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Meet the Staff

At the MAR office you have a support staff of experts working hard for you. Recruitment; database management; website maintenance; email alerts; information and assistance; and sound operations management – that and much more happens at the MAR headquarters every day.

The staff at MAR are ready and available to assist you, from assisting you with technical Maine State Retirement System questions... to signing you up for Delta Dental benefits... and everything in between, the staff at MAR are ready to work for you. Just give them a call today (1-800-535-6555)

Barbara J. VanBurgel

Barbara J. VanBurgel, Executive Director

Barb has been in her new job for four months. She is excited at the opportunity to work for MAR and its members. Her goal is to create connections and community among MAR members in Maine and across the country. She would like to hear your ideas for making MAR a more active organization. Barb was raised in Michigan and is a graduate of Michigan State University. She moved to Maine in 1976, teaching first in Van Buren and later working with the Aroostook County Action Program. Her career in State government began with the Welfare, Education & Employment Training program in 1983. She moved to Augusta in 1986 and held a series of management positions in the Department of Health and Human Services, retiring in 2011 as Director of the Office of Family Independence. Barb lives on 40 acres in Mercer. She enjoys playing cards (especially poker), gardening, knitting, quilting, and traveling. You can reach her at bvanburgel@maineretirees.org

Joseph Pietroski, Jr.

Joseph J. Pietroski, Jr., Legislative & Financial Program Manager

Joe joined MAR last year. Working with the Board and Executive Director, he coordinates MAR fiscal and legislative-related activities. Please see the MAR Fall 2013 newsletter for more about Joe's extensive work experience.

Diane Bailey

Diane Bailey Office Manager

Diane comes to MAR after a 40+ year career in State Government working in agencies including Transportation, Education, Corrections, Professional & Financial Regulation, Office of Employees Health & Benefits, Department of Health & Human Services and Dirigo. She is especially knowledgeable about health, dental and drug insurance issues. Diane and her husband Norman live in N. Vassalboro where she raises and shows White Crested Polish chickens, likes to garden, snowshoe and x-country ski.

Patty Castonguay

Patty Castonguay Benefits Specialist

Patty is the cheerful person who will greet you when you visit the MAR office. She retired several years ago from a long career as a Personnel Officer with the Department of Transportation. At MAR, Patty's focus is enrolling members in benefits like Delta Dental. She and her husband Gerry live in Augusta. She likes to play cards, and in the summer, she enjoys her "dream job" working in the store/office at the Augusta West Kampground in Winthrop.

Lisa Blue

Lisa Blue Technical Support Coordinator

Lisa comes to MAR with 20 years of IT support, data analysis, and software training experience. She maintains the MAR database, helps staff with technical support needs, writes the Technology Corner articles for the newsletter, and is available to MAR members to answer basic technical support questions. When she's not at MAR, you can find her out on the golf course with her husband, Dave, or walking her Aussie mix dog, Aster, in her West Gardiner neighborhood.

Peter Sargent

Peter Sargent Membership Assistant

MAR’s new Member Services Assistant, migrated to Maine from the Boston area. Peter acquired a position with the Bureau of Insurance in 1987 as a Senior Insurance Examiner and retired from there in 2011. Since then, Peter has spent the past five years downsizing his hobby of antique outboard boats and motors and dabbling in town politics. Currently, Peter serves on his town’s Planning Board and is a member of his town’s recently established Economic and Community Development Committee. At MAR, Peter is looking forward to getting to know and assist his fellow retirees. Encountering new challenges and providing assistance to members will be an exciting new adventure.

Linda Leet

Linda Leet Membership Assistant

MAR’s new Member Services Assistant, is a Maine native living in Farmingdale, Maine. Linda retired from State Government after 35 years of working in the Social Services field. Linda is on the local school board and is serving on her her 27th year. She loves to help provide the best education to all children. Linda is now ready to start the next page of her life which is working to help Maine’s elderly receive what we have all worked hard to achieve. She believes, with MAR’s leadership, we can successfully reach our goals. Linda and husband, Tim, are the parents of two boys and have no grandchildren as yet. Her interests include spending time with her family, reading, taking day trips with husband, Tim, and just enjoying each day of life.