HCA is governed by a non-profit Board of Directors comprised of community members dedicated to providing exceptional educational opportunities to Maine children. The Board is responsible for ensuring that HCA fulfills its mission by planning for the future, monitoring current operations, and evaluating the organization.

Sally Mackenzie

Chair Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Maine. Co-Facilitator of the Maine Principals Association New Principal Mentoring Program. Formerly: instructor and administrator in teacher preparation programs at Bowdoin, Colby, and Bates; Leadership program facilitator and coach (Maine School Leadership Network, Team Development Collaborative); American Studies teacher and Librarian at Freeport High School and English teacher at other Maine High Schools.

Ed Harris

Vice Chair Retired university faculty with thirty years of experience teaching education and advising adults. Prior Board experience with People Plus, Brunswick, ME; Children’s Aid & Family Service, Northampton, MA; Tatnic Hill School, Wells, ME; Union for Experimenting Colleges & Universities, Cincinnati, OH.

Dave Eldridge

Treasurer Senior Vice President  and Manager of Commercial Lending, Androscoggin bank. Formerly Director of Finance & Operations, Washington Academy; Vice President, Commercial Banking, Machias Savings Bank.

Sharon Whitney

Secretary Owner, Eartheart Gardens, Harpswell, Maine, specializing in developing iris cultivars. Previously an elementary school teacher; co-founder of Collins Brook School in Pownal, Maine; has devoted 30 years to helping people of varying ages and abilities learn to swim.


Joe Grady

Owner, Two Coves Farm. Formerly humanities teacher at Casco Bay High School; Executive Director at Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum; Farm Manager and Dean of Students at The Meeting School, Rindge, NH.

Eileen Hornor

Chef and owner of The Brunswick Inn. Formerly an English teacher at Loyola School in New York City. Past work experience includes editorial work for Loyola, Maine Central Institute, and Yankee Magazine.

David Jean

CPA specializing in construction and real estate development at Albin, Randall & Bennett.

Cynthia W. Shelmerdine

Retired professor of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin. Active in research and currently adjunct professor at Bowdoin College. Prior Board experience with Bryn Mawr College and the American Recorder Society.


The Board of Directors will meet from 4:30 – 6:30 PM on the following days at our high school campus, 8 Leavitt Drive in Brunswick.

MEETING DATES for 2016-17: September 28, November 16, January 25, March 15, May 17.

All HCA Board meetings are open to the public. Community members who would like to address the Board are encouraged to attend the Board meetings or send the matter in writing to Board President Sally Mackenzie at least 48 hours before the regularly scheduled meeting.

Prior meeting agendas and approved meeting minutes can be found here.

March 15, 2017 Meeting minutes available here.

May 17, 2017 Meeting minutes available here.

June 27, 2017 Meeting agenda available here.