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.

Susan Cote

Mrs. Cote is Mount Merici Academy’s Head of School, and sits on the Board of Trustees as a representative of the school.  She brings a tremendous wealth of experience to the Board, having served Mount Merici as Principal for 18 years, and as a teacher for 7 years prior to that time.  Mrs. Cote’s daughter Elizabeth and her grandson Caden are Mount Merici Academy alumni, and her grandsons Beckett and Lexington are current students.


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.




Alan Breton

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. He is the owner of Oakland Furniture, Inc., and resides in Oakland with his wife Ammie who was a Kindergarten classroom aide here at MMA for many years.  Both Alan and their daughter Kelly attended Mount Merici Academy.


Karen Wickman

Board Secretary

Karen was honored to join the board in 2016.  She serves as Board Secretary and also 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, a graduate of Mount Merici Academy’s Class of 2011.

Tammy BernierTammy Bernier

Board Treasurer

Tammy was honored to join the Board in 2015. She 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 has one grandson, and lives with her family in Manchester.


Martha HartMartha 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.


Matt Marquis

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.


Janet AudetteJanet Audette

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.



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.


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.


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.


Donna-Jo Mitchell

Donna-Jo joined the Mount Merici Academy Board of Trustees in 2018 and serves on the Development Committee.  She is the mother of a Mount Merici alumna and a current MMA student, and the grandmother of two current students.  Mrs. Mitchell brings a wealth of value to the MMA Board with a history of 27 years working in the field of philanthropy.  She holds an MBA, is a past Board member of the Maine Association of Nonprofits, and is the current overseer of the St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church Development Committee.

James Grenier

Jim joined the MMA Board in 2017 with a long history of connections to Mount Merici Academy.  He attended Mount Merici as a child himself, as did four of his siblings.  His mother served as a chef for the Ursuline Sisters at the convent in the 1960’s, and his wife and eldest sister are both Mount Merici Academy high school graduates.  Jim and his family have many memories of Mount Merici, including their dad raising funds to help build the “new high school” which is our current school building!  Jim’s long and steady history as a local businessman is a great asset to our Board going forward.


Ronald Schultz

Ronald joined the MMA Board of Trustees in 2018 and serves on the Finance Committee.  He is the father of two Mount Merici Academy graduates who are now young adults in the career space having graduated from Smith College and Connecticut College in recent years.  As the longtime Sales Manager for Mid-Maine Marine in Oakland, Ronald brings to our Board a tremendous amount of business insight and experience.  He lives in Waterville with his wife, Carrie, a photographer and videographer who has preserved many of our past musical programs for Mount Merici Academy posterity.

Erinn Sullivan Michaud

Erinn brings a long history of Mount Merici service to the Board of Trustees which she joined in 2018.  She and her sister Cassie (an administrator here at the school) are MMA alumnae, as are Erinn’s daughters, Olivia and Emily.  Erinn taught 3rd grade at MMA for 18 years prior to moving to her current position at Messalonskee in Oakland five years ago.  Serviam is in Erinn’s DNA, and we are overwhelmingly happy to welcome her strong and vital presence to our Board.  Erinn serves on the Academic Affairs Committee.


Brian LeComte

Mount Merici Academy welcomed Brian to our Board of Trustees in 2018.  Brian is the father of an MMA Nursery School student, and serves as an IT Manager at Cianbro where he built the servers to support their new infrastructure.  He shares his community service involvement with the Alfond Youth Center and the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter.