With the exception of a two-year break in the mid-1990s, David R. Clough has been the NFIB/Maine state director since 1982. In this role he has helped write numerous legislative proposals and amendments, write speeches and position papers for legislators, counseled legislators and candidates on key issues affecting small business owners, testified at hundreds of public hearings and performed a variety of other tasks.
As a journalism major in college and later as a newspaper reporter, Clough gained his ability to research and write informatively about a wide variety of issues. From 1973-1976 he was a special assistant on Capitol Hill to Hon. William S. Cohen. He was also a delegate to the White House Conferences in 1986 and 1995 and has served on numerous state commissions and councils including the Business Advisory Councils of three governors.
“Over the years NFIB/Maine has organized formal and informal coalitions, helped draft important new laws benefiting small business and orchestrated the defeat of expensive payroll tax and other costly legislation,” Clough said.
A native of Bangor, Maine, Clough has two daughters and lives in Yarmouth, Maine. He is also a member of the Portland Rotary Club.
Amy Volk is the State Senator for District 30, which includes most of Buxton, most of Scarborough, and all of Gorham. Prior to being elected to the Senate, she served two terms in the Maine House as the Representative for House District 127, Coastal Scarborough.
During her legislative service, Senator Volk has been a member of the Governor’s State Workforce Investment Board as well as the Labor, Commerce, Research, and Economic Development Committee (LCRED). She served as the lead Republican member of LCRED, whose jurisdiction includes the Department of Labor and the Department of Economic and Community Development. Within these departments are the Office of Professional and Financial Regulation, Maine State Housing Authority, the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), and the Maine Office of Tourism. Throughout her time on the committee, the legislature has cleaned up waste and abuse at the Maine State Housing Authority, reformed workers’ compensation laws to reduce litigation and create more predictability for injured workers and employers, and created a mechanism for evaluating economic development programs.
In 1997 Leslie Morissette learned first hand what it was like to spend months at a time in the hospital while their son, Graham, was in cancer treatment.
During this time Leslie became keenly aware of a great need for children and families to access the internet. It was this need that inspired her to create Grahamtastic Connection.
The program had humble beginnings, supporting only 10 Maine children in 1998. We now provide computers and internet access to more than 100 seriously ill children a year from Maine to California. In addition, thousands of children use our laptops and tablets, permanently placed at over 30 facilities across the country, such as Boston Ronald McDonald House and Maine Children’s Cancer Program. Westbrook Regional Vocational Center has written their computer technology curriculum to include the repair of Grahamtastic laptops. They learn to refurbish computers and, more importantly, they learn to help kids who are less fortunate. (Kids helping kids!)
The Biddeford School Department has reinstated the Biddeford Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to enrich the educational experience for the students of Biddeford. Through partnerships with the community and district, the Foundation will provide resources outside the normal school budget to augment teaching, encourage academic excellence, and maximize opportunities for students K-12. We want to be responsible stewards of the taxpayers’ dollar, hold the line on spending, but providing kids with unique opportunities costs money, and that’s where the foundation comes in: providing support to our great teachers who want to engage in a special project, trip, academic experience, etc.
To help us achieve success and spread the word about the Foundation, we are holding our first annual fundraising event – Pillars of Pride dinner and silent auction. This event will honor two pillars within our community and generous contributors to lifelong learning, Roland Eon of P&C Insurance and Jim Godbout of Jim Godbout Plumbing and Heating.
Roland, a 1970 Alum, has worked his way up the ranks at P&C Insurance during the last 30 years and plans to retire later this year. He is the quiet sole who often leads the way when asked for help. He has served on countless Boards and committees, including: Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution, Southern Maine Health Care, Hospice of Southern Maine, MaineHeatlh, Sweetser, Biddeford Saco Rotary Club, and more. He has offered financial support to the Biddeford School System for years, including athletics, arts, music and educational initiatives.
Jim is a local entrepreneur who not only talks the talk but walks the walk. He has served on countless Boards and committees, including: coaching a variety of sports for Biddeford students; the Biddeford Athletic Association, Waterhouse Field Commission, Biddeford Saco Rotary Club and Founder of the Red Ribbon Committee; YMCA; Chamber and more. He is instrumental in setting an example by inspiring and teaching our young students who are pursuing the trades at the Center of Technology.
Together, Roland and Jim have taken humble steps to improve our community. Their awards are often mirrored – both have received the Bill Kany Leadership Award, Goodwin Outstanding Service Award, Rotarian of the Year – and they have numerous awards that are just as prestigious. They are a reflection on the Foundation’s goals – to maximize opportunities for our students in Biddeford – and we are fortunate to have these pillars in our community.
For more information on the Pillars of Pride event and the Foundation, visit the Biddeford School Department’s website, click on the Giving Tab and Foundation link. The event is also on the School Department’s Facebook Page. Thank you to our major sponsors: Biddeford Savings Bank, Maine Magazine, P&C Insurance and Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution.
Sam Vachon is singer-songwriter and visual artist from Scarborough, Maine. At a young age, he discovered his talents in the arts. He began songwriting at the age of 15 and is self-taught on acoustic guitar. In 2013 Sam studied abroad at the University of Hyderabad in India, and also traveled to other countries in Asia and Europe. After Sam’s travels, in the summer of 2014 Sam worked with producer Jayson Whitmore and recorded his first single “Stars Aligned “in Penumbra Recording studios in South Portland Maine. Sam’s songwriting inspiration comes from life experiences. Through his songs, Vachon’s personality is expressed through his poetic lyrics and edgy vocals. Sam Vachon is currently working on a soundtrack for a short-film and collaborating with Jenine Irabagon and their duo project Rooted Willow.
Jenine Irabagon is a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music and an emerging folk artist currently based in New England. Originally from Fort Worth, Texas, Irabagon began her musical career as a jazz and classical instrumentalist before discovering her passion for songwriting. Summer of 2014 Irabagon debuted herself as a singer-songwriter. She first performed her original songs in local music venues in Deep Ellum, TX. Irabagon then continued to perform as a solo artist in Boston, MA, where she opened for a Sub Pop artist named Mirel Wagner, and became a featured artist for Berklee’s Singer-Songwriter Showcase at the Red Room venue. Irabagon draws inspiration from her musical upbringing, she listened to classic rock bands growing up, but she is heavily influenced folk singer-songwriters such as Conor Oberst, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. With Irabagon’s taste in a variety of genre’s, she creates her own musical style that combines earthy, lyrical content with sweet singable melodies. Irabagon developed a captivating collection of folk songs, discussing topics that leave a big impression on the first-time listener.
Rooted Willow is an up and coming dynamic-duo currently based in Boston, MA. The members are Jenine Irabagon from Ft. Worth, TX and Sam Vachon from Portland, Maine. The two songwriters met in March 2016 when they recorded their first single “Two” at Berklee College of Music. The music of Rooted Willow is influenced by Jenine and Sam’s similar taste in indie folk music. Together they fuse their musical ideas to create songs that have meaningful lyrics and a personal sound.
Karen Vachon is a resident of Scarborough since 1986. Married to Peter for 30 years, the couple has three son’s: Jay, Sam, and Thomas.
Karen has a degree in business from New England College. She’s a former National Account Manager for consumer products (Warner-Lambert; Adams Division and Archway Mother’s Cookies); She has worked in Public Relations for Scarborough Downs; is a freelance writer; and, since 2009 – a licensed health insurance agent serving the under 65 individual health insurance market, as well as the over 65 Medicare market.
Karen is actively involved in her community – serving on the Board of Directors for Scarborough Community Chamber; St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Scarborough Resiliency;
– Past involvement: Scarborough Rotary Club; Project Grace; Scarborough 350th.
Her campaign is endorsed by NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) and the Maine Credit Union League.