Board

Josh Rent

Josh Rent

President & Treasurer

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

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

Lorie has lived in Portland since 1992. She and her husband, Tod, own and manage Asia West (a home and garden furnishings business in Portland), El Rayo Taqueria (fresh Mexican restaurants) and Lorie is the designer of a jewelry line called Veda. She and Tod have two children who both attended Reiche Elementary School, King Middle School and Portland High School (Classes 2020 and 2022). Lorie is a strong supporter of Portland Public Schools and has been an active board member for the last five years.

Muhammad Humza Khan

Muhammad Humza Khan

Muhammad Humza Khan is a first-generation Muslim American, originally born in Pakistan and lived in Maine since 2005. Humza attended Gorham High School and is currently a Westbrook resident. Humza works at MRWA as an HR Director and has worked as an HR Professional in Healthcare & Banking/Finance industries. Humza is also pursuing a Master’s in Business Administration & Organizational Management part-time at Husson University. Humza moved to rural Maine as a small child from Pakistan, speaking no English, yet through the kindness of others and personal hard work and determination, he is now living the American Dream.

Marie Mueller

Marie Mueller

Secretary

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.

Xavier Botana

Xavier Botana

Superintendent of Schools, Ex-Officio Member

Xavier has been the superintendent of the Portland Public Schools since July of 2016. During his tenure, Mr. Botana has spearheaded the development and implementation of the district’s Comprehensive Plan: The Portland Promise. He has worked with the Board and staff to make closing the opportunity and achievement gaps across groups of students central to the district’s work.
Mr. Botana holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration and completed his superintendent’s endorsement program at Northwestern University. He lives in Portland with his wife and son, a senior at Casco Bay High School.

Derek Pierce

Derek Pierce

PAA Representative

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, both PPS alums and both in college.

Mike Bove

Mike Bove

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.

Stephen Segal

Stephen Segal

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.

Jill Botler

Jill Botler

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.

Emily (Rosenberg) Chaleff

Emily (Rosenberg) Chaleff

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.

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.

Sheila Adell

Sheila Adell

I was born and raised in Portland Maine and went to Portland Public schools. I have spent my entire 30 year career working in healthcare in Portland (Anthem, Maine Behavioral Healthcare, Maine Medical Center) I currently use my Greenbelt certification in Six Sigma to improve workflows in the primary care setting for Maine Medical Partners, MMC and Maine Health. My husband and I raised our 2 children in the Portland Public school system in the Deering Center neighborhood. They both graduated from Deering High in 2013 and 2015.

Marnie Morrione

Marnie Morrione

Marnie Morrione is a native of the south and has lived in Portland, Maine for 16 years in Deering Center with husband, Tom, and two boys, both graduated recently from Deering High School and attended all of the schools on Stevens Avenue. One son is a sophomore in college and the other taking a gap year before starting college. Marnie recently completed twelve years serving as the District 5 Representative on the Portland Board of Education. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala; completed a master’s degree in international economics at Johns Hopkins University; worked in the U.S. Department of Commerce as a trade specialist; led national conferences with Diversified Business Communications; and currently is the foundation manager for the Zenie Foundation, a private family foundation that provides scholarships and coaching for college students.

Sarah Brydon

Sarah Brydon

Sarah attended Portland Public Schools from kindergarten through high school, traveled barely out of state to go to the University of New Hampshire, and has lived in and around Portland ever since. After graduating from the University of Maine School of Law, she was an estate planning attorney for a short time. For the last ten years, she’s been a compliance expert in the area of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and similar employee leave of absence laws. She currently works for ClaimVantage, a software company, in a product management and compliance oversight role. She and her husband will soon send their two young children to Talbot Elementary School.

Blanca Santiago

Blanca Santiago

Blanca Santiago is a consultant and private practice therapist in Portland, Maine. She has spent three decades developing visibility, safe spaces, and resources for the Latinx and immigrant communities in Maine. Recently retired from Portland Public Schools, she maintains a supportive role as a member of the district’s hiring committee and newly formed social work accountability team. As a Family Resource Specialist for the district, Blanca provided direct service to vulnerable families and individuals which included trauma informed groups, advocacy and supportive counseling to students, families and staff. Currently, she continues to support Portland Public Schools through mentoring and supervising social workers and student interns. Blanca serves on the governance committee on the ILAP board and is the 2020 recipient of Courage is Contagious Award. She lives in her cozy little home with her husband Jon Bradley and enjoys travel, paddle boarding and precious time with her 3 adult children, grandchildren, family and friends.

Carol Hager

Carol Hager

PEA Representative
Abdullahi Ali

Abdullahi Ali

Ahmed Abdirahman

Ahmed Abdirahman

Lisa Page

Lisa Page

Sarah Southard

Sarah Southard

Aislinn Funkhouser

Aislinn Funkhouser

Student Board Member, CBHS
Ashleigh Daniels

Ashleigh Daniels

Student Board Member, PHS
Jonna Rosenthal

Jonna Rosenthal

Student Board Member, DHS

Staff

Jeanine Bischoff

Jeanine Bischoff

Advancement Coordinator

Jeanine brought her skills as a nonprofit administrator and coordinator to the Foundation for Portland Public Schools in October 2019. Married to a Portland elementary school teacher, she has two sons who have attended the East End Community School, King Middle School and now Portland High School. She graduated from Antioch College with a Bachelor‘s degree in English and from San Francisco State University with a Master’s degree in American Literature. She lives in Portland with her family.

Andrea Weisman Summers

Andrea Weisman Summers

Executive Director

Andi became the Executive Director of the Foundation for Portland Public Schools in April 2020. She started her career as a teacher, teaching elementary school for 10 years in Maine, Costa Rica, and Peru. She also worked as an accredited representative at the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project (ILAP) for over six years. Most recently, Andi worked at the Great Schools Partnership as the Co-director of Coaching and as a community engagement and public school improvement coach in school districts around the U.S.

Andi received a bachelor‘s degree in cultural anthropology from Brown University and a master’s degree in education from University of Southern Maine. She lives in Portland with her daughter, a student at Casco Bay High School, her partner, and a dog and a cat.