The CEANS Board of Directors is comprised of representatives of this diverse economic sector.

  • Julia Bethmann, Development Consultant
  • Jane Bright, Owner, Brightwork, Inc.
  • Doug Cooke,  Owner, Solid Solutions
  • Michael Eschelbacher,  Ronan, Segal & Harrington - Of counsel
  • Bill Howard, President, Beverly Cooperative Bank
  • Lorri Krebbs, Professor, Dept of Geography Salem State College
  • Shelby Hypes, Principal, Scarlet Letters
  • Julie McConchie, Executive Director,  North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Mary Sarris, Executive Director, Workforce Investment Board
  • Margaret Somer, Regional Director, Small Business Development Center at Salem State College
  • Christine Sullivan, Executive Director, The Enterprise Center at Salem State College
  • Steven Walsh, State Representative, Commonwealth of Massachusetts  
  • J. Michael Wheeler, Founder, Media Spoon, LLC
  • Richard Weissman, Director, Corporate Education & Assistant Professor, Endicott College Van Loan Graduate School
  • Patricia Zaido Executive Director of the Salem Partnership

Officers and Staff

Co-President:  Christine Sullivan
Co-President:  Patricia Zaido
Director:  Jennifer Lincoln


Special thanks to those businesses which have made a significant financial contribution to the Association as a demonstration of their ongoing commitment to the economic vitality of the region.  We thank these businesses for their support and sponsorship: 

Beverly Cooperative Bank
Salem State College
Bertolan School of Business at Salem State College
Northshore International Insurance Services, Inc.

Founding Members are those individuals and businesses which contributed additional financial support in CEANS's initial year. The following organizations, companies and individuals are contributing time, talent and services to the Creative Economy Association of the North Shore:

The Enterprise Center at Salem State College

Salem Partnership

Beverly Cooperative Bank http://www.

Northshore International Insurance Services, Inc. David Ives

BrightWork, Inc.

Raven Creative

Ditto Editions

PortArtisan E-Magazine

North Shore Communications Group 

Organization Plus

DKH Enterprises, Inc.

Singing String Music

Michael Eschelbacher, Esq

Carmel Harney: & Associates

Essex National Heritage Commission

American Community Think Tank

Dave Lash & Co.


Square Zero Studio

Hawthorne Associates

Salem State College Center for Creative and Perfoming Arts

Small Business Development Center @ Salem State



George Kaplan, PC

Nilsson + Siden Associates

Swanson Energy Group

Rockport Art Association

lmk interiors, ltd.

Communications, Ink

Salem Design

Whitney Associates  

Nancy Stracka Interiors

Kensington-Stobart Gallery


Brian Rolland


Bobbie Bush Photography

Bertolan School of Business- Salem State College

David Jenkins Consulting

Tom Sprague Creative



The website is a work in progress by many contributors and we welcome more!

Website by Jane Bright of BrightWork, Inc and powered by WYMSY website management system. Logo and site graphic design by Robin Taliesin of Ravin Creative. Original article for the CEANS kick off by Maggi Dalton of Singing String Music. Event photographs by Tom Underwood of Underwood Photography and Leighton O'Connor of Blueswirls, Inc.  Board photographs by Martha Everson.



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