Maine Schools in Focus Advisory Board

The Maine Schools in Focus Advisory Board consists primarily of external education leaders who meet with leaders of the UMaine College of Education and Human Development once or twice a year to provide ideas for topics of interest and feedback on our past efforts.


  • Jim Artesani, Ed.D, Associate Dean of Accreditation and Graduate Affairs; Associate Professor in Special Education; Co-managing editor
  • Janet Fairman, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor; Co-director of the Maine Education Policy Research Institute; Co-managing editor
  • Gordon Donaldson, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Education; Founding editor
  • J. Michael Wilhelm, Ph.D., former Superintendent MSAD 75; Maine Charter School Commission member
  • Betsy Webb, Ph.D., Bangor Schools Superintendent
  • Meredith Higgins, Orono Schools Superintendent
  • Jon Doty, Curriculum Coordinator RSU 34
  • Elaine Bartley, Ph.D., Executive Director Penobscot River Educational Partnership
  • Rep. Victoria Kornfield, House Chair of the Maine Legislature Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs
  • Tammy Ranger, ME.d, Reading Interventionist, Skowhegan Area Middle School, 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year