Stephen Saunders, Chair
Rebecca LaLiberte, Vice-Chair
Marilyn Dunn, Secretary
Robert English, Treasurer
Buckfield Representative: Roberta Scruggs
Roberta Scruggs is communications director of the Maine Forest Products Council, a not-for-provide organization that advocates for the forest product you industry. Previously, she was membership/outreach director at the Lakes Association in Bridgetown. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and spent much of her professional life as a reporter, columnist and editor at newspapers ranging from the Arab (Ala.) Tribune to the Miami Herald. In Maine, she has worked for the Portland Press Herald, Maine Sunday Telegram and Lewiston Sun Journal, and free-lanced for the Maine Times, Down East, Yankee and other publications. She and her late husband, George Krohne also developed a news website called The Scruggs Report in 2004-2005 for in-depth stories about the Maine outdoors. She has two grown sons and lives in Buckfield. She is volunteering at RCAM because she believes we all need help at some points in our lives and she is grateful RCAM is there to provide it.
Canton Representative: John Blancato
Work: I am an RN, have been one for 35 years. I retired two years ago- I still maintain an active license. I worked for 12 years at C.M.M.C. in a variety of staff and Supervisory positions. I retired from Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice after 22 years as Clinical Supervisor for the Wilton office. I supervised a multidisciplinary team of forty clinicians and three secretarial staff. The office covers a huge geographical area in Androscoggin, Oxford, Franklin, and Somerset counties. While at times it could be emotionally and physically draining- overall, I found my career as a R.N. very rewarding. I enjoyed the patient and family contact, the pace, no two days being the same, supervising a great team of dedicated professionals, and finally the constant learning necessary to stay current in an ever-changing profession. Personal: I have been married for 38 wonderful years. We have a daughter who is a LCSW, a son-in-law who is a Master electrician and a beautiful one -year old grandson. I have many interests and projects that I believe I will now have time to pursue. We have lived in Canton for the past thirty years. Community: School Board Director for the former SAD 21 district for ten years. Currently, on the board of directors for the Lake Anasagunticook Association, located in Canton, and on the board of directors for Whitney Brookside Corporation an elderly and Section 8 housing project located in Canton. In the summer, I raise and donate produce from my large garden to the Canton Food Bank. I have volunteered for the R.C.A.M. gardening program for the past two years. Finally, I am interested in representing Canton on the R.C.A.M. board of directors because I firmly believe in RCAM’s approach in helping those in need achieve self- sufficiency and would like to assist the agency in meeting the goals of its mission.
Greene Representative: Rebecca LaLiberte
Rebecca Laliberte is owner of The Meadows Senior Living Center in Greene. Rebecca spent her initial career years traveling from the Atlantic to Pacific as a culinary expert for people and companies across the country. Rebecca was at a beauty salon when the hair dresser was venting about her family and mentioned, “I just need a place where my mom is safe and where she can get 3 good meals a day.” The next day Rebecca was driving to her job, she noticed the abandoned facility in Greene and immediately decided on buying it. She moved from Oxford to Greene and re-did the entire facility into a cozy, relaxed, and home like setting for senior living. Rebecca did all this while raising her daughter, Lauriane, with only the help of her mom, Constance Pettis, and the help of good employees. Laliberte has run this successful business for 23 years. Rebecca and her daughter are very proud of all the different accomplishments that have been achieved over those years. Lauriane and her husband are currently living at The Meadows in hopes for Becky to get more travel, golf, and relaxing done. Rebecca is happy to be a part of such a supportive cause and believes in the mission of helping those in the local community. Rebecca is proud to be collaborating with RCAM over those past 23 years and looks forward to the next 50!
Hartford Representative: Alan and Lee Fernald
Lee Fernald is originally from Lewiston, Maine. She has lived in Newport, Maine, Belwood North Carolina, St. Cloud Florida, and currently owns a small farm in Hartford, Maine with her husband, Alan. Lee attended Lewiston High School and received her BSN RN from American Sentinel Colorado. She was a CPR instructor for 15 years. Lee’s work experience includes cardiac ICU, Assistant Director of Nursing, Nurse Manager, and work in a variety of medical specialties including emergency medicine, surgery, telemetry, electro-physiology/cath lab, and psychology and home health. Lee and her husband were foster parents for special needs children and teens for ten years. Lee work closely with social service, health care providers, and biological parents in training and assuring that all health care, safety and other needs were met and maintained. Lee has assisted her patients to obtain heating assistance, health care and caregiver assistance. Lee says she feels she can use her experience to help those in need in the Hartford area.
Alan Fernald is originally from Raymond, Maine. He has lived in Standish Maine, St. Cloud Florida, and is currently owns a small farm with his wife, Lee in Hartford, Maine. Alan attended Windham High School and was a truck driver for 26 years for a local excavation company. Alan has a depth of experience in construction which he put to good use building his log home in Standish— he is currently busy renovating the Hartford farm. Alan was involved in equine rescue for several years and assisted the PMU Foundation in Canada in selection, placement, and delivery of horses and foals from Canada into the United States. Alan says he believes he has a strong work ethic and a real passion for helping people.
Lee and Alan have three biological grown children and two adopted special needs adults.
“My husband and I believe that our collective experiences and willingness to help others would make us a productive and positive addition to the organization (RCAM).”
Leeds Representative: Joyce Pratt
Bio coming soon
Litchfield Representative: Marilyn Dunn
Marilyn retired to Maine 12 years ago after 27 years as a trainer in financial services and a consultant regarding retirement plan tax law. She lives on Cobbossee Stream in Litchfield with her husband Tom and her beagle Darcy. Marilyn and her husband made a living in Massachusetts but lived their weekends hiking, cross country skiing and camping in NH and Maine. Marilyn has had a vegetable garden every year since she graduated college. She enjoys foraging wild mushrooms, biking and traveling. Marilyn is happiest outdoors.
Livermore Representative: Vacant
Livermore Falls Representative: Vacant
Monmouth Representative: Geoffrey Miller
Geoff was raised in Maine, grew up in Winterport, and received a B.S. and Master of Education from the University of Maine. After graduate school he worked in Student Services on university campuses from Wisconsin, Virginia, and returned to Maine in 1995. Mr. Miller worked in higher education for twelve and half years.
In 2001, Geoff began his career as a civil servant working for the State of Maine and he continues to work in Augusta today. In his various positions in State government, Geoff has developed statewide substance abuse prevention initiatives and programs with state and federal funds. His experience ranges from managing and supervising teams of professionals, to running the day to day operations of a state office providing statewide services. He has experience and skills in strategic planning, grant writing and reporting, media and marketing promotion, Request of Proposal and contract writing, and professional develop training.
Mr. Miller has served on state, regional, and national association committees in various leadership experiences. He served as the Maine College Health Association President, the National Prevention Representative for Maine to the National Association of State Drug and Alcohol Drug Director (NASADAD) and served on the planning committee for the New England Institute of Addiction Studies (NEIAS). He is honored to serve on the volunteer board of RCAM and looks forward in continuing his community service experience.
Sabattus Representative: Vacant
Sumner Representative: Vacant
Bio coming soon
Turner Representative: Richard H. Lee
Richard joined the Board in the Fall of 2016. Dick has a long history in the field of education. He was on the faculty and held the position of Department Chair and VP/Dean of Instruction at Central Maine Community College before his recent retirement.
He was active in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission for Technical and Career Institutions, Faculty at University of Southern Maine and Southern New Hampshire University and an Education Program Specialist at the Maine State Approving Agency for Veterans Education; University of Maine System.
Dick currently has volunteer commitments with USM Lewiston-Auburn Senior College; Turner Public Library; Turner Planning Board, St. Philip Church in Auburn and RCAM.
Wales Representative: Robert English
Robert (Bob) English retired from the Navy and attended the University of Maine at Augusta earning an Associate’s Degree in Business in 1996 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting in 1998. Since graduation he has worked for Johnny’s Selected Seeds, CommTel, Bath Iron Works, and is currently employed by the State of Maine. Positions have included Senior Staff Accountant, Assistant Controller, Corporate Tax Specialist, Managing Staff Accountant, Business System Analyst, and Tax Section Manager.
Bob has been a School Board member for Wales for over 20 years. He is currently serving as the Treasurer for the Wales Presbyterian Church, and as the Quartermaster/Adjutant for Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11032 in Greene. Bob is also a member of American Legion Post 135 in Sabattus. Bob is married to Susan and has two grown children, a daughter Jennifer Setechel of South Paris, and a son Christopher English (wife Ashley) of Leeds and one grandson, Bobby.
Wayne Representative: Stephen Saunders
Steve grew up in Bethel, where he attended Gould Academy before graduating from St Lawrence University. He met his wife there, and they spent two years in El Salvador serving in the Peace Corps. Upon their return to Maine, Steve received his Master’s Degree in Spanish from UMaine and had a long career working in area high schools as a teacher and later as an administrator. Steve is also trained in mediation and has worked for several area organizations as a mediator. He is a Big Brother to a local teen, works at the local food bank, has previously served on the Board of Selectmen in Wayne; he has been on the RCAM Board for over a year, and is presently serving as Board Chair.