Candidate Bios

James W. Brown (Jim) is currently the Administrator and owner of Madigan Health Care in Houlton. Jim has worked for the family business for over 30 years and he has been a licensed MLA for 25 years.  He began working in the maintenance department during high school and after attending the University of Maine, graduating with a degree in Business Administration, transitioned into a finance position at the facility and then later to Administration. He and his wife also developed and have operated a Certified home care agency for 25 years.  Jim is involved with Rotary and many other local organizations.  He is a pilot and loves to spend time with his daughter who are currently enrolled at Bowdoin College and son who has graduated with his MBA and has joined Jim in the family business. Jim has served as Deputy Fire Chief for 28 years and enjoys all outdoor activities. Jim has previously served 4 terms on the Maine Health Care board of directors.
Rebecca Gagnon joined the Maine Veteran’s Homes as their Chief Operations Officer in July of 2022. Rebecca comes to the organization with 11 years of long term care leadership experience in various buildings throughout the state. As a licensed Administrator, she has worked in a variety of long term care settings to include both not for profit and for profit settings. Specific specialty focused centers included, a CARF accredited Brain Injury facility, a Continuing Care Retirement Community and the state’s first Ventilator Care unit within a long term care setting.  
Rebecca began her career as a long term care Administrator with Genesis Health Care, a national provider of post-acute and residential care facilities. While with Genesis Health Care, Rebecca was nominated to be a participant in the American Health Care Association’s Future Leader Program in 2017 and began as a Quality Award Examiner for the AHCA Quality Award program. 
For the following 5 years, Rebecca served as a Quality Award Examiner for the Silver Award and most recently served as a team leader. She also takes pride in being an Administrator-In-Training Preceptor who has taught and mentored previous AIT’s to become future leaders in this sector. Rebecca was the Administrator of the Barron Center until July of 2022, which is the only long term care facility in Maine to be operated by a municipality (The City of Portland).  While there, she navigated COVID-19 including operational challenges as a result of the pandemic and created strategic goals for the future financial success of the Barron Center.  
Philip D. Jean, CNHA, FACHCA serves as the Chief Executive Officer at Piper Shores in Scarborough, Maine’s first and only nonprofit life care retirement community.  Phil started his career over 25 years ago as an Administrator-in-Training and has since managed several communities across the aging services continuum in Maine, Massachusetts and New Jersey.  He has also served in corporate and regional operations roles and worked as an operations consultant for a firm in Boston.  
In addition to other local and national board appointments and volunteer opportunities, Phil is an exam item writer/subject matter expert for the National Association of Long-Term Care Administrator Boards (NAB) and serves on the Health Services
Executive Credentialing Commission.  
He received his master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in health care management from Husson College in 1997 and his undergraduate degree in business administration from the University of Maine in 1992.  After working out of state for several years, Phil recently moved back to Maine with his family and lives in Scarborough, Maine. 
Jeff Ketchum has a well-rounded background of experience in the continuum of care for seniors in both the private senior living communities and skilled and long-term care facilities. Jeff entered the healthcare field as the Executive Director of The Highlands Retirement Community. While there he obtained his Masters in the Management of Aging Services from the University of Maryland at Baltimore Country. He recently acquired his Nursing Home Administrator’s license and joined Pinnacle Health and Rehabilitation at South Portland in May of 2018. He brings a tremendous amount of managerial skills and believes in raising the bar on quality, standards, and results.
Jeff and his wife Lori enjoy spending time with their son Lucas and their four pugs. As an outdoorsman, Jeff enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, skiing, and golfing.
Jessica Duffy, BSN, RN is the Executive Director of Affinity (Hospice) Care of Maine. She has held nursing leadership roles in various settings and prior to opening Affinity Care of Maine in September 2022 she worked in the assisted living setting as a Director of Nursing and later as an Administrator. She has previously served on the MCHA Board of Directors. 
Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from University of Massachusetts, Boston and is currently pursuing her MBA through Husson University. She is passionate about improving access to quality healthcare and systems for both healthcare consumers as well as healthcare providers. She believes that being part of an individual’s “last chapter” bears an enormous responsibility and that effective collaboration across the healthcare continuum is crucial in ensuring that those entrusted to our care receive the very best we have to offer.
Jessica and her husband Matthew enjoy spending time with their teenage daughters, one of whom is currently pursuing her nursing degree and the other who is always on a softball field.