Deanne, our president, is from a multi-generational fishing family. She and her husband David, a life-long lobsterman, have raised two children in Boothbay Harbor. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Science in Library Science. Currently, she is a library media specialist in Rockland and is responsible for library services and technology support and instruction for 330 students and 75 staff members. She and David own and manage vacation rentals and a parking lot in Boothbay Harbor. She understands that, for some people, making a living on the sea is as important as breathing and that access to working waterfront is critical for the continuation of our heritage.
George Friant-Vice President
George, our vice president, is a lifelong resident of Boothbay Harbor. He attended local schools and SMCC in South Portland. He spent 8 years sailing on US flag bulk carriers, both coast wise and internationally. He came ashore and worked extensively in shore side port operations for multiple companies, working extensively in West Africa, Central and South America. Currently, he is a Technical services Manager at Moran Towing Corporation, a leader in ship assist, towing and marine transportation for 160 years. A personal project of pride, George worked closely with corporate response to the effects of Hurricane Maria. Following its devastating effects, Moran reached out to its Puerto Rican employees and the Maritime community surrounding Molinos de Puerto Rico’s grain elevator and flour mill. In a private corporate response George assisted in securing dozens of portable generators, truckloads of drinking water, personal hygiene products, cooking fuel, food and clothing for distribution in San Juan. The rebuilding continues as does his commitment to Puerto Rico.
On the lighter side, George has been married for 27 years and has two adult children. Son Nate, a recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory, lives in NYC and is pursuing a career in theater and acting. Daughter Kate, is currently a student in USC’s Marshall School of Business in Los Angeles. He is hoping that Katie finishes up her education before his money runs out.
Kathy, our secretary has raised two children in Boothbay Harbor and cares deeply about the unique way of life that is so important to local families. She is a certified K-8 teacher who has taught elementary school for 34 years. She currently teaches second grade at Woolwich Central School in Woolwich, Maine. In this capacity Kathy is in charge of planning and teaching all subjects to a diversified group of seven and eight year olds. In addition Kathy has served on the Leadership Team for eight years. This team works collaboratively each year to map out a school wide professional development plan. In addition she has worked on the Science and Language Arts Curriculum committees to review or amend curriculum for these subjects. In the last three years she has worked closely with the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, ME to help second graders learn first hand about the history of ships and ship building in their community.
Troy, our treasurer, is a twenty-three year old lobstermen. A Boothbay region native, he has been involved in Boothbay Region Maritime’s efforts from the beginning. As a young lobstermen he has expressed a vested interest in the future of the area’s commercial fishing infrastructure. Raised lobstering with his father, he took an interest in commercial fishing policy beginning at a young age. Lobbying for changes to student lobster licensing policies in Augusta until LD 1503 was passed. He continues to follow policy issues related to commercial fishing, attending Maine Lobstermen's Association meetings regularly.
Captain Larry Knapp has been a fisherman longer than many people have been alive! He started on his father’s fishing vessel in 1960. He’s been a sternman, an eel fisherman, a ship fitter, a scalloper, and a gillnetter. He’s served as chairman of the Lobster Management Zone (E) Council, been on the Board of Directors for the Maine Lobstermen’s Association, and Chair of the Department of Marine Resources Advisory Council. Currently he fishes for lobster on board the vessel, Lady Esther, and is the vice-chair of the National Marine Fisheries Service Lobster Conservation Management Team (LCMT). Larry and his lovely wife Mary are life long residents of Boothbay.
Diane, is an artist and writer, who lives in the Boothbay region. Her families have resided in this area for eleven generations. She attended Boothbay Region High School and the University of Maine Portland/Gorham and Farmington, majoring in education. She and her husband, lobsterman, Guy, have raised two cherished children, who are now parents themselves. As grandparents of five adored grandchildren, she is looking forward to a time when young families can come to the Boothbay Region and find many more opportunities to explore, learn and have fun. She feels that the Boothbay Region Maritime Foundation has this goal in mind with it’s focus on history and it’s multi-use facilities on the Boothbay Harbor Waterfront. She hopes that this great space will encourage community and tourist interaction with our pristine waterfront.
Jennifer, a Southport native, has a Bachelor of Science degree in business with a concentration in marketing. In her early days out of college, she worked for the Xerox Corporation as a Customer Service Representative and as an Associate Account Representative but the sea was in her blood, so she returned to Maine and established herself as a licensed lobster woman. For twelve years she was the captain of Pat’s Girl, gaining the respect of many in a male dominated industry. Jennifer is on loan to us as we get established. She and her husband Jim and two daughters Kate and Sage will be returning to New Zealand in July, where Jen will continue to operate her import business, North Cape Fish Gear, bringing Grunden’s Wet Weather Gear to people “down under” that work on the water.