Board of Directors

Hugh Riddleberger: Founder

Hugh is a former teacher, principal and Head of Schools in Massachusetts, Louisiana, and Washington, DC. In 2003, he founded LearnServe International in DC, training and empowering high school students to make a lasting difference in the lives of others. Hugh and his wife live in Nobleboro, Maine and are the parents of three grown children and two grandchildren, with hopefully more on the way!

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Jaja lived abroad for many years while circumnavigating and raising her family on a sailboat. She has written articles for sailing magazines, is co-author of the book, Into the Light, and the subject of the documentary Iceblink, aired on PBS. Currently, she plays cello and violin for the Seacoast Orchestra, gives music lessons, and volunteers in the local schools’ music programs. During the summer, she runs a youth sailing camp out of Round Pond ME. She was a teacher/chaperone for MMO’s summer programs  in 2013 and 2014.

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Dean was United States Ambassador to Haiti from 2000 to 2003 where he played a prominent role in health issues. Curran received a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MA in International Affairs from Johns Hopkins University. A career member of the U.S. Foreign Service until his retirement in 2005, Curran also served in Washington, D.C., Niger, Guinea-Bissau, Belgium, France, Ireland, and Mozambique and in Italy where he worked for NATO. A native of Maine, he now lives in Damariscotta and joined the MMO board in 2011.

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After 10 years of teaching in Arkansas (National Teacher Corps) and Massachusetts (Newton, Manchester, and Winchester Public Schools), Stephen served as a Title I co-ordinator, teacher and administrator in the Damariscotta area schools for 30 years.  Stephen and his late wife, Fran, raised their three children, Michael, Christopher and Brady (Irene) in Newcastle.  In addition to MMO, Stephen has served on the boards of St. Patrick’s Church (1981-1984), Skidompha Library ()2007-2013, and Lincoln Academy (2013 to the present).  Stephen has also been involved in several endeavors in Haiti through St. Andrew’s Church and was present at the “hatching” of MMO in Port-au-Prince.  He subsequently led the first group of teachers and students to the Holy Trinity Music Camp in Cange in 2012.

BMW 2015Barbara Williams

Barb has developed several ties to Haiti, and is happy to have extended those by joining the MMO Board. She serves on the committee that sponsors the annual Lincoln County Haiti Benefit Dinner. Her son, Thomas, traveled to Haiti with MMO on its first two trips. Barb’s daughter, Katie, lived and worked in Haiti for 15 months, and Barb and husband Ken visited her in Gros Morne. She and Ken have also served as chaperones for MMO’s trip. The Williams family, including Thomas, Katie and her twin brother Patrick, find traveling to be an incredible opportunity to learn about other places, people and yourself. When not traveling with the family, Barb is a middle school math teacher at Hope School.

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Ken is a 30 veteran of the classroom, teaching middle school at Nobleboro Central School in mid-coast Maine. It is his pleasure to be serving on the MMO Board as his son Thomas was a multi-year participant. Subsequent to his son’s commitment to MMO, Ken and his wife Barbara traveled to Haiti twice including one trip as MMO travel chaperones. Ken enjoys traveling, guiding 8th grade backpacking trips and serves on two other boards, the Maine Education Association and the Maine Public Employees Retirement System.