Merle Hallett

For Merle Hallett, sailing is more than a hobby or passion—it’s a way to give back. In 1982 he cofounded the MS Regatta, now the MS Harborfest, to raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. The event, which includes a … Continue reading

Tom Bradbury

Tom Bradbury’s roots in Maine run deep, with his first ancestor having come to the state in the early 1600s. For the past 40 years he has dedicated himself to protecting the land his family has called home. “Working with … Continue reading

Emily Isaacson

Since Emily Isaacson was 15, her dream was to become a conductor. She grew up in Maine, but she left the state for college, two master’s in music, and a doctorate in conducting. Between degrees she taught music at a … Continue reading

Taylor Allen

Taylor Allen got his start building boats as a teenager at Rockport Marine, which his father founded in 1962. After college, he returned to Maine and eventually became president of the boatyard, which specializes in designing, building, and restoring wooden yachts. … Continue reading

Larry Warren

When Larry Warren was at the start of his career in the late 1960s, he was certain of his professional path. He was working at an accounting firm in Boston and was on his way to becoming a certified professional … Continue reading

Bonnie Rukin

From raising funds to renovate a former jailhouse into a gristmill to pro- viding working capital to an organic dairy farm, Slow Money Maine has boosted Maine’s food system by connecting food businesses with financing and other assistance. The organization, which Bonnie … Continue reading

Leslie B. Otten

When Leslie Otten’s friend invited him on a family ski trip in 1956, a whole new world opened up for the seven-year-old. “You could say that those ski trips in the ’50s had more influence on my life than just … Continue reading

Nanci Boutet

Special Surfers started in 2003 with Nanci Boutet taking three kids on the autism spectrum out surfing. The effort evolved into a nonprofit organization that now helps more than 300 people with disabilities surf each summer. Hundreds of volunteers descend on … Continue reading

Lani Love

When she was growing up, Lani Love’s family thought being outdoors meant “walking from the house to the car,” she says. In the years since then, she developed a love for Maine’s wilderness and married into a family with a … Continue reading

Lori K. Parham, PHD

Lori Parham has been interested in aging issues her entire life. Her childhood felt like growing up with the Golden Girls, she says, because she spent so much time with her grandmothers and their friends. “I work every day to show … Continue reading