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 is currently the 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 four children in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Hong Kong and five grandchildren with ages from 2 to 27.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 Walt in Men's Lives. Other than acting, if the temperature is over 50 degrees, he can be found on the golf course. Under fifty degrees? He's playing bridge or studying Spanish.

KATE HOLMES CALDWELL

With more than 25 years of development experience, Kate has helped raise more than $80M for educational, cultural and civic organizations in the Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Annapolis areas.  Her clients include Universities, schools, churches, civic and arts organizations. In addition to holding several development positions at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Johns Hopkins University and Garrison Forest School, 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 a Trustee of St. Anne’s School of Annapolis and from 2012 – 2018 served on the Board of the Job Opportunities Task Force in Baltimore. Her fund raising articles have been published in Planned Giving Today, and Fund Raising Management.  Kate holds a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and is certified as a Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP®) through the American College.  In addition she holds a M.M. from Catholic University in Vocal Performance, with several CD’s available through cdbaby.com/trinitas.  Kate has been coming to Deer Isle since the 1960’s, and now enjoys spending full summers on the island, and winters in Severna Park, MD outside of Annapolis.

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 work force to raise children, she dove into the all-consuming 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 members 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.  

EMILY HOECHST, Clerk

Emily Hoechst grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida but left the sunshine and perpetual warmth behind to attend college in New England. She graduated from Harvard in 1988 with a degree in Government and went on to law school at Georgetown University. She completed her J.D. in 1991, married her college sweetheart Tim, and the two of them moved to Philadelphia where Emily practiced law for three years. After a time, though, she discovered that academia was her true calling, so she returned to Georgetown University and completed a Ph.D in political philosophy. Since then Emily has worked as an adjunct professor of political philosophy at both Georgetown and George Mason University, teaching courses in ancient political thought, rhetoric, and democratic theory. In 2006 Emily and her husband Tim, along with their two children Grant and Stephanie, began spending summers in Deer Isle, Maine and quickly fell in love with the natural beauty and artistic spirit of the island. OHA has played a tremendous role in the Hoechst family’s life. Both children attended the Island Arts Camp for years and Grant returned one summer to work as a counselor there. Every summer since 2006 has included multiple movie screenings, Shakespeare performances, and Live for Five events at the Opera House. In 2017, exactly nine days after Stephanie graduated from high school, Emily and Tim moved to Falmouth, Maine largely in order to be closer to Deer Isle. Emily is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Maine, Grant is living and working in southern California, Stephanie is a sophomore at Tufts, and Tim is consulting and learning to build wooden boats. It is such a privilege to be a part of the wonderful community on Deer Isle.

LYNN KNEEDLER

Lynn served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Tanzania in the early days of the Peace Corps program. When she returned to the US, she taught school, the last 10 at Georgetown Day School in Washington DC. After that, she was Education Director of Bread for the World Institute, Deputy Director of Refugees International, and Executive Director of the Capitol Hill Group Ministry, a faith-based organization working with homeless and vulnerable families. In 1999, Lynn returned to the Peace Corps, first as Manager of Mid-Atlantic States Recruitment and then at Peace Corps Headquarters. When Lynn retired in 2012, she and her husband Ed bought a house in Deer Isle after vacationing on the Island each summer for over 20 years. Lynn now splits her time between Deer Isle and Capitol Hill in Washington.They have two daughters and two grandsons.Lynn graduated from Kent State University (before it became infamous in the 1970s) and pursued graduate work in education of the gifted and talented at the University of Virginia and George Washington University. Lynn currently serves on the board of directors of Friends of Tanzania, the ARK Foundation of Africa, and Women of Peace Corps Legacy.

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 mortgage-backed 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. Besides OHA, Bob also serves as board member and Treasurer of the Island Nursing Home, and board member and Treasurer of 40/15 Tennis, Inc. 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.

RAY McCASKEY

Ray McCaskey served as Chief Executive Officer of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) from April 1993 through October 2008. HCSC is comprised of four Blue Cross Blue Shield Plans — Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Ray was also chairman of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association from 1996 to 1998. He currently serves as chair of the board of Chicago Shakespeare Theater; chair of the board of regents of Wartburg College, Waverly, Iowa; vice chair of the board of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation; co-chair of Life Directions, an inner city mentoring program; and past chair of the United Way campaign for metro Chicago. He is an actuary by profession.

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 McVeigh continues to garner attention for his countless world-class performances at the most revered houses throughout the United States and worldwide. This season, McVeigh performs 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. Last season, McVeigh performed the tenor 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 which narrates the last battle to recapture Paradise-on-Earth and restore the balance of good and evil to our world, 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.

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-found 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. He is co-curating 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 at OHA. 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 been a guest artist at Bates College in Lewiston, ME.

JOHN STEED

John grew up on the island and graduated from Deer Isle-Stonington High School. He has just returned with his eight-year-old daughter, Imogen, after getting his law degree from Drexel University in Philadelphia. John has been a stern man on Frank Gotwals’ lobster boat; a reporter under News Editor Linda Nelson at the Island Ad-Vantages; and the first winter House Manager for OHA in 2005, during which time he also researched, wrote, filmed, and edited Tire Tracks. He also conceived of and implemented Souper Sundays for OHA, at which a casual soup supper was served after Sunday matinees during the winter months. He was the founder and president of Island Community Housing, a Maine state non-profit corporation formed to further the goal of creating a permanent pool of affordable housing for the community. He applied for and received grant funding, formed a partnership with IHT, and applied for and received federal funding for a VISTA Volunteer. He was a member of the Island Food Pantry board and, for two years, a Town of Stonington selectman.

BOB TOBIN

Bob Tobin grew up in Austin, Texas and is married to Maurine Motter Tobin. They have five children and four grandchildren. They bought their home on DI in l994 and moved here permanently in 2004. Bob has a BA from the University of Texas, and MDiv from the Seminary of the Southwest, and ME and EdD from Harvard University. He was a parish Priest for St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Borger, Texas; the headmaster for The Canterbury School in Accokeek, Maryland; the headmaster for The Capitol Hill Day School in Washington, DC; Vice President for Boston University; Headmaster – All Saint’s School – Lubbock, Texas; Rector – Christ Church Cambridge – Cambridge, Massachusetts; Part time staff – St. George’s Cathedral – Jerusalem Diocese; and Interim Director for Sabeel Jerusalem. He has led many social action and justice groups, and with Maurine 20 trips to Israel and Palestine.

ARIANE VAN BUREN

Ariane Van Buren brings a wealth of financial expertise to OHA, as well as a lifelong family connection to Deer Isle and a passion for theater. An accomplished leader, speaker, and author, Ariane is a trustee of several donor-advised funds at the Maine Community Foundation. She has been the principal fundraiser at Transnational Institute, and active on impact investing at Triple Bottom Line Investing (TBLI), Social Venture Network, Environmental Grantmakers Association, and Confluence Philanthropy. As an author she has numerous books and articles to her credit.

DEBBIE WEIL

Debbie and her family have been coming to Deer Isle, and to nearby Grog Island, for over 40 summers. An honors graduate of Harvard with a degree in English, she earned an M.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin and also has an MBA from Georgetown University. A former journalist and corporate social media consultant, Debbie is currently a nonfiction book writing and storytelling coach. She is the creator, producer and director of the popular Island Women Speak storytelling event at the Opera House. She is also the creator and host of a podcast, Gap Year For Grown-Ups. She is the author of one of the first books about business blogging: The Corporate Blogging Book. She and her husband, physician author Sam Harrington, left D.C. in 2013 to take a “gap year” and to make Stonington their permanent home. The goal was to reinvent themselves through adventure, writing and becoming part of a small community. They continue to write a joint blog titled Gap Year After Sixty. They have three children and six grandchildren, ages two to nine. They spend part of the time in New Haven, CT where four of their grandchildren live. [Co-Chair June 2018 - October  2019]

MORGAN WITHAM, Vice Chair

Morgan Witham grew up on Little Deer Isle, and attended the island schools K-10, finishing her last two years at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics. She graduated from Grinnell College in Iowa with a BA in Theater, which included a semester at the National Theater Institute. Determined never to live away from the water again, she moved back to Maine after college. She attended graduate school for American and New England Studies at the University of Southern Maine, then served as the first Island Institute Fellow on Isle au Haut. After her fellowship ended she stayed on IaH as a resident, serving on multiple boards and committees, which was her answer to the question “What do you do for fun on Isle au Haut?" From 2011-2014 Morgan was the Director for the Reach Performing Arts Center, necessitating a fortuitous move back to Deer Isle, and providing her with amazing opportunities to direct school and community productions on Deer Isle, including Hello, Dolly! and The Pajama Game- the latter starring OHA’s own Pam Getto, and featuring a fellow board member (emeritus), Rich Howe. A regular cast member in OHA's play reading series, Morgan also directed the 2014 reading of Men's Lives. During the summer season she's appeared in Elizabeth Rex, 10 Real Star Acts, and The Merry Wives of Windsor. She has lobster fished commercially full time, but is now back in the island school system, running the elementary school library, the gifted/talented program, and providing K-4 math interventions.

NANCY WILSON, Chair

MITCHELL BAUM

MELISSA JONES-BAYLEY

BOB BURKE

SHARI CIOMEI

TINKER CROUCH

ANNE DOUGLASS

ANWEN HUDSON

RENE COLSON HUDSON

MARY ANNE HUTCHINSON

ELENA KUBLER

CHUCK LUCAS

AMANDA LARRABEE

MACY LASKY

JOHN LINCOLN

JUDITH O'CALLAGHAN

BENJAMIN PENFOLD

HENRY PENFOLD

TORRI ROBBINS

VERONICA YOUNG

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COMMUNITY ADVISORY BOARD

EMERITUS

CAROL ESTEY, Founding Director

RICH HOWE

JUDITH JEROME, Founding Director

LINDA NELSON, Founding Director

LINDA PATTIE, Founding Director

JOAN SORENSEN

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