BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Jen Feldman is a well-rounded and versatile educator and musician who has lived in Midcoast Maine for twenty years. She holds a BA in Theatre from Middlebury College and a Master’s in Education from Lesley University. After finishing her degrees, she taught in public and private middle schools in North Carolina and Maine and served for several years as a social worker for children and families in Knox and Waldo counties. After the birth of her sons, she was introduced to and inspired by Peopleplace Cooperative Preschool, where she taught for ten years and, in the past year and a half, helped to develop a fledgling outdoor education program.
Her musical experience began with a love affair with the eclectic mix of Mozart, The Kingsmen, Joan Baez, Dave Brubek, Kiri Te Kanawa and Sam Cook that was in constant rotation in her childhood home in Belgium. She started playing the flute as a child and added first alto and then tenor sax in young adulthood. Jen also studied voice in high school and college. Today, she is an accomplished musician and performs with several local bands in Midcoast Maine.
Jen came to MCMA first as a parent and quickly realized the singular excellence of the Academy and its community of faculty and families. She joined the board of directors in 2017 and has served as its president for over two years.
When she is not at MCMA or band practice, she loves everything about spending time outdoors in Maine and making music with her husband and two sons.
Guy has 30 years of business experience as an operator, investor, and consultant. Guy is a principal of HealthTech Advisors, where he specializes in healthcare IT planning, technology design, implementation, and best practice IT service delivery. He’s also co-founder and CEO of Vantari, LLC, an operating and investing company with interests in healthcare technology and advanced analytics. Prior to founding Vantari, Guy served as Chief Strategy Officer of MedCPU until spearheading its acquisition by UPMC in February 2016.
He began his career as a hospital administrator and went on to co-found DataEase International, a database software company, and serve as President and Chief Operating Officer through its acquisition by Symantec in 1991. Thereafter, Guy served as CIO at The Hospital for Joint Diseases, NYU Medical Center, The New York/Cornell Medical Center and New York Presbyterian.
In 2000, Guy became the Senior Vice President and Managing Director of an IT outsourcing company formed as a joint venture between New York Presbyterian and First Consulting Group. After guiding its sale to computer Computer Science Corporation, he left to become the Executive Vice President of Veloz International, a business intelligence software company.
He joined Aspen Advisors as a Principal in 2007, consulting hospital and healthcare systems on large hospital information systems projects, before helping to sell the company to the Chartis Group in 2014.
Guy is an expert on information systems planning and governance and published “IT Governance in Hospitals and Health Systems”, the HIMSS Book of the Month in November 2014.
Mr. Scalzi is a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and serves as an Industry Adviser to Columbia University’s School of Professional Studies, where he serves on the syllabus committee for its Masters Degree Program in Information and Knowledge Strategy.
Guy retired from the Board of the National Kidney Foundation after 12 years and also served as a Board member for The Possibility Project in New York City, empowering teenagers to transform the negative forces in their lives into positive action.
M.F.A. in Creative Nonfiction Writing, The Ohio State University, 2011
Semester Intensive, The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, Nonfiction Writing, Fall 2006
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Women’s Studies, Peace Studies, History), Goucher College, 2005
Selected Work History:
Visiting Instructor, Environmental Humanities, Unity College English and History Faculty, Coastal Studies for Girls
Education Fellow, Matinicus Island and the Outer Islands Teaching and Learning Collaborative, The Island Institute
Co-founder and founding board member, Midcoast Music Academy Volunteer Manager, Camden International Film Festival & Points North Institute
Wyatt McConnell works as a patent professional patent examiner for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in battery and fuel cell technologies. Prior to attending law school, he was a research scientist, and a faculty member at North Carolina Wesleyan College where he taught chemistry to a student body comprised predominantly of first generation college students. He previously served on the Camden Rockport Middle School Building Committee, the PeoplePlace Cooperative Fundraising Committee, and the Camden Rockport Pathways Committee. Prior to moving to the Midcoast he served as a volunteer attorney with the Boston Legal Foundation of Massachusetts representing survivors of domestic abuse in custody and divorce proceedings. He lives in Camden with his wife and two children.
When he was 15, Wyatt decided to teach himself guitar. At an age filled with self-doubt learning the guitar, forming a band, and performing original songs for others was the thing that allowed him to develop a sense of self-identity and confidence. Wyatt became involved with MCMA because it is more than a music school; it is a community that encourages people young and old to find and embrace who they are by learning an instrument, developing their own voice on that instrument, and then sharing that voice with others through performance. It is all the things Wyatt wished he had when he picked up the guitar as a teenager.
Barbara Reitz is member of the Midcoast Music Academy Board of Directors, and chairs the Board’s Development Committee. A native of Massachusetts, she holds a BA Degree from Colby College and an MBA from Northeastern University’s McKee School of Business. Early in her post college career, Barbara held administrative positions with a small manufacturing company and a civil engineering firm. She then served in a number of increasingly responsible positions at Northeastern University School of Business, the last five as Assistant Dean of Operations. Among other achievements, she wrote the College’s accreditation application and report.
In 1985, Barbara “retired” to focus on her two young sons. Over the next years,she became an active member of the school community as Co-Chair of Enrichment where she co-created Artist in Residence, Poet in Residence, Scientist in Residence, and Dance in Residence programs whose hallmarks were the close collaboration between Barbara, the artists and the teachers. She was the major grant-writer for these programs. She carried these program development skills to her younger son’s middle school.
From 2005-2007, Barbara supervised and participated in the design, construction and appointments of the retirement house she and her husband built in 2007. As a new Maine resident, she began tutoring adult learners in reading, math, and grammar, and became a Board Member of Literacy Volunteers of Mid-Coast Maine. When that organization was disbanded, Barbara connected with Midcoast Music Academy and was soon an active member of the Board – as well as the spouse of one of its adult students.
Heather received a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from The College of William and Mary in Virginia in 1991 and then taught first and second grade in Virginia for eight years. She completed her Master’s Degree in Teaching from George Mason University in Virginia on the day her first daughter was born in 1999, and, in the Spring of 2009, finished a Graduate Certificate program in Early Language and Literacy from the University of Southern Maine.