Members of the School Board
Donna Pelletier, President, Maine Learning Innovations
Donna grew up in northern Maine in a bilingual French community. She graduated with a BS from the University of Maine at Farmington and a master’s degree from the University of Maine Orono. She completed post graduate work at the University of Southern Maine. Donna worked as a speech/language pathologist for 21 years, director of special education for 13 years, and is currently an assistant superintendent in a public school system. She served as a member of multiple Department of Education committees, the Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing and Late Deafened, was president of the Augusta Administrators Association, vice president of MADSEC, and is the secretary for the Kennebec Valley Superintendents’ Association. Her work has included presentations on Restraint & Seclusion, ADA 504 implications, staff conduct, response to intervention, truancy and drop out, special education regulations, and proficiency-based education.
In her free time, Donna can be found biking, camping, playing tennis in the summertime, and skiing during the snow season.
S. Peter Mills, Secretary
Since 1973, Peter Mills has been a practicing attorney, first in Portland and then in Somerset county. Since 2011, he has served as executive director of the Maine Turnpike Authority. A native of Farmington, Peter graduated from Gorham High School and cum laude from Harvard College. After serving five years as a Naval officer aboard destroyers during the Vietnam War, he graduated from the University of Maine School of Law. He is a past president of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and is a fellow of the American College of Trial Attorneys. As a member of the state legislature from 1994–2010, he acted as Republican lead on a number of committees and task forces advocating for pragmatic reforms in tax, health care, education, and public pensions. He is a founding member of both the Somerset Economic Development Corporation and of FirstPark in Oakland. In 2006 and 2010, he ran unsuccessfully for governor in GOP primaries.
Edward S. LeBlanc, Treasurer
Ed LeBlanc is the owner and president of a management consulting firm, with extensive experience and management skills in both procurement and information technology. He brings these skills, along with a broad education and wide-ranging experience from various roles in the private sector, to bear for the benefit of his clients.
Amy E. Carlisle
Amy Carlisle is a former employment lawyer and human resources professional and an active community volunteer. She practiced labor and employment law at Moon, Moss, McGill and Bachelder prior to becoming the director of human resources at Time Warner Cable. She attended Phillips Academy, the University of Vermont, and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law. She has been an active volunteer for the March of Dimes for the last six years, with a primary focus on public policy advocacy, recently completing a term as Board Chair.
Kim Whitman is a parent of a MEVA student. Kim graduated from Catherine McAuley HS in Portland and attended the University of Southern Maine and Walden University. Kim has worked at MEVA in the past as the business office manager and human resource manager and understands the internal operations of MEVA. Additionally, she has a strong understanding of the student experience because she has served as her daughter’s learning coach for almost 3 years. Kim has worked in human resources for many years and has taught the principles of continuous process improvement to employees of many companies over the years. Kim believes strongly in the need for a school like MEVA in which students can attend school from their own home. Kim also believes every organization must strive for continued process improvement. Kim has volunteered for many organizations and is currently a volunteer at KVHS and runs her own kindness project in which she coordinates projects to help the elderly and others in need.
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