Daily Devotions' ministry is blessed and steered by a diverse and talented Board of Trustees and Advisors encompassing a wide range of backgrounds dedicated to providing the most comprehensive and meaningful direction of the Daily Devotions mission.
Board of Trustees Meetings
Fourth Wednesday of Each Month
WCSH6, Portland, Maine
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Board of Trustees
Vice President, John Duval Ludwig was born and raised in Maine, graduated from Colby College, served as a USAF B-47 pilot in the early 1960s, and entered a career with New England Telephone Company where he held positions in the Plant and Commercial departments before becoming Corporate Director of Safety and Occupational Health. During this period he chaired the Bell System Occupational Health Group and served as President of the Massachusetts Safety Council. After retirement from NET, John became active in the marine industry, earning certifications as a marine electrical technician, corrosion specialist, and fire and explosion investigator, while serving as commodore of his local yacht club and boating around the Chesapeake Bay. He has been active in his community and church, serving on several boards and committees. He is currently on the Coordinating Council at Christ Church United in Lowell MA, a diverse multi-cultural inner city church, where he has served as Treasurer for six years and worked closely with field education students from Andover Newton Theological School, teenage youth, and on community outreach programs. He resides with his wife Connie in Eliot, ME. Class of 2014, First Term
David Crocker, Esq. is an Attorney at Law and a Solicitor of England and Wales representing international software and IT companies from startup to acquisition. Class of 2016, Second Term.
Treasurer, Michael Gray is the bi-vocational pastor of the Old Orchard Beach United Methodist Church and also works as the Technology Services Coordinator at a local credit union. He studied theology at Bangor Theological Seminary in Portland, Maine and has lived and served in Southern Maine his entire life. He is deeply involved in his community and has served on several boards and committees including the Community Watch Council and the Finance Committee. He has over 17 years of experience in the financial industry where he has worked in both retail and commercial banking and finance. Pastor Mike lives in Old Orchard Beach with his wife and daughter.
Kate Hough, was raised in Falmouth, Maine. She is the granddaughter of Reverend Howard O. Hough the founder and first minister of FRPCA. She began her career with New England Telephone in 1972 and held many positions over the years most of them in Outside Plant where she was an Installer/Repair and Special Services Technician. She retired from Verizon in 2008. She was also employed by FairPoint Communications. She also attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh for Residential Planning and designs and sells kitchens for Evergreen Building & Design of Westbrook, Me. Class of 2013, First Term.
Pauline Dion, BSN, MS, Boothbay Region YMCA, Boothbay Region Land Trust, The Boothbay Region Student Aid Fund, Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club Junior Program Foundation, chair of the BHYC Junior Sailing and Tennis Program. Class of 2013, First Term.
Nancy Dumais, was born and raised in Maine. A graduate of the University of Maine Orono, she held various retail, operations, marketing and community relations positions with the Maine based corporation, Hannaford Supermarkets. She volunteered with the Junior Achievement and Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations and leveraged her community relations position to work with Feeding America and Share Our Strength organizations to address the issue of food insecurity in New England and New York. As Director of Brand & Design for Dehaize America she led the effort to educate the organization on the power of strong brands with the development of brand guidelines and a major brand redesign. Currently, a marketing leader for WEX Inc. a Maine based financial services corporation, her focus has moved from consumer to business marketing. Class of 2016
James M. Phelps was raised in part at the family lakeside camp in Wayne, Maine. Former Founder and CEO of a custom architectural building component manufacturer which grew to provide material throughout North and Central America, as well as, Europe and Africa. Graduate of NYU, contributor and member of multiple charitable foundations, creator and founder of a County Park Commission annual and memorial event. Class of 2016
Crystal Card, is a native of Brunswick, Maine and is currently a volunteer on the board of the Senter fund in Brunswick, Maine, branch manager of the People's United Bank in Brunswick and an active member of the chamber commerce in midcoast Maine. She has experience in business banking, lending, finance and holds a bachelors degree in business marketing with St. Joseph's College of Maine. Crystal is working on her MBA at Southern NH University, in finance. She holds investment licenses FINRA 6, FINRA 63 and Life and Health Insurance. Class of 2017
Secretary, Al Niese
The Rev. Alfred M. Niese is an ordained Episcopal minister and a member of the retired staff of St. Paul's Church, Brunswick. Born and raised in NJ, Al and his wife Bronda moved to Woolwich in 1998. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and the General Theological Seminary in NYC and did graduate studies at the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health also in NY. He began his ministry at Trinity Cathedral in Newark, NJ in the mid-60's and served parishes over the next 30 years in Fair Lawn, Short Hills and Bernardsville. He is a former chair of the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program board in Brunswick and is on the board of the United Nations Association's Maine chapter, which sponsors Maine's Model UN Conference at USM.He facilitates a weekly study/reflection group of 25 men at St. Paul's. He enjoys biking and sailing. Class of 2017
Though not a true Maine native, John grew up on the coast in East Boothbay. He graduated from Gould Academy in 1960, went on to Tufts University on a Navy scholarship and graduated in 1964 with a Bachelor of Art degree and a commission in the U.S. Navy. John served his country for twenty years as a U.S. Naval Officer in the Surface Navy, then retired in 1984, settling with his family in Bethel, Maine where he spent his high school years. Hired on at Gould Academy as its first Director of Development in 1984, he served his alma mater for another 21 years before permanently retiring in 1985. John asked to become involved with Daily Devotions in the fall of 2014 and now finds himself an active trustee. His volunteering for Daily Devotions is not coincidental in that Reverend Peter joined his older daughter and now husband in marriage and baptized their two sons in Wilson Memorial Chapel on Ocean Point nearly 20 years ago. John and wife Jan are now in Cumberland, Maine after living 29 years in Bethel, visited often by their seven grands and families. Class of late 2017
Secretary Assistant City Clerk at City of South Portland, Maine Class of 2017
President, Dr. Rev. Rick Small
Dr. Rev. Small studied Industrial Design at Maryland Instituton of Art, designed steel buildings, created topographical maps, and maintained classified aircraft in the U.S. Navy. After receiving a BA from University of Maine in Orono, a Masters and Doctoral Degree from Bangor Theological Seminary, he served several churches in Northern and Southern Maine. He is former President of The Good Shepherd Food-Bank. Rev. Small has five grandchildren and three step-grandchildren. He is now retired and currently lives with his wife, Deb, in Windham, Maine. Class of 2018
Partner at Birney, Frederick, Quinlan & Tupper, LLC. with an interest in legal services for pilots.University of Maine School of Law,J.D.,City University of Hong Kong,University of Southern Maine, B.A. Class of 2018
Adviser -- Barbara Campbell Harvey is originally from Newton, MA and she migrated back home to Maine after living in many different states and countries. After eight years as the Head Librarian at Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library, she moved to "just a member of the team" at Bowdoin College Library in Brunswick, ME, where she has worked for ten years, so far. While in Boothbay, Barbara played in the local Community/Alumni Band; was Co-Chairman of the Harold B. Clifford Playground Project; a School Trustee; Church Clerk at the Congregational Church in Boothbay Harbor, ME and an active member of the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club. Barbara is an active member of the Bowdoin community through sports, music and volunteer work on and off campus. Barbara's only daughter, Abbigail, graduated from college and is now a teacher in Massachusetts. Barbara lives in South Portland." Class of 2014, Second Term.
Adviser -- Kimberly Cressey, born and raised in Portland, Maine, is a TD Bank, N.A. employee. In her 20 years with the Bank, she has held various positions in the Investment, Government Banking, and Consumer Lending areas and is currently working in the Community Capital Group. Kim is an active member of the Stevens Avenue Congregational Church UCC. Kim has been a Sunday School teacher, Chair of the Board of Christian Education, Deacon, co-chair of the Ministry of Worship and Community Life and has served as a member of the Council of Ministries which is the Church's Executive Council. She is currently President of the Stevens Avenue Congregational Church Ladies Evening Guild. Kim is also a part-time student at Saint Joseph's College pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Her hope is to one day attend seminary. Class of 2013, Second Term.
Rabbi Harry Z. Sky, Emeriti, receiver of the prestigious Catalyst for Change Award in 2007, has been called a “giant” in the American rabbinate. His vision and passion for Jewish and human change and for social justice have helped to shape the future of Maine and the nation. He marched in the racially charged streets of Selma, Alabama, shared the vision of a new American dream with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the March on Washington, and preached from the pulpits of hundreds of Christian congregations, speaking out for the rights of African Americans, women, the gay community, the poor, and the helpless. His mother already called him a royter mazik, Yiddish for a redheaded rascal.