Our Staff


Julie Butcher Pezzino Executive Director
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Carnegie Mellon University, M.S., H. John Heinz III College, Concentration in Public Policy and Management &

American University, B.A. in Communications

Julie served as Executive Director of Grow Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. During her eight years leading the non-profit organization, Julie worked alongside city and regional policy makers, leaders of underserved communities, as well as local and national funders to increase access to green space and implement healthy food programs for children and families in Pittsburgh’s lowest-income neighborhoods. Most recently, Julie has been a principal consultant for Butcher Consulting, offering fundraising, strategic planning, and communications counsel to non-profits nationwide. Julie currently serves on the Board of Directors of Full Plates, Full Potential and is an active member of the Parent Teacher Organization at Reiche Elementary School in Portland, where her daughter is in kindergarten.

Lucia Stancioff Deputy Director
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BA Psychology, Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA)

Lucia has worked with children and parents for many years. She taught pre-kindergarten in Maine and Vermont, and she spent her summers working with Maine youth and coordinating staff at Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center, where she continues to volunteer as a board member. Lucia joined Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine staff in September of 2008; she enjoys creating an imaginative and safe environment in which children can explore!

John Marble Director of Finance & Operations
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BS Business Administration, Philadelphia University

Graduate studies in Business Administration and Education, Temple University.
John joined the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine as Director of Finance and Operations in 2014 with over 15 years of experience in finance and operations with educational and other non-profit institutions. In addition, John has expertise in financial modeling. Although John grew up in Philadelphia, PA, his father grew up in Skowhegan, ME and his family spent summer vacations at the family camp on Lake Wesserunsett. John and his children enjoyed visits to the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, PA before they moved to Portland in 1986 and later visited CMTM. John enjoys finding pragmatic solutions in supporting CMTM’s core operations and can often be found volunteering at the Museum & Theatre on First Fridays. While not at the Museum & Theatre, John enjoys running, biking, hiking, and camping throughout Maine.

Rose Splint Capital Campaign Director
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Rose was born and lived the first half of her life in Northern California, visiting her family home in Maine every summer.  After graduating from Bates College with a degree in Political Science, she settled in the Portland area to raise her two daughters who are now in high school.  Rose brings 10 years of capital campaign experience to her role and is delighted to contribute to this historic project for Maine families.  Rose currently lives in Falmouth with her husband and girls and in her free time enjoys sailing, cooking big meals for family and friends, and hiking the Maine coast with her dog. 


Patricia Pierce Erikson, APR Director of Marketing & Communications

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University of California-Davis, M.A., Ph.D. in Anthropology; Smith College, B.A.

Patricia Erikson

 Tricia’s passion for museums led her to research at the Smithsonian Institution as a graduate fellow and serve as Curator & Head of Education at the Washington State History Museum. Throughout, she worked with Native American communities as they developed their own community museums and cultural preservation programs. She also managed an effort to bring digitized collections and curriculum to teachers statewide throughout Washington. Since then, she has applied strategic communications, PR, and marketing to many museum campaigns and projects throughout Maine. Most recently, Tricia served eight years in marketing and communications in secondary and higher education. She holds a national accreditation in public relations and serves on the board of the Maine Public Relations Council. A native of Maine, she and her family live in Portland.


Audra Gonyea Finance & Administration Assistant
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Audra joined the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine as the Finance and Administration Assistant in 2019. Audra has a background in Arts Administration and attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts in Boston, MA where she studied studio art and photography. She was previously the Assistant Director of Richard Erdman Studios located in Williston, VT and Carrara, Italy. Audra recently relocated to Portland, Maine from Vermont and is thrilled to be part of the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine’s community and to help support furthering their mission of inspiring discovery and imagination through exploration and play.


Emily Ruger Director of Philanthropy
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BA in Economics, University of Southern Maine (Portland, ME)

Emily is interested in how nonprofits operate within communities to improve public wellbeing. Emily has experience in various arts and educational institutions, including an elementary school, an adult language learning school, theatre, and a visual arts college. Emily is excited about the Museum & Theatre's hands-on and family-centered approach to learning. In her spare time Emily enjoys spending time with family and friends, exploring Portland, reading, and yoga!

Deanne Dutton Development & Special Events Manager
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BA Theatre, University of Maine (Orono, ME)

Deanne joined the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in September 2016. Originally from Belfast, ME, Deanne has worked and lived on both the East and West coast. Deanne is an artist who has been involved in theatre both backstage and onstage, paints, makes gunpowder and smoke drawings, and was recently a web comic inker and colorist. Deanne may be an artist, but she also has a knack for non-profit administration and has decided to put her skills to good use working for the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine.


Reba Askari Director of Theatre & Education
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Reba is Director of Theatre & Education at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, and a proud native of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. She attended Mount Holyoke College where she majored in Theatre Arts and minored in Women’s Studies.  Reba served as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco from 2004-2006, and completed her Masters Degree in Theatre Education from Emerson College in 2015.  Reba is currently a company member of Mad Horse Theatre Ensemble, and has worked at the Museum & Theatre since the organizational merger in 2008.  Reba has spent the past decade creating children’s theatre by kids for kids, harnessing the power of the dramatic arts as a powerful teaching tool.

Samantha Connelly Educator
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Samantha is an Educator at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. In 2011, Samantha graduated from The University of Vermont with both a BS in Psychology and a BA in English. Before joining the education/theatre team in 2015, Samantha studied child development and worked in early-childhood education in New England. As an educator, Sam seeks to engage both children and adults with playful and challenging programming that encourages each to expand their perspective. She is especially fond of the humor and joy that occur naturally when working and learning alongside the young.

Brittany Liscord Educator & Community Engagement Coordinator
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Brittany is the Community Engagement Coordinator, in addition to being an Educator, at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. She has a BA in History and English from Allegheny College, and a MA in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University. Brittany has a love for engaging children and families in dynamic ways -- from hearth cooking and leading multicultural celebrations to wiggling with worms and dramatizing dinosaur adventures.. A longtime resident of New England, Brittany appreciates the mountains and the ocean and all the earth in-between. She seeks ways for museums and cultural institutions to serve as gathering spaces for community: places for individual exploration, making new friends, and healthy, playful living.

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Allison McCall Theatre Educator & Stage Manager
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Allison is a Theatre Assistant at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. She graduated from Muhlenberg College in 2011 with a BA in Theatre and Art History, with training including Shakespeare and Classical Verse, Commedia dell'Arte, Boal Forum Theatre, and various forms of puppetry. Allison studied Performance Studies at Goldsmiths, University of London (2009), and worked as a Theatre Artist in Residence at Camp Susan Curtis (2010) where she devised original theatrical works with economically-underprivileged Maine youth. While most of her time is spent alongside young actors in the Dress-Up Theatre, Allison also works as a professional actor throughout New England.

Lily O'Brien Educator
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Lily is an Educator at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine. Lily earned a BA in Art History with a French Minor from Skidmore College, and has been lucky enough to work with children for many years in museums, camps, and classrooms. She has taught in a one-room schoolhouse, spent summers leading an art and social justice camp in Transylvania (Romania), organized a farm camp for Maine’s youngest farmers, and started a sewing initiative to support subsistence farmers in Eastern Europe. Lily believes in the worth and dignity of each and every child and seeks to make the world a better place for future generations. When Lily is not at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, she is most likely riding her horses, Buster and Pilgrim.

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Terra Fletcher Exhibits & Visitor Services Associate
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Terra studied informal education with a focus on science museum exhibit design at Hampshire College, and graduated with a BA in 2013. Her previous experience includes seven years of exhibits and education work in museums, schools, and camps. Terra centers her work around creating authentic learning spaces that engage and inspire visitors. She has been creating scientific illustrations since junior high, and is passionate about this kind of accessibility in learning. She believes in the power of museums to educate and inspire, and couldn't be happier to keep working toward that mission at the Museum & Theatre.

Andy Rosen Exhibits Associate
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BFA, New York State College of Ceramics and Design at Alfred University (Alfred, NY)
MFA, MA University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA)

Andy is an artist and professor at the University of New England and Southern Maine Community College. His artwork and research combines New England's rich rural craft traditions of chainsaw carving and whittling with contemporary modes of computer-driven fabrication. His work at the Museum & Theatre is a continuation of his art making process that revolves around play and fun as guideposts for design. You can find his latest artwork standing amongst sorted piles of unwanted items at the Community Recycling Center in Scarborough, Maine, where he was part of a unique artist residency organized by SPACE Gallery. The work, a larger-than-life-sized black bear made of wood and asphalt shingles titled "David," will be on display until September. He has exhibited his artwork in galleries and museums nationally and internationally.


Phanie Mills Visitor Services Manager
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BFA Illustration & Painting, Grand Valley State University (Allendale, MI)

Phanie joined the Museum & Theatre team in September of 2017. Originally from Michigan, she spent the previous year on a tour of the entire country with a traveling farm-to-table event company. After traversing the U.S. in her converted van-camper, living and working outdoors on farms, beaches, urban gardens, and vineyards, she fell in love with the city of Portland, Maine. Her previous professional titles have included Pinball Art Restoration Expert, Cheese-monger of the San Francisco Bay area farmers’ markets, and Assistant Manager of the Food & Beverage Department at a nonprofit sculpture park and concert venue. She is truly passionate about promoting a culture of education and creative expression for all ages both within the Museum & Theatre and in the greater Portland community. When Phanie isn't working, you may spot her enjoying Maine’s beaches and mountains, often cooking elaborate vegetarian meals out of her homemade van-kitchen.

Shana Jaques Reservations & Retail Coordinator
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BFA Sculpture, Maine College of Art (Portland, ME)

Shana's previous experience includes L.L. Bean, DeLorme, and Thos. Moser Cabinet Makers in Freeport, ME, as well as five years' experience at Maine Audubon Society's Nature Stores. While at Maine Audubon, she managed the store for the seasonal Scarborough Marsh Nature Center and was the first store manager for the new store at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, ME. She came to the Children's Museum of Maine in 1998 and has enjoyed using her skills to support the mission of the Museum & Theatre. She hopes that all who visit the Museum & Theatre find something that helps to inspire discovery and imagination through exploration and play.

Elizabeth Knowland Visitor Services
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BA History & English Literature, University of British Columbia, Vancouver
MA History, University of British Columbia, Vancouver

Liz grew up in South Portland and remembers coming to play at the Museum & Theatre when she was little. (She especially loved the fire truck and the space shuttle!) She's really happy that she gets to help kids have as much fun here as she did. Liz has lived in Canada and Japan, and likes comics, anime, and reading books.

Savannah Irish Visitor Services

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BA Theatre & Minor in Music, University of Southern Maine (Gorham, Maine)

Savannah Irish joined The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine in September of 2019. Born and raised in Maine, she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre with a Minor in Music at the University of Southern Maine in 2018. Savannah has had the privilege of working alongside children and imagination throughout her career; previously working at Walt Disney WorldⓇ as an Entertainment Costumer and Story Land as an Assistant Coordinator. She strives for young people and their families to explore their imaginations and creativity through all forms of artistic expression. In addition, Savannah is a local theatre artist who performs throughout New England and enjoys discussing music and film over coffee.


Board of Directors


Chris Dougherty, President

Heather Robinson, Vice President

Julie Ouellette, Secretary

Tabitha Lamontagne, Treasurer

Jim Marcisso, Past President

Barbee Gilman, Campaign Co-chair

Kristin Valdmanis, Executive Committee at Large

Patti Butler

Virginia Gentile

Jeff Glidden

Matthew Kesselhaut

Sara Knowles

Kate Malin

Melissa McKersie

Allison McLaughlin

Rosaleen Parsons

Ashley Pilsbury

Gail Ringel



Advisory Council


Ula Polsky, President

Deb Deatrick, Campaign Co-chair


John Adelman

Lindsay Alexander

Liz Armstrong

Michael Bourque

Jim Brady

Elena Brandt

Maddy Corson

Jim Costello

Kathy Coster

John DeQuattro

Constance Gemmer

Dawn Gerding

Shawn O. Gorman

Joseph G. Herlihy

Charles Hurdman

Jennifer Jacobs

Ron Leeking

Kevin London

Timothy Masse

Regina Nappi

Merle Nelson

Pamela Plumb

Lance Prichard

Harry Pringle

Michael Quinlan

Elizabeth Rosen

William J. Ryan, Sr.

Linda Shary

Mary Lou Sprague

Mary Howe Stewart

Wendy Suehrstedt

Fred Thompson

Bill Waldron, Jr.