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Maine Historical Society



Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

Eileen Skinner

Eileen F. Skinner, MHA FACHE, is an experienced healthcare executive. She was recently the administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children – Boston, joining the Boston team from 2017 to 2021. While in Boston, Skinner was named one of the Top 100 Women Led Businesses in Massachusetts for two years running. Prior to that, she spent many years as president and CEO of Mercy Health System of Maine in Portland, Maine. During her time at Mercy, she oversaw a significant health care system expansion and led the organization through a merger with Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems.

Before her nearly 14 years of leadership at Mercy Health System and Hospital, Skinner served as executive vice president of the Alton Ochsner Medical Foundation and chief executive officer of Ochsner Foundation Hospital in New Orleans, Louisiana. A native of New Orleans, Skinner did her undergraduate studies at St. Mary's Dominican College, where she received a double degree in biology and medical technology. She received a master's degree in health care administration from Tulane University, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Skinner has been a member of the Maine Historical Society Board since 2014 and was a past Chair of its Governance Committee. She is also a member of the International Women's Forum, The Boston Club, and the University of New England - Deborah Morton Society. She is a past board member of the Maine Hospital Association, Portland Regional Chamber, Maine State Chamber of Commerce, Hanley Center for Healthcare Leadership, and St. Joseph's College of Maine. She achieved Fellowship Certification in corporate governance through the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).

Michael Cianchette

Michael J. Cianchette
1st Vice Chair

Serving as Executive Vice President of a Maine-based management company directing four affiliated businesses in several industries, Michael also writes a weekly column with the Bangor Daily News. Prior, he served as Chief Legal Counsel and Senior Advisor to Gov. Paul LePage before resigning his position to deploy to Afghanistan. Michael holds the rank of Lieutenant in the Navy Reserve as an Intelligence Officer, where his military decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and Sharpshooter qualification awards. He earned a BA from Boston College in Economics and Political Science and a JD/MBA from Suffolk University. He has served in various Maine-based organizations, including founding President of Cheverus High School Alumni Council, Corporator of Gorham Savings Bank, and Board Member of the Maine Turnpike Authority.

Laura F. Sprague
2nd Vice Chair

Laura Fecych Sprague, an independent museum curator, has studied the decorative arts and material culture of early Maine for thirty years, contributing to research, exhibitions, and publications for, among others, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Maine Historical Society, Maine State Museum, Portland Museum of Art, Tate House, and Woodlawn. She served as editor for Agreeable Situations: Society, Commerce and Art in Southern Maine, 1780-1830 (Kennebunk, Me.: The Brick Store Museum, 1987), a collaborative catalogue funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

As consulting curator at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art since 1989, she has researched that institution's distinguished collection, first established by bequest of James Bowdoin III in 1811. From 1997 to 2002 she oversaw the centennial restoration of the Wadsworth-Longfellow House at the Maine Historical Society in Portland. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's boyhood home, it was the first historic house open to the public in Maine in 1901. A consulting curator for Portland's George Tate House (1755) since 1980, she has managed and helped interpret its colonial collection and overseen major preservation efforts. Ms. Sprague researched the collection at Ellsworth's John Black House (Woodlawn) since 1979. From 2011 to 2014 she managed the conservation of its unique 1827 best bed, surviving in remarkable condition.

Ms. Sprague serves on the collections committee of Historic New England, the Maine Historical Society, and Victoria (Morse-Libby) Mansion. A research fellowship at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library helped further an understanding of Federal Maine's schoolgirl art. She has published and lectured widely on Maine's early material culture, most recently at the Winterthur Museum, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and American Decorative Arts Forum of Northern California.

Bob Greene

Bob Greene

Bob Greene was born in Portland in the first half of the last century. He is at least the eighth generation of his family to be born in Cumberland County, but admits he still doesn't know all the street names on the south side of Munjoy Hill. After graduating from Portland High, he studied at Virginia State and the University of Kansas. He is the father of five children, 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. He's not sure of their names, either.

He spent the last 36 years of his career with The Associated Press in Kansas City, Milwaukee, Washington DC, Portland and New York City. He has covered plane crashes, Mississippi River floods, jail breaks, riots and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s funeral. In 1980 he was named The AP's Tennis Writer. He has covered tennis in Europe, Africa, China and, of course, the United States, including the last 36 (and counting) US Open Championships in New York City. He retired from The AP in 2001 and returned home to Maine the following year. Now he spends most of his time doing genealogy, enjoying music and trying to find the perfect wine.

Drew Swenson

Drew Swenson

Drew is a practicing CPA and serves as Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director of Real Estate Services at FTS US, Inc., a tax firm specializing in real estate, hedge fund and private equity investments based in New York City with offices in Portland, Boston and Miami. Drew has also developed and financed numerous real estate projects and overseen property asset management and financial advisory services for clients throughout Maine and New England. Drew is a graduate of the University of Maine and University of Maine School of Law, and holds a Master's degree in tax law from the Boston University School of Law. He was a founder and former treasurer, president and director of The Maine Real Estate and Development Association and is and has been a trustee, director, officer and otherwise active in numerous other civic and charitable activities.


Rusty Atwood

A life-long Mainer, Rusty is a native of Oakland, Maine and earned his B.A, in Political Science/History from the University of Maine and an M.S. in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Maine. For 18 years Rusty worked in secondary education as a teacher, basketball coach and administrator at Cony, Gorham and South Portland High Schools. He started his non-profit development career in 1994 with The Spurwink Institute and later in higher education/leadership giving with Colby College, University of Southern Maine, University of New England and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Rusty helped create a major gifts office for MaineGeneral Health and assisted with the campaign to build the new Alfond Center for Health in Augusta.

Rusty is a member of Portland Rotary Club, past President of Maine Basketball Coaches Association, former member of the board of directors of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame and fomer Board Chair at the Maine Children's Alliance. He and his wife Sue, a retired middle school teacher, reside in Gorham. They have two adult children and two grandchildren, all of whom live in Maine.

Myron Beasley

Myron is a Professor in the areas of Cultural Studies, African American Studies, and Women and Gender studies at Bates College. His ethnographic research includes exploring the intersection of cultural politics, art and social change, having conducted fieldwork in Morocco, Brazil, the US and Haiti. He has been awarded multiple fellowships and grants for his ethnographic writing about art and cultural engagement. His works have appeared in many journals, including The Journal of Poverty, Text and Performance Quarterly, Museum & Social Issues, and The Journal of Curatorial Studies. Myron resides in Portland.

Michael Bourque

Michael Bourque

Michael Bourque is the President and CEO of MEMIC (Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company). Michael has a BS in Journalism from the University of Maine. He has been the recipient of business and community leadership awards from organizations including Day One, the University of Maine Alumni Association, Crossroads, and the American Red Cross. He has also served on numerous boards, including Children's Museum and Theatre of Maine, Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce, United Way of Greater Portland, Maine Cancer Foundation, and Youth and Family Outreach.

Elizabeth (Libby) Christensen

As Senior Manager of People Operations with IDEXX Laboratories, Libby is responsible for administering programs designed to foster positive employee relations through consistent and equitable application of Human Resources policies and procedures in compliance with state, federal, and country employment laws. Her additional HR experience includes working for Mercy Hospital and other organizations. A long time Mainer having grown up in Cape Elizabeth, Libby and her husband raised their two daughters in Cumberland. She enjoys being active outdoors during all four seasons.

Nancy Cline

Nancy Cline

Nancy retired as the Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College in 2011. Appointed to the position in 1996, Nancy was responsible for the leadership of 11 major libraries and 67 departmental libraries in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, with combined collections totaling 10 million volumes. Prior to her appointment at Harvard, she served as the Dean of University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University from 1988 to 1996 where she was the chief administrative and academic officer for libraries at University Park and 20 other campuses. Nancy has been an active participant and leader in national and international dialogues regarding research libraries. She has served on the JSTOR Board of Trustees, the Carnegie Mellon University Libraries Advisory Board, the editorial board of the Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, and the Board of the Research Libraries Group. Nancy led the Board of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and served on various ARL committees dealing with research collections, networks, and information policies. She has served on advisory councils at the University of Michigan, Princeton University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Nancy has published and lectured widely, with a particular focus on strategic planning, management issues, quality improvement, information policy, research libraries and computing, and telecommunications. She holds a B.A. in English and an MLS in Librarianship from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dennis Damon

Dennis Damon

A native of Northeast Harbor, Dennis taught and coached in the Orono Public School system and Mt. Desert Island High School. He later started and ran numerous small businesses which he continued to manage while serving for the Hancock County Commissioners table. Re-elected twice, he served four terms representing Hancock County in the Maine Senate. He lives in Trenton with his wife Bonnie of 50 years and his flock of chickens. An active volunteer, Dennis serves on numerous boards and commissions and is Field Director of American Legion Baseball in Maine. He holds a B.S. Education degree from the University of Maine-Orono. He and Bonnie have three children and three grandchildren.

Frank Goodyear

Frank Goodyear

Frank Goodyear is the co-Director at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. He is a national museum professional with deep experience in museum management, fundraising, interpretation, exhibit curation, collections, and public engagement. Prior to his appointment at Bowdoin, Frank served as the Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution for 12 years. Specializing in photography, Frank is the author of ten peer-reviewed scholarly essays and five books. Frank received his BA from Princeton University; and MA and Doctorate in American Studies from the University of Texas.

Sandi Goolden

Sandi Goolden

Sandi Goolden served as a Trustee of the Maine Historical Society in the 1990s. She holds an MPA in Legislative Affairs from the University of Albany, SUNY and is the Founder and President of Goolden Associates, a consulting firm that specializes in nonprofit and public policy projects. She is the editor and co-author of Reaching Level 7 Performance: Achieving Business and CEO High Performance in the New World, and is an active community volunteer, serving as trustee of the United Way of Portland and a founding board member of the Cancer Community Center. She has served on the board of the University of New England since 2007.

Steve Hewins

Steve Hewins

Steve Hewins is a retired President and CEO of HospitalityMaine, a trade association that was formed from the recent merger of the Maine Restaurant Association and the Maine Innkeepers Association. Prior to this he was Executive Director of the Portland Downtown District and before that Vice President for Travel and Branch Operations at AAA Northern New England. He began his career by founding Hewins Travel and operating it for 24 years, prior to selling the business to AAA. Hewins currently sits on the Maine Economic Growth Council and is on the board of the University of Southern Maine Hospitality and Tourism Advisory Board (which he also founded), and the Husson University College of Business Advisory Board. He has previously served on the board of the Portland Regional Chamber, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and as Past President of the Portland Community Chamber. He has a BA in History from the University of Maine and resides in Rangeley with his wife Kathy.

Brent Hoots

Brent Hoots

Brent Hoots is the founder of NaviTrade, a brokerage and financial advisory firm specializing in Trade Credit and Political Risk Insurance Programs, helping companies to better manage and execute their international and domestic transactions. He has been named as the Service Provider of the Year by the Maine International Trade Center. Brent received is BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois; and MBA from the University of Denver. He is currently a board member of Maine District Export Council.

Tyler Judkins

Tyler is a native Mainer who spent most of his formative years in Farmington. Ever since he was a child, Tyler has maintained a deep and passionate interest in the state of Maine and particularly the history that helped to shape it. He also has an appreciation for the outdoors and spends most of his free time skiing, hiking, and enjoying the many outdoor experiences that Maine has to offer. Professionally, Tyler is a Financial Advisor with UBS Financial Services. He lives with his wife Katie and their growing family on Munjoy Hill.

Robert Peacock

Currently serving as harbor pilot and docking master for Eastport, and formerly for Penobscot Bay & River and Bar Harbor, Captain Peacock is operations manager for TRUFRESH, LLC which owns a seafood plant in Maine, and imports frozen seafood. He also serves as a consultant to plants processing seafood throughout the world. A native of Lubec, he graduated from Maine Maritime Academy in 1971 and holds a U.S. Coast Guard unlimited Master's license for vessels of any gross tons with First Class Pilotage for the Great Lakes, Alaska, Texas, Maine, the Delaware River and Puerto Rico. He has been extensively involved in a sea urchin and scallop research hatchery. Robert is active on many Boards and civic organizations and currently serves as Chair of the City Council in Eastport, where he resides.

Tom Platz

Born and raised in Maine, Tom left the state in 1969 and returned in 1980. While away he received his BA from Harvard College in communications and his Master's degree in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. During his tenure in Cambridge he worked on many national projects including The Children's Museum, The Baltimore Aquarium, The San Antonio Museum of Art, and the New England Aquarium. Tom is currently President and principle architect at Platz Associates which he formed with his brother in 1980. Ongoing endeavors include the redevelopment of the one million square foot Bates Mill Complex in Lewiston, a new Museum on the banks of the Androscoggin River and numerous housing projects throughout Maine. Tom is chairman of the board and CEO of Baxter Brewing and CSP Mobil Productions and 25 year board member/treasurer of The Public Theatre. When not working, Tom enjoys traveling the world, biking, golfing, skiing at Sugarloaf and photography.

Tobey Scott

Tobey has more than thirty years of experience applying information technologies to a wide variety companies. After rising to Senior Consultant in Arthur Young's New York City Metro office, Tobey started Gilchrist Scott Limited in 1989, with offices on Gramercy Park in New York City, to focus on assisting companies with the then burgeoning use of microcomputer systems. In 1990 he decided to move his family from Manhattan to Cape Elizabeth and established additional offices in the Old Port of Portland Maine. In 2010, he sold Gilchrist Scott and joined Spinglass Management Group, LLC. Tobey has designed, implemented, and fixed complex integrations of business critical applications systems in a wide variety of industries.

Tobey earned his MBA in Information Systems from Pace University in New York City in 1986, is an alumna of Wabash College and a graduate of Hartwick College. His very early career was in New York City in theatre technology, primarily involved in designing and building sets, lighting and special effects systems for theatre, movies, television and discotheques.

Stephen Sears

Dr. Stephen Sears has been a member of Maine's medical community since 1988. He has held senior management positions at Maine General Health System as well as Mercy Health System. Dr. Sears trained in clinical infectious diseases and public health and has practiced clinical medicine since 1980. He served as the State Epidemiologist from 2010–2014 and has been active on many boards, including Health Infonet, the Maine Lung Association, Portland Stage and the Maine Public Health Association Previously he served as Chief of Staff for the VA Health System of Maine. Starting in March 2020, Dr. Sears has worked as The Clinical Consultant to Maine CDC for the COVID response.

Dr. Sears received his undergraduate degree from the University of California Berkeley, his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School and a Master of Public Health Degree from John Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Born in Maine, Stephen is married to Cathy, a retired high school math teacher and lawyer. They live in Belgrade and have three adult children – Lindsay, a high school Latin teacher, Zachary, owner of a private company and web designer, and Spencer, an outdoor educator.

Natalie  Solotoff

Natalie Solotoff

A tax lawyer and CPA, Natalie serves as the Director of Wealth Management at R.M. Davis, an investment advisory firm based in Maine. She oversees delivery of client services including trusts, retirement accounts, charitable giving, Medicare and Social Security, financial planning, insurance and annuities, long-term care, and estate planning. Formerly, Natalie was a Senior Manager at Baker Newman Noyes. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, she is the daughter of a Navy pilot. Natalie received her JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law and her BA in Psychology from Davidson College. She lives in Portland with her husband, Ari, and their sons, William and Jacob.

Andy Verzosa

Andres Azucena Verzosa (he/him/his)

Andy is Executive Director of Stanley-Whitman House, a historic house, museum and living history center in the land of the Tunxis or what is now known as Farmington, Connecticut. Prior to this he was Interim Executive Director and Curator of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, and Director of Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, Maine. Andy currently serves on the boards of the Abbe Museum (devoted solely to Maine's Native American heritage and a Smithsonian affiliate), the Maine Historical Society, and the Rotary of Farmington. He previously served on the boards of the Tides Institute & Museum of Art, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, Maine College of Art, the Quimby Family Foundation, Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance, and was a founder of Portland's First Friday Art Walk. Andy studied art history and studio art at the University of Maine and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Maine College of Art. He is married to David G. Whaples. They reside in New Britain, CT and have a summer home in Perry, ME.

Lee Webb

Lee D. Webb

Lee Webb lives in Union. He has a B.A. from Boston University, an M.A. from Goddard College, and a Ph.D. in public administration and public policy from the Union Institute. He is also in the PhD Program at the University of Maine writing a thesis on 19th Century Maine political history.

In the 1970s, he was President of the Center for Policy Alternatives in Washington, a national public policy research center on state and local government policy. After moving to New York City, he was Executive Vice President of the NY Urban Development Corporation, and Acting President of NY Job Development Authority. Moving to Boston he was Vice President of Partners Health Care, managing their economic development, capital construction, and capital budget planning. Moving back to New York City, Lee was Vice President for Administration at the New School University in New York City with responsibility for capital financing, real estate, capital construction, facilities, and other departments.

In Maine, he is on the Coastal Healthcare Alliance (the merged PenBay and Waldo County hospitals), the Maine Center for Economic Policy, the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Policy, and the Andover Abbot Association. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center at the University of Maine.

Tim Woodcock

Tim has over 25 years' experience as a litigator in various fields, including personal injury, governmental entity defense, commercial litigation, insurance coverage, and workers' compensation defense. He also represented clients on public policy issues before local and state government agencies and boards. Tim has worked extensively on regional economic development issues within Maine and in partnership with Atlantic Canada. He worked on Capitol Hill and served on the personal staff of Senator William S. Cohen handling a broad spectrum of issues. He served as minority staff counsel on the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs and was deeply involved in the drafting and enactment of the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act. Tim was Staff Director of the Indian Affairs Committee during the 98th Congress and worked on several bills from inception through enactment into law. Later, he was an Associate Counsel on the Senate Iran-Contra Committee and was assigned to investigate the role of the Central Intelligence Agency in that affair. He also served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for nearly four years, handling all civil matters and prosecuting complex drug conspiracy cases. Since 1987, Tim has been in private law practice with an emphasis on civil litigation. From 1995 to 1998, he served on the Bangor City Council, including a term as Mayor of the City of Bangor, where he resides.