Commissioners

Members of the Commission are appointed by the Governor for staggered terms of 5 years each. No more than 3 of the members may be of the same political party. The members are subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over judiciary and confirmation by the Legislature. The Governor designates one member to be the chair.

COMMISSION CHAIR

ARNOLD S. CLARK of Calais was appointed by Governor Lepage as Commissioner in September 2011 and later as Commission Chair in August of 2014. He is employed as an attorney at the law firm of Fletcher & Mahar. Before returning to Calais, where he grew up, Arnie practiced law at Friedman Gaythwaite Wolf in Portland, doing catastrophic personal injury defense, insurance coverage, product liability, and complex litigation. Prior to joining that firm, Arnie had practiced law in Waterville; during this time Arnold also served as Director of Maine Heritage Policy Center’s Center for Constitutional Law. Before that, Arnold served as a law clerk to the Honorable Justice Paul L. Rudman of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, after teaching at Quinnipiac University School of Law in Connecticut for two years as a visiting associate professor of law. He received his law degree from Quinnipiac in 2000.

CURRENT MEMBERS

SALLIE CHANDLER of Lebanon was first appointed as a Commissioner by Governor Baldacci in 2007 to fill an unexpired term. She was re-appointed for a full term in August 2010, and her term expires in August 2015. Sallie was the first African-American woman elected to public office in Maine (town clerk for Lebanon). She currently is a successful business owner, President-elect of Sanford-Springvale Rotary Club, the chair of the York County Commissioners, current Vice-President of the Coastal County Workforce Inc., and vice president of the Portland branch of the NAACP. She has served as a commissioner on the Maine County Commissioners Association and as a state committee member of the Maine Democratic Party. She also was the first woman president of the NAACP - Bangor Chapter, the first female dispatcher for the Bangor Fire Department, a real estate agency owner, and a former Little League coach. In 2009, Sallie was honored as a “Catalyst for Change” by the Jean Byers Sampson Center for Diversity at the University of Southern Maine.

A. MAVOURNEEN THOMPSONof Peaks Island was first appointed as a Commissioner by Governor Baldacci in August 2009; her term expires in August 2014. Mavourneen is a public policy consultant performing program evaluations for recipients of NASA education REASoN grants, among other research projects. Previously, she was co-founder/owner of PolicyOne Research, Inc. Mavourneen’s public service includes the following: Commissioner on the Maine Ethics Commission, Legislator in the Maine House of Representatives from 1980 to 1984, member of the South Portland School Board, and member of Governor McKernan’s Task Force on Maine School Funding. For six years, Mavourneen conducted education research at the Maine Education Policy Research Institute at the University of Southern Maine where she researched and wrote reports for the Maine Legislature, including several editions of The Condition of K-12 Public Education in Maine. A former teacher of Advanced Placement English and classes for immigrants and refugees at Portland High School for 15 years, Mavourneen holds a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Maine as well as postgraduate studies in education, public policy, and theology

DEBORAH WHITWORTH of Portland was first appointed as a Commissioner by Governor LePage in September 2011 to fill an unexpired term. She was appointed for a full term in August 2012; her current term ends in August 2017. Deb is a Development Director for Northcross Group, an information technology and management consulting firm in Portland. Deb serves as Director of the Maine State Council of the national Society of Human Resources Management (“SHRM”). Deb was honored as 2012 Human Resources Leader of the Year by SHRM Maine State Council. Deb is the co-chair of the Advisory Council for the Maine Development Foundation Maine Employers’ Initiative and also is an instructor at the University of Southern Maine in the Human Resources Certificate Program. The Immediate Past President for the Human Resources Association of Southern Maine, Deb previously was Senior Associate Human Resources professional with Mercer, an international human resources firm, managing director at Lebel and Harriman, an owner at HR Studio, the Vice President of Human Resources at the Waldron Group of Companies, and the Regional Human Resources Manager at Central Maine Medical Center. Deb holds a Bachelors' Degree in Communications from Kent State University in Ohio and achieved her Senior Professional in Human Resources designation from the Human Resources Certification Institute of SHRM in 2002.

JOHN NORMAN of Portland was appointed to the Commission by Governor LePage in May of 2014.  [The term for this seat on the Commission had begun in 2013. When Governor LePage did not fill the position at that time, the Commissioner still in the seat (Paul Vestal) continued to serve until replaced.] Commissioner Norman's term ends in 2018.  John is the Manager of Insurance and Claims at Iberdrola USA Networks, the “Shared Services” operations of Iberdrola USA (best known here in Maine as the parent company of Central Maine Power). Over the past 22 years John has worked primarily in the areas of Risk Management, Insurance and Claims with Central Maine Power Company, including its parent and affiliated companies; his areas of responsibility have also included parts of Human Resources and Labor Relations. Prior to that John worked in the insurance industry for Maine Bonding and Casualty Company. John is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Sciences from Husson University, and in December 2013 completed a Master’s Degree in Business Administration through Husson University as well. In addition to his work and educational experiences, John has served as a board member of the Maine Council of Self-Insurers and of the Maine Self-Insurance Guarantee Association, and is a past board member of Utilities Mutual Insurance Company. He also holds professional designations in the insurance and management fields.