Damon Weston - Board Member


Trescott, ME

Damon was raised in Trescott and attended local schools. He received a B.A. in Politics from Oberlin College, where he cultivated a commitment to community engagement. He was involved in the leadership of the housing and dining cooperatives, and he also helped found the Oberlin College Dialogue Center, the mediation center at the college. 

After graduating from college, Damon returned to Downeast Maine to begin a career in education. He has taught at Shead High School in Eastport since 2002. He currently teaches social studies, but he is also certified to teach math at both the middle school and high school levels. 

Damon is a member of Shead’s leadership team, and he has served for many years as the president of the local teacher’s union. In the fall of 2016, he collaborated with a team of parents, teachers, and administrators to develop a proposal that was named a finalist in the nationwide XQ Super School competition, which sought to identify and fund innovative school reforms.

Damon also teaches and co-coordinates a summer youth sailing program and enjoys small roles in Stage East theater productions. 

He lives in Eastport with his partner, Molly McDonald.

Wayne Newell - Emeritus Board Member


Indian TWP, ME

Wayne Newell was born at Sipayik (Pleasant Point) in eastern Maine. Wayne is a storyteller and singer of Passamaquoddy music. He speaks the Passamaquoddy language fluently. Educated at the local schools, he eventually went on to earn his Master’s degree in the field of education from Harvard University. Wayne’s first love is the preservation of the Passamaquoddy language. In 1971, he directed the first bilingual and bicultural education program for the Passamaquoddy Tribe. This program included the introduction of a writing system for the Passamaquoddy language. He has authored and co-authored over forty books written in the Passamaquoddy/Maliseet language. Wayne is a leader within the Passamaquoddy community and is Director of Bilingual and Bicultural Program and Curricular Development for the Passamaquoddy schools. Active in politics, education and business, Wayne dedicates his life to inter-human understanding so that human beings of all cultures can work together cooperatively. Wayne is a co-founder of CCLC and served on the board from 2001 through 2010.

Tom Haslett - Secretary


Lincoln, MA

Tom has spent his career managing equity investments for institutions and implementing social development programs in Africa and India. Tom’s investment focus has included large developed markets and frontier markets in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

In 2002, Tom left the investment management industry to apply himself to social development in Africa. He led a team to build a youth service program in Johannesburg, South Africa, engaging 18–25 year-old South African men and women to serve in the state-run schools of Gauteng province. After two years, City Year South Africa was launched, and Tom shifted his focus to another development challenge in Sub-Saharan African: vulnerable children infected and affected by HIV. He co-founded the Bantwana Initiative that today is supporting vulnerable children in east and southern Africa: Uganda, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania. In 2012, Tom joined with two friends to launch the Central Square Foundation, addressing the challenges of India’s K-12 education systems.

Tom’s shared passion for investing and social development led him to explore “impact” investing. For the last ten years, he has been involved in several efforts to support the emergence of this nascent asset class.

Tom, his wife Emily, and their four children live in Lincoln, MA, and spend much of the summer and fall in Milbridge, ME.

Scott Planting - Board Member


Mt. Desert/Bar Harbor, ME

Scott Planting is an ordained Presbyterian (PCUSA) minister who has worked in rural Maine communities for over 40 years. In 1975, he accepted a call to serve a three church parish in Franklin County. The parish was part of a cooperative parish made up of 12 churches and several social service programs called Mission at the Eastward. In 2010, Scott was called to serve the Maine Seacoast Mission located in Bar Harbor with land-based programs in Washington County, and island based outreach by the Sunbeam V.

Scott is married to Marsha, and they have two daughters and three granddaughters. They make their home in the town of Mt. Desert.

Sarah Strickland - Board President


Robbinston, ME

Sarah’s Downeast roots go back to her great-grandparents who lived in Robbinston on the St. Croix estuary at the turn of the nineteenth century. She has spent 99% of her summers at a camp that her great-grandfather built early in the 1900’s.

Because of her love of Downeast Maine, she and her husband Paul moved to Robbinston in 2012 after buying and refurbishing her ancestor’s farmhouse property and house. Sarah and Paul have two daughters, Kate and Claire, who live in Minneapolis.

Sarah is the founding partner of Strategic Wisdom Partners, a Maine-based organizational consulting practice that offers services to a wide range of non-profit organizations during significant leadership and strategic transitions. She has over thirty years of governance, executive, operations and consulting experience in the non-profit sector. In addition to CCLC, Sarah serves on the boards of the Maine Women’s Fund, the Altrupreneurial Leadership Center, The Robbinston Historical Society, and the Center for Earth Wisdom. She is passionate about all things “Downeast” including CCLC!

Newell Lewey - Board Member


Waterville, ME

Currently employed part time as the Community Planner for the Passamaquoddy Tribe at Pleasant Point, Newell helps coordinate research and develop lines of funding for the Tribe with the twin goals of community economic development and job creation. Newell is also an Information Technology (IT) specialist who has expertise with all aspects of computer hardware and software. Over the past 15 years, Lewey has trained many Tribal entities and individual clients in the use and functioning of various office products, personal computers, and networks.

Newell is also a part time language Immersion apprentice for the Passamaquoddy Immersion School.  Language learning and teaching has been a lifelong dream that is coming true – Newell is currently in graduate school at M.I.T. in a two year Master’s program focused on Indigenous Languages. This will benefit him greatly in years to come when teaching the language. 

Newell is serving his second elected term as Tribal Councilor for the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribe. The Council is the sole governmental structure for the Tribe and works to effect positive change for all who live in Sipayik. The Tribal Council is responsible for the development and implementation of policy and procedural issues. Lewey’s experience as a Councilor has taught him that good governance requires careful attention to the will of the people and a commitment to listen very carefully.

In describing himself, Lewey writes, “I am a father and grandfather who is concerned about my families’ future and that of all the generations of all our People who are yet to come. I have been in recovery and following the traditional ways of the Passamaquoddy for more than 29 years. In the past I have done work and volunteered with Native youth in many summer camp and fitness programs. I have also been a mentor and coach to Native youth in three Native American Olympic Games (Vancouver, Winnipeg and Denver, CO). I have also participated in and help coordinate more than 10 sacred runs which were done in an effort to unite the Wabanaki people of the Northeast. I have done some volunteering at a few of the Maine Correctional Institutions in order to support the recovery of Native American prisoners.”

Meghan Duff - Board Member


Machias, ME

Meghan Duff came to Washington County, Maine in 2007 to teach at University of Maine at Machias in the Psychology & Community Studies Program. She loves working with students and community partners on service-learning projects. Prior to teaching full-time she practiced as a Child and Family Mental Health Clinician and an Adolescent Addictions Treatment Provider. During graduate school she was chosen as a NH/VT Schweitzer Fellow, and she continues to be involved as a Fellow for Life dedicated to promoting service and decreasing health disparities. She also has been a dorm parent at the Bement School in Deerfield, MA and studied Russian and taught English in Voronezh, Russia.

Ken Page - Treasurer


Lubec, ME

Ken grew up in Aroostook County on a potato farm in Limestone.  He found his way to Washington County and received a BS in Business Administration at the University of Maine at Machias. After college, he ended up back in The County for a few years at various jobs in retail, community development, and of course, on the family farm. He ended up making it back to Washington County in Lubec as the Financial Services Coordinator at Oceanview Nursing Home. Then it was on to Washington County Psychotherapy Associates PA as their Finance Director. Currently, he is a Loan Underwriting Officer for Machias Savings Bank. Ken brings over 20 years of accounting and finance knowledge to the Board. He currently resides in Lubec with his wife Stephanie and daughter Emma.

John Heald - Board Member


Midcoast, ME

John Heald has been living on the Midcoast of Maine for the last six years. For thirty five years, he had a successful career managing international paper, packaging and printing companies. Since his retirement, he has been involved with committee work on several for-profit boards, including Cobscook Bay Company, as well as non-profit boards like the CCLC, United Cerebral Palsy, Preble Street and Common Good Ventures. John is also involved in his son’s energy efficiency investment business.

John became involved in the CCLC by a recommendation from Janet Taylor of the C.F. Adams Charitable Trust three years ago, who suggested he visit our campus. John felt like he had come home to the work he had been involved in years ago with his wife as a VISTA volunteer. He recognized the same commitment to community health and development and the near identical challenges and opportunities.

When not engaged in board duties, John likes to hike and walk and spend time with his grandson.

Jane Page - Board Member


Portland, ME

Jane Page is the Business Manager for SustainaMetrix and is married to its founder and CEO Glenn Page. SustainaMetrix provides developmental evaluation services to universities, government agencies, and non-profits, both in the US and around the world, concentrating on issues of ecosystem governance in a world undergoing rapid environmental change.

Jane and Glenn are both New Englanders who were raised in Massachusetts, where they still have family. Jane worked for public television in Washington, DC, and Baltimore, Maryland, for ten years, and she and Glenn raised their two children in Baltimore. She now produces marketing videos for a variety of clients including inner-city non-profits, government agencies and universities, both in the US and abroad. For seven years she was an assistant librarian at Gilman School, a private school for boys in Baltimore, and loved encouraging young children to explore the library and read for pleasure. She was actively involved in the life of her church, Govans Presbyterian, in Baltimore, Maryland, where she chaired the Mission committee, and served two three-year terms on Session. She is also a violinist, having played in regional orchestras and with ensembles at two Baltimore churches. Jane lives with her husband, Glenn, in Portland, Maine. They own a home in Trescott and currently rent it to CCLC for the TREE program office.

David Ray - Board Member


Yarmouth, ME

David Ray is a Bernstein Shur shareholder and member of the Construction Practice Group and Litigation Group.

Admitted to practice in Maine in 1977, Mr. Ray worked as an associate in the litigation department of a large Portland, Maine law firm until 1980, when he was appointed Law Clerk for the U.S. District Court for District of Maine. After completing his clerkship with the federal court, Mr. Ray became Staff Counsel and Assistant to U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell. After two years in Washington, D.C., Mr. Ray returned to Portland and became a member of Burns, Ray, DeLano & Macdonald, which merged with Bernstein Shur in 2000.

 

Mr. Ray’s practice is primarily focused in the area of construction law. He represents contractors, subcontractors, developers, lenders, sureties, and owners in all phases of construction law from bidding issues to job problems, mechanics’ liens, bond claims, design error and omission claims, and insurance coverage issues. Mr. Ray also has considerable experience in commercial, insurance, personal injury law and general civil litigation. Mr. Ray has tried numerous jury and non-jury trials in Maine’s state and federal courts and has substantial arbitration experience. Mr. Ray also frequently serves as a mediator and arbitrator for construction, commercial, and general civil disputes. Mr. Ray is a frequent lecturer in the area of construction law. Mr. Ray is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in construction law and alternative dispute resolution. He is AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Ben Thompson, M.D. - Board Member


Freeport, ME

Ben grew up in South Portland, Maine. After attending Tufts University, he went to medical school at University of Vermont in Burlington. He finished his Family Practice residency in Bangor, and then practiced at Regional Medical Center in Lubec for 10 years. After moving on from there, he went into a group practice with Rutland Regional Medical center in Vermont for three years. In 1999 he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and decided to get out of a regular family practice and open his own practice in Rutland, focusing on exercise prescription and physical activity for his patients. He helped found and was the first chairperson of the Rutland Area Physical Activity Coalition. This was an organization comprised of 15 local organizations and institutions, dedicated to increasing physical activity in Rutland County. At that time he was also on the Vermont Governor’s Council for Physical Fitness and Sports and the board of the Vermont Senior Games.

After his second bout with Lymphoma, he moved with his family back to South Portland. He practiced for one year at True North Health Center in Falmouth, Maine. With the greater clarity that came with two bouts of Lymphoma, he decided to get out of Medicine and has been doing sculptural wood carving and volunteering at the Cancer Community Center in South Portland, where he taught a strength training class for 6 years. He has four grown children and now lives with his wife in Freeport, Maine. Since November 2015 he has been working at Creative Trails, a day program for adults with disabilities, in Portland.

 

Ben still maintains property in Washington County and has continued his close connections with friends who live in the Lubec and Trescott area. He has followed CCLC closely since its inception and is thrilled and proud to have been nominated to its board. He looks forward to trying to enhance CCLC connections with the medical community and bring focus to reducing chronic illnesses which plague the people of Washington County and Campobello.

Ann Luginbuhl - Board Member


Edmunds TWP, ME

Ann grew up in Vermont and graduated from South Burlington High School in 1977 and Middlebury College in 1981. Shortly after graduating from college she found herself in Sierra Leone, West Africa, serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer working with elementary school teachers. After two years in West Africa, she found much of the first world unsettling so she found Washington County and settled here. One of the first people Ann met in Washington County was Alan Furth. In 1983, Ann volunteered in Alan’s fourth grade classroom and enjoyed the wonderful relationship he and his students shared. By 1985, Ann began working as a teacher at Charlotte Elementary School. She has worked there since with a six year hiatus during which she parented her daughter Sophia and son William. She currently teaches the sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Ann was married to Christopher Guida until his death in 2016. She still lives on their farm in Edmunds, Maine.