ACAF has always been committed to bringing together people from a broad range of Freeport’s arts and cultural stakeholders, so that all disciplines are well-represented in discussions and activities to promote and support this vital part of our community. The ACAF Board of Directors is a critical part of that effort, and we are pleased to introduce our current Board members. Their collective connections with Freeport’s schools, businesses, arts groups, and cultural organizations, along with their passion for arts, history and heritage, will help ACAF lead the community in achieving the goals under the Freeport Cultural Plan. They are joined by Executive Director Janelle LoSciuto, who coordinates and supports the efforts of the ACAF board and committees and makes connections within the community to propel the implementation of the Freeport Cultural Plan.
Kathy Biberstein is Secretary of the ACAF Board. She has a degree in mechanical and electrical engineering, and a law degree from the University of Michigan. Kathy began her career as an automotive engineer for General Motors, working on an early prototype of Chevrolet’s all electric vehicle. She practiced law in Boston, and then moved to Geneva, Switzerland to work in international policy at the World Economic Forum and then as General Counsel of Swiss biotech company Serono. Returning to the US, she became Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative, Compliance and Legal Officer of Alkermes, a biotech company in Boston. Kathy is also on the Board of Directors of Meridian Stories, a non-profit whose mission is to teach students digital literacy, and is a trustee of the Freeport Conservation Trust, as well as a member of the Biopharma Advisory Team at Focus Maine, a non-profit working to accelerate the creation of quality jobs in Maine.
Jane Bradley, President of ACAF Board, is a retired Judge of the Maine District Court. She is a member of the local band, Not 2 Sharp, in which she plays keyboard and sings backup vocals. She enjoys songwriting and music arranging and has been a member of the music direction team and pit band for the Freeport Players’ annual production of The WFCP Home Time Radio Hour. She served for several years on the Board of Directors of the Freeport Players and currently serves on the Preble Street Board of Directors. Jane and her husband, Ed, have lived in Freeport for over 40 years. They have three daughters, all products of the Freeport School system, and have seven grandchildren, three of whom also live in Freeport and attend Freeport schools.
Jim Cram is a 40-year veteran of the construction business, typically in the role of project manager interfacing among the design team, client, and contractor. Eighteen years were dedicated to international projects, completing houses, condos and small commercial projects in 10 countries including Japan, England, Albania, Germany, Israel, Argentina, Uruguay, and Russia. Throughout his career Jim has engaged in community activities emphasizing historic and architectural preservation. He served as Chairman of the Freeport Architectural Review Board (ARB) in the early 1980’s, Chaired the Hollis, NH ARB and was President of Greater Portland Landmarks. A lifetime of observing the design of new and historic architecture has instilled an appreciation for how culture, architecture, art and the built environment shape our lives. The joy of working with those architects and artisans inspires Jim to join teams that make enduring art. Jim was President of the Freeport Historical Society in 1982 and having returned to Freeport has been the Exec. Director of the Society since Dec. 2015.
Daric Ebert has been involved with the performing arts in Freeport for over 40 years, both as an actor/singer in many of Freeport Community Players productions, and as a member of their board. Daric also has been in the band Not 2 Sharp as bass player and vocalist for more than 35 years. After 15 years of running Portland Appliance, Daric retired, but couldn’t live without the joys of retail, so he volunteered at Freeport Community Services, first in the Thrift Shop, and then also in the Reading for Success program and delivering summer meals. Daric lives in Freeport with his wife, son, and dog Rufus.
Ellen Ebert was a founding member of ACAF and has been involved with the organization for a number of years. She is a biologist who recently retired after 35 years as an environmental consultant, working on projects throughout the U.S, in Europe and in Southeast Asia. During her career she worked with multidisciplinary teams to evaluate the effects and risks of hazardous wastes on human and ecological health and developed approaches for removing or mitigating those risks. She was also involved in developing realistic and appropriate environmental policy and regulations at both state and federal levels. Ms. Ebert is a musician and woodworker who is focused on raising the profile of the creative resources available in Freeport in an effort to help Freeport emerge as an artistic and cultural destination. She has lived in Freeport with her husband for 35 years and volunteers with a number of other non-profit organizations, including Freeport Players, Freeport Community Services, Coastal Humane Society, and Merrill Auditorium.
Evan Haynes has worked in engineering for 40 years while also maintaining an art practice. He has served on the Boards of Franconia College and Architalx, the North Yarmouth Planning Board, the Public Art Committee at the Maine Arts Commission and as an advisor to the Portland Public Art Committee. His art career includes working with school children, public art commissions throughout New England and master planning projects for the State of Maine and the City of Portsmouth, NH. He has received grants from the NEA, NEFA, the LEF Foundation, the VT Arts Council and the Maine Arts Commission. Evan and his wife recently returned from 12 years in New Zealand where he painted, worked in an avocado orchard and directed the community library in their tiny coastal village. He sees ACAF as a great opportunity to take creative energy beyond the studio, contributing to the role that local assets, art and culture can play in community development.
Stacey Lodato is a licensed interior designer and artist. She received her degree in Art and Design from the University of Mississippi, Oxford in 1985 and was Vice President of Hebeisen Associates Architects in New Orleans before moving to Maine with her husband in 1997. She was employed by PDT Architects in Portland until 2004 before starting SDL Designs, a design and art studio offering interior building design services and original paintings. Stacey believes in the importance of supporting her community and schools and served as the Parent Teacher Committee President for Freeport schools for 6 years. She has been involved in many community programs and boards including two founding committees. She was on the committee to create a major fundraiser for the Freeport Historical Society that became Harraseeket Heritage Days and the Freeport Community Services BackPack program which provides weekend food for children with food insecurities. She and her fellow committee members received the Carol Kaplan Community Service Award for the BackPack Program. A resident of Freeport since 1998, Stacey currently serves on the ACAF board and is a member of Meetinghouse Arts. She enjoys gardening, painting and sailing with her husband and son on Casco Bay.
Scott Miller, Treasurer, has more than 25 years of experience with performing arts organizations starting in 1994 with Freeport Players. Having both acted and sung for many shows he has now focused on company operations. He serves as President of Freeport Players, Treasurer of the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Freeport, President of Una Voce Chamber Choir, and is past President of the Greater Freeport Community Chorus, and of A Company of Girls in Portland Maine. A resident of Freeport Scott has worked at Acadia Insurance Company of Westbrook, Maine for 25 years and holds several insurance designations. The rest of the time he can be found outside.
Sheila Nappi is co-owner of Bow Street Market in Freeport and Bow Street Beverage in Portland. Sheila is a firm believer in the power of education and the positive impact that the arts can have within a community. She was a founding member of the Education Foundation of Freeport and has previously served on the boards of Freeport Community Education and the Freeport Community Library. She currently serves on the board of the Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association and is active in community outreach and support through several charitable giving programs established through her businesses. Sheila’s diverse background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Merrimack College, and a Masters degree in Business Administration from Suffolk University. Her unique skill set and leadership will help connect the community with artists and live performance events that will engage and inspire.
Liz Prescott is a professional artist living and working in Freeport. She teaches painting to adults at her studio on Beech Hill and leads annual summer plein air workshops on Monhegan Island. She has worked on a number of projects with RSU5 students, including a series of collaborative art works for the recently renovated Freeport High School. Liz is a graduate of Maine College of Art (BFA Painting) and holds an MFA in Visual Arts from Vermont College of Norwich University. She was a member of Portland’s Peregrine Press, a fine arts printmaking co-op for 12 years and is a current member of the Union of Maine Visual Artists at their Portland chapter. She shows both her paintings and her jewelry regionally. Liz is enthusiastic about the future of a growing art network in Freeport that will offer opportunities and stimulating art experiences to art lovers of all ages.
Tom Saliba is a retired business executive who was trained as an Energy Economist and has had a home in Freeport since 1974. He has enjoyed collecting art from all over the world for more than 50 years. Tom is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees of Maine College of Art, member of the Board of Governors of the Colby College Museum of Art, and member of the Board of Directors of The Cy Twombly Foundation. He currently serves on the Board of Visitors of the Portland Museum of Art and the Board of The Art and Culture Alliance of Freeport.
Nancy Salmon, a founding member of ACAF, advocates for all the arts and arts education. She retired from Bates College in 2013 where she was Assistant Director for the Bates Dance Festival and Adjunct Faculty in the Theater and Dance Department. While directing the Arts in Education Program at the Maine Arts Commission (1987-2002), Nancy redesigned a major grant program so that all Maine school districts could access grant funds to bring professional artists into the school community. She helped develop the MDOE Visual and Performing Arts Learning Standards and is an author of the Maine Dance Curriculum Guide. Nancy directed the Dance Program at the University of Southern Maine (1981-1996) where she initiated an annual concert of student work. She free-lances as a performer, choreographer and teacher. She has served on the Freeport Players Board and on regional and national grant panels. Nancy earned her BFA from the North Carolina School of the Arts and her MFA from the Tisch School of New York University. She enjoys gardening and writing and cruising on their sail boat with her husband, Captain David Webster.
David Webster is a founding board member of the ACAF and a vocal advocate for fostering community growth and vitality through creative economy efforts. He believes arts and cultural engagement enhance the quality of life for individuals. He co-owned and directed a for-profit theater company, performed professionally, toured and conducted myriad school-based artist residencies throughout New England. David continues to perform through community theater. David was executive director of a state-wide non-profit affiliated with the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and has consulted on organizational development and presented at national conferences. Trained as a crisis intervention and therapeutic counselor, David co- founded and directed a 24-hour crisis intervention hot-line and clinic in Albany, NY, using theater games as an intervention tool. David served Freeport and part of Pownal for eight years in the Maine State House of Representatives on the Appropriations Committee and the Health and Human Services Committees. David is passionate about sailing and boats. He holds a Masters (Captains) License from the United States Coast Guard and earned a MEd in Organizational Development from Antioch University.