BOARD OF Directors

Michael Reisman, Executive Director
Michael has been the Executive Director of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center since its inception in 2004. Previously he was the first Program Director for Island Connections (1997-2004), which provides free transportation for older citizens and people with disabilities. He began his service to the nonprofit world as the Program Director at the Mount Desert Island YMCA from 1979 to 1986 and as Executive Director from 1986 to 1994.

Donna Fricke, PhD, President

Donna is a career educator, professor emerita from Maine Maritime Academy where she taught in the Arts and Science Department and administered the graduate program in Maritime Management and International Business. Donna has served on several state government task forces and was one of five directors of the Maine Port Authority. She has been a humanist scholar at the Maine Humanities Council since 1985. Donna is a cancer survivor.

Thelma Beal, Vice-President

Thelma Beal, born and raised in Ellsworth. She was the owner of Port-of-Call Seafood Market from 1975 to 1986. She went to work  for Hannaford in 86 as a dept. manager and was there for the next 27 years until retiring two years ago.

Janet Stanley, Secretary

Jan is a Hancock County native and a retired RN. She has worked in Public Health, Maternal Child health and outpatient settings. At one time she was the Executive Director of the Hancock County chapter of the American Red Cross. In recent years she became a Licensed Funeral Director and worked at a local funeral home. She lives in Surry and is active in the Surry Historical society, the Ellsworth Alumni Association, and her church.

Nancy B. Owen, Treasurer

Nancy has worked at the Machias Savings Bank in Ellsworth for over nine years and has been in banking for more than twenty two. She has been on the Board for five years. Nancy lost her husband to melanoma cancer in January 2008. She credits the Beth C. Wright Resource Center for its support in time of family crisis and for its continuing help..

Molly Collins, MD

Molly is a general surgeon with a special interest in breast disease. She received her medical degree from Albany Medical College and completed her medical training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. She began medical practice in Ellsworth and Blue Hill over fifteen years ago and serves on the staff of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital and Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. She is one of the founders of the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center.

Nancye Files
Blue Hill

Nancye is a biomedical marketing consultant with extensive industry experience in the research and diagnostic markets with leading edge technologies for cell identification and analysis in immunology, oncology, and genetics. Previously she worked in academic research immunology at Harvard Medical School, Rockefeller University, and the Swiss Cancer Research Institute. She received her degree in biology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Myrna Coffin

Myrna Coffin is a retired English teacher. Myrna lives in Hancock with her husband, Stephen, a retired English teacher, also. Myrna is a member of the selectboard in Hancock. She is the chairperson for the Thorsen Scholarship and serves on many other scholarship committees.

Patricia C. Jordan

Pat is a former teacher and served for many years as Assistant Director of the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce. After three cancer experiences, Pat has been actively involved with the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Nancy Anne Beal
Beals Island

For over 40 years, Nancy has lived in the tight-knit island community where Beth grew up. Her daughter was friends and classmates with Beth from the age of 3, and was at her bedside when she passed in 2000. A 1962 graduate of Vassar College, Nancy has been a freelance journalist since 1970 and a self-employed title abstractor since 1992. She has lost a son-in-law to bone cancer and her husband, Ossie, to lung cancer in 2003.

Mary-Ann Higgins
South Gouldsboro

Kathleen Cravens

Kathleen moved to Ellsworth 27 years ago from Alaska, where she worked as a nurse in a remote Eskimo Village.  Upon moving to Ellsworth, she initially worked part-time as a med-surg. nurse at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. While raising her family she worked at Kid’s Peace as a nurse before returning to MCMH in 2007 to work in the Mary Dow Center as an oncology nurse; a position she currently holds.  She was honored to be asked to be on the Board of Directors for her true nursing passion in caring for oncology patients.  She and her husband Bob live in Ellsworth. They have three grown children.

John Lewandowski
Deer Isle

John Lewandowski was born and raised in Hancock county and spent the last decade living in California. He spent several years working in the public school system helping to provide art programs in underfunded schools. In 2009 his focus shifted to energy efficiency, specifically energy use reduction through home retrofitting. He was owner of Kevel Home Performance in San Francisco until this spring when he decided to move back to Maine with his wife, Jenny Bishop of Mount Desert Island.