Dr. Carol Leary, Board President and Chair
Carol Leary has a passionate dedication to the advancement and education of women. Since 1994, she has served as President of Bay Path University, named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the 20 fastest growing baccalaureate colleges in America in 2014 and 2015, and in 2017 and 2018 one of the fastest-growing “private nonprofit master’s institutions” in the United States. Bay Path is the only women’s college in New England to be included in these rankings. Under her guidance, Bay Path launched The American Women’s College in 2013, the first all-women all-online baccalaureate program in the nation, and has overseen the development of over 30 graduate programs at the University.
Carol has served as chair of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts. Currently, she is chair for the New Presidents Program under the auspices of the Council of Independent College, and chairs the board of the Association of American Colleges & Universities.
An emerita trustee and former chair of the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Carol served on the board of the Beveridge Family Foundation, Inc., and was President of the Board of Tribunes for WGBY/PBS. Currently, she is a member of the board at United Bank.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Boston University, she earned her MS at the State University of New York at Albany and her PhD at The American University in Washington, DC.
Carol and her husband, Noel, first visited Ogunquit in 1972, and they were instantly taken by its charm and beauty. Shortly thereafter, they purchased a condominium, and then a home in 2000. They both are committed to celebrating, enhancing, and preserving Ogunquit’s unique character not just for present day, but for future generations to come.
John Phinney, Vice President/Treasurer
John is the CEO of Convergence Inc., the leading provider of data-driven research and insights into the fast-growing Alternative Investment Manager market. It’s CMDX Database and Products (TM) are refreshed and published daily and contain over 15mm data artifacts on 35,000 Registered Investment Advisors. Convergence is proud to serve the industry’s leading firms among its growing client base.
Before founding Convergence, John was a senior executive at many of the world’s leading investment managers including Apollo Global Management, The Rohatyn Group, JPMorgan and Fidelity Investments. John serves as the MWPF’s Treasurer and oversees its Investment Committee and Endowment. He and his wife Cynthia are active volunteers with organizations including The School Sisters of Notre Dame, The Family and Children’s Agency of Wilton, The Community Nursery School of Wilton, The Charles River School, The Dover Country Day School and have served as Board Members at the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine and the Villanova School of Business (VSB) Deans Advisory Council. John and Cynthia reside in Wilton, Connecticut and Ogunquit, Maine.
Louesa Gillespie has served as president of Ogunquit’s Beachmere Inn since 1982. She graduated in 1958 from Cornell and earned a graduate certificate in landscape design in 1981 from Radcliffe. She is a general partner of the Beachmere Family Limited Partnership. In years past, she also owned the Lookout Hotel and the Ontio Motor Inn, both in Ogunquit. For more than 30 years, Gillespie has served on Ogunquit’s Marginal Way Committee, which oversees the care and maintenance of the mile-long footpath. In addition, she is Vice-President of Trustees of St. Peter’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, a board member and former president of the Piscataqua Garden Club and a board member and former president of the Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America. Since 2009, Gillespie also has served as a director of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. She has held previous positions on the Ogunquit Planning Board and the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit.
Charlie resides in Florida but has maintained a summer residence in Ogunquit for 25Years. He has been an active member of the community returning to the MWPF Board after an absence of a few years. He is engaged with the Playhouse and The Ogunquit Museum of American Art. A retired Financial Services Executive he brings many years of Not for Profit board experience in the Arts, Healthcare, Child Services and Musical Theater. He is passionate about maintaining the Marginal Way for many generations to come and Ogunquit his beautiful place by the sea.
We are excited to announce Katlyn Mitsch as the newly elected member of the Board. Kate brings with her an extensive background in Finance and Accounting and is also a licensed CPA. Kate earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accounting from Penn State University and has worked at KPMG, LLP over the past 9+ years within their Advisory Management Consulting practice. Kate is also closely rooted to the community of Ogunquit, as a resident and local business owner of Coastal Wine on Shore Road.
Barbara O’Leary retired from Cruise International/CI Travel as Vice President of Public Relations/Special Projects and served on the Board of Directors for 30 years. At present, she is Vice President of CI Travel’s four locations in Naples, Florida and a lector for All Saints Catholic Church in Ogunquit. She has been a summer resident on the Marginal Way for 25 years. She also has a home in Naples, Florida.
Jim Oliver has over 35 years of experience designing and implementing enterprise network systems for clients across many verticals including financial services, utilities, and health care. After working in a technical role in Boston radio during and after college, the idea for a touch screen based studio control system was born.
Jim left radio to form Media Touch Systems, where the development of the touch screen system continued. Jim served as the Director of Systems Integration for the company overseeing the design, installation and training for systems installed globally.
In 1989 Jim joined Alpine Computer Systems as a technical systems architect and worked to grow the consulting business until its sale in 1996. Alpine was honored by INC Magazine for three years in a row as one of the 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. After the sale, Jim remained involved in the new company in a consulting role. The company was again sold to Cognizant Technology Solutions (NASDAQ:CTSH). Jim served as Manager of IT Infrastructure Solutions while with Cognizant through 2007.
In 2008 Jim joined the Advocator Group as Executive Vice President of Information Technology. During his four year tenure, the Advocator Group streamlined operations with technology and grew from a $9m to $35m business and increased profit margin by 10%. The Advocator Group was acquired by Brown & Brown Insurance (NYSE:BRO) in 2010. Jim remained with The Advocator Group after the acquisition and was the chair of the Brown & Brown technology steering committee.
Jim is in his 17th season of owning and operating Bessie’s Restaurant in Ogunquit and is also involved in the operation of six RE/MAX Realty One offices located in southern Maine with his husband Don Wunder.
Allison is a local resident of Ogunquit where she resides with her husband and their two rescue dogs. A graduate of the Manhattan College School of Business where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Management, Marketing and Psychology, Allison has worked in Corporate Human Resources and Project Management for a Fortune 500 Company for several years helping to integrate new and innovative business lines into the organization. As a local resident of Ogunquit, she is passionate that the unique treasure that is the Marginal Way continue to be a special place for all to enjoy for many years to come. Allison is also a proud aunt of 7 nieces and nephews who all come to visit her in Ogunquit and enjoy the Marginal Way each year.
Nan Ramsey is a retired educator and last served at Berwick Academy as the director of the Teaching Institute, a master’s program for prospective teachers. She earned her master’s degree from the University of N.H. and also her undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy from U.N.H. She currently assists her family in all things creative at their resort in Ogunquit, the Anchorage by the Sea. From menu production to choosing room décor and fabrics, she loves to utilize her artistic talents whenever possible. She is honored to serve on the Marginal Way Preservation Fund Committee as she enjoys running many mornings along the scenic pathway. A lover of choral group singing, Nan also currently serves on the Portsmouth Pro Musica Board of Directors as secretary. Her greatest loves, however, are her husband, 3 children, their spouses and one very handsome baby grandson named Charles.
Paul Breen, President Emeritus
Paul did coop assignments at MIT’s Draper Lab and following the award of an electrical engineering degree, was an electrical engineer and engineering manager for many years at the Mitre Corp.
He retired in 2002 and he and his wife moved to Ogunquit in 2006 after having summered in Ogunquit for 38 years.
He was a participant in an industry-government team who developed and installed integrated command and control systems for the military, civil agencies and civil institutions.
He was an adjunct professor in related computer topics at the University of Mass at Lowell, Northeastern University, York County Community College, the Lincoln Institute and the Nashoba Regional Vocational School.
He is a member of the Institute for Electrical Engineers and the Society for Information Displays and presented many papers at technical symposia addressing the implementation of new capabilities and related man-machine interfaces.
He consults for industry and government on related topics.
Paul holds an MS and BS in Electrical Engineering from Northeastern University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Computing in the Comm. of Massachusetts.
He is a Board Member of the Marginal Way Preservation Fund, a member of the Marginal Way Committee, Chair of the Tax Assessment Board and the past Chair of the Beach Erosion Committee.
Paul served as the president from 2011 – 2020.