Trustees of the Rosamond Thaxter Foundation

Beverley Armsden Daniel

Beverley grew up in Kittery Point, where her Godmother, Rosamond Thaxter, nurtured her passion for the area community – historic, scenic, and cultural. She has worked in colleges and universities in financial aid and development, and taught in both elementary and secondary schools. Recently retired, she has become reengaged with her town of Wayland, MA, but maintains an apartment in Kittery Point. Beverley is currently organizing the extensive photography collection of her father, Douglas Armsden, largely of the Seacoast area.

Jonathan Hubbard, Emeritus

Jon has enjoyed a varied career, having worked as a free-lance reporter in South America, a maintenance electrician in Chicago, a personal trust officer in Portland, and a financial communications executive in Boston. After his cousin Rosamond Thaxter died in 1989, he was appointed trustee of the Thaxter Foundation, where he has continued Rozzie’s commitment to support nonprofit organizations in the greater Kittery/Portsmouth area.

Melissa Paly

Melissa is a Principal at CrossCurrent Communications, a Portsmouth-based communications consulting, PR and media production company. She lives in Kittery Point with her family and is deeply committed to education, land conservation and community engagement efforts, locally and regionally. She serves on the boards of Maine Island Trail Association, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Alumni Council. She was appointed a trustee of the Thaxter Foundation in August of 2011.

Joan Rice

Joan is a long time resident of Portsmouth whose Rice family roots go back generations in the New Hampshire seacoast and on Appledore Island. In her professional career, she has managed charitable foundations, raised funds for colleges, and developed community leaders as director of Leadership Seacoast. Her volunteer experience is broad, encompassing many cultural organizations in the seacoast and in Boston. Joan lives with her family in Portsmouth. She was appointed a trustee of the Thaxter Foundation in August of 2011.

H.M. Payson

H.M. Payson is one of the oldest independent investment firms in the United States operating under its original name. Founded in 1854 by Portland businessman Henry Martyn Payson, the Firm originally specialized in financing public water companies, and became nationally known as an underwriter of America’s growing infrastructure. Since that time, our role has evolved to meet the changing needs of the clients we serve. Today, investment advisory, trust services and wealth management planning represent our core competencies. H.M. Payson has served as a trustee of the Thaxter Foundation since its inception.