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Marginal Way Preservation Fund Mission
The Marginal Way Preservation Fund is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization with its mission to build a multi-million-dollar Endowment for long-term conservation
and preservation of Ogunquit’s popular Marginal Way.
All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of
The bronze Recognition Plaques are now filling up. These are the last legacy names to be allowed on the Marginal Way. There will be no more after this. A charitable donation of $10,000 will reserve a line. Please help us reach your community with this unique opportunity. If we use your idea, or a friend of yours reserves a Marginal Way plaque, we will send you a gallery gift. Thank you for helping us reach our Endowment goal to preserve the Marginal Way.
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Meet the Board
Paul Breen (President) is a retired engineering manager, who worked many years at the Mitre Corporation. He moved to Ogunquit in 2006 after spending every summer there for 38 years. Paul is a consultant to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He also serves on the Marginal Way Committee and is Chair of the Beach Erosion Committee.
Louesa Gillespie has served as president of Ogunquit’s Beachmere Inn since 1982. She graduated in 1958 from Cornell and earned a graduate certificate in landscape design in 1981 from Radcliffe. She is general partner of the Beachmere Family Limited Partnership. In years past, she also owned the Lookout Hotel and the Ontio Motor Inn, both in Ogunquit. For more than 30 years, Gillespie has served on Ogunquit’s Marginal Way Committee, which oversees the care and maintenance of the mile-long footpath. In addition, she is Vice-President of Trustees of St. Peter’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church, a board member and former president of the Piscataqua Garden Club and a board member of former president of the Boston Committee of the Garden Club of America. Since 2009, Gillespie also has served as a director of the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. She has held previous positions on the Ogunquit Planning Board and the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit.
Benjamin Hershenson, Ph.D., (Vice President) is a retired educator and Dean Emeritus at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Sciences in Boston. He has served on several national health professions’ boards and civic and regional committees. He has maintained a residence in Ogunquit since 1980 and another home in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Barbara O’Leary retired from Cruise International/CI Travel as Vice President of Public Relations/Special Projects and served on the Board of Directors for 30 years. At present, she is Vice President of CI Travel’s four locations in Naples, Florida and a lector for All Saints Catholic Church in Ogunquit. She has been a summer resident on the Marginal Way for 25 years. She also has a home in Naples, Florida.
John Phinney (treasurer) is the CEO of Covergence LLC, the leading provider of information and analytical tools and models covering the fast growing Alternative Investment Manager market. It’s CMDX Database and Products (TM) are refreshed and published daily and contain over 15mm data artifacts on 14,000 Registered Investment Advisors. Before founding Convergence, John spent 30 years in executive positions at many of the world’s leading investment managers including Apollo Global Management, The Rohatyn Group, JPMorgan and Fidelity Investments. A sought-after speaker at hedge fund and academic conferences, he also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine. He lives in Wilton, Connecticut and Ogunquit, Maine with his wife, Cynthia and 3 children.