Janice Plourde – President
Janice Plourde, born in Exeter, NH in 1961, is a life-long resident of the Maine—New Hampshire Seacoast. She first moved to Cape Neddick in 1987 and has lived at her current Cape Neddick address, with her husband, former Clue Magazine Publisher, Peter Agrafiotis, since the early 90s. After a period as a yoga instructor and managing a Portsmouth restaurant, she, in 1996, founded the Hazyland Soap Company, which supplied all natural, hand-made soaps to shops from Newburyport to Portland. She eventually opened the Hazyland Gallery of Artisans in the former Cape Neddick post office building, while also selectively dabbling in real estate sales. But she left the world of business behind to work at the Ogunquit Museum of American Art eventually assuming the position of External Relations and Events Coordinator, until 2013. She now, in addition to her trustee position at York Library, is board secretary of the Portsmouth-based NGO Rain for the Sahel and Sahara, which is dedicated to providing educational, entrepreneurial and other opportunities to underserved rural people of Niger in West Africa. Janice additionally is an avid experimental chef and has been responsible for providing dinners featuring her own intriguing concoctions for both public and private events and gatherings in the Seacoast. She enjoys reading, gardening and owning wonderful dogs.
Dave Cohen - Vice President
Dave Cohen is a longtime Seacoast Area resident who grew up and attended public school in Portsmouth NH and received degrees in Mechanical Engineering and English from UNH. Following college he did a year long stint under two chefs at a café in Portsmouth, then journeyed west for 5 years in San Francisco and the Bay Area where he worked for several high tech start-ups. The Seacoast lured him back though, and he’s been living in York since 1999 with his wife and son. He’s currently employed by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (the IAPP) and works in the publications department producing educational webinars and programming sessions for their conferences. When not working he enjoys running, gardening, skiing, canoeing, hiking and generally being outdoors as much as possible. And, a good cup of coffee.
Jen Ring — Secretary
Jen grew up in southern Maine, then left to study engineering at the University of Rochester. She worked at Boeing and Pratt and Whitney as a structural analyst and project manager. She and her husband moved to York in 2005. In 2008 she made the leap to full time motherhood. The York library has been a cornerstone of parenting for her. She became a volunteer in the Children’s Room, and has been excited to share some STEM concepts with the littlest patrons. In her free time, Jen bakes, gardens, and runs and dreams of travel.
Jennifer Hunter — Treasurer
Jennifer Hunter and her husband moved to York in 2003. She has worked in the environmental field for nearly 20 years in the areas of natural resource protection, energy efficiency, and watershed management. Most recently she served as director of a coastal watershed protection program based at UNH until 2010 when she stepped down to be home with her two young sons, dog, and chickens. She has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University and master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University.
Marc Newbury Hovde - Marc grew up in Manhattan, earned a BA at University of New Hampshire and moved to York in 1994 with his wife Deb. He has a son and a daughter, both in York schools. Marc has been a builder specializing in energy efficient building for over 20 years. In his spare time he enjoys sailing and playing music.
Alice Larrea - Alice grew up in Queens, NY, earned her BA from Antioch College and then relocated to Mexico to work for her BFA in Sculpture. She met her future husband while studying at the Instituto Allende and spent years living in Mexico raising their four children. Once the family moved to the USA, she worked as a Social Worker and then Program Director at the Manchester (NH) Girls Club, and later as an art teacher in the Manchester Public School system, while also earning her Masters in Education. Now retired, she and her husband live in York where she is active in the York Diversity Forum, volunteers at the Nubble Light Gift Shop, and is a member of the Program and Film committees at the library.
Bob Luttman - Bob Luttman received his first library card before starting kindergarten. He grew up in Detroit and has a degree in industrial engineering from the University of Michigan. After a career in healthcare, including running his own consulting practice, he became an at-home dad for his two daughters and a professional volunteer in a small Massachusetts town. He has been a soccer coach, room parent, Brownie troop leader, run school fundraisers, served on a senior center building committee, started a farmers’ market, helped preserve a 17th century home, and ran a town-wide email newsletter. He was also elected to four three year terms as a Library Trustee. After summering in York for several years, Bob and his wife Mary became year-round residents in 2013. He serves on the Library’s Program Committee, the York Cliff Walk Committee, volunteers with the Gundalow Company, and with
Judith E. McAllister - Judith is originally from Andover, MA. She moved to York in 2006 with her husband Ron McAllister. She has been coming to York since 1957. Judith’s family includes 6 sons and 9 grandchildren. Her background is in Nursing. She worked at Duke University Neonatal Care Unit before moving to Riverside, CA where she volunteered with the local Health Dept in Social Service Clinics. She moved back to New England and worked in Special Education in the Bedford Public Schools. She and her family lived for 6 months in Northern Ireland. She relocated to Elizabethtown, PA and worked in Campus Ministry at Elizabethtown College. Judith has been a weekly volunteer at York Hospital for almost 6 years and she is an active member of several community committees.
Barbara Chase - Barbara Landis Chase is a retired educator, who has lived full time in York since 2012. She works part time as a senior consultant for Carney Sandoe and Associates in Boston. In that role she conducts searches for heads of school and advises schools on leadership and governance. Barbara began her career as a teacher in independent schools. She taught at the Lower, Middle and Upper School levels before becoming the Director of Admission at The Wheeler School in Providence, R.I. She went on to become Headmistress at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore for 14 years. In 1994, she became the fourteenth Head of School at Phillips Academy in Andover. She was the first woman to lead the School, from which she retired in 2012. Among other volunteer commitments, Barbara has served on the Corporation of Brown University as both an elected Alumnae Trustee and a Fellow; as a trustee of the National Association of Independent Schools; the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence, MA., and as an overseer of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. Barbara received a BA from Brown University, in History, and an M.A.L.S. from Johns Hopkins University. Married to David Chase, Barbara has two daughters and three grandchildren. Barbara has always appreciated the potential of libraries; she fondly remembers as a young person, traveling by bus through rural Lancaster County, where she grew up, to the city, to spend hours in the new Lancaster Public Library. She is a devoted patron of the York Public Library, as well as a member of the Boston Athenaeum. An avid reader in many genres, she has a keen interest in history—especially that of Atlantic Slavery and Nineteenth Century abolitionism in the United States.
Nancy Garrick -Nancy Garrick grew up in Southern Connecticut and has lived in York since 2009. She has also lived in Boulder and Flagstaff, CO; Paris, France; Boston MA; and Peterborough, NH. She has a BA from Keene State College in Integrated Curriculum and a M.Ed. from Harvard University. Of the several program director positions Nancy has had in the arts, she is most proud of the Enrichment Program she created and administrated for eight Elementary Schools in Southern NH which brought artists into the schools to work ‘hands-on’ with students; offered workshops using the arts to support literacy; organized field trips; and secured state and federal funding, corporate sponsorships and individual donations. Since moving to York, she has worked as an Ed Tech at Wells High School. Currently, she is the Vice Chair of the York Diversity Forum, involved in YDF programming and the Seasonal Workers Program. Recently, Nancy came on board with the YPL Arts Committee. She has two wonderful children, two little grand nuggets and a one year old Labradoodle named Lola. Nancy loves music, art, literature and travel. She remembers the names of her childhood librarians – Miss Johnson and Mr. Davenport!