Our Board Members
Representing a cross-section of Mainers and organizations aiming towards making Maine a more age-friendly state, our board members work hard to fulfill the mission of MCOA everyday!
Charlotte White Center
Meg works at the Charlotte White Center and is the project director of the Piscataquis Thriving in Place Collaborative, which is funded by the Maine Health Access Foundation that focuses on improving regional services and supports to help individuals with chronic medical conditions avoid unnecessary hospitalization and other forms of institutional care. Meg has nearly twenty-five years of experience in the Maine social service system and has worked extensively with children and families. She holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is a graduate of the Hanley Health Leadership Development Program.
Richard A. Erb
Maine Health Care Association
Since 2001, Rick has been the President and CEO of the Maine Health Care Association (MHCA), whose membership includes over 200 nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Prior to his position at MHCA, Rick served as a town and city manager in three Maine communities and Ithaca, New York. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in public management from the University of Maine and a master’s degree in community development from Cornell University.
Muskie School of Public Service
Elizabeth is a Senior Policy Associate with the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine and specializes in disability and aging issues. Prior to joining the Muskie School in 2015, Elizabeth worked for many years at the Office of Aging & Disability Services within Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services, most recently as program manager for long term services and supports for elders and adults with physical disabilities. Elizabeth has a BA from Dartmouth College and a JD from Columbia Law School.
Washington Hancock Community Agency
Mark has served has served as the Executive Director of Washington Hancock Community Agency (WHCA) since the spring of 2012. Prior to that he worked as a Town Manager for 31 years most recently in Sanford Maine. WHCA operates several programs that target seniors most notably Friendship Cottage an adult day service program in Blue Hill and At Home Downeast, a “keeping seniors home” program on the Blue Hill Peninsula. WHCA maintains offices in Ellsworth and Machias.
Dr. Marilyn R. Gugliucci - Secretary
UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Geriatric Medicine
Marilyn R. Gugliucci, MA, Ph.D., AGHEF, GSAF, AGSF is a Professor and the Director for Geriatrics Education and Research at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM), and Director of U-ExCEL (UNE~Exercise and Conditioning for Easier Living) Fitness/Wellness Program for older adults. Marilyn designed and implemented the Learning by Living Nursing Home Research Project and 48 Hour Hospice Home Immersion Project—two UNECOM signature programs–which “admit” medical students into nursing homes to live the life of an elder resident for 2-weeks or into the Gosnell Memorial Hospice Home for 48 hours to work with patients, families and staff. She serves on a number of national and state executive boards for organizations focused on aging and has been recognized for her teaching and mentorship in geriatrics and gerontology.
Donald Harden - Board Vice Chair
Catholic Charities Maine
Don is Director of Services for Older Adults at Catholic Charities Maine, where he has worked in various capacities for thirty-five years. In his current role, Don has administrative responsibility for home- and community-based long-term care and behavioral health programming including the State Homemaker Program. In addition to previously serving as the Co-Chair of the Maine Council on Aging, he is Co-Convener of the Aging Initiative’s Workforce and Employment Workgroup focusing on creation of aging friendly workplaces, recruitment and retention of the older worker, and workforce development for the long term care sector. He holds a MS in Counseling from USM.
Dr. Carol Kim
University of Maine Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School
Dr. Kim is the University of Maine’s Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School. She earned a Ph.D. in Microbiology from Cornell University and undertook post‐doctoral training in Molecular Probes and microbiology at Oregon State University. In her research Dr. Kim uses zebrafish as a model organism to study innate immune response to pathogens. The goal of her research is to identify factors that influence the regulation of innate immunity and the role of environmental toxicants in modulating the immune response to pathogens. The University of Maine Zebrafish Facility, which Kim established in 1999, supports her research and that of seven other UMaine scientists. Dr. Kim has successfully received funding from diverse sources including the National Science Foundation, USDA, National Institutes of Health and NASA.
MCOA Community Member
Judy is retired and now works only in her garden and greenhouse. Before retirement, Judy served as Executive Director of Sexual Assault Victims Emergency Services (SAVES) from 2006 until 2012. Prior to that, Judy worked at several other health and social service agencies in Franklin County. She has a BA in Foods and Nutrition and a Masters in Public Health.
Mary Jane Richards - Board Chair
North Country Associates
Mary Jane Richards is the Chief Operating Officer at North Country Associates–the largest provider of Long Term Care Services in the state of Maine. She has worked at North Country for the past 24 years. She is a Multi-Level Administrator, Board member and recent past chair for Maine Health Care Association, a member of the Maine Council on Aging, Multi-disciplinary Task Forces in the state and a member of the Maine Council of Elder Abuse Prevention. Her knowledge of care and services across the continuum of care assists legislators to fully understand the impact their decisions make on the elders and caregivers of Maine.
Betsy Sawyer-Manter - Treasurer
Betsy is the President & CEO of SeniorsPlus — the Area Agency on Aging for Western Maine. She currently serves as President of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging and is the Treasurer for the Maine Council on Aging. Betsy also is a co-convener of the Speaker’s Maine Aging Initiative for the Health and Well-Being Workgroup. Prior to joining SeniorsPlus in May 2009, Betsy worked for the People’s Regional Opportunity Program (PROP), the Community Action Agency for Cumberland County. During her 20 years at PROP as a senior manager, Betsy was responsible for the oversight of all programming and was also responsible for the development of five affordable housing projects. Betsy holds a BA in Social Work from USM and a MSW from University of Connecticut.