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  • Strawbery Banke Museum names Cynthia Fenneman as Chair of the Board and announces five new board members

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    PORTSMOUTH—Strawbery Banke announces five new members to the Museum’s Board of Trustees, a new chair of the Board, and slate of officers who will support the organization’s mission of promoting understanding of the lives of individuals and the value of community through encounters with the history and ongoing preservation of a New England waterfront neighborhood. 

    “The Museum’s Board of Trustees is comprised of individuals who are distinguished in their fields of endeavor, are active in their communities, and have a love and allegiance to the Museum,” said Lawrence J. Yerdon, president and CEO. “Strawbery Banke is delighted to expand the Board of Trustees with five new members who seek to build on the accomplishments and goals for the future, drawing upon their expertise in business and nonprofit arenas.”

    Strawbery Banke Museum Board of Trustees unanimously voted Cynthia Fenneman, CEO of American Public Television, as its new chair of the Board. Fenneman has served on the Board since 2010 and was most recently the Chair of the Museum’s National Council, an advisory body to Strawbery Banke.

    Additionally, the current Board officers include Matthew A. McFarland, CFA (Vice Chair), Shareholder and Portfolio Manager at R.M. Davis Private Wealth Management; Kathy Williams Kane (Treasurer), Managing Director of Real Estate for Resolute Capital Partners and founder of The Maestro Fund; and Jeffrey Gilbert (Secretary), Co-founder of a Shopping Center Development Business, former NH State Representative and Chairman of the State Park System Advisory Council.

    “I am delighted to welcome such a strong group of individuals to the Board of Trustees,” said Zachary Slater, immediate past Board chair and chair of Building Community: The Capital Campaign for Strawbery Banke. “I look forward to serving with each in the coming year and am pleased that Cynthia Fenneman will lead Strawbery Banke in the next chapter of its work as chair. Through her time as a trustee and as former Chair of the National Council, she has demonstrated exceptional commitment and innovation, aligning with Strawbery Banke’s past and present and with a vision of an exciting future.”

    The new board members began three-year terms with Strawbery Banke Museum. The five new board members are:

    ·  JerriAnne Boggis, the executive director of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, Board Member of New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, member of the Seacoast Media Group Editorial Board, and chair of the U.S. Commission Civil Rights N.H. Advisory Committee.

    ·  Christopher Erikson, principal broker and owner of The Aland Realty Group, and licensed attorney in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Washington D.C. & Florida

    ·  Jeffrey D. Gilbert, co-founder of a shopping center development business, former NH State Representative, chairman of the State Park System Advisory Council, president of the Board of Trustees of The Housing Partnership, chairman of the Board of Trustees of New Hampshire PBS, formerly New Hampshire Public Television, and member of the National Board of Trustees of American’s Public Television Stations

    ·  Joanna Kelly, proprietor of Cup of Joe Cafe and Bar, Board member of Big Brothers and Big Sisters New Hampshire, and Board member of the Seacoast African American Cultural Center.

    ·  Scott Pueschel, partner and attorney at Pierce Atwood.


    To learn more about the Strawbery Banke Museum Board of Trustees and read member bios, visit StrawberyBanke.org

    About Strawbery Banke Museum:
    Strawbery Banke Museum, in the heart of downtown Portsmouth, NH, is a 10-acre history museum interpreting over 300 years of history, from Indigenous history to the present day, through historical houses on their original sites, heirloom gardens, traditional crafts, and costumed roleplayers who share the stories of the families who lived in the authentic waterfront neighborhood of Puddle Dock. The Museum welcomes visitors, members, schoolchildren, and volunteers for daily programs, exhibits, skating, and signature special events throughout the year.

    Strawbery Banke Museum is funded in part by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts & National Endowment for the Arts; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom; and the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program. For more information and a complete calendar of events, please visit StrawberyBanke.org