Our Board of Directors


Gene Arnould

Gene Arnould is the owner of the Arnould Gallery and Framery. He founded and produced the Marblehead Summer Jazz from 1985 to 2014. He was named Marblehead Rotarian (Paul Harris Fellow) in 1995 and the Chamber Frank Regan Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2014.

Jessica Barnett

Jessica Barnett is a member of the faculty at Salem State University where she teaches in the College of Communications. She’s also President of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor.

Ed Bell

Ed Bell retired as Boston Chief of Bureau from the Associated Press after a 50-year career in print and broadcasting. He is a Paul Harris Fellow at the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor and host of Up for Discussion on MHTV.

James Bryant

James Bryant is the Founder and CEO of several digital publishing companies including ProCD Inc, Information Please LLC, and Trajectory, Inc. He is currently CEO of Marblehead and Beijing-based Jiang Boyan LLC.

Virginia Buckingham

Virginia Buckingham is the former chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Port Authority, chief-of-staff to two Massachusetts governors, deputy editorial page editor for the Boston Herald and author of “On My Watch: A Memoir.”

Francie King

Francie King is a writer, editor, and published author with more than three decades of work in journalism, publications, strategic planning, fundraising, and project management for non-profits. Among development appointments over the years were those for Boston University, the Salem Athenaeum, Harvard University, the Museum of Fine Arts, the New England River Basins Commission, The New England Aquarium, and Wellesley College, as well as local projects for Marblehead Museum and the Marblehead Historical Commission. In 2009, she began a business called HistoryKeep, offering commissioned personal biographies and memoirs. Francie has a BA in English literature (Denison University) and an MA in anthropology (Boston University).

Donna Rice

Donna Rice is a Sales and Marketing professional starting her professional career at the Marblehead Reporter. She went on to leadership roles with The Boston Globe, Boston.com, NYT Digital, Community Newspaper Co, and others. She currently works with SaaS companies providing financial benchmarking.

Kate Haesche Thomson

Kate Thomson is a brand strategist with twenty-five years of agency, nonprofit and client-side experience supporting organizations such as American Express, Fidelity Investments, Truth Initiative, and Nationwide Insurance. Current projects include raising two young daughters, freelancing for private clients and heading up the Current’s brand and marketing efforts. Kate is a graduate of Bates College and the lifelong president of Marblehead High School Class of ’96.