Our People

Meet the Staff


UnknownBob Fernald, President, Publisher, and CEO

Bob started calling Down East “home” in 1977, when his parents bought the magazine. He would paint walls, stuff envelopes, answer reader letters, and otherwise cause trouble. Twenty-five years later, he became president and CEO, continuing Maine’s tradition of great family businesses. E-mail Bob at [email protected].




DE_Portraits-979Kathleen Fleury, Editor in Chief

Kathleen was born in Brunswick and grew up on Cousins Island. After attending Middlebury College in Vermont and working in publishing in New York City, Kathleen joined Down East in 2007. She is now editor in chief, the first woman to hold that position in the magazine’s 60-year history. Kathleen lives in Camden with her partner and fellow avid tennis player, Noah, and their two children. E-mail Kathleen at [email protected].




DE_Portraits-925-1Virginia M. Wright, Senior Editor

Virginia has traveled to all corners of Maine to write about its people, places, and culture. She has interviewed artists, architects, and scientists, profiled dozens of communities, and covered such diverse topics as Maine-grown oysters, Poland Spring’s controversial expansion of water extraction, and the curious commuting rituals of the Islesboro Island ferry. She has authored five books for Down East Books, including Ultimate Acadia and The Maine Lobster Book. E-mail Virginia at [email protected].




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A transplant to Maine from the wild, wild West (and also Midwest), Brian is a drifter, a dad, a Damariscottian. A former contributing editor, he’s put a bunch of miles on the station wagon reporting for Down East. When he’s not writing for Down East, Brian is a sporadic contributor to publications like Outside, Men’s Journal, and Travel & Leisure, and he’s the author of The Footloose American: Following the Hunter S. Thompson Trail Across South America. He likes the outdoors, the open road, the Grateful Dead, and beer. Email Brian at [email protected].




DE_Portraits-598Miroslaw Jurek, Creative Director

Born in Poland, Mirek has designed magazine titles both in the United States and abroad. He joined Down East in 2005, and in 2012 led the redesign of the magazine. His former careers include a show jumper in Warsaw and horse-riding instructor in London. When not in front of his Mac, he can be found fishing for squid in Rockport Harbor or tending to his chickens. E-mail Mirek at [email protected].




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Before joining the Down East staff full-time, Mark worked as a freelance photographer covering a range of stories, from hanging out in a survival camp in the North Woods to capturing a sunrise atop Sugarloaf Mountain. He grew up on the midcoast of Maine and studied photojournalism at RIT. On any given day, you can find Mark cycling, hiking or enjoying a beer from one of Maine’s many microbreweries. E-mail Mark at [email protected].




Will Grunewald, Associate Editor

Will is a Bowdoin graduate and received his master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University. He has spent the past few years writing, editing, and fact-checking at Washingtonian magazine in D.C. E-mail him at [email protected].




DE_Portraits-743Thomas J. Giovanniello Jr., Associate Publisher

Tom is a native of Massachusetts and was first introduced to Maine at an early age by his grandparents on family vacations to Old Orchard Beach. Throughout his 33-year career, Maine has held a special place in his heart. He joined Down East in 2011 and currently heads up the Portland office. Preferring the ocean to the mountains, he lives with his wife in Kittery. E-mail Tom at [email protected].




DE_Portraits-576Becca Gildred, Marketing Director

A Rockport summer kid growing up, Becca moved to Maine after college and joined Down East in 2001. She has held positions in the production, circulation, and book departments and currently heads up the marketing department.  She organizes many of the magazine’s events and gatherings. Outside the office, she and her husband enjoy introducing their daughters to new Maine adventures each year.  E-mail Becca at [email protected].




Unknown-2Lorraine Hedger, Director of Circulation/Audience Development

A native of Massachusetts, Lorraine fell in love with Maine when she visited the University of Maine at Machias campus and saw the seals playing in the Machias River. Upon graduation from UMM, she relocated to Iowa, where she spent 10 years. Because she missed her New England roots, she moved back to Maine in January 2000, when she joined the Down East team. E-mail Lorraine at [email protected].




DE_Portraits-468Betsy French, Customer Service/Accounting

Betsy was born and raised in midcoast Maine.  After high school, she moved to Florida, where she enrolled in accounting courses at Edison Community College and worked the last years there for Ethan Allen Furniture. She missed family, the change of seasons, and the safe, simple life found in Maine, so she moved back, married her husband and together they raised their daughter. She loves creating things in her spare time and spending time with her daughter, husband, family, and friends.  E-mail Betsy at [email protected].




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Jeff was born in northern Maine, attended the University of Maine, and has lived in the midcoast area for more than 20 years. He graduated from the University of Maine with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, and has held positions in the industrial sector, as a software & design engineer, and the financial & marketing sectors, in a broad range of technology, people management, administrative, and client support roles. E-mail Jeff at [email protected].