Board of Directors

Bill Anderson – Chair
Bill was born in Washington, D.C. to a Navy family and moved every two years–east, west and overseas–and eventually to the U. S. Naval Academy. His own naval career was spent mostly under water but after six years he surfaced and went to Harvard Law School and practiced law in Boston, New York, New Jersey and Seattle before retiring in 2006. He has also been Chairman of the Concord (MA) Housing Authority, CEO of Olympic Foods, and Stewardship Chair of the Deer Isle Sunset Congregational Church, where he created the Island Speaker Series. Bill first came to deer Isle at age 15, where he had the great good fortune to meet his wife-to-be, Lanny. Bill and Lanny have three children in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Pakistan, and five grandchildren from ages 7 to 34. Bill’s interest in theater bloomed in high school, when he played the title role in Coriolanus. He was last seen on the Opera House stage as Michael in God of Carnage.

Michael Bloom 
Michael is a Stonington resident. He graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and earned a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Maine, completing his thesis research at the Jackson Lab in Bar Harbor. He works for a biomedical research agency, administering the review of grant applications in molecular biology. Michael also has an MBA. He was a member of the OHA gala committee for several years prior to joining the Board. He chaired the committee in 2020 when they were forced to pivot to a virtual format. He has provided housing to visiting artists. Both of his sons are in Maryland colleges. His younger son Niccolo was an intern at OHA when Peter Richards was the interim director. Michael enjoys reading, knitting, and the Maine outdoors. During his school years, he performed in the Mad Woman of Chaillot, The Boy Friend, and Oliver. With his younger brothers Stephen and Jon, he performed in a musical parody as the “Blooms Brothers” which was a school hit. He looks forward to serving the community in this new role.


Kate Holmes Caldwell 
With more than 35 years of development experience, Kate has helped a broad range of cultural, educational and civic organizations achieve their fund raising goals throughout the Baltimore, Washington DC and Annapolis areas. In addition to holding several development positions at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Johns Hopkins University and Garrison Forest School, she founded and served as lead Consultant with Caldwell & Associates from 1989-2006, focused on capital campaigns and planned giving programs for non-profits. She has served as President of the Chesapeake Planned Giving Council and is a member of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council, giving presentations to local boards and development staffs. From 2015 - 2018 she served as Trustee of St. Anne’s School of Annapolis and from 2012 - 2018 served on the board of the Job Opportunities Task Force in Baltimore. She currently serves on the board of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, Annapolis, and is active in the Anne Arundel County Women’s Giving Circle. Her fundraising articles have been published in Planned Giving Today and Fundraising Management. Kate holds in B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and is certified as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) through the American College. She holds a M.M. from Catholic University in vocal performance, with several CDs featuring her vocal trio Trinitas. Born in Washington DC, Kate grew up internationally and began coming to Deer Isle in the 1960s to visit her grandparents. She now enjoys spending full summers on the island with her husband, three adult children and grandchild when they can visit, and winters in Severna Park, MD outside of Annapolis.

Galen Koch 

Galen Koch is an audio producer, sound artist, and writer based in Portland, Maine. Galen grew up in Stonington and spent her teenage years on and off the stage at the Stonington Opera House. After graduating from Skidmore College and the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, she began working as a freelance journalist. Galen has produced stories for BBC World Service, NPR's Morning Edition, The New York Times, and various nationally-syndicated podcasts. In 2017, she founded the community storytelling project The First Coast and began documenting the lives of coastal Maine residents. As part of her work with The First Coast, Galen teaches radio storytelling at the College of the Atlantic and produces a podcast for the Island Institute. She continues to work through those partnerships to create audio exhibits and immersive sound installations in rural Maine fishing towns. In 2021, Galen founded Maine Sound and Story, an online database of Maine oral histories, which will launch in 2021.


Grace Gregor 
Grace Gregor began her professional life as a high school English and media teacher in Concord, Massachusetts, back in the era of Super 8 cameras and reel-to-reel projectors. After leaving the workforce to raise children, she dove into the allconsuming world of volunteerism until she realized she could get paid for her time. From the mid-nineties until 2008, she worked as a full-time fundraiser at organizations ranging from a children’s theater company to The Concord Museum, where she served as Director of Development. At the United Way of Massachusetts Bay she specialized in major gifts development and acquisition. From time to time, she works as a fundraising consultant to organizations planning capital campaigns, most recently Gateway Arts in Brookline, MA. While she continues to serve on a few boards in Boston, her heart yearns for the greater Blue Hill Peninsula. Grace and Bill Gregor live in Brooksville, Maine and Boston when they are not visiting family me bers or traveling the world. Grace has undergraduate and advanced degrees from Simmons College and Boston University, as well as a Certificate in Management from Radcliffe Seminars. She and Bill, to whom she has been married forever, have three grown children and one grandchild.

Bob Lasky – Treasurer
Bob Lasky graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1964 with a B.A. in Government, magna cum laude; and from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, 1967, J.D., magna cum laude. He was a Law Clerk with Justice Samuel J. Roberts, Pennsylvania Supreme Court from 1967-1968, and a Law Clerk with Chief Justice Earl Warren, United States Supreme Court from 1968-1969. Bob was with the Washington, D.C. office of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft since 1969, first as an Associate, then as a Partner, and then as Senior Counsel. He retired at the end of 2011. His practice was in corporate and securities, with specialization in government sponsored enterprises (Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae) and mortgagebacked securities. He is not admitted to the bar in Maine. Along with his wife Macy, he has owned a seasonal residence at Crockett Cove in Stonington since 1984; they moved to Little Deer Isle as full time residents in June 2003. The Laskys have two children (and, alas, no grandchildren); son David lives with wife Gina in Boulder, Colorado; daughter Rebecca lives with husband Andrew, in Brooklyn, New York.

John McVeigh 
Acclaimed for his “fresh-toned and touching portrayal” by Opera News and lauded by the New Orleans Times-Picayune for his “rich lyrical tenor, fabulous top notes, and striking good looks,” John continues to garner attention for his countless world-class performances at the most revered houses throughout the United States and worldwide. He has performed Goro in Madama Butterfly with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the tenor solo in Händel’s Messiah with DCINY, the title role of Candide with South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, and productions of Turandot and The Merry Widow with The Metropolitan Opera. John has also performed the te or solo in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with Portland Symphony Orchestra; Phillip Glass’ Symphony No. 5 with The Washington Chorus; Händel’s Messiah with Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, and DCINY; and a solo performance in a brand new concert entitled Rev. 23, the unpublished last chapter of the Book of Revelation as dictated by St. John the Divine with Prototype Festival. Additionally, he performed the role of the Footman in Der Rosenkavalier with Boston Symphony Orchestra, and returned to The Metropolitan Opera for their production of Eugene Onegin. In June 2017, John opened J. McVeigh Jewelry on Main St in Stonington. He is now a summer resident and returns to Stonington when he is not performing. John has performed often at the Opera House.

Peter Richards 
Peter has been summering on the island, at the Richards family home, Ames Farm on Indian Point Road, since he was an infant. A graduate of the MFA program in Acting from A.R.T.’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University with a BA from Harvard, Peter now splits his time between Brooklyn and LA as a director and actor. A founding member of OHA’s Artistic Advisory Board, Peter helped to co-founded OHA’s winter theater series, selecting and directing the February productions of Brilliant Traces, Dying City, and The Aliens from 2010-2012; he also selected and directed Elizabeth Rex as part of Shakespeare in Stonington 2011 and Men’s Lives as part of OHA’s “Our Own” Community Playreading Series, and a number of productions since, including Julius Caesar, The Seagull, and The Tempest. He co-curated with Linda Nelson, in 2014-15, an expansion of a revived playreading series. At OHA, he has also been seen in many Shakespeare productions, including As You Like It, Antony and Cleopatra, 10 Real Star Acts, and Measure for Measure. He has also performed at A.R.T. (American Repertory Theater) in Cambridge and at The Metropolitan Opera, among others. He is a founding member of Conni’s Avant Garde Restaurant, an Associate Artist with Blessed Unrest, and has twice been a guest artist at Bates College in Lewiston, ME.


David Stephens  – Vice Chair

David grew up in Ohio and has summered in Stonington and Deer Isle his entire life. He watched movies at the Opera House in his youth, walking over from the family camp near Sand Beach. He has since lived in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Fort Worth, and Dallas. David’s career in theatre is limited. After his critically noted performance as Bill Lewis, desk clerk, in Fort Worth’s Stage West 1984 presentation of The Hot l Baltimore, David pursued an extended career in municipal finance. He works for a global financial institution in New York City, where he lives with his family in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Ariane van Buren 
Ariane van Buren, raised on Little Deer Isle, is a dramaturg-director. In a career change from climate politics and investor pressure on corporations and fund managers, she scouts for plays abroad or in other languages to bring to American stages. She has appeared on the OHA stage in Shakespeare’s Othello and John Cariani’s Love/Sick. Dramaturg-translator, Une Histore Pop based on Howard Zinn’s People’s History of the United States for French audiences. U.S. producer for Collectif Bette Davis’ Miss. Actors Fund/Primary Stages Fellow, Performing Arts Legacy Project creating websites for Atlantic Theater Actor Peter Maloney. Vineyard Theatre script evaluator. Atlantic Theater apprentice in New Play Development, Education, and Production Management. Scenic Designer, TEDx Barnard Women. Columbia University Lecturer. Trained at Columbia, PhD Sussex (UK), MA Architectural Association (UK). BA Yale University.

Sarah Wilson 

Sarah Wilson is an island native who began volunteering at the Opera House as a child. Throughout her teenage years she worked as a house manager, box office associate, and intern coordinator. She loved that OHA provided a warm space to gather during the long winter months and that it enriched her understanding of the world with people and stories from around the world. She could be found on stage, backstage, and in the box office at the Stonington Opera House and also participated in performing arts through school plays, Cabin Fever Theater, and Sue’s School of Dance. Sarah took theater and dance classes at Bowdoin College, where she was a Neuroscience major and education minor. She started playing rugby at Bowdoin and currently plays for the Portland Women’s Rugby Team. Her passion for early childhood development led her to pursue a career working with infants and their families. Sarah credits OHA for helping to shape her into the person she is today. She is incredibly grateful for the influence the organization has had on her and is excited to contribute to the Opera House community as a board member!


Carol Estey, Founding Director

Rich Howe

Judith Jerome, Founding Director

Linda Nelson, Founding Director

Linda Pattie, Founding Director

Joan Sorensen

Community Advisory Board

Nancy Wilson, Chair

Mitchell Baum 

Shari Ciomei 

Tinker Crouch

Anne Douglass 

Anwen Hudson 

Rene Colson Hudson

Melissa Jones-Bayley

Macy Lasky

Juliet Lesser

John Lincoln

Chuck Lucas 

Judith O'Callaghan 

Benjamin Penfold 

Tim Pepper 

Henry Penfold 

Torri Robbins 

Veronica Young