Board of Directors

The purpose of MMSA’s board of directors is to advise, govern, oversee policy and direction, and assist with the leadership and general promotion of MMSA, so as to support the organization’s mission and needs. Board members serve for three years, which may be renewed up to a maximum of three consecutive terms. MMSA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

MMSA Board Members

Chair – Margo Murphy
Science Teacher, Camden Hills Regional High School

Margo Murphy

Margo Murphy is in her 36th year teaching earth and environmental sciences and is currently at Camden Hills Regional High School (CHRHS), in Rockport, ME. Murphy has received several awards including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the Presidential Innovation award for Excellence in Environmental Education, and the National Outstanding Environmental Educator from SeaWorld and NSTA. She is a National Board Certified teacher.  

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Margo has worked with students and staff on several large sustainability projects over the years which has earned Camden Hills Regional HS recognition as a green school through the national green ribbon program.  She  received her B.S. in forest management and her M.Ed. in secondary science education from the University of Maine, Orono.

Vice Chair – Kevin London
Fairchild Semiconductor, SVP Human Resources (Retired)

Kevin recently retired from Fairchild Semiconductor as SVP of human resources after 34 years in the semiconductor business in a range of responsibilities. Fairchild has 9000 employees in 25 countries.

Treasurer – Susan Bates

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Susan Bates holds a BA in Physics and a BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering. Susan began her career at Bell Telephone Labs where she transitioned from physical design to software development. In the 90s, as the internet took hold, she trained K-12 teachers about using that emerging technology. Most recently, over the last 20 years, she has focused her energies on the nonprofit sector and held leadership positions on myriad boards including land trusts, libraries, and most recently the ACLU of Maine.

Chair of Nominating Committee – Jenn Gagner, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, IDEXX

Jenn Gagner

Dr. Jennifer Gagner is a native Mainer who graduated from Sanford High School and went on to attend MIT, graduating with a BS in Materials Science & Engineering and went on to receive her PhD in Materials Engineering from RPI. Her research focused on how biomaterials, and this work drew her into a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. She recently joined IDEXX as a Senior Research Scientist in Corporate R&D leading a small team working on new immunoassay technologies.

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Coming from a family of public educators, Dr. Gagner understands the importance of strong public education in all subject areas, but particularly in STEM. Throughout her career she has volunteered extensively to interest students in STEM, with a particular focus on encouraging young women considering STEM careers. Dr. Gagner participated multiple programs with these initiatives, including the MIT HKN/Microsoft Women’s Initiative Program educating 5th and 6th grade girls about engineering, and RPI’s “Design Your Future Day,” a program targeted at 11th grade women interested in pursuing STEM. For two years, she led sections in the Rensselaer Nanotechnology Curriculum Development Summer Institute, assisting high school STEM teachers in developing hands-on experiments to help students understand the science and impact of nanotechnology.

Anne Gauthier-Maurice
Texas Instruments, Public Affairs Manager (Retired)

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Anne recently retired from a long career in the semiconductor industry, working in Maine for Fairchild, National Semiconductor, and Texas Instruments (TI). She held several leadership positions during her work life, including serving as Human Resources Director with the 1995 project team that oversaw the construction, startup and operation of the South Portland National Semiconductor (NSC) wafer fab. She rounded out her career with a decade in Public Affairs with responsibility for Government and Community Relations with NSC and TI. Previously, Anne served on the MMSA Board and has been a member of the STEM Collaborative steering committee since its inception.

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She has long been involved with STEM efforts around the state including STEM Ambassadors and multiple STEM Summits. She has been an active participant in several business associations over the years. She is a past Chair of the Greater Portland Regional Chamber. She recently served on the boards of the Manufacturers Association of Maine, the Greater Portland Economic Development Corporation and the Southern Maine Community College Foundation.

Todd J. Griset, Esq.
Preti Flaherty,

Todd Griset

Todd J. Griset practices law as a partner with Preti Flaherty’s Energy and Telecommunications practice group. He helps clients make critical decisions on energy and utilities matters. Todd’s clients range from startups to Fortune 500 companies, and include developers and owners of renewable and traditional energy projects, as well as industrial and commercial energy consumers and trade associations. He advises clients on permitting and regulatory affairs, as well as transactions relating to infrastructure, manufacturing and energy assets.

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Todd has significant experience in commercial, regulatory and legislative settings. Combining an understanding of business and technology with the law, he advises clients on how to achieve their goals and maximize their opportunities in energy and other markets across the nation. He actively represents clients before federal and state regulatory agencies including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state public utilities commissions. Todd is a frequent author and speaker on energy issues. He authors the Energy Policy Update blog and has been published in a peer-reviewed law journal on renewable ocean energy. Todd holds an AB in physics and French literature from Dartmouth College, and a law degree and Masters in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Chair of Marketing/Fundraising Committee – Kevin Hathaway
StreetLight Data, Vice President

Kevin Hathaway

Kevin Hathaway is Vice President of Professional Services at StreetLight Data, an international big data analytics company working to improve transportation and infrastructure decision making. Before StreetLight, he was Vice President at RSG, a data analytics and research-focused management consulting firm. He has supported global product development initiatives for Motorola, Amazon, and Ford Motor Company, advised on national data and technology programs for the Department of the Interior, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, Department of Agriculture, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and contributed original research on behalf of the National Institutes of Health and the National Academies of Science.

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Kevin has published peer-reviewed articles in the American Journal of Epidemiology, Journal of Preventive Medicine, and Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and delivered more than 150 consulting reports and presentations on research, policy, and business problems. Kevin earned an M.S. in Biostatistics from the Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and a B.S. from the University of New Hampshire where he studied engineering, math, and ecology. Kevin has also been a guest lecturer in data visualization and communication at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Born in Portland and a graduate of Greely High School in Cumberland, Kevin’s interest and commitment to STEM curriculum started early. Since returning to Maine and seeing his own children enter school, he has gained a better appreciation for the inequities in STEM education across Maine and aims to support MMSA and related initiatives to enrich K-12 learning. Kevin and his family live in Falmouth.

Jeff Hecker
University of Maine Orono,
Senior Advisor to the President

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Jeffrey Hecker received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UMaine in 1986 after earning the B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois. He began at UMaine in 1986 as director of the Psychological Services Center, the training clinic for UMaine’s doctoral program in clinical psychology. Dr. Hecker is a clinical researcher whose work focuses on understanding and treating anxiety, and on risk assessment. He is the author of two books and scores of journal articles and presentations. 

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A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Hecker has extensive experience in providing research and clinical consultation. He advanced through the academic ranks to Professor of Psychology, chairing the Department of Psychology from 2002-07. In 2008, he was named Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Dr. Hecker became the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in September 2013. As Provost, Dr. Hecker is responsible for all academic programs. He is responsible for advancing UMaine’s research and public service missions as well and believes that the university’s tripartite mission is best accomplished when student learning, creation of new knowledge, and public service are fully integrated.

Joel Pike
Verso Corporation – Androscoggin Mill,
Energy Manager

Joel Pike is the Energy Manager at Verso Corporation’s Androscoggin Paper Mill in Jay, Maine where he manages one of the most complex energy platforms in the region. He received his Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maine, where he was the salutatorian of the Class of 1993. Presently, he is a member of the RSU #73 School Board, where he is the Chair of the Policy Committee and was recently appointed and approved for a seat on the Board of Trustees for the Maine School of Science and Mathematics.

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Joel continues to be the Vice Chair of the Demand Resources Working Group and ISO New England where he actively works to support this aspect of the regional electrical grid. Prior to his current Energy Manager role, his work experience has varied from Reliability Engineer, Process Control and IT Group Leader, and Maintenance Area Manager. He has also held the role of lead Electrical and Controls Engineer for two major paper machine rebuilds. Joel is an active coach and mentor to several FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST LEGO League, and VEX Robotics teams.  Through his mentorship, he teaches students about the importance of STEM and demonstrates the real world application of the theories they learn in class. He also volunteers regularly at regional and statewide robotics competitions.

Secretary – Erica Beck Spencer
Univeristy of California, Curriculum Specialist

Erica Beck Spencer

Erica Beck Spencer works as a curriculum specialist for the research based Full Option Science System (FOSS), an award-winning active science program developed at the University of California. She spear headed the Taking FOSS Outdoors feature of this program, taking this indoor program and incorporating regular outdoor activities to extend the learning to the schoolyard. Prior to working for FOSS she taught elementary school in Portland, Boston, and Cambridge. She resides in Portland, ME and has served as an advisor to the Learning Works After School Program, as a board member for the Maine Environmental Education Association, and as a board member for Rippleffect.

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She works in CA but her heart is here in Maine. Her dedication to improving the lives of children throughout the state and country is evidence in her commitments to formal education and outdoor education experiences that help lay the foundation for children to love the Earth and begin to care for her.

Ruth Kermish-Allen, Ex-Officio Member

MMSA Board Advisors

Kevin Frasier, Finance Committee Member

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