Trustees

TPL Board 2013-14-4Jerry Davis spent 37 years in the paper industry. Retired for 15 years, he enjoys an active series of “second careers.” He is an Ambassador for the Road Scholar Elderhostel program, and spends time traveling as part of that. In addition to serving on the library board, Jerry is a board member of Hillcrest Golf Course, and active in alumni affairs with his alma mater, Bates College (B.A., 1961). His greatest loves–in addition to wife Gretchen and his family–are camp, birding, books, genealogy, golf, and Dixieland jazz.

 

 

Jim Demosthenes is a longtime Topsham resident. Along with his wife, Debbie, the two raised their boys here in Topsham. Jim spent 35 years as a clinical pharmacist. He earned his BS from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and his MBA from Southern NH University. Most of his career was spent in the pharmacy benefit management (PBM) industry working in various capacities including clinical, business, and sales support. Jim retired in 2015 and spends his free time as a Master Gardener volunteer as well as a driver for the Meals On Wheels program. His interests include gardening, running, biking, fishing, hunting, reading, traveling, an occasional round of golf, and most anything else outdoors.

TPL Board 2013-14-11Jennifer Ecker is a principal and the creative director of shines & jecker labs, a web design, development, and online marketing agency. After graduating with honors with a B.A. in Media Studies from the University of Southern Maine, she was the web designer for Research Initiatives at USM. She went on to serve as the lead web designer at Gulf of Maine Area Program Census of Marine Life before founding her own company. A Maine native, Jen lives in Topsham with her son, Rory. She spends her free time reading, running, drinking espresso, and making more travel plans than trips she takes.

TPL Board 2013-14-2Anne Eustis, a native of Massachusetts, first arrived in Maine as a Colby College freshman in 1945. She moved permanently to Maine and The Highlands in 2001. She is a lifetime Girl Scout and was one of the first three female EMTs in Massachusetts. Anne also served on the School Committee, and was Town Clerk and Municipal Treasurer. She was a member of the Goodnow Memorial Library Friends, so one of Anne’s first priorities upon moving to Topsham was to find the library and join the Friends! And she’s been an active member and library participant ever since.

 

LarrysmallerLarry Fitch was appointed to the Board of Trustees on Dec. 17, 2014. He is an independent strategic advisor focusing on workforce innovation and leadership. He and his wife Marge relocated full-time to Topsham, Maine from San Diego in June of 2013. Larry retired from full-time engagement with the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce in January 2012. With nearly 40 years of experience in the workforce development field Larry lead CSW’s Learning Enterprise, which included the Workforce Camp for new and/or mid-level workforce professionals, developing the Institute for Workforce Innovation and Leadership, and the Innovators Network. Since moving to Topsham Larry has been appointed to the board of Topsham Development, Inc. by the Topsham Board of Selectmen, and serves as the TDI representative on the Topsham Public Library’s Business Roundtable.

Diane Hender is a human resources professional, who relocated to Maine from Andover, MA with her husband in 2006. 21 years earlier she had “retired” to community service after the birth of their son.  As he grew, so did her commitments on the boards of various community groups serving education, high-risk adults and youth, and cultural endeavors.  Among the most rewarding was five years volunteering on a suicide crisis hotline for the Samaritans of Merrimack Valley.  Locally she serves/has served on the boards of the American Red Cross, Embrace A Vet, the Topsham Historical Society, and others.

Anne Macri is a native Mainer who has lived in Topsham since 2013. Anne grew up in Auburn and spent many hours in the Auburn Public Library, developing a love of books and libraries. After college and law school, she returned to Maine, where she practices labor law in Augusta. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, knitting, photography and board games.

 

TPL Board 2013-14-3Irene Martin is Office Manager and QuickBooks Pro Advisor for J.H. Birkett CPA. Prior to this position, she had her own bookkeeping and QuickBooks consulting firm in the Brunswick/Topsham area for 15 years. Her 40 years of accounting experience has helped her serve on several non-profit boards as Treasurer. She enjoys reading, gardening, and taking walks with her husband and dog, Cooper.

 

 

Hahna David Patterson, M.A., is the Director of the Student Access Center at the University of New England and an Affiliated Faculty Member in the Physical Therapy Department. He has a wide range of teaching experience in the area of veterans mental health, disability, and cognitive behavioral therapies. Previously, he worked for the Maine National Guard as the Director of Behavioral Health and as a clinical counselor at the University of New England. Hahna holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology and is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor. He spends his free time reading, practicing martial arts, and hanging out as much as possible at the TPL with his family.

TPL Board 2013-14-22Megan Wehr Therriault is an Underwriting Consultant at Unum Group in Portland. She has lived in Maine since 1992 and in Topsham since 2003. Megan holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern Maine. She enjoys running, reading (though most often this takes the form of listening to books on her commute!), and spending time with her family, which includes a son who attends Woodside Elementary and a daughter who attends a local preschool.

 

 

TPL Board 2013-14-10Jotham (Joe) Trafton lives with his wife, Adelaide, on Pleasant Point, in the most easterly residence in Topsham. There they raised their son and quadruplet daughters, who fondly remember the original library building on Pleasant Street. The third of nine children, Joe grew up in Auburn, received his B.A. in English from Colorado College, and his M.Ed. from USM. Joe has worked as a builder, farrier, commercial fisherman, and special education teacher. He retired as a behavior specialist for the elementary schools in Brunswick, and now works in the woods and as a hay farmer. Joe joined the library board in the summer of 2013. As an avid reader, he felt obliged to give back in service some of the benefits and joy he has received from borrowing books.

 

TPL Board 2013-14-8Larissa Vigue Picard is the Executive Director of the Pejepscot Historical Society, located in Brunswick. Formerly, she was Director of Education for Maine Historical Society and Director of Community Programs for Vermont Humanities Council. She has also been a freelance writer, a community college instructor, and the coordinator of a writing workshop for teens. Larissa holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in English Literature from Bates and Middlebury Colleges, respectively, and did coursework at Oxford University. She enjoys writing, reading, cooking, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family.

TPL Board 2013-14-5Sally Von Benken is a retired school facilities planner with a totally unrelated B.S. degree in Library Science from Simmons College. She and her husband moved to Maine almost 11 years ago from Sudbury, Massachusetts, and have truly found their home here in Topsham. Besides serving on the library board, she is active in her Highland Green community and in the Cathance River Educational Alliance. She is a pro football fan, a hiker, a reader, and a baker of chocolate cheese brownies, which she loves to share with her son, her daughter, and two granddaughters.