Tear Cap Workshops Board of Directors
President: Sally Dunning, RN, BSN
Sally has worked for more than forty years as a nurse, primarily in maternity and now with elders, at a small local hospital. She also serves as the President of Board of Trustees of the Bridgton Public Library and is the proud mother of two teachers and four grandchildren. Sally was married for 33 years to the award winning historic restoration carpenter, Bob Dunning, until his untimely passing. Sally is Tear Cap Workshops’ founding board president.
Vice President: Michael Buonaiuto, MS Ed
Michael recently retired from a 35 year career in early childhood education, special education, and early literacy intervention. He was most recently employed as a districtwide literacy coach for the Cambridge, MA Public Schools. He has been an adjunct faculty member at Lesley University, and has presented numerous workshops on early literacy regionally and nationally. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays a variety of ethnic and traditional music, and he is a self-taught artist and sculptor, avid water sports enthusiast, and local volunteer. Michael is a founding board member.
Secretary: John Bowen, JD
John has been an attorney for the last thirty-two years and is licensed to practice in federal and state courts in Massachusetts and in the First Circuit Court of Appeals. He has worked as both a defense attorney and as a prosecutor in criminal cases, serving as an Assistant Attorney General for 21 years. John is primarily a litigator, having tried dozens of jury trials and argued numerous appeals, in addition to negotiating many settlements – all for a range of public and private clients. He now specializes in land use litigation and is a proud husband and dad. John is also a founding board member.
Interim Treasurer: Jamie Coppola
Jamie is a mosaic glass artist and crafter and currently works a paint-your-own pottery studio. Jamie has also served on other local art organization boards, and enjoys getting inspiration for her work from the natural world. Jamie previously leased studio space at Tear Cap Workshops, and currently enjoys getting inspiration from the beach for her mosaics everyday.
Scott has a degrees from the School of Forest Resources and School of Engineering at University of Maine in Orono. He is currently employed as Product Development Manager for Malone Auto Racks in Westbrook Maine. Scott is also a woodworker, avid outdoorsman, and community activist.
Greg has been antique furniture restorer and furniture maker for over thirty years. He restores 18th and early 19th century furniture and specializes in making traditional New England forms from the 18th century with his own unique spin. Greg has also demonstrated and taught woodworking. Greg’s shop is located in South Bridgton, Maine.
Executive Director: Henry Banks
After graduating from Colby College with a double major in English and Biology, Henry moved to Bridgton, Maine to answer a help-wanted ad for a cabinetmaker position. Ever since, Henry has been a carpenter, cabinet maker and general contractor, based in Denmark, Maine for the last 35 years. He founded the H.B. Wood Company, Inc in 1983 and has been the principle ever since. In addition to building custom homes, cabinetry and furniture, he has also trained, encouraged and mentored a large number of apprentices, many of whom later went on to build their own homes. Although formally a carpenter, Henry has also been a teacher and active community member, involved in the founding of three other non-profit organizations in the area. Henry is a co-founder of Tear Cap Workshops.
Administrative Director: Sarah Banks
Sarah is woodworker, grant writer, website developer, and administrator. She has a BA in English Literature and has worked a variety of jobs including carpentry, bookkeeping, environmental education, writing, and farming. She also lived in Honduras for 6 months doing community service high school. Sarah is a co-founder of Tear Cap Workshops.