Board of Directors & Staff

  • Nicole St. Pierre (OBHS - President)Nicole St. Pierre (President) joined the OBHS board way back in the 1990's to help enhance the connections between her RSU35 classroom and the local community. After taking a decade or so off for other adventures, she is back at the helm as president. In addition to her other duties, Nicole is the liaison between OBHS and the school district for The Hike Through History and loves working with both students and teachers. She also organizes the History Games and Hats off to History fundraising events. Nicole has been involved in organizing fun events like Hot Summer Nights Concerts and Lantern Fest for South Berwick. She is currently completing a project that has been close to her history-loving heart - decorating the historic new Stage House Inn.

  • Trish Towle (OBHS - Vice President)Trish Towle (Vice-President) has lived in South Berwick since 1991, and has been an active member of the community, volunteering for a host of local organizations- most recently on the board of the Marshwood Education Foundation and Pumpkinman/Forward Motion. Trish loves to craft and can often be found baking sugar cookies in a variety of shapes and sizes- anything from lobsters to gnomes. In her spare time, she likes hiking or concert-going with her friends and family. She became hooked on local history when she co-chaired the History Games.

  • Sally Hunter (OBHS - Secretary)Sally Hunter (Secretary) has lived in South Berwick for 45 years. When first home with small children, she would read the books of Gladys Hasty Carroll. Eventually becoming an empty nester, Sally attends OBHS lectures and participated in the Chadbourne Dig. She enjoys reading, gardening, walking, being with her grandchildren and volunteering in and for the South Berwick Library, for the Great Works Regional Land Trust and, of course, with OBHS.

  • Jane Orr (OBHS - Treasurer)Jane Orr (Treasurer) was born and raised in South Carolina, but went to college in Massachusetts and has remained a New Englander ever since. She moved from Cambridge to South Berwick in 2015 to be near her stepdaughter’s family. Now retired, she has had many careers as a classical musician, law firm office manager, copy editor, and swimming teacher. Jane became involved with OBHS through John Demos’ archivist workshops in the fall of 2018. A resident of Butler Street, she became interested in the history of her neighborhood, and its connections to the Free Baptist Church. Jane also enjoys hiking the trails of the Great Works Regional Land Trust with her dog. She is a member of two local writing groups and is Secretary of the Friends of the South Berwick Library.

  • Harland Goodwin (OBHS - Board Member)Harland Goodwin is retired from a first career in fund raising and development and a second in managing a local family business. He has lived in South Berwick throughout his life, attended local schools, including graduating in the last class of South Berwick High School. He has always been interested in history, local and otherwise, and is serving on the Board for the second time. Aligned with his interest in history is also an interest in genealogy and has tracked one branch of his family tree back eight generations to one of the original settlers of the area that became South Berwick.  

  • Norma Keim (OBHS - Board Member)Norma Keim started her journey with OBHS in the 1980’s a volunteer, cataloging a massive book collection. Since then, she has fallen in love with South Berwick's history, and created the early versions of the Hike Through History with the schools. Norma serves as OBHS’ Financial Secretary and is an active member of the Collections Committee fulfilling research inquiries. She often says that everything that appears in American history books happened here, and affected people here, over the centuries.  Learning about our local history is a wonderful bottomless pit!

  • Kara Plank (OBHS - Board Member)Kara Plank has lived in South Berwick since the winter of 1999 with her husband Paul and raised three children here. Her first real career here in town was as a volunteer helping with the installation of the Shoe Town Playground and she hasn’t stopped giving time and energy since. She is currently the President of Sobo Central, a local umbrella organization for non-profit programs. She can be found hulling strawberries in June, leading Lanternfest in August, serving soup in November, singing in December, and attending outdoor concerts all Summer. Kara got involved with OBHS when she answered the call for volunteers to help third graders get ready for the Hike through History, and has helped with recent Scavenger Hunt and Trivia Night fundraisers. She enjoys many Land Trust hikes with her dog and family, gardening and traveling to new places.

  • Cari Quater (OBHS - Executive Director)Cari Quater (Executive Director) has been OBHS’ Executive Director since 2016, the first paid position within the organization. Previously, Cari was the Capital Campaign Coordinator for the Friends of South Berwick Library, and has been a leader in marketing consulting for over 10 years in the South Berwick community. Cari has a B.A. degree in Art History, with a focus on Museum Studies, and a minor in Anthropology. She currently teaches Social Studies for Marshwood Adult Ed. Cari is an active volunteer in Cub Scouts, her boys' sports, and just about anything else her community asks of her. Her passions are gardening, reading, antiquing, and traveling to historic sites and museums with her husband and sons. Email: