Board of Directors

The NNEPRA Board of Directors, appointed by the Governor of the State of Maine, is supported by the collective efforts of staff to develop the operating strategies, marketing programs, community relations, food service, and service planning activities for the Downeaster.

Building upon the success of the Downeaster, NNEPRA has established the following goals to expand and improve passenger rail service in Maine, throughout Northern New England, and beyond.

  • Reduce travel time between Boston and Portland.
  • Increase frequency of trips between Portland and Boston.
  • Pursue expansion of Downeaster service within Maine.
  • Secure dedicated, multi-state funding to sustain Downeaster operations.

Click here for NNEPRA's Strategic Initiatives.

Visit the Board Meetings page for a list of upcoming NNEPRA Board meetings

John Melrose, Chairman
Consultant, Eaton Peabody, Augusta, Maine

Dana Connors, Vice Chairman
President, Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Augusta, Maine

Brian Hobart, Director

Charles Large, Director

Ron McKinnon, Director




David Bernhardt, Director

Commissioner, Maine Department of Transportation

        MaineDOT Alternate: Susan Moreau

George Gervais, Director
Commissioner, Maine DECD

        DECD Alternate: