The WindowDressers Team
Dianne Smith (President)
Dick Tomeo (Secretary)
Karl Kehler (Treasurer)
Board of Directors
Dana Baer is currently retired and living in Brunswick, Maine where he is active as a gardener, beekeeper, hiker, bicyclist, and woodworker. He serves on the board of the Gathering Place, a homeless day shelter in Brunswick, and on the governing body of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church.
Dana is a licensed civil engineer in Maine and New Mexico. He received a BSc in Mining Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and an MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of New Mexico. He worked in underground uranium mining in New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah for the first ten years out of university, ending that career as a mine superintendent when the industry collapsed in 1986.
He subsequently owned and operated a construction company that specialized in custom solar adobe homes. After several successful housing projects, he began work as a civil engineer specializing in sanitary engineering. During thirty years of this work, 23 years of which were as a commissioned officer in the US Public Health Service, he managed engineering and construction projects in New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, New York, New England, west Africa, and Brazil. His last position prior to retiring was national director of the $200 million a year sanitation facilities construction program for the Indian Health Service in Washington, DC.
Dick Cadwgan (Co-Founder)
Dick is a retired groundwater hydrogeologist and environmental engineer from Massachusetts. He works on product quality and refinement, develops the systems and processes for building inserts, and provides general direction to the organization. He lives in Rockport with his wife, Louise.
Karl Kehler (Treasurer)
Karl and his wife Marlene live in Rockport. Prior to moving to Maine, he enjoyed a 35-year career in Corporate Finance, specializing in Corporate Budgeting and Financial Planning. The first 29 years were with Texas Instruments, and the last 6 years were with Alliance Data Systems, both in Dallas Texas. Karl also serves as Treasurer and Board of Trustee member for the First Universalist Church in Rockland.
Mike attended Thomaston High School, as did his mother and his grandmother, and graduated from U. M. O. with a Bachelor’s in Political Science and a Teaching Certificate.
From a large politically and socially active family, he grew up the oldest of 6 with the ideal 50-60’s childhood. He was a child welfare worker for 20 years, worked for Medicaid, taught Adult Basic Ed for a decade, worked for the IRS, lived in Paris for two years and hosted dozens of foreign students for the Penobscot School. He slings sugar and grease on the Fair Circuit in the summer.
Frank Mundo (Co-Founder)
Frank worked for 35 years in the computer industry (including at Wang Laboratories and Microsolve Corporation) in software development, marketing, sales, and technical support. He has been responsible for developing the Community Build program, for information processing, and for marketing and business development for WindowDressers.
Peter has worked for 40 years in banking, industry, and as an international development, a practitioner working on small-business-related issues in over 50 countries. He has served on the boards of directors of several international companies and for over 20 years headed his own consulting firm. The last several years he has been teaching as a volunteer at Coastal Senior College, at Maine State Prison, and in Adult Education. As a volunteer counselor with SCORE he advises small businesses and business start-ups.
Sam is a retired teacher who worked on Peaks Island as an energy efficiency volunteer to get over 100 homes weatherized, from three heat pump purchase groups, and bring 1100 LED light bulbs to the island at lower than store prices. Sam implemented a grant-funded air sealing project at the island school and successfully worked with the City to get the aged oil boiler replaced. He organized 4 insulating window insert builds on the island, and as a member of the Portland Climate Action Team helped to lobby for the City’s recently passed benchmarking ordinance, and for the creation of the Ocean Avenue solar farm. Sam moved to Topsham in 2016, where he remains an environmental activist and passionate supporter of community builds of storm window inserts.
J. Stephen Shaw
Steve ran a molecularly-oriented medical research laboratory for 30 years at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda MD. He also volunteered in programs involving energy conservation in Maryland. Since retiring to Portland with his wife in 2013, he has volunteered with WindowDressers with emphasis on nurturing community builds in Southern Maine, improving the design/manufacture of the inserts and strengthening information management. He is also President of a non-profit that empowers Maasai women in the Kenya rift valley by supporting their secondary education.
Dianne is a dedicated community activist for civic concerns. She was an organizational health management structure consultant for long term/acute care facilities in several states; she is past President of the Senior College of Belfast where she continues to serve as Resource Chair and on the curriculum committee; she is former Chair of the Searsport Economic Committee, and presently serves on the board of the Penobscot Marine Museum, the Parish Council of St Brendan the Navigator Camden and Greater Bay Area Ministerium of Waldo County. Dianne has extensive public speaking and volunteer recruitment experience and, as a leader in both the Belfast and Searsport WindowDressers Community Builds, has helped build those teams.
Dick Tomeo (Secretary)
Dick lives in South Thomaston with his wife Barbara. Before retiring to Maine from Connecticut, he was a partner in the New England regional law firm of Robinson & Cole, where he practiced tax law and represented nonprofit organizations over the course of a 41 year career. He has served on several nonprofit boards of directors, including the University of Connecticut Foundation, for which he was the Chairman. He is currently a director of the Friends of the Maine Seabird Islands.
Laura joined the WindowDressers Team in February of 2017. Prior to that, she had worked as a Campaign Manager on a State Senate race, as a small business owner, and as a homebirth midwife. She brings an entrepreneurial spirit and extensive experience managing volunteers and organizing events. Laura serves on the Planning Board in Searsport where she lives with her large, blended family.
Reena moved to Maine 6 years ago with her boyfriend to start an Italian street food cart. After that, she moved on to managing and opening restaurants in the mid-coast. She works as the Data Manager at Windowdressers and loves numbers and money. Reena has a BFA in fine art photography and prints color photographs in her tiny closet in Maine. She make handmade books and sells art at local galleries and festivals.