John Rosenblum, Chair
John is Dean Emeritus of the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia. John began his academic career at the Harvard Business School and was Dean of the Jepson School of Leadership Studies at the University of Richmond after his tenure at the Darden School. He currently serves on the board of directors of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo and Company (GMO). In addition, John is a trustee for a number of nonprofit organizations including Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation Inc., American Civil War Center, The Farnsworth Art Museum and Maine Media Workshops. John has an A.B. degree from Brown University, an MBA and a DBA from Harvard University. He lives in Crozet, Virginia with his wife Carolyn. They summer in St. George, Maine.
Patrick Lydon, Treasurer
Pat is the Business Manager at Kieve-Wavus, a position he assumed in 2001 after 36 years experience in financial and administrative positions in banking, electric utilities and healthcare industries including 15 years as a vice president of finance and administrative services. Pat is a member of the Board of Trustees of Miles Health Care, now Lincoln Country Healthcare, and has served as Chairman of both the hospital and the holding company. He has also served on the boards of the Kennebec Valley YMCA, the Midcoast United Way, and the Brunswick Area Chamber of Commerce in a variety of leadership positions. Pat holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Colorado and a MBA from the University of Southern Maine. He and his wife Stella live in Bristol, Maine and have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. And, along with his son-in-law, Pat is the proud owner of a Carney 24 completed in 2005.
Thomas R. Moore, Vice Chair
Tom and his wife Sue are residents of Owls Head, Maine and spend part of the year in Portland, Oregon near their kids and grandkids.
Tom was a founding director of Presidio World College in San Fransisco. He has served on the boards of the American Bureau of Shipping, The U.K. P&I club, and as chairman of the Marine Spill Response Corporation in Reston VA. He currently serves on the board of the Coastal Mountain Land Trust in Camden, ME.
Tom began boating and learned to sail on his grandfather’s 14’ catboat on Lake Cobbosseecontee in Maine. Many boats later, Tom enjoys sailing on his Herreshoff 12½ built at The Apprenticeshop in 2009.
Owner of Jeff’s Marine since 1978 and worked there before as chief mechanic. Been in the marine business specializing in Outboards since 1973. Before that started off as a sailing instructor out of high school during summer and UM in Orono in Environmental sciences. Worked numerous boatyards including Old Town Canoe, Boothbay and surrounding boatyards till offered a position here in Thomaston. Owned an operated 55 Cayman Island Ketch in West Indies for 10 years, experienced offshore sailor, Married for 30 years to same woman, and have two great children now adults. Love to travel, fish, sail and enjoy the four seasons.
Francis I. Blair
Frank Blair was born in Baltimore and grew up in Chicago and Maine.
After the Navy, he returned to school, graduating from the Kennedy School of Government with his Masters. He joined the US Environmental Protection Agency, rising to be Chief of Staff. After a short period at Harvard Business School, he transitioned to the new Department of Energy to be an assistant to Jim Schlesinger, the first Secretary.
In 2006-2008, he circumnavigated the globe in his schooner Maggie B, going West to East around the great capes. He is working on a book, “On the Shoulder of a Gale” about his voyage.
A native of Maine, Alec has spent the past 18 years building wooden boats and working on private yachts throughout the world. He got his start sailing with the schooner Roseway out of Camden harbor to St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He’s been sailing ever since, logging over 15,000 offshore miles. In between sailing adventures, Alec found time to attend the Artisan’s College, a derivative of the original Apprenticeshop. After graduating (as one of the last graduates) he went on to work at Rockport Marine for five years before moving on to work with other builders in successful smaller shops. All of that experience culminated in founding Artisan Boatworks LLC in 2002. A state‐of‐the‐art shop was constructed on Main Street in Rockport, and since then the business has grown steadily, building and restoring wooden boats, employing a highly skilled team of full‐time carpenters, finishers, and riggers, and maintaining an ever expanding storage fleet. Alec lives with wife, Erin, and their two children in Rockport.
Neil B. Colan, Ed.D., Secretary
Neil is a psychologist with over 20 years of experience providing psychological services and organizational leadership to the educational and behavioral health care fields. His expertise lies in the areas of meeting the behavioral health needs of children, youth and families and in providing top level fiscal, program and operational leadership and management to organizations.
Dr. Colan is a licensed psychologist who received his Doctorate from Boston University in 1988. He has previously held several major positions in significant organizations including Associate Director of the Center on Work and Family at Boston University, Clinical Director for Child and Family Services at the Kennebec Valley Mental Health Center and Managing Partner at the Winthrop Family Pediatrics Center. He has published several professional articles and presented at numerous conferences.
At present, Dr. Colan is Chief Executive Officer at Good Will-Hinckley, responsible for overall financial, physical plant and program operations. Good Will-Hinckley is a comprehensive residential program meeting the needs of youth and families who have experienced trauma, abuse and neglect. In addition, he is President of the Lincoln Group, a private practice which provides consultation and psychological services.
Dr. Colan has extensive experience with Outward Bound. He became Watch Officer at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in 1977. Following that he served as Senior Course Director and Director of Recruiting until 1982. In addition, he was Project Director from 1985 to 1988 on a national study of the effectiveness of Outward Bound in substance abuse treatment. More recently, he has been working with Admissions departments across all of Outward Bound to develop a psychological screening protocol.
Tatiana Pertzoff Fischer
While living in Vermont, Tanya worked with Peter Coburn (The Apprenticeshop’s former Treasurer) on the board of The Revels. A few years after relocating to Maine in 1987, Peter asked Tanya if she would be interested in taking on the books for Lance Lee’s newest venture: the Apprenticeshop of Nobleboro. With some trepidation she took on the task in 1993, a year before the Shop moved to Wharf Street in Rockland. She has continued to offer her accounting knowledge, in one capacity or another, since then. In 1998 she dropped back to doing only the Shop payroll as she had taken on the accounting for an investment management firm & its affiliates in Portland – a job she continues to have. Tanya lives with her husband Judd, 2 dogs, and several chickens in Port Clyde amidst beautiful gardens (one of her passions). She and Judd are the proud parents of 3 beautiful daughters and grandparents to 4 delightful grandchildren. They are fortunate to have all of them living nearby. She also entertains herself by studying classical piano and keeping up with her first language, Russian.
Dick’s career includes service as a corporate director and audit committee chair in public and private companies, and since the mid-eighties, management of corporate turnarounds and start-ups. His functional responsibilities have included P&L and a variety of operating and financial roles. He has served as a director of Abbott House in New York, a non-profit agency that cares for more than 800 abandoned, abused and neglected children. Recently he has worked with organizations like Sears Business Centers and Wesco Distribution whose survival required shifts in strategic direction within the context of a strongly ingrained culture. Dick has industry experience in distribution, consumer goods, health care, building products, lighting and retail. Earlier in his career he worked with Avon Products and American Can. Dick served as an officer in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and was an instructor in the Army’s Engineer Officer Candidate School. Most recently he was President of Princess House, a consumer goods company. A graduate of Syracuse University, Dick earned an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife Mindy live in Blue Hill where they enjoy sailing in their 28’ Cape Dory.
Kathryn Miles, PhD
Kate is an a ward-winning author and editor-in-chief of Hawk & Handsaw: The Journal of Creative Sustainability. She currently serves as professor of environmental writing at Unity College and as scholar-in-residence for the Maine Humanities Council. Born and raised in the Midwest, Kate first learned to sail on the Illinois River, before heading east, where she completed her PhD in English at the University of Delaware. Now a decade-long resident of Maine, Miles has worked on several of the region’s windjammers and other tall ships; she also teaches sailing for the Lincolnville Boat Club and crews on a J24 racing team based in Camden. Her current book project details a nineteenth century barque made legendary as a transporter of refugees during the Irish famine.
Fred is retired and divides his time between Maine (Camden and Cushing) and San Francisco. After graduating from Amherst College and Harvard Business School, he worked on Wall Street as a lending officer at Morgan Guaranty. In the early 1970s, he shifted from banking to the nonprofit sector where he was an administrator or consultant until the early 2000s. He was Vice President of Pomona College in Claremont CA for 15 years. Later, he was a consultant with Cambridge Associates and worked on strategic planning and investment assignments for a range of large educational institutions and foundations. Fred has been a life long sailor, starting in small boats on Cape Cod as a boy. Mid-life, he cruised many summers in Maine on a family boat he kept on Long Island (NY). His two daughters and seven grandchildren are active boaters as well and visit Maine every summer to keep the family tradition alive.
Mary L. Moran, MD
Mary joined The Apprenticeshop’s Board in October 2008. She first came to Maine in May of 1975 to do a 26-day Hurricane Island Outward Bound School course. She has been returning to the coast of Maine ever since. Mary did her postdoctoral training at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Hanover, NH. She has been in clinical practice and teaching for 22 years in Chicago.
For 12 years she was the team physician for the US Biathlon Team, has served on their Board and on the Medical Committee of the International Biathlon Union. She also served on the Board of Trustees for Hurricane Island Outward Bound School for many years. Mary is married to Bruce Haffner and has two grown sons. She has a home in Hope, ME and a “day job” in Chicago, IL.
Major General Douglas O’Dell, USMCR (Ret) was appointed Federal Coordinator for Gulf Coast Rebuilding by President George W. Bush on April 18th, 2008. In this role, he also served as a member of the Homeland Security Council. O’Dell retired from the Marine Corps in May, 2008 after more than 40 years of total service. He currently consults on matters related to business development in the United States and Afghanistan.
He has commanded Marines at every level in the infantry from platoon to Division. While in command of 4th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (Anti-Terrorism) he oversaw operations to relieve the anthrax threat on Capitol Hill in 2001, and the reestablishment of the US Embassy in Kabul Afghanistan. In 2005, he was Commander, US Marine Forces, JTF Katrina/Rita during Gulf Coast relief operations while he was Commanding General, 4th Marine Division.
Simultaneous with his reserve military service, prior to 9/11, Major General O’Dell pursued a successful 28 year career in investment management, culminating with his retirement as a partner of AIM Investments in Houston, Texas on September 10, 2001. Currently he manages, with his wife Judith, their family farm in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania. They divide their time between there and Rockport, Maine.
He is a graduate of the Hill School, Rutgers University, and the Senior Executive Program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard.
Richard V. Palm
Rick came to Maine in 2005 after a career in both large corporations and small start up businesses. He was the National Sales Manager for the Berlex Imaging Division of the Schering Corporation before circumnavigating with his wife Julie in 1990-1992. When Rick and Julie returned from their sail around the world, he started a company in New Hampshire assembling computer cables for network installations. Rick is currently the Vice Chairperson of the Augusta Chapter of SCORE and counsels people operating small businesses in the Rockland area. He is also on the Advisory Board of the Woodturning School in Damariscotta and is an adviser to the Board of Marine Systems Center in Thomaston. Rick is a member of the Cushing Harbor Board and the Rockland Yacht Club. Rick and Julie enjoy sailing on the Saga 48, “Altair,” and have sailed together for the last 25 years. Both are active staff members of the Cruising Rally Associations, lecturing at Ocean Sailing Seminars and participating in offshore sailboat rallies to the Caribbean each fall. Raised in Brooklyn, NY, Rick received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey and completed MBA course work at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. He is a veteran of the US Air Force. Rick and Julie have one son and two grandsons.
Aaron grew up in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, and Penobscot Bay, Maine. His formal education in literature and journalism include degrees from Trent University in Ontario, and The University of King’s College in Nova Scotia. His practical education was aboard a range of sailboats from the 12′ gunning skiff and 36′ pinky schooner where he learned basic seamanship, to Pride of Baltimore II, American Eagle, Mary Day, and other traditional schooners where he served as mate. He has sailed extensively in New England and Maritime Canada, with passages to Europe and the Caribbean. In addition, he has worked as a professional rigger on a number of replica projects, restorations, and in a brief stint for an opera theater. Since 1998, Aaron has lived in Maine, working as a newspaper and magazine reporter and editor focused on the state’s fishing and boat building industries. He is currently editor of Professional BoatBuilder magazine for WoodenBoat Publications in Brooklin, Maine. He is chairman of the Hancock County Committee of the Maine Community Foundation, a board member for the Maine youth sailing program Windward Passage, and serves as a curriculum adviser to the Landing School in Arundel, Maine.
Maria, who grew up in Maine and spent her summers sailing in Penobscot Bay, joined the Board of The Apprenticeshop on May 22, 2010. A graduate of McGill University in Montreal, Canada, Maria worked for several years in book publishing before moving back to the U.S. to work on tall ships in the summers and in boatyards in the winters. Her work included taking high school students on a voyage to Hawaii aboard Lynx, traveling the Saint Laurence Seaway into the Great Lakes on Pride of Baltimore II, and working on the re-build of Harvey Gamage at the North End Shipyard. In 2005 Simpson obtained her 100-ton Master’s license and captained Appledore II out of Camden. Simpson began working at Rockport Marine in 2006 as a rigger. Currently the yard manager, her work involves meeting with customers, coordinating projects, marketing the boatyard and managing employees. She is also an avid sailor, cyclist and volunteer teacher at The Community School in Camden, Maine.
C.P. Williamson, Jr.
Pen has spent a lifetime sailing the Maine coast and beyond, including 27 years with the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School where he and The Apprenticeshop Founder Lance Lee taught together for several years. He served as Outward Bound’s chief development officer and held similar posts at Colby College and the Life Flight Foundation.
Pen now serves as a consultant to nonprofit organizations, whose clients have ranged from public broadcasting, schools, theaters, museums, and youth organizations to healthcare organizations, land trusts and libraries. He has been certified by the Association of Fundraising Professionals since 1981, and is currently licensed by the State of Maine as a Professional Fundraising Counsel.
Pen is a competitive rower with the Maine Rowing Association and is a skier, skater and hiker. He is a graduate of Colby College and a former Air Force intelligence officer. Pen and his wife, Beverly, live in Warren, have two children (one of whom was an Apprenticeshop Intern), and four grandchildren.
Julian D. Fischer
Judd is a resident of Port Clyde, where he lives with his wife Tanya. Judd learned to sail at Tabor Academy’s summer program, first as a camper, and later as an instructor. Education, marriage to Tanya, and children followed. He graduated with a BFA from Boston University in 1965, and then he and Tanya spent the following four years in Rome, Italy, where he worked as a sculptor. “We settled on a hilltop farm in Vermont upon our return to the good old USA. There we raised turkeys, chickens, beef cattle, pigs, dogs, cats and children.” They also gradually resumed sailing, and eventually began sailing on the Maine coast. With the kids grown and flown, Judd indulged his interest in history by enrolling in a PHD program at the University of New Hampshire. There he studied and taught colonial history with an emphasis on shipbuilding and navigation. Judd and Tanya discovered Port Clyde while cruising, and, as fortune smiled, moved to Maine in 1987. Judd was gradually seduced by the positive energy of the apprentices and the reality of the community they created, and he became involved.
Ruth W. Parker
Woofie first came to Maine in 1947 with her husband Harry, who started the South Freeport Yacht Basin in South Freeport. The business sold and chartered boats as well as offering services for designing and building boats. The Parkers chose to move up the coast once their four children were off on their own. They chose Rockland as it was the first harbor up the coast that didn’t require traveling down a peninsula. Woofie owned and ran Harbor Real Estate in South Freeport for 25 years. Once she retired from the real estate business she had more time to dedicate to other interests. She happened upon two current trustees on the ski slopes and learned about the first strategic planning meeting for the Apprenticeshop Community Sailing Program. Woofie became one of the founding members of the Community Sailing Program, believing strongly about teaching children sailing and seamanship.
Ralph D. Siewers, M.D.
Ralph is originally from Winston-Salem, NC, attended NC State College, graduated with a degree in Agriculture, followed this up with a year in Moravian Theological Seminary (Bethlehem PA), and medical school at Bowman Gray School of Medicine (Wake Forest Univ) in Winston-Salem. After graduation, Ralph developed special interest in surgery and trained at Bowman Gray, followed by the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – in General and Cardiothoracic Surgery, graduating in 1969. Compulsory service in the Army brought him to Washington D.C. for one year, followed by a year in Viet Nam (24th Evac. Hospital). Upon returning home, Ralph and his family moved to Pittsburgh, where he joined the faculty of University of Pittsburgh as a cardiothoracic surgeon. He eventually went on to specialize in Pediatric Cardiac Surgery – retiring in July of 2002.
Ralph became involved with the Maine coast in 1976 when he volunteered his medical services to the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School. He soon became progressively involved, and after 12 years became Chairman of the National Safety Committee of Outward Bound. Following 12 years there, Ralph and his wife purchased a 40 ft. wooden ketch which eventually led them to DownEast Maine. Ralph became involved in The Apprenticeshop shortly after the Shop moved to Rockland where “I found a wonderful small board and staff that helped me to focus my Outward Bound educated energies towards programmatic and organizational issues. The Apprenticeshop captures my imagination because it is based in Hahnian educational and social philosophy involving ‘hands-on work’ in a mutually supportive community which in order to thrive must find its basis in compassion and service.”
Back home in Sedgewick, Maine where he lives with his wife Pam, Ralph enjoys gardening, woodworking, and messing around in the shop with the dream of building a boat, sailing and motoring on the water, good books and good music, and activities oriented toward social concerns, including personal and social health.
Board Members in Emeritus