Board of Directors

Walter A Kumiega III – Deer Isle, ME (Chair)
Employment Title – Owner
Employment Organization – Cedar Lane Construction

Mr. Kumiega owns and operates a small construction company on Deer Isle, doing new construction, renovations, and light commercial work.

Kumiega grew up in Western Massachusetts. After high school he mixed work with part time college classes. He met and married a Mainer, and moved to Maine almost 15 years ago. The family is raising 2 kids – the oldest is a Head Start graduate.

Kumiega was a member of CFO’s the Parent Policy Council when his child was in Head Start. He is currently serving his first term as a Maine State Representative.

Elizabeth Ehrlenbach – Trenton, ME (Vice Chair)
Employment Title – Former School Principal/Teacher
Elizabeth Ehrlenbach is a former Principal and teacher at the Surry Elementary School. She has served on the CFO Board for more than 30 years. Her grandson was among the first three to “graduate” after 5 years of childcare at the Ellsworth Center. Her granddaughter also attended the program.

Charles Harrington – Machias, ME
Employment Title – Director, EdGE
Employment Organization – Maine Sea Coast Mission
EdGE is the Mission’s after-school and summer program for children in grades four through high school in six communities in Washington County. For over 20 years, Charlie has worked in education and youth development creating adventure based programs. He was a national trainer for Project Adventure for 20 years and is currently on the board of High Five Adventure Learning Center. Charlie has three children and three grandchildren and is a Registered Maine Guide in sea kayaking.

Charley Martin-Berry– East Machias, ME
Employment Title– Co-Director
Employment Organization – Community Caring Collaborative (CCC)

Ms. Martin-Berry is a lifelong native of Hancock and Washington Counties. She is the associate director of the Community Caring Collaborative (CCC). The CCC is a forty-member collaborative of local, state and tribal partners working to strengthen supports and services for vulnerable populations in Washington County.

Martin-Berry graduated from Washington Academy and the University of Maine in Orono with a degree in Anthropology and Women’s Studies. She brings her love and understanding of the region – its great strengths and its challenges – to the work of helping children and families in Downeast Maine thrive.

rudelitch040714.jpgCharles Rudelitch – Machias, ME
Employment Title – Executive Director
Employment Organization – Sunrise County Economic Council
Charles Rudelitch joined SCEC as Executive Director in May 2014. A Harrington native, he has a long history with the Council, having interned with SCEC in the late 1990s and serving on its Board during the early 2000s. He has earned degrees in Applied History from Carnegie Mellon University; Resource Economics & Policy from the University of Maine; as well as a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.

Prior to joining SCEC, Charles served as the Staff Attorney for Pine Tree Legal in Hancock & Washington counties. In addition to the legal field, he has worked in economic and community development for the towns of Bridgton, Fort Kent, and Guilford, and the Passamaquoddy Tribe, along with the Eastern Maine Development Corporation.

Jim SchatzJim Schatz – Blue Hill
Employment Title – Town Selectman for Blue Hill
Employment Organization –
Mr. Schatz is a former inn owner and former Maine State Legislator.






H. Lori Schnieders, PhD – Machias, ME
Employment Title – Professor, Psychology
Employment Organization – University of Maine – Machias