Daniel Brennan became MaineHousing’s Director on April 9, 2018. Mr. Brennan has served in a number of senior staff positions since 1993, including as Senior Director of Programs, Director of Energy & Housing Services, Director of Development, Director of Asset Management, and Internal Auditor. Prior to joining MaineHousing, Mr. Brennan was employed as an internal auditor for Maine National Bank and RECOLL Management Corporation and shortly after joining MaineHousing, he earned the Certified Internal Auditor designation. Mr. Brennan received his B.A. from the University of Maine, Orono and his M.B.A. from Thomas College.
Henry Beck is the Maine State Treasurer and serves on the MaineHousing Board of Commissioners as an ex officio member. His government service began when he was elected to represent his neighborhood on the Waterville City Council in 2005. In 2008, he was elected to the Maine House of Representatives representing parts of Waterville and Oakland during his senior year at Colby College. In 2018, Henry Beck was elected by a Joint Convention of the 129th Maine Legislature to the Office of State Treasurer. Beck attended the University of Maine School of Law and graduated on time while serving in the Legislature. Beck also holds a Certificate of Graduate Study from the Muskie School of Public Service.
Laura Buxbaum serves as the Senior Vice President, Public Policy and Resource Development for Coastal Enterprises, Inc. in Brunswick, Maine, where she previously served as Director of Housing Resource and Policy Development. Prior to her work with Coastal Enterprises, Inc., she served in various capacities including Executive Director and consultant for community and workforce development and affordable housing organizations throughout Massachusetts. She currently serves as Co-Chair of the NeighborWorks America Rural Initiative Rural Advisory Council, as well as a Member of the Board for the National Rural Housing Coalition, the Housing Assistance Council, and the Four Directions Development Corporation. She previously served on the Board of the Maine Affordable Housing Coalition.
Thomas Davis is retired after spending 18 years at Skills, Inc., where he was CEO until late 2016. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in business and human services, and held governance roles for a number of nonprofit organizations, including past President of the Maine Association of Nonprofits. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army. He holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of California-Riverside as well as a Master of Education from the University of Maine.
Laurence Gross is CEO of the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, where he has worked for more than four decades developing and administering home and community-based services designed to help older adults live successfully in their homes and communities. Laurence has served as a board member of the Kaler Vaill Memorial Home for Women and of Maine Behavioral Healthcare. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Maine.
Kevin P. Joseph is co-owner of Joseph’s Fireside Steak House in Waterville. He has served on the boards of Associated Grocers, Kennebec Federal Savings Bank, the Mid-Maine Homeless Shelter, and the United Way. He also has hosted numerous benefits to raise funds for the shelter, and donates food to area food banks. Kevin is a graduate of Thomas College. He and his wife, Diane, have two grown children.
Chairman Lincoln J. Merrill, Jr. is president and chief executive officer of Patriot Insurance Co. He has served as a member of the board of directors of Maine Insurance Guaranty Association and of Maine Life & Health Guaranty Association, vice president of the Maine Association of Insurance Companies, and a member of the audit committee of the Guaranty Fund Management Services of Boston. He is active in many organizations, including 4H clubs, the United Society of Shakers, the Cumberland Farmers Club and a member of the First Parish Congregational Church or Pownal. Lincoln lives in North Yarmouth with his family.
Donna Talarico of North Yarmouth is Sales Manager at Embrace Home Loans in Portland, Maine, and previously was residential market manager at Bank of America. She was instrumental in helping MaineHousing establish its first-time homebuyer education class. Donna is past president of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Maine, and serves on the Greater Portland Habitat for Humanity board.
Bonita J. Usher has worked with and for older adults in southern Maine for the last 25 years. A former Maine state legislator, Bonita helped with many issues affecting older adults in her district. She is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a degree in leadership and organizational studies. Bonita started a Faith Community Nursing Program with a Home Health Care agency, which grew to 13 parishes with more than 100 active volunteers. She was recognized in 2012 as Advocate of the Year by the Home Care & Hospice Alliance of Maine. Bonita owns Smooth Transitions Maine serves older Mainers with downsizing and moving to Assisted Living or smaller homes.