Background

family photo with dog

This is my family (minus 3 older siblings) on the farm, taken in 1968. I’m the one with glasses (and hair!) in the back. This dog was great at bringing the cows home, and had a very sweet personality.

Cumberland connection

  • 30 years at same 275 Main Street home with my wife, the artist Diane Dahlke
  • 2 sons grew up in the SAD 51 school system, graduating from Greely High

Local Experience

  • SAD 51 School Board (’91-’97; Chairman ’95-’96)
  • Co-founded Greely Debate Team; served as coach and judge (’97-’99)
  • Chairman on Cumberland’s Aging in Place Committee
  • Adjunct Professor of Business Law at St. Joseph’s College in Standish

Volunteer Activities

  • Preble Street Soup Kitchen manager (through Cumberland Congregational Church) (20+ years)
  • Literacy Volunteer through LearningWorks, teaching English to adults
  • Volunteered in Haiti at St. Fils hospice operated by the Missionaries of Charity
  • Former Volunteer Mentor at Maine Youth Center (Long Creek)

Personal History

i.     Grew up on a dairy farm in family of 8 children. Growing up with no health or dental insurance gave me a realistic understanding of the need for basic protections for all citizens, especially children.

ii.   Neither of my parents had the benefit of a high-school education. I have learned the importance of educational opportunity as the key to allowing kids to achieve their potential.

iii. Graduated from Syracuse University and Cornell Law School

  • Worked at UNUM as VP and Managing Counsel and as a Vice-President for Marketing and Product Development
  • Served as an Assistant Attorney General in the AG’s Office (representing DHHS, Child Development Services and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles)
  • Served as Director of Contracts for a Maine manufacturing business with over $100M in revenues (Dielectric in Raymond)
  • Appointed Director of the Office for Family Independence, the largest office in DHHS (950+ employees in 16 statewide offices)
  • Retired from DHHS 2013

Worked successfully with both Republicans and Democrats in the Administration and the Legislature to make government work for Maine citizens

 

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