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.
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.
Buffy is a lifelong resident of midcoast Maine, raised in Brunswick and currently residing in Thomaston, with a background in traditional wooden boatbuilding and currently pursuing a career in the healthcare space. After a chance visit in 2022, they quickly fell in love with the beauty and history of the Waldo and became involved. As a recent member of the Waldo Theatre family, they co-curate the Waldo After Dark cult film series with partner Samantha Wheeler. When not at the Waldo, they enjoy spending their time with their 3 cats and dog and exploring the stranger corners of New England, as well as discovering new and intriguing content to bring to the Waldo's film program.
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.
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.
After graduating from Brown University with a concentration in religious studies, Ken pursued several different career paths, including stints as a stock broker and as an executive in several high-tech software start ups. In 2002, Ken became Director of Resident Life at the Hun School in Princeton (NJ), his alma mater, and worked there for ten years. Given the chance to help launch a full residential program at Lincoln Academy in Damariscotta, Ken and his family moved back to the family farm in Waldoboro, which his grandfather purchased in the 1930s. Ken is currently the Design, Engineering and Technology Department Head and head varsity soccer coach at Lincoln Academy. His wife, Ali, is the director for Communications at Midcoast Conservancy located in Edgecomb. They have five children, Andrea, Campbell, Connor, Tucker and Riley, three dogs and a cat. Ken loves coaching soccer, reading and sailing.
Crissy has been a freelance photography producer for the past twenty years producing fashion, advertising, editorial and catalog shoots primarily in New York and Chicago. She has been a board member of Intonation Music Workshop since 2014, a non-profit rock music based education program for children in the City of Chicago. Her husband, John Stirratt (co-founder of the bands Wilco and The Autumn Defense) and their daughter have provided her the opportunity to see the direct impact that the performing arts can have on people’s lives. After living in cities and traveling extensively, Crissy has very happily returned to live in Maine with her family and has been busy doing all the things she loves to do. She looks forward to giving back to her community and is energized by the incredible work and atmosphere at The Waldo.
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.