The Friends of the REACH Steering Committee - made up of Deer Isle-Stonington Schools faculty, teachers and students, as well as community members - work to assist the Director in fulfilling the mission of the Reach Performing Arts Center.
MARION AUSTIN, co-chair
When Marion first came to Deer Isle in 1992 from NYC, she was hooked by this place that is like no other place in the world. It took a couple of attempts but she finally moved here permanently in 1998. This was the beginning of a long relationship with the students at our island schools and more importantly the Reach Performing Arts Center as a teacher, a parent, a house manager, an occasional actor and even an interim Reach Director for 6 months. There is nothing than she and her husband Peter Friedell like more than watching their daughters Amy and Kate perform on this inspiring stage.
SUSAN STEED - SECRETARY
Susan has been active with the Reach since it was just a dream at a building committee meeting for the new elementary school. It brings her great joy to see the power of the performing arts opportunities at the Reach both for students and community members who have blossomed in its inclusive, encouraging atmosphere.
Cathy Marshall is Circulation Manager at Penobscot Bay Press where she manages the company's Blue Hill office. She formerly worked as Director of Seamark Community Arts. She serves as a Trustee and Officer for the Sargentville Library Association, and recently served on the Arts Pathway Planning Committee at the Deer Isle-Stonington High School. Cathy is the proud parent of two Deer Isle-Stonington students. When she’s not working or ferrying the kids around after school, she enjoys reading, yoga and the arts.
Phil Glaser and his wife first came to Deer Isle in 2000, when they purchased land for eventual development. They built their house starting in 2004, and moved in during February 2005.
Phil earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from George Washington University and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees (in Statistical Genetics) from Brown University.
He taught at the University of Maine (Machias and Orono campuses) during the 1970s. He also taught at St. George’s University School of Medicine (Grenada, West Indies). He then returned to the U.S. and changed careers to working with various aspects in the design, development, and installation of air traffic control systems, first with Raytheon and ending up as a consultant to the Air Force on the acquisition of such systems and communication systems. He also taught graduate level courses in Computer Science at Boston University while working at Hanscom AFB.
He was First Selectman of Marshfield, Maine and has served on several boards of non-profit organizations on Deer Isle, including the Community Advisory Board at Opera House Arts, the Reach Performing Arts Center Steering Committee, the Board of Cabin Fever, and the Board of Friends in Action/Deer Isle.
His avocations include sailing, reading, and working on antique clocks.