Meet our Board - Osher

Walter Beinecke

Walter is a Partner at Brook Venture Partners where he is passionate about supporting and partnering with the management teams at Brook companies. He serves as the Chairman of RobbinsKersten Direct, a leading fundraising firm for non-profits, chairs the Board of Member Benefits, a loyalty marketing company, and the Board of Medical Mastermind, Inc., a provider of healthcare IT solutions. Prior to joining the venture field, Walter had a 20-year career as an operating executive. He specializes in helping Brook companies implement sales and marketing strategies that accelerate predictable revenue growth.

Walter is an avid skier and master alpine racer. He and his wife are active sailors and enjoy family activities with their three children. He contributes to the region’s cultural and civic life through service on several non-profit boards in New England, including roles as Director and Investment Officer of the Osceola Foundation.

Nancy Osher Blumberg

Nancy has spent the majority of her career working for non-profit organizations and currently works for Bowdoin College. A graduate of Wellesley College and Stanford Business School, Nancy enjoyed living, studying and working in many different parts of the world before returning to Maine in 2005. She sings in a hospice choir and appreciates any opportunity to spend time exploring the natural beauty of Maine.


James Buchanan

James Buchanan is CEO at Member Benefits, a loyalty marketing company and has spent his career building brands, companies and serving boards with a strong social commitment.  Prior to joining Member Benefits, Jim held CEO, board and senior positions at companies including Zone Labs, Inc., Saucony, Hasbro Interactive, General Mills and the William Guy Forbeck Cancer Research Foundation.

An accomplished cyclist, he was selected to participate with Lance Armstrong in the Tour of Hope. The team of 26, including Armstrong, cycled across the country in eight days to raise awareness for cancer research.


Ballard  Campbell

Ballard  C. Campbell is professor Emeritus of history and public policy at Northeastern University in Boston.  He holds a B.S. in Political Science from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL), an M.A. in history from Northeastern University, and a Ph.D. in history from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  Ballard has written or edited six books, including American Wars (Facts On File, 2012),  American Disasters: 201 Calamities that Shook the Nation (Checkmark Books, 2008); The Growth of American Government: Governance from the Cleveland Era to the Present (Indiana University Press, 1995; 2014 updated edition); and Representative Democracy: Public Policy and Midwestern Legislatures in the late Nineteenth Century (Harvard University Press, 1980). He continues as a Distinguished Lecturer with the Organization of American Historians.  He is working on two books, including American Destinations: the History of Special Places in North America.

Ballard joined the Friends of the Osher Map Library in September, 2013.

“The Osher Map Library is a rare jewel, located in one of the finest small cities in the United States.  Anyone interested in maps, historical cartography, and geography (broadly defined) will find the OML collections a rich resource.”


Robert Dodge, Vice President

Robert Dodge is a Vice President, Research and Development at IDEXX laboratories in Westbrook, Maine.  He leads R&D scientists and engineers in development of veterinary in vitro diagnostic products for animal health.Prior to joining IDEXX, Bob held senior R&D management positions in the human healthcare field at Integ, Inc. in St. Paul, Minnesota, and at Abbott Laboratories, in North Chicago, IL.  Bob holds a B.A. in Biology from the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas.


Robert (Bob) Macdonald

Bob Macdonald is a shareholder at the law firm of Bernstein Shur in Portland where he specializes in Business Law.  He concentrates his practice in the area of business, franchise, and product distribution law. Bob provides counsel to a number of closely held businesses and their principals throughout Maine and New England, including large automotive dealer groups, single and multi-location franchisees, family-owned manufacturing and distribution companies, entrepreneurs, and other commercial concerns. Bob is recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his franchise law work and is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  A Maine native, Bob grew up and worked in a family-owned automobile business.

Bob is a founder and past president of Greater Portland Big Brothers and Big Sisters and a trustee at Port Opera.

Mary Nelson

A former State Representative (D – Falmouth) for many years, Mary has dedicated much of her life to social justice issues, the arts, higher education, and bettering the lives of Maine residents through extensive volunteering, committee work, memberships on various boards, and more. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and music from Smith College, and her master’s degree in public policy and management with a concentration in growth management from the Muskie School in 1988. Mary was a member of the Education and Cultural Affairs committee in the Maine legislature.


Glenn Parkinson, President

Glenn works at Morgan Stanley, where he has been for 29 years, as a Financial Planning Specialist. In this capacity Glenn directs the capital markets analysis, asset allocation

and portfolio management strategy for the team as well as the management of Morgan Stanley’ strategic partner relationships. He hails from Vermont where he attended University of Vermont. Glenn serves on several other boards including the New England Ski Museum in Franconia, New Hampshire; and the Ski Museum of Maine located in Kingfield, Maine. He is a nationally recognized ski history aficionado and has published a critically acclaimed book on the subject. He is frequently sought out by reporters and researchers as an expert on ski history.