Management Team

John Burns

Managing Director

John has 30 years of institutional investing experience; the last twelve as MVF Managing Director, where his responsibilities include the full range of venture capital investment activities.  He has been directly involved with bringing risk capital to more than 40 Maine companies, and has led the Fund through a number of successful exits.

John serves the entrepreneurial neighborhood in Maine in many ways, through Board service (Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board, Top Gun Advisory Board, CEI Community Ventures & others), as an Observer to company Boards, and as a frequent speaker and panelist on venture capital, and public/private venture capital, issues.  He is a graduate, and class co-representative, of the Upsilon class of Leadership Maine.

John holds the CFA designation and an MBA with High Distinction from Babson College, a MS in Resource Economics from Penn State, and has been Adjunct Faculty at the University of Maine, where he received his undergraduate degree.

Desmond “Des” FitzGerald


Des joined the Maine Venture Fund in December 2012. He has had a long running interest in the role of leadership in successful enterprises and has been involved in many start ups as both a partner, founder, employee and consultant.

Des moved to Maine in 1978 and founded Ducktrap River Fish Farm the following year. In 1999 Des sold a portion of his company to Continental Grain and a year later was named CEO of ContiSea, a holding company made up of Ducktrap River Fish Farm and Atlantic Salmon of Maine. ContiSea had 200 +/- employees with over 50 million in annual sales. Des sold his remaining shares in ContiSea and left the company in 2002. He worked as a management consultant with Brimstone Consulting for 2 years and co-taught a class on “Leadership for the 21st Century” at the University of Maine, Orono Business School through 2007. In 2006 he co-founded Dirigo Wind, a regional land based wind development company, along with 4 other partners and was also the co-founder and CEO of BlueMarvel Inc., an HD video company. In December of 2008, Des became the VP of Business Development for Principle Power Inc. a deep-water wind technology company based in Seattle, Washington.

Des has had a long relationship with volunteer boards serving on the board of The Natural Resources Council of Maine, The Camden International Film Festival, The Camden Conference, The Maine Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, Maine Businesses For Social Responsibility, Coastal Mountain Land Trust and two local school boards.

Jayme Okma Lee

Investment Manager

Jayme joined the Maine Venture Fund in 2005 as Investment Manager. Prior to joining the Maine Venture Fund , Ms. Okma Lee worked for General Motors as a marketing and financial analyst, and as a management consultant in the pharmaceutical industry. In 2004, she and her husband came to Maine where they established his veterinary hospital in Rockport. Since moving to Maine, Ms. Okma Lee has provided management consulting services to several Midcoast Maine businesses.

Ms. Okma Lee received an MBA from the University of Maine and graduated Magna Cum Laude, with honors, from Bowdoin College with an A.B. in Economics and Mathematics.

Terri Wark

Office Operations Manager

Terri joined the Maine Venture Fund in 2001 as Administrative Associate.  Prior to that, she was employed for nearly ten years with the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) in the Small Business and Commercial Loan Division.

Ms. Wark attended the University of Maine.