MCHP Board of Trustees
MCHP Board of Trustees
Chair Kenneth (Ken) Albert, RN, Esq.
Kenneth (Ken) Albert is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice. Prior to his appointment in June of 2016, Ken served as the Director and Chief Operating Office of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Director for the Division of Licensing and Regulatory Services within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. Before joining the Department in March 2012, Ken practiced law for several years in Lewiston specializing in health law, professional licensing, and regulatory and compliance law.
Ken’s background is rich in medical experience, including seventeen years of clinical practice in emergency and intensive care settings. In that time, Ken served as Director of Emergency Services at Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC), as the Administrator of the Occupational Health Center affiliated with CMMC, and as the Lewiston Site Manager for LifeFlight of Maine. Additionally, Ken spent five years as a traveling critical care nurse working in metropolitan, rural and tribal communities across the United States. He also served for several years as an adjunct faculty member at New England College where he taught Legal Issues in Health Care Administration.
A graduate of the CMMC School of Nursing with medical staff honors in pediatric nursing, Ken went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at the University of Southern Maine, Magna Cum Laude, and a degree of Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law with honors in health law.
In addition to his service with the Maine College of Health Professions, Ken serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) following elections in 2019 and 2021 by over 33,000 home health care and hospice member organizations in the United States. NAHC advocates for more than two million nurses, therapists, physicians and other caregiver disciplines employed by such organizations to provide in-home health services to over 12 million Americans each year. Ken chairs NAHC’s Public Policy Committee and the Hospice Advisory Committee, which collaborate to define congressional and federal/state advocacy priorities.
Ken lives in Lewiston with his wife of over thirty years, Deana Albert APRN.
Treasurer Peter (Pete) Schlax, Ph.D.
Andrea (Dre) Gager, Ph.D.
Dr. Dre Gager is Associate Director of Institutional Research at Bates College in Lewiston, where she focuses on supporting data-driven institutional policies, and equity and inclusion initiatives. She comes to a career in higher education via a winding road, starting with a Doctorate in Biology from Princeton University, followed by research at the National Institutes of Health. A desire to be on the front lines of healthcare led to an Associate’s Degree in Nursing from Thomas Jefferson University and five years of challenging, rewarding floor nursing at both CMMC and St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. The pull of data and quantitative analysis was too great, however, and she discovered a career path in research nursing and healthcare outcomes at Maine Research Associates and Maine Medical Partners. She transitioned to higher education outcomes research because of a desire to be based in Lewiston, where she lives with her family, and to contribute to the education of the next generation of informed citizens. Dre has been a trustee with MCHP since 2016 and is honored to contribute to this innovative, effective, and exciting educational endeavor.
David Gilmore. Ed.D.
David Gilmore is the program director for Nuclear Medicine Technology and an associate professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in Boston, Massachusetts. David has over 15 years of teaching in higher education serving in a variety of roles at various institutions such as a clinical coordinator, an assistant dean in academic affairs, study abroad director, and coordinator of first year seminar.
David is also an active member in the radiologic and medical imaging sciences. He has served as the President of the technologist section of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). He chairs a variety of committees within the professional organization and serves as a mentor to new leaders within the profession. His interests are centered on nuclear cardiology, as well as promoting the profession with the encouragement of higher education degrees and opportunities for all technologists and therapists.
He is the author of a textbook utilized in Nuclear Medicine Technology programs around the country and is currently working on the next edition. David continues to present at local, regional, national and international meetings.
David received his A.S. degree from Bluefield State College in West Virginia, his certificate in Nuclear Medicine Technology at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Virginia. After completing his B.S. degree at Old Dominion University, he continued is education for a M.S. degree in education from Virginia Tech and his doctorate in education at Northeastern University in Boston.
Anne Kemper joined the MCHP Board in 2017. She has a strong background in adult education in Lewiston at the Lewiston Adult Learning Center. She served as the Counselor/Coordinator for the Center for many years and retired in 2015. Under her leadership, the Center grew from having two classrooms to having 15 fully staffed rooms. 75% of the staff became full time with benefits developing curriculum that served the needs of not only adult basic education students but also non-English speakers from such countries as Somalia, Congo, Rwanda, China, and Angola, to name a few. Many of her students found careers in healthcare, which is why she became interested in MCHP and its wide variety of employment opportunities for graduating healthcare providers.
Anne has served as the President of Maine Adult Education, was the chair of its Communication Committee, and was on the Board of Androscoggin HeadStart and Childcare Program (now, the Promise Early Education Center). She has served for 8 years as a trustee of the Lewiston Public Library and the Friends of the Library.
She has received several awards in the field of education: The Gerald LaVasseur Award for outstanding work in Adult Education, the College for ME Advocate Award and the Maine Department of Education’s “Outstanding Leadership Award.
She now volunteers with a of variety groups who see their mission as providing services to local community members who have fallen on bad times. She also works to provide services to the new members of our community who are looking for employment, education, and peace.
Mychelle is a Human Resources leader who is currently working for Devoted Health implementing learning and development programs for member service guides who support Medicare Advantage members. Prior to joining Devoted Health, she worked for Grand Rounds Health as the Director, Service Excellence and Training for five years and for Martin’s Point Healthcare for 10 years in a variety of human resources and customer experience roles. Mychelle has a passion for developing skilled, empowered workforces and partnering with leaders to create workplaces built on high levels of trust and engagement. Mychelle holds a bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Maine at Farmington. She also holds an Associate’s degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She has served on the board of directors for Schoolhouse Arts Center in Standish, Maine as Vice President.
Joan M. Macri is the former Associate Director of College for ME-Androscoggin, a nonprofit focused on increasing college entry and degree completion across Androscoggin County. A long-time educator in Lewiston Public Schools, she created the Aspirations Programming at Lewiston High School that included the Aspirations Lab, Early College Classes, and Sophomore College Trips. She took these highly successful programs county-wide when she joined C4ME-A in 2008 and continues to coordinate the College for ME-Androscoggin Scholarship through the LA Metro Area Chamber of Commerce.
Joan has been involved in multiple community organizations over the years including the Auburn Public Library Board of Trustees (President), the Lewiston Education Fund, Riverside Cemetery Association Board of Trustees (President), and various community focused philanthropic groups.
As a teacher of history, economics and debate, she was actively involved in coaching and advising students in a variety of extracurricular activities including the Debate Team, Civil Rights Team, National Honor Society, Student Senate, Mock Trial Team, the Stock Market Game, Federal Reserve Challenge Team, and the Chicago Commodity Challenge. Under her supervision, her students competed in state, regional and national competitions and earned multiple awards and championships. Joan was a Double Diamond Coach in the National Forensic League, Maine Debate Coach of the Year, and she has received national recognition for her teaching of high school economics.
Joan earned a B.A. in History from Arcadia University, a Masters in Education from Temple University. She lives in Auburn, Maine.
Bethany Picker, M.D.
Bethany is a family physician with a deep passion for teaching medical learners. After completing residency in Denver, she returned to her roots to practice in rural New England on the coast of Maine. While there, she taught medical and nurse practitioner students, which ignited her passion for teaching. She completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at Duke University and worked in a Duke-affiliated residency in North Carolina. Maine called her back, and she has been at the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency for the last 15 years. While there, she has had different responsibilities, but is currently leading the program in the Program Director role. She has moved the program to develop and innovate new ways to serve the community and educate young physicians in new models of care.