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Pendred E. Noyce (Penny) is the daughter of the Libra Foundation's founder, Betty Noyce. Penny grew up in California and graduated with a degree in biochemistry from Harvard University and an M.D. from Stanford University School of Medicine. She did her internship and residency in internal medicine in Minneapolis-St. Paul and then worked at the East Boston Community Health Center. She received a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the London School of Tropical Medicine. Subsequently, she worked at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, but she left the practice of medicine after the birth of her fifth child.
In 1991, Penny became a founding trustee of the Noyce Foundation, which supports K-12 mathematics and science education across the U.S. For nine years she also helped lead a statewide, NSF-funded effort to improve mathematics, science, and technology education in Massachusetts. Currently she serves on the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Penny is a past trustee of Radcliffe College and a past board member of the Concord Consortium, TERC, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and the Center for Engineering Education Outreach at Tufts University. She is an advisory member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Public Outreach Committee. Currently she also serves a board member of the Irving Foundation and the Consortium for Mathematics and its Applications (COMAP), as well as board chair for the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy and the Libra Foundation.
Penny edited a volume titled New Frontiers in Formative Assessment from Harvard Education Press. She is author or co-author of seven novels for children ages 9-12, including Lost in Lexicon and The Ice Castle from Scarletta Press and five books in the Galactic Academy of Science series from Tumblehome Learning. Her most recent book is Magnificent Minds: Sixteen Pioneering Women in Science and Medicine. As cofounder of Tumblehome Learning, which publishes science mystery and adventure stories for young people, Penny serves as Tumblehome's editor and chair.
Penny and her husband, Leo X. Liu, MD, live in Boston with their youngest child.
Owen W. Wells was born in Kittery, Maine in 1943. He attended the University of Maine, graduating in 1965 and subsequently graduated from George Washington University Law School in 1968. He served as a Captain in the United States Army in Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster.
From 1972 to 1997, Mr. Wells was a Partner, Director and Shareholder of the Portland law firm of Perkins, Thompson, Hinckley & Keddy. On January 1, 1998, he became of counsel to that firm, retiring on December 31, 2011. He is admitted to the Bars of the State of Maine, United States District Court and United States Supreme Court and is a charter Fellow of the Maine Bar Foundation. He is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Mr. Wells formerly served as the President of the Cumberland Bar Association, President of the Portland Museum of Art and Chairman of the President's Advisory Council of the University of Maine, President of the Board of Overseers of Berwick Academy and Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Relations. From 1990 to 1995 he served as a Trustee of the University of Maine System. He has also served as a Trustee of Maine Public Broadcasting, Colby College, Westbrook College and the University of New England.
Mr. Wells is a former Trustee and Chairman of the Board of the Maine Medical Center and a former Trustee of MaineHealth. He is formerly President and CEO of the Libra Foundation where he presently serves as Vice Chairman and Trustee, Trustee of the Fisher Charitable Foundation and formerly President of October Corporation. He is a former Director of Chittenden Corporation, Maine Bank & Trust Company, Irving Oil Corporation, Ocean Investments and Irving Oil Terminals, Inc. He is also a former member of the Board of The Hauser Center of Harvard University. He presently serves as Director of PC Construction in Burlington, Vermont and a Director of FHC Corporation in Bowdoin, Maine.
Publications include: "Investing in Maine's Higher Education"; "Maine Choices: 1995"; Maine Center for Economic Policy.
Mr. Wells has received several honorary degrees and awards.
Mr. Wells is a member of the Cumberland Club, Portland Country Club and Bridgton Highlands Country Club. He is married to Anna Hosmer Wells and resides in Falmouth, Maine.
William J. Ryan is retired as Chairman of the Board of TD Bank, N.A.
Prior to joining the Bank in 1989, Mr. Ryan served as President of the Bank of New England North in Lowell, Massachusetts, and as Executive Vice President of Community Banking for the Bank of New England in Boston. Earlier in his career, he was President of BNE Baystate, a commercial bank subsidiary of the Bank of New England, and a Vice President of the Bank of New England. Mr. Ryan began his banking career with Essexbank in Peabody, Massachusetts, where he held numerous senior management positions of increasing responsibility.
Previously Mr. Ryan served as a Board Member of TD Bank Financial Group, Group Head, U.S. Personal and Commercial Banking, Vice Chair of TD Bank Financial Group, and President and Chief Executive Officer of TD Banknorth, Inc. During this period, Ryan oversaw the growth of the bank from a small 2 Billion dollar regional bank to a large 45 Billion dollar U.S. franchise, as a result of 29 bank acquisitions. In 2005, the bank was recognized by Forbes magazine as the best managed bank in America.
He is a Director of Anthem, Inc., Lead Director and former Chairman of the Board of Unum, Chairman of the Board of Berkshire Hills Bancorp, serves as a Trustee of the Libra Foundation and a Trustee of the U.S. Biathlon Foundation. He is also on the Board of Advisors at the University of New England, Emeriti Trustee of Colby College, and participates in various other civic and professional activities.
Mr. Ryan is a graduate of St. Francis College in New York and the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University.
Mr. Ryan and his wife, Peg, have four children and make their homes in Marco Island, Florida, and Falmouth, Maine.
Craig N. Denekas has served since 2012 as Chief Executive Officer of the Libra Foundation and since 2016 as Chairman, having been named a Trustee in 2010. Mr. Denekas joined the Foundation in 2001 and served successively first as Vice President, Senior Vice President, Executive Vice President and President.
Prior to joining the Libra Foundation, Mr. Denekas was a director and shareholder at the law firm of Perkins, Thompson in Portland with particular focus on corporate acquisitions, business law, real estate and commercial lending, having joined the firm as an associate attorney in 1991.
Mr. Denekas currently serves as a Trustee of the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy based in Tallahassee, Florida and as a Trustee of the AVANGRID Foundation, the charitable foundation affiliated with the global energy concern Iberdrola S.A. He is also a Trustee of the Fisher Charitable Foundation in Maine.
Mr. Denekas is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network and is a past President of the Board of Trustees for the Park-Danforth, a nonprofit senior living facility in Portland. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Portland Public Library. In 2006, Mr. Denekas was an appointee to the Governor's Task Force on Passenger Rail Funding. He is admitted to the Bars of the State of Maine and the United States District Court for the District of Maine.
Mr. Denekas is on the Board of Directors of MEMIC (Maine Employers' Mutual Insurance Company), is a Director of the specialty food companies Pineland Farms Natural Meats, Inc. and Pineland Farms Potato Company, Inc., and of the medical device company FHC Inc. He is a Corporator of Gorham Savings Bank and of MaineHealth.
Mr. Denekas received his bachelor's degree cum laude in Economics from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire where he earned three Varsity letters in football. He went on to earn a law degree cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Mr. Denekas resides in Portland, Maine with his wife, Betsy, and has two daughters in college.
Jere G. Michelson is President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of Libra Foundation in Portland, Maine, with oversight responsibility for all financial and operating aspects of the Foundation's interests. Mr. Michelson joined the Foundation in 2001 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and subsequently advanced to Senior, and then Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer preceding his current role.
Prior to joining Libra Foundation, Mr. Michelson was a member of the management group at the accounting firm of Baker Newman Noyes, LLC in Portland serving in the firm's corporate tax department where he consulted primarily on closely-held corporations and shareholders with multi-state operations. He is a Certified Public Accountant and member of the American Institute of CPAs and Maine Society of CPAs.
Mr. Michelson currently serves as a member of the United States Service Academy Review Board for the Southern Maine Region, appointed by Senator Susan M. Collins, to review qualified candidates expressing interest in attending one of the United States' Military Academies. He also serves as vice-chair of Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine's flagship tertiary-care teaching hospital. In addition to Trustee, Mr. Michelson is the former chairman of the Finance Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee.
Mr. Michelson is a Trustee and member of the Audit Committee of MaineHealth, parent company of Maine Medical Center, Maine's largest healthcare system. He is a Director of Gorham Savings Bank, a $1 billion community bank serving the southern Maine area and past Trustee and Treasurer of Breakwater School, an independent co-educational preschool, elementary and middle school for 3 year olds through grade 8.
Locally, Mr. Michelson is a past Director and coach of Scarborough Little League, past coach of Scarborough Soccer Club and co-founder, past Trustee and coach of Travel Baseball of Southern Maine.
Mr. Michelson is a Director of Pineland Farms Potato Company, Inc. and Pineland Farms Natural Meats, Inc., both closely-held corporations and program-related investments of Libra Foundation.
Mr. Michelson received his bachelor's degree cum laude in Accounting from the University of Southern Maine and his master's degree summa cum laude in Taxation from Thomas College. He lives in Scarborough, Maine, with his wife, Jennifer, and their two children.
Erik K. Hayward is Senior Vice President at Libra Foundation where he started as a Financial Assistant in 2004. Mr. Hayward's primary responsibilities include financial and managerial oversight of the Foundation's investment in Pineland Farms, a diverse business and agricultural campus in New Gloucester, Maine. Mr. Hayward also serves as President and Treasurer of Libra Future Fund, which awards grants to Maine-based business startups.
Mr. Hayward serves as a Director of Pineland Farms Potato Company, Inc., an innovative company supplying Maine-grown refrigerated mashed and cut potatoes to an extensive national customer list. He is a Trustee and Vice Chairman of The Park Danforth, a nonprofit senior living facility located in Portland, Maine. Mr. Hayward serves as a Trustee and Treasurer of the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, Maine.
Mr. Hayward graduated in 2004 with a B.A. in economics from Yale University, where he was a four-year member of the Yale Varsity Sailing Team. Mr. Hayward holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.
Mr. Hayward serves as the Yale Alumni Schools Committee Director for Southern Maine, coordinating candidate interviews on behalf of the Office of Undergraduate Admission. Since 2006 he has been a member of the Portland Yacht Club, where he serves on the Finance Committee and is an active competitor in the J24 racing fleet. Mr. Hayward is married to Carrie A. Duley and resides in Falmouth, Maine.