Board of directors

Pauline Dion, President – Executive Director
Pauline Dion is a champion of non-profit advancement, having held fundraising chairmanships for a number of organizations including Daylight Children’s Center, American Cancer Society, Little Red Schoolhouse, Williamstown Elementary School, Leukemia Society, Boothbay Region YMCA, Boothbay Region Land Trust, BHYC Junior Program Foundation, Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund, Camp Sunshine, Boothbay Harbor Rendezvous, and the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library. She is currently serving on the boards of Boothbay Region Land Trust, Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund, First Radio Parish Church of America/Daily Devotions, Kickstart, and Maine Preservation. A passionate lifelong sailor, Pauline chaired the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Junior Sailing and Tennis programs from 2005 – 2012.  Pauline received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing (with an emphasis in Adult Oncology) from Salve Regina College, and earned a Masters Degree with an emphasis in Nursing Education from Boston College School of Nursing. She has served as a Clinical Nursing Instructor at several hospitals including St. Elizabeth’s Hospital (Brighton, MA), Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA), and Maine Medical Center (Portland, ME).


Eric Graves, Vice President
Eric Graves is President of Boothbay Harbor Shipyard where he is responsible for Business and Project Management, Design, Estimates, and Customer Relations. Following a passion for the Marine Industry, Eric obtained a Bachelor of Technology degree in Mechanical Engineering from SUNY Buffalo, and pursued a career as a Marine Engineer and Boat Builder working on everything from systems engineering and computer aided design for Navy destroyers to the hands-on construction of wood composite sailboats. He is the Owner and Principal of Cross Point Yachts, a provider of boat design, construction, and restoration services. The father of three young boys, Eric is an active youth team sports coach, and enjoys sailing, fishing and anything to do with the Ocean.


Michelle Miclette, Secretary

Michelle Miclette has been teaching science and reading at Boothbay Region Elementary School for 13 years.  She fell in love with Maine as an undergraduate at Bates College (’79) where she majored in Biology. After receiving An MS in Public Health at the University of Massachusetts (’82) she spent several years as an epidemiologist investigating diverse health problems such as Reye’s Syndrome, accidental injuries and skin cancer. She also founded and served as Director of the Healthy Island Project.  She has two adult children and lives in East Boothbay with her husband and a recently rescued poodle.


John (Jack) L. French,Treasurer

A Native of Maine, after graduating from Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, Maine, Jack received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maine, Orono, Maine. After college, Jack attended the Officer Candidate School of the United States Coast Guard and after being commissioned as an officer in the Coast Guard served aboard ships (primarily ocean station vessels) and in various shore positions.  After receiving a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University Of Maine School Of Law, Jack returned to Washington, DC to serve in the Office of General Counsel, Department of the Navy.  In 1975, Jack returned to Maine and joined the law firm of Powers and Bradford in Freeport, Maine. (The firm name was later changed to Powers and French.)  Jack is presently Of Counsel in that firm but devotes his time primarily to mediation of legal matters.  Jack built his first boat, a 16 ft sailboat when he was 15 years old.  During high school Jack went lobster fishing.  His family had many generations of shipbuilders and his great, grandfather built the Schooner, Lewis R. French(named after his great, great grandfather), which today offers weekly cruises out of Camden, Maine.  Since youth, Jack has always owned a sailboat and has made several extensive voyages as well as continuous trips along the coast of Maine.


Thomas Blackford

A native of New Hampshire, Tom moved to Maine in 1977 earning a BA in Anthropology at Bates College.  Tom served as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Belize facilitating a school garden program in rural Toledo District.  Returning to Maine, Tom turned to building lobster boats in small shops located in St. George and Friendship.  In 1996, Tom left boatbuilding to join the Deck House School as a part-time teacher.  From 2004 to 2011, Tom served as Headmaster at the Deck House School and as the school’s first Director of Development from 2011-2014.  Currently he and his wife Susie Stephenson run a fibre arts studio in Edgecomb. “Being out on the water has always been an important part of my life.  From cruising the coast of Maine with my parents to taking my own children out day sailing and cruising, I’ve always loved the challenge and camaraderie that comes with boating.”


Michael (Mike) Finnegan

Mike received a Bachelor of the Arts degree from University of Maine and attended post-graduate trainings at the Harvard Kennedy School where he was designated as a Fannie Mae Fellow. Mike has over forty years of experience in banking and community development finance. Early in his career, while at Key Bank, he served as the Northeast Manager of Community Development for the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Mike was responsible for the origination of creative housing and economic development transactions totaling $80 million in annual volume.  In March of 2000 Mike was appointed Director and Chairman of the Maine State Housing Authority. He served 5 years in this cabinet position. During his tenure and under his leadership the Authority grew to $1.7 billion in total assets with an increase in the quality of its bond rating. In 2005 he was appointed Senior VP and Senior Loan and Investment Officer at Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI).   CEI is a community Development Institution with over $800 million in assets managed. In May of 2015, Mike retired and maintains residences in Maine and Stuart, Florida.


Emily Higgins
Emily Higgins is a resident of Boothbay Harbor and in the fall of 2011 began teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) classes at the Boothbay Region High School.  Her classroom subjects include: Robotics, Graphic Computer Programming, Programming in Java, College Prep Chemistry, and Advanced Placement Biology. Emily earned a BS degree in Biology (’97) at Harvard University and an Ed.M. in Teaching and Curriculum from Harvard University Graduate School of Education (’99). Since 1999, she has taught a variety of science classes in Maine.  At age 14, Emily was drawn to Maine after completing a month-long bicycle tour down the coast of Maine.  She returned to Maine at age 17 to participate in an Outward Bound sailing program on Hurricane Island – that included spending twenty-seven days sailing in an open boat with fourteen other people.  Emily continued to visit Maine in following years, both on boat and on bicycle.  Emily has two children and a husband who also enjoy the coast of Maine.


Nicole Poulton
Dr. Nicole Poulton is a Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and is Director of the J.J. MacIsaac Facility for Aquatic Cytometry, part of the Center for Blue Biotechnology.  Nicole’s research is focused primarily on phytoplankton ecology, including harmful algal blooms and the role of phytoplankton in the global carbon cycle.  Her research uses unique imaging tools to examine phytoplankton in its natural environment.   She received a BS and BA (’93 Biology and ’93 Chemistry) from Virginia Tech and a PhD (2001 Biological Oceanography) from the MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program.  She joined Bigelow Laboratory in 2001 as a Postdoctoral Research Scientist and became a Research Scientist in 2008.  Nicole is very active in education and outreach at Bigelow Laboratory and directs the Laboratory’s high school Keller BLOOM Program and Professional Development Workshop for Maine Educators.  She is a former Science Teacher at the Deck House School, and is President of the Board of Trustees at the Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library. Nicole is also a Research Professor at Colby College and teaches part of the Fall Semester-in-residence program for Colby College Students at Bigelow Laboratory.


Edward Roberts
Ed Roberts has spent 25 year career in luxury marine marketing.  Having left graduate school in design in the early 80’s after becoming hooked on sailing he started a charter sailing and yacht brokerage business in Hilton Head, South Carolina.  Ed left the sailing business to join leading cruising power boat builder Grand Banks for 16 years, leaving as V.P. of Sales and Marketing to join The Hinckley Company   of Southwest Harbor, maine where he served as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development before joining America’s oldest boat builder, Hodgdon Shipbuilding in 2010.  He remains an avid sailor, design enthusiast and lover of the Maine Coast.


Russel (Russ) Sirois

Russ is currently employed as a Marketing/Sales Representative for McDermott Light and Signal, a New York based manufacturer of commercial and marine LED lighting products.  Active in the community he is the Edgecomb Harbor Master and volunteers as the swim meet Referee at the Boothbay Region YMCA. He has been involved in recreational and commercial boating all of his life.  He is a graduate of Boothbay Region High School and Maine Maritime Academy, with a BS in Marine Transportation and Management.  He has two children and has lived in Edgecomb with his wife for the past 18 years.