Mike Barton, President

Mike Barton joined the Laura Foundation board in December 2014. With so many building initiatives taking place at the Laura Center, his years of construction knowledge and experience are a welcome addition to the Foundation. Aside from spending the last decade in the building field working for esteemed firms like Wright-Ryan Construction – he’s a member of the Maine Real Estate & Development Association, the Portland Society for Architecture, the Maine Chapter of the US Green Building Council, and the University of Southern Maine’s Construction Management Advisory Committee (where he’s also a former adjunct professor). Mike holds a B.S. in Construction Science & Management from Clemson University where he was a standout athlete. In fact, while at Clemson, he was a member of the ACC Championship track and field team for the 2002-2003. Mike has known the Mahoney family for most of his life, and is a welcome addition to the board of directors. He lives in Portland, Maine with his wife, Allison, and their two children.

Devin Kelly, Vice President

Devin Kelly is currently co-owner of Dynamic Bicycles based in Bristol, Rhode Island. Previously, he was President of LaserPerformance, the world’s largest sailboat company. Before jumping into the sports and leisure industry, he worked in a variety of Senior Marketing and Innovation positions for InBev, where he was based in Connecticut, Belgium and England. While in England, he was named as one of the Top 100 Marketers in the UK. During his career, Devin has also worked in the finance, retail and banking industries.

Devin is a long-standing member of the King Pine and Purity Spring Resort Communities and has known the Mahoney family for over 30 years.  He is honored to be serving on the board in Laura’s memory.  Devin lives in Rhode Island with his wife and three children.

Pate Kehoe, Secretary

Recently retired, Pat Kehoe spent her professional life working in special education. Before moving to New Hampshire, she worked for many years in Ohio. For seven of those years, she was the Curriculum Supervisor in a school for children with moderate, severe and profound disabilities. Following this, she became the Director of Special Education in Bexley, Ohio where she was responsible for the implementation of Special Ed programs in three elementary schools, a middle school and a high school. She was also responsible for intake and placement for all preschool special needs children.

When Pat moved back to New England (a Massachusetts native), she became the Director of Special Education for School Administrative Unit #13 covering the Freedom, Madison and Tamworth public schools. There, she was able to develop several key initiatives such as the Summer Enrichment Program, the Ready Readers Kindergarten Program, and an elementary school program for children on the autism spectrum.

Pat is enjoying retirement, but she’s still active. She spends quite a bit of time volunteering for organizations. Among her favorites is the Laura Foundation.

Michelle Clouse, Treasurer

Michelle joined the board in January 2018, and her 15-year career in tax and financial service makes her a welcome addition to the Laura Foundation! She moved to the Granite State from the Midwest in 2015, joining the team at Gamwell, Caputo, Kelsch & Company, PLLC. A graduate of Indiana University, she’s a fan of Big Ten sports (Go Hoosiers!). Michelle also loves all things car racing (from NASCAR to IndyCar), but she does enjoy tamer activities like reading and gardening. The move to New England also brings her closer to the ocean where she loves to learn about marine wildlife. She is excited to be the newest member of the Laura Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Kate Dargie

Kate has been a friend to the Laura Foundation for several years. Not only does she head up the ice monitors during the annual Youth Pond Hockey Festival, but she assists whenever she’s available with Laura Foundation programs. Her help is much appreciated because Kate has years of experience as a coach and educator. She has her masters in Applied Behavioral Analysis, and aside from working with individuals having various disabilities in the school setting, she’s spent much time working in residential placements, as well. Currently, she’s the caregiver (in her home) for a developmentally disabled adult part of each week. Kate lives just over the border in Maine, and the Laura Foundation welcomes her enthusiasm and experience!