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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.

HCA is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors establishes the framework for the organization. It creates and updates the mission and vision statements, defines what benefits (or end results) the organization is providing to whom and what it will cost to deliver them, and determines how organizational performance will be measured.

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.

When parents have a concern or question about something at school, we encourage them to contact their student’s Crew Advisor or a school Administrator first. However, there may be times when a parent feels more comfortable communicating with a Board member first, or as an additional step, after communicating with Administrators. The Board is open to communication from parents, and welcomes these conversations.

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.

Cynthia Shelmerdine

Cynthia 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.

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Sally Mackenzie

Sally Mackenzie

Vice President/Secretary

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.

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Barbara Merson

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.

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David Jean

David Jean

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.

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Kata Ritenburg

Kata Ritenburg

Bio Coming Soon

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Kathy Wilson

Kathy Wilson

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.

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The Board of Directors will meet at 4:30 PM on the following days at our campus, 9 Ash Point Road, Harpswell and on Zoom.

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 in person and on Zoom. Members of the community are welcome to attend. Please contact Board President Cynthia Shelmerdine Zoom meeting information/invitation. Thank you!

2022-2023 Academic Year Meetings

August 24, 2022, 8:00 AM Board Chair & Head of School Check in

August 31, 2022, 8:00 AM Board Chair & Head of School Check in

September 21, 2022.    Minutes       Agenda

October 12, 2022 - changed from October 19th. Agenda

November 9, 2022 - 4:30 - 6:30 - School Library and via Zoom

November 30, 2022 - 5:30  - Expulsion Hearing CANCELLED  Agenda

December 13, 2002 - 5:30 - Expulsion Hearing    Agenda

December 14, 2022 - 4:30 - 6:30 - School Library and via Zoom  Minutes  Agenda

January 18, 2023    Minutes     Agenda

February 15, 2023  Minutes   Agenda

March 15, 2023  Minutes    Agenda

March 24, 2023  Minutes

April 12, 2023.  Agenda

April 26, 2023  Special Meeting  Agenda

May 17, 2023. Agenda

June 14, 2023


2021-2022 Academic Year Meetings

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Minutes.      Agenda

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Minutes      Agenda

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Minutes        Agenda

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Minutes         Agenda

Wednesday, February 16, 2022

Minutes         Agenda

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 - WORKSHOP

Meeting notes         Agenda

Wednesday, March 16. 2022

Minutes                      Agenda

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Minutes.     Agenda

Wednesday April 20, 2022


Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Special Meeting.      Minutes              Agenda

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - new date to vote on Consolidation Plan

Minutes          Agenda

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Agenda       Minutes

Wednesdays, June 29th; July 13th; July 27th; August 10th 8:00 - 9:00 AM

Check in with Administrative Team

Tuesday, July 19th - 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Board Retreat for Reflection and Self Evaluation

Meeting Notes and Votes August 2022

2020-2021 Academic Year Meetings

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, February 24, 2021
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
Agenda |  Minutes

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Agenda | Minutes

2019-2020 Academic Year Meetings

Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 via Zoom @ 4:30 PM
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 via Zoom @ 4:30 PM
Agenda | Minutes

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

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

2018-19 Academic Year Meetings

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Agenda | Minutes

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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

Monday, July 15, 2019
Special Meeting Agenda

2017-18 Academic Year Meetings

September 20, 2017
Agenda | Minutes

October 18, 2017
Agenda | Minutes

November 15, 2017
Agenda | Minutes

December 20, 2017
Agenda | Minutes

January 24, 2018
Agenda | Minutes

February 14, 2018
Agenda | Minutes

March 21, 2018
Agenda | Minutes

April 25, 2018
Agenda | Minutes

May 16, 2018
Agenda | Minutes

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.