President and CEO
Shannon Haines was hired as the president and CEO of Waterville Creates! in October of 2016. She is also the director of the Maine International Film Festival, a position she has held since 2002. From 2012 to 2016, Shannon served as the executive director of the film festival’s parent organization, Maine Film Center, whose mission is to enrich, educate, and entertain the community through film and art. Prior to working for the Maine Film Center, Shannon was the executive director of Waterville Main Street from March of 2003 through October of 2012, during which time she oversaw $1 million in downtown revitalization grant programs, the creation of Barrels Community Market, and numerous community events, including the Maine Open Juried Art Show and the Waterville Intown Arts Fest. Shannon holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies and Japanese from Middlebury College. In 2008, she was named in Maine Biz’s “Next List” of top 10 individuals shaping the Maine economy and was presented with the Ken Curtis Leadership Award from the Maine Development Foundation. She was presented with the Downtown Visionary award by the Maine Downtown Center in 2012.
Nate Towne is the marketing manager of Waterville Creates!, a non-profit promoting, supporting, and growing greater Waterville’s arts and cultural scene. Collaborating with regional arts and culture institutions and their supporters, Nate helps strengthen ties within our artist communities, increases access to information about arts and cultural programing in and around the greater Waterville region, and shines a spotlight on its deep cultural heritage and diverse art scene. Prior to joining WC!, Nate worked his communications craft at a number of the nations leading advertising and public relations agencies as well as running his own boutique public relations firm. Nate has a bachelor of science in Mass Communications from Boston University and earned his masters degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Emerson College.
Sugden is a Waterville native with nonprofit, project management and arts administration experience who previously served as assistant manager of Center for Maine Craft and assistant programs manager for the Maine Crafts Association. She recently earned a masters of art in arts administration from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. She is also chairwoman of the Kennebec Valley Arts Association.