Mary Laury, Executive Director


Mary Laury head shot, photo by Dave Brown 2014Mary Laury has lived in Maine most of her life in a farmhouse that was her parents’ home. She is an artist and works in watercolors, silver, and wood, as well as other media that pass her way. A lifelong learner, Mary thinks of a great vacation as one spent at an arts center, standing in front of a wood lathe, or working with a tank of acetylene near her bench. Mary has been engaged in many aspects of the arts sector for years; as a watercolor painter and instructor, a ballroom dance teacher, and a member of several arts organizations around the region. She is an avid vegetable gardener and has 25,000 square feet of land under cultivation.


Organization Membership:
Schoodic International Sculptor Symposium, board member
Sunrise County Leadership Institute, graduate
Union of Maine Visual Artists
Paddling the Rapids, forum for Executive Directors
Downeast Non-Profit Network, group for Executive Directors
Maine Association of Non-Profits panelist
Juice Conference, Powering the Creative Economy, volunteer
Pathways to Education, committee member
Downeast PechaKucha, licensee
Image Gazer Film Festival, partner

Boards of Directorships:
Hancock County Cultural Network
Schoodic International Sculptor Symposium

Galleries Representing Mary’s Work:
The Argosy Gallery, Bar Harbor, Maine
The Commons Eastport, Maine
The Littlefield Gallery, Winter Harbor, Maine

Maine Alliance for Arts in Education – Arts Advocacy Award
EdGE Hero award – Youth mentoring
Maine Association of Non-Profits award – Non-Profit Excellence in Maine

Ann Woodward, Festival Assistant

In the summer of 2013 Ann joined the SAFA team as festival assistant.  As a native of Maine, she has enjoyed being creative in various mediums her whole life.  Her greatest inspiration comes from the simplicity and wonder of nature.  Sharing that experience with family and friends is a true joy for Ann.



Governing Board


Colleen Wallace

Retired Banker

  • Beta Sigma Phi
  • Peninsula Sisters
  • Church


Vice president

Janet Michaud

Development Director

  • Friends of Acadia
  • Dorcas Library



Jane Keegan


Friends of Schoodic, volunteer (national park support organization)




Dennis O’Brien


  • Schoodic Futures, Board of Directors
  • Fiduciary Corporation, Vice Chair of the Executive Board and Clerk of Operations & Planned Giving Committees
  • A Leg Up for Kids, Executive Board


Rona Gandy


The Christopher Group

  • The Christopher Group, Broker/Partner.
  • National Association of Realtors since 1984
  • Maine Association of Realtors
  • Schoodic Chamber of Commerce
  • Susan G. Komen Foundation, Past Board Member & Education Chair
  • Bayshore Discovery Project, Past Board Member & Education Advisory Chair


Charrisse Kaplan

  • community member
  • fundraising committee member
  • parent teachers organization member



Catherine G. McLoud

Retired military/student/independent contractor

Ÿ  American Society of Public Administrators

Ÿ  American Society of Military Comptrollers

Ÿ  Air Force Association


Kaitlyn Metcalf

Job title – Visual Artist, Painter and Owner of Moss Keep Studio

  • Affiliations – Treasurer for Coastal Fine Art Alliance of Maine



Kris Onuf MFA, RYT-200


  • Studio Art adjunct instructor (retired)
  • Yoga teacher


Ivelisse Rivera




Michael Soukup

President/CEO, Schoodic Education & Research Center (SERC) Institute

Ÿ  National Park Service Emeritus Volunteer

Ÿ  American Assoc. for the Advancement of Science

Ÿ  George Wright Society

Ÿ  Eastern National, Boards of directors

Ÿ  Global Parks, Boards of directors

Ÿ  National Parks Nature Fund, Boards of directors

Ÿ  SERC Institute, Boards of directors (ex officio)




Bill Thayer

Organic Farmer

  • Gouldsboro town Selectman
  • Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District, vice chair


Cynthia Thayer

Writer / Author

  • Member of Wednesday Spinners
  • Peninsula Writers Group
  • MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardner’s Association)
  • Schoodic Arts Meetinghouse Theatre Lab
  • Schoodic Summer Chorus
  • Turnstone Writers Workshop


Jean Beckley
Pat Bell
Susan Bruce
Neil Buffet
Kara DioGuardi
Edith Dixon
Katherine Heidinger
Blake Hendrickson
Lee McWilliams
Johanna Smith
Larry Smith
Micki Sumpter
Carol Trimble
Mary Lou Weaver
Charles Wiggins