Board and Staff

Helping Maine's contemporary arts thrive

The CMCA team and Board of Trustees work collaboratively to bring Maine’s contemporary arts and artists to the forefront of the scene, worldwide.  Both the team and board consist of highly experienced and dedicated members that strive to engage, enrich, and educate the public, the CMCA audience, and the larger cultural community about Maine’s thriving contemporary art scene and the importance of art in all of our lives.

Staff

Suzette McAvoy
Exec. Director | Chief Curator
Tara Gardner
Retail | Operations Manager
Monica Chau
Director of Identity + Audience Engagement
Alexis Iammarino
ArtLab Lead Artist | Educator
Bethany Engstrom
Associate Curator
Rachel Zheng
Curatorial + Communications Assistant
Jean Thompson
Exec. Assistant | Community Liaison

Board

Chair – Karen Brace, Camden, Maine and Westwood, Massachusetts

Karen Brace is a former principal and co-owner of SimpleSay, a technology company that automated transactions for multiple industries using voice recognition and voice biometrics. As president of the company, she focused on operations, marketing, and business development. Brace’s marketing and communications expertise was developed early at a Boston-based advertising and public relations agency. Accepted into the Historical Society of Early American Decoration, a national painting guild, Brace enjoys working with both gold leaf and oil paints and has studied for many years with a master craftsman. Brace graduated from Wellesley College, earned her master’s degree in English from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Boston College, and holds a certificate in graphic design from the Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts.

First Vice Chair – Jack McKenney, Camden, Maine

Jack McKenney spent more than 25 years as a marketing and merchandising executive in the retail industry, using his creative direction and people skills to manage and contribute to successful brand building and awareness. He now focuses his creative expression on his painting and has a studio/gallery in downtown Camden, Maine. McKenney was director of marketing for Brand Matter, a subsidiary of Hilco Consumer Capital, where he directed the creative strategy for reshaping brands such as Ellen Tracy, Halston, Caribbean Joe, and Bombay Company. He was also the marketing executive at Waverly/Nexcen Brands, Inc. and vice president of marketing for Filene’s Basement. Prior to this, McKenney held management positions in merchandising, product development, and marketing for Filene’s, Gap, and the Maurice Corporation. He has been involved in several art, educational, and lifestyle organizations through volunteering and fund raising support.

Second Vice Chair – Martha Jones, South Thomaston, Maine and Boston, Massachusetts

Martha “Marty” Jones has 40 years’ experience as a leader in the cultural and philanthropic industry. As a seasoned consultant in arts, nonprofit, and philanthropic management, Jones specializes in strategic planning and fundraising counsel, organizational assessment, executive coaching, and board governance. Prior to beginning her consulting career, Jones served for 25 years at the Celebrity Series of Boston, New England’s premier performing arts presenter, the last 15 as president and executive director. She has produced more than 500 world-class artistic performances and educational presentations, as well as special fundraising events, including a Boston Garden gala presentation of Luciano Pavarotti and the farewell Symphony Hall performances of legendary pianist Vladimir Horowitz and violinist Issac Stern. Jones also serves as trustee of the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation and the Harrison H. & Julia Jones Foundation, board chair of Youth Design (Boston, MA), and member of the advisory board of the Brain Science Foundation (Medfield, MA). She holds a master’s degree in theater from Florida State University.

Treasurer – Martin E. Lloyd, Camden, Maine

Martin Lloyd is a resident of Camden and has lived and worked his entire life in Maine. He has served as a professional accountant in the field of taxation for more than 25 years, after graduating from the University of Maine magna cum laude with a B.S. in accounting. He currently maintains a successful tax and financial services practice in Camden that has been in business for some 20 years in Knox County, and recently he added financial planning and wealth management to his practice. Since 2002, Lloyd has held the special designation of Enrolled Agent (E.A.) with the Internal Revenue Service and Untied States Treasury, and he holds Maine Securities Licenses, Series 6, 63, and 65. Lloyd has extensive experience working with a variety of for-profit and nonprofit businesses and organizations, the latter including the local Chamber of Commerce, Kiwanis, Big Brother–Big Sister, and, most recently, CMCA. His involvement with charitable organizations has often been in a fiduciary capacity, as treasurer.

Secretary – Sandra Ruch, Northport, Maine

Sandra Ruch is the film program manager for International Cinema US, where she organizes documentary film programs for US embassies and colleges and universities around the world. She is also president of CinElixir Consulting, which provides consulting services to documentary filmmakers. Previously, Ruch was executive director of the International Documentary Association, and a film programmer and consultant for the U.S. Department of State in its Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, bringing US documentary films and filmmakers to embassies, schools, and arts organizations in 17 countries. Ruch has had extensive marketing experience in senior management positions in the entertainment industry, heading up campaigns for the film Evita, PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre, the Los Angeles Music Center, and Fox TV’s Movie of the Week, among many others. Ruch serves on juries and expert panels at international film festivals and conferences, and she serves on several boards, among them the Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE), the Camden Conference, and Waterfall Arts.

Jo Anne Bander, Spruce Head, Maine, and Coral Gables, Florida

Jo Anne Bander is a consultant and writer with more than 40 years of experience in the private, nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors. She was president and CEO of Donors Forum of South Florida (an association of grantmaking foundations and corporate giving programs). She stepped down to organize From the Source, a consulting firm focused on strategic philanthropy, sustainable agriculture, and artisanal foods. Bander is also vice president of Funding Arts Network (a Miami donors circle that makes grants to arts organizations), a board member of GableStage, and a member of the Roblee Foundation Advisory Board. She has been vice president of Dade Community Foundation and is a former Co-Convivium leader of Slow Food Miami. In 2007, Bander was included in Beyond Julia’s Daughters, which highlights women who have contributed to the development of Miami. She has held press credentials to Slow Food’s Terra Madre and is a contributing writer to the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA).

Sheila Clark, Camden, Maine and Great Falls, Virginia

Sheila Clark is a retired corporate and securities attorney with more than 35 years of experience. She retired from AOL Time Warner as the Senior Vice President-Legal, having joined AOL during its explosive growth years and building its Legal Department from 2 lawyers to 45. Prior to joining AOL she was a founder of McCarthy and Burke, a Washington, DC law firm specializing in board governance, securities law and real estate transactions. She also served as the General Counsel of Finalco Group, Inc. a publicly held financial services company headquartered in northern Virginia. She is a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts and Boston University School of Law.

Professional awards and honors include Virginia’s Female Executives Woman of the Year, President of the National Association of Women Business Owners in Washington, DC, and the first and only female President of the National Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. She spends much of her retirement time participating in several family owned businesses focused on the development, marketing and distribution of alternative energy technologies.

Edward M. Collins, Camden, Maine

Edward M. Collins has been a member of the Rockland, Maine, law firm of Crandall, Hanscom and Collins since 1985. A Rockland native, he graduated from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, and then worked for Maine congressman David F. Emery as a legislative assistant for environmental and marine affairs. He received his law degree from the Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. His practice includes real estate and zoning matters, wills and trusts, probate, and representation of several local nonprofit organizations. Prior board service includes the Georges River Land Trust, Farnsworth Art Museum, Megunticook Watershed Association, Camden Public Library, Mid-Coast Mental Health Association, and, presently, MCH Neighbor Foundation. He is a member of the Maine Bar Association and Knox County Bar Association.

Charlotte Dixon, Camden, Maine

Charlotte Dixon is an academic with a research focus on the sociocultural psychology of artistic creativity. Her most recent work explores the relationship between ethics and creativity in documentary photography and was published in the Palgrave Macmillan compendium, The Ethics of Creativity. She has an MFA from the Yale University School of Art and a doctorate from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Dixon teaches both still and time-based media at Maine Media College and works with regional museums and schools to develop visual arts and culture curricula for K-12 educators.

Carol Eisenberg, Belfast, Maine

Carol Eisenberg began her career as an advertising copywriter and graphic designer within the publishing industry. She later graduated from St. John’s University School of Law and was admitted to practice in the State of New York, where she worked at two real estate law firms and the New York Stock Exchange. After being admitted to practice in the State of New Jersey, Eisenberg joined the matrimonial law firm of Rose, Poley & DeFuccio. She moved back to New York, where she became an associate and subsequently a partner in the firm of Taylor, Atkins & Ostrow. In 1991 Eisenberg established her own matrimonial law firm in Garden City, New York, and continued to practice until 2009, when she retired and moved to Belfast, Maine, with her husband, William Benjamin. She now focuses her time on her photography and her work with nonprofit arts organizations.

Mary Joe Hughes, Warren, Maine and Milton, Massachusetts

Mary Joe (Josie) Hughes is the retired Adjunct Professor of the Humanities at Boston College, where she also served as Assistant Director of the Honors Program. She earned her undergraduate degree from Radcliffe College and her Ph.D. from Harvard University. In 1990, she was the first winner of the annual Phi Beta Kappa Award for Outstanding Teaching at Boston College. A Maine summer resident since 1971, she assisted Guy Hughes in running The Coppershed Gallery in Warren from 2004 to 2008, leading to more intense involvement in contemporary art in Maine. In 2013 she published The Move Beyond Form with Palgrave Macmillan, about contemporary art, film, and literature. In the same year, she retired from Boston College, and with her husband, Rick Franklin, established an artist’s residency program for Maine artists in Farnese, Italy. In addition to her interests in literature and philosophy, art, education, and film, Josie is an avid gardener.

Drew Hodges – Portland and Cushing, Maine

Drew Hodges started Spot Design in 1987, and founded SpotCo, one of the nation’s leading theatrical design and advertising agencies in 1997. He has taught graphic design at his alumni, The School of Visual Arts, lectured at Columbia University, and served as president of the NY Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts/New York.

Susan Petersmeyer, Camden, Maine

Susan Petersmeyer graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and has a graduate degree in architecture from the University of Virginia. In addition, she completed a three-year certificate program at the New York Studio School of Drawing and Painting. Petersmeyer practiced in an architectural firm in Washington, DC, and she has also owned a contemporary gift store in a Boston suburb, researched and edited a book on Art Deco architecture in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and worked on several historic preservation projects. Prior to moving to Maine in 2011, Petersmeyer lived in New York City for 15 years, where she served on the boards of Libraries for the Future and Find Your Voice (formerly Starfish Theaterworks). Petersmeyer chaired the board of Find Your Voice for three years, and she is the chair of a small family foundation.

David S. Swetland, Edgecomb, Maine

David Swetland holds an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania, and served on the Board of the International Sculpture Center in Washington, D.C., from 1984 to 1987. He has worked as a project manager for Duany Plater-Zyberk Architects in Miami, Florida, specializing in suburban, urban and wide area design issues. With his wife, Paula, he formed a landscape architecture practice in the Miami-Dade area for the design of residential gardens, which they operated until their retirement and move to Maine in 2016. Since early adulthood, he has served as a trustee of the Sears-Swetland Family Foundation of Cleveland, Ohio.

Chair Emeritus – Marilyn Moss Rockefeller, Camden, Maine

Marilyn Rockefeller has been a board member at numerous Maine nonprofit organizations, in addition to serving as board chair at Maine Coast Artists (as CMCA was known in the 1980s and 90s). These organizations include the Nature Conservancy of Maine, as co-chair; the Maine Community Foundation; and chair at the Equity Fund, based in Portland. During the 1980s and 90s, Ms. Rockefeller built Moss, Inc. into a world-renowned designer and manufacturer of exhibition spaces for trade shows, utilizing tension fabric technology originally developed by Bill Moss for camping tents. Before its sale in 2001, the company grew to employ 160 workers at its facility in Belfast.

Davis Thomas, Camden, Maine

Dave Thomas has been part of the CMCA scene both as a volunteer and trustee for the better part of 25 years. He served as auctioneer for the annual summer art auction during the 1980s and joined the board of trustees toward the end of that decade. Rotating off the board from time to time, he returned as a trustee in 2010 to become chair of the Development Committee. He served as co-vice chair of the Capital Campaign Committee, tasked with raising $5 million to finance CMCA’s move to Rockland in mid-2016. After a career in magazine journalism at LIFE, the Saturday Evening Post, Holiday, and several other national magazines, Thomas moved to Maine in 1977 to become the editor and associate publisher of Down East, the Magazine of Maine, retiring in 1993. Since then, he and his wife Karin, a former board president of Maine Coast Artists (the precursor of CMCA), have traveled widely, particularly in Asia, where they have made numerous high-altitude treks in the Himalayas.

Header image: Adam John Manley