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.

Marketing Director

John Nunan

207-633-2353 (ext 102)
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John originally hails from London, England, and relocated to Maine in the early 90’s. Along with his wife and young son, he just returned from a 2 year sabbatical in Costa Rica where they immersed themselves in the lifestyle & culture of Central America. They decided to make their new home in the Midcoast region, looking for a quiet but progressive school district for their son. John brings considerable marketing experience to our chamber members with a focus on expanding and modernizing our message through all outlets, including social media, newsletters, web, video, podcasts etc.

John has worked in marketing and design for over 30 years - running his own agency in Portland, and spending many years working in the non-profit field. He is also an avid musician, having played in a number of bands in the area, as well as producing and arranging several albums for other artists. John is firm in the belief that everyone can be creative, and that tapping into our specific creative outlet is one of the keys to long term fulfillment.

In his spare time, John is also an avid photographer and he enjoys documenting his travels all over the world.

Membership Coordinator

Shannon Schmelzer

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Shannon is our newest 2019 member to the Boothbay Chamber of Commerce with over 17 years of experience in 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.

Visitor Services Coordinator

Linda Perry

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Linda comes from a background in higher education, having taught at the college level for over thirty five years. An avid fiber enthusiast, she earned two degrees in textiles and design. This led to a business in Newport, RI, where she made and marketed a line of hand printed women’s apparel. As a teacher, having the summers off led to other business ventures, mainly designing, creating, and selling knitted apparel and accessories.

A midlife switch led to a doctoral degree in Adult and Vocational Education, with the belief that lifelong learning is essential for everyone for personal and professional growth.
Linda was born in Maine, and last year purchased a cottage on the water and returned to her roots. Part of the draw of Maine was the community of fiber enthusiasts/artists, and all the talents and entrepreneurial spirit they embody. In addition, she pals around with her 91 year old Dad, checking out all the sheep and goat farms. But her happy time is in her yarn studio overlooking the Sheepscot Harbor, where there is an explosion of hand dyed yarn – certainly a “room with a hue”.

In the past decade, she has spent summers in Edgecomb. Favorite moments are spent puttering on the water on a 110 year old vintage scallop boat, “Lily”- small in size bit big on character.

Visitor Services

Dorothy Ferrell


Dorothy Ferrell

Originally born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Dorothy went to school in Detroit, Michigan at Wayne State University. She received her under graduate and attended Law School.

She worked as a Lobbyist for Procter & Gamble’s Government Relations office in Washington D.C. for more than 20 years. She retired to take a position as President of the National Woman’s Party, the birth place of Women’s Suffrage and the Equal Rights Amendment.  A mother to two wonderful daughters, she has dedicated a good portion of her life to the fight for women’s inclusion, but recognizes that there is still some way to go. 

In 2005 she relocated to Boothbay Harbor, then in 2014 sold her home to build a con-joined house with her daughter on Atlantic Avenue.  Dorothy considers it an honor to work for the Boothbay Harbor Chamber of Commerce, and loves her day-to-day interactions with visitors to the area. She considers her move to BoothBay Harbor the best move she ever made and calls It is a perfect place to live, work and play!