Meet Our Board of Trustees

Mount Merici Academy is fortunate to have caring, committed individuals serving in a completely voluntary capacity as directors of our school. Members exist to support the educational mission and philosophy of Mount Merici Academy. The Board has fiduciary responsibilities, implements the school’s vision through strategic planning, and supports its leadership.

The Board composition is a strong, balanced blend of skills and experience, allowing members to offer guidance in core areas important to our school. Regular meetings of the Board of Trustees and standing committees are held monthly.

Helen Bell-Necevski

Helen Bell-Necevski

Dr. Helen Bell-Necevski proudly joined the MMA Board in 2013 and serves on the development committee. Dr. Bell is an optometrist with Maine Eye Care Associates in Waterville. She resides in Oakland with her husband, Zlatko Necevski, and their two daughters Mikhaila Necevski and Madison Necevski, both of whom are are Mount Merici alumni who are currently attending college in Maine and Florida.

Dr. Brian Gillis

Dr. Brian Gillis

Dr. Brian Gillis proudly joined the MMA Board in 2012. Dr Gillis has served as past Chief of Surgery, current Vice Chief of Staff, and on the Board of Trustees at Inland Hospital. Brian and his wife, Ingrid, have three children Landen, Grace, and Ethan. They live on Snow Pond Belgrade Maine.


Janet Audette

Janet Audette

MMA Board Treasurer

Janet joined the Board in 2014 and serves on the Finance Committee. She is an accountant at PFBF, CPAs in Oakland. She and her husband, Bert, live in China with their son Isaac.


Sr. Angela Krippendorf, o.s.u.

Sr. Angela Krippendorf, o.s.u.

Sr. Angela is a resident of the Ursuline Provincialate in Dedham, Massachusetts, and is a former Provincial Prioress of the Ursulines of the Northeast Province. In her role on the school’s Board of Trustees, Sr. Angela is a member of the Finance Committee.

Vicki DuguayVicki Duguay

MMA Principal

Vicki Duguay comes to the position of Principal after being MMA’s Kindergarten teacher for many years. She is an ex-officio member of the Board of Trustees, and serves on all Board committees. Vicki lives in Waterville with her husband, Mike (a past chair of the MMA Board of Trustees) and their son Chase, a graduate of the MMA Class of 2011, and a graduate of the Waterville High School Class of 2017. Their daughter Sage is a graduate of the MMA class of 2007, a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono’s Class of 2017, and she currently resides in the State of Washington, where she works as a Chemical Engineer.

Matt Marquis

MMA Board Development Chair

Matt joined MMA in September of 2013 and serves on the Development Committee. He is an Account Executive and co-owner of Higgins & Bolduc Agency in Oakland with his wife, Danielle. They live on Snow Pond in Sidney with their son Mitchell, a current MMA student.


Martha Hart

Martha Hart

2nd Grade Teacher

Martha joined the Board in 2010 as the Faculty Representative. She has worked at Mount Merici Academy since 1995, and is currently the second grade teacher. Martha has also been a member of the Certification Committee since 2006. Martha lives in Waterville with her husband Jim. They have three grown children who are Mount Merici graduates, and two grandchildren.


Alan Breton

MMA Board Chair

Alan joined the Board in 2014 and currently serves as the Board Chairman, and as a member of the Finance Committee. Alan is past president of the Oakland Lions Club, and also has served on the Board of the United Way of Mid-Maine. Alan is the owner of Oakland Furniture, Inc., and resides in Oakland with his wife Ammie. Alan and his family have strong, long-lasting ties to Mount Merici Academy, as his wife was a Kindergarten classroom aide for many years, and both Alan and their daughter, Kelly, attended Mount Merici Academy.


Karen Wickman

Karen was honored to join the board in 2016 and serves on the Development Committee. She is in her 24th year at Colby College where she is the Executive Assistant to the Director of the Colby College Museum of Art. Along with managing the Director’s schedule, she manages the Museum’s operating, endowment and art acquisition budgets. Karen received business degrees from Colby Sawyer College and Plymouth State University. She lives in Waterville with her husband, Jeff and daughter Rebecca, MMA class of ’11.

Tammy Bernier

Tammy Bernier

Tammy was honored to join the Board in 2015. She has worked at Kenway Corporation in Augusta for nine years in many capacities, including finance, human resources and safety compliance. Tammy is the parent of two Mount Merici alumni, Brianna, a nursing student at UMA, and Matt, a student at Maine Maritime Academy.  She also has one grandson, and lives with her family on Great Pond in Belgrade.

Brian Moores

Brian Moores joined the MMA Board in 2015 and serves on the Facilities Committee. For the past 15 years, Brian has worked for TRC in Augusta as an Electrical Engineer. Brian has spent most of his life in Maine, attending Messalonskee High School and then graduating from U-Maine with an Engineering Degree. Brian resides in Sidney with his wife Melissa and two children Mya and Julia who are current MMA students.

Stacy Saucier

Stacy joined the MMA Board in 2015. Stacy has been an asset to MMA for many years, volunteering her time, working as an Ed Tech for many years, and being a devoted parent to daughters Emily (a former MMA student), and Olivia, a recent graduate of MMA. Stacy is the Director of Finance and Administration at United Way of Mid-Maine. Additionally, she works in her family’s business, Royal Construction. Stacy resides in Oakland with her husband, Eric and daughter, Olivia.

Sr. Madonna O’Hara

Sr. Madonna joined the MMA Board in 2015. She is an Ursuline Sister residing in St. Louis, MO when she is not traveling to Ursuline schools across the country, including MMA. Her ministry is to help foster the Ursuline spirit and connect with the leaders of Ursuline schools. “I love coming to Mount Merici where the spirit of Serviam is so alive,” Sr. Madonna recently stated during a visit to our school. She has been a teacher, principal and president in Ursuline schools, and has been a parish minister and religious education coordinator. She has also served on leadership and formation teams for the Ursuline Sisters.

Tamiko Paquette

Tamiko Paquette joined the MMA Board in 2015. Mrs. Paquette is a Gifted and Talented teacher with RSU18. Prior to this, she taught 4th Grade at MMA for ten years. Mrs. Paquette resides in Waterville with her husband Cory and daughters, Monicah (a student at UMF), and Lissy and Yuliya, both students in Waterville.


Steve Farnham

Steve is the Vice President of McCormack Building Supply, and has been working in the retail building industry since 1997. Steve resides in Winslow with his wife and 3 children, 2 of whom currently attend Mount Merici. He chose to send his children to Mount Merici because MMA’s faculty, administration, and community members work together and care about each other.  Steve looks forward to the opportunity to give back to the school.


Amy Bureau Jefferson

Amy is a proud Mount Merici alumna. Her perspective as an alumna combined with her experience as Associate Director of Advancement at Bates College allows Amy to bring unique value to the Board. She credits her Mount Merici Academy education with preparing her to excel in high school and college, teaching her how to stand up to social injustice, and inspiring her to actively participate in service to her community (Serviam!).  Amy lives in Sidney with her husband, John.