Who We Are

The Wilson Center is a vibrant space of welcome to people from the University of Maine and wider faith and civic communities. We are guided in fulfilling our mission by a multi-faith Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

Rabbi Bill Siemers, President (Rabbi, Beth Israel Congregation)

Anila Karunakar, Vice President (Director, UMaine Office for Diversity and Inclusion)

Rev. Mariah Hayden, Treasure (Pastor, Church of Universal Fellowship)

Joanie Ellis, Secretary (Unitarian Universalist Society of Bangor)


John Bear Mitchell (UMaine Staff, Native American Programs)

Penny King (Islamic Center of Maine)

Dr. Sandra Hutchison (Baha’i Faith)

Peggy Day (Episcopal Diocese of Maine)

Melissa Ladenheim (UMaine Faculty)

Avinash Rude (Still Water Sangha)

Joey LeBlanc (UMaine Graduate Student, Jewish Faith)

Dr. Melissa Ladenheim (UMaine Honors College, Congregation Beth El)

Michele St. Cyr (Orono United Methodist Church)

Mary Astumian (Newman Center)

Sam Slavin (UMaine Undergraduate Student)

Kate Kemper (UMaine Undergraduate Student)