About the RAA

Raymond Arts Alliance

Our Mission: The Raymond Arts Alliance exists to inspire connection, collaboration, education, and enjoyment. It’s focus is to enrich our community through the arts and present events for all ages. RAA encourages community participation and provides a space where cultural diversity is celebrated.

 


Mary-Therese Duffy, President

I am originally from NJ and settled in Kennebec County, Maine nearly 40 years ago and moved to Raymond with my family in 2003.I attained a B.A. in Health Education from the University of Maine in Farmington and an M.A. in Expressive Arts Dance/Movement Therapy from Lesley College in Cambridge MA and was fortunate to synthesize the wisdom of both at the School for Body-Mind Centering in Amherst, MA. I’m a Somatic (Mind-Body) Psychotherapist who uses the arts as part of a clinical practice that specializes in deep trauma and catastrophic illness, injuries and transitions. I am also a member of the Raymond Arts Alliance and delighted to be part of the RVL board and its community mission.

Karen Rendall, Secretary
Born in Portland, Maine I reside in Casco with my significant other and family pets. Growing up, we spent many summer vacations in the Sebago Lakes region and I feel fortunate to have settled in this most beautiful area of the state. I have over 20 years of non-profit Accounting and Human Resource experience and currently work at a local resort in the lakes region as an Accounting and Human Resources Administrator. I have studied Tai Chi forms and Qigong since 2002 and have been sharing what I’ve learned since 2011. I have a deep appreciation for creativity in any form and hope that my non-profit experience and love of the arts will benefit the Raymond Arts Alliance in our mission.

Brenda Olsen, Treasurer
I moved to Raymond, permanently in 1983. My husband, Rolf and I have two sons who went to school in Raymond and later finished High School at Windham High. I have a B.S. in Business Administration from UNH and a MBA from New Hampshire College. I am currently employed at The Montalvo Corporation as a Controller. We enjoy our community of Raymond and we have been active with different groups, whenever our busy schedules allow. I am member of the Raymond Village Community Church. I sing in the choir and am a part-time Sunday School teacher. I also coordinate the annual Flea Market at the church. My past volunteer positions in Raymond include Cub Scout leader, Skiing coordinator for the Jordan Small Middle School (Raymond Rec) and an assistant in the RES Tennis program (Raymond Rec). I have added my name to the list of volunteers with Loon Echo Trust and I am looking forward to participating in trail maintenance activities for that group. I love the outdoors, sports, animals, music, gardening, “goin’ upta’ camp”, my family, my church and the community in Raymond.

Gary Wittner
Originally from New York, I’ve been a Maine resident for 31 years, during which I’ve enjoyed a career as a guitarist and music educator. An Associate Professor at the USM School of Music, I perform Jazz, Blues, Latin and Middle Eastern music locally, nationally and internationally. I am proud to have represented the United States internationally as a Kennedy Center Jazz Ambassador (Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia), Fulbright Specialist (S. Africa), and US Embassy Outreach Artist. I was a faculty member of the International Jazz Academy (Krakow, Poland) every summer for 20 years and experienced firsthand how art transcends language and cultural barriers. Continually awed by how art creates connection, I hope the RAA events and classes can enhance and connect our own community. I am personally invested because my family, which includes 2 fantastic grandsons, live and play in Raymond.

Louise Carpenter

As I was growing up in Syracuse, NY, I listened to many wonderful stories that my mother had to tell of her childhood summers on Chebeague Island. Those stories and my own love of woods and lakes, brought me to Maine.

After I received my degree in History and educations from the University of Denver, I moved to Portland in 1974. I purchased a small camp in Raymond in 1982, and have spent my summers here ever since. I worked as a kindergarten/first grade teacher at the Waynflete School for eighteen years, then moved to Raymond and worked at Raymond Elementary School until my retirement.

My mother was an oil painter and my son graduated in illustration from Rhode Island School of Design. I’m pretty good at drawing stick figures. But thought the ‘creative gene” has somewhat bypassed me, I’m a great appreciator of all the arts and those who perform them. I’m delighted to be part of a group that endeavors to showcase Raymond’s talented residents as well as bringing the community together for mutual enjoyment of the arts.