PORTLAND, Maine (September 2, 2015)—Maine Center for Creativity has appointed new officers to its board of directors and elected several new members.

  • Joe Porta, Partner at CBRE | The Boulos Company, was named president of the board and succeeds Jamie Morin, who continues on the board. Porta specializes in investment transactions and is a recipient of the Boulos Broker of the Year award. He joined the MCC board in 2012 and lives in Portland.  
  • Long-time board member Mary K. Noyes was named board vice-president. Noyes has served on the MCC board since 2009. She is a successful entrepreneur in the healthcare and consumer products industries. Noyes spent many years in a family business best known for having developed the popular AirCast.
  • Michelle Martin, Senior Manager, Customer Satisfaction Business Support for L.L.Bean, was appointed secretary. Martin has served on the board since 2011 and resides in Gorham.
  • Tom MacDonald, EVP, Risk Management Officer at Mechanics Savings Bank, has been a board member for 10 years and returns as treasurer for a second term. McDonald lives in Scarborough with his wife, fellow MCC volunteer Joelle, and their two children.

Maine Center for Creativity also welcomes Jeff Kline, Kimberly Simoneau, and Jay Collins to its board of directors.

  • Kimberly Simoneau, Environmental, Health and Safety Manager at IDEXX Laboratories, joined the board in early 2015. She is responsible for IDEXX’s EH&S functions across all locations globally. Simoneau resides in Durham.
  • Multiple Emmy Award winning writer/producer Jeff Kline founded Darby Pop Publishing in 2013 as an outlet for high-concept, high-quality visual storytelling. Kline resides in Cape Elizabeth.
  • Jay Collins, Vice President of Corporate Development at WEX, Inc., joined the MCC board upon returning to the United States from a position in the United Kingdom with WEX and continues to work in global business development for them. He and his family live in Cumberland.

The new board members and officers join veteran board members to strengthen the organization, continue its active slate of programs and pursue its mission to forge alliances between arts and industry. 

Founding board president, David Swardlick, stepped in to serve as interim executive director when MCC founder and executive director, Jean Maginnis, stepped down on April 1st to pursue an exciting career opportunity at Saint Joseph’s College. MCC’s board is currently engaged in searching for the organization’s next executive director. More than 50 candidates applied for the position as a result of local, regional and national postings.   

MCC will to continue to lead Maine’s statewide discourse on the Creative Economy and is working to launch the digital Maine Network of Innovation and Creativity by the end of the year in order to engage more of the state. The Center will continue its existing programming, such as the Creative Toolbox series and support for Pecha Kucha Portland as well as developing new projects to raise Maine’s visibility as a center of innovation.

About Maine Center for Creativity

The Maine Center for Creativity (MCC) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) led by a volunteer board of directors. Founded in May 2005, MCC’s mission is to forge alliances between arts and industry to help make Maine more vital economically, more vibrant culturally and more visible, as a place where creativity and innovation thrive.