Board of Directors

Donna McNeil, Executive Director

Donna McNeil is the Founding Executive Director of the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation. She is the former Director of the Maine Arts Commission and has spent her lifetime as an arts advocate in the for-profit, non-profit and government fields. She holds an undergraduate degree in painting from Syracuse University and a masters degree in art history from Harvard University as well as an honorary PhD from Maine College of art where she was commencement speaker. She has curated numerous exhibitions, written two artists books, one which received the Excellence in Publishing Award from MWPA

 and served as juror and nominator on many panels including the NEA and MacArthur Awards. 

Ellen Golden, President

Ellen Golden is an artist with a studio in Brunswick. Her work is in private collections in the US, Europe and Asia. A long-time advocate for social and economic justice, she worked for many years at Coastal Enterprises, Inc., a Brunswick-based nonprofit community development corporation, where she oversaw program and policy work focused on women’s economic development, microenterprise development for immigrant communities and impact investing. She has served on a variety of boards and
commissions and is currently on the boards of the Anonimo and Surf Point Foundations. She is an inductee of the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame and a past recipient of the Small Business Administration’s Women in Business Advocate, Minority Advocate, and Financial Services Advocate awards for Maine. A graduate of Barnard College and the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine, she lives with her husband, an artist and gallery owner, in Woolwich.

Ned Steinberger, Vice President

Ned Steinberger is an industrial designer specializing in electric string instruments.  He founded the Steinberger Sound Company in 1980 to produce and market his headless bass and guitar designs to musicians worldwide.  After the sale of the Steinberger brand to the Gibson Company in 1987, he formed NS Design Inc. to focus on the electric violin, viola, cello, and double bass. Ned moved to mid-coast Maine in 1997 to be closer to his mother, Joan Beauregard.

Lisa Cummings, Treasurer


Fritz Buehner, Secretary

Fritz was the dean of faculty at the School of the Museum of Fine arts in Boston for two years, which included over seeing curriculum development, hiring and contracts of some 80 full and part-time faculty, the creation of a school wide technology center that included 2 and 3D printing and worked with the president and financial officer managed a 25 million dollar operating budget. As a practicing artist he designed and rehabbed 3 lofts in Boston and 2 in New York and over a 50 year period have maintained a career of showing work internationally in galleries and museums, and colleges and universities. His work has been reviewed in Art in America, Art Forum, Art Papers, Art New England, The Boston Globe, and the Philadelphia Enquirer among others.

Frederick Bianchi


Frederick Bianchi is a composer and music technologist. He is Professor of Music at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts, co-founder of Realtime Music Solutions in New York City, and founder of the Bianchi Education Foundation in Maine. (


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