Board of Directors

Chair
Myron Beasley
Chair, African American Studies, Associate Professor, American Cultural Studies/African American Studies, Bates College

Vice Chair
Elizabeth Whitman
Portland

Secretary
Christina Richardson
Portland Public Library; Board member, Theater Ensemble of Color

Treasurer
Hayden Anderson, PhD
Executive Director, Maine Humanities Council

 

Rich Entel, MD
Physician, Visual Artist

Larry Hayden
Visual Artist

Emily Hopkins
Co-Chair of the Membership & Programming Committee of the Brick and Beam Society of the United Way, Senior Project Manager at Vets First Choice

Charlie Miller
Co-Founder and Director, The Children’s Initiative

Troy Moon
City of Portland Sustainability Coordinator

Jan Piribek
Visual Artist; Faculty, University of Southern Maine

Will Pratt 
Co-owner, Tandem Coffee

Cherie Wendelken
Director, Brooks Family Foundation

 

 

DSC02154Myron Beasley, Chair is a professor at Bates College in Lewiston, where he teaches American Cultural Studies, African American Studies, and Women and Gender studies. His research includes exploring the intersection of art and social change, as he believes in the power of artists and recognize them as cultural workers. His writing appears in such journals as Text and Performance Quarterly, The Journal of Poverty, Performance Research, and The Journal of Curatorial Studies.  He has been awarded fellowships and grants by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Ruth Landes Foundation for his writing about art and cultural engagement.

 

 

Betsy Whitman, Vice Chair has held a diversity of community activism jobs and positions in Portland, the last as a shelter staff person at Preble Street Resource Center. She has a degree in Theater Arts from the University of Southern Maine and studied mask work at Naropa Institute. She received an MA in Psychology and Expressive Arts Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies, focusing her master’s thesis on the intersection of trauma, self-narrative, creative expression and healing. She was a member of Shoestring Puppet Theater for many years and although retired from stilting, she continues to help with the Old Port Parade. She is also a Maine Cooperative Extension master gardener and has planted hundreds of spring bulbs with schoolchildren. She loves compost. She shares the responsibility of the Soccer Barn with her husband and daughter and is passionate about community based, community empowering arts and activism.

 

 Christina Richardson, Secretary

 

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Hayden Anderson, Treasurer is Executive Director of the Maine Humanities Council, the State of Maine affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress Center for the Book. Prior to starting with the Council, he worked at the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, a Portland-based immigration law nonprofit. He lives in Portland with his wife, Meredith, and their son, Gus.

 

 

larryLarry Hayden is a visual artist whose drawings, paintings and photographs are included in Maine’s major art museums as well as in private and institutional collections throughout the Northeast. Author of PULLUM, the world’s only known book of photographs of chickens accompanied by text entirely in the Latin language, his photographs were selected to illustrate the deluxe centennial edition of Robert Frost’s North of Boston, published in 2015 by the Ascensius Press. Recently retired from an undistinguished foray into vintage motorcycle racing, which yielded one victory in eight years of effort, he is now an avid street rider of 1960’s era Triumph motorbikes. Larry’s ongoing photographic work centers on his home environment, and the daily lives of his small flock of chickens. He shares a nineteenth century Portland farm house with spouse Allice; their family dog, Ruby; several hundred thousand honey bees, in four hives; and, of course, the celebrated hens.

Emily Hopkins is a Sr. Manager at Vets First Choice and has been chair of the United Way Brick + Beam society for the prior 4 years.   Upon moving to Portland 8 years ago, Emily became very invested in the local community and connecting with other like-minded individuals who want to make an impact on local neighborhoods and invest in the future of this city.  The majority of her work has been with the United Way where she became connected with Mayo St Arts and saw the impact of this organization on the community.  She lives on Munjoy Hill and enjoys walking the Eastern Prom daily with her Norfolk Terrier, Mr. Pickles.

Charlie Miller is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of The Children’s Initiative, an international social service project that strives to improve the health and education of children in resource-starved communities. He established East India Salvage twenty years ago and also served as president. Charlie taught for many years at St. Mark’s and Andover Academy before teaching internationally at high schools in Spain, Ecuador, China, Japan and Hawaii. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the Breadloaf School, where he received his MA. He currently tutors at The Telling Room, a young writers and leaders program in Portland. Aside from MSA, he is also on the board of directors for the Portland Public Library and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine.  A Portland native, Charlie is an avid traveler, reader, kayaker, and is a God Dad to many.

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Jan Piribeck is a Professor of Art at the University of Southern Maine. Prior to her arrival at USM she was an Associate Professor of Art and Gallery Director at the University of Maine at Farmington and was Curator of Exhibitions and Education at the Rockford Art Museum in Rockford, Illinois. She has a long standing interest in public art and community-based art programs that is reflected in her work as an artist and arts advocate.