Charles J. Rudelitch, Esq.
Charles Rudelitch joined SCEC as Executive Director in May 2014. A Harrington native, Charles has a long history with the Council, having interned with SCEC in the late 1990s and serving on its Board during the early 2000s. He has earned degrees in Applied History from Carnegie Mellon University; Resource Economics & Policy from the University of Maine; as well as a law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.
Prior to joining SCEC, Charles served as the Staff Attorney for Pine Tree Legal in Hancock & Washington counties. In addition to the legal field, he has worked in economic and community development for the towns of Bridgton, Fort Kent, and Guilford, and the Passamaquoddy Tribe, along with the Eastern Maine Development Corporation.
Charles lives in Harrington with his husband, Marc. They own and operate a baking company and along with other members of their extended family, are partners in a family farm.
Jennifer Peters joined SCEC in June 1996 while attending classes at the University of Maine at Machias. She graduated summa cum laude from UMM in 1997 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree with concentrations in Marketing and Office Management.
First as SCEC Program Manager and most recently as Assistant Director, Peters has played a crucial role in developing and administering several of the Council’s signature programs, including its scholarship fund for nontraditional learners, and trainings for small- and micro-business people. She has also coordinated the Noyce award winning Washington County Leadership Institute since 2002, and is an active member of boards and committees dealing with topics from sustainable tourism to economic development, education and workforce development.
Carlene Lyford has served at SCEC since October 2010. Carlene manages SCEC’s facilities and coordinates SCEC meetings and functions. She graduated from Madawaska High School in 1968 and worked in the Finance Department for the City of Portland before moving to the Downeast Area.
In between raising three children, Carlene has run numerous businesses and worked for the Machias Valley Christian School for 12 years.
Susan Hatton joined SCEC in December 2014. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine at Machias, an Associate Degree in Computer Technology from Washington County Community College and Paralegal Certificate from the University of Maine at Augusta. Prior to joining SCEC, Susan worked as Paralegal, Bookkeeper and Network Administrator at a law firm in Bar Harbor. She also worked in the aquaculture industry in Eastport where she monitored husbandry and inventory of farmed Atlantic salmon and was responsibile company compliance with federal and state regulations.
Susan lives in Charlotte with her friend, Joseph, where they own and operate a 20-acre blueberry farm.
Program Manager– Local Foods and Natural Resources
Tanya Rucosky joined SCEC in March 2015. She has a B.A. and Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and an Environmental Education B.S. from Slippery Rock University. Prior to working for the SCEC, Tanya was the Education and Communications Manager for the Downeast Lakes Land Trust in Grand Lake Stream. She has worked on HIV/AIDS projects in Southeast Asia and river health in Australia.
Tanya lives in Addison with her partner, Ed, daughter, Vivian and an unruly tumble of animals. She is a compulsive gardener, avid hiker and wild food forager.
Family Futures Downeast Student Coach
Lori joined SCEC in in the summer of 2016. She has a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Southern Maine and a Bachelors in Special Education from the University of Maine at Machias.
Before taking a position with SCEC, Lori was a college access advisor at University of Maine at Ornon, a vocational rehabilitation counselor and a transition coordinator. Focused on working the disadvantaged youth and adults, Lori is a creative thinker who enjoys the challenge of matching clients with community resources, services and agencies which can help them excel.
Family Futures Downeast Student Coach
Jessica joined SCEC in the summer of 2016. She has Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Community Studies from the University of Maine at Machias and a mental health rehabilitation certification from Washington County Community College.
Prior to working at SCEC, Jessica was an intern at the Community Caring Collaborative where she organized training programs. As a case manager at Wings for Children and Families, Jessica managed client cases and undertook home visits.
Gabriela joined SCEC in April 2017. Gabriela manages the financial aspects of the many contracts and grants which support SCEC’s work. Trained at the Air Force Academy and New Mexico State University, Gabriela has worked as both a finance officer and as an English teacher.
Gabriela lives in Columbia Falls with her husband, five daughters, eight sheep and five rabbits. She spends her spare time spinning, weaving and knitting as well as teaching others about fiber arts.
Family Futures Downeast Director
Marsha joined SCEC in February 2017. At SCEC, she manages the Family Futures Downeast Program which creates access to education and employment opportunities for parents with young children.
Marsha has a Bachelor’s degree in English Writing and American Studies. Before coming to SCEC, Marsha worked for the Nome Eskimo Community, serving as their youth director and then deputy director for the tribal government. Now settling in Jonesboro, Marsha lives with her husband Mike, and two cats–Sophia and Randy. She is a keen gardener, fisher-woman and swimmer.