Anne West began working for the Island Health & Wellness Foundation in 2010 and was hired as the Executive Director in 2017. She is a graduate of Husson College and has worked primarily in healthcare finance, public relations, and philanthropy for the past 15 years. Anne’s vision is a community where all the people of Deer Isle-Stonington have access to quality health care and the opportunity for a healthy lifestyle.
Anne grew up on a farm in Searsport, Maine, and now resides in Orland with her husband and daughter. Her hobbies are spending time with her family – immediate and extended – and she recently ran her first full marathon!
Who we are
Board of Directors
Gail Senecal, President
Deer Isle, Maine
Gail Senecal has been visiting the Island since 1991. In 2003, Gail and her husband, Rob, purchased land and in 2011, they relocated to the Island permanently. Rob’s mother grew up in Stonington and Rob’s grandmother was a founding member of the Board. Gail started her career as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant, then, after additional schooling and passing the licensure exam, worked as a LPN for many years in various settings such as a sub-acute unit, psychiatric unit, and long-term care unit. After continuing her education, Gail graduated Becker College in Massachusetts with an AS in Paralegal Sciences. In 2000, she started working at Unum Group in the claim litigation area and continues to work there today. Gail’s hobbies include spending time with her family and pets, beekeeping, hiking/walking, bicycling, paddle boarding, and photography. Gail also volunteers as a Recovery Coach for Healthy Acadia. Gail joined the board in 2014.
Elisabeth Harrison, Vice President
Deer Isle, Maine
Elisabeth “Eliza” Harrison has been a year-round resident of Deer Isle for 19 years, but a summer resident all her life. In fact, her great-grandparents began spending summers on Deer Isle in 1884. Eliza spent most of her career on the business side of magazine publishing. She worked in advertising sales and marketing for SAIL Magazine for nearly 13 years, and for several other publications in the recreational marine industry as a publisher. That included starting a national sailing magazine called “Sailor” in the early ’80s. Following that, Eliza started a small advertising and marketing consulting business in Newport, RI, which she ran for ten years. She worked at Harbor Farm in Deer Isle for nine years, designing and selling custom tile installations. Eliza is now retired but is involved with a number of other island nonprofits, including OFIP, the Historical Society, Ready-by-21, and the Opera House. She sings in the choir at the Congregational Church, is an avid sailor, loves to cook and garden and is honing her skills at bridge. Eliza joined the board in 2018.
Mark Picton, Treasurer
Mark Picton is a building contractor, conservation-oriented land planner and developer, and a professional in environmental planning and management. He earned a Master’s degree in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2012 and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1975. Mark has worked with land trusts, municipalities, and private clients to design and implement residential developments around conservation priorities. Mark served on the Washington, Connecticut Inland Wetlands Commission for seven years, four as chairman. Mark has been a regular in Stonington for about eight years. He enjoys skiing, skating, rowing, paddling, and exploring the outdoors on foot, by car, and by outboard skiff. Mark joined the board in 2015.
Judy Williams, Assistant Treasurer
Judy Williams was born in Castine and raised in Stonington. Judy describes her two best decisions in life as marrying the love of her life, her high school sweetheart, and being a stay-at-home mom to her two amazing sons while also working out of her home. Judy served as President of the Sunshine Activity Center for four years and as den leader for her sons’ Cub Scout/Boy Scout troops. She is now retired and does bookkeeping for her husband John’s business, Khristy Michelle, Inc. In addition, Judy serves as the Secretary for the Burnt Cove Church Community Center and Mount Rest Cemetery, and is Vice President of the Island Nursing Home board. She finds it rewarding to know that she has a small part in keeping its residents happy and safe. She enjoys walks along the water, reading, spending time with John and her friends, as well as scrapbooking. Her favorite activities are being at home and enjoying close friends and the awesome view from her sliding glass door. Judy, along with her husband John, joined the board in 2019.
Nancy Greene, Secretary
Deer Isle, Maine
Nancy Greene and her husband have lived on Deer Isle for over 20 years. She is a semi-retired psychotherapist in private practice in Stonington and was the clinical counselor on the staff of Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School for three years, giving her the opportunity to get to know our schools and our kids. She is a breast cancer advocate, and lobbies Congress each year for the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program’s Breast Cancer Research Program’s annual $150 million outlay. She sits on peer review grant application panels as a breast cancer consumer. Nancy also lobbies for a law in Maine requiring women to be told after a mammogram if their breasts are dense. Maine is not a state that requires that be done. Nancy has two young grandchildren in New York she tries to visit often, two dogs, a big vegetable garden, and a boat. She knits, is taking piano lessons, enjoys cooking, and is learning Spanish. Nancy joined the board in 2016.
Brenda Colson is an Island native. Her uncle, Constant Murphy, was on the original Island Medical Center Board of Trustees. She is proud to be able to carry on this family tradition. Brenda left Deer Isle-Stonington to attend a private boarding school during her high school years. After being a student at the Northern Conservatory of Music, she married, raised three children, and began a nursing career. In 1978, Brenda graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LVN), and was hired to be the head nurse of a brand new pediatric practice in San Antonio, Texas with four physicians. Brenda moved back to Maine in 1985 and worked at Eastern Maine Medical Center as Department Head of outpatient pediatrics, pre-admission testing nurse, and employee health nurse. Brenda attended nursing school while working and graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1995. She then worked at Acadia Hospital for five years and received a certification in psychiatric nursing. After returning to the Island to live in 2003, Brenda worked many years as a charge nurse at the Island Nursing Home. Her hobbies include flower gardening, walks on the shore and in the woods and painting and sketching. Brenda joined the board in 2018.
Little Deer Isle, Maine
Christina Fifield was born and raised on Deer Isle-Stonington. She attended college at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Communications and then found herself wanting to get back to the ocean and her hometown. She lives on Little Deer Isle with her fiancé Richard, daughter Danica, and their two dogs, Duke and Duchess, and cat Thackery Binx. Her family has always been involved in the fishing industry on Deer Isle, owning and operating Fifield Lobster Company since 1940. She and her three siblings were on the dock or in the water their entire childhood. Her great grandfather started the business with five boats that sold to him. Together with her brother, they are updating and moving Fifield Lobster Company into a new era. They now have 40 boats that sell to them. Christina also works part-time at Maine Center For Coastal Fisheries as the program coordinator for The Eastern Maine Skippers Program. She finds it rewarding working with the future of the fishing community, who will keep our traditions going and our communities thriving. Christina enjoys reading, traveling, and being anywhere on the ocean with her family. Christina joined the board in 2020.
Gwyn Firth Murray
Deer Isle, Maine
Gwyn Firth Murray moved to Deer Isle in early 2019 after being a “summer person” at her Mom’s camp for 35 years. Gwyn is a lawyer, founder, and principal at the Matau Legal Group, which offers a broad range of commercial, licensing, and other legal services to start-up and established companies in the high-tech and biotech industries. Gwyn is a graduate of Stanford University Law School and also holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. She obtained her B.A. magna cum laude and with distinction in economics from Yale College. Gwyn has lived and traveled extensively in Latin America, Southeast Asia, Oceania, and Europe. A citizen of both the United States of America and New Zealand, Gwyn is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and currently is studying French with limited success. Gwyn has served as a board member of numerous organizations, including Bay Area Adoption Services and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. She’s also volunteered as a mentor to at-risk students at Menlo-Atherton High School and was a founder of Radical Resilience, Silicon Valley, a community group that successfully spearheaded the adoption of a “safe city” ordinance in the City of Menlo Park, CA. Gwyn’s interests include reading, cooking, eating what she cooks (more than she should!), organic vegetable and flower gardening, hanging out with altogether too many cats, dogs, and other critters, walking and hiking, and savoring her precious time with friends and family. Gwen joined the board in 2020.
Shannon Joyce lives in Stonington, Maine, with her fisherman husband Mark, two children, Michael and Addie, and their two black labs. Growing up on the Island with her strong fishing heritage, she takes a special interest in the industry and those who are affected by its outlook. Shannon has worked for Coastside Bio Resources for over 23 years and works daily with scientists and manufacturers of new and innovative products that focus on flexibility and mobility for both humans and animals. She also fills in at Coldwater Seafood in sales and customer service whenever needed. For the past four years, Shannon and other volunteers have worked tirelessly to bring the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) back to the elementary school to help with programs wherever needed. For the past five years, she has volunteered as a Daisy Girl Scout leader to help young children learn about becoming healthy, civic-minded individuals, and a sister to one another. She also volunteers for the Elks located in Ellsworth to help individuals who are facing hardships. Shannon is a certified Beachbody instructor and teaches the exercise program Insanity. Her favorite pastime is hiking. She’s hiked to the top of Mount Katahdin several times, along with mountains in Baxter State Park, Acadia, and New Hampshire. Shannon joined the board in 2020.
Jay T. Kearney
Jay T. Kearney, Ph.D., is a Senior Consultant for Osprey Leadership Consulting, Inc. He has been working in the area of elite performance for over 30 years serving both Olympic level coaches and athletes as well as senior executives to maximize their potential for world-class performances. Jay T. is the High Performance Director for one of the Sport Performance Teams at the USOC, where he coordinates access to and application of performance services ranging from sports medicine and science to nutrition and performance technology. He holds a B.S. from the State University of New York (Health and Physical Education Minor: Biological Sciences), a M.S. from the University of Maryland (Exercise Physiology), and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland (Exercise Physiology). In 1990, Jay T. and his wife started visiting the coast of Maine in the summers. They purchased a home in Stonington in 2004 and became full-time residents in 2010. Jay T.’s recreational pursuits include sea kayaking, sailing on their Sabre 28, and spending time on their refurbished 1958 Boothbay ’33 lobster yacht. Jay T. and his wife, Leigh, share a blended family of three daughters, one son and seven grandchildren. Jay T. joined the board in 2013.
Deer Isle, Maine
Hollan Oliver is a board-certified physical therapist through the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). She earned her doctorate degree in 2010 from the University of Vermont and went on to obtain advanced certifications as an Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) and a Sports Certified Specialist (SCS). She spent her first eight years of physical therapy practice in Rhode Island as the Director of Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine for Elite Physical Therapy, a nationally recognized outpatient orthopedic practice. She worked with high school and college athletes to provide injury prevention and performance enhancement programs. In 2017 she returned to her hometown of Deer Isle to establish Coastline Physical Therapy & Performance because she believed that the coast of Maine was ready for a new model of therapy, health, and wellness. Hollan enjoys golfing, CrossFit, coaching the Deer Isle-Stonington High School softball team, and cheering for the Boston Red Sox. Hollan and her wife Caroline are expecting their first child in 2021. Hollan joined the board in 2020.
John Williams was born in Castine and raised in Stonington. Growing up, John was fortunate enough to be able to fish with his father and learn life lessons, which led to him to pursue a career in fishing. He is a lobsterman and captain of the F/V Khristy Michelle. He also serves as the President of the Burnt Cove Church Community Center and Mount Rest Cemetery. His hobbies are reading maritime history and being on and around the water. He is also very interested in investing and learning about saving for retirement. John, along with his wife Judy, joined the board in 2019.
Contact our office today:
Island Health & Wellness Foundation
354 Airport Road
Stonington, ME 04681