Soren deNiord has practiced in the field of Landscape Architecture for more than 18 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.
Luisa Deprez has devoted her work, teaching, scholarship and service to the amelioration of poverty, the plight of low-income people in the US, and women’s rights for over 50 years. After getting her start as a community organizer and policy analyst, she became Maine’s Director of Children’s Mental Health in the then-Department of Mental Health and Corrections. In 2015, Luisa retired after a 40-year career of teaching and administration at the University of Southern Maine. She now shares her expertise with organizations, state agencies and legislatures while actively contributing to state and national social policy debates. She co-leads the Maine Chapter of the nationally affiliated Scholars Strategy Network, is a member of the Alliance for a Healthy and Prosperous Maine, a volunteer at The Telling Room, and serves as a Commissioner with the Portland Housing Authority. Luisa is an avid, seasoned perennial gardener and a long-time needle arts crafter.
Colleen Donohoe is a graduate of Alfred University and Arizona State University. Prior to her most recent role as the Public Art Manager at Denver International Airport, Colleen worked with Scottsdale Public Art and taught studio art courses at Arizona State University, Yavapai College, and Benedictine University in Arizona. Colleen relocated to Maine in 2019 and is looking forward to engaging with the local arts community.
Ziggy Drozdowski has worked in Kinetic Art and Design since graduating from The Cooper Union in 2004 with a BSc in Engineering. He spent his early career in New York City as Director of Technology with Hoberman Associates focused on the design, engineering, fabrication and installation of large scale kinetic sculpture and adaptive building façade systems. In 2013 Ziggy began his own practice out of a tiny studio in Brooklyn, NY. With a laptop and a TIG welder, he engaged with artists and designers to realize their technically challenging and boundary-blurring ideas. Creating work in 10+ countries across three continents gives Ziggy a unique perspective on the intersection of sculpture with people’s lives and the profound effects it can have. These experiences laid the foundation for his passion for public art, which has become a fundamental point of departure in his current practice. In 2015 he moved his studio to Portland, Maine.
Colleen Finnell is a New England native via Massachusetts who settled in Maine in 2017 after graduating from the University of Tampa (Bachelors of Fine Arts – Graphic Design) and living in Seattle, WA for 10 years. Her career has progressed from graphic design, print production through software implementation where she currently works as a Project Manager. Her favorite art medium to work in is large scale charcoal drawings. Colleen previously served as a Board Member for the Portland Food Co-Op. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time by the ocean, being with her dog, hiking, biking, traveling and discovering new music.
Alison Gibbs spent several years in the fields of journalism and corporate communications, working for news outlets such as NPR affiliate WBUR, CNBC, and Time Inc. and for firms including Bank of America and Public Consulting Group, before pursuing a personal passion in arts administration. She served for three years as Marketing Director of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and became increasingly interested in the intersection of the arts and community service. Since 2019, she’s been the Gallery and Communications Manager at LA Arts, the arts agency of Lewiston and Auburn. In this role, she works with the LA Arts Board of Directors to engage and inspire a vibrant community through arts and culture. Alison holds a BA in Economics and French Literature from Duke University and an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She lives in Portland with her husband, daughter and two rescue pups.
Kate Howe is an award-winning designer and brand strategist. 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. 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.
Benjamin-Émile Le Hay started his career as a luxury lifestyle, travel, entertainment and celebrity journalist and fashion editor, contributing to 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. In 2015, he transitioned from celebrity stylist to public relations and served as a press attaché of Tourism and Culture for the American market on behalf of France’s Foreign Ministry. In June 2016, he joined Quintessentially, where he served as Director of public relations. In 2018, he launched a boutique media and marketing consultancy. Benjamin, a graduate of Bowdoin College, 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 Paris, Italy or Brooklyn, NY. Nowadays, he’s happily back in his hometown of Freeport, Maine, with his partner, Ben, and two young stepdaughters, Kora and Stella.
Gregg Lipton, a native of St. Louis, MO, moved to Maine in 1981 via Telluride, CO, after graduating from Arizona State University. He founded Sunrise Builders Collective with two partners before following his self-taught passion for woodworking and design. Since 1987 Gregg Lipton Design has been designing and building award-winning furniture for clients worldwide in homes, offices, restaurants, museums, cruise ships, and movie sets. One of his bench designs is prominently displayed throughout the Portland Museum of Art. Gregg has served on the Boards of Waynflete School, the Ram Island Dance Company and the Maine Craft Association. He loves to play outside and, if he’s not skiing, mountain biking or playing tennis, then he is devoting his energy to the arts and education because where would we be without them. Gregg and his wife, Sara Crisp, live in Cumberland and have two sons, Isaac and Miles.
Yael Reinharz is Executive Director of Surf Point Foundation, a new residency program in York, Maine that provides time, space and support for the visual arts community to think, connect and create. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Yael spent two decades working in the commercial and nonprofit visual art field in New York City. Prior to Surf Point, Yael directed Artis, a New York, Los Angeles, and Tel Aviv-based nonprofit whose mission supports contemporary artists from Israel internationally. Previously, she held positions at the public art nonprofit Creative Time, the auction house Christie’s; Matthew Marks Gallery; Casey Kaplan Gallery; and 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.
Kathryn 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. While in Chicago, Kathryn ran the Communication and Change Management Practice for a large global consulting firm. She retired in 2016. Since returning to Portland she has focused on her love of the environment and the arts as well as working on issues of social justice. She joined the Board of Trustees of the ACLU of Maine, Maine College of Art as well as TEMPOart and is often seen exploring the beauty of the state from the seat of her bicycle.
Founder and Board member EmeritusAlice 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. Click here for more information on Alice’s involvement with Public Art in Portland.
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.