Board + 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

BRIAN P. KENNEDY
Interim Executive Director
bkennedy@cmcanow.org

MIA BOGYO
Education Programs Manager
mbogyo@cmcanow.org

TARA GARDNER
Retail + Operations Manager
tgardner@cmcanow.org

TARA MORIN
Education Programs Assistant
tmorin@cmcanow.org

JEAN LINN THOMPSON
Associate Director
jthompson@cmcanow.org

MICHAELA STONE
Development + Membership Associate
mstone@cmcanow.org

ISABEL GIMLEWICZ
Communications Manager
igimlewicz@cmcanow.org

MELISSA BAREZ
Retail Inventory Analyst
mbarez@cmcanow.org

DARA ZUCKERNICK
Visitor Engagement Associate

Board

Chair – Pamela Wise | Northport, Maine

Pamela is a Senior Vice President and Resident Director at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management in Washington, DC. Professionally, Pamela manages assets and liabilities across the country for a variety of individual clients and select institutions. Her practice focuses on planning, transparency, and social responsibility. In her personal life, Pamela is married to James and has four children. She resides in the Adams Morgan Neighborhood of Washington, DC and in Northport, ME. She is also currently restoring the historic home “Oakenham” in Middlesex County, VA near where her sons go to boarding school. Pamela‘s outside pursuits include gardening, running and sailing. She is also the founder and designer of a micro fashion line called Syndibat which focuses on bohemian street wear and are available at markets, trunk shows and online.

Vice Chair & Treasurer – Jon Chodosh | Rangeley, Maine + New York, New York

Jon Chodosh is the managing principal of Chodosh Realty Services, Inc., a commercial real estate consulting firm formed in 1987, in New York City.  The firm is involved in transactional and consulting work, as well as in real estate development and construction management, specializing in adaptive re-use of warehouse and loft properties.  Over the last thirty years, Jon’s client list has included Dia Art Foundation, Irving Penn Foundation, Qatsi Productions, Communication Workers of America, Pentagram, Imagination Co (USA), Duravit (USA), Ian Schrager Company, Waterworks, and others. Jon is a 1974 graduate of Hampshire College.  He lives in New York City and Rangeley, Maine with his wife Claire Seidl.  They have three grown children.

Brad Choyt | South Thomaston, Maine

Culminating a three-decade career in a wide range of educational settings, Brad currently serves on the Board of Directors for Regional School Unit #13, a district with six schools in Midcoast Maine that includes Rockland, and chairs the Student Engagement Task Force. Brad also served as a Commissioner for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and on the Board for the AVA Gallery and Art Center in Lebanon, NH for six years, where he chaired the Education Committee. Thanks to Brad’s experiences as a teacher and head of school in locations across the globe, he brings extensive knowledge of strategic planning, data collection, community engagement, curriculum, and pedagogy. Brad earned his BA from Brown University and MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied with Maine artist, Neil Welliver. He currently creates paintings and wall sculpture from his studio on Spruce Head Island and has exhibited his work nationally since the early 1990s.

Joe Faber | Rockport, Maine + Chappaqua, New York

Joe is the Managing Principal of Faber Daeufer & Itrato, a boutique law firm focused on providing corporate and transactional counsel to companies, research institutions, and investors in the life sciences. Joe often serves as outside general counsel for venture-backed drug discovery and development companies. In addition, he functions as lead outside transactional counsel for emerging companies seeking strategic business partnering or private financing, as well as for mature companies seeking to acquire technologies and platforms. Joe is or has been involved in a wide range of philanthropic and community organizations including The Center for Discovery, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Partners in Health, CAVU Foundation, Venturing Out, The Possible Project, Slow Money, Maine and New York chapters. Joe grew up in Rockland, Maine (RDHS ’84), and graduated from Harvard College and Boston University School of Law. He and his wife Sumy live in Chappaqua, NY, but spend time regularly at their house in Rockport, Maine.

Mary Joe Hughes | Warren, Maine + 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.

Anna Queen | Rockland, Maine

Anna Queen is an artist and independent curator. She holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and has been a Resident Artist at the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, Monson Arts, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Vermont Studio Center, and The Banff Centre. In 2015, she was a participant at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. From 2019-2021, Queen was part of the collective, SISTERED, a non-profit, multi-use project space in Portland, Maine. She was the curator at Dowling Walsh Gallery in Rockland from 2018-2022. Queen currently lives and works in Rockland, Maine.

Pamela Schreiber | Philadelphia, PA + Islesboro, Maine

Pam received her BS from Cornell University and an MS from the Columbia University School of Social Work. She began her career as a Psychiatric Social Worker in New York City, working in Mental Health Services before developing her own private psychotherapy practice in Philadelphia.  Later in her career, she became a Vice President for Investor Relations for a publicly traded company in Philadelphia, winning an award from a National Retail Investors’ Society.  Pam co-founded The Philadelphia Weekend Film Festival, celebrating the work of Hollywood film directors by inviting them to the City where local audiences could meet and appreciate them in person. Pam currently serves on several boards, including as Emeritus Chair and ongoing advisory board member for the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research at the University of Pennsylvania & the Rosenbach Museum and Library.  She also serves as an Ambassador for the Barnes Foundation; a member of the Collections Committee at the Atheneum; and a member of the Pepper Council for the Free Library of Philadelphia. She spends her summers in Islesboro, Maine where she serves as an advisory board member of the Islesboro Island Trust.

William Stites | Thomaston, Maine

Bill Stites earned a BFA from Emerson College and has been a commercial photographer for over 40 years. His work has appeared in, House and Garden, House Beautiful, Esquire, Better Homes and Gardens, Family Circle, Traditional Home, and many others. He is also the photographer of The Sporting Life, Living with Dogs, The Anglers Life, and The Gardeners Life, published by Clarkson Potter/ Random House books. Other book publishing credits include Doubleday, Little Brown, and Penguin. When he wasn’t working behind the camera he bought, renovated, and rebranded Seascape Ocean Resort, the highly acclaimed small resort in the Florida Keys (1994-2005). He now lives full time in Thomaston, Maine.

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.

Carolyn Watson | Belfast, Maine

Carolyn Watson is an internationally recognized designer and restoration specialist as well as a dedicated philanthropist. Over the course of her career, she has led projects as diverse as the restoration of historic churches, design of a Chalet in France, to the interior and exterior lighting for both Art Center Europe and Art Center’s Pasadena campus, where she also taught. She recently completed a major gate commission for the Huntington Library and Gardens in Pasadena, California. Carolyn apprenticed with renowned American designer, Paul Tuttle and developed a unique mastery of materials for her interior, landscape, furniture and lighting designs. Carolyn founded Watson Design Associates in 1981(now Watson Design Group/WDG) specializing in world-class design, restoration, planning and project management.

Among her many accomplishments and awards, Carolyn received, along with her husband, the 2017 Gold Crown Award from the Pasadena Arts Council for their work in the arts in California. In 2015 Professional Child Development Associates (PCDA) of Pasadena named her Humanitarian of the Year for her specific contributions to the arts and youth with autism. Following this recognition, the Carolyn Watson Arts Scholarship fund was started at PCDA, providing permanent funds to help families to pay for high quality summer and after-school arts programs.

Carolyn’s Board service is extensive: Northern Westchester Center for the Arts (NY); Save the Children (Cold Spring Harbor, NY); Pasadena Symphony and Pops
Member of Art Center 100, a fundraising Board to raise money for Scholarships at Art Center College of Design (Pasadena); South Pasadena Educational Foundation; Fellows of the Huntington Library and Gardens.

Maria Weber | Northport, Maine + Washington, District of Columbia

Maria Weber is recently retired from her 35-year career in the financial industry as a Senior Vice- President with Merrill Lynch Private Wealth Management located in Washington, DC. This allows her to spend more time being actively involved in working with non-profit organizations focused on improving the lives of DC residents. For the last five years, Maria has served on the board of Community of Hope, whose mission is “To improve health and end family homelessness to make Washington, DC more equitable.” Maria and her family started visiting Midcoast Maine several years ago and she and her husband, Lee, purchased their home in Northport, ME in 2019.  Now they spend their summers in Northport and the remainder of the year in Washington, DC. Maria’s passions are rock-climbing with her teenage son, hiking, traveling, literature, and select advocacy work.

Sue Michlovitz | Camden, Maine

Sue Michlovitz reimagined her life by becoming a visual artist, whose mediums include photography, artist books and mixed media. She holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Media Arts from Maine Media College and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Orthopedic Physical Therapy. Sue spent a 48-year career in participating in education and mentoring clinical care and research as a Professor at Temple University and Hahnemann University (now Drexel). Michlovitz participated in nine medical and community outreach missions with Guatemala Healing Hands Foundation. Sue has served on boards for American Society of Hand Therapists (and as 2013 President), American Association for Surgery of the Hand, Hand Surgery Endowment, and Kitchen Theatre Company, Ithaca, NY. Among the places she has shown her work over the last 2 years include: Cove Street Arts (Portland, ME), Maine Museum of Photographic Arts (Portland, ME), and Photoville (Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, Mass), Rockport (Maine) Public Library and Blue Raven Gallery (Rockland, ME).  Her passions include education, art, community service, and time in the outdoors. She lives in Camden with her husband Paul Velleman and their two ever-so-happy beagles.

Karen Brace | Camden, Maine + Needham, 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.

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.

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.

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 joined the board in the late 1980’s, rotating off from time to time before rejoining in 2010 and serving until 2016. Davis’ board activities included auctioneer for gala art auctions, chair of the Development Committee and co-chair of the Capital Campaign from 2012-2016. 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.

Helen Bauemister | Spruce Head, ME

John Bird | Rockland, ME

John Bisbee | Brunswick, ME

Gideon Bok | Camden, ME

Bruce Brown | Portland, ME

Christopher Crosman | Thomaston, ME

Drew Hodges | Portland + Cushing, ME

David Hopkins | North Haven, ME

Jack McKenney | Chicago, IL

Jeff Tucker | Camden, ME + Tampa, FL

Anne Vartabedian | Boothbay, ME

Christine Vincent | Vinalhaven, ME + Boston, MA

Katharine Watson | Brunswick, ME

Sandy Weisman | South Thomaston, ME

Paul Keenan | Cushing, ME + New York, NY

Header image: Adam John Manley