Maine Humanities Council welcomes three leaders as new Board Members

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Hayden Anderson, Maine Humanities Council, 207-773-5051


February 2, 2015


PORTLAND, Maine – The Maine Humanities Council welcomed three new members to its Board of Directors. New additions include Victoria Bornheimer, a human resource professional; Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, the director of the Abbe Museum; and Reza Jalali, the Coordinator for the Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Southern Maine. Patricia Bixel, MHC Board President, remarked “We are thrilled to welcome these new members to the organization, and appreciate their enthusiasm for bringing the humanities to communities around the state of Maine.”


Board members’ primary responsibilities include strategic planning, approving and monitoring the organization’s programs and services, ensuring effective fiscal management, fundraising, selecting and orienting new Board members, allocating grant funds, and promoting MHC’s activities. Members serve without pay and are eligible to serve up to two four-year terms.


The three new members join the existing 15 members of MHC’s 2015 Board of Directors. They are: Peter Webster (Chair), South Portland; Patricia Bellis Bixel (Vice Chair), Bangor; Paul Doiron, Camden; Michelle Giard Draeger, Falmouth; Daniel P. Gunn, New Sharon; Steve Hayes, Portland; Joyce B. Hedlund, Newburgh; Ann L. Kibbie, Brunswick; Laura Lindenfelt, Orono; Erica Quin-Easter, Caribou; David Richards, Skowhegan; Liam Riodan, Bangor; Ted Sharp, Cumberland Foreside; Rick Speer, Lewiston; and Maryanne C. Ward, Pittston.


Victoria Bornheimer, Cumberland

Victoria is a seasoned human resource professional who began her management career in the telecommunications field. With the exception of a consulting experience in the manufacturing world, the majority of her time was spent within the insurance industry. She has an undergraduate degree in History and a Master’s Degree in Adult Education from the University of Southern Maine. Victoria brings strong abilities in organizational development, management development, change management, and all aspects of human resources management.


Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, Mount Desert

Having worked in museums for over 20 years, Cinnamon has been a museum director since 2001. Prior to joining the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor as President and CEO in 2009, she was Director of the General Lew Wallace Study and Museum in Crawfordsville, Indiana where she led the organization to the National Medal for Museum Service in 2008. A passionate advocate for museums – their successes and their needs – and small museum expert, Cinnamon is a frequent presenter at national museum meetings and is often asked to comment on national museum issues. She served as a treasurer for the American Association for State and Local History (2012-2014) and was the founding chair of their Small Museums Committee. She also serves as a member of the Conservation Assessment Program Advisory Committee for Heritage Preservation and as a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums. In 2004, the Indiana Historical Society published Cinnamon’s first book The Art of Healing: The Wishard Art Collection. She is the co-editor of Small Museum Toolkit, a six-book series published by Altamira Press in 2012. In addition to editing, she authored the chapters on strategic planning and fundraising tactics and is currently co-authoring the second edition of Museum Administration. Cinnamon holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Art History from Purdue University and is a graduate of the University of Arkansas (Fayetteville) M.A. program in Anthropology with a specialization in Museum Studies. She also is a 2004 graduate of the Seminar for Historical Administration.


Reza Jalali, Falmouth

Reza, included in 50 in 52 Journey, a national project to name “Americans who are problem-solvers, idea-generators in their communities, in their cities, and in their States and are moving America forward,” is a writer, educator, and Muslim scholar. Reza has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern Maine, where he coordinates the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs,and at Bangor Theological Seminary, teaching humanities and Islamic civilization. He has served as an advisor to Muslim students at Bates and Bowdoin College. Reza wrote the foreword to New Mainers (© 2009, Tilbury House, Publishers), a book on immigrants’ experiences in Maine. His first children’s book, Moon Watchers, published by Tilbury House in June 2010, has received a Skipping Stones Honor Award for Multicultural Book. His latest book is Homesick Mosque and Other Stories. His play, The Poets and the Assassin, which is about women in Iran and Islam, has been staged at Bates College, University of Southern Maine, Bowdoin College, and University of New England. He has facilitated a number of MHC discussion programs on the Middle East and Islam in recent years, including the program Muslim Journeys. Reza holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering and B.A. in Social Services from the University of Bangalore, India, a Masters in Human Services Administration, and a M.F.A. in Creative Writing.


About Maine Humanities Council
The Maine Humanities Council is an independent, statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the people of Maine deepen their understanding of themselves, their communities, and the world. The Council works with volunteer literacy programs, educators, school systems, and libraries to promote the power and pleasure of ideas through its programming; the Council also provides grants supporting projects in community history, exhibits, workshops and other areas of study.


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