Board

Josh Rent

Josh Rent

President, Term Ends June 2021

Josh owns and operates a Financial Planning Practice of Northeast Planning in Falmouth, ME. He grew up in Downingtown, Pennsylvania and graduated from the local public schools. He went to Gettysburg College where he received degrees in Economics and Environmental Studies Policy. His sons attend Casco Bay High School, Portland HS, and Rowe Elementary. Josh was a member of the Budget & Revenue Advisory Task Force, and the Education Foundation Steering Committee.

Sarah Moran

Sarah Moran

Co-Vice President, Term Ends June 2019

Sarah moved to Portland in 2003 with her husband and three children. She has been a medical social worker for more than 25 years, currently working at the Maine Transplant Program. Two of her children are proud graduates of Portland High School while her youngest child is in the Portland High School class of 2022.

Lorie Dana

Lorie Dana

Co-Vice President, Term Ends June 2019

Lorie has lived in Portland since 1992. She and her husband, Tod, own and manage Asia West (a home furnishings business) in Portland, and El Rayo Mexican restaurants. Lorie and Tod have two children who both attended Reiche Elementary School and are currently at King Middle School. Lorie is a strong supporter of Portland Public Schools and has been an active member of the Reiche PTO and King’s Parent Advisory Board.

Sarah Fortin

Sarah Fortin

Treasurer, Term Ends June 2020

Sarah has over 20 years of Project Management experience working at Unum Life Insurance Company in Portland. Sarah grew up on Mount Desert Island and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a degree in Business Administration. She resides in North Deering with her husband Marc raising two children Zach and Mikayla. Both children attended Portland schools starting with kindergarten at Lyseth and graduating from Portland High School classes of 2016 and 2018.

Xavier Botana

Xavier Botana

Superintendent of Schools, Ex-Officio Member

Xavier is the superintendent of Portland Public Schools. In his year leading the Portland Public Schools, Mr. Botana has spearheaded a successful update of the district’s Comprehensive Plan, The Portland Promise; worked with school and city officials, families and the community to obtain council approval for a proposal for critical renovations at four elementary schools; and aided in the process of developing a new family partnership policy for the district.
Prior to coming to Portland, Mr. Botana served as Associate Superintendent of the Michigan City Area Schools in Indiana for six years. He held a variety of educational positions before that time, including serving as Chief Academic Officer for the Portland, Oregon, public schools and working as an administrator and teacher in the Chicago area.
Mr. Botana holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and has completed his doctoral program coursework at Northwestern University.

Derek Pierce

Derek Pierce

PAA Representative, Term Ends June 2019

Derek Pierce is the founding principal of Casco Bay High School. He was previously a principal at Poland Regional High School and an English teacher in Gorham. He lives in Portland with his wife (who works at Portland Adult Education) and two daughters (one a PPS alum in college and one a senior at Casco Bay).

Marie Mueller

Marie Mueller

Secretary, Term Ends June 2020

Marie is an attorney at the law firm of Verrill Dana, LLP in the Litigation & Trial Department. Marie lives in Portland with her husband Zack. Marie and Zack both attended Bates College in Lewiston and have lived in Portland since 2010. They have two small children, a daughter and a son, who will be attending Ocean Avenue Elementary School in the coming years.

Mary Bennett

Mary Bennett

Term Ends June 2021

Mary has a background in wealth management, and currently works at 44 North Financial Partners in Portland. Mary is originally from South Dakota where she was born and educated, and has made Portland her home since 1992. Mary, with the help of others, founded the Portland Education Foundation in 2009. Her children, Madeline and Ben, attended Portland Public Schools from kindergarten through high school. Both graduated from Casco Bay High School (2009 and 2016).

Mike Bove

Mike Bove

Term Ends June 2020

Mike was born and raised in Portland where he still lives with his wife and two boys, both of whom attend Portland Public Schools. He is a member of the English Department faculty at Southern Maine Community College and performs in a local cover band, The ProfTones, with other professors. He is also the author of a full-length poetry collection entitled “Big Little City". He has served on the FPPS board since 2010.

Erin Macey

Erin Macey

Term Ends June 2020

Erin has been working in the field of educational fundraising for nearly 20 years. In Maine she has worked for Saint Joseph’s College, the University of Southern Maine and The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges. Erin currently serves as Campaign Director for Waynflete.
Erin and her husband moved to Maine in 2002. They have two children in Portland Public Schools – Addie, a 6th grader at King Middle School and Elias, a 4th grader at Ocean Avenue Elementary School.

Stephen Segal

Stephen Segal

Term Ends June 2020

Steve Segal is a litigation and bankruptcy attorney at the law firm of Verrill Dana LLP. Steve comes from a long line of Portland Public School graduates, dating back to the 1920s when his grandfather, Sam Segal, graduated from Portland High School. Nearly a century later, Steve’s brother, Sam Segal (named for his grandfather), graduated from Portland High School in May of 2017. In his spare time, Steve enjoys obsessing over the Boston Red Sox and discussing baseball history.

Muhammad Humza Khan

Muhammad Humza Khan

Term Ends April 2022

Humza works as a Talent & Diversity Specialist at Bangor Savings Bank where he works to build long term talent through Management Trainee & Internship program, improve workplace belonging through diversity & Inclusion efforts, and support broader workforce development in Maine & NH.

Humza recently completed his studies at the University of Southern Maine, where he graduated with honors and a degree in Political Science. During his time at USM, he was actively involved in the community, local and state politics and was President of the Muslim Student Association. Humza also served as the President of the Student Government Association to be the voice and advocate for over 8,000 highly diverse, multi-cultural students. It required him to work closely with administration, trustees, faculty, staff, and students to address important issues, find meaningful solutions and improve communication and transparency of this work. During his tenure, Humza increased student participation in college decision-making, improved the learning experience for all students, served on enhanced hiring committees and implemented key changes important to his diverse constituents.

Humza has served on FPPS’s board since May, 2019.

Emily (Rosenberg) Chaleff

Emily (Rosenberg) Chaleff

Term Ends June 2022

Emily (Rosenberg) Chaleff is a co-founder and the director of Camp Alsing, a Maine summer camp for children with high-functioning autism and other social challenges. Prior to opening camp, Emily was the executive director of the Jewish Community Alliance of Maine, where she lead a transformational growth process that culminated in a new building site and over $3 million in capital giving. She brings more than 20 years of experience in mission-driven organizations in revenue development, organizational development, governance and executive leadership.

A Chicago native, Emily and her husband Stanley fell in love with Maine, and decided to make Portland their home in 2008. They are huge fans of the Portland Public Schools and currently have two sons, Gideon and Asher, at Ocean Avenue Elementary School.

Jill Botler

Term Ends January 2022

After graduating from Portland High School, Jill left Maine to attend Princeton University and Fordham Law. She returned with her husband in 1979, and they have lived in Portland ever since. Their three children all attended Nathan Clifford, King Middle and Portland High (classes of 1999, 2001 and 2004). Jill is a retired attorney, who practiced law for several years with the firm Perkins Thompson.

Carol Hager

Term Ends April 2022

Staff

Kate Snyder

Kate Snyder

Executive Director

Kate Snyder has been the Executive Director of the Portland Education Foundation since August, 2016. Prior to serving as ED to the PEF, Kate worked as a consultant for Portland Public Schools in response to the work of the Budget & Revenue Advisory Task Force, whose central recommendation was the establishment of nonprofit educational foundation. Kate served on the Portland Board of Public Education from 2007 through 2013, and has a Master’s in Public Policy from USM’s Muskie School. Kate believes that Portland’s public schools are amazing; and that the time for meaningful private investment is now! Kate has lived in Portland since 1995. She has three children who all attended Portland Public Schools.