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.
Chair – Karen Brace | Camden, Maine + 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 + Boston, Massachusetts
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 + Coral Gables, Florida
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.
Sheila Clark | Camden, Maine + 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.
Carol Eisenberg | Belfast, Maine
Richard Essex | Cushing, Maine
Richard Essex has been involved in commerce and the arts for over 35 years. For the last 10 years, while living in London, he has been focusing on investment in Africa, where Richard spent part of his adolescence, and building the first affordable high-speed broadband in Sub-Saharan Africa. That mandate now also includes affordable essential services – off-grid power, water, sanitation, healthcare and education. Richard moved to London in 1995 to help build what became the UK’s largest fibre-optic cable and media company, Virgin Media, after the merger with Richard Branson’s Virgin Mobile. Prior to that Richard, established Rosebud, a subsidiary of the British Film Institute (BFI) with the mandate of commercializing the world’s largest set of film and television assets.
After living in London for 21 years, he and his family have come back to the US and their property in Cushing, Maine. Richard acts as an advisor to Bright Community Capital in Brunswick, ME, a firm founded by CEI with a mission to drive more solar energy investment in low-income areas and GO Lab Inc., a cutting-edge R&D firm dedicated to developing advanced building products for the rapidly growing high-performance construction market, founded by GO Logic of Belfast, ME.
From 1985-95, Richard was on the board of the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture, established in 1963 and based in the original Whitney Museum, where many CMCA artists maintain a close relationship. In 1984 Richard produced the first art auction to benefit the Henry Street Settlement held at the Puck Building in New York as part of their annual gala. While The Art Show is now an important event on the fall calendar in New York, this first effort involved Richard individually approaching many of New York’s galleries and artists, renting a van, hanging the show and auctioning the art, a very humble beginning for what is now a major production by the Art Dealers of America.
Richard is also a board member of Lewa, Kenya’s preeminent nature conservancy, founded with major support of The Nature Conservancy.
Jason Hearst | Camden, Maine
Jason G. Hearst is the owner, manager, and chief engineer of Hearst Creative, LLC/Hearstudios, an audio recording/production facility located in Camden, Maine. He holds a B.A. in Physics from Colby College and a B.M. from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Music Production & Engineering and a concentration in Electronic Production & Design. Since returning to the Midcoast area in 2010, he has volunteered in the alpine race program at the Camden Snowbowl where he is a USSA level 200 ski coach. Artistically, he is an avid sculptor with a metal welding studio and enjoys digital photography and printing. He has served two, three year terms as a trustee for both Bay Chamber Concerts and Music School, and the Ragged Mountain Ski Club.
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.
Drew Hodges | Portland + 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.
Paul Keenan | Cushing, Maine
Paul Keenan is Senior Vice President for University Development at Columbia University, where he provides strategic leadership for Columbia’s 5-year, $5B campaign, and serves as chief operating officer for university development. Previously Paul served as Vice President for Development at the Hawaii Community Foundation, and prior to that as Senior Associate Dean at Harvard University, where he was responsible for leading the $2.5B Campaign for Arts & Sciences. Paul has been a corporate strategy consultant at Monitor Deloitte, and an independent consultant to universities and non-profits. He earned his AB, magna cum laude, in History and East Asian Studies from Harvard College in 1985, and his MBA from the Yale School of Management in 1996.
Susan Petersmeyer | Camden, 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.
Marilyn Moss Rockefeller | Camden, Maine
Davis Thomas | Camden, Maine
John Bird | Rockland, ME
Gideon Bok | Camden, ME
Bruce Brown | Portland, ME
Christopher Crosman | Thomaston, ME
Melissa LaCasse | Portland, ME
Jeff Tucker | Camden, ME + Tampa, FL
Anne Vartabedian | Boothbay, ME
Christine Vincent | Vinalhaven, ME + Boston, MA
Katherine Watson | Brunswick, ME
Sandy Weisman | South Thomaston, ME