.

Kim Dorsky

Kim has worked in small business management, marketing, product and brand development since graduating from college. In 2012 she started SimplySized Home, a home downsizing and moving management business, with her sister here in southern Maine. Kim grew up in Yarmouth, Maine and is a graduate of St. Lawrence University. She lives in Cumberland with her husband Dan and two children, Grace and Henry.

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.

Susan Koch

Susan recently retired as the Executive Director of the Maine Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Currently, in addition to her Board work with Wayfinder Schools, she is traveling, reading lots of books, spending time with family and friends, and entertaining many house guests! In the past, Susan worked in schools at all levels, from pre-school through high school.She holds a B.S. in elementary Education from the University of Maine, Farmington and a Certificate in Mediation from the University of Southern Maine. She has served on the Board of Directors of Peopleplace, The Children’s Museum of Maine, and as a committee member for several other organizations. A native of Maine, Susan has 2 grown children and currently resides in Scarborough.

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

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.

Joshua Soros

Fred Van Liew

Fred received his undergraduate education at Saint Louis University, his law degree from Drake University and, late in life, earned a graduate certificate in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University.  In the seven years after college and before law school he traveled extensively, drove an ambulance, farmed, was a psychiatric technician, emergency room technician, radio station news director, and owned a bicycle shop.  Early in his legal career he served as an Assistant Iowa Attorney General, worked as a Legal Aid lawyer, engaged in the private practice of law, and was a clinical instructor at the Drake Law School.  His last twenty years he served as a Bureau Chief in a major prosecutor’s office where he advocated for a restorative approach to wrong doing.  Fred now divides his time between Maine and Iowa. When in Maine he serves as the Restorative Practices Coordinator for the Portland Center for Restorative Justice.  When in Iowa he volunteers with AMOS (A Mid-Iowa Organizing Strategy) which is engaged in a grass roots effort to reform and humanize the local justice system.  He also mentors his son who is just beginning his legal career and takes long walks with his grandson.  He is the author of “The Justice Diary – An Inquiry into Justice in America” and is working on a second book that digs deep into the lives of a dozen men who were given a second chance and are now participating in a year-long drug and alcohol treatment program.  He is learning much about early childhood trauma, the juvenile brain, the scourge of addiction, and courage. Fred is married and has five adult children.

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