Board of Directors
HCA is governed by a non-profit Board of Directors composed 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.
The Board of Directors sets the direction for the organization. The Board sets goals and approves and monitors the strategic or business plan and develops organizational policies, including the policies that govern how the board will operate.
The Board of Directors is responsible for the behavior and performance of board members and the Head of School. Thus, the Board establishes the code of ethics for the board and Head of School, including policies related to private inurement and conflict of interest, and sets the tone for organizational behavior.
The Board hires the Head of School and establishes the goals the Head of School is expected to achieve, and defines any limitations on the means the Head of School can use or any functions the Head of School must perform. The Board evaluates the Head of School based on achievement of the goals and compliance with predefined limitations or requirements. It monitors financial and operational performance; in addition, it selects an auditor and receives the audit report in keeping with the requirements of the school’s charter. The Board serves as the “last court of appeal” within the organization.
The Board of Directors represents the organization to the outside world and provides support and counsel to the Head of School. The Board supports the organization by making personal donations, garnering resources and advisors and assisting with fundraising. It serves as the organization’s ambassador to other organizations, funders and potential funders and the general community; communicates the value of the organization to prospective donors; and attracts donors, supporters, favorable press, and new board members.
In addition to reaching out to Board members individually, parents are welcome at all Board meetings, which typically take place on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. February and April will be the fourth Wednesday due to school vacation. There is no December meeting.There is always a time for public comment at Board meetings. Information about the timing and location of board meetings is available on the school website, as well as on the weekly newsletter to parents. Additionally, Board meeting minutes are agendas are available on our website.
Executive Committee Member
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. Email Nancy
Retired 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.
David Jean joined ARB as a CPA in 1992 and has been a principal for the firm since 2001. He is the Practice Leader for ARB’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 is a founding board member HCA. She served as chair of the board for four years. She 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 school leaders. She has written books and articles on her areas of research interest: teacher leadership, leadership development, and ethical decision making in schools. She is presently involved in coaching school principals in the Maine Department of Education’s Transformational Leaders Network.
Advancement Committee Chair
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.
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.
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.
Kathy Wilson was born in Brunswick and raised in the family home on Pleasant Street. She graduated from Brunswick High School and the Plus School of Business. In her youth Kathy worked for her father in a lunch stand, spent many years driving a lunch truck in the area, plus taught riding and bred, raised, trained and raced Standardbred horses.
Kathy is the owner of Kathy Wilson's Pet Grooming. She has been active in several dog clubs and currently serves as President of the Lewiston-Auburn Kennel Club, participates in the statewide Animal Welfare Advisory Council and advocates for animal welfare issues in the state capitol. She also has served on a couple town committees. Throughout her adult life she has served as an activist and speaker for equal rights issues and is a past board member of SAGE Maine.
In her spare time, Kathy trains and shows dogs, enjoys cycling, is an avid reader, and for many years sang with Women in Harmony. She also enjoys spending time with family.
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!
2021-2022 Academic Year Meetings
2020-2021 Academic Year Meetings
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
2019-2020 Academic Year Meetings
2018-19 Academic Year Meetings
Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Monday, July 15, 2019
Special Meeting Agenda
2017-18 Academic Year Meetings
June 20, 2018
Agenda *NOTE, this meeting was cancelled due to a lack of quorum
March 15, 2017 Meeting minutes available here.
May 17, 2017 Meeting minutes available here.
June 27, 2017 Meeting minutes available here.