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

David Daigler – Vice Chair
President
Maine Community College System
Augusta

James Howard – Treasurer
President & CEO
Priority Real Estate Group
Topsham

Omar Andrews
Wounded Warrior Congressional Fellow
Office of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree
Portland

Rebecca Asen, Esq.
Associate General Counsel
IDEXX Laboratories
Falmouth

Amanda Beal
Commissioner
Department of Agriculture
Augusta

Hon. Henry M. Beck, Esq.
Maine State Treasurer
Augusta

Dustin Brooks
AVP, Global Marketing
Unum Group
Portland

Heather Johnson
Commissioner
Department of Economic and Community Development
Augusta

Blue Keim
Specialty Paper Operations Manager
ND Paper
Rumford

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

Christopher Pierce
Chairman
The Dingley Press
Lisbon

Richard L. Trafton, Esq.
Trafton, Matzen, Belleau & Frenette
Auburn/Brunswick

Cheri Walker
Principal
Albin, Randall & Bennett
Portland

Lee Webb
Union

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