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.
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 – 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.
Second 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.
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
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
Carol Eisenberg, Belfast, Maine
Christopher Gates, Camden, Maine and Washington, DC
Christopher Gates advises a variety of philanthropic and non-profit organizations on topics related to civic engagement, political reform and philanthropic practice. He has previously served as president of the Sunlight Foundation, executive director of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement, and president of the National Civic League. He is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and serves on the boards of Public Agenda, a public opinion research and public engagement organization, and the National Institute on Money in State Politics. Gates is also a member of the advisory board of the National Conference on Citizenship and he speaks and teaches around the country on topics related to leadership theory, civic engagement, philanthropic trends and democratic reform.
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.