The administration of Maine Veterans’ Homes is vested in the Board of Trustees of the Maine Veterans’ Homes. The Board of Trustees is formally appointed by the Governor and is comprised of honorably discharged Veterans who broadly represent the various Veteran organizations, interests, and geographic regions of the state.

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Jim Settele graduated from the Naval Academy in 1982, and served 27 years as a Naval Flight Officer, retiring as a Captain with more than 3,000 flight hours and more than 600 carrier-arrested landings. He commanded a carrier based E-2C squadron, VAW-126, and served as Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, before finishing his career leading the Naval ROTC Unit at Maine Maritime Academy and the University of Maine. After his retirement in 2009, he became the Executive Director of UMaine’s Graduate School of Policy and International Affairs.  He has also served as Chief of Staff to the UMaine President and Interim Athletic Director.  He currently serves as Chairman of the MVH Board of Trustees.

maine veterans home board member adria horn

LTCOL Adria O. Horn graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, in June 2001, and served more than 10 years on active duty in the Army. A Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Horn joined the United States Army Reserves and moved to Maine in 2011. She is past Director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans’ Services  and is currently employed by Tilson Technologies as its Vice President of Workforce Development. She currently serves as Vice Chairman of the MVH Board of Trustees.

Maine Veterans' Homes Board of Trustees Member Emil Genest

Emil P. Genest is a U.S. Army Veteran, having served as a communications and staff officer from 1981 to 1984. After his military service, Mr. Genest had a 33-year career in education, serving in leadership roles that included Assistant Superintendent for Business for school systems in Hampden and Lincoln, Maine. He currently works for the Maine Community College System and serves as Treasurer of the MVH Board of Trustees.

Steve SanPedro served more than 20 years in the US Army, and is a Veteran of both Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a past Commander of the Department of Maine Veterans of Foreign Wars, and is the current Senior Vice Chairman for the Eastern States Conference and a Silver Legacy Member of the VFW. He serves as the Secretary of the MVH Board of Trustees.

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David Richmond is the Director of the Maine Bureau of Veterans Services.  He was commissioned in 1993 through Army ROTC and served on active duty as an armor officer, including assignments as a tank platoon leader, heavy mortar platoon leader, and battalion adjutant. After leaving active service 1997, he served in the Maine National Guardin various positions until 2004, when he completed his final assignment as the Commander of Company B, 3rd of the 172nd Infantry (Mountain) in Brewer, Maine. He began working for the Maine Bureau of Veterans Services in 1998 and served as a construction project officer, superintendent of the cemetery system, and deputy director, before his appointment to director in March of 2019.

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Richard K. Parent served 32 years combined in the Army and Maine Army National Guard, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1994. He was a fixed wing pilot and served one tour in Vietnam. Parent’s awards and decorations include the Master Aviation Badge, Bronze Star Medal and multiple Air Medals.


Board of Trustee Member

Julie Schwetz graduated from the United States Military Academy in West Point and served 13 years in the Army as logistics officer, including two deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Her last Army assignment was at West Point where she managed a $28M budget and led core higher education functions, including marketing and human resources. She currently works for UNUM as an Assistant Vice President, Product Manager.

CAPT Suzanne Krauss grew up in Brunswick and graduated from Boston University and the U.S. Naval War College. Piloting multiple-type helicopters, C-130s, and MQ-9 Reapers, she has deployed or been mobilized to Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Suzanne is former director of the Maine Emergency Management Agency and is currently employed as an unmanned systems NATOPS product developer at KBR. She has over 20 years of experience in senior leadership and program management.

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Donald O. Lagace, Jr. served for more than 38 years in the military and retired in 2020 as Maine’s Assistant Adjutant General – Army for the Maine National Guard. He previously served as Maine’s U.S. Property and Fiscal Officer, representing the Chief of the National Guard Bureau and as Deputy Commissioner for the Maine Department of Defense, Veterans’ and Emergency Management. A Persian Gulf War Veteran and U.S. Army War College Graduate, he commenced his military career as an enlisted Soldier in March 1982 and subsequently received an ROTC commission from the University of Southern Maine in May 1984. Don owns two property management companies in Augusta, Lagace Properties, LLC and Capitol City Associates, LLC. He is also the President of the Board for UPLIFT, INC, serving individuals with development disabilities.

Trustee Member Donald O Lagace Jr

Mitzi Sequoia served in the Army National Guard and Army Reserve from 1975-78. She became an LPN in 1982. She also earned BA and MSW degrees in psychology and counseling. She moved to Maine in 1993 and worked as a crisis worker for Evergreen Behavioral Services and Tri-County Mental Health Services. Ms. Sequoia serves on the board as the American Legion representative.

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Heather Burr served in the Army Reserve and earned her nursing degree through the US Army Academy of Health Sciences.  She has 23 years of experience working primarily in long-term care specializing in geriatric and dementia nursing.  She joined the AMVETS in 2014 and was elected to the executive board of Robert W. Boyd Amvets Post 2 in 2016 currently holding the position of Adjutant.  Ms. Burr serves on the MVH board as AMVETS representative.