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Chair of the Board


Eastport, Maine


Captain Robert J. Peacock, II, USNR-Ret. is a native of Lubec, Maine and graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1971.  He holds a U.S. Coast Guard unlimited Masters license for vessels of any gross tons with First Class Pilotage for the Great Lakes, Alaska, Texas, Maine, the Delaware River and Puerto Rico.  He currently serves as harbor pilot and docking master for Eastport, and formerly for Penobscot Bay & River and Bar Harbor.  Captain Peacock is the operations manager for TRUFRESH, LLC. which owns a seafood plant in Maine, imports frozen seafood and acts as a consultant to plants processing seafood throughout the world.  He has been extensively involved in a sea urchin and scallop research hatchery. He is active on many Boards and civic organizations and is currently Chair of the Eastport City Council.  Captain Peacock's father, Robert S. Peacock, graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1945 and his daughter, Ansley Peacock, graduated from MMA in 2007


Vice-Chairman of the Board


Houston, Texas


Robert Somerville graduated from Maine Maritime Academy with a degree in marine engineering and has devoted his professional life to the marine industry.  His early years were spent as a seagoing engineer and later in gaining experience at the Newport News shipyard.  Following that, he began a thirty-five year career with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) holding increasingly senior positions as Field Surveyor, Senior Surveyor, Principal Surveyor, Regional Manager for Western Europe, and President and Chief Operating Officer of ABS Europe. For eleven years prior to his appointment to the position of Chairman, he served as President and Chief Operating Officer of ABS.  He has received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions to maritime safety and currently serves as Vice Chairman of the International Association of Classification Societies.


Treasurer of the Board


Bath, Maine


Prior to joining Electric Boat division of General Dynamics in 2000, Shipway was a career Navy officer, retiring as Rear Admiral after 35 years of service.  His last assignment on active duty was as Director of Strategic Systems Programs.  He is a member of the Strategic Advisory Group of United States Strategic Command and in 2009, he was awarded the Navy League of the United States highest honor - the Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Award for exemplary leadership in the maritime defense industry.  Shipway earned a Bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and a Master's degree in engineering both from the University of Louisville.  He retired from his position as President of General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in the spring of 2009.  He is a member of the Board of Directors of Mid Coast Health Services, and does private consulting. 



New Canaan, Connecticut


Mr. Arntzen's distinguished career in the shipping industry spans nearly 30 years.  In 2004, he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG).  During his tenure, OSG's fleet has almost doubled to more than 150 ships that transport petroleum and gas products worldwide.  OSG employs nearly 4,000 seafarers and shoreside employees with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific.  Prior to joining OSG, Arntzen was Chief Executive Officer of American Marine Advisors, Inc., a U.S. based merchant banking firm and before that, he ran the Global Transportation Group for Chase Manhattan Bank.  In addition to serving on the boards of Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd and the Seaman's Church Institute of New York and New Jersey, he is active with the American Bureau of Shipping and is a trustee of the New Canaan Country School.  Mr. Arntzen holds a bachelor of arts degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master of international affairs degree from Columbia University.



Castine, Maine


Mary Lou Cormier recently retired from the University of Maine  where she worked for more than 38 years as a full professor and administrator.  She was chair of the Board of the United Way of Penobscot Valley and was the recipient of their Distinguished Community Service Award.  Dr. Cormier received her Ed.D from Vanderbilt University and has been recognized on several occasions for outstanding contributions to Human Services Education.  She has a long history of service on various committees and task forces dealing with educational standards and competencies.



Saco, Maine


Earle Cianchette grew up in Maine, attended high school at Maine Central Institute and graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1977 with a BS in Nautical Science and a 3rd Mates License.  After graduation, he shipped with American Trading & Transportation until 1982.  Following that, he joined Cianbro where he is currently employed as the Senior Vice President of Operations.  His professional and community affiliations include Maine Maritime Academy Alumni Association, board member and President; Maine Better Transportation Association board member and past President; and Youth League Athletics in Saco, Maine.  He currently resides in Saco with his wife, Maryellen, and their three children.  



Portland, Maine


Ward, a lawyer by profession, is Chairman of FINEOS Corporation in Dublin, Ireland and is "Counsel" to the law firm of Harmon, Jones & Sanford with a part-time practice limited to corporate governance issues.  He has more than 35 years of national and international insurance industry experience with UNUM Corporation.  During his time with UNUM, he held various legal and executive management positions.  Prior to his retirement, he led UNUM's international expansion efforts and was based in London where he was the President & Managing Director for UNUM's  European Operations as well as Chairman and CEO of UNUM UK.  Subsequently, he was the Chief Operating Officer for Young America, the New York Yacht Club's challenger for the 2000 America's Cup in New Zealand.  Currently, Ward is also the Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Waldron Group of companies.  He is the past Chairman of and currently a Director on the Board of Maine Employer's Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC), and a member of the Board of Directors for First UNUM Life Insurance Company.  Ward is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Maine Medical Center (former Chair of the Finance Committee) and is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Maine Maritime Academy.  Previously, Ward was a member of the board of Directors for Camden National Corporation, Acadia Trust, North America and a member of the Board of Visitors for the University of Maine School of Law.  He was also the founding Chairman of the Board of the Maine International Trade Center (MITC), and is a Trustee emeritus of the foundation for Blood Research.      




Windham, Maine


Victoria Larson, CDR, USN-Ret. is currently a Vice President for Technology at TD Bank, and works within the Engineering Department.  During her naval career she managed the World Wide Military Command and Control System at the Pentagon, was the Policies and Plans Director for the Naval Reserve Information Systems Command and served as Commanding Officer of two Naval Readiness and Naval Reserve Centers. Cdr. Larson is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate Academy and the University of West Florida where she obtained a Master's degree in Computer Systems and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership. Ms. Larson formerly served as Chair of the Maine Maritime Academy Board of Trustees.



Portland, Maine


Jean Mattimore has served as Executive Director of the Maine Community College System's Center for Career Development from 1994 through 2011.  During that time, she also served as Interim President of York County Community College and initiated and directed several international work-based exchange programs for MCCS students in Europe.  Prior to joining MCCS, she worked as an executive for Unum Corporation, an international disability and special risk insurance company located in Portland, Maine, and served as Commissioner of Finance for the State of Maine in the late 1980's.  She began her career as a lecturer in English at Simmons College and the University of New Hampshire.  Her education includes a master's degree in English literature, an MBA degree, and a doctorate in education.  She also participated in the Fulbright Scholar Program for International Education Administrators in Germany.




Cape Elizabeth, Maine

Marian Morgan is a graduate of the Winsor School in Boston and Wellesley College.  Before moving to Maine, she was employed by the Harvard Medical School.  She also served for many years on the board of The American College of Greece.  Ms. Morgan is an avid sailor who handled the logistics for Dodge Morgan's non-stop circumnavigation of the globe in American Promise.  This led to an involvement with the Outward Bound schools and a life-long interest in education.  Ms. Morgan was instrumental in bringing the arctic schooner Bowdoin to Maine Maritime Academy where it has since been used extensively in our sail training programs.  She worked closely with then-President Kenneth Curtis in the Academy's first major capital campaign and has remained a good friend and strong supporter of MMA ever since.  During her career she has worked for many non-profit organizations, most particularly those involved in education or the environment.  


Longwood, Florida 


Following graduation from Maine Maritime Academy in 1967 with a degree in Marine Engineering, Rod Rodrigue received his Naval commission and served in the Naval Reserve for 10 years.  As a U.S. Merchant Marine officer he was assigned tours in Viet Nam, Far East, Mediterranean and Africa.  Attaining his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Mr. Rodrigue embarked on a long and illustrious career in the field of engineering and manufacturing, working for US Texaco and American Export Lines in New York.  Mr. Rodrigue founded Time Wise Management Systems, a private, national supply chain management consulting company specializing in the transformation of manufacturing enterprises.  He and his wife established Ironwood, a residential treatment center in Morrill, Maine, committed to helping families in crisis with troubled teens.  In 2008, he was inducted into the Maine Maritime Academy Wall of Honor.



Hampton Falls, New Hampshire


A graduate of Merrimack College and Syracuse University, Anne Marie Samway has long been involved in higher education administration and governance as a two term college trustee.  She served for many years as Director of Administration, Alumni Affairs and Development at Phillips Exeter Academy.  She is an active member on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, MA. and the Seacoast Hospice, NH.  Anne Marie and her husband have strong ties to Maine and summer in Northport.



Dedham, Maine


Born and brought up in Bangor, Tom graduated from the University of Denver where he earned a bachelor's degree in education but returned shortly thereafter to join the family-owned waste management and recycling business which thrived under his direction for the next 27 years.  Sawyer was awarded the Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1990.  Tom has a long history with Maine Maritime Academy: his father was a member of the class of '45 and Tom has previously served as both a Visitor and a Trustee.  His list of public service is impressive and includes terms on the Bangor City Council, as Mayor, and as State Senator.  Additionally, he is a member of numerous other boards, non-profit and for-profit, educational and philanthropic.  Tom is an avid sailor, holds a current 100-ton Master's License with commercial towing and auxiliary sail endorsements and can often be seen patrolling Penobscot Bay as Flotilla Commander for the USCG Auxiliary aboard his 40' motor yacht.



North Hampton, New Hampshire 

William Walsh was born and brought up in Maine.  He is the owner of several companies including Ocean Properties, which manages resorts throughout the United States, Canada and the Caribbean as well as Bar Harbor Whale Watch which operates four boats in the Gulf of Maine and Key West Express which operates boats offering tours and transport to several ports in Florida.  Mr. Walsh's in-depth knowledge of the shipbuilding industry as well as his business experience in markets all over the world, coupled with his interest in the mission of Maine Maritime Academy make him a great asset to the Board.



Castine, Maine

J. Douglas Wellington has been teaching finance and economics at Husson University since 2002.  Prior to his current position, he accumulated an impressive number of professional degrees including a B.A. in Economics from University of Pennsylvania, a M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton Graduate School, a M.B.A. equivalent in Accounting from New York University, a J.D. from Rutgers Law School and a L.L.M. from New York University.  Douglas worked in the accounting field for 10 years and practiced law for 10 years.  He also was the president of a small casino company before joining Husson University.


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