Board of Directors

Bill Laubenstein, President grew up in Moorestown, New Jersey, which is a small Quaker community in the South. After graduation from Moorestown High School in 1961 he attended American University in Washington D. C., graduating in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Public Administration. Bill then went on to Cornell Law School in Ithaca, New York, graduating in 1968, with a draft notice in hand along with a Juris Doctor degree.
After a brief stint as an enlisted man in the U. S. Navy, he was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Judge Advocate General Corps, serving a year tour of duty in Iceland and three years in the Navy Department in Washington. After this tour, a year "sabbatical" followed in France where Bill and his wife rented a farm house in Legre, Par Chinon, in the Loire Valley, practicing French cooking and sampling local wines along with travel through France.
After returning home from their French adventure, Bill clerked in the Family Court in New York City before moving to Maine in 1976 along with the Tall Ships. He acquired a position in Office of Attorney General where he worked from 1976 to 1984 representing the Department of Mental Health and Corrections as well as working in the Litigation Division. From 1984 to 1995 he was Assistant General Counsel for Central Maine Power Company, before briefly returning to private practice. He then returned to the Office of the Attorney General representing Maine Public Employees Retirement System, and the Bureaus of Banking, Securities and Insurance in Professional Financial Regulations before serving as Division Chief for the General Government Division.
In the years immediately before retirement in 2019, worked with Purchasing, the State Treasurer, the State Controller and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Outside of work, coached soccer and swimming with the YMCA and currently am on the Board of Directors for Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta and sing with CODA Chorus serving there too on the Board of Directors. He has one son and two young grandsons who live in Westwood, Massachusetts.
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
Betty Lamoreau, Secretary was raised in Milo, Maine, graduating in 1970 from Penquis Valley High School. Betty completed college course work, graduating with a degree in Accounting, while employed by the State of Maine. Betty retired in 2011 from her position of Acting Director of General Services in the Department of Administration and Financial Services. Today, Betty enjoys quilting, expanded into making masks, cooking, reading and keeping up with friends and family on Facebook.
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.