Board of Directors


Angela Fochesato, Executive Director 

Thelma Beal, President | Ellsworth

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 department manager and was there for the next 27 years.

Lorna Green, Vice President | Hancock

Lorna is a native of Addison where she resides with her husband Peter. They have five grown children and eleven grandchildren. Their youngest son was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when he was twenty and he has been cancer-free for the past ten years. Lorna is the principal at the Daniel W. Merritt School in Addison where she previously taught kindergarten, second grade, and fourth grade. Lorna’s loves are family, children, and education.

Kathleen Cravens, Secretary | Ellsworth

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.

Nancy B. Owen, Treasurer | Ellsworth

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.

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.

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.

Brandy Marchetti | Ellsworth

Brandy has worked for Bar Harbor Bank & Trust since 2014 in the Enterprise Risk Management Department. She was born and raised in Central Maine but moved to the Hancock County area in 2014. She is the Event Lead for Hancock County Relay for Life with the American Cancer Society. Brandy has had personal experiences with cancer through family members being afflicted with this disease. Therefore, Brandy remains committed to doing anything that makes a difference to find a cure for this terrible disease.

Haley Strout | Harrington

Haley Strout is a life-long resident of down east Maine, currently residing in Harrington with her husband and three children.  As a niece of Beth Wright, she grew up hearing inspiring stories of Beth and her vision to help others.  Haley is eager to help continue the work that her Aunt Beth started 20 years ago. Haley is a registered nurse, currently pursuing her Master of Nursing to become an FNP.

Jordan Stanwood | Milbridge

Jordan grew up in Milbridge, Maine and now lives in Ellsworth where she work in the sale department for Stanley Subaru for the past 5 years. She has been able to be more involved in community and truly enjoys helping others. She is also a cancer survivor for the past seven year. She enjoys paddle boarding on Beech Hill Pond.

Kayla Thompson | Harrington

Kayla Thompson is a Washington County resident and is passionate about improving the lives of those who also reside in DownEast, Maine. She has her Bachelor of Social Work and is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work degree at the University of Maine, where she works as a graduate research assistant. As Beth Charczynski Wright’s niece, she has been a volunteer and a part of the Beth C. Wright Walk For Life for years. The mission of the center has always been ingrained in her by her family.

Amanda Gardener | Eastport

Amanda is an employee with The First and works in the Development office. Amanda has been on the Board of Directors and treasurer for the Eastport Nursing Home. She is on the Eastport Chamber of Commerce and was passed secretary and is now on the business council. She is very active in fundraising and helping her community.

Molly Collins, MD, Emerita | Lamoine

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.

Donna Fricke, Ph.D., Emerita | Hancock

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.

Meredith Friend, Emerita | Ellsworth

Meredith Friend has been a part of the Ellsworth community for 43 years when she moved to Ellsworth and joined her husband Cooper in establishing their business Friend & Friend Inc. While raising their family, finding opportunities to serve Ellsworth has always been important to both Cooper and Meredith. Meredith was first introduced to the cancer community as a caregiver for her sister who fought and lost a courageous battle against cancer. Inspired by her sister, Meredith has felt especially grateful to be a part of the work of Hospice, Friends in Action, and the Beth C. Wright Center. 

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