The Leadership team at the Maine Department of Education is working to build an agency that supports schools and educators across the state in their mission to help all students reach their potential and leave school prepared for work, life, and post-secondary education opportunities.

Commissioner’s Office

  • Pender Makin, Commissioner
  • Dan Chuhta, Deputy Commissioner
  • Kelli Deveaux, Associate Commissioner
  • Chelsey Fortin-Trimble, Associate Commissioner
  • Jessica Nixon, Chief of Staff & Operations


  • Marcus Mrowka, Director of Communications

Office of Innovation

  • Page Nichols, Chief Innovation Officer
  • Beth Lambert, Director of Innovative Teaching and Learning

    Facilities, Safety & Transportation

    • Scott Brown, Director
    • Ann Pinnette, Facilities and Transportation

      Higher Ed. & Educator Support Services

      • Angel Loredo, Director
      • Stephanie Fyfe, Certification
      • Gail Senese, Adult Education
      • Jason Libby, Higher Education
      • Tamara Ranger, Educator Excellence

      Maine School Safety Center 

      • Jonathan J. Shapiro, Director
      • Robert Susi, School Safety and Security Coordinator
      • Karen Barnes, Threat Assessment / Mental Health Coordinator
      • Melissa Condon, School Emergency Management Coordinator
      • Stacey Barlow, Restorative Practices Coordinator
      • Wendy Robichaud, Safety Training Coordinator

      Learning Systems

      • Janette Kirk, Chief of Learning Systems
      • Cheryl Lang, ESEA Federal Programs Director
      • Lee Anne Larsen, Early Learning Team Coordinator
      • Dwight Littlefield, Career and Technical Education

        School Finance & Operations

        • Joanne Allen, Director
        • Tyler Backus, School Finance, Compliance and Governance
        • Charlotte Ellis, Data Management
        • Walter Beesley, Child Nutrition

          School and Student Supports

          • Kellie Bailey, Social Emotional Learning/Restorative
            Practice Specialist
          • Deqa Dehlac, Family Engagement and Cultural Responsiveness & Foster Care POC
          • Amelia Lyons, State Director Migrant Education, and Homeless Education Consultant
          • Emily Poland, Coordinated School Health
          • Bear Shea, Mental Health/School Counselor Specialist

          Special Services

          • Erin Frazier, Director
          • Mary Adley, SPPS, State Agency Client/State Ward, Significant Disproportionality
          • Roberta Lucas, Child Development Services
          • Barbara A. McGowen, Finance Coordinator
          • Tracy Whitlock, Special Projects, Dyslexia, Math4ME, PBIS Coordinator