Black Bear Leadership Summit Biographies
Brigadier General Douglas A. Farnham assumed his duties as the Adjutant General, Maine National Guard in January 2016 and also serves as Commissioner for the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management. He is responsible for managing the activities of Maine’s Army and Air National Guard, Maine Veterans’ Services and Maine Emergency Management Agency.
General Farnham is a 1984 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy. As an instructor pilot and flight examiner in the C-21A Learjet, he served as the primary pilot for Commander, United States Space Command and later taught at the C-21 formal training school.
General Farnham joined the Maine Air National Guard in 1991. He has served in various operations and command positions in the 101st Air Refueling Wing. He also deployed as United States Central Command Deputy Director of Mobility Forces. Prior to assuming his current position, General Farnham commanded the 101st Air Refueling Wing in the Maine Air National Guard.
General Farnham is a command pilot with more than 5,700 hours in the T-37, T-38, C-21 and KC-135.
Chief Master Sergeant Daniel G. Moore is the Command Chief Master Sergeant, 101st Air Refueling Wing, Bangor, Maine. As command chief, he serves as the advisor to the commander and staff on matters of health, welfare, morale, professional development and effective utilization of more than 650 ANG enlisted personnel assigned to the wing. Chief Master Sergeant Moore began his military career by enlisting in the Maine Air National Guard and completing Basic Military Training at Lackland AFB, Texas in 1982.
After graduating with Honors from basic training he completed the Aircrew Life Support Specialist Course at Chanute AFB, IL. He was then assigned to the 132nd Air Refueling Squadron as a Traditional Guardsman. In 1986 he accepted a full-time Technician position as the Life Support Superintendent where he served until 1997. In August 1997 he was selected as the 101st Air Refueling Wing Safety Superintendent. In September 2013 he was promoted to Chief Master Sergeant when he was selected as the 101st Air Refueling Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant.
Dr. Robert Dana is the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students at the University of Maine. He is in his 31st year at the university and likes to say that one of the many privileges of being in student life is that change is a constant in the lives of students and the coming and going of thousands upon thousands of students over the years makes it seem like he has only been here a short time. He has direct responsibility for campus life programs including Greek Life, Campus Activities, Leadership, and Student organizations, LGBT Services, First and Second Year Programs, Health and Legal Pre-professional Advising, Alcohol and Drug Education Programs, Campus Recreation, the Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism, Residence Life, Veteran’s Education and Transition Services, Multicultural Programs, the Career Center, Student Services, Conduct Programs, the Counseling Center, and campus – wide crisis management services.
Since March he has also served as Interim Vice President for Development as the Development office is transitioned to the University of Maine Foundation. Dana earned his doctorate in Human Development Counseling with a specialization in addictive behaviors from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Dana spent a substantial part of his career as an addictive behaviors researcher and practitioner. He has written extensively on substance use and abuse and he has conducted numerous studies looking at patterns and causes of alcohol and other drug abuse. The 5th edition of his co –written textbook Substance Abuse Counseling: An Individualized Approach which focuses on modern approaches to treatment was published in 2014. Dana has written many articles and served as a grant and manuscript reviewer. He teaches graduate courses on substance use, abuse and dependence and is also a member of the graduate faculty at UMaine. He mentors and supports many students who are looking to make a career in Student life and he considers his position the best job in the whole university.
Carol Kim received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Chemistry and Philosophy from Wellesley College and her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Cornell University. Dr. Kim completed her postdoctoral training at Molecular Probes, Inc. (Eugene, OR)) where she developed fluorescent probes for biomedical applications. She continued her postdoctoral training in the Microbiology Department at Oregon State University where she characterized viruses that infect rainbow trout and salmon, and contributed to the development of vaccines against these viral pathogens. Dr. Kim joined the University of Maine faculty in 1998 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology. She was promoted to Professor in 2010. Dr. Kim was the Director of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering from 2008-2013. In her extensively published research, Dr. Kim uses the zebrafish as a model organism to study the innate immune response to pathogens. The goal of her work is to identify factors that influence the regulation of innate immunity and to determine the role of environmental toxicants in modulating resistance to pathogens. In 1999, Dr. Kim established a shared resource for researchers using the zebrafish as a model system for diseases of humans and aquatic organisms.
Dr. Kim pioneered the use of the zebrafish model for infectious disease research and developed widely used assays to measure the innate immune response to viral and bacterial infections, in particular those that accompany the progression cystic fibrosis. Dr. Kim is interested in the effects of environmental toxicants, such as arsenic, on the host’s ability to resist pathogen infection. Using the zebrafish model system, she is investigating gene-environment interactions at the transcriptome level, with a focus on the effects of arsenic exposure. Dr. Kim has successfully received funding from diverse sources, including the National Science Foundation, USDA, National Institutes of Health and NASA. Most recently, her research is part of a nearly $11 million NIH grant to Dartmouth Medical School. Dr. Kim is leading a $1.8 million study on the effects of low levels of arsenic in a zebrafish model for cystic fibrosis. Dr. Kim became the Vice President for Research at the University of Maine in September 2013 and the Dean of the Graduate School in 2014. Dr. Kim is responsible for supporting and expanding the impressive breadth and depth of research and creative activities of the UMaine community. Based on fiscal year 2014 the University of Maine is the only research university in the state with research expenditures totaling more than $100 million, while continuing to foster research and scholarship in all aspects of education by promoting active collaboration between students and faculty.
Todd Saucier joined United Insurance in July 2015 as Vice President and Account Executive. New to the industry, Todd brings nearly two decades of financial management and non-profit leadership to the team. Previously, he served as President/Executive Director of the University of Maine Alumni Association where he was responsible for the stewardship and engagement of UMaine’s 105,000 alumni. Todd attended the University of Maine earning a B.S. degree in Business Administration with an Accounting concentration in 1993 and returned in the evenings to earn his MBA in 1997.
Todd began his career as an accountant for Coles Express, Inc. and finance director for Medical Financial Services, Inc. Beginning in 1999, he worked for the University of Maine Alumni Association as the Director of Finance, where he was responsible for the financial and human resource management of the organization. Todd became the President / Executive Director in 2006 following a national search that resulted in his hiring. Todd’s professional and community involvement is varied. As an Eagle Scout, he remains involved in Scouting as a board member for the Katahdin Area Council. Additionally, he is a board member for Pine Tree Snowmobile Club in Milford. He formerly served as a board member of the Old Town Rec and the National Education Alumni Trust, as well as a faculty member for the CASE Summer Institute for Alumni Professionals. Todd hails from Ashland, Maine and now lives in Milford with his wife, Dee, and their two daughters, Haley and Corinne.