Board of Directors
Jessica Maurer, Esq. – M4A Executive Director
Jessica Maurer began work as the Executive Director of the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging (M4A) in January 2011. On behalf of Maine’s five Area Agencies on Aging, she advocates for healthy aging at the national, state and local levels. She also assists the area agencies in strategic planning, program development and implementation. She provides leadership within Maine’s aging network, including on the Maine Council on Aging and Maine Council for Elder Abuse Prevention, to advance public policy initiatives that support Maine’s aging population. She is one of the lead authors of the 2012-2016 Maine State Plan on Aging and of Building a Collaborative Community Response to Aging in Place. A licensed Maine attorney, Jessica worked for nearly 17 years in the Maine Office of the Attorney General. In her last 7 years in the Office, she served as Special Assistant Attorney General, implementing public policy and legislative initiatives for the Attorney General. Policy areas included elder abuse, prescription drug pricing and end of life care.
Betsy Sawyer-Manter – Acting President
Executive Director, SeniorsPlus
Betsy Sawyer-Manter joined SeniorsPlus as Executive Director in May 2009. Previously, she was a senior manager for 20 years at a Community Action Agency. SeniorsPlus has two key divisions; Elder Independence of Maine (EIM) a statewide home healthcare coordinating program and Community Services which oversees the ADRC, Nutrition Services and
Noelle Merrill – Treasurer
Executive Director, Eastern Area Agency on Aging
Noelle Merrill has served as the Executive Director of the Eastern Area Agency on Aging since 2005. From 1997-2005, she served as the Chief Financial Officer for the Agency. Eastern Area Agency on Aging serves Washington, Hancock, Penobscot and Piscataquis Counties, an area larger than any other New England state.
Gerard Queally – Secretary
President and CEO, Spectrum Generations
[Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset, & Waldo Counties]
Gerard (Gerry) Queally, President and CEO of Spectrum Generations, took the leadership reins of the organization in July 2011 after serving as Chief Financial Officer for Harbor Family Services in Topsham, ME from 2005 to 2011. Prior to working at Harbor Family Services, Gerry was the Finance Director at Ingraham from 1998-2005, where he was instrumental in the development of 211 Maine. He currently serves as a Captain in the United States Navy Reserve and is the 1st Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pine Tree Society.
Kathryn Dzurec-Dunton – At
Large Board Member
Katie Dzurec-Dunton is Director of Compliance and Regulatory Affairs at Maine Community Health Options. Prior to taking this position, she was a Research Analyst for the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown, specializing in research and analysis of the ACA and working with states to implement its provisions. Katie also worked the Communications and Outreach Director for the Bureau of Insurance, where she worked with M4A to implement outreach efforts to older adults around insurance fraud. She has also worked as a Legislative Aide and a domestic violence volunteer coordinator. She holds both a Juris Doctor and a Masters in Public Administration.
Executive Director, Aroostook Area Agency on Aging
Steve Farnham is the Executive Director of the Aroostook Area Agency on Aging, and has been since 1977. His responsibilities also include an agency developed, owned and managed congregate housing project. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A).
Executive Director, Southern Maine Agency on Aging
Larry Gross has served as the Executive Director of the Southern Maine Area Agency on Aging since 1983. The Agency serves elders and families in Cumberland and York Counties. He also served as Chair of the Steering Group which created the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging.
Roger Raymond – At Large Board Member
Roger Raymond is the Town Manager for the Town of Hermon, Maine. Originally from Eagle Lake, Roger was Town Manager for Bucksport for more than 25 years where he led many innovative initiatives aimed at helping older adults. Roger serves on the Legislative Policy Committee of the Maine Municipal Association and is interested in helping towns plan to meet the growing needs of older adults in Maine. He is widely respected for his financial skills and forward-looking strategies.
Rhonda Selvin – At
Large Board Member
Rhonda Selvin is a Family Nurse Practitioner at Wiscasset Family Medicine and is also the Associate Medical Director for Maine Quality Counts. In addition to her role as a Primary Care Provider at her practice, she also served as the Medical Director and Clinical Lead for the practice as a Patient Centered Medical Home. She currently serves as the President of the Maine Nurse Practitioners Association. In all of her roles, she uses her considerable skills to facilitate partnerships, build coalitions and design fully integrated systems of clinical care.
Pat Vampatella – At Large
Pat Vampatella is a retired nurse from New Gloucester. She spent half her professional career covering most of the major specialties, including long term care. The other half was spent in Nursing and Higher Education administration. She has served on many local, state and national boards, including serving for 8 years on the Board of Directors for SeniorsPlus. She is currently also very involved with the Lewiston-Auburn Senior College and serves as Board Chair. She holds a B.S.N. from Molloy College, N.Y., a M.S.N. in Nursing Administration from Boston University, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Maine, Orono. Pat has been married for nearly 50 years to Phil and has four children and twelve grandchildren who are helping her cross items off of her bucket list!