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Creative Norway Board of Directors
Mr. Leavitt is a writer/musician/producer originally from Lawrence, MA. In 1992 he created the Lawrence Grassroots Initiative and served as Executive Director for nine years. In 1996 he also created the Massachusetts Green Party and served as Co-Chair for four years before becoming its first Executive Director in 2000 and running the statewide campaign of Ralph Nader which secured over 7% of the total vote as a 3rd Party candidate. (Highest in the country with the exception of Alaska)
In 2001 he initiated the Jill Stein for Governor campaign and served as Campaign Manager until 2002 when he left to begin his own campaign for State Rep. He became the 1st third party candidate in the country to qualify for Clean Elections funding and secured over 12% of the vote as a 3rd Party candidate.
In 2003 he was hired as the development director for the Boston Social Forum and after the 2004 event he founded Massachusetts Global Action which became a leader in the fight against multi-national control of water resources.
He moved to Maine full-time in 2006 after being hired to create the Maine Marijuana Policy Initiative (MMPI). He then wrote the 2009 statewide ballot initiative (and ran the campaign) that created a distribution system for medical marijuana. In 2010 he created Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine (MMCM) and served as its Executive Director until 2012.
As a writer Jonathan has spearheaded a number of projects including the Merrimack Valley Progressive, a monthly paper that he served as publisher/editor/writer for between 1992-1999.
He has also written (3) full length plays/musicals, Jesus Christ Terrorist, Mother Culture, and Somewhere, Maine: The Marijuana Musical, produced 10 CD’s of original songs, and created an entire semi-fictional on-line world of Somewhere Maine an ongoing project.
Ms. Cooper has been a member of the Creative Norway Board of Directors since April of 2019 and served as administrator of House Lorax Art Collective since December of 2018. Since this time, she has created social media pages to promote creative community, offered donation-based art classes, and participated in outreach to increase the member base. She has consistently been a part of Creative Norway’s project, the Nevaeh Dance Circus, since 2017 which has been an integral part of her involvement with the creative community in Norway and the surrounding communities,
Ms. Cooper has worked in project management for the better part of the last 6 years, building experience in communication, organizing, and managing large projects.
As a founding worker-owner of this cargo-bike cooperative Ms. Cooper has been responsible for building social media to promote the small business, help develop a business plan for the future of the cooperative, delegate tasks among herself and the other worker-owners, create schedules, and organize information relevant to start-up. This work allows Ms. Cooper to serve her community sustainably while providing education about diverting food waste from landfills, building community composting systems, and working in an environment that allows for living wages and physical exercise.
Ms. Gentempo is the co-founder/artistic director of Nevaeh Dance Circus and serves on the Board of Creative Norway.
Nettie has 26 years of dance education. She has studied under instructors Juliette Lauzier of the Maine State Ballet, Debi irons of Art Moves, Joanna Patterson of Casco Bay Movers, Jennifer McMahon of the Green Mountain Ballet, Vickie Perreault and Bruce Tracy of the Gorham Dance Studio of Maine.
Aside from serving as a CN board member and NDC artistic director Nettie is also a performance artist, dance instructor, fiber artist and homeschooling ,mother of two.