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.
Karen Poulin, Administrative Assistant
Karen Poulin received a B.S. Degree in Engineering from the University of Maine and worked briefly as a Research Engineer at USDA-ARS and as an Architectural Draftsperson. After being a stay-at-home mom for several years, she began working part-time as an Office Assistant and lunteering at the local library. She was also a USFSA Learn-to-Skate Coach and taught ice skating lessons to children and adults for 11 years.
She and her husband David enjoy XC skiing, kayaking, & hiking the Maine outdoors, and travelling to visit their two adult children.
Karen has worked as an Administrative Assistant for Maine Association for Charter Schools since 2011.