Board of Directors

Cheryl Bulmer, Chair

Cheryl has been associated with Good Will Hinckley for several years, first serving as a volunteer on our Finance Committee. She eventually joined the Board in 2004 and remained an active member until the fall of 2010. She joined the MeANS Board in 2013 and is currently serving Chair of the Finance Committee. Cheryl retired after fulfilling the role of Financial Controller at the Somerset Plant of Sappi located in Skowhegan, Maine where she was responsible for financial controls, data integrity, financial reporting, analysis and planning.

Cheryl was an active participant in the site operating decision-making process as a member of the Mill Leadership Team, utilizing her financial expertise and overall business skills. In addition, she led the training and development of the entire Sappi finance organization across North America. She began her finance career in the banking industry in Portland and Waterville and has more than 30 years’ experience in finance. She is also a past Mother Advisor of the Order of the Rainbow for Girls and current member of the Fairfield United Methodist Church. Cheryl resides in South China, Maine and enjoys spending time traveling with family.

Stephanie Johnson, Vice Chair

Stephanie has fifteen years’ experience in the strategic organizational leadership of multifaceted nonprofit organizations. She is the CEO at Skills Inc. She has also served, in the past, as Chief Financial Officer at Care and Comfort and as the Director of Finance for Good Will-Hinckley/Good Will Home Association. Stephanie joined the MeANS board in July of 2016.

David Cyr, Finance Chair

David has been involved with banking for over 30 years. Employed by Skowhegan Savings Bank since 2005, he has worked for a variety of institutions, primarily in the community banking arena. David also spent several years at the Finance Authority of Maine, supporting the State’s efforts to expand banking to businesses that need outside support to obtain financing. His present position utilizes his knowledge and experience in commercial credit and work-outs to assist customers as they attempt to navigate the complicated world of business banking. A graduate of Van Buren High School, David received his Bachelor of Science degree in Public Accounting from Husson College. He continued his education, earning his RMA – Credit Risk Certification in 2005. He recently served as President of the Skowhegan Community Food Cupboard, a position he found both challenging and very rewarding. David resides in Stetson with his partner and enjoys sailing, hiking, sports cars and his Harley. David serves on both the MeANS and Good Will-Hinckley boards.

Donna Ferenc-McGorty, Treasurer (Non-Voting Member)

Donna has enjoyed a rewarding career in financial leadership, management and accounting, that all began with the conferring of her Associate’s Degree in Accounting from the University of New Hampshire. Moving forward Donna went onto add a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Maine which was followed by a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, also from University of Maine. She later returned to the University as an Adjunct Professor, teaching at the graduate level for the school’s Public Administration program.

Previous to joining Good Will Hinckley as the VP of Finance, Donna spent a number of years as the Chief Financial Officer and Director of Operations at the Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield. Donna is a Maine State Notary Public, a member of the Society of Human Resource Management, the National Honor Society and a past member of the Institute of Internal Auditors and the Association of Government Accountants, of which she presided as President. Donna began a lifelong commitment to community service as a high school student in Japan, tutoring English to Japanese junior high and high school students at Johnson Air Force Base High School. Donna is the Treasurer of the MeANS Board.

Donna enjoys reading, gardening, kayaking and camping. She lives in Skowhegan with her husband Robert and two rescue dogs Sophie and Molly… and a rescue cat, who thinks she is a dog.

Tom Edwards

Tom has been an Assistant Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Southern Maine, Gorham campus since 2006. He was the Principal of Freeport High School from 1996-2006 and the Superintendent of the Portland Public Schools from 1990-1995. He is the Founding Director, coach and Chair of the Portland Hockey Trust, a free program created to teach skating and hockey to Portland 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. Tom founded this organization in 1993 and is still active with the program today. He has written many scholarly articles in various educational leadership publications. Tom serves on both the Good Will-Hinckley and MeANS Boards.

Cheryl Mercier

One of the most respected Special Services Directors in the state, Cheryl serves on the MADSEC Board and is currently the Special Services Director at RSU #18. She has been a Director of Special Education for 27 years, with 13 years at RSU #18, 10 years at MSAD 47 and 4 years at Auburn Schools. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from UMF and a Master’s Degree from USM.

Sen. Scott Cyrway

Senator Cyrway has been the D.A.R.E. Training Coordinator for the State of Maine since July 2013. He has also served as Marshall to the Kennebec County Courts since February 2013. Over the years, Scott has filled many roles for the Kennebec County Sheriff’s Office. He has been the Tobacco Compliance Agent with Howe, Cahill and Company since October 1998. Scott graduated from Lawrence High School in Fairfield, Maine in 1973. He went on to college at the University of Maine at Orono, where he earned his Associate of Science Degree with a minor in Forestry Management. He graduated from the university in 1976. Scott went on to the 72nd Maine Criminal Justice Academy Municipal Basic Police Training School in Waterville, Maine. He graduated in December of 1992. Scott has also worked in the insurance and real estate industries, as an insurance agent for New York Life and a real estate broker for the ERA McCann and Davis Agencies. Scott has also volunteered for the Gagne and Son’s Christmas Float for approximately 15 years; escorting the float to neighboring towns to nursing homes and hospitals. Scott is a member of the MeANS Board.

Troy Frost

Troy earned his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Maine in 2004 and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Maine in 1986. Troy holds a State of Maine K-12 Professional Administrative Certification and is trained in Restorative Practices. He is a member of the Maine Principals’ Association and the National ASCD. Troy was recognized in 2013 with the Commissioner’s Award for dedication and years of service working with at-risk students and their families and helping students attain academic success. In 2014, he was nominated for Principal of the Year. And during his long tenure at Good Will – Hinckley, Troy earned many awards and recognition, most notably the Glenn Stratton Memorial Award in 2000, an annual award voted on by employees and former award winners for a peer who demonstrated the highest character and integrity in their work with students and colleagues. Troy worked for Good Will-Hinckley from 1986-2015. He now serves on the MeANS Board.

Dana Doran

Mr. Doran is a native Mainer and has significant ties to the forest products industry of Maine. Since returning to Maine in 1999, he has cultivated his passion for timber both professionally and personally. He is a member of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine. He has owned two woodlots that have been recognized by the American Tree Farm System. He has also had a unique opportunity to serve in several positions with a diverse set of organizations, both public and private, in Washington, DC and here in Central Maine where logging was a topic of his work on various occasions. From 1998-1999, Mr. Doran worked as a political appointee for then President William Clinton in the United States Department of Labor. From 1999-2001, he served Governor Angus King as Assistant Commissioner of Public Affairs For the Maine Department of Labor. In 2001, Mr. Doran joined Central Maine Power Company as their Director of Business Development, acting in this capacity until 2003. From 2003-2007, Mr. Doran taught Social Studies and coached varsity basketball at Gardiner Area High School. His most recent position was as Director of Energy and Paper Programs at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine. Mr. Doran held this position since 2010 and also served as Director of Resource Development for the college from 2007-2010. Mr. Doran is a 1996 graduate of Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History/Government and Law. He was awarded an M..P.A. with a focus on Public Administration from the University of Connecticut in 1998. He and his family currently reside in Belgrade, Maine.

Sally Beaulieu

Mrs. Beaulieu had a 23 year teaching career before leaving the classroom in 2014 to work for GEAR Up Maine. The last ten years of her teaching career were, in her mind, the most rewarding. She designed and delivered, with her teaching partner, a program for students who have skills and talents not traditionally valued in school. A couple of her former students eventually became students at MeANS. In 2014, Mrs. Beaulieu went to work for GEAR UP Maine as the Regional Facilitator for MeaNS. She was eventually asked to coordinate GEAR UP Maine’s three pilot studies designed to raise students’ aspirations; assist them in career and postsecondary exploration and planning; and facilitate enrollment in a postsecondary institution and perseverance through the first year. In addition to GEAR UP Maine schools, Mrs. Beaulieu has been able to share the preliminary findings of these studies with other college access professionals nationwide. Mrs. Beaulieu respects and appreciates the mission of MeANS and wants to be a proud part of the school.

Scott Byrd, Ph.D.

Scott Byrd is an educational researcher at the Maine Math and Science Alliance (MMSA). At MMSA, he coordinates research work across multiple projects, writes grants for new projects and consults for other organizations. He is also the lead investigator on a National Science Foundation project that is building a community-based, augmented-reality, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning game for rural youth. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences from Oklahoma State University. He has been an active researcher for nearly 20 years in the fields of human rights and social justice, non-profit organizations, environmental sciences and now the learning sciences. Scott was a faculty member at Murray State University in Kentucky before he and his wife moved to Maine in 2014. Since his first experiences as an educator working as an AmeriCorp VISTA at Communities in Schools in 1997, Scott has viewed education as vital to developing an individual’s critical thinking and problem solving skills, especially in STEM related fields, and looks forward to supporting educators and programs that fulfill this objective at MeANS and beyond. When not working for MMSA, Scott enjoys writing science fiction, maintaining hiking trails throughout the Medomak valley, and renovating thier 1700s house in Waldoboro

Kim Patnode, LCSW

Kim has been a Clinical Social Worker for over 25 years. She currently practices at Belgrade Regional Health Center, integrating behavioral health care within a primary care practice. She has extensive experience with adolescent residential services, outpatient adolescent therapy, domestic violence advocacy, trauma and substance abuse treatment. She has taught classes in Psychology and Social Services at UMA. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Keene State College and her Master’s Degree from The University of New England. She and her husband farm in South China.