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Greg Paxton - Executive Director    greg@mainepreservation.org

Greg has served as executive director since 2008. He’s a past Trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation the founding chair of the Trust’s Statewide and Local Partners affiliate; and served as Chair of Preservation Action, the national lobbying organization. Greg served on the Board of Directors of CEI Capital Management LLC, and on the Communities for Maine’s Future Review Panel, and is on the Maine Downtown Center Advisory Council. He was CEO of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation from 1981 - 2008, Preservation Administrator for Historic Charlestown Foundation from 1977-1981 and site manager at Mount Independence in Vermont from 1973-1976. He holds a BA from Williams College, and a MA in Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont. Greg resides in Yarmouth with his wife Lynne Werner and Yellow Lab Amber, and has a son Burke.

Chris Closs - Field Service Advisor  chris@mainepreservation.org

Chris has served as Field Service Advisor since 2009. Chris directs his own consulting business in Concord, NH, where he has advised on historic tax credits for 30 years and managed 65 Certified Rehabilitations totaling $310 million in investments. He was the NH Main Street Program founding chair and Preservation Planner with the National Trust’s New England Office in Boston from 1977 - 1979. He served as Adjunct Professor in Historic Preservation at Plymouth State University from 2007 - 2009. Chris holds a BA from Boston University, and M.S. degrees in Natural Resource Planning and Historic Preservation from the University of Vermont. Chris is also a talented restoration carpenter and stonemason, having rehabilitated two older properties, a historic farm with five buildings in Candia, NH where he drafted preservation easements upon sale. He currently resides in Hopkinton, NH, with his wife Pam.


Sarah Hansen - Director of Preservation Services   sarah@mainepreservation.org

Sarah has worked with Maine Preservation since June 2017. Sarah discovered her love of community revitalization as a history major at Connecticut College and received a M.A. in Preservation Studies from Boston University. After working with Boston Main Streets, she stayed involved in the program as Program Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Regional Office in Denver covering South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. She also worked for Colorado Preservation, Inc. and with Architectural Heritage Foundation in Boston, a nonprofit historic tax credit developer. After five years as Coordinator of the Washington State Main Street Program, she most recently worked for the Arkansas Community Foundation as Statewide Outreach Director. Sarah served on the National Main Street Center’s Executive Council and recently as board Vice President of Development for Preserve Arkansas and on the Economic Development Committee of Think Big! Little Rock, aimed at attracting and developing young professionals. Sarah currently serves on the Main Street Advisory Council, Maine Alliance of Smart Growth and is Chair of the Economic Vitality Committee for Discover Downtown Westbrook. Sarah is a proud Maine native and is enjoying immersing her southern husband Cary Tyson in the wicked awesome culture of the state.

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Philip Jones, Communications & Operations Manager            philip@mainepreservation.org

Philip was delighted to join Maine Preservation as Communications and Operations Manager in March 2018.  Philip is a native of England. Born in London, he grew up there and in Holland and Denmark. He moved to America to attend college, graduating from Syracuse University before alighting to New York City for a brief adventure that lasted twenty-one years! After a short-lived (and unenthusiastic) spell as a banker he switched to publishing and worked at the Social Register Association for a good number of years. In 2008, leaving behind the bright lights and big city, he uped-sticks with his family to Maine, landing in Yarmouth. He is fully immersed in the town, serving on the School Committee, and was formerly the President of Merrill Memorial Library’s Board of Trustees. He has always had an abiding and deep-rooted love for history and preservation, and he lives in an old house in Yarmouth’s village with his wife Mary and son Jack, a high school senior and avid soccer player, as well as two hostile and neurotic cats called Kizzi and Jo. His daughter Sam has spread her wings and flown, and she’s a deliriously happy third-year student at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.


R. Tobey Scott, President
South Freeport

Holly Mitchell, Vice President

Cale Pickford, Treasurer

Anne F. Niles, Secretary
South Freeport

John L. Carpenter, Clerk
North Yarmouth

Susan E. Burns, Past President


Paul Becker

Josh Benthien
Cape Elizabeth

Rick Bisson

James Brady

Matthew Cardente                      Yarmouth

Pauline Dion
East Boothbay

Christopher C. Glass

Scout Haffenreffer
Cape Elizabeth

Elizabeth Henshaw

Thomas Leahy, Jr.

Carolyn Lockwood

Alison Prawer
Cumberland Foreside

Jim Rollins
North Yarmouth

Arron Sturgis

Hans Underdahl



Eleanor G. Ames, Portland

Deborah Andrews, Yarmouth

Nancy L. Barba, Portland

Leonard Brooks, New Gloucester

Richard M. Candee, York

J. Donald Cyr, Lille-sur-St. Jean

James M. Day, Castine

Marylee Dodge, Rockport

Harland Eastman, Springvale

Les Fossel, Alna

Hugh French, Eastport

William Hall, Peaks Island

Thomas L. Hinkle, Portland

Edward Hobler, Portland

Amy Cole Ives, Hallowell

Thomas Johnson, Bath

Erik Jorgensen, Portland

Kurt Klebe, Falmouth

Theodore S. Koffman, Portland

John C. Leeke, Portland

Marc Liberman, Bryant Pond

Sara K. Martin, Bangor

Sally Oldham, Portland

Michael Pullen, Hampden

John Rohman, Bangor

Earle Shettleworth, Jr, Hallowell

Susan Snead, Camden

Nathan Szanton, Portland

Deborah Thompson, Bangor

Matthew Tonello, Scarborough

Cynthia Wheelock, Portland