Staff and Board

Executive Director

Peter Korn, the Center's Director, has been a furniture maker since 1974. He is the author of Why We Make Things and Why it Matters: The Education of a Craftsman (Godine Publishing, 2013), Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship (Taunton Press, 2003) and The Woodworker's Guide to Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1998). Prior to founding the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in 1992 Peter spent six years as Program Director at Colorado's Anderson Ranch Arts Center and four years as Adjunct Associate Professor at Drexel University. His award winning furniture has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums.


Gallery and Marketing Manager

Victoria Allport has been our Gallery and Marketing Manager since July 2011, when she returned to Maine after twenty years on the west coast. Her extensive background in marketing and fine art management includes working as Assistant Director at the Olga Dollar Gallery in San Francisco, CA and at the Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland, OR. Most recently, she was President of Allport Editions for fifteen years.



Student Services Manager

Dorrie Higbee joined the Center in May 2009. She and her family moved to Maine from Colorado in 2004 to build their home by the sea. Dorrie brings a flare for logistics coordinating and several years of business and personnel management experience to the organization. She holds a B.A. from St. Bonaventure University in New York.


Facilities Assistant

Mary Ellen Hitt joined the Center as Facilities Assistant in February 2015. Previously, she worked with an architectural restoration company in New York for six years, where she learned carpentry and 19th-century period restoration. In 2014, she took the Center’s Twelve-week Furniture Intensive and was subsequently awarded a Studio Fellowship.


Digital Fabrication and Assistant Facilities Manager/Instructor

Mark Juliana joined the Center as the Assistant Facilities Manager in August 2011. His background includes 20 years in the Silicon Valley. Mark attended the Center's 2007-08 Nine-month Comprehensive and was self-employed in Ashland, Oregon where he built custom furniture and built-ins in his own shop. When not at the Center, you'll likely find Mark fly fishing or kayaking (or more likely doing both).


Facilities Manager/Instructor

Mason McBrien became the Center's Facilities Manager in August 2011 after being the Assistant Facility Manager for two years. After years of self-employment building custom furniture, museum installations, and historic garden architecture in New Hampshire, Mason enrolled in the Center's 2007-08 Nine-month Comprehensive and subsequently was awarded a Studio Fellowship. His work has been featureded in Fine Woodworking and Lark Books' 500 Tables.


Social Media Coordinator

Heide Martin became our Development and Media Coordinator in January 2016, after moving from Seattle to Maine to attend our Nine-month Comprehensive and staying on as a workshop assistant and Fellow. She has a background in public art, landscape architecture and urban design, with an MLA from the University of Washington and a MCRP from the Ohio State University. Her furniture has appeared in Maine Home + Design, Furniture and Cabinetmaking, and The Gallery at Somes Sound.


Operations and Finance Manager

Kat Richman joined the Center as Operations and Finance Manager in June 2010. Previously she was the Operations and Finance Manager at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and most recently served as the Director of Finance and Operations at Waterfall Arts. She received a B.A. in Art History from Bowdoin College. Kat has a background in real estate management and is a Notary Public. She lives in Appleton in a straw bale house that she and her husband designed and built.


Director of Advancement

Amy Williams joined the Center as Director of Advancement in September 2017. She is an accomplished fundraiser, author, grant writer, and fine arts painter, with a PhD from Virginia Tech where she studied information systems, accounting, and organizational behavior. Previously, she served as Director of Cyber Initiatives for the Citizens Crime Commission of NYC and held tenured faculty positions at Bentley University and the University of Tennessee. Recognized for innovative community building skills, she has accepted invitations to speak at more than 40 international and national conferences and chaired over 20 national task forces.




Board of Directors

Dick Whittington, Dallas, TX

Vice President
David Ingram, Natick, MA

Steve Vela, Woodland Park, CO

Mark Tresnowski, Inverness, IL

Bruce Bergen, Hope, ME

Rick Croteau, North Kingstown, RI

Asher Dunn, Rumford, RI

Richard C. Kellogg, Jr., Houston, TX

Tom Lie-Nielsen, Waldoboro, ME

Jeremy Morton, M.D., Portland, ME

Don Seeley, Tucson, AZ

Joan Welsh, Rockport, ME

Presidents Emeriti
Bob Fippinger, New York, NY

Mark Horowitz, Weston, MA