Board Members

FAME’s Board Members

FAME is overseen by a 15-member board of directors:

James “Jay” Violette – Chair
Vice President and Senior Loan Officer
TD Bank
Waterville

Richard Roderick — Vice Chair
Retired Executive
Cape Elizabeth

David Daigler – Treasurer
Vice President & Chief Financial Officer
Maine Community College System
Augusta

Jonathan Block, Esq.
Partner
Pierce Atwood, LLP
Portland

Raymond Nowak
President, Nowak Capital Enterprises, LLC
Consultant, Farm Credit East
Brunswick

Denise Garland
Acting Commissioner
Department of Economic and Community Development
Augusta

Terry Hayes
Maine State Treasurer
Augusta

James Howard
President & CEO
Priority Real Estate Group
Topsham

Patrick Keliher
Commissioner
Department of Marine Resources
Augusta

Larry Mitchell
Col USMC (Ret.)
Winslow

Timothy Nightingale
Executive Vice President/Senior Loan Officer
Camden National Bank
Camden

Rosaire Pelletier
Senior Forest Advisor/Consultant
Madawaska

Christopher Pierce
Chairman
The Dingley Press
Lisbon

Cheri Walker
Principal
Albin, Randall & Bennett
Portland

Board members are appointed by the Governor and reviewed and confirmed by the Maine legislature. Each member, other than the ex-officio members, serves for a term of four years. The board is comprised of:

  • Two members with experience in natural-resource-based enterprises
  • Two veterans
  • One member knowledgeable in the field of student financial aid
  • One member knowledgeable in the field of higher education
  • One certified public accountant
  • One commercial banker
  • One attorney
  • Three members-at-large
  • Three members to include the Commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, a natural resource Commissioner and the State Treasurer