Board of Directors


Margaret Apt 

Margaret Apt is a fluent speaker, student and teacher of her language, Passamaquoddy, and community research coordinator for the Passamaquoddy-Maliseet Dictionary. Beginning in 2006, Margaret worked with the Speaking Place team to develop the critical role of Facilitator in documenting natural group conversation. She is a leader in Passamaquoddy language revitalization, most recently as Director and Head Teacher in the Passamaquoddy immersion preschools. A grandmother and great-grandmother, Margaret writes, "I have lived in Sipayik all my life, except for the few years I was gone to educate myself about the other world I really knew nothing of, except what I read."

Elizabeth Goldstein

BA Psychology and Philosophy George Washington University, PhD Clinical Psychology University of Maine

Elizabeth Goldstein PhD is a clinical psychologist living in Burlington, Vermont where she maintains a private practice.  Her multicultural values have been a grounding force throughout her career, including exploring ways in which psychotherapy can be beneficial in indigenous communities. She conducted her PhD research in the Passamaquoddy community and has since worked with veterans, developing expertise in helping individuals recover from trauma, as well as teaching, consultation, supervision, and administration. She recently has expanded her professional interests in cultural self-expression, including the intersection of depth psychotherapy and artistic self-expression.

Jan Rosenbaum

BFA Wayne State University, MFA Cranbrook Academy of Art, MS (a.b.d) Imaging and Photographic Science Rochester Institute of Technology, MS Management of Technology Polytechnic University of New York

Jan Rosenbaum has been involved in photographic imaging for 50 years. He worked as a photojournalist for several years, then for Agfa, designing imaging systems for medical and computer graphics systems. His mathematical modeling of the color reproduction problem was published in The Proceedings of the American Optical Society and remains a standard method in the computer graphics industry.

After moving to Maine in 1997 he returned to the creative photographic community, becoming faculty advisor to the MFA Program and teacher of Photography at Maine Media Workshops + College. His work is in the collections of the Cranbrook Museum, The New Museum, and private collectors.


BS Earlham College, MD Columbia University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. McFarlane is Chief of Psychiatric Research at the Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine. Early in his career Dr. McFarlane was active when community mental health outreach was just starting. This led to his developing community-based treatment paradigms that have resulted in his becoming a world leader in the field of Psycho-Education. He develops methods for community treatment of psychotic illness and rehabilitation of adolescents with psychotic illness. Dr. McFarlane's methods have informed the Speaking Place approach for communicating with constituencies that may be hard to reach.


BA Yale University; PhD Harvard University

Dr. Sam Low, Anthropologist, has explored his Hawaiian heritage through films and biographical writing. He has produced an award winning Public Broadcasting Television Series on anthropology and has documented and been active in the Hawaiian cultural and language renaissance. Sam published his book Hawaiki Rising in 2013. His documentary film, The Navigators, on the revival of traditional Hawaiian and Pacific islander seafaring culture, is a classic.


BS from SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and an MPA from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government

Lissa is Executive Director of the Robert and Patricia Switzer Foundation, an environmental foundation based in Belfast, Maine that supports graduate Fellowships and a Leadership Grant Program supporting NGO partnerships on critical environmental issues in the US. Lissa has extensive experience in managing philanthropic initiatives such as the Lila Wallace Program for enhancing Arts in the Community, where she encouraged the use of film to engage minorities in contemporary issues.

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