Board of Directors
The Board of Directors meet monthly on the second Tuesday of each month at EAC.
Gregory Biss – President
Composer and pianist Gregory Biss has lived in Eastport since 1975. His music has been featured by the Denver Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and he performed the Schumann Piano Concerto with the PBSO in 2012. He had a 20-year career as a scuba diver in the aquaculture industry, has been a longtime member of the piano faculty at Summer Keys in Lubec, and operates a small business as a piano technician. He also serves on the Peavey Library Board and for many years was an Eastport City Councilor.
Cynthia Morse – Vice President
Cynthia Morse is the co-owner with her husband Michael of the Eastport Breakwater Gallery on Water Street in Eastport. When she is not tending the gallery she is enjoying painting views of Eastport and surrounding areas with pastels.
Barbara Smith – Treasurer
Barbara is a registered nurse who currently works per diem in Eastport’s dialysis center. She spent many years as a potter, and her latest creative outlet is creating hand beaded earrings in the Native American tradition. A founding member of the EAC, Quoddy Voices, and Stage East, she loves to sing and has been involved in numerous dramatic and musical productions. In her younger years, Barbara taught K-8 music and art, and later directed the Down East Hospice volunteers program.
Marged Higginson – Secretary
Marged is a devoted volunteer for the Eastport Community. She helps out with the local food pantry. She is a former owner of a full-service inn in Connecticut; a wedding, church and oratorio soloist and also performed with a 100-voice choir.
Nancy, a resident of Perry, is one of three owners of The Commons art gallery in Eastport. She worked for the Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa, teaching English, art and music. This was followed by 14 years teaching ESL in Africa and 14 years teaching ESL in Montreal, Quebec. Nancy is a community activist, and a flutist with the Passamaquoddy Bay Symphony Orchestra. She serves on the Personnel and Permanent Programming Committees, and is a member of the board of the PBSO.
Jon is the founder and president of the constituent program, Northern Lights Film Society. He serves as the director of the Arts Center’s Sunday Night Film Series which shows both contemporary and classic films all year round. He is a dedicated teacher at the St. Croix Regional Technical Center and is a member of the Peavey Memorial Library Board of Directors. Serves on the Governance, Personnel and Permanent Programming Committees.
Allan is a computer software engineer and began coming to Eastport in 2006. A full-time resident for the past several years, he participates in the Stage East Theater productions with lighting and set construction, various singing organizations, and other programs at Eastport Arts Center. He is a Downeast Hospice volunteer and loves to produce finely crafted wood turnings.
Jean is pictured here working on the seats in the theatre when the current building was first purchased. She was instrumental in choosing this building and designing the theatre. For many years, including twelve in Australia, she was a professor of Theatre, directing, designing, and teaching Arts Administration.
Julie brings over 10 years of business and management experience to the board. She lived in New York City, Paris and Portland prior to moving Downeast with her husband, a native of Eastport, in 2013. They recently had their first child and look forward to raising a family in Eastport. Julie’s interests include painting, drawing, yoga and sailing. She serves on the Development, Facilities, and Curation committees.
Alberta volunteers in a variety of local organizations in an effort to help provide quality arts and cultural experiences for the youth of eastern Washington County. She serves on the Arts Center’s Development, Outreach, and Permanent Programming Committees.
Nancy moved to Eastport nine years ago from points south. In addition to her Master’s Degree in Public Administration, she has also studied on the college level, painting, silver jewelry design/ casting, clay sculpture and voice. She took years of dance instruction and has been involved in community theatre since the 1980’s. Most of her artistic endeavors lately have taken a back seat to her love of the performance arts, especially musical theatre.
Jon has been a resident of Eastport since 2010 with his wife, Anna Hepler, and two children. Prior involvement with the Eastport Arts Center has been through Stage East and the Children’s Theater Workshop. His current professional work focuses on affordable heat strategies for rural communities, and his background is with art history, historic preservation of architecture, and urban planning as a consultant in the non-profit sector.
Brian teaches Technology Education at Calais High School. He lives in Perry with his wife, Sue Duffy, and two children. He and his family have been involved in several of the constituent groups of the Eastport Arts center, including Eastport Strings and Stage East, and he has participated regularly in the annual Moose Island Follies. He looks forward to serving an institution which has enriched his life for many years.