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.
Gail D'Agostino, Secretary
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.
Chris Paydos, Treasurer
Chris is a native of Gilbertville, Massachusetts, has made Dover-Foxcroft her home for the past 36 years. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst with a BA in English, she worked several years in the insurance industry before becoming the Risk Manager/Benefits Supervisor at Guilford of Maine, Guilford, ME. She did consulting work and substitute teaching while her children were younger. In 1997, Chris was elected as the Treasurer of the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church, a position she continues to hold. She has been the Administrative Assistant at the Congregational Church since 2003. Over the years, Chris has held many officer positions for various community organizations, including Mocutoc Club, PTO, Morton School Organization, Foxcroft Academy Sports Boosters, and The Penobscot-Piscataquis Association of the Maine Conference, UCC. She and her husband, Paul, have 2 adult children living in Southern Maine and Boston. Chris enjoys traveling with her family, reading, crafting and walking with her rescue dog, Murphy.
Andrew Bermudez moved to Maine from NJ in 2012. In NJ he served as a youth pastor for 10 years. He was also the director of the Regional Before and After School Program and Summer Camp for six years. Andrew has led many teams on international trips, in humanitarian efforts to help with clean accessible water, hurricane and typhoon relief, and food and medical aid. He has been a resident of Dexter and a pastor at First Baptist Church in Dexter for 7 years, and currently serves as the lead Pastor. Andrew has a passion for helping those in need in the Piscataquis region. His passion has led him to no serve on the Dexter Town Council and the Board of Directors at The Commons at Central Hall. In these positions, Andrew hopes to help bring in new resources and unify for the residents of Dexter and surrounding communities.
Cheryl Stitham White
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.
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.
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 outdoors-man, 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.
Lysbeth Ranagan is an American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) certified Speech-Language Pathologist. She received her BA and MA from Montclair State University (65,69) in Upper Montclair New Jersey. She practiced diagnostics, therapy, and program initiatives in public schools, private practice, and the Morris County Visiting Nurse Association in New Jersey before moving to Dexter, Maine in 1983. In Maine, she worked in the public schools for 5 years before establishing her private practice with all ages, but she primarily focused on the Birth-to-5 population, for ten years.
Beth has been active in community service since retirement in 2004. She serves as President of the local NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), known as NAMI Piscataquis County, serves on the Board of Directors of the Dexter Public Health Association, Inc., and acts as a spokesperson for the AARP initiative Dexter Age Friendly committee. She was active in the Thriving in Place initiative working to bring programs to Dexter about osteoporosis healing and prevention as part of the educational programming of the The Skeleton Crew. She volunteered direct patient service for Pine Tree Hospice for five years, and she is a proud, ten-year member of the Abbott Memorial Library Book Club, which has fostered many endearing friendships.
Michelle Dyer Fagan
Michelle has lived Dover-Foxcroft for 16+ years, she moved here from Mount Desert Island while she was in college. She has a degree in Early Childhood Education. She started working in the library world 12+ years ago at the Abbott Memorial Library in Dexter and just over 6 years ago she took a position at the Thompson Free Library. She was hired at TFL to be a program and outreach librarian, but with a new director her job shifted to youth services and outreach. As a mom of an FA student and community member who works in our area, she is very passionate about the community, how to make it better, how we can continue to grow, and how we can become more united. She feels very strongly about working on making sure our older residents needs are met as well as our children’s, the commons can do that. She believes the Commons is a great place to help work on community needs.
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 its senior citizens.