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Three valley residents named to UMFK board of visitors

July 23, 2004

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Board of Visitors President James Thibodeau welcomed three newly appointed members to the University of Maine at Fort Kent board at their recent quarterly meeting.

Gary Daigle of Fort Kent, Kathy Roy of Fort Kent, and Fern Desjardins of St. Agatha were nominated by President Richard Cost and recently approved by the University of Maine System Board of Trustees.

Daigle is vice president of Daigle & Houghton, Inc., which has offices in Fort Kent and Hermon, Maine. He has been very active in the community as past president of the Greater Fort Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Kent Rotary Club, past chairman of Western Star U.S. Truck Dealer Council, and on Aroostook County's LEAD Board of Directors.

Daigle currently serves on the Northeast Western Star U.S. Truck Dealer Council, the Maine Motor Truck Association, and as a board member for the 10th Mountain Ski Lodge in Fort Kent.

Daigle is a graduate of Husson College with a bachelor of science in business administration.

Kathy Roy is owner, director, and store manager of Paradis Shop 'n Save. She co-owns and operates six stores which are located in Fort Kent, Madawaska, Caribou, Brewer, Houlton, and Calais. She is also a director of the Fort Kent Federal Credit Union and serves on the Northern Maine Medical Center Board of Trustees.

Roy attended the University of Maine at Farmington.

Fern Desjardins is currently superintendent of schools for MSAD #33 in Frenchville and St. Agatha, Maine. She is an active member of the Aroostook County Superintendents' Association, the Steering Committee for the Maine Small High Schools Coalition, the Aroostook Regional Teacher Development Center, the St. John Valley Administrators' Collaborative Governing Board, and the Title I Spring Sharing Conference Committee.

She is a director of ECO 2000 and is an executive board member of the St. John Valley Partnership. She has also been very involved with Cub and Girl Scout activities, along with the St. John Valley Big Brother/Big Sister Advisory Board.

Desjardins is a graduate of the University of Maine at Fort Kent, the University of Maine at Orono, and the University of Southern Maine. She is currently working on her doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Maine.