André Spears- President is a scholar-poet, who worked for many years in the field of maritime transportation. He holds a doctorate in Comparative Literature, with an area of concentration in the interrelation of literature and archaeology; recent work includes En Terre Perdue (2013), his expanded translation into French of Letters from Mu (Part I), from work in progress. He is a co-founder of the Gloucester Writers Center, where he has led the effort to install the Maud / Olson Library as a local Gloucester landmark.
Rev. Wendy Fitting- Vice President is the Pastor of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Gloucester where she has served since 1989, after receiving a Master of Divinity degree from Harvard Divinity School. Prior to entering the ministry she worked for the Mass Department of mental health. She shares with Charles Olson and Vincent Ferrini a love of Gloucester and the appreciation of the particularity of place — a theme that is central to her ministry.
Anne Thomas- Clerk is a co-founder of Gloucester Writers Center. Vincent Ferrini was her close friend for 37 years and the godfather of her children. Annie brings years of nonprofit management experience to the project, including expertise in volunteer coordination and 12 years experience of highly successful fundraising as Development Director of Wellspring House, Inc. She also brings a commitment to maintaining the Vincent Ferrini House as a place of hospitality and nurture, in his honor.
Brenda Hiltz- Treasurer is a partner at Anthony & Dodge, PC, a CPA firm in South Hamilton, MA. Brenda has over 15 years of experience in tax preparation for non profit clients and has worked with many non profit boards during that time.She has worked extensively with the Internal Revenue Service and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on behalf of non-profit entities. She has worked with non-profits that meet the requirements for Audited and Reviewed financial statements as well as Compiled Financial Statements. She is a member of the American Institute of CPA’s and Massachusetts Society of CPA’s. She has lived in Gloucester for more than 30 years and has two children and one grandchild.
Henry Ferrini is a co-founder of the Gloucester Writers Center, the President of the North Shore Jazz Project and a documentary filmmaker. His work has played on PBS and at museums and galleries around the world. His films include: Polis is This: Charles Olson and the Persistence of Place, Poem in Action, a portrait of his uncle Vincent Ferrini and Lowell Blues: the Words of Jack Kerouac. He is developing a new film about the iconic jazz stylist Lester Young. He lives in Gloucester with his wife and son.
Amanda Cook reads, writes, and raises children in Gloucester. She pieces together a life of making things, teaching writing and trying to play the fiddle.
Daniel Duffy worked for 25 years in leadership positions in community college educational administration , private industry and business management. In 2011 he and his wife bought the Beech Tree Bed and Breakfast in Rockport. He is working on putting story of his brother’s disappearance into a memoir called “Brother, Brother.”
William Taylor is a semi retired antiques and art dealer. Founding member and current director of non profit marine educational organization Maritime Gloucester, former newspaper reporter for the Portland Press Herald, former director of public relations for Quinn & Johnson advertising, former advertising manager for Photon, Inc. Resident of Gloucester for over thirty years. Father of two and grandfather of two.
Charlee Bianchini A Lanesville native and fourth generation Gloucester resident, Charlee grew up surrounded by the myth and lore of the Gloucester’s writers and artists. She has written for the Cape Ann Beacon and taught classes for the Gloucester Writers Center. Now a full time musician, she continues to teach and is committed to helping others find depth, joy and meaning in writing’s creative journey.
Maureen Aylward is a committed environmentalist, educator, writer, and storyteller. She focuses her professional efforts on helping people and businesses tell their authentic stories as part of creative, reinvention, and branding projects. Maureen is an adjunct professor of business at Endicott College’s Gerrish School of Business where she teaches sustainability in the business environment and business communication. Maureen also teaches business sustainability courses for Northeastern University’s D’Amore/McKim online MBA program. She has an MBA in Organizational and Environmental Sustainability from Antioch University New England in Keene, NH and a BA in English Literature and Art History from Salem State College, Salem, MA. Maureen produces the live storytelling program, Fish Tales, through the Gloucester Writers Center. She is the host of Cape Ann Report on Cape Ann TV and is active in the local arts and writing community.
Mary John Boylan is a member of the boards of Gloucester Stage Company, the Gloucester Affordable Housing Trust, and the Cape Ann Farmers’ Market. She was Chair of the Gloucester Cultural Council and vice president of the board of Gloucester Adventure, Inc. for many years, and was on the Mayor’s Ad Hoc Committee for an Arts Center/Maritime Museum, which led to the formation of the Gloucester Maritime Heritage Center of which she was a founding board member. She co-founded the Blackburn Theatre Company (1985-1990), and served on the boards of the Theatre of Newburyport and Theatre in the Open. She is a past president of the Producers’ Association of New England Area Theatres (NEAT) and drafted its charter contract with Equity (AEA.) Now in her fourth decade of practicing law, she began her career at a law firm in Boston, was an Asst. United States Attorney (D. Mass.) and now works for the Mass. Dept. of Housing and Community Development. She lives in Gloucester and, has two 20-something daughters.