St. John Valley Chamber names new board members

MADAWASKA, Maine — The St. John Valley Chamber of Commerce & Tourism announces new Board Members.

Fulfilling the board term of Kristie Morin, who left the board due to family concerns and whose contributions to the chamber will be missed, is Real Deschaine.   

Deschaine retired from Fraser Paper/Twin Rivers in 2010, but has kept himself more than busy with his various interests and roles.  He is a lieutenant  volunteer fireman for the Town of Madawaska and has been with the department since 1974. He is also a 4th Degree Knight for the Knights of Columbus.  He is president of the Madawaska ATVenture Club and has been a member since 1984,  during which time he has helped to start most of the ATV clubs in the Valley.  

He is currently the president of the Alliance of Trail Vehicles of Maine and an ATV Maine safety instructor.  

Deschaine will help the chamber focus on the tourism aspect of the chamber’s work.

The second new board member is Lorraine Marston, who is currently employed at Townsquare Media as a multimedia marketing executive since March of 2015. Prior to this employment she was employed at WAGM-TV as an account executive for over 13 years.  

She also owned a floral business for over 10 years in Madawaska and was a wedding consultant as well as doing Interior decorating projects for specific clients.  While she lived in Northern California, Marston earned her AA degree in business at Alameda College and worked as a vice president in the telecommunication industry.  In 2014 she accepted the position of Maine regional coordinator for the World Acadian Congress.  

She has been active with the Acadian Festival for the past 20 years and is currently on the Acadian Festival Committee and the Madawaska Beautification Committee. She served on the Greater Madawaska Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for 13 years and was executive director for two years. She has served as president of the Picard Family Reunion, a board member for the International Snowmobiler Festival and currently serves on the UMFK Foundation Board as chairwoman of the events committee. 

When she finds time to relax, she enjoys long walks, boat and ATV rides, and still loves to create and design floral arrangements.   

Brenda Forbes and Patricia Beaulieu, current board members, have accepted new terms and will continue to share their talents and experience as vital members of the board.

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