Board Members

Board Members

Maine Connections Academy Governing Board


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.

Jennifer Cummings

Board Treasurer

As Director of Business Programs at the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME), Jennifer Cummings oversees a strong and experienced lending team that works with Maine lenders and businesses to help them get to “yes.” FAME has a unique role in Maine, tasked with taking on greater risk than traditional lenders for the benefit of the state. FAME does this primarily by offering Maine lenders commercial loan insurance and providing direct loans to Maine businesses through its FAME Direct Loan program, frequently facilitating deals that would not otherwise be possible.

At FAME success is measured by the number of jobs created and retained, as well as the amount of capital deployed: since 1983 when FAME opened its doors, over 100,000 jobs have been created or retained across all of Maine’s major industries and over $2 billion in loans and equity capital has been funneled into the Maine economy.

Jenn has over 15 years of experience as a commercial finance professional, both as a commercial loan officer and workout officer. She joined FAME in 2013 as Senior Workout Officer and now serves as Director of Business Programs. A Maine native, Jenn received her BS in International Business and Logistics from Maine Maritime Academy and earned her MBA from Thomas College. When not at work, she enjoys spending time outside with her family, hiking and skiing. She can also be found competing at local Crossfit competitions and is a Crossfit Trainer. Jenn lives in Manchester with her two daughters Grace (9) and Eleanor (3).

William Thompson

Board Secretary

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.

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Ellen McBride

Board Member

Ellen McBride is an adjunct professor at Kennebec Valley Community College in the Early Childhood Education department. She also serves on the Maine State Literacy Team. Earlier in her career, she was a public school educator for seven years. Ellen holds both a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and a M.S. in Early Literacy from the University of Maine Orono. She volunteers at the local community food pantry and serves on the board for the Literacy Volunteers of Greater Augusta, where she also serves as a literacy tutor. Ellen is a strong advocate for the promotion of literacy and literacy skills overall. Ellen currently has two daughters enrolled in MCA and greatly appreciates the opportunity to have school choice.

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