The Team

The founding board of directors and its advisors have dedicated their time, energy, and resources to establishing a viable nonprofit capable of launching the Manship Project. As new opportunities and challenges present themselves, we look to expand this pool of volunteers to meet developing needs.

This is a community project that will take more than the Village of Lanesville - if you are interested in getting involved, please reach out. 

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Rebecca Reynolds

President. A museum professional and arts administrator with some 30 years experience, Reynolds is a curator and art consultant specializing in American sculpture and was the founding director of Forest Hills Educational Trust and its public art program. She is a member of Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts.

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Linda K. Bruce

Secretary. A vice president with Morgan Stanley, Kennedy Bruce has worked for some 30 years in the financial industry.  She has been an active volunteer involved with numerous charities and co-created and served as the former director of the Kids’ Club After School Program in Lynn, MA.

Betsy Whittey

A former Assistant Attorney General in Massachusetts and New York, Whittey is now in private practice in Gloucester.  Her expertise is in civil litigation, regulatory process, administrative law and consumer protection.  She was a close friend of Margaret Cassidy Manship.

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Jo-Ann Castano

Vice-President. A sculptor, arts educator, community cultural organizer with 39 years' experience as an arts administrator and activist, Castano co-established Gloucester’s Committee for the Arts, the Society for the Encouragement for the Arts (seARTS), and the Gloucester Arts & Culture Initiative.

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Donna Hassler

Executive Director of Chesterwood, and Administrator of the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios Program for the National Trust for Historic Preservation,  Hassler is an art historian and museum professional with over 30 years' experience as director and curator of several important cultural institutions.

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Diana N. Theriault

The great grand-daughter of Paul and Isabel Manship and the grand-niece of Margaret Cassidy and John Manship, Diana Natti is a former Gloucester resident who grew up playing on the Manship estate.  She has degrees in art and art history and has studied abroad at an artist residency in France.

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Sandy Stone

Treasurer. The former Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for a local federally-funded organization, Sandy has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 35 years.  She is a Gloucester native, a neighbor of MARS, and a founding member of Gloucester’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).

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Mags Harries

An international public artist, who has completed over 30 major public commissions, Harries is a professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and a Gloucester summer visitor for over 20 years.  She has been the recipient of prestigious artist residencies.