Board of Directors
Lesley Fernow, President
An internist/geriatrician who has lived and practiced in Dover-Foxcroft for 37 years. Her passion is helping people to reach their maximum potential. Now doing only house calls, she has experienced the struggles, grace and wisdom of aging through her patients’ lives. She has been active in many areas of the community as the founder of Pine Tree Hospice, the Regional Medical Director for Community Health and Counseling Hospice program, a small business owner and member of the Thriving in Place steering committee. She brings to the project a deep desire to help build a thriving senior community and to enhance the lives of all residents of the region.
Cheryl Stitham White, Co-secretary
Cherie has been an educator in Maine for over forty years working in special education classes, elementary school administration, and K-12 curriculum oversight. She grew up in Dover-Foxcroft and remembers fondly the excitement that performing on the stage at Central Hall brings. Now a summer resident, she returns often. Watching friends and family members age in the Dover-Foxcroft area she is committed to the necessity of this project.
Gail has been a child protective caseworker with DHHS since 1977. She has served on the board of directors of Community Health and Counseling Services, Substance Abuse treatment initiatives, Juvenile Justice Advisory Group, the board of Families and Children Together, State Caseworker Advisory Council, and the Advisory Council for the improvement and enhancement of the role of Maine’s District Courts in Child Protective cases. She has been on the Maine Community Foundation’s Piscataquis County Fund Board and the Budget Advisory Board for the Town of Dover-Foxcroft. She is currently serving her second term on Dover-Foxcroft’s Board of Selectmen. She is a member of the East Sangerville Grange and Unitarian Universalist Church of Sangerville and Dover-Foxcroft. She and her husband have lived in Dover-Foxcroft since 1975 where they raised their children.
Patrick Myers grew up in the Dover-Foxcroft area, went to school at Foxcroft Academy, earned a Bachelor's Degree in English Literature from the University of Maine in Orono, and then had to get out of the state for awhile. After travelling around the country and the world for 10 years he realized that it was time to head home. He and his wife bought the house in Sebec that he grew up in and settled down. A year later he was hired as the Center Theatre's founding Executive Director. He grew the organization for five years and then resigned to follow other pursuits and spend more time with his family. In 2015 the Center Theatre was once again looking for a new Executive Director and Patrick was thrilled to take the helm once again. Aside from his work as Executive Director of the Center Theatre, Patrick is on the Board of Directors of True North Theatre in Bangor, the Piscataquis Regional Food Center, and The Commons at Central Hall, and he volunteers with the Slightly Off-Center Players Community Theater group.
Richard Swett, MD
Richard Swett is a retired orthopedic surgeon who has lived in Dover Foxcroft for the past 35 years. As well as being a member of the active medical staff of the Mayo Regional Hospital for 35 years, he has served on the boards of the the Piscataquis YMCA, and Foxcroft Academy and has worked passionately to make recreational, educational and health services available to everyone. His experience as a physician, plus his association with the YMCA has taught him that our rural community has a great need for the care of it's senior citizens.
Kevin Chasse is a native of Fort Kent, Maine, attended the University of Maine (‘87) and Palmer College of Chiropractic (‘91), graduating with honors from each. He started his chiropractic practice in Dover-Foxcroft, ME in 1991 where he continues to practice. Dr. Chasse has served as the President of the Maine Chiropractic Association and is on the medical staff at Mayo Regional Hospital as an Allied Health Provider. He has served on the boards of the Center Theatre (2009-2013) and the Maine Community Foundation (2008-2017). Dr. Chasse also served as the Chairperson for the Foxcroft Academy Community Tennis Initiative (2011-2012). Dr. Chasse is an active outdoorsman, participating in various activities and interests such as hiking, cycling, golf, tennis, skiing, and snowmobiling. He continues to play competitive tennis and is a member of the United States Tennis Association. Dr. Chasse is particularly proud of his son, Mitchell, who has provided memorable theatrical productions in the Dover-Foxcroft community through his teenage and high school years, and is currently attending Pace University in New York City studying Performing Arts with a specialty in stage management. Dr. Chasse works and resides in Dover-Foxcroft.
Joseph Ranagan is a retired teacher. He received his BA from Montclair State University in 1965 and his MSEd from Temple University in 1968. He taught Chemistry and Physics in public schools in New Jersey for seventeen years before moving in 1983 to Maine, where he taught Physics at Dexter Regional H.S for seventeen years before becoming the Technology Coordinator there. He retired in 2004 and began the design and construction of a house in Sangerville. He volunteered with Pine Tree Hospice and for five years saw clients in their homes and /or nursing homes. Currently, he is an active member of NAMI Piscataquis County where he is a support group leader. He also assists his wife, Beth, with the preparation and presentation of educational programs for the public.
He and Beth are fans of opera as well as musicals. They attend performances whenever possible. He and Beth are ten year members of the Abbott Memorial Library Book Club.