Board of Directors & Staff

PIE is extremely fortunate to have a wonderful team of board members, both currently on the board, and those who have served in the past. PIE’s board is made up year-round residents, seasonal residents, parents, community members and teachers. Board meetings are held bi-monthly with an annual meeting towards the end of the summer.

PIE Board

President – Robb Warren

Robb was born and raised on Vinalhaven in a fishing family. He received his Bachelors of Science in International Affairs from UMaine in 1987, and soon thereafter, his teaching certificate. Since then, Robb has taught every grade between 3rd and 12th, both on and off island, with a brief foray into school administration. This is Robb’s first year teaching grade 3- 4-5 ELA and social studies at Vinalhaven School, definitely a new challenge. Besides the PIE board, Robb is active on Vinalhaven’s Planning Board, and PIE’s Vinalhaven School Enrichment Committee.

Robb’s son, Trey, is a civil engineer for the firm of Gorrill Palmer in South Portland, ME.  Lily, his daughter, is a sophomore studying finance at Washington College in Chestertown, MD.  Since March of 2020, she has been working remotely while home on the island. 

Secretary – Patricia Paquet

Pat first came to Vinalhaven in 2003, when she was hired as the middle school math teacher. She taught middle school math until 2010, when she moved to teaching 5th grade. Originally from Coal Creek Canyon, Colorado, Pat received her B.A. from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1992, with a major in Environmental Biology and minor in Mathematics.

Pat recently received her Masters Certification in Proficiency Based Education. She serves on PIE’s Vinalhaven School Enrichment Committee (VSEC) and as the secretary for PIE.

Treasurer – Paul Goodof

Paul was introduced to PIE by a long-time PIE supporter, and has become a valuable advisor, serving on the Financial committee and guiding us through the Vinalhaven College Scholarship Endowment Campaign. He joined the PIE board in 2020.

Paul has a passion for helping charitable causes and nonprofits succeed. After a successful career as a financial officer in commercial real estate, he began a private consulting practice focused on nonprofit management, including schools, colleges, museums, and historical organizations. He has served on a wide range of nonprofit boards, including Chair of the Board of Hebron Academy, where he led the search for a new head of school. Paul retired in 2019, but continues to work as a family trustee and advisor. In addition to joining the PIE Board, he recently joined the Board of Directors of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, and became a Trustee of the Maine Children’s Home for Little Wanderers in Waterville.

A Maine native, Paul attended Hebron Academy and graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Business School. He lives in Auburn, Maine.

Kate Elmes

Kate is the Director of Development of Trekkers, a youth-mentoring organization based in Rockland. Her work focuses on fundraising, relationship building, governance, and strategic planning.

Prior to joining the Trekkers team, Kate was a Development Officer at the Island Institute and worked at Kieve-Wavus. Kate holds a B.A from Lesley University with Degrees in Women’s Studies and Political Science. In her free time, Kate is active on numerous boards that foster youth and female leadership in Maine.

One of Kate’s life goals is to have a reputation for hosting great dinner parties. Kate lives on Vinalhaven with her partner, Andrew, and Mississippi mutt, Piper.

Amy Jo Lear

Amy’s connection to Vinalhaven started generations ago, dating back to a number of the original settlers. After careers off-island working at a law office or as a licensed insurance agent, Amy wanted a less confining and more diverse life, so she returned to Vinalhaven with her husband and son to help manage and restore an old island inn originally built by one of her ancestors.

She is also the Theater Manager for Smith Hokanson Memorial Hall here at Vinalhaven Community School.  Her most important job, however, has been raising four daughters, trying to keep up with her now college age son Keaton (VH Class of 2019), and spending as much time as possible with her six grandchildren.

While summers are busy welcoming Inn guests, hosting talented artists, speakers and musicians from around the world, long winters are for set design, scene painting and countless hours in the booth.   While not in the booth you will find her pursuing her passion as a genetic genealogist helping reunite individuals and families with their biological past.

William “Sandy” Lieber, MD

Sandy has been a summer resident of the Fox Islands since 1936, arriving for the first time at the age of two months. He has been a Women’s Health Care provider and medical administrator in Connecticut, the Caribbean and Africa, with early medical training and provision of care on Vinalhaven.

Sandy has had a lifelong engagement with community agencies and resources to improve educational, cultural, and medical access and services in Connecticut, Maine and overseas.

On Vinalhaven, Sandy served for many years on the board of Island Community Medical Services, and has been a driving force in PIE’s college scholarship program since its inception in 2006.

Drew McGhee

Drew is a teacher and artist based in Brooklyn, New York, where she is a long time master teacher at  Saint Ann’s School. She has spent the last twenty summers on Vinalhaven, painting, making other art, and spending time with her husband and three children.

Drew grew up in Chicago and is a graduate of Stanford University. She is a former governor of the Brooklyn Heights Association and currently serves on the boards of the Brooklyn Kindergarten Society and the Island Institute, in Rockland, Maine.

Kelly Richards

Kelly was an elementary teacher for over 40 years, primarily at The Paideia School in Atlanta, GA. Since 2010 she has taught mindfulness to children and adults and recently helped to create a K-12 curriculum called SEE (Social Emotional and Ethical) Learning that is currently being introduced to schools around the world.

After 30 deeply satisfying family summers here, Kelly and her husband, Peter (also a teacher), made VH their permanent home in 2014. They love the opportunity to give back to this small community that has meant so much to them, especially by volunteering in the school.

Kelly appreciates the way PIE extends each child’s educational reach, by offering interesting new things to learn about during, after and outside of school. She serves on the VH School Enrichment and Programs committees.

Abigail Trafford

Abbie is a writer and public speaker. As a journalist with Time magazine, U.S. News & World Report and The Washington Post, Abbie’s work focused on science and medicine, and the impact of longevity on society and private lives, covering major stories from landings on the moon to the politics of health care. Her books include: My Time: Making the Most of the Bonus Decades after Fifty, As Time Goes By, and Crazy Time: Surviving Divorce and Building a New Life.

A long-time supporter of PIE, Abbie has come to Vinalhaven School several times to lead a “Vinalhaven Press Corps” of student-journalists, who report the news of the island and explore the issues facing the community.

Abbie is a life-long “Vinalhavenite”, whose family just celebrated 100 years on the island. During the winter months, Abbie lives in Boston.

Alexandra Wettlaufer

Alex is a Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is also the Director of the Plan II Honors Program. Alex and her husband Art have been coming to Vinalhaven for more than 30 years, and her children have spent every summer of their lives on the island.

Alex joined the PIE Board in 2015, and has enjoyed working on PIE’s Scholarship Committee with its range of scholarships to support student travel and education.

Alex and both of her children loved participating in Experiment in International Living (EIL) summer programs, and she is very excited about the PIE/EIL partnership that provides an annual scholarship for a Vinalhaven student to do the same.

Honorary Members

Patricia Colhoun
Barbara Davidson
Kristine Davidson
Rona Hokanson
Elizabeth Howard
Margaret Qualey
Sheri Romer
Ernest Stockwell (1923-2011)

PIE Staff

Executive Director – Alice Bissell

Alice first came to Vinalhaven to visit her family, and stayed to marry fisherman Steve Rosen. Together they raised two children, who both attended Vinalhaven School and went on to graduate from Maine colleges.

Alice has a BA in Visual Arts and a MAEd in Arts Education. She is passionate about the importance of education, and the key role the arts play in learning and creativity. While her children were in school, she headed up the Vinalhaven School Enrichment program and was instrumental in establishing the school’s art program. She also taught art and photography at North Haven Community School for 20 years before retiring to become ED for PIE in 2015.

Alice feels that being PIE’s ED is an ideal way for her to continue using her skills to make a difference in her community – even though she is (supposedly) retired!

Business Manager – Julie Peterson

Julie Peterson is a Vinalhaven native and year-round resident. After having moved off the island and working for Crowe Rope Company for 5 years, she returned to Vinalhaven to raise her children. Julie has 3 daughters who keep her on her toes – 2 in college and a 5 year old! Besides her girls, reading, crafting and traveling add pleasure to her life.

With an associate degree in Accounting, she has been working for Partners in Island Education since 2002. Along with PIE, Julie also keeps books for Andrews Plumbing & Heating, the Union Church and several island lobstermen.  Julie has also enjoyed serving on several community committees over the years, including the Vinalhaven School Board and the Vinalhaven 4th of July Committee.