Our Executive Director works with a diverse, active, and committed board of directors and a wonderful group of advisors. They are tirelessly offering a breadth of professional skills and a lot of enthusiasm and energy.
Kate Fletcher - Executive Director
Kate has worked in arts administration and development for theatre arts, visual arts, and educational organizations for over 25 years, including the Long Wharf Theatre (New Haven, CT), Maine Media Workshops & College (Rockport, ME) The Strand (Rockland, ME), Legacy Theatre (Branford, CT), and Elm Shakespeare Company (New Haven, CT). She has also been active with Midcoast theatre companies as director, producer, actor, and board member. In 2018 she returned home to Maine from New Haven, CT where she had worked in marketing and communications at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas and served as Managing Director of Orchestra New England, to work at the Camden International Film Festival. Kate is excited to now be collaborating with The Waldo Board to reopen this venue she knows and loves so well.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Janet McMahon - President
Janet is an ecologist who works with conservation organizations and private landowners to identify conservation priorities and manage their land. She has a BS from Colby College and an MS from the University of Maine. Janet is a founder of the Medomak Valley Land Trust, has served on its board, and currently chairs its Lands Committee. She organized the Kinderkonzert program at the Waldo Theatre for fifteen years and her family volunteered and performed in many productions. She and her husband Chris Davis moved to Waldoboro in 1984 and raised their two daughters there.
Keri Lupien - Vice President
Keri worked in the fine wine sales department of Pine State Beverage for ten years and now spends her time raising her children and working in her husband's greenhouse business, Moose Crossing Garden Center in Waldoboro.When her eldest child showed interest in theater she realized how important it was to invest time, energy, and money into the Waldo before it was lost forever. Keri sees the theatre as an important piece of Waldoboro’s history and believes the arts are at the very core of our humanity, regardless of color, creed, education, or socio-economic background. She is also actively involved with Midcoast Conservancy.
Bruce Metrick - Treasurer
Bruce is a Project Manager currently working for Cianbro Corporation. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy and a Master’s in Business Administration from Lehigh University. Bruce served on the Waldoboro Budget Committee for three years and did volunteer work for the Medomak Valley Land Trust water sampling program. Bruce is a U.S. Navy Veteran.Bruce and his wife Margo have lived in Waldoboro for 11 years.
Barbara Boardman - Secretary
Barbara Boardman is an architectural and landscape designer and a certified organic farmer. She fell in love with Maine while attending College of the Atlantic and later did her graduate studies at Harvard School of Design in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Moving to Waldoboro in 2000 with her family she became an active member of the Waldoboro Planning Board, the Comprehensive Plan Committee, and the Waldoboro Farmers Market. As a member of the Building Committee her focus is the renovation and maintenance of the historic structure. She strongly feels that The Waldo’s reinstatement into the cultural life of our community is key to local economic development.
Sanford Crane - Board Member
Sandy is an attorney whose practice in Massachusetts concentrates on estate and business planning and small business representation. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and holds Juris Doctor and Masters of Law (Taxation) degrees from Boston University. Sandy is a U.S. Army Veteran. Sandy and his wife Penelope have lived in the mid-coast area since 1999 and in Waldoboro since 2009.
Ken Stevenson - Board Member
Ken Stevenson brings a variety of skills and wonderful enthusiasm to the Waldo board. After graduating from Brown University with a concentration in religious studies, Ken pursued several different career paths, including stints as a stock broker and as an executive in several high-tech software start ups. In 2002, Ken became Director of Resident Life at the Hun School in Princeton (NJ), his alma mater, and worked there for ten years. Given the chance to help launch a full residential program at Lincoln Academy in Damariscotta, Ken and his family moved back to the family farm in Waldoboro, which his grandfather purchased in the 1930s. Ken is currently the Design, Engineering and Technology Department Head and head varsity soccer coach at Lincoln Academy. His wife, Ali, is the director for Communications at Midcoast Conservancy located in Edgecomb. They have five children, Andrea, Campbell, Connor, Tucker and Riley, three dogs and a cat. Ken loves coaching soccer, reading and sailing.
Elizabeth Hickey - Board Member
For the past 18 years, Beth has been a guidance counselor at Miller School, where she works closely with Waldoboro children and families. Originally from Newburyport, Massachusetts, Beth attended Regis College and then went to Kenya with the Peace Corps. Afterwards, she pursued a graduate degree in social work at Columbia University and spent the next five years working in the Bronx and Harlem before returning to Boston to be closer to her family. While in Boston, she worked at a residential treatment program for children. Beth has fond memories of her daughter Rose participating in plays at the Waldo and is excited about the campaign to restore the theatre and bring back programs that provide community members with opportunities to connect with one another. She also looks forward to helping to make the connection between the Waldo Theatre and local schools so students will have the opportunity to participate in musical, theatrical, and artistic programs.
Christa Thorpe - Board Member
Christa is a resident of Bremen, Maine where she serves on the AOS 93 School Board and the Bremen Conservation Commission. She has worked for the past decade as an educator since completing her BA in Anthropolgy and MA in Teaching from Wheaton College. Christa returned home to midcoast Maine in 2013 and worked at her alma mater Lincoln Academy, teaching English and ESL. She is married to Bennett Collins, founder of Harvest Moon, a Waldoboro based farm-to-table catering business. Working in Waldoboro has allowed Christa to reconnect with The Waldo, where she enjoyed performing and watching 3D thrillers as a child. She plays flute in the Seacoast Community Orchestra and enjoys outdoor adventures, especially those involving woods and salt water.
Heidi Sawyer - Board Member
Heidi Sawyer is a sailmaker with over 30 years of experience in the industry.She is currently a department head at Lyman Morse Boatbuilding in Camden andalso has her own sail loft, where she has sewed sails for the Coast Guard Cutter Eagle, the schooner Roseway, and as a subcontractor for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and Master and Commander. She is community-minded andhas volunteered at Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Wooden Boat Foundation Board, Girls Scouts, Skidompha Library, and many other organizations. A decade ago, Heidi and her daughter helped with many stage productions at the Waldo, where she also served on the board of directors. Heidi wants to help make the Waldo an “active part of our community again and sees it as a big piece of the fantastic evolution Waldoboro is experiencing.” She has worn many hats during her varied career and is willing to sweep floors, balance the checkbook, and even reupholster theatre seats! Heidi lives in Waldoboro.
Educator, Sweetland School
Waldoboro Town Manager
Founder & CEO, Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (retired)
Composer, conductor, musicologist
Instrumentalist in nationally-acclaimed band Wilco
Master electrician, DS Brogden Co.
Derby Restorations and Inspections
William Evans, Fine Handmade Furniture and Antique Restoration
Architectural Designer, A. Maltese Design
Principal, John Morris Architects
Assistant Professor, English and Film Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee