David Das has resided in Auburn for 20 years. He is employed at Bates College as Study Abroad Advisor in the Off-Campus Study Office. Both his children were educated in the Auburn Public Schools. He has served on the Auburn School Committee and on its Finance Sub-Committee since December 2002; he has been chair since December 2006. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of Community Concepts and on the Board of Directors of the First Universalist Church in Auburn. He has a BA from Bowdoin College; an MA and PhD from the University of Washington.
Bonnie has lived in the Auburn community for 35 years. She served on the Auburn School Committee for eight years and was Chairperson when her two children were attending Auburn schools. Bonnie returned five years ago to serve once again on the School Committee and currently serves as Vice Chairperson and is a member of the finance committee.
She is a graduate of The University of Maine in Orono with a Bachelors of Science degree in secondary education. Bonnie has been active in community activities serving on the YMCA board of directors for twenty-five years, The Central Maine Medical Center ambassadors, The Washburn-Norlands Foundation and various other committees. Bonnie is a Business Development Representative for The Tower Group Insurance and travels to all areas of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Jude Cyr has lived and worked in the city of Auburn for nearly three decades; working for the City of Auburn as the Deputy Finance Director/Purchasing Agent for five years before joining the Auburn School Department as its Business Manager in 1984. He has overseen multi-million dollar renovation projects and new school building projects, negotiated and ratified numerous union contracts, implemented staff development workshops, and spearheaded two major technology initiatives affecting business and curriculum affairs.
Mr. Cyr earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Husson College in 1976, and a Masters of Education in Organization and Management from Antioch University in 2000. Mr. Cyr has held three gubernatorial appointments: Maine State Dept. of Education School Stakeholders Group Emergency Rulemaking L.D. 2252 since 1998; Maine State Dept. of Education School Construction Study Committee 1996-97; and State of Maine Standardization Committee 1980-84. Among his professional affiliations, Mr. Cyr has been a member of the Maine Association of School Business Officials (MeASBO) for a number of years, serving as Vice President from 1992-94, President from 1994-95, and named “Outstanding Business Official” in 1993; Chair of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield Consumer Advisory Council from 1979-91; A member of the Tri-state Association of School Business Officials from 1993-present, and has been a member of the National Public Employer Labor Relation Association since 1986.
Francois Richard Bussiere
Francois Richard Bussiere (Dick) graduated in 1957 from Lewiston High School and served in the United States Air Force from 1957 through 1961. He worked for Geiger Brothers, C&C Beauty Supply and is a graduate of Mr. Bernard’s School of Hair Fashion as a Cosmetologist in 1963 and Cosmetology Instructor in 1964. Mr. Bussiere served as Director of Mr. Bernard’s School of Hair Fashion from 1972 until 1999 and was responsible for the complete operation of the school from interviewing students to managing financial aspects such as budgets, accounts payable, accounts receivable, and payroll including State and Federal reports.
In 1974 Mr. Bussiere was placed in charge of the Federal Financial Aid Program, when Mr. Bernard’s School of Hair Fashion became the first cosmetology school in the United States to become eligible for the direct student loan program. From 1999 to 2002 he worked for his son’s catering service and the University of Maine Lewiston/Auburn Campus Cafeteria where he was responsible for all aspects of financial record keeping for the business. From 2003 until he retired in April 2007 Mr. Bussiere was Assistant to the Owner of Mr. Bernard’s School. He currently volunteers at the Central Maine Medical Center and has accumulated more than 3600 hours of service over the past 6 years. Mr. Bussiere has also served on the Auburn School Committee since 2007.
Clifton Greim joined Harriman in 1981 and became an owner of the 76-person architecture and engineering firm in 1994. For three decades, he has led the firm’s mechanical engineering department and has designed mechanical systems for a wide range of projects including several on a national level. Clif has always had a special interest in sustainable design and has developed innovative and energy-efficient systems that incorporate leading-edge technology. He has designed numerous sustainable buildings including several LEED Registered and Certified projects.
Considered an expert in his field, Clif has lectured extensively about renovating and updating building systems for energy efficiency. He has also authored numerous articles appearing in national magazines on similar topics including energy efficiency, commissioning, and air quality.
In 2008, Clif was named President and CEO of the 141-year-old firm. As President he is responsible for the strategic planning of the firm and implementation of the company’s vision. Clif holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology degree from the University of Maine at Orono. He is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Past President of the Maine Chapter of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and a member of the New England Healthcare Engineers’ Society. Clif is a registered Professional Engineer in Maine and all New England states.
Gerard Dennison has lived in New Auburn most of his life. He graduated from Edward Little High School in 1966. Mr. Dennison earned a Master of Business Administration Degree from Thomas College in Waterville, Maine. He was employed by the Maine Department of Labor from 1971-2008 as a Regional Senior Economic Analyst for Western Maine and a Principal Economic Analyst supervising field analysts. Gerry was elected three times to the Auburn City Council representing Ward 5 from 1994-2000. And he was the Mayor’s representative to the Auburn School Committee in 1999 and 2000. He is currently employed by U.S. Senator Angus King as a Constituent Services Representative in the Portland, Maine office.
A 1982 graduate of Edward Little High School, Katherine Grondin went on to earn her Bachelors in Science Degree from the University of Southern Maine in 1986, majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in Social Science. In 1996 she earned her Masters in Education Leadership from USM and in 2006 she earned her Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from the University of Maine Orono.
Katy began teaching 2nd grade at Fairview in 1988, moving to Sherwood Heights the next year. She became the Assistant Principal at Sherwood Heights in 1998, Principal in 2000 and was named Maine Elementary National Distinguished Principal of the Year in 2007. In 2008, Katy became the Assistant Superintendent for the Auburn School Department and in 2011 she became Auburn’s Superintendent.