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Maine Governor's Cabinet

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Paul Mercer

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:04:53 EST

Paul Mercer grew up roaming the banks of the Penobscot River in Bucksport, Maine. He is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and began his working career traveling the globe as a Marine Engineer aboard US merchant vessels.

Paul has combined his experience as Principal of engineering firms in Maine with expertise in renewables, solid fuels and biomass energy systems to benefit businesses throughout North America. He has enjoyed successes such as achieving major reduction of emissions and life extension at the paper mill in Bucksport, Maine as a lead developer of the Bucksport Energy Project.

A member of the senior management team at Maine Maritime, Paul held positions as Associate Professor and Department Chair within the Engineering Department, Assistant to the President for Sustainability. He also served as Director of Facilities, Vice President of Advancement and Vice President of Operations. He was instrumental in promoting innovation and environmental initiatives while at the Academy.

As Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection, Paul combines professional experience and dedication to protecting Maine's natural resources to promote the needs of the State. Using professional and personal ethics, collaboration, open communication and common sense he will encourage innovation and businesses to support a sustainable economy.

Paul is a seventh generation Mainer and lifelong outdoorsman. He and his wife reside in Penobscot; they have two grown children and a grandchild.

Jonathan P. LaBonte

Mon, 01 Dec 2014 11:16:21 EST

Jonathan P. LaBonte is the Director of the Governor's Office of Policy and Management.

LaBonte has served as a county commissioner in Androscoggin County. In 2011, he was elected as the youngest mayor in Auburn's history. He is now serving his second term.

A native of Auburn, LaBonte attended the University of Maine in Orono, graduating with a B.S. in chemical engineering. He worked at a consulting firm in the private sector in Massachusetts before returning to Maine for graduate courses in public administration and governance at the University of Maine.

LaBonte has served as a municipal policy consultant in higher education and transportation planning. Most recently, he was the executive director of a regional land trust focused on supporting working forests and farms and securing recreation and public access along the Androscoggin River.

He has been named to the MaineBiz "Next" list, which features individuals who are predicted to influence Maine's economy, as well as to MaineToday Media's "Forty under 40" list, which recognizes young leaders under 40 who are making a difference in the business community and throughout the state.

LaBonte has also been named the Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce Businessman of the Year.

The Office of Policy and Management, which also includes which includes the State Economist and several other professional positions, also conduct budget formation and review across agencies, facilitate intergovernmental coordination, evaluate effectiveness of economic incentive programs including tax policy and deliver economic data.

John Morris

Thu, 27 Jan 2011 20:05:44 EST

John Morris has agreed to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety. Morris has a distinguished record of service in the U.S. Navy and as a municipal Police Chief in Richmond and Waterville. Governor Paul LePage says, “I have worked closely with John throughout my time as Mayor and I know he will be an extremely effective Commissioner.”

During his 13 years as Waterville’s Chief of Police, Morris formed a citizens’ police academy, established a South End police officer position, and launched the “Are You OK?” program to check on the city’s elderly people.  He also instituted the midnight team, bringing police and mental health workers together to respond to crises.

Morris also took his expertise overseas, using vacation time to lead professional law enforcement seminars in places like East Timor and Ethiopia.

“John Morris is highly respected in Waterville for his professionalism and his commitment to making our city a better place to live. He will bring the same approach to the Department of Public Safety,” says Governor LePage.

George Gervais

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 11:49:45 EDT

George Gervais is the Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development.

In his capacity leading the department, Gervais is charged with developing economic sectors, promoting new businesses, growing existing businesses, and creating economic opportunity for Maine citizens. The department works closely with the Governor, the Legislature, and the private sector to accomplish this mission.

Gervais, of Hampden, has served as Assistant Commissioner, Development Program Manager and Business Development Specialist within DECD since 2008.

Prior to joining the Department of Economic and Community Development, Gervais served as senior loan officer at Carteret Mortgage Corp. and Dedicated Mortgage Associates, LLC. He also founded Grill Concepts, Inc., and EVO, Inc.

Gervais has his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Maine Orono.

Walter Whitcomb

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:04:22 EST

Walter E. Whitcomb is the Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry for Governor LePage's Administration.

Walt Whitcomb is the co-owner of Springdale Jerseys, a 400-head dairy farm located in Waldo. The family farm sells milk to Maine processors and registered cattle to buyers nationwide. Started in 1951, the farm is now operated by his mother, Lois, and two daughters, Carrie and Holly. Prior to joining Governor LePage's Cabinet, Walt has volunteered with the Maine Dairy Industry Association (MDIA) serving as President and as the MDIA Federal Policy Advisor. Walt served as Chairman of the Maine Farm Service Agency, USDA and chaired Senator Collins and Senator Snowe's selection committee for federal agricultural and Small Business Administration appointments. From 1984 - 1996, Walt served in the Maine House of Representatives, a member on the Agriculture Committee, Taxation Committee and was elected Republican House leader from 1990 - 1996.

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is the newly combined State of Maine support center for our many land-based, natural resource interests.

Our professionals at the Department take a collective pride in providing excellent customer service through our hundreds of activities and programs from protecting the food we eat, to stopping forest fires, to mapping the ocean floor; from keeping our parks and public lands pristine and accessible, to planning wise land utilization, to helping new farmers. Commissioner Whitcomb lives with his wife Nancy in Waldo; they have three children and two grandsons.

Paul H. Sighinolfi, Esq.

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 15:10:26 EST

Paul H. Sighinolfi is a graduate of St. Anselm College, Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut and Columbus School of Law at Catholic University America. Paul was a partner in the Bangor, Maine firm Rudman & Winchell where he directed the workers' compensation practice group. He coauthored Maine Employers' Guide: Workers' Compensation. He was a member of the board of editors and contributed to Maine Business & Employment, a publication of Northern New England Law Publishers. In addition to his more than 30 year law career, he has served as a director on the Boards of a number of non-profit organizations, including the Maine Chapter of Children's International Summer Villages and the Bangor YMCA. He is presently on the Board of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine. Paul served on and chaired a Grievance Panel for the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar. He later became a member and Chair of the Board of Bar Overseers, an appointment by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. In 2010, the Court appointed Paul to the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection, where he is presently the Chair. In February 2011, Governor Paul LePage nominated Paul for the position of Executive Director and Chair of the Maine Workers' Compensation Board. He was unanimously recommended for confirmation by the Joint Standing Committee on Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development and unanimously confirmed by the Maine Senate. Governor LePage swore Paul in on March 1, 2011. The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) elected Paul to its Board of Directors in 2014. He became a fellow of the American Bar Association, College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers, and an Executive Committee Member of the Southern Association of Workers' Compensation Administrators in 2015. Paul is a resident of Brewer, Maine where he lives with his wife, Vickie Sidou, M.D.

David Bernhardt

Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:29:48 EST

Dave Bernhardt is the Department of Transportation Commissioner.

Dave joined MaineDOT in 1984 and has held numerous positions in the Department. Prior to assuming his current position, Bernhardt was MaineDOT's Director of Engineering and Operations. Some of his duties included tackling difficult or recurring engineering, technical, and operational challenges of the Department, and recommending solutions based on engineering and operational experience and transportation-system performance measures. He also led MaineDOT's line units, (Bureau of Project Development, Bureau of Maintenance and Operations, and Environmental Office).

Bernhardt served as the Director of Maintenance and Operations for over four years, during which time he led the bureau in many cost and efficiency-gaining initiatives, saving the department 10 million dollars annually.

Dave is a 1984 graduate of the University of Maine at Orono with Associate and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering, and is a Registered Professional Engineer. He has been with the Maine Department of Transportation for the past 26 years, and is an active participant on national and state committees involved in transportation issues.

Dave lives in Vassalboro with his wife Carmen, and has two daughters and a son, ages 22, 20 and 19.

Anne Head

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:03:09 EST

Anne L. Head of Yarmouth is the Commissioner of the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation. Her appointment was made by Governor John E. Baldacci on August 22, 2008.

Anne continues to serve as Director of the Department's Office of Licensing and Registration, a position she has held since March 11, 1996. The Office of Licensing and Registration is a state agency responsible for protecting the public health, safety and welfare through the regulatory functions of professional and occupational licensing programs.

Previously, Anne served as General Counsel of the Maine Health Care Finance Commission. She is a graduate of Ithaca College and Catholic University Law School. Prior to her service at the Maine Health Care Finance Commission, Anne acted as legal counsel to the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C.

Patrick C. Keliher

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:23:43 EDT

Pat Keliher is the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources. He leads a dedicated team of approximately 200 science, regulatory, and enforcement professionals who work along Maine's 3500 mile coastline to sustain and develop our valuable marine resources.

The department not only develops, implements, and enforces laws and regulations, it conducts scientific monitoring and assessment, provides education services, protects and restores our sea run fisheries, and oversees the management and sanitation of Maine's shellfish resources.

A Gardiner native, Keliher has spent much of his life in the woods and on the waters of Maine. His career has involved work as a registered Maine hunting guide and charter boat captain. He also served as Executive Director of the Coastal Conservation Association of Maine, the Executive Director of the Maine Atlantic Salmon Commission, and Acting Commissioner of the department before being appointed by Governor LePage to serve as Commissioner in 2012.

Keliher serves as a Commissioner to the Atlantic State's Marine Fisheries Commission, a member of the New England Fisheries Management Council, a Non Federal Commissioner to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Act, a member of the Board of the Finance Authority of Maine, a board member of the Land's for Maine's Future, and a member of the Governor's Natural Resource Law Enforcement Taskforce.

Keliher is also working to advance the branding and marketing of Maine's iconic lobster, serving as a board member on the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative.

In 2014 Keliher was honored with the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center Distinguished Maine Policy Fellowship for his extensive work in Marine Resources policy development.

Jeanne Paquette

Fri, 15 Mar 2013 14:33:31 EDT

Jeanne Paquette is the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor for Governor LePage.

Commissioner Paquette served as Deputy Commissioner for the MDOL from July 2011 to September 2012; there, her more than 20 years of experience as a business owner and human resources specialist, in both training and management development, fostered a comprehensive understanding of how the Department of Labor interacts with employers and employees. Her background in human resources led her to found several industry-related publications and websites, including the Employment Times, HR Times, and

Prior to founding her media businesses in 1999, which later merged with Sun Media Group, Paquette held the position of vice president, human resources at Androscoggin Bank based in Lewiston, Maine. She has also previously served as the director of human resources at Creative Work Systems, a non-profit serving people with disabilities. She has served as a past member of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the Maine Jobs Council and several non-profit boards.

Mary Mayhew

Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:09:53 EST

As Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services, Mary Mayhew provides leadership, guidance and policy direction to an organization with an annual budget of more than $3.4 billion and more than 3,000 employees. Commissioner Mayhew has led the LePage Administration's mission to reform the Department in order to control spending, transition welfare recipients to self-sufficiency through employment, and reprioritize services for the most vulnerable elderly and disabled Mainers. Before being appointed Commissioner by Governor Paul LePage, Mayhew served as the Senior Health Policy Advisor for the Administration. For 11 years, Mayhew served as Vice President of the Maine Hospital Association where she was responsible for state and federal government relations as well as policy development and advocacy. Prior to joining the hospital association, Mayhew provided association management and federal and state public affairs services in Maine over eight years to a number of clients. The Commissioner also managed State Government Relations for the Equifax Corporation in Atlanta, GA and served as a legislative assistant in Washington, DC for Congressman William Alexander. She holds a B.A. in Political Science. DHHS serves approximately one-third of the people of Maine, providing health care and social service support to children, families, the elderly, the disabled, people with mental illness or substance abuse issues and the poor. The Department operates two state psychiatric hospitals; provides public health information, guidance and management through the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention; and provides oversight to hospitals, nursing homes and other health care entities through the Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services.

Chandler Woodcock

Mon, 06 Jun 2011 15:42:55 EDT

Chandler Woodcock is Commissioner of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Woodcock was formerly the Executive Director of the Maine Harness Horsemen's Association. Prior to Woodcock's involvement with MHHA he was an English teacher for twenty-seven years.

He served three terms in the Maine Senate and two terms on the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee. In 2006, he ran for Governor.

Woodcock is also a former registered Maine guide and member of "Brook Trout Maine."

Woodcock is from Farmington. He has a B.A. in Language Arts/Secondary Education from University of Maine at Farmington.

Joseph Fitzpatrick

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 15:28:32 EST

Dr. Joseph Fitzpatrick is the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections.

Prior to Dr. Fitzpatrick's appointment he was MDOC Clinical Director and the Associate Commissioner for Juvenile Services. Dr. Fitzpatrick is a clinical psychologist trained in both pediatric and adult mental health. Before moving to Maine in 1990, Dr. Fitzpatrick was on staff at Boston Children's Hospital, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and was a member of the adjunct faculty of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Fitzpatrick has worked 20 years for the MDOC in several capacities. He began as a staff psychologist at the Maine Correctional Center, and then was involved in several departmental initiatives, and statewide committees, focused on forensic mental health issues. As the MDOC Clinical Director for the past several years, Dr. Fitzpatrick has been involved with both the adult and juvenile divisions with a focus on the provision of high quality assessment and treatment services.

Most recently Dr. Fitzpatrick oversaw the development and opening of the Intensive Mental Health Unit (IMHU) at Maine State Prison. The IMHU services the MDOC, the County Jails, and Maine's Department of Health and Human Services by providing comprehensive mental health assessment and treatment to criminal justice populations.

Richard Rosen

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:03:53 EST

Richard Rosen is the Commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services.

Rosen, a native of Bucksport, previously served as the Deputy Commissioner of Finance. He has extensive legislative expertise in budget, tax, and energy policy.

Prior to joining DAFS, Rosen served as the Director of the Governor's Office of Policy and Management. During the 125th Legislature, he served as the Senate Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs. He served as a senator representing parts of Hancock and Penobscot Counties for four terms and as a member of the Maine House of Representatives for three terms.

At the Department of Administrative and Financial Services, Rosen oversees 9 bureaus and over 1,000 employees serving the Executive, Legislative and Judicial branches, all State agencies and the general public. The Department's broad range of responsibilities for State government include budgeting and financial management, human resources, information technology services, facilities & fleet management, public improvements, procurement, self-insurance and risk mitigation, as well as other administrative services. In addition, the Department is responsible for managing the Maine Revenue Service, the State Lottery and the wholesale liquor business in Maine.

In addition to his public service, Rosen owned and operated Rosen's, a department store located in Bucksport, with his wife, Kimberley, for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of the University of Maine and serves on the boards of the Retail Association of Maine, Bucksport Regional Health Center and Northeast Historic Film.