Maine Historical Society



Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

Jean Gulliver

Jean Gulliver has been involved in community service since moving to Maine in 1977. Jean served 15 years on the State Board of Education including the role of chairwoman. She has also been politically active as Finance Chair for Congressman Tom Allen and for Eliot Cutler's gubernatorial campaign. She is currently on the boards of the Maine Historical Society, The Maine Cancer Foundation, and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. Jean and her husband John live in Falmouth where they raised their four children. She is a graduate of Wheaton College where she majored in history.

Tyler Judkins
1st Vice President

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.

Eliot Cutler
2nd Vice President

As a lawyer and strategist for governments, business corporations and citizen groups, Eliot Cutler helped clients grapple with legal and public policy problems during a career in three law firms and two countries that spanned more than 35 years. As a public servant, Cutler helped craft America's foundational environmental laws and managed the policies and budgets of federal energy, natural resources, science and environmental agencies. Later in his career Cutler was an independent candidate for governor of Maine. As an entrepreneur, businessman and investor, Cutler has helped start and manage successful businesses, served on the boards of directors of private and public companies and advised and managed private and public philanthropic organizations.

Kathryn Schneider Smith

Kathryn Schneider Smith (Kathy) is a historian whose career has included work in historical societies, historic preservation, and cultural heritage tourism, until 2009 in Washington, DC. She is founding director of Cultural Tourism DC; a past board chair of the Historical Society of Washington, DC and the founding editor of its journal, Washington History; author or editor of four books on the city; co-author of a DC history curriculum for the public schools; and a past chair of the Board of Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Kathy is a member of the Cumberland County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation and an advisor to the Wolfe's Neck Farm Foundation. She lives in Freeport with her husband, Sam.

Carl L. Chatto

Carl L. Chatto is the Managing Principal of Baker Newman Noyes, one of the nation's top 100 accounting and consulting firms. Chatto, based at the firm's headquarters in Portland, Maine, previously served as director of audit and currently provides audit and advisory services to a broad spectrum of clients. He specializes in serving financial institutions, commercial businesses, and quasi-governmental agencies. Carl also serves on the Maine Board of Accountancy.


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 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 the campaign to build the new Alfond Center for Health.

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 immediate past 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 one grandchild, all of whom live in Maine.

Myron Beasley

Bio in progress.

Thomas Cattell

Thomas came to Maine in 1991 as part of the team starting up Maine Bank & Trust, eventually becoming Director of Wealth Management. In 2015 Thomas became Managing Director of US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. Working with complex families and charitable institutions, Thomas assists with their planning, investing, and borrowing needs.

Michael J. Cianchette

Mr. Cianchette currently serves as Executive Vice President of a Maine-based management company directing 4 affiliated businesses in several industries, in addition to writing a weekly column with the Bangor Daily News. He previously served as Chief Legal Counsel and Senior Advisor to Gov. Paul LePage before resigning his position to deploy to Afghanistan. Mr. Cianchette 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 roles of several Maine-based organizations, including founding President of the Cheverus High School Alumni Council, Corporator of Gorham Savings Bank, and Board Member of the Maine Turnpike Authority.

Elizabeth Christensen

Libby is a long time Mainer having grown up in Cape Elizabeth and then returned to Maine with her husband to raise their two daughters in Cumberland. She enjoys all that this great state has to offer, being active outdoors during all four seasons. In addition, she brings to the Board her strong Human Resources background having worked for a number of Maine employers, including Mercy Hospital and currently at IDEXX Laboratories. As the Senior Manager of People Operations, she is responsible for administering programs designed to foster positive employee relations through the consistent and equitable application of Human Resources policies and procedures in compliance with state, federal, and country employment laws.

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 was born in Bar Harbor in the winter of 1948 the youngest of six children born to Dorothy (Varnum) and Llewellyn Damon. After the requisite stay (3 days) in Bar Harbor, he was taken home to Northeast Harbor where he lived, grew and was educated. Graduating from Mt. Desert High School he matriculated at the University of Maine in Orono where four years hence he left with a BS-Ed in hand to begin his teaching career. Dennis taught and coached in the Orono Public School system before accepting a similar position at the recently opened Mt. Desert Island High School in Bar Harbor. In 1985 He left teaching and from that point his attention turned to starting and running numerous small businesses.

In 1992, while still maintaining his entrepreneurial business interests, Dennis entered his public service/political life seeking and winning a seat at the Hancock County Commissioners table. Re-elected two times, he served until he was elected to represent Hancock County in the Maine Senate. After his four terms, he returned to his home in Trenton where he currently resides with his wife of fifty years and his flock of chickens. He and Bonnie have three children and three grandchildren.Dennis continues his volunteerism by serving on numerous boards and commissions and by serving as Field Director of American Legion Baseball in Maine.

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 is the 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 Maine Tourism Association, Visit Portland, and the University of Maine Alumni Association. 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 Falmouth with his wife Kathy.

Peter Merrill

Peter Merrill

Peter is the Deputy Director of the Maine State Housing Authority where he has worked for over 20 years. He represents MHS on the Maine Cultural Affairs Council which he chairs and which is active in the state's Bicentennial planning. Peter has served on many local and statewide boards including the Portland Public Library which he chaired and the Maine Real Estate and Development Association. Peter has a degree in International Affairs from The George Washington University and an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. He is the father of two adult children and lives in Portland with his wife Leslie.

Theodore L. Oldham

Bio in progress.

Robert Peacock

Bio in progress.

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. Presently he serves as Chief of Staff for the VA Health System of Maine.

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.

Theresa Secord

Theresa Secord was born in Portland and raised in South Portland. Theresa credits her grandmother, her great-grandmother (a basket maker) and a strong matriline from Indian Island, ME for helping her understand and embrace her Penobscot identity as a child, as there was little to no information about Maine's first people in her school days history books.

A traditional Penobscot basket maker, Theresa was also the founding director of the Maine Indian Basketmakers Alliance (MIBA). During her 20 years of leadership, MIBA was credited with saving the endangered art of ash and sweet grass basketry by: lowering the average age of basket makers from 63 to 40; and increasing numbers of weavers from 55 to more than 200; in the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes.

Theresa has been honored several times for her advocacy. Among the most notable, the National Endowment for the Arts bestowed her with the prestigious life time achievement award, the National Heritage Fellowship, in 2016. In 2003, for helping tribal basket makers rise out of poverty, she was awarded the Prize for Creativity in Rural Life by the Women's World Summit Foundation, granted at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. She has won a number of first place ribbons for her own basketry at the Santa Fe Indian Market, the Eiteljorg Indian Art Market and the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market. Her baskets are in many private and museum collections.

In addition to weaving baskets, Theresa continues to help other artists on reservations across the nation achieve their own goals of art and economic self-sufficiency, through work for national Native arts organizations; First Peoples Fund of Rapid City, SD and the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation of Portland, OR.

In Maine, Theresa sits on the Governing Board of the Colby College Museum of Art, has consulted to the Portland Museum of Art on the Portland Biennial, and has co-curated a number of local Wabanaki basketry exhibitions. She is proud to serve as trustee of the Maine Historical Society and particularly looks forward to contributing in the commemoration of the Maine Bicentennial.

Theresa earned a B.A. in Earth Science/Geology at University of Southern Maine and an M.S. in Economic Geology at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Eileen Skinner

Eileen F. Skinner, MHA FACHE, is administrator of Shriners Hospitals for Children - Boston. She joined the Boston team in 2017 after 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.

Prior to 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 is recent 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).

Chris Smith

A partner at Verrill Dana, Chris Smith represents a variety of domestic and international business and nonprofit clients in mergers and acquisitions; entity choice and organization; equity and debt financing; contracts; board governance; shareholder relations; and other compliance and transactional matters. He currently serves on the boards of directors of several organizations in the Portland area including Waynflete School and the Prouts Neck Country Club and previously served on the boards of the Portland Harbor Museum and Victoria Mansion. Chris is a graduate of Harvard University (A.B., 1995) and the Emory University School of Law (J.D., 1998).

Kim Smith

Kimberly R. Smith, a long-standing member of MENSA, holds a Master’s of Science in Business degree from Husson University; a Non-Profit Organizational Management Certificate from Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia; and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine. She has served as the Executive Director for four non-profits (two of which won national awards under her stewardship) and served as a consultant to several others. Smith has served on numerous local and state boards and currently sits on the Boards of Presque Isle Historical Society, Aroostook County Tourism Council, and Presque Isle Air Museum. Honors include being named Presque Isle’s Citizen of the Year 2009; a Lifetime Achievement Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation in 2014; an Excellence Award from New England Museum Association; and a Paul Harris Fellow in 2019.

Laura Sprague

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.

Charles V. Stanhope

Charles retired from his public service career at the nation's oldest federal cultural institution, the Library of Congress. He served the library as assistant chief operating officer, working alongside Librarian James H. Billington on executive matters of congressional, legal, and public affairs, as well as private sector fundraising and donor cultivation. A resident of Southwest Harbor, Charles graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelor's degree in French and from the Catholic University of America with a master's degree in library science. He chairs the Maine Arts Commission and the board of the Southwest Harbor Public Library.

Meredith Strang Burgess

Meredith Strang Burgess is President and CEO of Burgess Advertising & Marketing, a 30+ year old full service communications company located in Falmouth, Maine. Over the years the company has received many accolades including the Governor's Award for Business Excellence and was named Best Places to Work in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Meredith is very active in the community and is a past laureate in the Maine Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame; a Jefferson Award recipient; received the Mary Rines Thompson Award from WCSH 6 Who Care Awards; and was named the 2014 Woman of Distinction by the Girl Scouts of Maine.

Diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, she is a very active and out spoken advocate for cancer awareness and prevention. She is the past president of the Maine Cancer Foundation and helped create the successful pink ribbon Maine specialty license plate program in 2008. In 2006, she was elected the Maine State House of Representatives and served with distinction in the 123rd, 124th and 125th Legislatures and is the third generation to serve in the Maine Legislature. She served one term on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee and two terms of the Health and Human Services Committee, and served as House Chair in her final term. She is a board member of Maine Early Learning Investment Group (MELIG) raising funds to support Elevate Maine. In 2014, she joined the Board of Directors of MEMIC. Active in education, Meredith is the past president of the University of Maine Board of Visitors and currently serves as a trustee at Hebron Academy. In 2012, she rejoined the Board of Maine Historical Society. She has also served on the Boards of the Maine Cancer Consortium and the Maine Public Health Association and is the past president of the Portland Ronald McDonald House. Meredith resides in Cumberland and has three adult sons. When not working on communications, genealogy, community, or political projects, she can be found skiing at her beloved Sugarloaf or cruising Casco Bay. She has completed thirteen triathlons and has the great honor of being the last finisher at the annual Maine Tri for a Cure triathlon every July.

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.

Andy Verzosa

Andy is Executive Director of the Stanley-Whitman House, a living history center and museum focused on Colonial life in Farmington, Connecticut. Prior to this he was the Interim Executive Director and Curator of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and Director of Aucocisco Galleries in Portland, Maine, one of the leading commercial art galleries in the state. In its fifteen-year history under Verzosa's direction, Aucocisco represented contemporary artists with significant connections to the state and had gained widespread critical recognition for its exhibitions, a number of which traveled throughout New England and nationally.

Verzosa currently serves on the boards of the Maine Historical Society and the Tides Institute & Museum of Art. He previously served on the boards of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art, the Maine College of Art, the Quimby Family Foundation, the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance, and was a founder of Portland's First Friday Art Walk. Verzosa is co editor of Maine Art New: Contemporary Art in Maine, forthcoming from the University of Maine Press in 2018. Verzosa 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 and they reside in Newington, CT and have a summer home in Perry, ME.

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.

Charles D. Whittier II

Tim Woodcock

Bio in progress.