A dedicated staff at your service.
Hilary Bassett, Executive Director
Hilary has served as chief administrator and advocate for Greater Portland Landmarks since September 2000. Prior to joining Landmarks, she helped raise $1.3 million to restore the Portland Observatory, served on the development staff at Bowdoin College, and was as an art museum administrator in Michigan and Indiana. Her passion for architecture, now focused on Portland, began in her home town of Louisville, KY, which has wonderful 19th century buildings and Olmsted-designed parks. She received her bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in business administration from Indiana University.
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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.
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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.
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Office and Communications Coordinator
Chloe Martin joined the Landmarks staff in the spring of 2016. After spending years managing bakeries and cafes she decided to apply her skills to her love of history. Her culinary career began in Jamaica Plain, MA, where Chloe led the kitchen at Ula Café. In addition to baking, she wrote recipes, trained staff, taught classes, and created social media accounts. Finally, in 2014 she moved to Maine to develop her ice cream making skills. She first learned about Greater Portland Landmarks during the Portland’s History Docents class where she was inspired to switch gears and pursue her passion for preserving history and community. After completing the course she worked for visitor services at the Museums of Old York. Chloe holds a degree in Philosophy and History from Mount Holyoke College.
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Courtney Walker, Development Assistant
Courtney Walker is a graduate of the University of Southern Maine, and has a passion for local nonprofits that build community, promote sense of place, and advance environmental sustainability. Courtney’s prior experience includes work for the Frenchman’s Bay Conservancy in Hancock, Maine. In addition to her part-time job at Landmarks, she serves as the Office Assistant for the Friends of Eastern Promenade. Courtney also volunteers for Cultivating Community and serves on the board of GreenDrinks Portland.
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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.
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