Introducing the KOBI Board of Directors
Keepers of Baker Island has a five-person Board of Directors. Following are brief introductions to the founding members.
Cornelia Cesari of Chelsea, Vermont and Baker Island, Maine
President Cornelia Cesari holds a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Champlain College. She has experience in grant writing and has served as grant coordinator, Board member and director of nonprofit organizations. Most recently she was coordinator of CARE, which served as a collaborative hub for multiple organizations and resources in a four-town area. She has also taught grades 2-8 in public schools, worked as a curriculum writer and coordinator and presented “in-the-field,” hands-on educational workshops for children, adults and families. Mrs. Cesari’s personal commitment to Baker Island spans four decades and includes a three-generation family relationship.
Bettina Pearson of South Portland and Baker Island, Maine
VP Bettina Pearson, lives with her family in South Portland, Maine and has been a Baker Island resident for 45+ years. A pillar of her three-generation extended family tradition, she performs and coordinates countless hours of volunteer labor towards its stewardship. She has been involved in communication and collaborations with the National Park Service and residents of neighboring communities. She is a professional health care provider and, as a small business owner of 17 years, is familiar with the work involved in bringing a vision to fruition.
Ozzie Henchel of Barton, Vermont
Treasurer Arthur “Ozzie” Henchel was on the ground floor in establishing and operating a large 501(c)3 educational organization: the Circus Barn, Inc., (aka Circus Smirkus), an international youth circus based in Vermont. Mr. Henchel’s involvement has been multifaceted and spanned two decades; he has served as an officer on its Board of Directors and also as General Manager for about ten years. Mr. Henchel is also an accomplished independent businessman and has worked as a professional carpenter.
Karl Flint of East Randolph, Vermont
Karl Flint owns and operates his own business, Flint Construction; he has worked in both new construction and restoration carpentry for over 20 years. In this capacity, he has managed his own crew and worked extensively with architects, suppliers and other contractors. Mr. Flint is a lifetime member of the Chelsea Historical Society and also has close ties with coastal Maine.