Caitlyn Burnham — Events & Bar Manager

Penny Drumm — Administrator

Jake Hodgkin — Production Manager

Denise Scammon — Marketing/Development Director

Susan Spellman — Box Office Manager

Roger Dubois — Custodian

Board of Directors

Board President:
Elaine Roop | Marketing & Consulting, Retired

Board Vice-President & Facilities Manager:
Michel A. Lajoie | Fire Chief, City of Lewiston, Retired;
Retired Lewiston Councilman; Retired State Legislator

Janet C. Sullivan | Accountant, Retired

Michel Courchesne | Lewiston Middle School , French Teacher, Retired

Board Members at Large:

Dr. Donald Christie, Jr. | Northeast Sports Medicine

Edmond Gay | IBM, retired

Corporate Counsel
Ron Bissonnette, Esq. | Skelton, Taintor & Abbott

Honorary Board Members:
Rita S. Dubé | Founding Executive Director
Connie Cote | First Executive Director & Former French Radio Host
Lionel Guay | Founding Board President
Larry Raymond | Retired Board President
Raymond Lagueux | Retired Board President
Hon. Michael H. Michaud | Former U.S. Congressman

Board Member Recruitment

Description and Responsibilities of Board Members 

  1. Determine and embrace the organization’s mission and purpose.
  2. Provide proper financial oversight and ensure that financial controls are in place.
  3. Ensure legal and ethical integrity and maintain accountability. The board is ultimately responsible for ensuring adherence to legal standards and ethical norms.
  4. Serve as an ambassador between the organization and communities.
  5. Attend all board meetings and retreats. Be prepared to participate fully and within an allotted time frame. Exception: illness, personal family time and emergencies. After four consecutive missed board meetings status as a board member will be reviewed by the board’s executive committee.
  6. Make an annual personal financial gift according to your means and decision.
  7. Help with fundraising efforts in whatever way makes the best use of your talents as a board member.
  8. Exercise respect, confidentiality, and support in the dealings with the board, as the governing body of the organization, especially during times of controversy or crisis.
  9. Determine, monitor, and aid in strengthening the organization’s programs and services, making sure they are consistent with the mission and addressing their effectiveness.

What Board Members Can Expect from the Organization 

  • Clear and reasonable expectations
  • Respect for the time, views, and talents you offer voluntarily to the board
  • Access to any information needed about the organization
  • Consistent, timely communication from staff
  • Encouragement and strategic advice to carry out tasks
  • Fulfilling stated commitments on time


Details about a Gendron Franco Center Board Position 

I understand that as a member of the Board of Directors of the Gendron Franco Center, I have a legal and ethical responsibility to ensure that the organization does the best work possible in pursuit of its goals. I believe in the purpose and the mission of the organization, and I will act responsibly and prudently as its steward. As part of my responsibilities as a board member: 

  1. I will interpret the organization’s work and values to the community, represent the organization, and act as a spokesperson.
  2. In turn, I will interpret our constituencies’ needs and values to the organization, speak out for their interests, and on their behalf, hold the organization accountable.
  3. I will attend at least 75 percent of board meetings, committee meetings, and special events.
  4. Each year, but no later than Thanksgiving of each year and without having to be asked, I will make a personal financial contribution at a level that is meaningful to me.
  5. I will actively participate in one or more fundraising activities.
  6. I will excuse myself from discussions and votes where I have a conflict of interest.
  7. I will stay informed about what’s going on in the organization. I will ask questions and request information. I will participate in and take responsibility for making decisions on issues, policies, and other matters. I will not stay silent if I have questions or concerns.
  8. While I am a member of this board, I will make every effort to vote in every public election.
  9. I will work in good faith with staff and other board members as partners toward achievement of our goals.
  10. If I don’t fulfill these commitments to the organization, I will expect the board president to call me and discuss board responsibilities with me.

The organization is responsible to the board members for . . . 

In turn, the organization will be responsible to me in the following ways: 

  1. I will be sent, without having to request them, quarterly financial reports and an update of organizational activities that allow me to meet the “prudent person” standards of the law. (The “prudent person rule,” applied in many legal settings in slightly differing language, states that an individual must act with the same judgment and care as, in like circumstances, a prudent person would act.)
  2. Opportunities will be offered to me to discuss with the staff and the board president, the organization’s programs, goals, activities, and status; additionally, I can request such opportunities.
  3. The organization will help me perform my duties by keeping me informed about issues in the industry and field in which we are working and by offering me opportunities for professional development as a board member.
  4. Board members and staff will respond in a straightforward fashion to questions that I feel are necessary to carry out my fiscal, legal, and moral responsibilities to this organization. Board members and staff will work in good faith with me toward achievement of our goals.
  5. If the organization does not fulfill its commitments to me, I can call on the board president and vice president to discuss the organization’s responsibilities to me.