Board Members

Cliff Babkirk
Cliff Babkirk

Cliff Babkirk and his wife Anne are both retired and living on a small lake in Sanford, Maine. Cliff graduated from Scarborough High, attended Lowell Tech Institute, served in the Air Force (Vietnam), and worked in many career paths, from technical contributor to senior management, within Fairchild Semiconductor for 43 years. Some of the skills acquired during his career include team building, continuous improvement, project management, customer satisfaction, software development, and application performance management.

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Cliff’s interests include landscaping, kayaking, travel, hosting family reunions, making apple cider with an antique press, and collaborating on Anne’s home business designing and selling solar lanterns at craft fairs. Cliff  & Anne are both very passionate about alternative energy solutions and maintaining the energy efficiency of their lakeside home. They installed an 8200kw Solar PV array, utilize an all-climate heat pump for heating, and drive a hybrid vehicle. Their newest improvement for energy efficiency is the addition of 24 Window Dressers insulating window inserts for their home. Cliff started volunteering for Window Dressers in late 2016 with a focus on measuring, volunteering at builds, and assisting first time builds, primarily in York County. He has found the experience both rewarding and educational, feels the Window Dressers mission is a perfect fit for his interest and talents, and is looking forward to a long relationship with the organization.

Dana Baer
Dana Baer

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.

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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.

Valdete Cargill

I was born and raised in Brazil and immigrated to the U.S. 56 years ago. I enjoy fighting for and helping socially displaced people. I have worked with mentally challenged clients and have from time to time provided shared living for persons with disabilities.  At the moment I’m pursuing a degree in Justice Studies at the University of Maine Augusta. I’m a grandmother of eight, great grandmother of one.   I’m very involved with the new immigrants here in Maine, so I’m lucky to speak Portuguese and French fluently.

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Casey Hess

East gone West gone back East, Casey has joined the Board as a new Maine resident. Originally from Pennsylvania, Casey spent the majority of her career in the outdoor industry in Colorado. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Earth and Environmental Science as well as a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management. She has experience working with several different non-profits and NGO’s and has actively participated in efforts toward more sustainable and resilient communities.

Sharon Klein
Sharon Klein
(Secretary)

Dr. Sharon Klein is an Assistant Professor in the School of Economics at the University of Maine, with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. Sharon was a middle school science teacher in San Diego for 3 years; a high school environmental systems teacher in Quito, Ecuador for 2 years; and an Americorps National Civilian Community Corps volunteer in the southeastern US.

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Miriam Rubin

Community-building and environmental activism have run throughout Miriam’s eclectic career. Her work has included public administration, non-profit management, grant writing, specialty catering, consulting, boatbuilding, and seasonal work in Antarctica. Along with these pursuits, she has traveled extensively, homeschooled her four children, and completed two Masters degrees in environmental fields.

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Among her most visible achievements is her work initiating the 130-mile Olympic Discovery Trail across Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, now one of the nation’s premier destination’s for non-motorized touring. Miriam left Maine for the west coast after high school, but was happy to return four years ago.

She continues to work on challenging environmental issues, focusing her recent efforts on mitigating climate disruption. This has included serving for two years as co-chair for Sierra Club Maine’s Climate Action Team campaign and transitioning her family property in Buxton towards a permaculture-based, solar powered homestead.

Sam Saltonstall
Sam Saltonstall
(President)

A former Board President of Maine Interfaith Power & Light, Sam is a retired teacher who worked on Peaks Island as an energy efficiency volunteer to get over 100 homes weatherized, form three heat pump purchase groups, and bring 1100 LED light bulbs to island customers at lower than store prices. Sam implemented a grant-funded air sealing project at the island school and successfully worked with the City of Portland to get the school’s aged oil boiler replaced.  As a member of the Portland Climate Action Team, he helped to lobby for the City’s recently passed building benchmarking ordinance.   Sam moved off the Island in 2016, and now makes his home in Brunswick.

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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.

Jack Sumberg

Jack Sumberg is a semi-retired, small-scale contractor/woodworker who lives in Glover, Vermont where he serves on the selectboard, energy committee, and recycling committee.  Glover was the first town in Vermont to organize a Window Dressers community build and Jack was local coordinator in 2019 and 2020. He acted as mentor to the other six VT towns that organized build in 2020. He has been involved with the Bread & Puppet Theater and the Orleans County Historical Society, local nonprofits, and serves on the board of the Glover Historical Society and the Memphremagog Yacht Club.

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“I think WD’s inserts are an excellent product that can help many of our neighbors save fuel while making their homes more comfortable.  I look forward to more involvement with  the WD board, staff and volunteers and helping to expand the program in VT.”

Dick Tomeo

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.

Tatiana Tsay
(Treasurer)

Tanya is the Internal Controls Manager at Martin’s Point Health Care. With a Master of Science in Professional Accountancy from the University of London, she is a Chartered Certified Accountant (FCCA) and has over twelve years of international experience in finance. During an exchange program at Colby College, Tanya fell in love with Maine. She now lives with her husband, daughter, and two dogs in Brunswick.

Staff

Laura Seaton
Laura Seaton
Executive Director

Laura works with about 30 volunteer Local Coordinators, the Board and the Staff to coordinate the efforts of hundreds of volunteers to build thousands of window inserts across the state. As a former Campaign Manager on a State Senate race, small business owner, and 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. She enjoys reading, gardening, hiking and working on public policy.

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Meaghan LaSala
Program Assistant

As Program Assistant, Meaghan connects customers and volunteers with our Community Workshops across the state. She has years of experience in non-profit administration and customer service. Having spent all of her adult life active in the climate movement, she’s proud to serve an organization that has such a hands-on, practical, community-building approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. When not hanging out with WindowDressers, Meaghan keeps busy in her role as the Board Chair of the Southern Maine Workers’ Center.

Christine Hunt
Christine Hunt
Assistant Production Manager

Christine started at Window Dressers going on 5 years ago. She started out as a volunteer and learned pretty quickly how to do most of the things at Lincoln Street Center, and then was hired as Assistant Production Manager after her first season. Christine lives in Rockland, and was born an raised here. She is a mother of 6 kids and enjoys being outdoors– walking , hiking, and being at the beach.