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Senior College at Belfast

Senior College at Belfast
University of ME Hutchinson Center
80 Belmont Ave.
Belfast, ME 04915

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Nominations to Senior College Board, fall 2014

There are five board vacancies that need to be voted on at the Annual Meeting of Senior College (September 25, 2014).  David Beebe is shifting to ex-officio status, Bob Rackmales has reached his two-term limit, Ben Crimaudo is not running for re-election, and Ron Kennedy is resigning with two years left on his term.

To fill these vacancies, the nominating committee is proposing:


Debbie Bailly, Swanville
After receiving a BFA from Syracuse University, Debbie served as a community organizer with Volunteers of America in West Virginia. She moved to ME from CT in 1979 and soon after was instrumental in founding Hospice Volunteers of Waldo County, of which she was volunteer coordinator for several years. Debbie received a Master of Social Work at UMO, then, for nearly 20 years, worked as a therapist and Clinical Director of Wellspring, a residential and outpatient treatment facility for substance abuse and mental health problems. Since retiring two years ago, Debbie has mentored several men from the Reentry Center through the Restorative Justice Project, supporting them in their transition from prison to the community. She is also very active in the Unitarian Universalist Church.  The year before she retired, Debbie took vacation time so as to be able to attend Senior College, which she now attends regularly. She plays as much bridge as she can, delights in the antics of her rambunctious dog, loves camping, snorkeling and travel, and wants to learn to dance Latin rhythms and West Coast swing. 

Harry Kaiserian, Castine
Harry has been a long-time participant in Senior College.  He has taught a class on “The Role of Food in Film and Literature” and has served on the curriculum committee for the last three years.  Education duties in the Navy accounted for much of his 26-year Navy career, which culminated with duties with the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a follow-on assignment as Professor of Naval Science at Maine Maritime Academy and the University of Maine.  After retirement, he filled the position of Registrar at the Academy, where he also taught courses in business management.  Harry holds a baccalaureate from Monmouth University in New Jersey and an MBA from Roosevelt University in Chicago.  He and his family are widely traveled, having lived in Greece, Italy , Korea and several cities in the U.S.  In addition to his contributions to Senior College, Harry serves as President of the Board of the Wilson Museum and the Friends of Witherle Library in Castine.  He teaches cooking classes, writes a weekly cooking column for three local newspapers and has written a cookbook.  He loves Senior College.

David A. Ruberti, Belfast
David was born in his father’s hometown of Clinton, MA, but wisely made it to Belfast, his mother’s home town, when he was two months old.  He’s a graduate of Crosby High School, Maine Maritime Academy and Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s School of Industrial Management.  He worked as an engineer at several different manufacturing companies, finally retiring from FMC Biopolymer in Rockland in 2010. He joined Senior College as soon as he retired and has loved every minute, taking two courses every session, several one-day courses and gone on several special events trips.  He has presented slide shows during brown bag lunches and hopes to do more in the future.  He has chaired the Public Relations Committee and currently is the chair of the Special Events Committee, having just taken over from Joel Karp.  He is also very interested in Belfast history and is on the Board of Directors of the Belfast archives, and has previously volunteered with the Chamber of Commerce and served on the board of the Maine Celtic Celebration. 

Tracy Wickwire, Lincolnville
Tracy has been coming to Maine for 70 years, first from Chicago for summer vacations with her grandmother in Camden, and then for vacations with her husband, Ward.  Ten years ago they bought a home in Lincolnville, and two years ago they moved here full-time from Milwaukee.  Her background is in public relations.  She spent 10 years in the media department at Leo Burnett Advertising Agency in Chicago, and also worked in public relations at The Hotel Ambassador in Chicago.  The latter job came with perks – lunch every day in the Pump Room  so she could keep an eye out for celebrities.  The best ever, she says, was Lassie, who was served “Un Petite Hambergehr.”  She has long followed the summer music scene on the Midcoast and remembers when Dr. Benjamin Spock used to attend Bay Chamber Concerts in the 1960s.  She helped set up docent programs for the Chicago Symphony and the Milwaukee Symphony.

Anne Dolbashian, Northport
Anne is a Massachusetts native, attended Simons College in Boston, then moved to New York City as a newly-wed to graduate from Brooklyn College.  She later earned her master’s degree at St. John’s College.  Anne taught special ed in New York City, working with emotionally handicapped and physically limited children.  She and her husband had “always dreamed of a place by the sea,” and after his early death, that dream lived on.  After finding a place in Belfast in 1988, she returned every three-day weekend during the school year and in summers until she moved here following her retirement in 2001.  She quickly discovered Senior College, and has taken numerous courses.  “What I like is the eclectic mix, so I try one of everything – religion,, art, reading, economics.  It has inspired me because I’m so full of questions.”   She has even been inspired, at last, to get a computer that she’s trying to master!  Her vision for Senior College would be to expand the membership base by bringing in many more locals and long-time residents.  She even has some ideas how this might be done!  In her community life at the Y and other places, Anne says she encounters many people who have a distorted view of Senior College and think it functions as a college.  “I tell them it’s more like ‘senior knowledge,’ not a ‘college,’ “ she says.  On the board she hopes to encourage wider participation.

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