Since December 2009, John and Chris have strategically assembled an experienced and highly respected core board of directors, who have overseen and helped to guide the project from its conception. The board is continuing to be developed with a focus on the organization’s strategic pre-operational needs. The continued leadership and work of the board on behalf of 3S is a critical component to the organization’s success.
Paul is a Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor with Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management. He joined Merrill Lynch in 1994, and moved his office to Portsmouth in 2001. Paul is a 1988 graduate of the Business School at the University of New Hampshire. Over the years, Paul has been an active volunteer - as a fundraiser for the North Shore Medical Center in Beverly, Massachusetts, a Board Member and fundraiser for Community Child Care Center in Portsmouth, a coach for Hampton Youth Association Flag Football, and currently, as a Guardian ad Litem for CASA NH, where he advocates for abused and neglected children in the New Hampshire court system. Paul joined the Board of 3S in January of 2012. A Portsmouth resident, Paul is an avid snowboarder and year-round surfer. But above all, he prefers to spend his spare time with his three sons, Jack, Owen and Will.
MJ is a landscape painter living and working in Kittery Point, Maine. Shortly after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design, she founded Luma Design, a boutique design/communications firm specializing in corporate identity and image-building. As president and founder, the firm's initial focus in the healthcare industry naturally led to tenures on a number of boards including Fidelity Health Alliance, Catholic Medical Center, Optima Health, Hillcrest Terrace, and the Easter Seals Society of New Hampshire. The firm later focused on the burgeoning high-tech sector until MJ sold the business and moved to the Seacoast in order to pursue a full-time painting career. Since then, MJ's work has been shown in numerous galleries from New York City throughout New England, including the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. An active supporter of ecological endeavors and former board member of the Kittery Land Trust, MJ balances her enthusiasm for organic gardening, permaculture, and wildlife preservation with her commitments to support and develop her community.
Belinda is a long time champion and supporter of the arts and culture community on the Seacoast, as both a patron and board member. An HR professional for many years, Belinda is currently CHRO for a technology company where she has responsibility for policy development and administration, recruiting and hiring, organizational development, legal compliance, benefits and compensation and functional support of mergers/acquisitions. Belinda holds a Master’s degree in organizational leadership, sits on the Advisory Board for Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare and is an alumna of Leadership Seacoast. As a long time volunteer for Seacoast Hospice, she was active in providing direct service and facilitating bereavement groups for adults and children. A poet, voracious reader, and avid concert goer, Belinda and her sweetheart, Brent, love to travel when they aren’t gardening, cooking, or playing host to friends and family at their home in Maine.
Erik Dodier is co-founder and CEO of PixelMEDIA. Since 1994, PixelMEDIA has evolved from a two-person multimedia company started in Dodier's apartment, to a full-service web strategy and application development company now employing 60 people. He is responsible for creating a culture that always delivers "more than expected" to the company, clients, and community. Prior to founding PixelMEDIA, Dodier worked at Cabletron Systems in the area of Business Development and Sales Training. Dodier has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire. Dodier currently serves as Director for Optima Bank in Portsmouth, Board Member and Entrepreneurship Advisor at the UNH Whittemore School of Business and Economics, and is a avid supporter of UNH Athletics and many local causes. In his spare time he trains and participates in endurance races, and drives the NH coast in his antique convertible Pontiac Lemans. He is married to his wife Rachel, has 2 children, and 2 chocolate labs.
Evan is an accomplished creative and interaction design professional, entrepreneur, philanthropist and Founder and Director of Experience Design at Proximity Lab, an award-winning interaction design studio based in Portsmouth, NH. Evan's career spans over 20 years of software development and creative leadership. He has designed and produced interactive solutions for top tier clients including Adobe, Bose, PBS and Bill Nye the Science Guy and has received a number of industry awards including a 2003 MITX Best in Show Award for Creative Concept and a 2010 MITX Award in Environmental Consciousness. His work and writing have been published in Stephen Wilson's Art + Science Now, The Language of Dynamic Media and Communication Arts. Evan is actively involved with a number of non-profit and philanthropic initiatives. He is a member of the Entrepreneurs Foundation of New Hampshire, a member of the Board of Directors at 3S Artspace, was a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America for over 15 years and has led grassroots projects for Friends of Boston's Homeless and the NH Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Eric Katzman graduated from University of Kansas with a BFA in painting. After graduating he moved to Washington DC to paint. He worked at the National Endowment for the Arts in the Visual Arts Department and Dance Department. Eric then worked at Baumgartner Gallery as registrar. In 1996 Eric and his wife moved to Tokyo, Japan where he painted, taught English and kickboxed for two years. Back in the states he worked at a fromagerie, and as a biochemist, crime scene cleaner, licensed travel agent, and helped sequence the West Nile Virus genome for the Boston Public Health Department. After graduating from Harvard School of Dental Medicine he joined the United States Air Force for three years as a Captain and Dentist. In 2008 Eric moved to Stratham and has worked as the staff Dentist for Families First Seacoast and for Exeter Hospital/Core Physicians. Eric now has his own private practice in Dover, New Hampshire. Eric continues to paint, make prints and enjoys live music. The Katzmans homeschool their three amazing children and he gives his time in various volunteer projects.
Doug is the President and founder of Lincolnshire Financial Advisors, a private investment management and advisory boutique firm based in Portsmouth, NH. Since graduating from Boston College Carroll School of Management and Sophia University -Tokyo, Doug has spent 17 years providing financial counsel and service to successful families, corporations, governments, and organizations. During his career, he has held senior positions with Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Mellon Financial, and Morgan Stanley, and as co-founder of the Delta Opportunities Fund, LP, a private investment partnership for accredited investors. He has volunteered his time locally on the Boards of the American Red Cross, Great Bay Chapter, the Kittery Point Yacht Club, and the Eliot Business Development Committee. Doug is an accomplished sailor and lives with his family in Eliot, Maine.
Michael Landgarten has been in the restaurant business since 1986, first with Bob’s Clam Hut (one of Forbes’ Forty Favorite restaurants in the US), and then with Robert’s Maine Grill which opened in 2006. Both restaurants are in Kittery Maine. He has focused his career on building workplaces of energized and empowered workers and creating clear and compelling identities featuring local sourcing and recipes. Michael has been involved in the creation of Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation Seacoast, and the Kittery Block Party. He is currently restoring a central commercial building in Kittery Foreside which will house his new café. He attended Bowdoin College and has studied at NTL and the Gestalt Institute in Cleveland.
Janaki Lennie is a visual artist whose paintings and drawings explore our often ambivalent relationship to the natural environment. Her unique perspective has evolved through observation of her immediate surroundings as well as through experiences gained while travelling internationally and participating in activities including flying gliders and sea kayaking. Lennie was born in Melbourne and grew up in suburban Perth, Western Australia. She moved to Houston Texas in 1994, and, after a spell in Newfoundland, Canada, found her home in Portsmouth NH in 2009. She earned a BFA from Curtin University, Western Australia and an MFA from the University of Houston. She has had solo exhibitions in Australia, Canada, Germany and the US and is represented in museums and corporate and private collections in the US, Australia and Canada. She has completed several large scale painting commissions and has received a number of art awards including fellowships at the MacDowell Colony, the Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship, Telecom Australia Open Drawing Prize, Art in Embassies Program, Creative Capital Professional Development Fellowship. Prior to arriving in the US, Janaki lived and worked for 16 years in a voluntary capacity at the Beacon Yoga Centre in Western Australia where she was a founding member. The Yoga Centre is a residential non-profit organization based in a 40 room historic building on 2 acres in the heart of the port town of Fremantle with high profile local community interaction. In Houston she served on the programming committee of Lawndale Art Centre from 1999 to 2002, and was reviews editor and writer for ArtLies, a Texas based quarterly journal, during 2002 and 2003.
Ken Murphy is the Managing Partner of Coughlin Rainboth Murphy and Lown PA, 439 Middle Street Portsmouth NH. The law firm has been in Portsmouth since 1993 and has supported many local non-profits and community events. Ken graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1982 and Western New England School of Law in 1985. As an experienced attorney Ken has assisted many non-profits and the community. He was on the Board of Prescott Park Arts Festival and was the President of the Board for one term. He was also on Board of Directors of NHSPCA. He was a member of Portsmouth Zoning Board for many years. He was the mock trial team coach for St. Patrick's School for 3 years. Ken lives in Greenland with his wife Allison.
Born in New York and raised in Minnesota, Dennis developed an early appreciation for the arts from his parents who were active in music and theatre. Portsmouth became his home in the early 90’s after studying fashion and textiles in NYC. Dennis started his own clothing design company at the age of 23 with $600 and 2 sewing machines. For the first five years, all the design and manufacturing work was done in the Button Factory in Portsmouth where he developed lifelong friendships as part of the local arts community. Dennis is currently the Director of Apparel for National Geographic where he has the opportunity to submerse himself in another one of his passions, sustainability. He and his wife Victoria have 3 kids and live in Stratham where they hold periodic music events at their home to promote community and sustainability through music.
Karil has over 20 years of experience as a results driven senior operating executive, helping companies define their organizational strategy and how they execute to achieve results that drive stakeholder value. Most recently, she served as the CEO and President of Whaleback Managed Services where she was responsible for creating a culture to deliver a best in class managed service offering, which drove revenue growth for over 16 consecutive quarters. Karil’s work as an Executive in Residence at Norwest Venture Partners allowed her to work with portfolio companies to define the right go-to-market strategy, build the right team and win big. Karil has a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity and a strong sense of commitment to her community and the investment in future generations. She has been involved with Girls on the Run New Hampshire as a board member, coach and volunteer since 2004. Karil has previously served on the board of One Sky Community Services, where she also served as Board Chairman, Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS) where she also served as Treasurer and on the Loan Committee for Vested for Growth. She is an avid runner, certified Pilates instructor and loves gardening, creating in the kitchen, and spending time with her family and her black lab, Marley.
Adam Ruedig is a Financial Advisor at UBS Financial Services where he is part of a group that has provided clients with wealth management and planning services for over 30 years. Prior to his career in the financial industry, Adam was an architect working in New York, Philadelphia and Boston. He holds a Bachelor's degree in physics from Dartmouth College and a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University. Adam serves on the Board of Trustees Red River Theaters in Concord and has served on the Board of Directors for DOCOMOMO, an international architectural preservation advocacy group. Adam and his wife Reagan live in Portsmouth with their two sons Charlie and Tom.
Linda is a certified public accountant with Albert P. Stowe, CPA, PLLC located in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a public accounting firm that she joined in 2002. Her focus is on providing professional services to small businesses, non-profit organizations, trusts, and individuals; with services including attestation services, such as audits and reviews, business advisory services, and tax preparation and planning services. Previously, she worked for Deloitte & Touche in the firm's Boston office. Linda received a Master of Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire in 1999. She is mindful of the responsibility of supporting the local community, and serves on the Board of Directors for Families First of the Greater Seacoast, an organization for which she currently holds the Treasurer position. Linda lives in Durham with her partner, Eric.
Ned Savoie is the Creative Director and principal of Harbour Light Strategic Marketing and Savvy Software. He's been intimately involved in marketing, photography, design and art for over 25 years. His company has given often to the Seacoast community, including work with non-profits like The Music Hall, Pro Portsmouth, Kittery Land Trust, NHSPCA, Ogunquit Playhouse, The Great Bay Stewards, Strawbery Banke, Prescott Park Arts Festival, Art-Speak, Sexual Assault Support Services, NH Center for Non-Profits, Seacoast Rep., Bridgton Academy, National Federation of Humane Societies, The Japan-America Society of New Hampshire, Kittery Foreside District Committee, and many others. His companies specialize in creating implements of success for companies around the block and around the country.
Deb Thompson has owned Nahcotta Gallery, located in downtown Portsmouth, NH, for over ten years. She currently serves on the board of 3S Artspace, and has been actively involved in various other arts organizations, including serving on the executive committee of Art-Speak, the City of Portsmouth’s Cultural Commission, participating in the founding of Art ‘Round Town, the collective of downtown Portsmouth galleries, and co-producing Overnight Art, Art-Speak’s biennial temporary public art exhibit.