Board of directors

Pauline Dion, President
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.


Scott Adams, Esq., CPA, Secretary/Treasurer

Owner/President Accounting Firm of Scott Adams and Law Firm of Scott Adams. Scott is both a practicing Attorney and C.P.A., and is President of the two East Boothbay firms that bear his name. His practices encompass a broad range of financial, tax, and estate planning services, and leverage his expertise in general business, personnel policy, and commercial law.  Scott has provided expert witness testimony in business matters and legal ethics, and is a Mediator and Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.  A US Navy veteran, avid sailor, former Master Diving Instructor and Merchant Marine Captain (100 ton Offshore), Scott was awarded a Juris Doctor degree from Lewis and Clark University, Portland OR; and a BBA in Accounting and Finance from Florida International University, Miami.


Nicole Poulton
Dr. Nicole Poulton is a Research Scientist at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences and directs the J.J. MacIsaac Facility for Aquatic Cytometry, part of the new 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 a current member of the Board of Directors 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.

Susan Hodder
Susan Hodder was most recently Managing Director of Ocean Classroom Foundation, a non-profit experiential education organization providing semester at sea and summer programs for middle school, high school and college students aboard a fleet of tall ships. While at OCF, Susan developed targeted marketing strategies that helped double student enrollment, and lead Annual Appeal efforts that increased yield by 54% and 19% in successive years. Prior to arriving in Maine 10 years ago, she was Vice President of Collaborative Communications in Cambridge, MA. Active as a director, performer, teacher, and reviewer of theater, she also served on the board of directors of Quannapowitt Players.
Susan and her husband own and operate the Welch House Inn, an award-winning bed and breakfast in Boothbay Harbor. She has served on the boards of the Boothbay Opera House, where she taught theater to area high school students; and the Boothbay Region Chamber of Commerce, where she also chaired the Marketing Committee. Susan has done graduate work in Information Design at Bentley College, and she holds a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art.



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.


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.  Presently, he is the Director of Development at the School.  “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.”