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To provide funding to perpetuate genomic sequencing and research that can impact humanity, improve quality of life, and transform the future health of communities.


To become a cornerstone of medical research, empower action, change lives and make a difference in this world.

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As a young boy growing up in the North Maine woods, Scott MacKenzie would wait at the mailbox to see if his latest copy of Scientific American had arrived. His appetite for science and knowledge has always been a part of who he is.

When Scott launched the privately-funded Foundation in 2013, he hoped to support cutting-edge scientific research with the potential to impact humanity. Focused on funding research aimed at curing cancer, lung disease, diabetes and heart disease, the Foundation that bears his name has made great progress toward becoming a cornerstone for scientific research and discovery.

The formation of the Scott R. MacKenzie Foundation is a tribute to his Scottish roots, humble beginnings and love of science.

Our Board of Directors

Jay Fant – Director

Jay Fant is a lawyer with a background in financial services and lawmaking. A Jacksonville, Florida native, Mr. Fant spent over twenty years as a community bank executive with subsequent work in private family office management. He served two terms in the Florida Legislature as a member of the Judicial, Insurance & Banking, and Finance & Tax Committees of the Florida House.

His formal education and training includes a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington & Lee University, a J.D. from the University of Florida and he is also a graduate of the Florida School of Bank and LSU School of Banking.

Larry MacKenzie – Director

Larry hails from East Millinocket, Maine where he graduated from Schenck High School. He then attended SMVTI in Portland, Maine studying Marine Technology. After furthering his education Larry began his 42 year career as a millwright and an electrician both in Maine and throughout New England until his retirement in 2014. During this time Larry also served for 6 years as a Selectman for the town of East Millinocket as well as serving 5 years as a school board member for the East Millinocket School System. Larry now divides his time between Florida and North Carolina with his wife, Kathryn.

Mindy MacKenzie – Director

Mindy MacKenzie is a retired high school teacher with a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education with an emphasis on English and Biology.  She taught English, Biology, and Earth Science for over 41 years in Northern Maine.  Much of her teaching experience emphasized the following subjects for high school students:  Genetics, Anatomy & Physiology, and Diseases.  Preparing her high school students for various medical professions and scientific research fields has been a fulfilling experience.  Mindy presently serves on three other boards as well as director/secretary of the Scott R. MacKenzie Foundation and volunteers her time within several regional communities in Northern Maine.

Paula Sprague – Director

Paula Sprague has B.S. in Home Economics Education, and a M.Ed. in Counselor Education. In 2021, she retired from her 34+ career as a teacher at a rural school in northern Maine. For several of her years as an educator, she has taught many aspects of health. Some topics included heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Her personal interest in those topics have motivated her to be more proactive to find better ways to prevent disease. As an active community member she continuously volunteers her time, and skills for multiple  activities and events.