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Regulatory Fairness Board Member Biographies, January 2012

Honorable Matthew Dunlap, Chair, Old Town, Maine
Maine's 49th Secretary of State

Matthew Dunlap of Old Town, Maine’s 49th Secretary of State, is the first person to serve non-consecutive terms in that office since 1880. He previously served three terms as Maine’s 47th Secretary of State. During his previous tenure, he served as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State and was named Maine’s Public Administrator of the Year in 2008. In 2005, he was appointed by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta to serve on a national rulemaking panel on driver license and identification card security, and has remained active in the national debate on privacy and national security.

He previously served four terms in the Maine House of Representatives representing part of Old Town and the Indian Island Voting District; he served three terms as House Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Inland Fisheries and Wildlife as well as House Chair of the Government Oversight Committee. A founder of the Maine Youth Fish and Game Association, he is an award-winning monthly columnist for The Northwoods Sporting Journal and is active in many civic endeavors, including board positions with The Windover Art Center, University of Maine ‘M’ Club, Russian-American Rule of Law Consortium, and the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine. He was recently named a Commissioner for the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission. He was raised in Bar Harbor and holds degrees from the University of Maine. He lives in Old Town with his wife, Michelle Dunphy, and their daughter Emily Charlotte Dunlap.


David H. Brenerman

Currently principal in his own public policy consulting firm.  Prior to establishing this business, Brenerman spent almost 29 years in various government affairs capacities at Unum in Portland, Maine.  He retired from Unum as Vice President of Government Affairs in August of 2013. At Unum, he was primarily responsible for directing the company’s government affairs and political activities in a number of states, including Maine and Massachusetts, the home states of two of Unum’s major subsidiaries. His other key responsibilities were to coordinate external efforts on issues such as health care reform, long term care, supplemental insurance and employer matters with federal and state governments, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), and insurance trade associations.  Brenerman chaired several national trade association committees during his tenure at Unum.

David is former Mayor and City Councilor of Portland, Maine, and served three terms in the Maine House of Representatives, representing the citizens of Portland.  He was Executive Director of the Maine Democratic Party from 1981-84.

Brenerman has served in leadership capacities in numerous cultural, social service, business, and religious organizations in Portland and in Maine. He is former Chairman of the Board of the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, where he remains a board member, and is past President of the Board of Trustees of the Portland Public Library, as well as past chair of the Library’s capital campaign. For his efforts on behalf of the library, David was named an Honorary Trustee in 2008.

He is currently a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Southern Maine and is the chairman of the Club’s 2013-2014 annual fundraising campaign.  He is also an Executive Committee member on the board of Temple Beth El.  He is co-founder and current board member of the North Deering Neighborhood Association.  Brenerman also serves on the Public Policy Committee of the Greater Portland United Way, where he is a former board vice president.  In addition, Brenerman continues to participate in several volunteer positions for his alma mater, Clark University.

David received a Master's Degree in Public Administration from the University of Maine in 1975.  He graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1973, with a B.A. in Government. 

David lives in Portland with his wife and daughter.

Patricia A. Kuhl ("Pat"), Brunswick, Maine

Pat Kuhl received her BA from Immaculata College, with a triple major: accounting, economics, and computer science. She completed advanced accounting, finance, and business management courses at Villanova University.

Pat currently owns and operates PK Associates, providing consulting and turnaround services, often working with distressed businesses. She has acted as Acting Trustee or Associate Trustee in Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies; and as Receiver and Assignee FBO Creditors in a number of situations. She managed a number of businesses during ownership crises and provided transitional services, and worked with companies in their dealings with regulatory bodies to provide workable solutions to problems. She works with medical practices as interim Practice Manager and assisted in combining cultures of merging practices.  

She previously served as CFO for Young's Furniture in South Portland, and currently serves as CFO for Gowen, Inc., a full-service boatyard in Portland, where she assisted in changing the customer focus after the substantial loss of the Maine fishing industry. At Gowen, she manages daily business operations and is working towards the sale of the business, as well as the related real estate entity, Berlin Mills Wharf.  She has served as administrator for Jensen, Baird, Gardner, and Henry, a full-service law firm in Portland. She maintains membership in the Maine Marine Trades Association, and is a past member of the North Star Initiative. Pat is also a Board member of Broadsound Technologies, a computer services company.


Douglas M. Smith, Esq., Dover-Foxcroft, Maine

Senator Doug Smith graduated from Foxcroft Academy in 1965, from the University of Maine in 1969 with a BA in International Affairs/Political Science, and from the University of Maine Law School in 1974 with a Juris Doctor degree.

From 1970-76, he served as a member of the Maine House of Representatives with service on the Legal Affairs Committee (2 years), the Appropriations and Financial Affairs (4 years with 2 years as House Chair), and the Joint Select Committee on Forest Resources (Chair). In 1975, he commenced general practice of law as a solo practitioner for five years before merging with the Bangor-based firm of Eaton Peabody practicing for the next 26 years in a broad ranging practice serving small and large clients in nearly every sector of the Maine economy from the forest products industry to healthcare to utilities and many others. From 1979-2006, he served as Judge of Probate for Piscataquis County, and from 2006-2010, he served as State Senator in District 27.

Doug is life-long Tree Farmer whose lands were twice awarded Outstanding Tree Farm. Among service on numerous non-profit boards, Doug’s community commitment includes: Dover-Foxcroft Kiwanis Club (Past President); Foxcroft Academy Trustee Board (Past Vice Chair); the Forestry Building Capital Campaign (Chair) and co-chair of a major capital campaign to refurbish campus; University of Maine Foundation (former Board Chair); and Maine Tree Foundation (former Board Chair).

A life-long resident of Dover-Foxcroft, Doug is married to the former Cartha Palmer of Nobleboro with two adult children: Deron P. Smith and Amy R. Smith.