Who We Are

Board of Directors

 

Stephen Bither
Stephen Bither is Portland native, graduated from Deering H.S., received his BA in American Civilization from Brown University and JD from University of Maine School of Law. He is the founder and member of the Wicked Good Band, co -authored three editions of Maine Curiosities with Tim Sample and enjoys walks in Evergreen Cemetery any time of the year.

Lin Brown 

Mary Anne Wallace
Mary Anne Wallace, a Portland native whose family lived in Rosemont, has numerous childhood memories of Evergreen and remembrances from 20 plus years of walking on its roads. She received a MLS from U. Maine and was a librarian in both public and college libraries. She also has a M.A. in New England Studies from University of Southern Maine. In addition to serving on the board, she is a one of the cemetery docents and is a docent at Victoria Mansion. She is also archivist/historian for First Congregational Church UCC in South Portland. 

David Little
David Little’s passion for plein-air painting came from two summer’s attendance at the Skowhegan School of painting and sculpture. He has traveled all over the state of Maine to set up his easel, and his work is represented in many private collections around the country. His adventures in the art world include three years working at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC, teaching art, jurying art shows, gallery work, and curatorial experience. He has curated three exhibitions in Maine on the subject of the arts of Mt. Katahdin. He has received fellowships at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and at the Carina House residency on Monhegan Island. He holds an MFA from the University of Iowa. In 2013 he published his first book Art of Katahdin (Down East Books) which won an award from the Boston Globe and was a finalist for the John N. Cole Literary Award in Maine. He is currently working on a new art book project Art of Acadia (Down East 2016) for the centennial celebration of Acadia National Park and the National Park Service. David currently lives in Portland with his wife Mikki and maintains a studio there.

Michael Mertaugh
Michael Mertaugh and his wife, Clemence, relocated to Portland after twenty-five years in the Washington DC area while Michael worked as a lead economist at the World Bank.  Prior to that, Michael and Clemence lived in Ann Arbor, Colorado Springs, Seattle, Connecticut, Turkey, Morocco, Germany, and France.  The tranquil beauty of Evergreen Cemetery was one of the features that led them to relocate to Portland.  Historic cemeteries have always had a special attraction for Michael.  Their children learned to ride bicycles at the cemetery near their home in New Canaan, Connecticut, and they have lovingly visited other historic cemeteries — including Mount Auburn Cemetery (Cambridge, Massachusetts), Newton Cemetery, the Old Burying Ground (Boston), Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (Concord, Massachusetts), Forest Lawn Cemetery (Buffalo, New York), Oak Hill Cemetery (Georgetown, D.C.), Buxton Cemetery (Bedford, New York), Lake View Cemetery (Seattle), and Père Lachaise Cemetery (Paris) — in the course of their travels. Michael has a BA from Kalamazoo College and an MA and PhD from the University of Michigan.  He has served as a Board member of Friends of Evergreen and as a member of the Portland Parks Commission since 2014.  He was formerly a Board member and Secretary of Greater Portland Landmarks.

Bjorn Swenson
Bjorn has previously served on both the executive and advisory boards for Friends of Evergreen, beginning in 2011.  He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Bowdoin College in 2000, and was a former Manager of Education for Greater Portland Landmarks.  He has been a docent and paid guide for several historic sites, including Victoria Mansion, the Skolfield-Whittier House in Brunswick, and the Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion in Portsmouth, NH.  He is currently in his thirteenth year as a part-time guide for the Wadsworth-Longfellow House, while working a full-time job in medical sales. Bjorn loves exploring Evergreen on foot and with his bicycle, watching wildlife around the ponds, and researching names on the monuments that catch his eye. He is interested in helping to create digital versions of our new and existing walking tours, and advocating for the funding of preservation and maintenance projects around the cemetery.

Advisory Committee

Bobbi Cope, Chair, Memorial Day Committe                                                                                                               Bobbi Cope is a lifelong resident of Deering Center, currently living just a few blocks from Evergreen with her husband, Steven, an attorney and also a lifelong resident of Portland.  She attended the Portland School of Art (now MECA) and continues to draw and paint for pleasure.  She enjoys the close proximity of their son and his family who live in the house she grew up in on Pleasant Avenue.  The Copes have rental properties and development projects in Portland.  Bobbi is a frequent visitor of Evergreen.  Her years of sanctuary in the cemetery started with childhood summer days at the duck ponds, then winters skating on them, and regularly getting lost among the headstones.  She has spent many hours meandering the lanes on foot and bicycle, and in most recent years, visiting her parents’ graves.  Perhaps her love of the cemetery could be considered perpetual and ever green.

Mark Hutchins

Cynthia Loebenstein
Cynthia is a resident in the Deering Center area of Portland where she has lived for 30 years raising two daughters with her husband. She is a Portland Parks Commissioner representing Evergreen Cemetery, a practicing architect and a past president of the Friends of Evergreen (Cemetery). As a tennis player, hiker, biker and paddler, she is an avid proponent of Portland Parks and is proud of this beautiful city by the sea.

Michael W. King
Michael is a Maine licensed landscape architect who works at Mitchell & Associates in Portland, Maine.  Over the past fifteen years, he has been involved in the planning and design of numerous cemeteries throughout New England.  He lives in Deering Center.

History Docents

  • Lin Brown
  • Jan Chapman
  • Sue Devine
  • Mary Foley
  • Carol Jenkins
  • David Little
  • Janet Morelli
  • Bob Riley
  • Steve Sesto
  • Mary Anne Wallace
  • Pete Weigel

Staff

Jessica Siraco, Executive Director