Board of Directors

Timothy Leet, President was raised in Augusta, Maine and is the son of the late John “Jack” Leet, who with others founded the Maine Association of Retirees, Inc. in the early 1980’s. He is a 1978 Graduate of the University of Maine at Orono. He is a retired state employee with 35 plus years of professional job experience while working for Maine State Government, the Maine Legislature, a private lobbying consultant firm of Howe, Cahill and Company, the Maine County Commissioners Association and Kennebec County.
(207) 485-9755
Betsy Fitzgerald, Vice President is the easternmost Board member from Washington County. Betsy hails from Machiasport and currently serves as the Manager in Washington County. In her former life, she taught history and government at Erskine Academy in South China. In addition to representing MAR members from the eastern part of the state, Betsy was appointed as a Commissioner on the Land Use Planning Commission (LUPC) and the Liquor and Lottery Commission.
(207) 263-5439
Maureen St. Denis, Secretary is a Maine native currently living in Winterport. In 1970 she earned a
Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maine in Machias. Maureen's work history includes eleven years as administrative support in several physicians' offices and eleven years, starting in 1987, at the Maine Department of Human Services progressing from administrative staff to management. After retirement in September 2009, Maureen worked at the Department of Health and Human Services in acting capacity as an ASPIRE Supervisor.
(207) 766-1579
Judy Carleton, Treasurer has been MAR’s Treasurer since July of 2010. She is a native Mainer and currently resides in Augusta. Her public service career began in 1970 and ended in 2004. She spent several years with a planning agency progressing from secretary to administrative assistant to administrator. Her next position was with Maine State Housing as Executive Assistant to the Director. Judy spent her last twenty years with Augusta Adult Ed as Business/Office Manager. Past experience with committee work included serving on the city’s planning board, treasurer at the sanitary district, and extension service executive committee.
(207) 623-4242
Peter Edgecomb, Region I Director lives in Caribou with his wife of 55 years, Marjie. Peter’s public service includes twenty years teaching agriculture, ten years as Vocational Director, nine years as Superintendent of Schools, eight years as a Maine State Representative and two years as a Maine State Senator.
(207) 496-3188
Burton Payson, Region II Director lives in Orrington with his wife, Frances. Burt received a Bachelor of Science Degree and a Masters of Education from the University of Maine. Burt’s employment history is a Director of Guidance for eight years, Vice President of Beal College for nine years and Director of Guidance at Hampden Academy for thirty-seven years. Burt retired from Public Service in 2016.
(207) 992-3608
Thomas Record, Region III Director, a resident of Farmingdale, retired in 2018 after over 39 years working for the Maine Bureau of Insurance where he was a staff attorney. Tom is a native of Norway, Maine and a graduate of the University of Maine and the University Of Maine School Of Law. In addition to being a Regional Director, Tom is Chair of MAR's Legislative Committee.
(207) 582-3584
Arthur Allard, Region IV Director lives in Lewiston with his wife, Claire. He was born and raised in New Hampshire. After serving four years in the Coast guard, Arthur was employed for the Lewiston School Department in the Nutrition Program for 31 years, retiring in 2003. He also worked part time for Allied Ambulance Service as an EMT for 25 years. He also served as Vice-President and Research Director for the Maine Franco-American Genealogy Society.
(207) 784-5367
Sherman Lahaie, Region V Director worked 37 years as a Maine State employee, worked for Maine State Highway Commission, and the Maine Community College System. He also worked as a fire fighter for the City of Lewiston and the Town of Veazie. He is a resident of Naples.
(207) 693-3036
Wayne Jortner, Legal Consultant moved to Maine from New York City in 1990. Wayne has had almost 40 years of public-interest legal experience including 23 years with the State of Maine’s Public Advocate. During that time, he worked for consumers nationally as a board member/treasurer of
USAC, a non-profit organization that implements telecom programs of approximately $10 billion/year.