Our Team

Our teachers, administrators, and staff share your passion for education and your enthusiasm for delivering education one-on-one in a focused environment. Our staff members will be adept at managing this unique process, guiding and supporting students, and focusing on individual needs; they're there to partner with you in helping your children master their education objectives.

Dr. Melinda E. Browne, Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Melinda E. Browne is thrilled to serve as Head of School of Maine Virtual Academy (MEVA). She is thankful to the Governing Board for entrusting the leadership of MEVA’s wonderful learning community to her.

Dr. Browne believes that Maine Virtual Academy is truly providing a state of the art educational experience for its students. She is greatly impressed with the dedicated and talented faculty who work hard to accomplish the school’s mission. She is honored to lead a dynamic team of educational pioneers.

Dr. Browne graduated Summa Cum Laude in Physics from the University of Bridgeport. She holds a Masters of Science in Education from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine, and a Doctorate in Mathematics Education from the University of Exeter. Dr. Browne is an experienced Head of School who wholeheartedly embraces the challenges and opportunities of serving a diverse student body from MEVA’s statewide catchment area.

Dr. Browne enjoys speaking with MEVA students and their families. She encourages them to reach out to her via phone or email.

Dr. Browne holds Maine Administrator Certifications, 010 Superintendent, and 030 Special Education Director.

Fadia Afaneh, Manager of School Programs and Operations

Fadia Afaneh is the Manager of School Programs and Operations at MEVA. Ms. Afaneh’s previous roles consisted of the following in Chicago Public Schools: high school English Lead teacher (where she earned the Gold EPAS Teacher Award for having the highest test gains), English Department Chair, Freshman On-Track Coordinator, and Dean of Curriculum and Instruction. She then joined the K12 Team and Chicago Virtual Charter School community as the High School Principal, where she helped the school reach the highest student passing rates, graduation rates, and test gains the school has ever had! She made her move to Maine in July of 2016 to be part of the amazing and growing MEVA community. Ms. Afaneh is an Illinois Golden Apple Teaching Scholar and truly believes in the Golden Apple motto that ALL students deserve excellent teachers. She is also a member of the Human Rights Campaign.

Ms. Afaneh was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a BA in English and Secondary Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a Masters degree from Concordia University in Educational Leadership and Management. She also has her Type75 School Administration Certification. Ms. Afaneh is excited to work with the MEVA team in their efforts to help improve and grow this revolutionary, virtual, student-centered education opportunity for our families and communities across the state of Maine!

Donald Fournier – Academic Administrator

Donald Fournier is a graduate of the University of Maine where he received his master’s degree in Elementary Education. He received his bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, graduating Cum Laude, and his associate degree in Instructional Media from the University of Maine at Farmington.

Born and raised in Maine, Mr. Fournier has been a leader in Maine Catholic Education for the past 25 years, serving as both a teaching principal and as a president/principal. He received a National Catholic Education Innovator Award in 2018 for his work on a rural school initiative focused on blended learning and has been a proponent of online learning throughout his career.

Mr. Fournier is excited to be a part of Maine Virtual Academy and will primarily be working with teachers and students to assist them in continuing the excellence in learning that is the foundation of the school.