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Board of Directors
Jaja Martin, President, having lived and worked abroad for many years, is raising her family in Bremen. A round-the-world sailor, she has written and edited articles for sailing magazines, is co-author of the book, Into the Light, and her family's sailing odyssey is the subject of the documentary, Iceblink, recently aired on PBS. In her spare time, she runs an e-commerce business, plays cello in the Seacoast Community Orchestra, sings in Common Threads, and volunteers at her local school. Jaja, whose children also introduced her to Heartwood, brings a worldy spectrum of culture and community to HRTC's board.
Andrea Lalime Keushguerian, Vice Chair, has been a high school math and science teacher, restaurant owner in Berkeley, California, partner in a lighting design business, and foremost a mother for the past 17 years. She lived abroad with her husband and children for 14 years before settling down in Damariscotta to round off their twins’ education with an American experience. She currently works at Lincoln Academy, is director of Midcoast Model United Nations (MUN), and is a member of the executive board of the United Nations Association of Maine. Coming from a musical family, she is drawn to Heartwood’s music, art, and theater, all with an educational mission, as an irresistible challenge and opportunity.
Robert Conger, Treasurer, is an actuary, specializing in property/casualty insurance. He is affiliated with the Towers Watson consulting firm, where he has spent much of his career. Bob has served in numerous leadership roles in the actuarial profession; he now focuses most of his professional time on volunteer work, particularly supporting the development of the actuarial profession in parts of the world and segments of the population where the profession is not yet active or is in its early stages. Closer to home, Bob is active in the Rotary Club, St. Patrick's Church, Habitat for Humanity, the Ecumenical Food Pantry, and other community serving initiatives. Bob's theatrical portfolio is limited to a large stack of playbills from shows he has enjoyed from his vantage as an audience member; he has been an avid follower and enthusiastic supporter of Heartwood ever since he and his
Rebecca Recor, Secretary, has been involved in theater most of her life. Playing the Wicked Queen in a neighborhood production of "Snow White" at the age of ten led to double majoring in theater and history at Tufts. She loves watching great theater wherever she goes and helping to create it, if possible. Just don't ask her to sing. Establishing a base in Midcoast Maine in 2000, she was amazed by the quality of the first Heartwood performance she experienced, "Man of LaMancha." Since moving here full time in 2006, she has become very involved in volunteer activities and taking classes - all the things she didn't have time for when she was teaching - as well as faithfully attending Heartwood productions. She is thrilled to join the HRTC board, where she hopes to support all of their projects, especially those that deal with students and young people.
Sally Bartley grew up and raised her family in Massachusetts,where she did much volunteering in the local schools and was a library trustee for many years. After sailing the New England Coast during the 1970’s and 80’s, she and her husband moved to Bremen Long Island as summer folks and decided to move to Damariscotta upon retirement, in 2007. Theater has always been of interest (as a patron, not a performer), especially with small companies. Heartwood came into her life at the perfect to become involved.
Paul Weislogel and his wife, Judy, bought a farmhouse in Bristol in 1995 as a vacation home to which they hoped to retire; they eventually did move to Maine in 2007, each initially bringing along parts of their respective jobs in professional and scholarly publishing in New York City. Paul’s role was largely dealing with large medical societies in negotiating journal publishing agreements and maintaining relationships with those societies.
Friends and family may have expected him to pursue a musical career, but Paul did his college and post-graduate studies in biomedical sciences, following which he taught at the U.S. Naval Academy and conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Amsterdam.
Volunteer activities in Maine have included serving on the Vestry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church and singing with its choir and with Tapestry Singers. How lucky we were to find how rich the Midcoast area is in high quality performing arts, supporting the notion that if we had it to do all over again…we’d do it all over again.
Susan Goodwillie Stedman