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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director of Community Workshops
and Business Development
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.
Working with numerous volunteers, KC oversees the cutting, drilling, and assembly of thousands of inserts at WindowDresser’s Lincoln Street Center production facility in Rockland and coordinates the gear and supplies sent to WD Community Builds throughout Maine. Along with keeping Mainer’s warm, KC enjoys sailing, reading, flying, and sports with his wife Gretchen, and 8-year-old twins Carver and Audrey.”
Assistant Production Manager
Bio coming soon!