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Executive Committee Members

Current Executive Committee Members

Who Are They?

MAR members "voted in" the new MAR Executive Committee (EC) members in May 2012 at the MAR Annual Meeting in Augusta, Maine. The new EC member appointments become effective July 1, 2012, and remain in place for two (2) years until June 30th 2014. The MAR Executive Committee members are active MAR members who volunteer (unpaid, limited expenses only paid) to serve on the EC for 2-year terms (all positions on the EC may be held for one or more 2-year terms, except the positions of President and Immediate Past President. The MAR President may serve only one 2-year term, and then they automatically move to the EC member position of Immediate Past President for one 2-year term.

This is a highly responsible position. The actions and decisions of the Executive Committee help to move the organization forward (final approval on governance issues remains with the members). The goals and objectives of the Executive Committee compliment the goals and objectives of MAR. MAR was established, and exists today, to protect the rights and benefits of Maine State retirees (retired teachers, state/county/local government workers).

Robert Powers, President

Robert Powers, President

Robert Powers became President of the Maine Association of Retirees at the May 2016 Annual Meeting in Augusta, ME. The appointment became effective July 1, 2016 and is for a two year term, ending June 30, 2018. Robert previously served as 1st Vice-President.

He is a Maine native raised in Georgetown, Maine, where he lobstered in order to pay his way through college. He spent his entire professional career in education as a Teacher, Principal, Curriculum Director, Superintendent and Adjunct College Professor. He and his late wife raised two children who blessed them with three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Tim Leet, 1st Vice President

Tim Leet, 1st Vice President

J. Timothy Leet was raised in Augusta, Maine and is the son of the late John "Jack" Leet, who with others founded the Maine Association of Retirees in the early 1980's.He is a 1978 Graduate of the Univerity 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.

He is currently an Administrative Coordinator for the Kennebec County DOJ/BJA Second Chance Act Reentry Program.

He and his wife, Linda, reside in Farmingdale, Maine, where they raised two children.His interests include boating, community service, and riding his motorcyle.

George Soucy, Jr., 2nd Vice President

George Soucy, Jr., 2nd Vice President

George Soucy is a retiree from the City of Augusta after 25 years of employment as a Code Enforcement Officer. George also worked for 8 years as a Mental Health Worker with the State of Maine, and has had various construction jobs.

He is the father of four children and grandfather to six grandchildren. George has been happily married to his wife, June, for 39 years.

Judy Carleton, Treasurer

Judy Carleton, Treasurer

Judy has been re-elected to her third term as Association Treasurer. Judy is a native Mainer and currently lives in Augusta, ME. Her career in public service began in 1970 as a Secretary with Southern Kennebec Valley Regional Planning Commission. She spent 10 ½ years there and the last 3 years as Administrator. From 1981 to 1984, she worked at the Maine State Housing Authority as Executive Assistant. The last year was spent assisting the Director in setting up the newly created F.A.M.E. office. She then went to work for Augusta Adult & Community Education and retired in 2004 after 20 wonderful years as the Business/Office Manager. She received the John B. Forster Award for dedication and commitment to students and staff and the Distinguished Service Award from the Maine Adult Education Association. Judy served on Augusta’s Planning Board from 1974 to 1987. She also was appointed to the Augusta Sanitary District Board of Commissioners from 1998 to 2003.

In her leisure time, Judy enjoys quilting, gardening, taking day trips with her husband, Don, and weekend getaways to New Hampshire and Bar Harbor with her daughter.

Maureen St. Denis, Secretary

Maureen St. Denis, Secretary

is a Maine native currently living in Winterport, Maine. Maureen is a mother of four, grandmother of 9 and great-grandmother of five.

In 1970, Maureen earned a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the University of Maine in Machais. 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, Office of Family Independence progressing from administrative staff to management. After retirement in September 2009, Maureen worked at the DHHS as an acting capacity Bangor ASPIRE Supervisor and at Remax Real Estate.

Maureen enjoys genealogy work and spending time with her husband.

Eric D. Anderson, Member at Large

Eric D. Anderson, Member at Large

is a Maine native currently living in Cumberland,Maine. Eric is a father of four sons, ages 51-57. He is a navy veteran, a graduate of Deering High School and received his Bachelor Degree and Master Degree from the University of Southern Maine. Eric completed his post-secondary education while working in the automotive mechanics field at a variety of businesses. Eric started his teaching career at The Manpower Training Center and retired from the Southern Maine Community College in 2003 after 28 years of teaching. Eric continues his automotive pursuits by repairing antique automobiles and trucks in his own shop or by making house calls as needed. Eric is also active playing music in three bands.

Wayne Ross, Past President

Wayne Ross, Past President

Wayne lives in South Portland. He is an Aroostook County native. He obtained an undergraduate degree in Business and Economics, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine, Orono. He served as President of Southern Maine Community College for twenty-one years. He met his wife, Betsy, at Orono. He has two children, and three grandchildren. He is an avid volunteer and serves on the Boards of many charitable and civic organizations.

Prior to his appointment to SMTC (now SMCC), Wayne was the Director of the Division of Finance State of Maine Department of Education and Cultural Services,Director of State of Maine Division of Higher Education, Executive Director of the Maine Higher Education Facilities Commission and Statewide Planning Cooperation and Development,Vice-President for Financial Administration: private industry, and was the Acting Associate Commissioner for the Bureau of Vocational Education, State of Maine.

Wayne also was the past President of the Greater Portland Alliance of Colleges and Universities, the Higher Education Council of Maine, and the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce. He also was a participant in the Institute for Civic Leadership of the UNUM Foundation, and was elected as Trustee of the Portland Water District.