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.

Cynthia W. Shelmerdine

ChairRetired 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.

Ed Harris

Vice ChairRetired university faculty member with 30 years’ experience teaching and advising adults in self-directed, competency-based degree programs at UMass/Amherst and DePaul University, Chicago. Extensive program development,  assessment, and Board experience with People Plus, Brunswick, ME; Children’s Aid and Family Service, Northampton, MA; New England Adult Research Network; Union of Experimenting Colleges and Universities, Cincinnati, OH; Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.

Dave Jean


David Jean joined Albin, Randall & Bennett as a CPA in 1992 and has been a principal for the firm since 2001. He is the Practice Leader for Albin, Randall & Bennett’s Construction Industry Services Group, Succession Planning Services Group, and Business Advisory Services Group. David focuses primarily on financial accounting and consulting for construction, real estate, and manufacturing companies. He also specializes in succession planning and funds control services.
He resides in Auburn, Maine, with his wife and two sons. He has a knack for networking, an entrepreneurial spirit, an infectious laugh, and a penchant for all things burgundy.

Sally Mackenzie

SecretarySally Mackenzie is a retired professor of educational leadership at the University of Maine’s College of Education and Human Development. Previously she was a high school teacher, taught in teacher preparation programs, and coached developing leaders in a program called the Maine Leadership Network. She has written books and articles on her areas of research interest: teacher leadership, leadership development, and ethical decision making in schools. She is involved in coaching school principals in Maine Department of Education’s Transformational Leaders Network. She is a founding board member of HCA. Her interest in the school stems from her time as a Fulbright scholar in Vietnam. There she learned about Educational for Sustainable Development (ESD) which is defined as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” ESD is aimed at stimulating and enhancing actions for a viable future.  Similarly, the curriculum of HCA involves students in authentic investigations of the immediate world of mid-coast Maine, specifically related to the industries of the sea and land in that area. They develop their skills and knowledge as well as learning about important issues the area faces so that they can be the problem solvers and thinkers of the future. HCA students gain minds-on, hands-on, and hearts-on skills that prepare them to be active citizens now and in the future.


Nancy Andersen

Semi retired educator as Teacher of the Deaf, Special Education Teacher and ASL interpreter for both Medical and Education. Intensive Needs Specialist, Vermont. Legal Research at University  of Connecticut, School of Law and Columbia University, School of Law. Prior Board experience includes Parents as Advocates, American School for the Deaf Legislative Committee, Hartford,CT, School Board MSAD #75, Budget Committee, Town of Harpswell, Fuel Depot Implementation Committee Which oversaw the change over from Defense Fuel Supply Point to what is now Mitchell Field in Harpswell.

Alan Yuodsnukis

Mr. Yuodsnukis is currently a lead teacher in the RTI Program and a faculty advisor to the National Honor Society at Gardiner Area High School.  He is formerly a Systems Administrator and Senior Production Planner at LL Bean, Inc.  Alan's board experience includes service to the College Guild and Brunswick School Board. He is a lover of good books, high gradient rivers, and old Scottish salmon flies.

Sue Priest

Sue is a public school educator in Brunswick, Maine. She graduated from the University of Maine, Farmington in 1980 and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education. In 2008, Sue earned her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from the University of New England in Biddeford, Maine.Sue lives in Brunswick, is the mother of two grown sons, and is an active member of First Parish Church.

Peggy Muir

Retired educator, Peggy taught sociology/ anthropology/women's studies at eight colleges, high school social studies for 29 years (Jonesport, ME, Freeport ME). Public school leadership and non-profit organization Board roles include Maine Humanities Council Board, Bates Dance Festival Board. Founder Merrymeeting Arts Center Bowdoinham.

Barbara Merson

Barbara joined the Maine Jewish Film Festival as executive director in 2016.  She has extensive background in non-profit leadership, having most recently served as the Executive Director of Temple Shaaray Tefila in Westchester, New York.  Barbara’s experience also includes senior leadership positions at the Stamford Jewish Community Center, the ISEF Foundation, and the Slifka Foundation.  She is a graduate of Brandeis University, has received graduate degrees from Columbia University School of Business, SUNY Stony Brook, and Hebrew Union College.  She recently completed a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership through a joint program of Lesley University and Hebrew College. An avid kayaker and hiker, Barbara lives in North Yarmouth with her glass artist husband Marty Kremer.

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

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 Cynthia Shelmerdine at least 48 hours before the regularly scheduled meeting.

Please note that all Board Meetings will be held remotely via Zoom until further notice. Members of the community are welcome to attend. Please contact Board President Cynthia Shelmerdine Zoom meeting information/invitation. Thank you!

MEETING DATES for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Meeting minutes  Agenda

Wednesday, October  21, 2020   Meeting minutes    Agenda

Wednesday, November 18, 2020  Agenda 

Wednesday, January 20, 2021  Agenda

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Wednesday, June 16, 2021



MEETING DATES for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

Tuesday, August 4, 2019   Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, September 18, 2019 Meeting minutes     Agenda

Wednesday, October 16, 2019    Meeting Minutes       Agenda 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 Meeting minutes    Agenda

Wednesday, January 15, 2020  Meeting minutes       Agenda

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 Meeting minutes    Agenda

Wednesday, March 18, 2020   Meeting minutes          Agenda

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 via Zoom @ 4:30 PM  Meeting minutes     Agenda

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 via Zoom @ 4:30 PM Meeting minutes     Agenda

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 via Zoom @ 4:30 PM  Meeting Minutes    Agenda 

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 via Zoom 9:00 AM Meeting Minutes   Agenda


MEETING DATES for the 2018-19 Academic Year: 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018 : Agenda,  Minutes

Wednesday, September 26, 2018: AgendaMinutes

Wednesday, October 24, 2018: Agenda, Minutes

Wednesday, November 28, 2018: Agenda, Minutes

Wednesday, January 9, 2019: CANCELLED

Wednesday, February 6, 2019: Agenda, Minutes

Wednesday, March 19, 2019: Agenda,  Minutes

Wednesday, April 3, 2019: Agenda, Minutes

Wednesday, May 8, 2019: Agenda,  Minutes

Wednesday, June 5, 2019: Agenda

Monday, July 15, 2019: Special Meeting Agenda


MEETING DATES for the 2017-18 Academic Year: 

September 20, 2017 – Minutes, Agenda

October 18, 2017 – Minutes,  Agenda

November 15, 2017 –  Minutes,  Agenda

December 20, 2017 –  Minutes,  Agenda

January 24, 2018 – Agenda, Minutes

February 14, 2018 – Agenda, Minutes

March 21, 2018 – Agenda , Minutes

April 25, 2018 – AgendaMinutes

May 16, 2018 – Agenda, Minutes

June 20, 2018 – Agenda  *NOTE, this meeting was cancelled due to a lack of quorum

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 minutes available here.