Board of Directors
The Waldo has a diverse, active, and committed board of directors and a wonderful group
of advisors who tirelessly offer a breadth of professional skills, enthusiasm and energy.
Keri worked in the fine wine sales department of Pine State Beverage for ten years and now spends her time raising her children and working in her husband's greenhouse business, Moose Crossing Garden Center in Waldoboro.When her eldest child showed interest in theater she realized how important it was to invest time, energy, and money into the Waldo before it was lost forever. Keri sees the theatre as an important piece of Waldoboro’s history and believes the arts are at the very core of our humanity, regardless of color, creed, education, or socio-economic background. She is also actively involved with Midcoast Conservancy.
Chris serves as Executive Director of the Maine Aquaculture Innovation Center and also as an adjunct associate professor of Marine Sciences for the University of Maine. He teaches courses in aquaculture and shellfish biology at the University of Maine’s Darling Marine Center. Chris is celebrating his 35th year of farming oysters in the Damariscotta River as a founding partner in the Pemaquid Oyster Company. He received his BA from Colby College and Ph.D. from the University of Maine and lives in Waldoboro with his wife Janet, and are fortunate to have their two daughters living nearby.
Michael moved to Waldoboro with his husband, Conrad, a composer, from Berlin, Germany, where he was a Research Scientist at the Center for the History of Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development. There he began experimenting with a new methodology of ‘close feeling’ to become better attuned to how feelings and emotions shape the world. Central to his process has been developing a general emotional grammar of action and social change. Michael has been applying this grammar and its sexual ‘cases’ to the writing of history. His focus is the United States. He holds a PhD in American Studies from Yale University. His dissertation was about the love between two men who fought in the Civil War. He has been employing artistic structures and techniques as mediums for research and writing. They come out of his experience as an actor and theater practitioner. He is also the author, with Michael Bronski and Ann Pellegrini, of “You Can Tell Just by Looking”: And 20 Other Myths about LGBT Life and People, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award in Nonfiction.
Shanna was born and raised in Washington, Maine. She has worked for First National Bank for 23 years and is currently a Retail Loan Administrator responsible for residential lending in Waldoboro and the surrounding area. She enjoys volunteering for events and coaching her daughter’s softball team when she was young. As her children are getting older, she began to look for something to do with her time that involved a more permanent position. After learning more about the Waldo, she says it was an easy decision to join the board as The Waldo Theatre has been part of Waldoboro’s community for so long and is rich with history. She looks forward to contributing her time and energy to keeping the Waldo open so it can continue to make a positive impact on the community for years to come. Shanna lives in Washington with her husband Gary and their children.
Maia Zewert started her career at The Lincoln County News, the only weekly newspaper locally owned, printed, and published in Lincoln County, in August 2015 as a general assignment reporter. In November 2017, she received the Maine Press Association's Bob Drake Young Writer's Award, which recognizes the top young journalist in the state. In January 2023, she was named the 12th editor in LCN's century-plus history. Maia, an Iowa native, graduated from Iowa State University in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in journalism and English. When not on assignment, Maia enjoys reading, cooking, and watching basketball. She lives in Waldoboro.
Liz brings a background in film and film festivals to the Waldo Board. The Newcastle resident has worked in all aspects of the film industry over the past 25 years. She has been helping with the theatre’s film programming and social media presence. Liz is a Producer/Director of short documentary films and Publisher with BoonDocs Media. She also runs her family’s Bed & Breakfast, The Osprey Nest, during the summer months. She loves being a part of The Waldo and enjoys connecting with and celebrating the diverse interests of our midcoast community.
Ken serves Island Institute in the role of Community Development Officer, working in the Center for Sustainable Communities. He supports island students and teachers by helping coordinate the The Teaching and Learning Collaborative program. He also manages grants and scholarships for children and young adults.
Ken graduated from Brown University with a degree in Religious Studies, and he has spent much of his career in both the entrepreneurial and educational spaces. His career spans from software marketing to school administration, and most recently, he has worked at Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, where he taught psychology as well as leadership and entrepreneurship. He launched Lincoln Academy’s boarding program, and he also focused on hands on hands-on project-based programing that made students aware of workforce pathways beyond traditional four-year universities.
Ken grew up outside of Princeton, New Jersey, but he spent time as a child on his grandfather’s farm in Waldoboro, Maine. Years later, he now lives on that same farm with his wife, five kids, four dogs, three sheep, and ten chickens. In his free time, he enjoys sailing, camping, cross country skiing, and contributing his many talents to The Waldo.
Barbara is an architectural and landscape designer and a certified organic farmer. She fell in love with Maine while attending College of the Atlantic and later did her graduate studies at Harvard School of Design in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Moving to Waldoboro in 2000 with her family she became an active member of the Waldoboro Planning Board, the Comprehensive Plan Committee, and the Waldoboro Farmers Market. As a member of the Building Committee her focus is the renovation and maintenance of the historic structure. She strongly feels that The Waldo’s reinstatement into the cultural life of our community is key to local economic development.
Samantha Wheeler is a health care professional and Southern California transplant with an intense love of cinema and physical media from all over the world. Sam grew up on her working class father’s vinyl record collection and his love of film & TV of the 60s & 70s, and her stay-at-home-Mother’s very nearly complete Stephen King library and penchant toward media of the 80s & 90s. All of which stoke her passion for incorporating alternative film and music into The Waldo’s programming. Together, Sam and her partner Buffy originated the Waldo After Dark film series showcasing cult film classics.