Julie is the former Director of the Center on Aging and Disability at the Muskie School of Public Service
at the University of Southern Maine. She worked for over 20 years conducting research, evaluation and
analysis of Medicaid and Medicare programs and policies with an emphasis on the financing and
integration of care for individuals who are dually eligible for those programs. Prior to her retirement,
she was a member of the national research team, led by RTI, responsible for monitoring and evaluating
dual eligible demonstrations in a number of states.
She also evaluated a number of Maine-based demonstrations for people with Alzheimer’s and
Dementia; and provided implementation and monitoring assistance for the Money Follows the Person
Program. Other areas of expertise included quality management of home and community based waiver
programs; the use of Medicare-Medicaid data for policy analysis; and the development of quantitative
and qualitative metrics for monitoring long term services and supports.
More recently, Julie has continued to be involved in local civic groups and is chair of the town of New
Gloucester’s Economic Development Committee and is a member of the town’s Comprehensive
Planning Update Committee.
She has a BA from Hampshire College and an MBA in Health Care Management from Boston University.
Frank O’Hara has been involved with housing, community, and economic development in Maine for 40 years at all levels of government and the private sector: the City of Portland, the Greater Portland Council of Governments, the Maine State Planning Office, the Maine State Housing Authority, the Office of the Governor, and as a principal in the consulting firm Planning Decisions, Inc.
During this time, O’Hara has conducted market feasibility studies for all kinds of housing and health facilities, including affordable and market-rate housing, as well as hospice care, adult day care, boarding homes, and Alzheimer’s care centers.
Additionally, he has authored award-winning journalism pieces and a number of state policy reports.
Peter Pitegoff is Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law, where he was Dean from 2005 to 2015, and previously was a professor and vice dean at the State University of New York (SUNY) Buffalo Law School. He has taught, worked, and written extensively in the areas of community economic development, labor and industrial organization, corporation and nonprofit law, employee ownership, and legal ethics.
Peter served for ten years on the board of directors of Coastal Enterprises, Inc., a national leader in community development finance. Prior to his academic career, he was legal counsel for the ICA Group, a Boston firm that assists worker-owned enterprises and related economic development initiatives. He is a graduate of Brown University and New York University School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden scholar.
Marva is the former President and CEO of The Boston Home, a nationally recognized residence and center of excellence for adults with progressive neurological diseases. Marva developed Harmon Apartments, an innovative housing project in Boston for adults with physical disabilities. The Boston Home received national attention for its innovative programs in assistive technology, wellness and spirituality, creative arts and clinical practice.
Active in many leadership activities, Marva serves on the Board of Directors of the Codman Square Health Center, Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation and Social Venture Partners. She is a former President of the Massachusetts Public Health Association and Massachusetts Senior Care Association.
Prior to joining the staff of The Boston Home, Marva was the CEO of the Shattuck Hospital and President of Cura VNA in Plymouth. Early in her career, she served as a key member of the executive management teams at several Boston hospitals.
Marva received her BA from Boston University and MPH from Yale University.
Mitch Sturgeon is an author, blogger, disability advocate, and power wheelchair user. His memoir, ENJOYING THE RIDE: Two Generations of Tragedy and Triumph, chronicles how his quadriplegic mother inspired him to meet his own challenges later in life.
Mitch lives with his wife and now caregiver, Kimberly, in their highly adapted home in South Portland, Maine. He is a contributor to multiplesclerosis.net and has been blogging for 10 years at enjoyingtheride.com about living a contented life despite disability.
Mitch earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1986 and his MBA in 1995. Mitch spends his days following his favorite teams (he's an avid Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots fan), writing, napping, and helping out where he can.