Roger Brainerd, Executive Director
Roger Brainerd has a BA in Anthropology from Oberlin College and Masters Degrees from the University of Maine, in Science Education and in Educational Administration. Prior to his work as a public educator, Roger restored and captained an historic 82’ schooner, operating her as a school ship in a marine environmental education program for schools and colleges in Maine and New England in collaboration with the University of Maine Cooperative Education Service. As a Maine certified Principal, K-12 Teacher, and District Computer Coordinator, Roger has been an active leader of school improvement efforts at the classroom, school, and district levels. Roger has led efforts to bring innovative, autonomous, and accountable charter schools to Maine since 1993. Since 2009, he has represented Maine on the State Leaders Council of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools based in Washington, D.C.
Roger’s non-profit experience includes nine years as a board member of The Housing Foundation in Orono, four years as President. He also served as a board member of the Orono Land Trust. His community involvement includes service as a scoutmaster, 4-H leader, and town planning board chair. On retiring from public education, Roger and his wife Laura restored an historic 1786 farmhouse in Union which they operate as a bed & breakfast, contributing space for MACS’ office.
Zoë Lewin, Program Director & Strategist
Since the beginning of her career, Zoë Lewin has pursued the Sustainable Development Goal of ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education, and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all. Striving toward this goal has led Zoë to assume leadership and developer roles in diverse settings around the world, ranging from schools in her hometown of New York, to rural West African villages, and maximum-security state prisons in California.
Originally from New York City, Zoë began her career as a classroom teacher, where she accumulated experience working in NYC’s private, district-public, and public-charter school sectors. She also had the opportunity to serve on the founding planning team for Growing Up Green Charter School, in Queens, NY.
Prior to joining MACS, Zoë served as Director of Education for several international development nonprofits and NGOs. While at OrphanAid Africa, Zoë founded the Ayenyah Junior High School in Ghana, an experimental project aimed at offering orphans and vulnerable children an alternative option that was free, progressive, and of a higher-quality than that of traditional government schools. At the peak of the 2015 Ebola epidemic, schools across Sierra Leone were forced to close for nine months, leaving more than five million children without access to learning. Zoë then transitioned into a Director position at the organization, Shine On Sierra Leone, and was responsible for catalyzing rebuilding efforts for education in the country. There, Zoë developed initiatives to promote life-skills and social and emotional learning, in tandem with programs designed to strengthen communities and build safe and supportive environments for children, families, and educators.
Zoë earned a B.A. in Sociology and Education from Barnard College, and an M.A. in Curriculum & Teaching through the Literacy Specialist Program at Teachers College. While employed with the Democracy Prep Public Charter Schools network, Zoë simultaneously attend the Emerging Leaders program with Building Excellent Schools in Boston. Zoë continues her service as a delegate for the United Nations Interagency Network on Youth Development, advocating for global youth and gender equality.
Betty Ingraham, Administrative Assistant
Betty spent much of her adult years in Orono, Maine where she and her husband raised five children. She worked for much of that time in the College of Engineering, University of Maine and while there, completed Masters Degrees in Food Science and Nutrition and Science Education. On taking an early retirement from the University, Betty moved with her husband Thom to Hope, Maine where they planted heirloom fruit trees, berries, and a large garden.
She and Thom enjoy tending their “farmden” and also, especially – sharing time with their five adult children and eight grandchildren. Betty has worked as an Administrative Assistant for Maine Association for Charter Schools since 2016.