Donna Loring, President
President of Seven Eagles Media Productions, Ms. Loring is a published author. She wrote, “In The Shadow of the Eagle A Tribal Representative in Maine.” The book is a journal of her experiences in the Maine State Legislature as a Non-voting Tribal Representative. She held the position of the Nation’s Representative to the Maine State Legislature for over a decade. She authored and sponsored LD 291 “An Act to Require Teaching Maine Native American History and Culture in Maine’s Schools” Governor Angus King signed the Act into law on June 14th 2001. The law is changing the way Maine views it’s history.
Donna is a Vietnam Veteran (Long Binh 1967-1968)
Susan Lewey Hamilton, Vice President
Susan is a member of the Penobscot Indian Nation and is the Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs and the Native American Waiver and Education Program at the University of Southern Maine.
Cathy Billings, Secretary/Treasurer
Associate Director for Communication & Development for the Lobster Institute. Ms. Billing’s experience includes strategic planning, fund raising, grant writing and development, event management, membership services, public relations, advertising and marketing, publications and other communications work. She is the writer/editor of the quarterly Lobster Bulletin, and the author of “The Maine Lobster Industry: A History of Culture, Commerce and Conservation.”
Passamaquoddy Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. Mr. Soctomah recently he received the 2015 Maine Carlson Humanities Award for his tireless work to build bridges across cultures for better understanding. Soctomah has written a series of Tribal History books and award winning children’s books “Remember Me” and “Jean and Tihtiyas”. He has appeared in several films about the history and legends of his Tribe including National Public Television, Maine Public Television, Canadian Broadcasting, Animal Planet and several other networks.
Former owner of Executive Resource Group, an international human resources and executive recruiting firm. Ms. Masquelier specialized in both the media and energy industries. Retired in 2009, she now focuses her attention on volunteer non-profit activities, fundraising, writing, and other creative interests.
Rebecca Sockbeson, Ph.D.
Dr. Rebecca Sockbeson is from the Penobscot Indian Nation. She is the 8th child of Elizabeth Sockbeson, the mother of 3, and the auntie of numerous Waponahki & Stoney Sioux youth. A political activist and scholar, she graduated from Harvard University with a master’s degree in education and went on to confer her PhD in Educational Policy Studies specializing in Indigenous Peoples Education at the University of Alberta, where she has served as an assistant professor since 2011. Her research focus is Indigenous knowledge, Aboriginal healing through language and culture, anti-racism and decolonization.
Rachel Talbot Ross
Rachel is the Chair of the Maine Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and is on numerous boards including Tengo Voz (I Have Voice), Maine Haiti Solidarity, Peace and Justice in Israel/Palestine, the African American Collection of Maine for the University of Southern Maine and the Seven Eagles Media Production Board.
As one of the most prominent Civil Rights leaders she was chosen to receive the Roger Baldwin award from the Maine Civil Liberties Union. She received the award for her long standing work on civil rights and civil liberties. Rachel is a strong and constant advocate for social justice. She also works within the criminal justice system to protect the rights of prisoners in areas of voting and religion. She has been an untiring advocate for human and immigration rights.
Eric Mehnert, Esq.
Honorable Eric M. Mehnert has served as the Chief Judge of the Penobscot Nation Tribal Court since 2008. He presides over the Nation’s Criminal and Civil Courts as well as the Nation’s Wellness Court. He tells anyone who will listen that it is the best job he ever had, and ever hopes to have.
He is a member of the Maine, Massachusetts & Federal Court bars, as well as being admitted to practice before the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He has extensive jury trial and appellate experience in both the State and Federal Courts.
Prior to his appointment to the Penobscot Nation Tribal Court Eric was a senior partner in Hawkes & Mehnert, LLP. In his thirty year career he focused his litigation practice on civil rights; employment discrimination, housing discrimination and defending the rights of those who have been institutionalized. Eric has also served as the Chief of Enforcement of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’s Commission against Discrimination overseeing a staff of 45 investigators and 15 attorneys in prosecuting discrimination actions throughout the Commonwealth. He has served on the Maine Advisory Group to the US Commission on Civil Rights; The Board of Directors of the Maine Civil Liberties Union and the Executive Board of the Portland Branch of the NAACP.
Vice President, Academic Affairs, University of Southern New Hampshire