Board of Directors

Meet REM’s Board of Custodians…

REM welcomes the diversity.  REM’s Board reflects REM’s belief that it is in our diversity that we create REM’s strength.

(The following descriptions were written by our Dream Catcher, Faye Nicholson.)

 

Barbara Biche

Barbara is retired having served as principal of Mount Merci School for many years. Barbara has served on REM’s Board for many years as well. In 2006 Barbara was honored as REM’s REM Award winner. She has made Dreamers’ Creative Catering a valuable REM tool offering food service to all who rent REM spaces. Barbara coordinated a large group of volunteers who called, cooked, served, cleaned, decorated and served as hosts for community events. Barbara did a great job of designing how it should be built and bringing order to the chaos.

For the past several years Barbara was a major creator of the REM Craft Fair spending untold hours visiting artisans across the State of Maine in craft fairs and other venues.

Barbara resides in Waterville.

 

 

Tina Chapman

Tina Chapman

Tina Chapman is the Development & Communications Director for Kennebec Behavioral Health (KBH). Her primary responsibilities include resource development, marketing, public relations, and advocacy with the goal of advancing KBH’s mission to promote the well-being of children, adults and families who experience mental illness, emotional difficulties or behavioral challenges. Tina is currently on the Board of Directors for the Maine Association of Non-Profits (MANP) and Healthy Northern Kennebec as well as the Waterville Rotary Club for which she serves as  Community Services Chair and Vice President. Tina has worked as Director of the United Way and with Healthy Maine Partnership of Greater Waterville, and KVCAP Family Planning.

Tina is new to the REM Board but not to REM.  She has served as a REM Partner for two organizations and chaired the Forum Team organizing forums on Early Childhood Education and Youth Homelessness.  She presently serves on the Youth Homelessness Planning Team.  REM is most fortunate to have Tina join this Board as she brings with her an incredible positive energy and amazing organizational skills…not to mention an entire community that respects her work and loves her gentle soul.

 


Karen Giles

Karen Giles

Karen is a terrific single mother of a terrific son, Colt Siegars.  Karen home schooled Colt for his pre-high school grade years.  Both are now working to further their education, Colt in High School (where he has been marked for advanced classes) and Karen at the University of Maine.

Karen is present President of REM and has led many REM projects…Lego Mania, Talk to the Animals and Mrs. Santa’s Workshop, to name a few.  Karen also started REM Delta Prime Robotics with one  member, Colt, which has now grown dramatically!

 


Elery Keene

Elery Keene

Elery, a super busy man, is supposedly retired.  He served as founder and Executive Director of the Kennebec Valley Council of Governments for over 30 years.  He now serves on a variety of local boards including REM’s.

Elery was on the original “Dream Team” at the 1996 Community Catalyst and has remained connected to REM for all of the years in between.  He serves on REM’s Financial Development Committee and is working on developing a game to highlight local history and help raise money for REM Projects.  (See http://rem1.org/board-game/.)

Elery lives in Winslow with his son Ben.

 


Betty Palmer

Betty Palmer

Betty’s natural playful spirit and sense of humor cannot begin to hide the depth of her commitment to this community and her serious intent to make the world a better place.  In her work as Director of the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter Betty has made friends…lots and lots of friends.  From the people she has helped find homes and thus, regain their self-esteem, and from those who share her passion for joining hands to help those who need it most.

Which explains why REM was delighted in June of 2015 to welcome Betty to REM’s Board of Directors.  As REM celebrates its 20th year it looks to revitalize its own energy to move confidently into the future.  Having Betty’s input will add rich and exciting possibilities to our vision for the future as the creator of collaborative community initiatives aimed at creating a community where people thrive.

 


Jim Nicholson

Jim Nicholson, C.P.A.

Jim started his own CPA firm, Nicholson, Michaud and Company, in Waterville in 1980 but has been working in an accounting firm since he was 20 years old.  Jim is one of the founders of REM and one of the reasons it has prospered.  Daily he handles all of the financial aspects of REM…from paying the bills to balancing the books, to producing crazy reports that we who do not do numbers can actually understand and use successfully to do our planning.  He also does all of the Federal and State reports including the tax returns.  Did we mention he does this as a gift?  Did we mention that he does this along with working full time and being on many other Boards…including Chairman of the EasternMaine HealthCare System for four years.

In REM he also does some cooking that brings Dreamers’ Creative Cooking and the REM Craft Fair accolades for our food service.

Jim lives in China with our Dream Catcher, Faye Nicholson.

 


Jean Sawyer

Jean Sawyer

Jean is technically retired but probably does more work in this community in that state than she did when she ran her business…which is saying a lot!  If the world were full of Jean’s this world would be all organized and an exciting place to live indeed!  So, REM is lucky to have Jean’s loving attention.

Jean is all about the numbers.  That’s quite appropriate since she serves as REM’s Treasurer.  She has helped us design financials which are easy to understand by everyone.  They include all of the REM Community Initiatives as well as all of REM’s business and are great tools for planning and monitoring financial intricacies.  Jean also has wonderful ideas of how we can build community and is not at all afraid to step up a play a major role in implementation.  She also is great at covering our backs by seeing things that could be problems.

Jean lives in Waterville where she serves many other organizations…most of whom are REM Partners.

 

 

Board Meeting Info:

Place:  REM Board Room

Date:  Fourth Wednesday of the Month

Time:  4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

(No meetings in July or August)
                                                                                

 

Responsibilities of a REM Board Member:

Anyone interested in being a Board member is welcome to express their interest in joining in the work of the Board.

Members sign an agreement to comply with the guidelines of Board membership and present members sign as a promise to help them participate.   Click here to see a copy of the Commitment Form.

REM Board of Custodians Commitment Form for website


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“Official” Excerpts from REM’s Constitution and ByLaws about the Board:

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The powers, authority and responsibility for the conduct and management of REM are vested in the Board of Directors, hereafter refered to as the Custodians of Holocracy, subject to the provisions of law and the Articles of Incorporation.

Custodians of Holocracy:

Custodians shall consist of not less than eight (8) nor more than twenty-five (25) members. The Custodians are elected annually at the annual meeting and serve without term limits. The Custodians shall hold office until the annual meeting or special meeting held in place thereof and until their successors are chosen and qualified. In case the number of the Custodians shall be less than the full number of twenty-five (25), the Custodians may at any meeting increase their number within the limits then specified and elect additional members to complete the number of Custodians.

Statement of Purpose of the Custodians of Holocracy:

The Purpose of REM’s Custodians of Holocracy is to maintain REM’s focus on the vision statement and the visioning process by:

  1. Providing leadership through modeling the values stated in the vision and in the REM Agreements;
  2. Empowering the people of Mid-Maine to develop policies that achieve the community’s long-term goals;
  3. Assuming responsibility for the fiscal functioning of REM;
  4. Maintaining the internal functions of REM as a non-profit organization.

Duties of the Custodians of Holocracy:

It shall be the duty of the Custodians of Holocracy to supervise the affairs and conduct the affairs of REM and to exercise all the powers conferred upon it. They shall select all Officers designated in these By-Laws and may from time to time appoint such other Officers, agents, and committees as they may deem proper. They shall have full authority over all Officers, employees, agents or committees selected, appointed or hired by them, and may prescribe their duties. They shall have authority to declare any office to be vacant without assigning cause therefor and accept resignations of any member of the Custodians of Holocracy or of any Officer of REM. Any vacancy in any office, whether it arise from resignation or otherwise, may be filled by the President of the Custodians of REM and must be approved by the Custodians at their next meeting. They shall keep a record of their actions at all their meetings, and shall at any meeting, in the absence of the regular Officers, appoint a temporary Chair and Secretary of said meeting.

Article IV: Officers

The Officers of this corporation shall be a President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.

  1. All Officers shall be members of the Custodians of Holocracy.
  2. REM will not compensate officers for their services.
  3. Any officer may serve for any number of consecutive terms if selected by the Custodians of Holocracy to do so.
  4. Officers shall be chosen annually by the Custodians of Holocracy.
  5. Officers shall hold office for one year and until his/her successor is elected and takes office, unless s/he shall sooner resign or be removed.

Emergency Powers:

  1. An emergency, for the purposes of these bylaws, is defined as a situation involving risk to life, mandated action required by law, or a risk of significant damage to person(s) and/or property.
  2. If an emergency requires the Association to act; the Custodians, the Executive Committee or the Officers, by a majority vote, may act in the name of REM assuming such action does not legally bind REM to a third party.
  3. The President, or his/her Vice President acting in his/her stead, must report all emergency actions to the next regular Custodians of Holocracy or Executive Committee meeting, whichever comes first.

Eligibility for Office:

  1. All Officers of the Association must be members of the Custodians of REM.

Resignation of an Officer:

  1. Any officer may resign at any time.
  2. A written resignation must be submitted stating the date on which the resignation is to take effect to the President or Secretary of the Custodians of Holocracy.

Removal of an Officer:

  1. The Custodians, with or without cause, may remove any Officer by a two thirds vote of all Custodians voting in person or by proxy at a special meeting of the Custodians called for that purpose.

President:

The President shall have general power to manage and supervise all the affairs of REM and shall perform such other duties as the Custodians of Holocracy shall from time to time prescribe. These shall include but not be limited to:

  1. He/She shall preside at all meetings of the Custodians of Holocracy.
  2. REM’s President will serve as the senior coordinating officer of REM, working closely with the Executive Director in managing REM’s relationships with other agencies, public and/or private, both within and outside REM, and in managing the interfaces among REM personnel, both volunteer and staff, and to coordinate the work of the activities of the several Divisions, including all Forums, teams, and meetings.
  3. The ultimate role of REM’s President is to train new leadership through coordination, education, promotion, liaison, and trouble-shooting.

Vice President:

The Vice President shall perform such duties as the President or Custodians of Holocracy shall from time to time prescribe. In the President’s absence or inability to act, the Vice President shall perform the duties of the President.

Treasurer:

It shall be the duty of the Treasurer to collect and keep safe all the moneys of the corporation; to disburse the same under the general direction of the Custodians of Holocracy; to submit a statement of his/her accounts for the past year at the annual meeting of the Custodians of Holocracy and at such other times as the Board of Directors Custodians of Holocracy may determine; to keep in a manner prescribed by the Custodians of Holocracy all the accounts of the corporation in books to be provided for that purpose; to sign, seal, execute, and deliver for and on behalf of the corporation all deeds, mortgages, leases, notes, bonds, assignments, and agreements in writing when authorized and unless otherwise provided by the Custodians of Holocracy; and to discharge such other duties as shall be prescribed from time to time by the Custodians of Holocracy. He/She shall have the authority to endorse on behalf of the corporation for the purpose only of deposit to the order of the corporation all checks, notes, drafts, warrants, and orders.

Secretary:

The Secretary shall be the Secretary of the Corporation and Secretary of the Custodians of Holocracy and shall keep a faithful record of all their doings. In case the Secretary is not present at any meeting of the Custodians of Holocracy a Secretary Pro-Tem shall be appointed with the power to keep the minutes of any such meeting and to record and attest to the same.

Article V: Meetings of the Custodians of Holocracy

Regular Meetings:

The Custodians of Holocracy shall meet regularly. A written notice and agenda of each meeting shall be mailed to each Custodian prior to the meeting.

Annual Meeting:

The annual meeting of the Custodians of Holocracy shall be held in November at which time there shall be selected the Custodians of Holocracy and the Officers of the corporation.

Special Meetings:

Special meetings of the Custodians of Holocracy may be called at any time by the President, or by the Secretary at the direction of the President, or by vote of the Custodians of Holocracy, or by Petition for that purpose signed by a majority of the Custodians of Holocracy. It shall be the duty of the President or Secretary to call such meeting whenever a Petition for that purpose is presented.

Place of Meetings:

All meetings of the Custodians, both annual and special, and meeting of committees of the Board, shall be held at the time and place designated in the Notice of the meeting.

Quorum:

One quarter (25%) of the members of the Custodians present in person, or by conference telephone, shall constitute a quorum at any meeting of the Custodians of Holocracy. Any Custodian, or committee member, may participate in a meeting by means of conference telephone or similar communications equipment by means of which all persons participating in the meeting can hear or otherwise communicate with each other, and participation in such meeting shall constitute presence in person by any such Custodian, or committee member, at such meeting.

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