Executive Director

Patricia Inness Royall

207-633-2353 Ext. 101
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Patricia comes to the Chamber with over 20 years of non-profit arts administration experience having served as the Executive Director of The Chocolate Church in Bath and Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance in Brunswick. While Executive Director at the Chocolate Church, Patricia created and produced the first "Concert in the Yard" at Bath Iron Works Corporation, bringing in the Atlantic Clarion Steel Drum Band to play inside the Yard for over 10,000 BIW employees. She later produced an art exhibit at the Chocolate Church to showcase the works of BIW artists. Patricia also served as the Marketing & Development Director for the Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick and the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath, as well as PR/Advertising Associate for WOODENBOAT Magazine. Patricia has owned, managed and curated two art galleries, in Brunswick and Richmond, where she represented over 45 local artists. She is a former Rotarian, and for the past seven years has served on the Cancer Council and Patient Advisory Council for MaineGeneral Health. Prior to joining the Chamber, Patricia spent the past eight years as Sales and Marketing Director for Tilbury House Publishers marketing children's picture books to the education market.

She is a former Miss Windjammer (1969) and spent her summers as a young girl growing up on Ocean Point. Patricia's favorite hobbies include gardening, beachcombing, cooking, music, and the arts. She is a former soloist and cast member of the international singing group Up With People. Patricia's family has been part of the Boothbay Harbor area since the late 1800s and very much a part of the rich fabric of the Region.

Visitor Services Coordinator

Laura Francis

207-633-2353
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Laura Francis was born and raised in the Boothbay Harbor Region and received her education through the Boothbay Region school system.  Laura’s history, her commitment to our community and her in-depth knowledge of the area make her the perfect Ambassador to represent Boothbay and Midcoast Region.  Laura will serve as the Visitor Services Coordinator at the Chamber’s new Midcoast Visitor Information Center located on Route One just north of the Wiscasset bridge.

Laura is in her own right an accomplished chef with a sterling reputation for food service and hospitality management in the Boothbay Region. She has worked for a number of properties including Newagen Seaside Inn, Spruce Point Inn, Linekin Bay Resort, Harborside Tavern, Ocean Point Inn and Brown Brothers in both management and in the culinary arts. Laura also owns her own catering business “The Gallery”  Gathering and Events.

Laura has strong ties to the Boothbay Region and proudly gives back to the community through her involvement with the YMCA, The Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club, the Boothbay Harbor Congregational Church and the St. Andrews Hospital Free Bed Fund.  Laura served as a past Board Member of our Chamber.

Laura is married to Steve Francis and they have two children, Adam and Avery and one grandchild, Jordan.  In Laura’s spare time she enjoys sewing, restoring furniture, gardening, walking around town, cooking for pleasure and embracing family time.

Visitor & Member Services Coordinator

Shannon Schmelzer

207-633-2353 Ext. 103
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Shannon is our newest 2019 member to the Boothbay Chamber of Commerce with over 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry. As an undergraduate student of the University of Maine and current graduate student of Capella University, she has a degree in Psychology and Community Studies and has genuine love for the study of behavioral science! Shannon started her journey in case management and career development; helping others grow and utilize their skills in the lifelong process of managing learning, work, leisure, and life transitions! She then began her professional career in sales development as a sales executive in the food service business working in alliance with Maine’s major suppliers; PFG North Center, Pine State Trading Company, Sysco, U.S Foods, and Dennis Paper. She then went on to peruse a position at Spruce Point Inn as the lead sales manager at which time she decided to plant her roots and bought a home in Boothbay Harbor becoming a local resident to the region.

In 2014, Shannon opened a seafood shack; Shannon’s Unshelled, primarily serving fresh Maine lobster rolls with meat caught right out of the Boothbay Harbor Waters. While managing and operating her seasonal restaurant, she continued her education as a pre-school teacher for five years and in her spare time also served in the AmeriCorps in conjunction with the National Digital Equity Center. When Shannon is not wearing a lobster apron or meeting new friends at the Chamber, she spends her time with her nieces Olive and Mila, her puppies Tiberia and Tundra, and travels all over the world to visit with friends and family.