Leadership

The Leadership team at the Maine Department of Education is working to build an agency that supports schools and educators across the state in their mission to help all students reach their potential and leave school prepared for work, life, and post-secondary education opportunities.

Commissioner’s Office

  • Pender Makin, Commissioner
  • Karen Kusiak , Legislative Director
  • Jaci Holmes, Federal Liaison
  • Mary Paine, Chief of Planning & Implementation
  • Jessica Nixon, Chief of Staff & Operations
  • Rachel Paling, Director of Communications

    Facilities, Safety & Transportation

    • Scott Brown, Director
    • Ann Pinnette, Facilities Safety and Transportation

      Higher Ed. & Educator Support Services

      • Angel Loredo, Director
      • Stephanie Fyfe, Certification
      • Gail Senese, Adult Education
      • Jason Libby, Higher Education
      • Emily Gribben, Educator Effectiveness

        Learning Systems

        • Janette Kirk, Acting Director
        • Lee Anne Larsen, Acting Deputy Director
        • Chelsey Fortin-Trimble, ESEA Federal Programs & Title I
        • Beth Lambert, Secondary Education & Integrated Instruction
        • Dwight Littlefield, Career and Technical Education
        • Gayle Erdheim, Bullying Prevention, Migrant, Truancy, Homeless Students
        • Emily Poland, Coordinated School Health

          School Finance & Operations

          • Joanne Allen, Director
          • Pamela Ford-Taylor, School Approval & Student Enrollment
          • Tyler Backus, School Finance, Compliance and Governance
          • Charlotte Ellis, Data Management
          • Walter Beesley, Child Nutrition

            Special Services

            • Ann Belanger, Deputy Director
            • Mary Adley, SPPS, State Agency Client/State Ward, Significant Disproportionality
            • Roberta Lucas, Special Services for Public Schools
            • Jeannette Sedgwick, Special Projects, Due Process & Dyslexia
            • Barbara A. McGowen, Finance Coordinator
            • Roy Fowler, Child Development Services