About MCMA

Today’s mechanics are the members of the current “makers” movement. They are the innovators, inventors, and artisans that make up the community of the creative, the ingenious, the skilled, and the entrepreneurial.


The creative maker community is thriving in Maine, and it is hungry for a place to gather, to meet like-minded people, and to exchange ideas and useful knowledge. Today’s MCMA aims to fill that need to do as it has done in the past and provide social support and a place for knowledge sharing, particularly from the older generation to the younger generation. Its goal is to serve its membership with mentors, education and knowledge resources such as lectures and workshops, physical resources, advocacy, and networking opportunities.

This tradition of support is not new to MCMA. The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association was founded in 1815 as a social organization that promoted and supported the skilled trades and their practitioners. Its original members were master craftspeople and entrepreneurs (then called mechanics) and their apprentices.

Community Partners


The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association strives to inspire and enrich the community by promoting ingenuity, creativity, innovation, and the diffusion of useful knowledge.



MCMA will combine successful traditions with new ideas to build a vibrant community of users, members, organizations with common interests, and the general public.

Our Strategic Plan


Mechanics often become involved with MCMA by serving on a committee. Engaging with a committee allows members to host events, and guide the trajectory of our organization.


Membership committee is responsible for recruiting and membership benefits for Mechanics’ Hall. Contact membership@mainemechanics.org to get involved.

Mechanics’ Hall

Hall oversees the maintenance of Mechanics’ Hall and its rentals. Contact hall@mainemechanics.org to get involved.

Public Relations

Public Relations publicizes upcoming events and produces a biannual newsletter. Contact
pr@mainemechanics.org to get involved.


Programming is responsible for programs at Mechanics’ Hall including maker and travel lecture series. Contact programming@mainemechanics.org to get involved.


Finance creates the annual budget, monitors the endowment and manages fundraising. Contact finance@mainemechanics.org to get involved.


Library manages the library’s space and collection. Contact
library@mainemechanics.org to get involved.

Our Staff

Thomas Blackburn

Superintendent of the Hall

Pat Larrabee


Our Board Members

Sam Mateosian


Sam is a designer, hacker, autodidact, entrepreneurial unicorn who’s been building interactive internet stuff since forever.

Thomas Blackburn

Superintendent of Hall

Thomas Blackburn is the Superintendent of Hall. He was a member of Portland’s creative economy, and former member of Creative Portland.

Donna Knoblock


After a long career in the travel business in New York City, Donna Knoblock escaped to Portland in 2008 and is enjoying her retirement in Maine. Donna volunteers in the Library one day a week, assisting members and keeping up with all the programs taking place there such as the Book Club, lectures and First Friday Art Walk.

John J. Lefebvre


John Lefebvre’s career has been in finance as a controller in the construction industry.  He has been treasurer of MCMA since 2007. “John is my name and books are my game.”

George Burns


George Burns has been practicing law for over four decades and focuses on litigating and arbitrating business and construction disputes.

Anestes Fortiades


Anestes Fotiades leads the User Experience team at IDEXX Laboratories where he’s worked since 2002.

Stephen Halpert


Sarah C. Hines


Sarah is the co-founder & Chief Web Mechanic, and has spent the past eight years, building at shines & jecker laboratories. They work on building efficient, beautiful, and highly usable web sites and apps for clients large and medium.

Jamie Johnston


Jess Knox


Jess Knox founded Olympico Strategies in July of 2012. Olympico helps companies and organizations manage growth and change by taking a system-wide relational approach to growth, change and performance.

Donna McNeil


Donna McNeil is an independent arts administrator providing private curatorial services, mentorship and professional development counseling for creatives, board service, and advocacy.

Hazel Onsrud


Hazel grew up in central Maine where she learned to love real-life puzzles and respect do-it-yourself (and together) culture.

Pam Plumb


Pam is the principal in Pamela Plumb & Associates, which provides process, facilitation and conflict management consulting.

Earl Shettleworth


Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. is a Maine historian. In 2004, Shettleworth was appointed the sixth State Historian by Governor John Baldacci and reappointed four years later.

Richard Spencer


Richard Spencer is an Attorney at Drummond Woodsum specializing in , Public Finance, School/Municipal, Land Conservation Law.