Henry Beck, Chair
Henry Beck is the Maine State Treasurer and serves on the Maine Retirement Savings Board as an ex officio member. As Treasurer, Beck oversees the management of state finances, leads general obligation bond sales and administers Maine’s Unclaimed Property and ABLE program. His government service began when he was elected to represent his neighborhood on the Waterville City Council in 2005. In 2008, he was elected to the Maine House of Representatives representing parts of Waterville and Oakland. Beck was an attorney in private practice while serving in the House. In 2018, Beck was elected to serve as State Treasurer by a Joint Convention of the Legislature. Beck is a graduate of Colby College and the University of Maine School of Law. Beck also holds a Certificate of Graduate Study from the Muskie School of Public Service.
Kevin Carley is a retired investment industry executive and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) who also had leadership roles in the Maine nonprofit sector and Peace Corps. From 1984 to 1998 he was a partner and shareholder at R.M.Davis, Inc., Maine’s largest wealth management firm. From 2000 – 2008 he was Executive Director of Maine Audubon. He left that position to join Peace Corps where he served as Country Director for Micronesia / Palau in the Western Pacific, and then for six small island nations in the Eastern Caribbean. He is a graduate of Colby College and lives in Portland with his wife, Ellen Grant, and near their four daughters and seven grandchildren. In his “retirement” he has served on numerous non-profit boards and has kept engaged as a certified executive coach, a bike tour trip leader, an instructor with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, and during the pandemic, a frequent back-up grandchild care provider.
Matthew Colpitts is Senior Vice President and Director of Government Banking at Northeast Bank where he works closely with government entities throughout the State of Maine and New England to provide efficient and secure cash management services. Prior to working at Northeast Bank, Matthew served as the State of Maine Deputy State Treasurer where he was responsible for the management of $2 Billion in cash assets, the state debt program, and many other essential financial services for the state. He also served in the private sector supporting programs for the Department of Defense and spent 6 years in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer.
Matthew enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids hiking, swimming, and exploring all that Maine has to offer.
Gigi Guyton-Thompson is a Loan Officer/Portfolio Manager at the Genesis Community Loan Fund (https://genesisfund.org/), and a New England Professional Development group Certified Business Advisor. She is based in the Southern Region covering Cumberland and York Counties. She teaches business planning and financial education, including in the region’s prison system. She is a former member/owner of The Guyton-Lanata House Apartments, LLC in the French Quarter of New Orleans. She founded The Whole Blooming Landscape, Inc. in Charlotte, NC. Her family owned the Lafitte Guest House on Bourbon Street in New Orleans for 20 years. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from The University of Alabama, a Master’s in Journalism from Louisiana State University, and holds the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician / Community (MHRT/C) Certification from the University of Southern Maine.
Jessica D. Linzer, aka Jessica Simpson, is a retired federal employee of the Social Security Administration. She joined SSA as a Claims Representative in Manhattan and retired 35 years later as a Technical Expert in Elizabeth, NJ. She helped the public and fellow employees navigate the myriad rules, laws and regulations of the agency. After retiring to Maine in 2010, she became involved as an active volunteer/advocate with AARP Maine. She has worked on voter engagement, scam and fraud prevention via a biweekly column in the local paper, Tuesdays at the State House, where volunteers attend and testify on bills impacting the 50+ community, and as a County Connector with the Maine Broadband Coalition to bring broadband to underserved communities. She has served as the Legislative Liaison to NARFE, National Active and Retired Federal Employees for more than ten years reporting on issues that impact federal workers and retirees. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, she has a BA from the College of Staten Island and resides with her husband Henry Simpson in Cape Elizabeth. She loves to garden and volunteers at Fort Williams through their Adopt-A-plot program and runs “Touring Our Own Gardens” through the Cape Elizabeth Garden Club.
Deb Neuman has served as President and CEO of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce since 2016. She previously served as Deputy Commissioner for Maine’s Department of Economic and Community Development, as Director of the Upstart Center at the University of Maine, and as a small business lender and advisor with the Eastern Maine Development Corporation and Washington Hancock Community Agency. In 2019, Deb was recognized as the Chamber Director of the Year by the Maine State Chamber, Volunteer of the Year for Champion the Cure Challenge and received the Juliette Award from the Girl Scouts of Maine. In addition to being a former business owner, Deb has advocated on behalf of small businesses through her work in media. She created the “Back to Business” radio show and makes regular appearances on radio and TV offering business advice. She has written business feature stories for publications including the Bangor Daily News, Bangor Metro and Entrepreneur Magazine. In 2022 she launched the YouTube channel, “My Maine Gardens” to celebrate Maine gardening, gardens and growers.
Originally from California, Deb was raised in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania and fell in love with Maine on a summer vacation at the age of 5. After completing college at the University of the Pacific she came to Maine for a summer and never left.
Dan Piltch is a founding partner at Broad Sound Partners, a venture capital firm providing capital and operating experience to companies in the software, healthcare, and business services sectors.
Prior to this, Dan co-founded an international software design and development firm where he led software development initiatives for enterprise companies and was directly involved with managing and building software for seventy- three startups. He had previously founded a Maine-based marine technology company integrating satellite communications, electronic navigation and weather forecasting technologies. Earlier in his career, he led an emerging technology team at Accenture (then Andersen Consulting) in New York, working with C-suite executives from several global banks and insurers.
Dan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering. He now lives with his family in Freeport, Maine where he is a member of several non-profit and government boards, and serves as the Chair of the Town Council.
Tina Wilcoxson is the owner of Royal River Natural Foods in Freeport. She assumed the ownership of the company in 2013. Prior to becoming the owner, Tina was an employee at the store. Prior to joining RRNF, Tina had her own massage therapy practice.
Tina has served on the board of the Retail Association of Maine for more years than she can remember and was Board Chair for four years. Tina has also served on the board for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association certification program.
Tina grew up in Limestone (Aroostook County), Maine and graduated from the University of Maine. She lived in many beautiful places in Maine before making her home in Southern Maine with her husband Todd and her cat Butter.
Dr. Rebecca Wyke, Vice Chair
Dr. Rebecca M. Wyke is the Chief Executive Officer of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS). An independent agency of the State of Maine, MainePERS oversees an $18 billion trust fund and provides pension and other related benefits to over 159,000 members, which include public school teachers, state employees, and employees of more than 300 municipalities and other participating local districts. Wyke began her service at MainePERS in 2021.
Wyke previously served in executive roles for the University of Maine System, joining the University of Maine System in 2008 as the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration and Treasurer to the Board of Trustees. In 2017 Wyke became the President of the University of Maine at Augusta (UMA), previously serving as the interim President in 2015-2016. Wyke continues to serves as adjunct faculty for the Public Administration Program at UMA and has taught for the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.
Prior to joining the University System, Wyke served for nearly six years in Governor Baldacci’s Cabinet as the Commissioner of the Department of Administrative and Financial Services. Wyke also served in the administration of three Maine Secretaries of State, serving as the Chief Deputy Secretary of State for eight years.
In 2020 Governor Janet T. Mills tapped Wyke to serve on the Governor’s Economic Recovery Committee formed in response to the pandemic. Wyke contributed to the sub-committee on Healthcare, Nonprofits, Child Care and Support Services and the sub-committee on Talent and Workforce.
Wyke currently serves on the Board of the Holocaust & Human Rights Center of Maine. Wyke has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Augusta Board of Trade, and Dead River Company.
Wyke received a doctorate in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Master of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Maine.