Leigh Kellis

It started with a craving. Seven years ago Leigh Kellis wanted a homemade doughnut. But she didn’t like any options around her, so she started making doughnuts in her kitchen on Munjoy Hill in Portland. Once she came up with … Continue reading

David Evans Shaw

After starting his career working in Governor James Longley’s administration, David Evans Shaw realized he preferred the world of business. He liked the idea of helping others, though, and has focused his career on that goal. “While motivated by public … Continue reading

Lois Lowry

“Writing is my passion, as are young people,” says author Lois Lowry. “To be able to combine the two in a career has brought me enormous satisfaction.” Lowry, author of classics such as The Giver and Number the Stars, has been publishing young … Continue reading

Clayton Rose

Clayton Rose believes education is an opportunity everyone should have, and at Bowdoin College he helps make this a reality. “At Bowdoin, I am deeply proud of our bedrock commitment to ensuring that the best students can come here regardless of their … Continue reading

Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.

Earle Shettleworth was only 11 years old when he had his first meeting with Percival P. Baxter, who served as Maine’s governor from 1921 to 1925. It was 1960, and Shettleworth was developing an interest in historic preservation. “Governor Baxter … Continue reading

Geo Soctomah Neptune

Geo Soctomah Neptune’s life is a series of opposing ideas: traditionalism and modernism, Western and Native cultures, masculine and feminine spirits. Neptune’s life and work as a Passamaquoddy basketmaker and drag performer embody these oppositions. “I hope that others can … Continue reading

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