Governing Board Members for the 2019–20 School Year
Amy Linscott, Board President
Amy Linscott is a mother of five children ages 8-28. She currently is a stay-at-home mom to her three daughters who are still school aged. Amy has a degree from the University of Maine Orono. She has served on the local school board and Regional Technical School Board. Amy recognizes that each child learns in different ways and believes that every student should enjoy learning. Sometimes that means seeking out an alternative to a brick-and-mortar public school. While researching alternatives for one of her children, she found and became involved with Maine Connections Academy. Amy Linscott currently has two children who are enrolled in MCA.
Carol Weston, Board Secretary
Carol Weston hails from Aroostook County, Maine's largest and northernmost county. She left the state for college where she majored in education, and then returned to Maine, settling with her husband in Waldo County, where they still reside. Alongside her full-time role as mother, Weston was active in grassroots Maine politics for many years and finally directed her own campaign in a bid for a Maine House seat in 1998. She was elected and served two terms in the Maine State House of Representatives from 1999-2002. Weston continued her path in Maine politics serving as a Maine State Senator for four terms, from 2002-2010, during which time she served as both the Assistant Senate Republican Leader
(2004-2006) and Senate Republican Leader (2006-2008). Throughout her time in the Maine Legislature, Weston served on the Education, Health and Human Services, and Utilities Committees.
While serving in the Senate, Weston was the Maine Chair for the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), serving on the Telecommunications and Information Technology Task Force from 2003-2010, and receiving ALEC’s Legislator of the Year Award in 2008. She also served as Executive Board Member of the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) from 2007-2008.
Since her term in the Maine Senate ended in 2010, Weston has remained active in Maine politics and spent the summer and fall as the director and host of a seminar series called “Building Your Activist Toolkit,” which conducted grassroots activist training for more than 700 people in conjunction with Americans for Prosperity and the Maine Heritage Policy Center. And, in December of 2010, Weston accepted the position of State Director of Americans for Prosperity Maine Chapter.
John Larouche, Board Treasurer
Mary Shepherd, Board Member
Bernice Stockley, Board Member
William Thompson, Board Member
Billy is currently the Chief of Staff to the House Minority Office. Prior to joining the House Minority Office he served as the Senior Education Policy Advisor to Governor LePage. Billy graduated from Colby College with an AB in Philosophy and Government and holds a MA in Political Science from George Mason University.
Previously he has served on the DC staff of Senator Collins and held a Presidential Appointment at the Department of Homeland Security as Assistant Director of Legislative Affairs for DHS Intelligence. He has also worked in the Maine Senate as Director of Communications, the Maine House as the Director of Policy and as the Director of Policy for the Speaker of the Maine House.
He is a member of the Brunswick School Board and served two terms as chairman. He has been married to his wife Michelle for 12 years and they have a six year old daughter, Reagan, twin two year old sons Billy and Bales, three dogs, two cats and a fish named Peter.
Senator Amy Volk, Board Member
Amy Volk is the Senator Representing Senate District 30, which includes Gorham, part of Buxton, and part of Scarborough. She serves as minority lead on the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee and is a member of the State Workforce Investment Board. Sen. Volk resides in Scarborough with her husband Derek, the President of a third-generation family business, Volk Packaging Corporation. They have four children.
Sen. Volk is active in the local community as the Board Secretary for the Root Cellar, Board Secretary for Scarborough Cheering Club, a member of Moms in Prayer (Scarborough Chapter), and a member of The Rock Church, serving on their worship team. She has also served as the Board Secretary of The Children's Theatre of Maine.
A graduate of Catherine McAuley High School in Portland, Sen. Volk went on to earn a B.S. in Human Development from the University of Maine. In addition to her legislative duties and community involvement, Sen. Volk owns a small business, and she has also worked as a substitute teacher. Her passion for education reform was fueled by her experiences raising a son on the autism spectrum.