Staff & Board
Michael Chaney – Executive Director
Chaney is the Executive Director of the Frances Perkins Center, based in Newcastle with administrative offices and a public exhibit on Main Street in Damariscotta. Chaney, a native of Alna, holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Maine-Orono and a Master’s in history from the University of Connecticut. Before returning to Maine in 2010, Chaney’s career was in non-profit management and public history in Vermont and New Hampshire, including, from 2001 to 2009, serving as President and CEO of the New Hampshire Political Library, a non-profit educational organization founded to preserve New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary. From 2010 until 2014, Chaney was the Executive Director of the Yarmouth Historical Society.
Laura Chaney – Development Director
Laura Chaney joined the Frances Perkins Center team as Development Director in September 2018. Chaney holds a degree in Government from Wells College in Aurora, NY, and leads a career in fundraising for non-profit organizations and educational institutions in Maine and New Hampshire—most recently serving as Director of Development at the Bowdoin International Music Festival. She brings 3 decades of administrative and senior management experience in strategic planning, capital campaigns, grant writing, annual giving, Board development, and alumni and public relations. A native of Wiscasset, Chaney is delighted to devote her profession to the work of this remarkable woman, Frances Perkins, helping to garner far-reaching attention to the need for preservation and advancement of Perkins’ extraordinary legacy toward supporting the best possible life for all.
Emma Wegner – Program and Education Director
Emma Wegner joined the Frances Perkins Center as Program and Education Director in 2022. Wegner has a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania and holds a master’s degree in the History of Decorative Arts from the Bard Graduate Center in New York City. Before moving to Maine, Wegner worked in Public Programs in the Education Department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in the Education office of The Cloisters, the Met’s branch museum dedicated to medieval art. She has planned and implemented many kinds of public programs over her 17 years at The Met and is excited to share the story of Frances Perkins and her family with visitors to the Perkins Homestead in Newcastle and the exhibition center in Damariscotta.
Board of Directors
Sarah Peskin – Chair
Former Chief of Planning and Legislation for the National Park Service North Atlantic region, Sarah Peskin guided the preservation and interpretation of many nationally significant historic places and managed major new facility projects from concept to operation in her 30-years in federal service. A graduate of Smith College, she holds a master’s degree in urban planning from New York University and was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University.
She was instrumental in the establishment of Weir Farm National Historic Site, Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area, and New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and managed planning and design of the award-winning Harbor Islands Pavilion, Mogan Cultural Center, Boarding House Park, and Lowell Park Trolley System. In retirement she is enjoying serving as a pro bono consultant to the Frances Perkins Center where she prepared the successful National Historic Landmark nomination for the Perkins Homestead. She splits her time between her home in Walpole, Maine, just across the Damariscotta River from the Homestead and Brookline, Massachusetts.
Ann Beaudry – Vice President
Ann Beaudry has been a CEO and senior executive of nonprofit advocacy and policy organizations, specializing in strategic planning, program development and communications. She currently serves as a consultant; recent clients include the Schott Foundation for Public Education, National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare, and Communities in Schools. She is the co-author of Winning Local and State Elections (Simon & Schuster) and has contributed to numerous public policy publications, including New Directions in State and Local Tax Reform, Women in the Economy: A Legislative Agenda, Schott 50-State Report on Black Males and Public Education. Ann is active with the Maine Democracy Collaborative—and is pleased to call Cape Elizabeth, Maine home.
Keith Mestrich – Treasurer
Keith Mestrich has over three decades of executive leadership experience in the financial labor and non-profit sectors. He is currently a founding partner of Percapita – a venture company designing a financial services platform for low-income individuals. Prior to helping found Percapita, Mestrich served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Amalgamated Bank, America’s largest socially responsible financial institution and prior to that, spent 25 years working for the American labor movement. Mestrich co-authored “Organized Money”, a clarion call for the non-profit, political and advocacy communities to aggregate their resources and build a financial system to serve the public and not just corporations. In addition to the Frances Perkins Center, Mestrich serves on numerous nonprofit boards including Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Opportunity Works, the Old Bristol Historical Society, and the Nation Institute for Independent Journalism. Mestrich also advises a number of for-profit social ventures. He is a founding member of the Aspen Institute’s Finance Fellowship and an active participant in the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Rev. Charles Hoffacker – Secretary
A priest of the Episcopal Church since 1982, Charles Hoffacker retired in 2017 from St. Paul’s Church, Baden, Maryland. Since retirement, he has assisted at several parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington as well as continuing to work as a writer, independent scholar, and Frances Perkins Center board member. Married to Helena Mirtova, a professor of mathematics, they live in Greenbelt, Maryland, a community with a strong New Deal heritage.
Rev. Hoffacker graduated from St. John’s College, Annapolis, Maryland and then spent six years in Denver, Colorado as a member of the Order of the Holy Family, an Episcopal monastic community engaged in urban ministry. After graduating with honors from Nashotah House Theological Seminary in Wisconsin, his career included working as rector of three parishes, interim rector of five, and as a university chaplain and convocation dean. He also taught philosophy and world religions on the college level. From 2012 to 2014, he served as interim rector of St. Monica and St. James (formerly St. James), Capitol Hill, where Frances Perkins belonged during her years in Washington. Many of Rev. Hoffacker’s sermons appear on the Episcopal Church website and in several online collections. A Matter of Life and Death, published in 2002, is his guide to preaching at funerals. His numerous magazine articles, newspaper pieces, and other publications include several about Frances Perkins.
Allison Beck is a labor-management relations lawyer and mediator. She currently serves as counsel for the American Guild of Musical Artists, AFL-CIO, where she represents ballet dancers and opera singers at major companies. During the Obama Administration, she served as the Senate-confirmed Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service (FMCS), an independent federal agency created to improve labor-management relations and prevent disputes. Ms. Beck is well-respected by both labor and management as a proactive advocate for more collaborative workplace relationships. Prior to her work at FMCS, she served for twenty years as General Counsel of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, AFL CIO (IAM). Ms. Beck lives in Washington, DC and New Harbor, Maine.
Peter Blaze Corcoran, Ed.D.
Dr. Peter Blaze Corcoran is Professor Emeritus of Environmental Studies and Environmental Education at Florida Gulf Coast University. He has been a faculty member at College of the Atlantic, Swarthmore College, and Bates College. He has held appointments as a visiting professor at universities in Australia, The Netherlands, Fiji, Malaysia, and Kenya. He has long served as a Research Fellow at the Earth Charter Center for Education for Sustainable Development at University for Peace in San José, Costa Rica. New posts since his retirement include appointments as Senior Advisor for Faith and Ecology to Unity Earth in Melbourne, Australia; Adjunct Professor of Environmental and Sustainability Education at University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia; and member of the International Council for Environmental Economics and Development in New York City. Earth Ethics Institute at Miami Dade College has designated him as an Elder. He also serves on the Grant Selection Council of Purpose Earth, an organization which supports community and environmental activism worldwide. He continues to be active as a scholar on a range of topics including protocols of engagement with Indigenous people, youth climate anxiety, environmental ethics, and hope and awe in environmental education. His most recent book is Envisioning Futures for Environmental and Sustainability Education, published by Wageningen Academic Publishers in The Netherlands. He lives on Sanibel Island, Florida, and in Pemaquid, Maine.
Christopher N. Breiseth, Ph.D.
Dr. Christopher N. Breiseth is the past president and former CEO of the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, located at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York. He served in that position from 2001 to 2008. He was president of Deep Springs College in California from 1980 to 1983 and of Wilkes University from 1984 to 2001. Dr. Breiseth earned his B.A. in history at U.C.L.A., a Masters of Literature in Modern British History from Oxford University in the United Kingdom and a Ph.D. in European History from Cornell University. While at Cornell, he lived at the Telluride House where Frances Perkins stayed as a guest for the last five years of her life while she was teaching at the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Together, Breiseth and Miss Perkins organized two seminars for members of Telluride House: one with Henry A. Wallace and a second with James Farley. Following Miss Perkins’s death in 1965, Breiseth wrote an article, “The Frances Perkins I Knew,” which provided material on Frances Perkins’s life at Telluride House for Kirstin Downey’s book, “The Woman Behind the New Deal,” which was published in 2009. Dr. Breiseth also served in 1967 and 1968 as Chief of Policy Guidance for the Community Action Program, which was part of the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, and one of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty initiatives. He was married to the late Jane Morhouse Breiseth and has three daughters and three grandchildren.
Thomas P. Dickerson
Tom has had multiple careers: lawyer, investment banker and venture capitalist. From 1974 – 1977, Tom was an attorney with Coudert Brothers in New York. After business school he became an investment banker, for 5 years at Lehman Brothers where he began to develop an interest in health care, then at E.F. Hutton where he was named co-head of the health care investment banking group. Tom spent the next 25 years as a venture capitalist, first at Tullis-Dickerson & Co., Inc., serving as Chair, and later at Louisiana Funds.
Tom, a lifelong supporter of international education, has been associated with the United World College (UWC) movement since 1966. He served on the U.S. National Committee for 39 years and on the Board of UWC – USA for 29 years, thereof six years as Chair. He has been a director of UWC International and since 2015 a director of UWC-Costa Rica, where he is assisting the school in the development of a new campus. For 10 years, he was a director and treasurer of the Alliance to Save Energy. Tom graduated from Harvard College, Law School, and Business School. He is an avid skier and triathlete. He splits his time between Cambridge, MA and Chamberlain, ME.
Kirstin Downey, an award-winning journalist at the Washington Post from 1988 to 2008, is a business reporter whose work has focused on illuminating the human implications of important financial trends, particularly boom and bust cycles in the modern economy. Downey’s coverage of the aftermath of the savings and loan debacle of the late 1980s won her several regional press association awards. In 1990, she was named a finalist for the Livingston prize for outstanding young journalist in America for her coverage of the abuse of government housing programs. In the mid-1990s, her articles on sexual harassment in workplaces across America, including in the Mesabi Iron Range in Minnesota and at auto plants in the Midwest, caused a paradigm shift in how people viewed a problem that had been trivialized.
From 2005 to 2007, Downey led the country in reporting on a worrisome but unrecognized phenomenon — the dangerous growth of risky new kinds of mortgages that threatened to bankrupt borrowers and the financial institutions making the loans. These loans have contributed to a downward economic spiral worldwide. Her reporting went unheeded by the Bush Administration. Downey left the Washington Post in 2008 to finish The Woman Behind the New Deal, a book she had spent nine years researching. Her goal was to look to history to see how a heroine of the past, Frances Perkins, had helped the country deal with financial calamity and how, exactly, Perkins had created the social safety net that will minimize the damage to Americans today.
Susan Kirk is a Massachusetts based community organizer and activist. Kirk has helped organize many social, economic justice, and human rights focused community activities and forums, including a 2018 event ‘Frances Perkins, The Woman Behind the New Deal’ with author Kirstin Downey. She has served on the Board of the League of Women Voters of Needham, MA and as Membership Co-chair, the Progressive Massachusetts/Needham Steering Committee, the Bay Colony Rail Trail Board, as an elected Needham Town Meeting Member, and as a Volunteer Coordinator with Family Promise Metrowest, an organization that supports families with children who are homeless by mobilizing a diverse community to provide shelter, education and comprehensive support.
Donn Mitchell is the editor and publisher of The Anglican Examiner. Since 2005, Donn has resided in Princeton, New Jersey, where he has served as adjunct faculty at Princeton Theological Seminary. He is currently Professor of Religion and Ethics at Berkeley College in New York and edits academic and trade books on a freelance basis.
Maria Z. Mossaides
Since 2015 Ms. Mossaides is Director, the Child Advocate for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, leading an independent state agency that provides ombuds services and oversight over statewide children’s services. For almost forty years, as attorney and administrator, Ms. Mossaides has held a wide range of positions in both the public and independent sectors, including senior positions in Massachusetts government at the Office for Children, the Department of Social Services, the Office of the State Comptroller, the Supreme Judicial Court, and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative. She most recently served as the Executive Director of Cambridge Family and Children’s Service, now Bridges Homeward. Ms. Mossaides has also served on the board of a wide range of non-profits. She served as the chair of the Children’s League of Massachusetts and the Public Law Section of the Massachusetts Bar Association, President of the Alumnae Association of Mount Holyoke College, the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, and as an officer of the International Orthodox Christian Charities. She currently serves on the board of the Possible Project, a program for disadvantaged youth. To honor her public service, she was recognized as a Top Woman in the Law in Massachusetts in 2010, and the Steadfast Award from the Frances Perkins Center in 2019. Mount Holyoke College has recognized Ms. Mossaides with both its Medal of Honor and Loyalty Awards. Ms. Mossaides is an adjunct professor in the Public Management Program at Suffolk University. Ms. Mossaides holds an MPA from Kennedy School at Harvard University, a JD from SUNY at Buffalo and a BA cum laude from Mount Holyoke College.
Hon. Margaret R. Rotundo
Rep. Rotundo is Director of Strategic and Policy Initiatives for the Bates College Harward Center for Community Partnerships. She has represented Lewiston in the Maine Legislature for the past thirteen years, currently serving as the House Chair of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College.
Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall, Board Emeritus
Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall is the only child of Susanna Winslow Wilson Coggeshall, daughter of Frances Perkins. He remembers his grandmother as a loving and humorous person who stoked his curiosity at every opportunity. He comes to deeper knowledge of her career in recent years and lives in awe of her abilities, her strength, and conviction. With colleagues, Tomlin helped found the Frances Perkins Center in 2009 to preserve his grandmother’s legacy and carry on her work. Following the sale the Perkins family homestead to the Center in January 2020, he, with his husband Christopher Rice, relocated to upstate New York. After attending boarding school at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, Coggeshall studied biology and botany, graduating with a B.S. from the University of Maine. In addition to working with the Frances Perkins Center, he is focused on the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy resources, especially hydrogen and fuel cells as a better form of “battery” to deliver electric energy for mobile applications (trains, ships, fork lifts, cars, trucks, etc.).
Elizabeth Allen, Ph.D.
Dr. Allen, a founding board member of the Frances Perkins Center, is a geologist with nearly 40 years of experience in industry and academia. After beginning her career at Shell Oil Company, she established her own company, Methane Resources Group, in 1981 engaging in both domestic and international petroleum project development. Starting in 2000, she redirected her interests towards education, teaching academic courses at her (and Frances Perkin’s) alma mater, Mount Holyoke College, as a visiting professor and at the University of Maine in Orono as an adjunct professor of earth sciences and a policy fellow at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. During this time she lectured to organizations and community groups in both geology and global energy with the expressed goal of helping to advance better understanding of global energy issues, environmental concerns and economic growth in a world of diverse cultures, emerging markets and economic disparity. She was founder of the Sudanese Visual History Program now located in New Zealand and has served on a variety of profit and non-profit boards including Mount Holyoke College and The Boppy Company. Betty is a Trustee Fellow of Mount Holyoke College, a member of the Camden Conference Advisory Council of Maine where she organized energy symposia for nearly ten years, and is enjoying retirement in Newcastle, Maine.
Susan Bateson, former FPC board member, is a retired human resources executive, holding leadership positions in the financial services and biotechnology sectors. Ms. Bateson worked with J.P. Morgan in their New York, Delaware and London locations and with Human Genome Sciences. She has served in leadership roles for Boards of several non-governmental organizations, including the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust; Mount Holyoke College; The Universities at Shady Grove, and the Lupus Foundation of America. In addition to having served as Vice Chair, Treasurer and Chair of the Development Committee of the Frances Perkins Center, Ms. Bateson currently serves as Vice President of the Board of Trustees for the Monhegan Museum of Art & History. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Ms. Bateson also holds an MBA in International Business from New York University.
Peter C. Benton
Peter Benton is a principal with Heritage Strategies, LLC, a preservation planning firm based in Birchrunville, Pennsylvania. A registered architect and planner, Peter has been responsible for a wide range of architecture and planning projects involving the restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings and landscapes. Before co-founding Heritage Strategies, Peter worked for twenty-five years with John Milner Associates, Inc., nationally recognized leaders in historic preservation. At JMA, Peter was responsible for the firm’s planning projects, specializing in work with national heritage areas. Peter is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Pennsylvania. He has been active on a variety of non-profit boards, including Preservation Pennsylvania, The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, Preservation Action, The Kimberton Waldorf School, and the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau. He spends a portion of each year on his family farm in Jefferson, Maine.
Charles Bickford, Ph.D.
Charles Bickford is a senior-level nonprofit executive with proven fundraising, change management, strategic planning, fiscal management and advocacy experience at highly visible organizations. Charles is also a collaborator capable of building strong board, staff and community relationships. Charles served as the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Humanities council for 18 years. Prior to his time with the council Charles was a tenured professor at College of Our Lady of the Elms. Charles continues to teach abroad at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia as well as serving on a number of boards in New England.
Brooksley Born, Esq.
Recipient of our 2010 Intelligence and Courage Award. As the former chair of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Brooksley Born recognized the dangers of unregulated derivatives trading and warned about the potential collapse of the financial system. Her attempt to save the country from economic disaster is the subject of a PBS Frontline documentary, “The Warning.” Born was honored by the JFK Library in 2009 with a “Profile in Courage Award.”
Recipient of our 2011 Intelligence and Courage Award, Ellen Bravo is the executive director of Family Values @ Work. Ellen tirelessly leads a national campaign promoting family-friendly workplace policies including paid sick days and family leave insurance. Her organization recently hosted a National Tele-Townhall Event to discuss fair pay, paid leave, and access to child care, featuring Nancy Pelosi, Lilly Ledbetter, as well as working women and Congresswomen from across America championing these critical issues. The former director of 9to5, National Association of Working Women, her most recent book is Taking on the Big Boys, or Why Feminism is Good for Families, Business and the Nation.
Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall, grandson of Frances Perkins
Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall is the only child of Susanna Winslow Wilson Coggeshall, the only child of Frances Perkins. He remembers his grandmother as a loving and humorous person who stoked his curiosity at every opportunity. He comes to deeper knowledge of her career in recent years and lives in awe of her abilities, her strength, and conviction. With colleagues, Tomlin helped found the Frances Perkins Center in 2009 to preserve his grandmother’s legacy and carry on her work. Following the sale the Perkins family homestead to the Center in January 2020, he, with his husband Christopher Rice, relocated to upstate New York. After attending boarding school at Middlesex School in Concord, Massachusetts, Coggeshall studied biology and botany, graduating with a B.S. from the University of Maine. In addition to working with the Frances Perkins Center, he is focused on the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy resources, especially hydrogen and fuel cells as a better form of “battery” to deliver electric energy for mobile applications (trains, ships, fork lifts, cars, trucks, etc.).
Tracy A. Cooley
Tracy Cooley has been working on the behalf of at risk families for over 30 years. She has worked in the early care and education and domestic violence fields as an administrator, practitioner, trainer, and consultant. Cooley was the Director of the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence from 1990-2001. From 2001- 2006 she was a Policy Associate at the Muskie School of Public Service, Institute for Child and Family Policy at the University of Southern Maine where she co-authored the Safe Families Safe Homes curriculum.
Since 1990, she has maintained a private consulting practice, T. Cooley and Associates, offering the implementation of the Safe Families Safe Homes Project across the country. She provides technical assistance to practitioners, state domestic violence coalitions, state and federal agencies, and national organizations. Cooley recently joined the staff at Maine Kids-Kin, a statewide program that supports grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.
Cooley has been an activist for social justice since her youth. During her college years she started the first women’s center at Nasson College. She served for ten years on the board of the National Network to End Domestic Violence. Her recent board tenure is with Maine Initiatives, a foundation for social change.
Carla Dickstein, Ph.D.
Carla Dickstein is Senior Vice-President at Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI), a Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) based in Wiscasset, Maine. For the past 15 years she has overseen CEI’s work on research and policy development, including green industries and employment opportunities, rural development and entrepreneurship and predatory mortgage lending and foreclosures. In 2006 Carla coauthored a study of subprime mortgages and predatory lending, which led to Maine passing a strong antipredatory lending law in 2007. Prior to coming to CEI she was on the faculty at West Virginia University’s Regional Research Institute and the West Virginia University Extension Service. Carla sits on a number of nonprofit and government boards and committees including Maine’s Citizen Trade Commission, the Engage Maine steering committee, and the Research Advisory Board to the Community Affairs Department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. She holds a B.A. from Smith College, a Masters in Planning from the University of Minnesota, and a Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Recipient of our 2011 Open Door Award, Hilary Doe is the former National Director of the Roosevelt Institute’s Campus Network. Founded in 2004, the Roosevelt Institute Campus Network was formed to strengthen the progressive movement by meaningfully engaging young people in politics, empowering them as leaders and promoting their ideas for change. Since Hilary Doe assumed leadership of the organization, the Campus Network’s budget and membership have more than doubled in size and it has been recognized by the Washington Post, the Nation and other major publications. Hilary Doe represents the perspective of young people on the pressing issues affecting their communities and the nation.
Susan Feiner, Ph.D.
Susan F. Feiner holds a joint position at the University of Southern Maine in the departments of Women and Gender Studies and Economics. She was a founding member of the International Association of Feminist Economics and a member of the original editorial board of the award-winning journal Feminist Economics. Her most recent book, Liberating Economics: Feminist perspectives on families, work, and globalization was published by the University of Michigan Press in 2004. It was named an “Outstanding Academic Title” by the American Library Association.
Joelle is a Master of Public Affairs candidate at Princeton University, focusing on economics and public policy. Prior to pursuing her graduate studies, Joelle was the Director of the Roosevelt Institute’s national network of emerging thinkers and doers. Under her leadership, Roosevelt has dramatically increased the number of student policy change efforts it supports. The network has also seen a marked increase in the racial, socioeconomic and gender diversity of its national student leadership—with chapters at both four-year institutions and community colleges.
Earlier, as a student organizer in the University of California Student Association, Joelle worked on political campaigns related to tax reform and budgetary priorities. As a political organizer, she has appeared in over 40 articles and television segments, including the Los Angeles Times, Fox News, the San Francisco Gate, NBC, ABC and CBS. Joelle graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UCLA in 2012 with a B.A. in International Development Studies. She is also a StartingBloc Social Innovation Fellow and a Democratic National Committee Hope Fellow. Joelle also writes on topics of race and economics. Her work can be found in places such at The Nation, Salon, The Huffington Post, the Hill and NextCity.
Judith Goldstein founded Humanity in Action in 1997 and has served as its Executive Director ever since. Under Judith’s leadership, Humanity in Action has organized educational programs on international affairs, diversity and human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and the United States. She received her Ph.D in history from Columbia University and was a Woodrow Wilson Scholar for her MA studies. Judith has written several books and articles about European and American history, art and landscape architecture. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and several boards and advisory groups.
June Hopkins, Ph.D.
Historian June Hopkins received her Ph. D. from Georgetown in 1997. Her biographical study of her grandfather’s social work career from 1912 through the Great Depression, Harry Hopkins: Sudden Hero, Brash Reformer, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 1999 and Jewish first wife, divorced: The Selected Letters and Papers of Ethel Gross and Harry Hopkins, co-edited with Allison Giffen was published by Rowman and Littlefield in 2003. Hopkins has been a professor of American history at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah, Georgia, since 1998 and has been head of the history department for the past four years. She is now working on a history of World War II and the relationship between Winston Churchill and Harry Hopkins.
Kate McCormick has worked for more than 30 years in print media, beginning with a reporting stint at The Indianapolis Star, from which she moved to a job as a reporter for the Patriot Ledger in Needham and Wellesley, Massachusetts. In 1977, she joined the copy desk of Newsday on Long Island, but almost immediately became an editor for the newspaper’s fledgling Queens edition, later called New York Newsday. From 1988 to 1995, she was an op-ed editor for New York Newsday. She later worked for Forbes special interest publications and served two years as associate editor of the Episcopal News Service, based in New York. She is now happily retired in Maine, to which she moved with her partner in 2010. A year later she began volunteering for the Frances Perkins Center. Kate is a journalism graduate of Indiana University and also holds a master of divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York.
Mark A. Peterson, Ph.D.
Mark A. Peterson, with a Ph.D. in political science from The University of Michigan, is Professor of Public Policy and Political Science, and former department chair, in the Department of Public Policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs. His previous faculty appointments were in Government at Harvard University and Public Affairs, Political Science, and Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh. Peterson is a scholar of American national institutions, focusing on the interactions among the presidency, Congress, and interest groups, as well as on national health care policy making and Medicare reform. His publications include Legislating Together: The White House and Capitol Hill from Eisenhower to Reagan (Harvard). As a participant in the Annenberg Institutions of American Democracy Project, he co-chaired the Commission on the Executive Branch and co-edited the volume it produced on the politics and performance of the presidency and bureaucracy, Institutions of American Democracy: The Executive Branch (Oxford), which won the Richard E. Neustadt Award for the best reference on the presidency. He was also a co-author of the Annenberg’s project book exploring public and elite opinion on the performance of American institutions, Institutions of American Democracy: A Republic Divided (Oxford). Peterson is on the Council of the American Political Science Association, serves on four national advisory committees (chairing one) for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is past editor of the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and has been a guest scholar at The Brookings Institution. As an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow he served as a legislative assistant for Health Policy to Senator Tom Daschle (D-SD). He is a founding member of the core team of the Blue Sky Health Initiative, which seeks to transform the health and health care system in the United States. An elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance, he served on its Study Panel on Medicare and Markets, and he is a recipient of an Investigator Award in Health Policy Research from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Ron Phillips founded CEI in 1977. Under his leadership, CEI has grown from a three-person office focused on Maine’s fisheries to become one of Maine’s and the nation’s major finance development organizations. Ron was selected by the James A. Johnson Fannie Mae fellowship for the class of 2002. His past and present board and advisory board memberships include the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; KeyBank’s National Community Development Advisory Board; Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston; Board of Regents, Economic Development Council of Maine; Maine Small Business Advisory Council; Mainewatch Institute; Maine Center for Economic Policy; Maine Fisheries Industry Development Center; and Albanian-American Trade and Development Association. He is a member of Rural LISC Advisory Counsel and on the national board of LISC; he is a past board member of Opportunity Finance Network, a long-time board member of the National Congress for Community Economic Development, and a founding member of Association for Enterprise Opportunity.
Hon. Robert Reich
Robert B. Reich is Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of twelve books, among them the best-sellers The Work of Nations and Locked in the Cabinet, and, his most recent, Supercapitalism. He has served in three national administrations, most recently as Secretary of Labor under President Bill Clinton. In that capacity he shepherded the Family and Medical Act through Congress, as well as the Pension Protection Act and the School-to-Work Act, and he laid the groundwork for the Workforce Development Act. He also led a national campaign against sweatshops, secured safer workplaces, and expanded opportunities for job retraining to millions of American workers.
Christopher I. Rice
Christopher Irvine Rice is principal designer for Designs for Native Landscapes. He holds a Master of Arts degree from the Conway School of Landscape Design and a BA in Journalism from the University of Maine at Orono. Inspired by the complexity and random beauty found in environmentally sound landscapes which are native to a region, Christopher has worked developing landscapes for non-profits and residential clients while living in midcoast Maine with his partner, Tomlin Coggeshall, since 1995. Formerly a commercial interior designer and conservation commissioner in Massachusetts, he’s currently a trustee of his local historical society in Newcastle and pleased to be a founding member of the Frances Perkins Center.
Nancy Teel, Ph.D.
Nancy Teel is Professor of English and Interim Dean of Liberal Arts at Roxbury Community College in Boston. She has taught composition and literature for more than twenty years and has been a college administrator for two years. She has an undergraduate degree in English literature from Saint Mary’s College and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from Cornell University. Beyond the classroom, her interests include human rights, world peace and globalization. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family, gardening, boating and working on old houses.
Katharine Watson, Ph.D.
Dr. Watson is Director Emerita of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. A native of Raleigh, N.C., Watson earned her bachelor’s degree at Duke University before earning her master’s and doctorate degrees at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been a Fellow of the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies and of the American Council of Learned Societies. From 1973 to 1977, she was a curator of art before 1800 at Oberlin College’s Allen Memorial Art Museum, co-editor of the museum’s Bulletin, and a lecturer in art history at Oberlin College. Watson has published numerous scholarly articles on Renaissance and Baroque sculpture.
From 1982 to 1986, Watson served as a member of the Accreditation Commission for the American Association of Museums and from 1985 to 1987 as gubernatorial appointee to the Maine Arts Commission. In 1990, she was elected to the Smithsonian Council, a 25-member panel of eminent scholars and scientists who guide the Smithsonian Institution in developing activities for the advancement of knowledge in science, history and the arts.
Charles M. Wyzanski
A graduate, cum laude, of Harvard College and of Columbia Law School, Charles has practiced law for more than forty years, fourteen of which were as an Assistant Attorney General for Massachusetts. He has served as a full-time Clinical Instructor at Harvard Law School and an adjunct faculty member at Boston University, Brandeis and Tufts. Charles is writing a book on his father, the late Hon. Charles E. Wyzanski, Jr. Judge Wyzanski had an illustrious career as United States District Court Judge from 1941 to 1986. He served as Frances Perkins’s first Solicitor of the United States Department of Labor from 1933-35, and, later, as a member of the Solicitor General’s Office, he successfully defended the constitutionality of the National Labor Relations Act and the Social Security Act in the United States Supreme Court.
Tomlin Perkins Coggeshall
Elizabeth Allen, Ph.D.
Carla Dickstein, Ph.D.
Susan Feiner, Ph.D.
Hon. Leah Sprague