Coleen Marsh, Chair
Coleen was born in Belfast, and has lived in Waldo County most of her life. Her education is diverse: AA in Liberal Studies from UMA, coursework at UMO, Unity College and a certificate in Fluid Power from Kennebec Valley Technical College. She has worked at a wide variety of jobs including the Maine Dept. of Human Services, Coastal Economic Development, Stinson’s Canning, farm labor and retail management. For the past ten years she has managed Out of the Woods, a retail store on Main Street that offers Maine-made wood products and more.
Additionally, she works as an election worker at the polls in Belfast. She is widowed and has five grown children.
Marjie Byers, Vice Chair and Interim Design Chair
Mallory Banks Harnden, Secretary
A native of Belfast, Mallory has strong ties to the community and a long family history in the area. She graduated from Bowdoin College with honors in 2008 with a BA in English and a minor in Teaching. She received a Surdna Research Fellowship to plan and executed a yearlong, self-directed study of historic local architecture and worked as a research assistant for an author writing a book on a Maine architect, as an intern for Maine Preservation, and worked on site on the Damariscotta Baptist Church steeple restoration project. Outside of her architectural history/preservation work, Mallory teaches at Helping Hands Family School in Belfast.
Mallory says “I have a passion for Belfast – its history, present, and future. With several small business owners in my family, I am aware of the challenges that we face in this economic climate, and I am dedicated to helping business owners overcome these challenges and capitalize on their amazing strengths and individuality in this city. And through my prior work at Sutherland Conservation & Consulting, I am eager to share my knowledge of Federal and State tax credit projects as a tool to preserve Belfast’s remarkable architecture.
Amy Bowen, TreasurerAmy has lived in the Belfast area for the last 31 years and started her banking career 11 years ago at a small local bank. She is currently an Assistant Branch Manager at Bangor Savings Bank in Belfast and was involved in the start-up of the bank’s downtown branch. Over the past three years she has been on the board of three organizations in the downtown area. Amy currently sits as Our Town Belfast’s treasurer and serves on its organization committee. She also sits on the board of the Belfast Area Lions Club as its vice president.
Anne Sagesse, Organization Chair
Although Anne’s educational background and initial career was in speech pathology and working with special needs children, Anne has evolved into a farmer. Currently, Anne runs Sweet Henry’s, a small bakery that uses locally-sourced foodstuffs to create sweet and savory treats for sale at the Belfast and Camden Farmers’ Markets and select retail locations. She also serves as Secretary of the Camden Farmers’ Market and Community Coordinator/Vice-President of the Belfast Farmers’ Market. She is also a founder and board member of the Maine Federation of Farmers’ Markets.
Anne is active at her son’s school doing a variety of volunteer work. She helps organize the annual scholarship auction and teaches a weekly class on food history and science.
Anne believes that the future of strong communities lies in strengthening local networks. After over a year of research and talking to people around the country, she believes the NTHP Main Street program is the best method for promoting a truly locally sourced economic and cultural platform for a community.
Anne currently serves as Chair of Our Town Belfast’s Organization Committee.
MEMBERS AT LARGE
Jamie Oates is a graduate of Boston University and Massachusetts College of Art. He’s been making handmade pottery for 35 years and still likes getting his hands in clay. When he moved to Waldo County in 1980, there were three hardware stores in Belfast and chicken feathers along Main Street.In 1988, Jamie and his wife, Jeannette Faunce, established Mainely Pottery, a showcase for many of Maine’s finest potters. Jamie has served as president of the Belfast Curling Club and president of the Maine Crafts Guild. He thinks Belfast has a great downtown and expects that there is potential to make the downtown even more alive.
Breanna Pinkham Bebb, Executive Director
Originally from a bit further up the coast, Breanna now makes her home in the heart of downtown Belfast, a short walk away from the Our Town office. A recent graduate of the University of Maine at Machias, with a degree in interdisciplinary fine arts, Breanna worked her way through college as assistant to the director at an arts nonprofit, Schoodic Arts for All. She has performed as a vocalist and on steel drums and ukulele in community and college ensembles throughout the state. A lover of all things Maine, Breanna is thrilled to be an integral part of the Our Town Belfast effort to boost business and celebrate community in her own downtown, and serves additionally as a board member with the Belfast Area Chamber of Commerce, as an executive committee member with the Belfast Creative Coalition, and on the Downtown Revitalization Grant design committee for the City of Belfast.
The Board of Directors meets regularly on the first Wednesday of the month at 5pm, at the OTB office in the Mall on High Street; 171 High Street, Suite #6.