Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Ann Davidoff   Ann’s 38-year long career in psychology included teaching for 16 years (Associate Professor at Essex Community College in Baltimore Maryland), authoring three editions of a textbook for McGraw-Hill Book Company along with ancillary materials, collaborating for 6 years on medical research at the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine and Public Health (grant proposal writing, scientific research and publications). Most recently, she was a therapist for 15 years at Sheppard Pratt Health System in Baltimore Maryland. She retired in 2011.

Susan Wishkoski   Susan (retired 2008) has a Masters of Education degree in student personnel administration. She has worked with Job Corps students, teachers, and administrators. Project coordination and management were roles she frequently played throughout her career. Most recently, she was employed as an Education Specialist in charge of program planning and evaluation for the Federal Title 1 program.

Merrill Milham   In a forty-year career as a research physicist in the U.S. Department of Defense, Merrill Milham (retired 2010) established an international reputation for fundamental studies in light detection and ranging (LIDAR), light scattering, and the optical properties of materials. Merrill was educated at Fort Hays State University (B.S. mathematics and physics), John Hopkins University (M.S. physics), and University of Maryland-College Park (PhD studies, ABD, meteorology and physics). After he retired from his full-time position as the lead theoretician for the U.S. Army Electro-Optics Laboratory in 2003, he started a consulting business (Detection Science Consulting), which held contracts with the U.S. government over a seven-year period. Merrill was responsible for writing proposals, managing contracts, submitting invoices and reports (financial and technical), and keeping books for the business.

Cynthia Jennings   Cindy, Director of the Old Town Public Library, received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maine at Orono. In her 30+ year career, she has worked as a school librarian, children’s librarian, circulation manager, and library director in a number of Maine communities. She served on the committee which created the Lupine Award (recognizing Maine authors/illustrators and books about Maine) and the Katahdin Award (recognizing a Maine Author/Illustrator for a distinguished body of work in children’s literature). She currently serves on the Scholarship and Loan Committee of the Maine Library Association, and is an active member of the Downtown Revitalization Committee in Old Town. Cynthia loves to garden, play the piano; and is, of course, an avid reader.

Harold W. Borns  Hal is Professor Emeritus of Geology at the University of Maine specializing in Glacial and Ice Age geology. He was a founding Director of the Climate Change Institute. Over his distinguished career, Hal has done geological research for such institutions as the British Museum of Natural History, the University of Bergen in Norway, and the U.S. National Science Foundation; and he has published more than 150 articles and a book, The Ice Age World. Hal led scientific expeditions in the Arctic and Antarctica, in India, and elsewhere. Currently, he has ongoing geological research projects in Maine, Denmark and Ireland.

Emily Taylor  Emily graduated from Tufts University with post graduate degrees from the University of Maine, Orono, and the Bangor Theological Seminary. She taught at the high school level for 25 years and directed the Department of Special Education in Falmouth, ME. Later, she served as pastor of the Union Congregational Church (UCC) of Ellsworth Falls for 10 years. Emily has volunteered for the Bangor Symphony, Central Maine Youth Orchestra, and the Portland Symphony, as a board member and as chair person of Portland’s Youth Concerts and Kinderkonzerts. She served on several community boards, including those of Bangor Community Counseling Center, Northern Conservatory of Music, Friends in Action (an agency in Ellsworth that serves the elderly and handicapped), the Union River Healthy Communities, and the Ethics Committee of the Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. She recently retired and moved to Orono.

Norma Noble  During fifteen years as a stay-at-home mother, Norma attended Princess Anne Business College in Virginia Beach, Virginia where her husband was stationed in the Navy. She has resided in Veazie for 37 years.  For 36 years, she served as the bookkeeper and manager of Whited Truck Center and other local automotive dealerships.  In addition to her roles at Gateway Seniors Without Walls, she also volunteers at the Eastern Maine Medical Center Cuddle Project, a program for premature, sick, and drug-addicted newborns.

Karen Walker   Karen retired in 2013 after working twenty years in the retail merchandising field for Nestles, Colgate, Hallmark, and others  During the last twelve years, Karen served as sales manager at Frank’s Bake Shop in Bangor. Retirement has given Karen the opportunity to serve on the Veazie Town Council.  She is also the Assistant Clerk at Veazie Church and a member of the choir there.

Millie Cannon  Millie received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maine, then worked there for several years. In her career as a school librarian, she served several districts, including twenty-five years at Old Town High School.  After retiring from Old Town, she continued to work part time for Dr. Lewis Libbey Schools in Milford.  Currently, she consults with the Greenbush School.  She has also served on the board of the United Cerebral Palsy organization, as president of Bangor Business and Professional Women, in several positions in the Maine Education Association, including several years on the Government Relations  Committee and a term on the school board for RSU 34.  She volunteers for various organizations, including the American Folk Festival and Maine Public Broadcasting and as a clerk for her church.

David Wihry David is a Project Manager at the University of Maine Center on Aging. He currently lives in Bangor, but grew up in Orono. He attended the University of Maine where he studied philosophy and received a graduate degree in public administration from the University of Delaware. At the Center on Aging, David coordinates or contributes to a variety of research and program evaluation projects that are focused on topics including falls prevention, supporting caregivers, and helping communities to become more age-friendly.

Durrall Carroll, a retired USAF officer, earned an undergraduate engineering degree from Texas Tech University (Lubbock, TX) and an MBA in Operations Management from the University of New Mexico’s Anderson School of Management.  After retiring from the USAF, he worked as lead project director for all US Army fabrication contracts designated for a small, Native American owned and staffed manufacturing company before joining operation/production supervisor teams in semiconductor manufacturing plants of Intel Corporation and Phillips Semiconductor.  Durrall left manufacturing and production to return to the University of New Mexico to study religion.  When not in class, he was a volunteer at Albuquerque non-profit sites including the Peace and Justice Center, the Center for Action and Contemplation, Barrett House Shelter for the Homeless, The Albuquerque Rescue Center and the Casa San Miguel food pantry (St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, Albuquerque, NM).  In 2013, he and his wife relocated to Bangor where both are avid volunteers with the Penobscot Valley Senior College, the Maine Senior College Network, AARP Livable Communities, and the Cooperative Extension Office Master Gardener Volunteer Program.  Their blended family includes six children, seven grandchildren and one very wonky 19 year old cat.

Director Emeritus

Stan Freeman  Stan (retired 1991) received his doctorate in Education from Columbia University, then joined the University of Maine Education faculty in Counselor Education where he initiated a full-time graduate program in counseling. During the 1960s he organized and led two National Defense Education Act Institutes for Maine counselors and a third institute for Teachers of Disadvantaged Youth. He held administrative posts at the University of Maine, Orono campus, beginning in 1965.  Notably, he created the first office for grant support for the University and served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and later, acting Chancellor.