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
  • Dan Chuhta, Deputy Commissioner
  • Jessica Nixon, Chief of Staff & Operations
  • Kelli Deveaux, Director of Communications
  • Chelsey Fortin-Trimble, Director of Policy and Government Affairs

    Facilities, Safety & Transportation

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

      Higher Ed. & Educator Support Services

      • Angel Loredo, Director
      • Stephanie Fyfe, Certification
      • Gail Senese, Adult Education
      • Jason Libby, Higher Education
      • Emily Doughty, Educator Effectiveness
      • Tamara Ranger, Educator Excellence

      Maine School Safety Center 

      • Jonathan Shapiro, School Safety and Security Coordinator
      • Robert Susi, School Safety and Security Specialist
      • Karen Barnes, Threat Assessment / Mental Health Officer
      • Melissa Condon, Emergency Operations Planning Officer

      Learning Systems

      • Janette Kirk, Chief of Learning Systems
      • Shelly Chasse-Johndro, Acting-Director, Federal Programs and School Turnaround
      • Lee Anne Larsen, Early Learning Team Coordinator
      • Beth Lambert, Secondary Education & Integrated Instruction Team Coordinator
      • Dwight Littlefield, Career and Technical Education

        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

          School and Student Supports

          • Richard Meserve, Director - School and Student Supports
          • Emily Poland, Coordinated School Health

            Special Services

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