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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 

KATHY BIBERSTEIN

Kathy Biberstein began her career in the automotive industry as an engineer at General Motors, where she worked on an early prototype of Chevrolet’s all electric vehicle. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School, she practiced law in Boston before moving to Switzerland to work as legal counsel and a member of the executive committee of the World Economic Forum. Kathy then spent 30 years working as an executive in the biotechnology industry in Switzerland, Ireland and Boston. She was an observer on the investment committee of two oncology social impact funds and a director of a company working to cure genetic diseases. She is currently executive partner and general counsel of Flagship Pioneering, a company that creates and develops first-in-category companies to transform human health and sustainability. Kathy lives in Freeport, Maine, where she raised her two sons, and is on the Board of Directors of Meridian Stories and the life sciences advisory committee of Focus Maine.

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CRYSTAL CANNEY

Crystal Canney has worked as a journalist and communications director for a Governor and U.S. Senator before operating two consulting businesses in media, communications, and government policy. 

   Crystal’s passion revolves around politics and humanity in Maine, the U.S., and the middle east. She has been a political independent for more than a decade. She likes to believe you can have a straightforward, honest dialogue with anyone regardless of their political affiliation and no matter how difficult the topic. She acknowledges that sometimes it is easier said than done but believes that people are united rather than divided through that process.

Crystal resides in Portland with her husband. Their daughter is on her way to becoming a doctor.

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JACK EMORY

Jack practiced law for 30 years, first in Portland, Maine, and later as General Counsel of the Dexter Shoe Company. Following the closing of Dexter Shoe, Jack ran the family office for Peter and Paula Lunder in Portland as its president and as president of the Lunder Foundation for 14 years, retiring in 2016. Jack serves on several foundation boards with a particular interest in hands-on programs meeting the needs of the underserved in Maine. Jack and Katherine moved to Maine in 1974 and have lived most of that time in Freeport. Their two daughters live in Boston.

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DAVID KAUFMAN

David Kaufman had a career as a broadcaster having started with CBS Network News and eventually retiring as the CEO of the WMTW Broadcast Group which was comprised of WMTW-TV, Portland , Maine’s ABC TV affiliate (Channel 8), as well as 5 Maine radio stations.


After retiring from his broadcast career, David purchased Brahms Mount, a luxury textile design and manufacturing company and built it into a nationally recognized firm.


David and his wife Barbara relocated to Maine in 1979 and have lived in South Freeport since 1981.  He has served on numerous civic boards, is a Past Commodore of the Harraseeket Yacht Club, and is currently on the Board of Friends of Casco Bay.

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RITA SALIBA

Rita Saliba holds a Doctor of Law (J.D.) from the University of Maine School of Law, licensed to practice in Maine and Massachusetts. Formerly an attorney at Murray Plumb and Murray, she developed the Technology Law Center at Maine’s School of Law. Rita continued her career as a Strategic Planner at the Southern Maine Agency on Aging. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a Master of Fine Arts (MFA), she co-founded Grant Partners of New England, researching and writing grant proposals, while consulting on fund development. A forty-seven-year resident of Freeport and mother of four children, Rita served as a volunteer in Freeport schools and was a member of the Building Committee for Mast Landing School. Rita is a licensed Real Estate Broker and Designated Broker (DB) at NE Properties. She continues to serve various charitable and community organizations in the State of Maine.

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TOM SALIBA

Retired Business Executive, Tom Saliba was trained as an Energy Economist having graduated from Colby College and earned a Master’s Degree from Columbia University.  He first moved to Freeport in 1974 and has served on or chaired numerous civic and charitable boards including Maine Medical Center, Maine College of Art, Colby College Museum of Art, The Cy Twombly Foundation, and The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Freeport.

He has been collecting Art for more than fifty years, sailed in the Mediterranean for more than twenty years and now enjoys working in his gardens in South Freeport.

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