Board of Directors
Carol Wishcamper | chair
Carol Wishcamper has served on the Board of Directors of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation since 2008. She is well known to organizations throughout the state of Maine, as an independent consultant providing organizational development, large scale group facilitation, and executive coaching and skill building. Recently, she served as Co-Chair of the Maine Wabanaki Truth and Reconciliation Commission to bring healing and justice to Wabanaki communities affected by the Indian Child Welfare Act. Carol has served on a broad range of local, state and regional boards and committees addressing education, community and cultural concerns, and the environment.
Gail Dana-Sacco, Ph.D. | Vice-chair
Dr. Gail Dana-Sacco, Passamaquoddy, earned her PhD in Health Policy and Administration at the Johns Hopkins University, where she remains affiliated with the Center for American Indian Health. She serves as co-investigator on a national research study to design and test a culturally tailored risk assessment and safety planning tool for Indigenous and immigrant women experiencing intimate partner violence. Using a community-based, participatory research approach, she applies her knowledge of public health, health services delivery systems, and tribal law, policy and governance to develop multilevel approaches to address health inequities. Her research focuses on Native languages and health; the collective resilience of Native peoples; the impact of injury, especially violence, on tribal communities in both current and historical contexts; and the effect of the tribal-state relationship on health.
Through her firm, Wayfinders for Health, she works with broad-based partnerships to conduct research and facilitate multi-stakeholder initiatives that advance the health interests of marginalized communities. In the philanthropic sector, she applies a culturally responsive and transformative evaluation approach that builds on her wide-ranging experience investigating the structural and policy-related drivers of inequitable health outcomes. She works with communities and organizations to find pathways to improved public health outcomes by critically examining and addressing the structural drivers of health inequities and activating community knowledge to develop sustainable solutions. Her work with tribal communities focuses on developing and implementing strategies to prevent violence, improve health outcomes, and build stronger Native Nations.
Betsy Biemann | Treasurer
Betsy Biemann is the Treasurer of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and her master’s degree from Princeton University. Early in her career she worked as a program officer then an associate program director at The Rockefeller Foundation, where she led a national grant and investment program increasing employment and economic opportunity in low-income communities. From 2005-2012 she served as president of the Maine Technology Institute, which finances technology-based companies and accelerates the growth of Maine’s promising industries. For the next three years, Betsy advised national foundations and nonprofit organizations then directed Growing Maine Food, Growing Maine, a joint project of Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Business School, hosted by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. She currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Coastal Enterprises Inc. in Brunswick, Maine. Betsy and her husband, Sean Callahan, live in Brunswick and are getting used to being empty nesters by spoiling their dog, Ginger.
David E. Norris | Assistant Treasurer
David Norris has served the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation as a Director since 1988 and is Assistant Treasurer. David, CFA, has been in the investment management field for more than 50 years, in Connecticut, New York and for the past 27 years in Florida where he now makes his home. He is currently a portfolio manager with Ladd Capital Management. David has also been associated with Bankers Trust, Connecticut Bank and Trust Company, Chase Manhattan, and U. S. Trust Company. Additionally, David has been Director and Treasurer of the Financial Analysts Society of South Florida and a trustee on the Board of the Boca Raton General Employees’ Pension Fund. David graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
Margaret Sewall Barbour
Margaret “Maggie” Sewall Barbour is the former President of the Sewall Foundation, Member Emeritus of the Board of Directors, and daughter of Elmina B. Sewall. Maggie grew up in Kennebunk, Maine, attended Stephen’s College for two years and then graduated from University of Southern California as a business major. She spent 12 years as a buyer for Bullock’s department store (which is now Macy’s) and 11 years as a resident buyer with a large Los Angeles buying office. Maggie has been a Southern California resident since her college days. She is a great supporter of animal welfare organizations and senior services and volunteers at her local animal shelter and senior center. Maggie’s favorite sport is ice skating and she loves to travel, read, do puzzles and stitchery. She cherishes the time she spends with her husband Bob.
Rotha Chan is a Director of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. In 1985 when he was 13 years old, he, his mother and siblings were resettled in Biddeford, Maine as refugees, having survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia. He received his BS degree from Boston University with a major in International Relations and concentration in Rural Economic Development. He is a founding member of The Killing Field Survivors’ Society, a founding member of the Asian-American Heritage Foundation, has served on the Diversity Committee of United Way of Greater Portland, and on the Board of Tax Assessment Appeal for the City of Saco, Maine. Rotha has served several financial institutions in Maine and New Hampshire and has been in banking for twenty years. Rotha is the Commercial Credit Manager with TD Bank in Portsmouth, NH.
William E. Curran
Bill Curran has served as a Director of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation since its founding in 1982. A former senior vice-president of Halsey Associates investment firm of New Haven, CT., Bill was both Mrs. Sewall’s investment advisor and her trusted partner on matters of philanthropy. Bill managed, and Halsey Associates housed, the affairs of the Foundation for many years through their offices.
Bill is credited with bringing many of Maine’s most significant and transformative conservation projects to the attention of Mrs. Sewall and the Foundation, including the Nature Conservancy’s St. John River acquisition, the Downeast Lakes Land Trust’s community forest projects, AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative, Maine Huts & Trail’s and the Penobscot River restoration. The Foundation’s early support of these efforts is often credited for their ultimate success.
In addition to his work in Maine, Bill has long been involved in charitable endeavors in New Haven, having served on the Boards of the Elm Shakespeare Company, Long Wharf Theater, New Haven Symphony Orchestra, Habitat for Humanity and Dwight Hall at Yale. He and his wife, Jane, also established The Curran Foundation in the mid-1980s, supporting organizations in both Connecticut and Maine.
Bill is a graduate of Yale University and served in the U.S. Navy.
Dale grew up in Iowa where she raised sheep with Old Testament names and showed them at the County Fair in Boys 4-H. In 1975, after becoming the first woman to complete a carpentry apprenticeship with the carpenters union, Dale started her own construction company; wrote 2 books about carpentry; and founded Women Unlimited, a program that successfully trained women on welfare to compete for high-paying jobs in trade and technical occupations.
Dale co-founded the Maine Lesbian Gay Political Alliance in 1984; was elected to the State Senate in 1990 and served 3 terms; became Maine’s first female Constitutional Officer when she was elected State Treasurer in 1996; directed the Maine Housing Authority for 7 years; and was a city Councilor-at-Large for the City of Augusta.
Dale has a BA from the University of Iowa and three daughters two of whom are twins and she is very proud of all of them. Dale lives on a tiny urban farm in Augusta Maine where she raises peaches, blueberries, tends her vineyard and plays her cello.
H. Roy Partridge, Jr., Ph.D.
The Reverend Dr. H. Roy Partridge, Jr. is a Director of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. Dr. Partridge is an ordained and licensed Episcopal priest having served several Maine churches and currently is an assisting priest at Trinity in Portland, Maine. He is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has worked in a supervisory role at Sweetser Children’s Services in Saco and as a therapist at the Community Counseling Center in Portland. He is an outgoing State Representative to the Maine Indian Tribal-State Commission. Until recently Dr. Partridge has been the Special Assistant to the President for Multicultural Affairs, and a visiting faculty member at Bowdoin College where he has served in the administration and faculty since 1993. He is currently a Senior Fellow at the College.
Kent W. Wommack
Kent Wommack has served as a Director of the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation since 2006. He is Executive Director of the Liz Claiborne & Art Ortenberg Foundation, which supports community-based wildlife conservation programs around the world. Previously he was a senior manager at The Nature Conservancy where he led TNC's programs in Maine, Australia and Canada, and managed global strategy teams including TNC's work with indigenous peoples. During his tenure in Maine the Conservancy led ground-breaking projects to protect working forest lands and the northern Maine communities they support. Kent has a BA from Colby College and MFS from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.