Who We Are

Board of Directors

 

Bobbi Cope, President                                                                                                                                          

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.

Stephen Bither, Treasurer

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.

Mary Anne Wallace, Secretary 

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. 

 

Mark Hutchins

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.

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

 

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.

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