The ConnectMaine Authority consists of seven voting board members, who are appointed for three-year terms, in accordance with the ConnectMaine Statute.
Nick Battista, Chair
Nick Battista is the Senior Policy Officer at the Island Institute, where he has been collaborating on their broadband for coastal sustainability project since 2016. Nick also serves on the boards of the Maine Broadband Coalition and Maine Island Trail Association. A native Mainer, Nick graduated from Colby College. He then obtained his M.S. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island and J.D. from Roger Williams University. Nick, his wife Meredith and their young daughter Lettie live in Camden.
Jasmine Bishop is the Director of Telehealth for MaineHealth, where she leads the telehealth department in expanding access to healthcare for Maine's mostly rural communities. She's brought over ten years of telehealth and broadband experience, having previously helped hundreds of healthcare sites by providing training, equipment and programmatic support. Jasmine also serves as an advisory member for the Maine Telehealth and Telemonitoring Advisory Group. Jasmine holds a bachelor’s degree in international business and an M.B.A. in data analytics.
Fred Brittain is the Chief Information Officer for the State of Maine. He was appointed CIO in April 2019 after 25 years with the University of Maine System, most recently as Associate CIO. Previous roles at the University of Maine at Farmington including Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Information Technology. Fred has long been engaged in developing future leaders through providing opportunities for growth, as well as engaging in formal and informal mentorship. He has served as president on multiple nonprofit boards providing support and programming for children and underserved populations.
As Founder and Director of the National Digital Equity Center, Susan Corbett is a preeminent authority and advocate for digital equity and digital inclusion, and works closely with economic development and rural organizations to promote broadband adoption. In 2005, she became Chief Financial Officer, and later Chief Executive Officer, of Axiom Technologies. Susan continues to serve as a consultant of the Axiom Education & Training Center, a 501c3 non-profit corporation, with a mission dedicated to furthering the life-long educational and professional development of residents and businesses in Washington County and Maine. In 2020, she was recognized as A Mainer To Be Thankful For. Susan is a public speaker, educator and advocate, who lives in Downeast, Maine.
As Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Heather Johnson dedicates her career to fostering economic development, both in private companies and in rural communities across Maine. Most recently, she served as the Director of ConnectMaine and made changes that positioned the ConnectMaine Authority to move forward the state's broadband and economic goals. Heather began her career in the private technology sector including roles at Nokia, Gateway and Toshiba, and she ran a $1.2 billion retail business. After growing up in Skowhegan, Heather graduated from the University of Maine.
Jeff Letourneau is the Executive Director of Networkmaine at the University of Maine System where he is responsible for the communications infrastructure supporting the System's seven universities. He oversees the operation of Maine’s Research and Education network servicing approximately 1,000 K-12 schools, public libraries, higher-education, research, government and other non-profit entities in Maine. Jeff was involved in Maine’s first-ever internet connection in the late 1980s, Maine’s first cable-based broadband network and the Maine School and Library Network--first of its kind in the nation. Jeff was also the catalyst and co-author of the Federal BTOP grant funding the 3-Ring Binder--over 1,100 miles of fiber-optic cable throughout Maine. Most recently Jeff co-founded two nonprofit companies: Old Town – Orono Fiber Corporation and Northern New England Neutral Internet Exchange, focused on community fiber networks and improving broadband infrastructure in Maine.
Liz Wyman is a Staff Attorney for the Maine Public Utilities Commission. She is currently assigned to projects associated with state and regional energy policies, such as procurement of renewable energy and energy security. Prior to joining the Commission in 2019, Liz worked at the Maine Office of the Public Advocate for three years, focusing on the telecommunications and electricity sectors. Liz began her career with the State of Maine at the Office of the Attorney General in 1998. She also held the position of Chief Administrative Hearings Officer at the Maine Department of Labor, Bureau of Unemployment Compensation, from 2014 through 2016. Liz graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1993.