Board of Directors

Ron Beard, Chairman

Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic and an emeritus professor of the University of Maine, who was based in Hancock County for more than 30 years. His work with the Cooperative Extension and Maine Sea Grant focused on community development education. He has served on a number of local boards, including: College of the Atlantic Board of Trustees from 2004-present; Bar Harbor Town Council from 1994-2000; Mount Desert Island Hospital Board of Trustees from 1979-94 as a member and chairman; Bar Harbor Planning Board, Chairman and Member from 1977 to 1993; and the Mount Desert Island YMCA as Capital Fund Drive Co-chairman from 1994-1997. (more…)

Cherie Galyean, Vice Chair

Cherie has worked for the Maine Community Foundation since 2006, the last two as the scholarship manager. In that role she oversees the administration of 450 scholarship funds, serves as the point of contact for all scholarship donors, and solicits new funds; previously she was the foundation officer for the Midcoast and Downeast region. Prior to working there, Cherie was a grant writer and Island Fellow at the Island Institute, where she helped island librarians with professional and collection development concerns. She still writes on a freelance basis for Working Waterfront newspaper and the Island Journal. (more…)

Kenneth Cline, Secretary

Ken moved to Bar Harbor in 1989 to teach law at College of Atlantic, where he is a faculty member and the David Rockefeller Family Chair in Ecosystem Management and Protection. Ken served as a Judicial Clerk for Federal Judge Gus J. Solomon in Portland, Oregon; as a Staff Attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit in San Francisco; and as an attorney specializing in municipal, environmental, and land use litigation for Calfee Halter & Griswold in Cleveland, Ohio. In his free time he likes to go whitewater canoeing and kayaking and wilderness camping. He lives in Bar Harbor with his partner and their dog.

Tom Crikelair, Treasurer

Tom lives on the Crooked Road with his daughters, Lily and Eva. He works as a consultant designing public transit systems for communities, national parks, ski resorts, and college campuses. He was a member of Bar Harbor’s Town Council for three terms during the 1990s, after serving for many years as chairman of the town’s Warrant Committee. He received a B.A. in philosophy from Oberlin College in 1971 and a master’s degree in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University in 1973.

Board Members

Jim Ash

Jim has a extensive background in hotel, resort, residential and commercial real estate operations. He has a background in non-profit operations, marketing and development, and has served on many boards. He runs the consulting company, Ashwood Consultants. He earned a B.A. in economics from Rutgers University and an M.B.A. from Drexel University. Jim is also a Vietnam Veteran having served in the U.S. Army. He splits his time between Bar Harbor and Florida, where he lives with his wife.

Tricia Blythe

Tricia works as a broker for The Knowles Company. She has lived in Bar Harbor full time since 2001 with her husband, Michael, but first came to the island in 1984; she’s been a member of the Jesup since the 1980s and says it’s the first place newcomers should visit in Bar Harbor. “The library is not only a beautiful, evocative building, but it’s a place where you will be met with a friendly smile from the staff, answers to your questions, and meet friends and new acquaintances.” She was a librarian in her native England, and is passionate about libraries, and their place as the fulcrum and support center of any community. So she volunteers much of her time to the Jesup, serving now on the capital campaign committee, for the annual fund drive, in development, and as a community liaison. She works as a broker for The Knowles Company.

Mike Hastings

A native of Morrill, Maine, Mike graduated from Tilton School (NH) in 1968. He received his A.B. degree in History/International Relations from Bowdoin College in 1972. Following a year of graduate study in public and international affairs at George Washington University, he joined the staff of then-Congressman William S. Cohen of Maine. From 1973-1980 he served in the House and Senate as Cohen’s legislative assistant for national security and marine issues. In October, 1980, he was appointed Executive Assistant to Senator George J. Mitchell of Maine, for whom he focused on defense and foreign policy issues. (more…)

Ron Korstanje

Ron is an assistant professor at The Jackson Laboratory working on the genetics of aging and kidney disease. He received his PhD in Genetics at Utrecht University in the Netherlands in 2000 and then moved with his wife Edith to Bar Harbor for a postdoctoral fellowship with Beverly Paigen. He and his growing family moved back to the Netherlands in 2004, where Ron took a faculty position at the University Medical Center Groningen. After a few years Edith and Ron decided there is no other place than MDI and returned to Bar Harbor. The Jesup  has played an important role in the lives of the Korstanje family since they moved to the United States: reading books to improve their English, taking their children (Thomas, Joris, and Maaike) to story time with Ms. Mae when they were toddlers, and meeting many new people through the writer’s club and volunteering with the yearly book sale. Ron feels the role the Jesup  plays in our community is more important than ever before.

Seth E. Libby III

Growing up in Bar Harbor, Seth spent many memorable hours of his childhood at the Jesup. He fondly remembers story hour on Saturday mornings and how the librarians, Mrs. Lambert and Mrs. Cantwell, made the Jesup a fun and welcoming place for children. A graduate of Mount Desert Island High School, Seth received a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University. Afterward, eager to develop his interest in Asian studies, he enrolled at the Mandarin Training Center of Taiwan Normal University and spent the next five years studying Mandarin Chinese, traveling around Asia, and working in China. (more…)

Nancy Poteet

Nancy grew up in the Midwest where she received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in English. Over the years she and her husband Dan have lived in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Michigan, North Carolina and Massachusetts, but they have always spent as much of each summer as possible on Mount Desert Island. From the beginning, they knew that they would live here permanently as soon as possible. (more…)

Lynne Raimondo

Lynne first discovered Mount Desert Island when she was nine years old and hasn’t been able to tear herself away since, eventually fulfilling a lifelong dream with the purchase of a home in Somesville. An attorney turned writer, Lynne received her Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from New York University. During her legal career, Lynne was a partner at a major Chicago law firm, the General Counsel of Arthur Andersen LLP, and the General Counsel of the Illinois Department of Revenue. More recently, Lynne has authored three critically-praised mystery novels, Dante’s Wood (Seventh Street Books 2013), Dante’s Poison (2014), and Dante’s Dilemma (2015). (more…)

Barbara “Sass” Sassaman

Sass moved to Maine to attend College of the Atlantic in 1974 and never left. Although not a registered architect, she has been designing houses and renovating buildings on MDI since 1979. She has served on many boards and committees over the years, including as president of the board of directors for Kids’ Corner Community Childcare Center. She is chairman of the Bar Harbor Design Review Board. Because of her deep and abiding love of Scotland, Sass has made many trips there and has studied Scottish Gaelic for the better part of a decade; she is now writing a primer on the language.

Martha Searchfield

Born in Bangor, Martha Searchfield’s family has been in the same business in Maine since the 1850’s. Raised primarily in California, she spent summers in Bar Harbor before moving here permanently in 2005. After graduating from Villanova University, Martha lived in a number of cities. Just prior to moving to Bar Harbor, she had been living in NYC since 1994 working in the book business both retail (Barnes & Noble) and publishing, at Random House (now Penguin Random House). In 2006, she bought a B&B, Canterbury Cottage, which is still in business. Martha was hired as the Executive Director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce in May 2016. Married to Tim Searchfield, her family in the area includes two grandkids in elementary school here on MDI. Their family dog is an awesome Whoodle named Echo Lake!