"The purpose of life is not to be happy. 

It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference, that you have lived, and lived well."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I am the daughter of Julian & Polly Dodge, both from Islesboro, Maine. My Mom taught at Governor Anderson School in Belfast (now Waterfall Arts) for 29 years and my Dad was a mechanic at C.A. Paul & Son, Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge dealership on Washington Street for 30+ years. He finished his career at Kallis Ford on outer Main Street.


After Graduating from Belfast Area High School with High Honors, I attended

University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I obtained a Bachelor of Music Education with Distinction, and began my 30 year Music teaching career in the former Flanders Bay Community School District, instructing students at all levels of instrumental and vocal music. I retired in 2010.

I now happily live in my family home, in Belfast, where I grew up!

I have been plastering and painting my 100 year old home inside and out since retiring - a labor of love! I am a lifelong member of the First Baptist Church of Belfast which is an American Baptist church.


My brother, David, and his wife Tisha live in Massachusetts, David is an Electrical Engineer working at the Mitre Corporation. Tisha, is a math interventionist at a public school. My nephew, Derek Julian,  graduated from UCONN with a degree in biomedical engineering and is working at Phillips.  My niece, Jessica Pauline, Graduated from UNHand is working in Hospitality.

In addition to my political activities, I belong to a dance group where I line & swing dance often. I belong to the Waldo County YMCA, I enjoy swimming, cross country and water skiing and do card crafting!


Homeless Advocacy through Unitarian Universalist Church - Belfast

Waldo County Triad Newsletter Folding Team

MaineALLCare Legislative Advocate

Waldo County Democrats

Aging Well In Waldo County Board Member

Maine Education Association Retired

Waldo Education Association Retired

First Baptist Church Member

Chamber of Commerce - Volunteer & Cruise Ship Greeter


Waldo County Triad – Board Member, Past Vice Chair

Maine Education Association Retired - Legislative Committee

Aging Well In Waldo County -  Former Steering Committee Chair 

Waldo County Education Association Retired – President

Maine Education Association - Government Relations Committee,  19 years

Thanks But No Tank - Activist 2012-2013

Choir and Worship Team, First Baptist Church

Maine Education Association Retired​​

• Recording Secretary

• Information Coordinator

• Policy Committee


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