Board of Directors

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Brenda Chandler – Board 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 that brought 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—a place packed with an abundance of weekend projects. They have six children between them and five grandchildren. Currently Brenda also serves on the Supervisory Committee for the Board of Maine Solutions Credit Union.

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Jerry McQueeney - vice chair

Jerry is President at Boost Employee Benefits Corporation and has over 20 year's of experience in the industry. After working for industry leaders such as Hub International, UNUM, Sun Life and PMA, Jerry started, grew and sold a Maine employee benefits 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.


kevin cote - treasurer

Bio coming soon!


Barbara Russo - co-secretary

Barbara is an associate broker at Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty, and is a member of the Greater Portland Board of REALTORS. Before beginning her career in real estate in 2002, Barbara was an administrative secretary in the Music Department at Colby College in Waterville. 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.


Lane W. Clarke - co-secretary

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 earned her Doctorate in Literacy at University of Cincinnati. She has been a classroom teacher and Reading Specialist in New York, South Carolina, and Ohio. Lane is passionate about literacy—particularly digital literacy, adolescent literature, and helping struggling readers.

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Melissa A. Duffy

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.  

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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 Main and 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. Lowell lives in Falmouth with his wife Ella, who is also an attorney, and their four children.

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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 has five adult children, and six (soon to be seven) grandchildren—a growing brood she loves to spend time with and that keeps her young. Catherine has been on the board for about ten years and has watched our organization grow and change in many great ways.

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Wendelanne is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor with extensive experience in women and family health, individual/family counseling, clinical supervision and community outreach. She holds a B.A. in English and Education from The University of Montana and a M.S. in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University. Since 1997 she has worked for Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport, Maine. She is the mother of three grown children who live in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Wendelanne loves to travel, visit family and is an avid gardener.

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andrea Itkin

Before retiring, Andrea taught Wayfinders' Passages students for 10 years followed by a year-long stint conducting acting workshops for residential students.  Prior to teaching she spent 10 years working in various capacities for New Hope for Women - including starting their court advocacy program, a batterers' intervention program, and working on a training manual for volunteers. She was once a residential counselor for Coastal Opportunities (then Coastal Workshop), a pasteup artist and ad rep for the Camden Herald, and for many years worked in the food service industry - selling natural foods, serving hungry customers, and concocting desserts. In her volunteer life Andrea started a community childcare center in Iowa, produced a music series in Maryland, and in Maine she's worked as a literacy volunteer, a playwriting mentor, a board member for Parentworks and has recently delivered and sorted toiletries for One Less Worry and volunteered to co-facilitate an acting class at the Maine State Prison and teach a writing class. For more than half her life Andrea has enjoyed acting both professionally and in community theater, as she can't think of anything better than playing "Let's pretend". Luckily, she lives around the corner from her two granddaughters who are happy to indulge her propensity. Recently, she wrote and toured a one-woman show called Hold onto Your Hat! which she will be performing next at the Maine State Prison.


CHRistie Bane

Christie Bane is the Supply Chain Business Manager at Maine General Health. She is passionate about process design and improvement. Christie earned her Master of Business Administration from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. A 2002 graduate of the Camden Community School (now Wayfinder Schools), Christie knows first-hand the importance of a supportive community and foundational high school education. Christie resides in Pittsfield, Maine with her two brilliant sons, and husband.



Barbara Sullivan is a drug and alcohol prevention specialist with FCD Prevention Works, a division of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. She visits schools across the US talking to middle and high school teens about the impact of substance use on their teen brain and body. Barbara has a BS in Home Economics from Framingham State University and MS in Adult Education from the University of Southern Maine. She previously served on the board of the Compass Project, a boat building program for teens in greater Portland. Barbara spends her time between Portland and Long Island out in Casco Bay.