Board of Directors

Sarah Daignault spent 12 years as the Executive Director of the National Business Officers Association (NBOA), an association dedicated to serving independent school business officer by providing professional development and information on independent schools finance and operations. Prior to founding NBOA, Sarah spent five years as the Business Officer at Friends School of Baltimore and four years as the Business Manager at Bryn Mawr School for Girls. Sarah was also an instructor at the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City. She worked with Private School Leadership Masters’ candidates in the area of school finance. She also had a consulting practice working with schools and associations in the areas of operations, finance and governance. In addition to her experience in school finance and operations, she has extensive governance experience. During her 19 year tenure on the Board of Directors of the Madeira School in Virginia, Sarah was the President of the Board for eight years. She also chaired the Capital Campaign for five years and the Head Search process. She served on the Boards of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) and the Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP). She has also served on three other independent schools boards. Since moving to Maine she joined the Board of the Locker Project where she currently serves as Treasurer.

Soren deNiord has been practicing in the field of Landscape Architecture for 14 years. He has a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Development with a minor in printmaking from Hampshire College. Soren has worked extensively throughout the United States and abroad on projects ranging in scale from residential design to sculpture gardens and educational master planning. His background in land-use policy and fine arts strongly informs his design sensibilities and creative problem-solving.

Ziggy Drozdowski has been working in the field of Kinetic Art and Design for the past 16 years. Holding a BSc in Engineering from The Cooper Union, his early career was spent in NYC as Director of Technology with Hoberman Associates. Following these nine years of experience in the design, engineering, fabrication and installation of large scale kinetic sculpture and adaptive building façade systems, Ziggy began his own practice in 2013. His intimate involvement with creating work in over 10 countries across three continents has provided a unique perspective on the intersection of sculpture with people’s lives and the profound effects it can have. Operating out of a tiny studio in Brooklyn, NY with a laptop and a TIG welder, his principal pursuit became working with artists to realize their technically-challenging and boundary-pushing ideas. These experiences have laid the foundation for his passion and commitment to public art which has become a fundamental point of departure in his current practice. In 2016 he moved his studio to Portland Maine where he continues to build work for himself and others.

Kate Howe

Kate Howe is an award-winning designer and brand experience creator. She leads creative and strategy at Better Yet Studio, with a focus on translating user-centered insights into delightful and impactful communications for socially-oriented organizations. As Head of Graphic Design for the NYC Dept. of Design & Construction, she led and expanded the biggest communication design group within the City of New York, producing strategy, branding, publications, digital, video, signage, collateral, and exhibition programs to engage citizens on topics including climate change resiliency, city infrastructure, school lunch participation, and neighborhood redevelopment. She directed a rebranding for DDC, reorienting the agency to become more citizen-centered, and also elevating the standard of design and increasing employee engagement. Since relocating to Maine, Kate has led brand strategy and communications efforts for Maine’s forest industry, as well as other civic and cultural initiatives. Kate holds a BA in Economics & Political Science from Columbia University, an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University, and has been published in the New York Times. Honors include the SEGD Sylvia Harris Public Service Award. Kate serves on the Boards of AIGA Maine and TEMPOart.

Benjamin-Émile Le Hay started his career as a luxury lifestyle, travel, entertainment and celebrity journalist and fashion editor; contributing to such publications and media brands as BlackBook, Huffington Post, DOCUMENT, New York Times, Lifetime and A+E Networks, Refinery29, and most notably, as the “Shindigger” columnist for the New York Observer. After a time also working as a celebrity and wardrobe stylist, in 2015, he transitioned into public relations when he served as a press attaché (U.S. PR manager) of Tourism and Culture for the American market on behalf of France’s Foreign Ministry. In June of 2016, he joined Quintessentially, where he served as Director of PR, overseeing communications for Quintessentially and its operations in America. In 2018, he launched his own boutique media and marketing consultancy. Benjamin, a graduate of Bowdoin College, also studied at Università di Bologna in a joint program with Brown University. He suffers from wanderlust, is an expert alpine skier, and is fluent in French, Italian and English. He feels very much at home in Maine, Paris, Italy or Brooklyn, NY.

Gregg Lipton is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. He grew up working summers on maintenance crews at his father’s buildings in tough downtown St. Louis where street smarts were a far more valuable lesson to learn than the trades he was practicing. After graduating from Arizona State University in 1980, and a short stint in Telluride cutting some tracks, Gregg made a fateful decision to not return to St Louis to work for his fathers real estate business. This led to a roundabout journey that would land him in Portland where pursing his passion for design, working with his hands and fine craftsmanship led to his 32 year career designing and making fine furniture that is collected worldwide in homes, offices, restaurants, hotels, museums, cruise ships, and movie sets. One of his bench designs is prominently displayed throughout the Portland Museum of Art. For years he has participated in the highly regarded exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington D.C. In addition, Gregg has served on the Boards of Waynflete School, the Ram Island Dance Company and the Maine Craft Association. Gregg loves to play and if he’s not skiing or mountain biking or playing tennis, then he is devoting his time to the arts and education because where would we be without them. Gregg and his wife, Sara Crisp, live in Cumberland and have 2 sons, Isaac and Miles.

Photo of Yael Reinharz Yael Reinharz is the Executive Director of Surf Point Foundation, an inclusive residency program for visual artists and arts professionals based in York, Maine. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Yael spent the next two decades working in the commercial and nonprofit art field in New York. Prior to her work at Surf Point, Yael directed Artis, a New York, Los Angeles, and Tel Aviv nonprofit whose mission supports contemporary artists from Israel internationally. Previously, she held positions at the public art nonprofit Creative Time, Christie’s auction house; Matthew Marks Gallery; Casey Kaplan Gallery; and at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy. In addition to her degree from Bowdoin, she holds an M.A. from New York University in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Alice Spencer is a painter and print maker. Her work has been shown throughout New England and abroad. She has served on the boards of the Maine College of Art, Greater Portland Landmarks and the Waynflete School as well on as on the advisory boards of SPACE Gallery and Safe Space Radio. A founder of the Peregrine Press, a printmaking cooperative in Portland, she has taught printmaking at the Haystack School of Crafts, MECA’s Continuing Studies Program and in Tanzania and Mongolia. She served for 15 years on the City of Portland Public Art Committee, 12 years as its chair, and chaired the committee that wrote the city’s guidelines for temporary public art. In 2009 Spencer received the statewide Art Honors award for Leadership in the Arts and, in 2018, an honorary doctorate, both from the Maine College of Art. Spencer is the founder of TEMPOart and its first chair.

Dick Spencer is an attorney with Drummond Woodsum and MacMahon in Portland specializing in land conservation, municipal law and public finance. He served in the state legislature where he chaired the House Judiciary Committee. Dick is a founder of Portland Trails and the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust.

Kathryn YatesKathryn Yates returned to Portland in 2010 via her hometown of Toronto and after almost 20 years in Chicago. In Toronto, she ran UNUM Canada’s operations for five years and while in Chicago ran the Communication and Change Management Practice for a large global consulting firm. She retired in 2016. Since returning to Portland she has been able to focus on her love of the environment and the arts. She joined the Board of Trustees of the Maine College of Art as well as TEMPOart and is often seen exploring the beauty of the state from the seat of her bicycle.

Advisory Board

James Brady, Christopher Branson, George N. Campbell, Jr, Cyrus Hagge, Alison Hildreth, Pandora LaCasse, Ann Willauer, Caron Zand