Sunniva Brady, Board member

Sunniva moved to Maine with her family in 2014, and since then has rooted herself securely in this wonderful midcoast community. She lives in Montville and tends her dairy goats, works at an organic dairy farm, and a local organic vegetable farm. Sunniva plays Irish and Scottish trad music on fiddle and other instruments and loves to contra dance. She is also very interested in exploring the music and dance of other cultures. She is planning a trip to Scotland in 2024 to explore her passions for music and farming through work on a small holding in the Highlands and music festivals in the Outer Hebrides. She is delighted to be a part of the BFS board and community!

Bella Salman, Board member

Bella grew up on the coast of Maine on historically ancestral Penobscot lands.  She has been surrounded by traditional music from an early age, and has since expanded her interests to song and dance traditions from many cultures.  She is currently pursuing agroecology and international studies at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, where she can often be found dancing in the garden or reading a book in the top of a tree.  Bella is dedicated to spreading the joy of music and good food, and preserving the traditions of rural cultural heritage.

Morgan Cafferata, 1st Fri committee

Morgan Cafferata grew up in the occupied coastal territory of the Wabanaki. Most often, Morgan can be found cultivating crops or raising livestock. They also enjoy partner dancing of many flavors, playing tabletop games, and exploring Maine’s inland watersheds by canoe.

Mike Wright, Board member & 1st Fri committee

Mike’s family is from Aroostook County, and he was raised in Southern Maine. He loved the square and contra dance lessons in elementary school gym class, but it was uncool—especially for the boys—to show any interest. In college he began living out his passion for traditional music, attending coffee houses in Boston and Portland, Oregon and tuning in to local public radio stations. Entering the dance scene was more challenging, as it was uncommon then for openly gay men to be involved, and he lived many years in Germany where there were no dances. Following his husband’s retirement, the couple looked for a place to move on the Maine coast with their cat. A big draw to Belfast was BFS and the many opportunities in the area to support traditional music and dance.

Alessandra Martinelli, Board secretary

Alessandra Martinelli arrived in Maine to attend University 18 years ago and has never looked back. For over 12 years, Alessandra has been living, working, and raising her family in the greater Belfast community, where she developed a deep passion for and commitment to the cooperative model. She currently shares her co-op experience and knowledge with the world as the Outreach Coordinator for the Belfast Community Co-op, after serving on the Board of Directors for 6 years, during which time she held the office of president for 2 years. She believes that the cooperative structure has the remarkable ability to bring people together and bind them to a common cause. In her free time, Alessandra loves to read, knit, build Legos with her kids, and is currently teaching herself to sew.

Kay Zegel, Board member

Kay retired to Belfast with her husband Dan after a decades-long career as a pubic library director in Long Island, New York. As a mandolin player in the Belfast Bay Fiddlers and facilitator of the SeaStrings fiddle group, she has cultivated her dedication to strengthening music opportunities for all in the Belfast area.