BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President
Fran Spechts
 
Vice President
Mark K. Forsyth
 
Treasurer
Marc T. Giles
 
Secretary
Roger D. Poulin

Gail Ann Arnold
Eileen Eberhart
Noel R. Leary
Christian G. Magnuson
Bradford C. Paige

Larry A. Smith, Emeritus

 

Fran Spechts

President

Fran graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northeastern University with a BS in Personnel and Industrial Relations. She spent the majority of her career as the Corporate Director of Human Resources for Parlex Corporation in Methuen, Massachusetts.  Fran and her husband, Lee, have been long time subscribers to the Ogunquit Playhouse.  Being extremely impressed and pleased with the depth of professionalism, talent, and quality performances being produced at the Playhouse over the last several years, Fran found it both a pleasure and an honor to join the Board and be given the opportunity to work with the Directors, Brad Kenney and all the other talented people who are responsible for making this amazing theatre thrive.

Mark K. Forsyth

VICE PRESIDENT

Mark works for Wells Fargo Equipment Finance in Portsmouth, NH. His background includes six years on the Rye, NH School Board and six years on the Rye Education Foundation Board. He graduated from Middlebury College and has an MBA from the University of Rochester. He and his family are longtime residents of Rye, NH.

Marc T. Giles

Treasurer

Mr. Giles was President and Chief Executive Officer of Gerber Scientific, Inc. from 2001 to 2011. During that time he undertook a series of initiatives, including developing a new strategic path, to secure the company’s future. He invested to build operations in China and completed acquisitions to strengthen the business. In 2011, he took the $600 million, publicly-listed company private.

Previously, Mr. Giles was President of Gerber Scientific’s Technology division following 12 years at FMC Corporation. At FMC he directed business development for the Food Machinery Group before becoming a division manager responsible for running businesses in the United States and Europe. He began his career with Norton Company.

Mr. Giles is a member of the Board of Directors of Lydall Corporation serving on the Compensation Committee and Corporate Governance Committee. He also serves as a member of the board of Intevac, Inc. and is a member of its Finance Committee.  Previously, he served on the boards of the Charter Oak Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.

Mr. Giles has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Union College.

 

Roger D. Poulin, CPA

Secretary

Roger D. Poulin, CPA, is a Tax Principal in the Portland based public accountancy firm, Baker Newman Noyes. Born and raised in Lewiston Maine, he is a graduate of Husson College and received his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University.  He is a longtime resident of Portland and has served on the boards of many charitable foundations in Maine, including The Ronald McDonald House in Portland, The Ronald McDonald House Charities, Inc., The Opportunity Alliance, and The Maine Cancer Foundation.  He and his partner and their two daughters have long enjoyed the professional productions at The Ogunquit Playhouse.

Gail Ann Arnold

A Maine native, Gail has been with Kennebunk Beach Realty, Inc. since she moved to the area in 1980. She has been an active Realtor through the years, serving and chairing several Committees at the local level and on the state level. She was the 1991 President of the York County Board of Realtors and voted their "Realtor of the Year" in 1992.  She was again voted “Realtor of the Year” in 2013 by the York County Council of Realtors and went on to become the State of Maine Realtor of the Year  where she was honored at the National Realtors Association Convention in San Francisco. 

Gail is also very active in civic organizations and is a current member and past President (she was the first woman President!) of the Kennebunk Rotary Club. In addition, she has served on the Board of the United Way, KBIA, Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Chamber of Commerce and Senior Center at Lower Village.  Another favorite charity of hers is the Animal Welfare Shelter (a non-profit) in Kennebunk where she has served as President and is now an active Trustee.  Other boards she currently serves on is the Graves Library in Kennebunkport and the Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine.

Gail has been passionate about theatre since she was a little girl and has been a long time patron of the Ogunquit Playhouse.   She was honored to be asked to join the Board of Directors of this amazing theatre!

 

Eileen Eberhart

After graduating from U. VA. Law School, Eileen practiced law as a partner in the Boston firm, Choate Hall & Stewart. Later, she worked as in-house counsel and Real Estate Director for Apogent Technologies, an international holding company based in Portsmouth, NH. She and her family have lived in the Seacoast New Hampshire area for twenty-five years. She served on the Rye, New Hampshire School Board and on the boards of The Children’s Museum of Portsmouth and the Rye Education Foundation. She and her husband enjoy the high-quality performances provided by the Playhouse and eagerly look forward to each Playhouse season.

 

Noel R. Leary

Noel R. Leary is an almost-retired private practice consultant concentrating on market research, organizational planning, and project management, primarily for not-for-profit organizations. 

Prior to establishing his own business, Mr. Leary was a career association executive, having served as an executive director with the American Cancer Society, the Greater Boston Real Estate Board, and most recently with the Building Owners and Managers Association International in Washington, DC.  He has studied at St. Bonaventure University, The Catholic University of America, The State University of New York at Albany, and Harvard University.

He is a trustee of the Springfield Museums, where he chaired the Development and Membership Committee, and has served on the boards of many organizations, including the Springfield Public Forum, Stage West, Storrs Library, Longmeadow Community Television, CityStage/Symphony Hall, the Century Club, the Boy Scouts, the Reality Club, and several home-owners associations. 

Since 2007, he has been an official for the Western Mass. Catholic Schools Spelling Bee and is affectionately known by the students as “Mister Pronunciator Man.”

Noel lives in Longmeadow, MA, where his wife, Dr. Carol A. Leary, is President of Bay Path University.

Christian G. Magnuson

Chris was born in Queens, NY and grew up in Northport, Long Island, NY.  Chris is President and Chairman of WASCO Skylights, a leading national manufacturer of Commercial, Architectural and Residential Skylights headquartered in Wells, Maine.  Chris moved to Maine in 1978 following his father Gus into the business.  At WASCO Chris has moved up the ladder of responsibility and authority holding positions in all operational areas of the company which includes a 6 year stint in Texas.  WASCO is a customer/market oriented, premium overhead daylighting solutions provider which values its employees, sales reps and vendors and believes in giving back to it’s community.  Chris holds an MBA in General Management from Long Island University’s Post Campus, School of Management.  Chris lives in Kennebunk and Georgetown Maine with his wife Rosalind.

Industry Participation (Current)

  • American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) Skylight/Sloped Glazing Council First Vice Chair and Ex-officio Board member

Community Participation

Past:

  • Maine State Chamber Board
  • Sanford/Springvale Chamber of Commerce Board and Chair
  • UWYC Board Member & Annual Campaign Chair
  • Junior Achievement of Maine, Sanford-Springvale (now Southern York County) Area Board Founding Chair
  • Maine Development Foundation, Leadership Maine - MU Class
  • Junior Achievement of Maine State Board
  • Jobs for Maine Graduates (JMG) Volunteer

Current:

  • York County Community College Foundation Board
  • Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation Board

Bradford C. Paige

Bradford Paige is the 13th President of Kennebunk Savings, a position he has held since January 2009. Brad started at Kennebunk Savings in 1998 as a Commercial Loan Officer and went on to hold a number of different positions including that of Chief Financial Officer before he was named President and Chief Executive Officer.

Brad is often recognized for his sense of commitment to the constituencies of Kennebunk Savings: the employees, customers and community. An ardent supporter of the qualities that built Kennebunk Savings, Brad has created a premier work environment that emphasizes high standards. He leads by example and has volunteered countless hours at nonprofit organizations including as a member and Board member of the Wells Rotary Club, as Board member and Treasurer of Southern Maine Health Care, Board member, Treasurer and Ethics Officer of the United Way of York County and on the Executive Committee of the Maine Bankers Association. His most recent appointment is to the Ogunquit Playhouse Theater Board. 

An avid cyclist, Brad is often out training for rides such as the Trek Across Maine, the MS Ride, the Eastern Trail Association’s Lighthouse Ride or Northeast Passage’s Three Notch Century. Brad and his wife, Jennifer, live in West Kennebunk. They have a son, Christopher, who works at the Darling Consulting Group in Newburyport, MA as a bank analyst. Their daughter, Julia, is a recent college graduate, who lives and works in the Boston area.

 

Larry A. Smith, Emeritus

Larry grew up in Pennsylvania and moved to Massachusetts after serving in the Coast Guard.  He graduated from Northeastern University in 1971 with a degree in biochemistry.  He began his career at Millipore Corporation where he served in many capacities including market manager for medical devices.

Larry and his wife Marcy retired from corporate life and moved to Maine in 1986.  Larry and Marcy acquired the Ogunquit Camera Shop the year they moved to Maine.  He taught photography for 18 years at York Adult Education.  He has been active in the Ogunquit Community, serving on the Planning Board and the Traffic and Parking Management Committee.  He also served as a Selectman for three terms.  Larry founded the Capriccio Festival of Kites in 1998 and the festival continues today.

He was one of the early Directors of the Ogunquit Playhouse Foundation and served as President for five years and as an active Director from 1998 to 2010.  He also served on the Board of the Heartwood College of Art and is currently a Trustee of the Ogunquit Memorial Library.  Larry is an active member of the Ogunquit Baptist Church where he currently serves as a Deacon.

Larry still leads an active outdoor life.  He spent a week backpacking in the backcountry of the Grand Canyon, and bicycled from Washington, DC to Pittsburgh, PA. Most recently he spent a week hiking in Death Valley with his son and granddaughter. Larry and Marcy have retired from the retail business, their daughter Tracy runs the Ogunquit Shop and their son Chris runs the Kennebunk Photographic Studio.