Board of Directors

John Paterson is a shareholder in the firm of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson in Portland. His principle areas of practice include civil litigation and administrative practice. While he has a broad ranging trial practice he has particular interest in business litigation, antitrust, media, and First Amendment law, securities litigation and health law. Before joining Bernstein Shur he was in the Maine Attorney Generals’ office from 1969-1981. In that office he served both as Chief of the Environmental Protection Division and later as Deputy AG in charge of civil litigation. John has served in a number of civic activities including as a member of the Freeport School Committee, the Freeport Town Council, President of the Board of the Chocolate Church Arts Center, the Board of the Tedford Shelter, and currently the Board of PCA Great Performances. He is also chair of the Professional Ethics Commission of the Board of Overseers of the Bar.

Brenda Schertz was born deaf into a deaf family in Brooklyn, New York. Brenda is now teaching American Sign Language at the University of Southern Maine and taught at Northeastern University, Boston. Ms. Schertz is on the Board of Directors at the Learning Center for Deaf Children, in Framingham, MA. She has served the Boston Public Library’s Access Center Advisory Committee, Huntington Theatre’s Deaf Task Force Committee, on the Board of Directors of Massachusetts State Association of the Deaf and as a consultant and tour guide at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Ms. Schertz now lives in Portland, Maine, with her husband, a computer instructor.

Lois Galgay Reckitt is the Executive Director of Family Crisis Services – the comprehensive domestic violence services programs in two Maine counties, including the City of Portland. She was also a founder of the Maine Women’s Lobby. Lois has directed this agency for a total of 16 years. In addition, she served as the Executive Vice President of NOW in Washington, DC for 5 years in the mid 80’s. She served on NOW’s National Board for a total of 16 years. During that time she chaired the National Committee on Pornography and served on the Committee to End Violence Against Women. In March of 1998 Lois was inducted into the Women’s Hall of Fame for her work on behalf of Maine women – she is joined there by such luminaries as Senator Margaret Chase Smith and Senator Olympia Snowe.

Steve Rich was born and raised in Westbrook, Maine. He graduated from Westbrook High School in 1979, and went on to attend and graduate from the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration in 1983. Following graduation from USM, Steve has been employed as follows by the Connecticut State Police (1984-1986); U.S.F.& G. Insurance Company (1986-1992) in the Claim Department in various roles ranging from Claims Adjuster to Assistant Claim Manager; to his present position with the Acadia Insurance Company as Assistant Vice-President of Claims. In that capacity Steve oversees the Acadia Claims Department for the entire State of Maine.

Robert (Buddy) Murray is a native of Bangor and a graduate of Boston College and the University of Maine School of Law. Buddy currently is a partner in the firm of Rudman and Winchell in Bangor. His practice focuses primarily in the area of employment law and administrative law. Buddy formerly served as a member of the Maine House of Representatives in the 111th and 112th Legislatures. He also served two terms as a member of the Maine Senate from 1996 to 2000 during the 118th and 119th Sessions. During his time in the Senate, Buddy was the Senate Chairman of the Criminal Justice committee. Buddy continues to serve on many Boards for different non-profit organizations in the community. He is married to Maggie Cox Murray and has two children, Erin and Dillon.