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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.
PAUL K. VESTAL JR. of Plymouth was first appointed as a Commission member in 1990. He was reappointed in 1993, 1998, and, for a fourth term, in 2003. In June 2005, he was named Chair by Governor Baldacci. His current term expires in 2013. From 2005-2012, Paul was the Director of Children’s Services at Catholic Charities of Maine; he also was Program Director at Catholic Charities of Maine St. Michael’s Center for 15 years. Paul chaired the Maine Juvenile Justice Advisory Group for 17 years. Paul served as the Executive Director of Maine Advocacy Services from 1992-1996, and from 1982-1992 was Substance Abuse Program Specialist in a Chemical Alternative Program at the Maine Department of Corrections’ Division of Probation/Parole. Paul was the Warden of the Maine State Prison from 1980-1982, and the Executive Director of the Youth Services Planning and Development Council for 3 years before that. His distinguished professional history goes back years before that as well. Paul received an undergraduate degree from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, N.C., and a graduate degree from Georgia State University. .
SALLIE CHANDLER of Lebanon was first appointed as a Commissioner by Governor Baldacci in 2007 to fill an unexpired term. Her current term expires in 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 THOMPSON of Peaks Island was first appointed as a Commissioner by Governor Baldacci in 2009. Her current term expires in 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.
ARNOLD S. CLARK of Durham was appointed as a Commissioner by Governor LePage in September 2011. His term expires in 2016. Arnold is employed as an attorney at Friedman Gaythwaite Wolf in Portland, doing catastrophic personal injury defense, insurance coverage, product liability, and complex litigation. Prior to joining that firm, Arnie practiced law in Waterville, Maine; 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.
DEBORAH WHITWORTH of Portland was first appointed as a Commissioner by Governor LePage in September 2011 to fill an unexpired term. Her current term ends in 2017. Deb is a Senior Associate Human Resources professional with Mercer, an international human resources firm. 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 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.