The Maine State Museum Commission

The Maine State Museum Commission is a group of fifteen Maine citizens appointed by the Governor to oversee museum policies, prescribe duties of the museum director, establish museum admission fees, and generally supervise museum operations. The members of the Commission may serve up to two consecutive five-year terms and are appointed because of their special qualifications and interests in the several fields of museum activity.

The Maine State Museum Commission is currently led by Chair Jon Doyle and Vice-Chair Michael Barrett. Biographical sketches of the Commission members follow.

Michael Barrett is a retired businessman and former selectman for the town of Belgrade and chair of the Belgrade Board of Appeals. He serves on the board of trustees of the Belgrade Library and holds memberships in the United Way of Mid-Maine, Belgrade Lakes Association, and Belgrade Historical Society.

Elizabeth Bischof is a professor at the University of Southern Maine where she began teaching in 2008. As a cultural historian and researcher, she currently teaches courses on the history of Maine, photography and American history and American popular culture. Her other research interests include American modernism, friendship and culture, 19th-century New England women writers, artist colonies and the Arts and Crafts Movement and new media. Dr. Bischof is also chair of the Department of History and Political Science, works extensively with USM students in internship positions with such organizations as the Portland Museum of Art, the Maine Historical Society and USM Special Collections. In addition, she works with students and teachers in local schools and frequently collaborates with the Maine Humanities Council. Dr. Bischof did her undergraduate and graduate work, including her doctorate, at Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Dena Dix is the Director of Sales with Hart Hotels in Portland; she is also involved in community organizations including the Maine State Museum and Maine Military Community Network. Ms. Dix possesses a Bachelor's Degree in Business with a minor in Psychology and applies her degree to a variety of her interests. She has been an active fund raiser for the Kennebec Valley Humane Society, March of Dimes, HIV/AIDS research and has devoted a bit of her time to hospice care. Ms. Dix's experiences in travel, both nationally and globally, and her work in metropolitan areas of the country, are balanced with being raised and educated in rural Maine. In her leisure time, she can be found walking on the beach with her St. Bernard, Duchess Pippy, enjoying the company of family & friends, or assisting her mother at her family's bed and breakfast. Her research interests include women and veterans' healthcare issues, estate planning, alternative approaches to medicine, play writing, cultural food, and arts and customs.

Jon R. Doyle, Esq. lives in Richmond and is chair of the Museum Commission. He is an attorney with Doyle and Nelson, a private practice in Augusta that specializes in legislative, regulatory and administrative matters in Maine state government. He is a former Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General of the State of Maine, Counsel to the 106th Maine Legislature, and a member of the Board of Governors and past president of the Maine Bar Association. Mr. Doyle is also on the Board of Directors and Chair of Jobs for Maine's Graduates. Other organizations that he has led as a board member or chair include the Kennebec Valley United Way; Maine Children's Trust; GrowSmart Maine; Women Unlimited; Maine Rape Crisis Center; Family Violence Project; MaineGeneral Hospital; and the Patten Lumbermen's Museum. He is a charter member of the Maine Bar Foundation.

David Hopkins of North Haven is a museum retail consultant for the Brooklyn Museum. He has thirty years of experience in the not-for-profit arts management sector. He has a proven record in sales, expense control, customer relations, location management, construction, visual merchandising and staff development. Mr. Hopkins is on the Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and serves as Chair of the Development Committee at the Farnsworth Museum and Wyeth Center in Rockland. He is also on the Board of Trustees and Executive Committee at Waterman's North Haven Arts & Enrichment. He is on the Board at the North Haven Historical Society and is a former president and treasurer of the North Haven Development Corporation and former advisory board member of the James N. Jarvie Commonweal Service in New York.

Dennis L. Keschl of Belgrade has a wealth of governmental and civic experience. He has served as the town manager of Belgrade, Maine and from 2010 - 2014, represented District 83 (towns of Belgrade, Fayette, Manchester, Mount Vernon, and Vienna) in the Maine House of Representatives. He has held two positions, the director of the technical analysis division and director of the administrative division, at the Maine Public Utilities Commission and served as the director of the Bureau of Air Quality Control in the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.

Kimberley Acker Lipp of New Gloucester is executive vice president of the non-profit organization, Job's for Maine's Graduates where she has worked since 2003. Prior to that time, she served as director of education and special projects for Maine Public Broadcasting Network, editor for United Publications, and a correspondent and producer for Court TV and Financial News Network. She is the recipient of numerous awards for her strategic philanthropy, organizational development, and television production work. She has served on several private and state boards and committees concerned with youth and adult education, is a past board member of the Maine Association of Non-Profits, and holds a masters of education from Lesley College.

Charles J. Micoleau, Esq. of Portland is chair of the Commission. He also oversees the legislature and public affairs services work of the Portland law firm Curtis, Thaxter, Stevens, Broder & Micoleau. Mr. Micoleau is a former Chief of Staff to U.S. Senator Edmund S. Muskie in Washington, D.C. For more than thirty years he has been active in shaping governmental policies affecting energy, technology investment, and environmental protection. His past experience in corporate and non-profit leadership includes service as Vice President of Communications for The NutraSweet Company; President of the Maine Center for Innovation in Biotechnology; and President of the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the state's largest environmental organization. He now serves as a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Maine's Muskie School of Public Policy and Management, and as a trustee of the Portland Public Library.

R. Linwood Snow of Woolwich is a Maine historian. He has served as director of maritime museums in Bath, Maine and San Diego, California. Mr. Snow has been a history and government teacher, dean of students, acting headmaster and a National Park Service historian. He has written several books of Maine history including The Bath Iron Works: The First Hundred Years; Maine Odyssey: Good Times and Hard Times in Bath, with K.R. Martin; The Pattens of Bath: A Seagoing Dynasty, with K.R. Martin; and A Shipyard in Maine: Percy and Small and the Great Schooners, with Capt. D. Lee.

Mary Sue Weeks , a resident of Bremen, is the retired executive assistant for the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. Her experience includes many years as a non-profit administrator and development officer for such groups as the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Rockland, the Opportunity Farm for Boys in New Gloucester, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension's Camp and Learning Center in Lincolnville, and the Round Top Center for the Arts. Ms. Weeks is an artist and business owner with experience as sole proprietor of both Decorative Illusions and Coastal Maine Draperies in Bremen. She has also served on the Board of Trustees for Lincoln Academy, the Bremen Budget Committee, Bremen School Board and Bremen Planning Board.