Jerry 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.
Jennifer 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.
Anne 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.
Larry 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.
Bruce Kingdon was born and educated through high school in Holden, Massachusetts. He graduated from Colby College where he was an American and English Literature major. He is a retired teacher of English and athletic director, and coach of football and baseball.
Irene 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.
Teri Schultz is an occupational therapist with a B.S. from Sargent College of Boston University. Teri relocated to Maine from Massachusetts 16 years ago via a VA scholarship. She worked at Togus VA for eight years prior to becoming a full time Mom. In addition to serving on the library board for the last three years, she can regularly be found volunteering in third grade and kindergarten classrooms and for Parent Partnership at Woodside Elementary School. Teri is typically found with camera in tow, and enjoys singing, reading, leisurely hiking, travelling, and stopping to enjoy the sunset (just don’t ask her to cook!). She lives in Topsham with her husband, eight-year-old daughter, five-year-old-son, and dog.
Megan 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.
Jotham (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.
Larissa 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. In addition to serving on the library board, Larissa is an active volunteer at her son’s elementary school. She enjoys writing, reading, cooking, gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Sally 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.