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MFS Elects New Officers and Board Members

October 12, 2012

Maine's First Ship announced new officers and confirmed the addition of five new board members at the conclusion of its second summer of building a reconstruction of Virginia, the 51-foot pinnace built in 1607-08 by the Popham colonists.

 Orman Hines, the former treasurer of Maine's First Ship, is now President of the board of MFS, whose construction project is located on the waterfront next to the historic Bath Freight Shed.  Hines replaces Merry Chapin, who will take over the education committee.

Allison Hepler, of Woolwich, was reappointed as secretary of the board of directors.  Hepler is a selectwoman for the town of Woolwich and a professor of history at the University of Maine at Farmington.

Gayla Pecci Teague, also of Woolwich, was named as Treasurer.  Teague is a retired Senior Financial Analyst for US Navy ship construction contracts with Bath Iron Works.   She reviewed performance measurement systems across the United States.

Bath architect, Steven Theodore, stepped down as vice-president, but will remain on the board acting as the Maine's First Ship liaison to the Bath Freight Shed Alliance.

The new board members are: 

Jeremy Blaiklock, of Arrowsic, and owner of Seaflower Garden and Design.  Blaiklock who has been volunteering on the ship project for more than a year, will head the vessel committee.  He also chairs the Arrowsic Scholarship Committee, and is on the Lincoln County Search and Rescue Team.

Ed Rogers, a leading Bath businessman and the principal organizing force behind Bath's successful Heritage Days celebration.  Rogers, the co-owner of Maxwell's Restaurant and other local businesses, will be a member of the development committee.

Paul Johnson, of Bath, a retired educator and a member of the Bath board that established Regional School Unit No. 1.  Johnson was a headmaster and teacher at a number of public and private schools across the country and teaches at the Senior College.  Johnson will serve on the development committee.

Bridget Healy, a resident of Freeport, who has served on several boards in the mid-coast area, including the Mid Coast Health Services.

Richard Stevenson Jr., of Bath, is co-president of Modern Pest Services, and current President of Gulf of Maine Ocean Racing Association.

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