A dedicated staff at your service.
Sarah Hansen, Executive Director
Sarah Hansen joined Greater Portland Landmarks as the Executive Director in June 2019. Prior to her work with Landmarks Sarah served as Director of Preservation Services at Maine Preservation for two years.
Sarah discovered her love of community revitalization as a history major at Connecticut College and received a M.A. in Preservation Studies from Boston University. After working with Boston Main Streets, she worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s regional office in Denver covering South Dakota, Wyoming and Montana. She also worked for Colorado Preservation, Inc. and with Architectural Heritage Foundation in Boston, a nonprofit historic tax credit developer. After five years as Coordinator of the Washington State Main Street Program, she worked for the Arkansas Community Foundation as Statewide Outreach Director.
Sarah currently serves on Maine’s Main Street Advisory Council, the Maine Alliance for Smart Growth, the Village Review Overlay Committee for the City of Westbrook and is Chair of the Economic Vitality Committee for Discover Downtown Westbrook. Sarah is a proud Maine native and is enjoying immersing her southern husband Cary Tyson in the wicked awesome culture of the state.
shansen [at] portlandlandmarks.org / (207) 774-5561 ext. 101
Christine (Chris) Force, Director of Development
Force comes to GPL with experience in community relations, development and donor engagement, corporate and foundation relations, event planning, and more than 20 years of commitment to advancing Maine’s non-profit community.
After raising two children, Force joined the Hannaford supermarkets marketing department where she leveraged vendor dollars to drive marketing programs. During her 14 year tenure she developed the Hannaford Helps Schools program and as Community Relations Manager helped raise over a million dollars for local non-profits. Force’s community work has included Vice President of Fund Development at Good Shepherd Food Bank where she managed the development and marketing strategy and the Portland Regional Chamber as manager of Corporate Development and Membership. Force has helped raise more than 15 million for the non-profit sector.
She is currently a member of the Portland Rotary, The Maine Volunteer Foundation, and The Royal River Conservation Trust. Christine’s past board service includes the Maine Association of Non-Profits, Maine Commission for Community Service, Portland Salvation Army Advisory Board, and the Center for Grieving Children.
cforce [at] portlandlandmarks.org / (207) 774-5561 ext. 105
Julie Larry, Director of Advocacy
Julie Ann Larry joined the staff on 1 October as the Director of Advocacy. Prior to joining Landmarks, Julie was a partner for eighteen years at ttl-architects, an architecture and preservation firm in Portland. While at ttl-architects she oversaw the restoration of the Portland Observatory, the Castle-in-the-Park at Deering Oaks, and numerous other preservation projects in New England. A Maine native, she was drawn to the preservation field as an extension of her support for environmental conservation. Julie has been involved with Greater Portland Landmarks since 1996 as a docent, a member of the Board of Trustees and Chair of the Public Issues Committee.
jlarry [at] portlandlandmarks.org / (207) 774-5561 ext. 102
Manager of Education Programs
Alessa Wylie joined the Greater Portland Landmarks staff in May 2015. A New York State native, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Union College, Schenectady, NY. She served as Director for Old Fort Johnson National Historic Landmark in Fort Johnson, NY for 14 years before moving back to Maine with her husband in 2014. While in New York she served on the board of historic Green Hill Cemetery in Amsterdam, NY where she created and led walking tours, including popular evening candlelight tours. She was also part of a four person team that researched and produced a book Uncovering The Underground Railroad: Abolitionism and African American Life in Montgomery County, New York 1820-1890. She is excited to be back in Maine and working at the Portland Observatory, the very first historic site she ever volunteered.
awylie [at] portlandlandmarks.org / (207) 774-5561 ext. 104
Kate Burch, Office and Communications Manager
Kate joined Landmarks in October 2019. A Maine transplant, she previously worked at the Media Center for Art History at Columbia University, where she supported education and research in art and architecture history. Kate has a BFA in sculpture, and has also held positions in art conservation and collections management at several institutions including the New-York Historical Society and Historic Hudson Valley. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, hiking, canoeing, and working with her husband on their own old house.
kburch [at] portlandlandmarks.org / (207) 774-5561 ext. 103