Board of Directors

Andrew J. Bernstein Board Chair at ITNPortland
Andrew J. Bernstein
Board Chair

Andy is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Maine School of Law. During his 31 years as an attorney, he has worked for Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson, at UNUM where he held numerous positions, including Chief Litigation Counsel, General Counsel to the Disability Benefits Organization, head of the anti-fraud department, and Vice President and head of the Disability Claim Appeals, Litigation Support, Training, and Audit Department.

Following his departure from UNUM, he also was the General Counsel of Disability Reinsurance Management Services, Inc, a reinsurance intermediary. Andy's primary areas of expertise are litigation and trial practice, legal advisor to claims, appeals, underwriting, and management operations of insurance reinsurance companies, and social security disability claims. He has spoken at numerous insurance industry forums on a wide range of topics, including insurance litigation, fraud detection and prosecution, effective and fair claims practices, and social security disability claims. He currently represents claimants in Social Security disability cases.

In addition to his involvement with ITNPortland, Andy is a member of the Alumni Board at the University of Maine School of Law, and the Class Agent for his law school class of 1980. He is also a past president of the Board of Directors of Congregation Bet Ha'am.

Andy lives in Cape Elizabeth, Maine with his wife Karla.

Rick Beaulieu, ITNPortland Board Member
Rick Beaulieu
Board Member

Rick is the president of Springer's Jewelers; a retail jewelry store now in its fourth generation of family ownership. Springer's Jewelers was established in 1870 by George T. Springer. In 1925 Rick' s grandfather Edmond Beaulieu, Sr. took over the well established company. Today the business continues to thrive having added locations in Bath, Maine and Portsmouth NH. Springer's is a proud member of the American Gem Society an exclusive not for profit association that ensures its members adhere to ethical standards that not only comply with governing laws, but go beyond that, to ensure that you are buying from jewelers who have the knowledge and skill to help you make the most informed buying decision.

Rick is a graduate of Cheverus High School in Portland and was further educated at Sophia College in Japan, Regis College, Denver, CO. and received he's BA in Business Administration from Babson College. Rick is a member of the MS Society, The Cumberland Club, and The Woodlands Country Club.

Rick, his wife Nancy and his three children live in Portland and are avid supporters of many local charities including The Maine Chapter of the National MS Society, The Children's Museum of Maine, The Make a Wish Foundation and the local chapters of the Salvation Army.

Ken Stafford, ITNPortland, Board Member
Ken Stafford
Board Member

Kenneth Stafford, CPA is the founder of StaffordAdvisors, a tax, practice management and financial advisory firm specializing in dental practices.

Mr. Stafford holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from the University of South Florida and a Masters Degree in Taxation from the University of Hartford. He is a Director of the Maine Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority and the Treasurer and a Director of ITNPortland. He is a former adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern Maine, School of Business. Ken is past President of The Portland Club and Treasurer of Junior Achievement of Maine, Maine Software Developers Association and The Jason Program. He resides in Cumberland Foreside, Maine.

Mr. Stafford has over thirty years experience as a practicing Certified Public Accountant. Ten years were spent with national CPA firms, most recently as a manager in the Portland, Maine office of PriceWaterhouseCoopers. In 1989 he founded StaffordAdvisors, initially focusing on audit and tax services, but subsequently adding business advisory, management consulting and financial services.

Mr. Stafford is a frequent lecturer for Maine Revenue Services, Lorman Education and the National Business Institute, providing continuing education programs to attorneys and certified public accountants. He is also frequently called upon by state legislators to provide testimony before the Maine Legislature on the impact of proposed tax legislation.

John McGinnis, ITNPortland, Board Member
John McGinnis
Board Member

John grew up in South Portland, Maine and is a product of Maine public schools. He holds degrees from the University of Maine, University of Southern Maine and California Southern University. A retired railroad transportation executive who has lived throughout the United States, John retired and returned to his native state after a 30 year career in marketing, sales and industrial development. John currently is employed part-time at Kaplan University as an academic assistant and senior tutor for legal studies students.

John has served on the Board of the University of Southern Maine Alumni Association, and as an advisor and mentor for students at the University of Iowa business school. In addition he has volunteered as a client intake interviewer at the Lawyers Volunteer Project, a volunteer researcher at the Maine Civil Liberties Union and with ILAP-Maine and is a past driver for ITNPortland.

John has served on the arbitration board of the National Grain and Feed Association in Chicago, been a city council member in Mt. Vernon, Iowa and has served as a member of the Windham, Maine Ethics Board. A past partner of Research Associates , John did eligibility research for Social Security disability claimants.

John currently resides in Windham, Maine.

Pat Croston, Board Member ITNPortland
Pat Croston
Board Member

Pat Croston is a product management and marketing professional who grew up in Maine and currently resides in Windham. She has an economics degree from Wheaton College (MA) and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. She has worked with a variety of consumer goods creating compelling and profitable product assortments – including everything from down–filled pet beds, to uniquely printed rain boots for kids', to handmade furniture and exclusive nightgowns and pajamas–in both retail and wholesale environments. Previous employers include L.L. Bean, Cuddledown, G. H. Bass and Cole Haan.

Her interest in ITN stemmed initially from witnessing the difficult adjustment experienced by her mother when she realized she no longer felt safe to drive. Shortly after her mother relinquished her car keys, Pat began as a volunteer driver. After a break in her volunteerism, she is now back with ITN as both a volunteer driver and board member. Pat describes her interactions with the senior riders as 'often my favorite part of the day'.

In her free time, Pat enjoys fitness, home renovation projects, camping, cooking and has recently discovered the allure of golf.

Jean Maginnis
Jean Maginnis
Board Member

Ms. Maginnis has spent the past 7 years advocating for the support and stimulation of Maine’s creative industries by working collaboratively with business leaders through the Maine Center for Creativity, a 501 © 3 organization she founded. In 2012, Mainebiz named her to their NEXT list. The Next List is identified for their demonstrated leadership, entrepreneurship, and positive relationships within the community as well as for the key role they will play in the state's economic future.
Her organization created Art All Around™, an international design competition that received 560 proposals from 80 countries to paint art on the above ground storage tanks owned by Sprague in the Port of Portland. The goal of Art All Around is to put Maine on the map for creativity and innovation. She has raised $950,000 toward the completion of this arts and industry collaboration. Currently, the Board of Directors is in their final phase of fundraising toward a goal of $400,00.

Art All Around is the largest public art painting project in the world and the first public art project planned with satellite view in mind. The Maine Center for Creativity runs professional development programs such as Creative Toolbox Series and Pecha Kucha to support creative industries and future growth of creativity here in Maine. The organization established the inaugural Maine Creative Industries Award and held a gala to honor first recipients Glenn Close (actress) and David Shaw (founder of IDEXX).

Her professional experience includes working for WGBH, Boston's public television and radio stations as well as Development and Membership work for both the Portland Museum of Art and the Children’s Museum of Maine. She also worked for major advertising agencies in Maine where most recently she was a Senior Marketing Strategist. She has managed the advertising strategic planning and brand development for a number of large companies. In 2007, Ms. Maginnis graduated from the Institute for Civic Leadership course focused on collaborative leadership. Ms. Maginnis was appointed to the Governor’s Creative Economy Council in 2005 and served on the Board of Directors at the Portland Players in South Portland, the oldest community theater in Maine from 2004-2007. Recently, her organization was presented with a special award for Creative Enterprise by the advertising club of Maine. In 2011, Jean was asked to speak at the National American for the Arts Convention in San Diego and in New York City at Lincoln Center Institute for the Imagination Conversation initiative. In 2012, the Center, The Sprague Company and AMEX, inc. received the William Johnson Award for outstanding achievement demonstrating aesthetic merit in commercial coatings work. She is married and has two sons. Jean graduated from Boston College cum laude with a degree in Communications.

James P. Stoddard
James P. Stoddard
Board Member

Born and raised in Nutley, New Jersey. Attended University of Colorado and earned a Bachelors Degree in 1967. Career in Wall Street spanned 1967- 1986 as an Investment Advisor to Institutional clients. In 1987, I entered into Commercial Real Estate as a salesman in New Jersey. That career lasted until  2006 when my wife, Betsy and I retired to Maine. We reside in Cumberland Foreside. I joined ITN in March of 2007 as a volunteer driver which I still enjoy to this day. Betsy and I are members of St. Mary the Virgin Episcopal Church in Falmouth. I serve as a Eucharistic Minister, a member of the Vestry, chairman of Buildings and Grounds and sing in the Choir. I recently was on the Discernment Committee to hire a new Rector which was accomplished this Fall. I am also on the Board of St Mary Schola which is a professional singing ensemble devoted to performances of master works from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Eras. My passions are skiing, singing, golf and crossword/jigsaw puzzles. Bets and I share three sons and enjoy five grandchildren.

Kimberly Labbe Mills
Board Member

A Brunswick, Maine native, Kimberly earned her AB in Mathematics from Bowdoin College in 1982 and MS (accounting)/MBA from Northeastern University in 1984. She currently works in Portland at a small accounting firm, performing tax and general accounting services. She belongs to the Maine Society of CPAs and is a member of the advisory board of the Society of Bowdoin Women. Kimberly has four (adult) children, lives in Brunswick, enjoys running, and has been a Sugarloafer since 1966.

Sherrie L. Benner - Board Member
Sherrie L. Benner
Board Member

Sherrie L. Benner joined the Board of Directors in 2012. She resides in Gorham and was just elected to the Gorham Town Council. With a degree in history, she started her career in the field of law and has worked with several large law firms including Thompson, McNaboe, Ashley and Bull, and Norman Hanson & DeTroy. However, her enjoyment of real estate and working more directly with her clients prompted a career change by becoming a licensed real estate agent. As a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty, she often works with elderly clients that are facing the challenges associated with selling their homes and transitioning to retirement living. As a way to say thank you and to give back, Sherrie has pledged a percentage of her real estate commissions to be donated to ITNPortland.

Betts Armstrong
Board Member

Betts Armstrong, a native of Texas, has live in Maine since 1984. She is a graduate of Pine Manor College and Boston University. She has served on the Boards of Pine Manor, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and Waynflete School. She has also been active with Maine Medical Center. The Junior League of Portland, Maine, and the Friends of Scarborough Marsh. She and her husband C.D. live in Scarborough, and have three young adult children.