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Maine Historical Society Welcomes Four New Board Members

June 13, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (June 13, 2018)—The members of Maine Historical Society elected four new board members at the society’s Annual Meeting in New Gloucester on June 2, 2018.

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 for 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 Ms. Christensen 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 offers, 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.

Abigail Diaz Ms. Diaz was born and raised in Maine. Her parents each come from families with deep Maine roots, many of which her great-aunt, Alice Mary Pierce, documented exhaustively in materials now archived with MHS. She lived in New York and Washington, DC for college, law school and the beginning of her career, returning to Maine in 2012. She is now Chief Legal Officer of Tyler Technologies, Inc. She is also on the Board of the Mitchell Institute. She and her husband, Aristides, live in Falmouth with their two children.

Drew Swenson Mr. Swenson 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. He 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. He 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. About Maine Historical Society A growing museum, incomparable library and statewide educational resource located in the heart of Portland’s downtown cultural district. Founded in 1822, Maine Historical Society is the third oldest state historical society in the United States. MHS strives to serve the entire state through its education and outreach programs and through the Maine Memory Network digital museum. MHS is comprised of the Wadsworth–Longfellow House and Longfellow Garden, the Maine Historical Society Museum and Store, the MHS Research Library, and Maine Memory Network.

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