Corinne Larson, Owner
Corinne was born in San Francisco, raised in Cincinnati and graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Sociology. Her career in advertising and marketing led her to her husband, Scott, and her real dream job—Chief Executive Mommy to daughters Maggie and Kate. Corinne and Scott loved being young, single adults in urban Atlanta, but wanted a simpler lifestyle for their children. Corinne had taken a sea kayaking course in Maine and spent her junior year at Bowdoin College. Like Scott, she had never forgotten the charms of Vacationland.
Corinne oversees all departments of the Inn, is acting Guest Services Director, and designs and implements all interior renovations. “The initial renovation, right after we purchased the property, was sweeping and speedy and totally exhausting,” she recalls. “We threw a Grand Opening party in May 2001 before we opened, and our first guest turned out to be a whale that swam slowly, back and forth, in front of the Inn. We were told this was a sure harbinger of good fortune. I knew then and I know now that we made the right decision to move to Maine.”
Scott Larson, Owner
Scott was born in Bangkok, Thailand, and spent most of his early years in Indonesia and the Philippines. When his father retired to Atlanta, Scott attended the Georgia Institute of Technology and after graduation, began working in corporate events management. When his wife, Corinne, was expecting their first daughter, their search for a different quality of life for their kids led them to Boothbay Harbor, and to purchasing the Newagen Seaside Inn in 2000.
“We had only five months before we opened in 2001 to make the improvements we envisioned, and everyone said it couldn’t be done. We were moving furniture into place as guests checked in!” Scott remembers.
But for Scott, the Inn is a labor of love. “I first came to Maine on a vacation in my twenties and immediately fell in love,” he remembers. “It was the natural beauty. The simplicity. I’m driven, every day, to recreate that experience for our guests. They come to Newagen for the same reasons I did and I want them to have the same authentic, coastal Maine getaway.”
Scott oversees capital improvements to the Inn and supports his staff as they do what they do best—taking care of the Inn’s guests. “I’m surrounded by great people who love this property as much as I do,” he says. “It’s an honor to share it with our guests.”
Abby Fessenden, General Manager
Abby was born and raised in Bangor and has worked in hospitality since her college days. During a summer off from school she worked a busy front desk at a Bar Harbor hotel and never looked back. Abby moved to Bar Harbor in 2002 and worked 14 seasons with Witham Family Hotels, including 10 years as a General Manager. During that time, she opened two new Hampton Inns and franchised an existing motel. Abby’s call to hospitality is creating the best experience for each guest while sharing her love and appreciation for this beautiful state.
Abby, her husband Matt, and their two young boys, Jonah and Owen, are excited to call Southport their new home.
Cherie Scott, Director of Wedding Sales
Cherie Scott was born and raised in Mumbai, India and relocated to Vancouver, Canada at the age of 16. In her senior year in high school, Cherie won the competitive Michael J. Fox Performing Arts Scholarship and moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and Acting at HB Studios. In her senior year in college, she scored a coveted internship on MSNBC’s top-rated primetime TV show, Countdown with Keith Olbermann, where she honed her television production skills. Cherie went on to win the prestigious Dow Jones Newspaper Fund Copy Editing Internship from a pool of 850 applicants and graduated at the top of her class at Rutgers University in 2006.
In 2007 Cherie and her husband, Guy, became proud parents to Sophia. Soon after Sophia was born, the Scott family relocated to Maine. They fell in love with a beautiful red house overlooking the Damariscotta River in the Boothbay Harbor Region and made it their home. Baby Justus joined the family in 2016.
In her spare time, Cherie enjoys cooking up Indian feasts and reconnecting with her cultural roots on her blog MumbaitoMaine.com.
Cherie brings over a decade of hospitality experience in catering, events and sales to the team.
Sandy Timberlake, Event Coordinator
Sandy was born and raised in Boothbay Harbor, making her an ideal source of “insider” information for our guests. Sandy’s career has run the gamut from local restaurants and hotels in high school, to hair stylist just out of school, to a Master’s in Social Work from the University of New England. While earning her degree and, later, working as an LMSW at an assisted living facility, Sandy worked seasonally at Newagen in nearly every capacity: front desk, housekeeping, lunch cook, bartender, kitchen prep, event server and elopement coordinator. Her decision to transition to full-time event coordinator stems from her desire to shepherd people through the happiest times of their lives. In her “spare” time, Sandy is mom to three amazing children, ages 9 to 23.
Nathaniel Adam, Executive Chef
Born in Detroit, MI and raised in Bonita Springs, FL, Chef Nathaniel Adam found his passion for food at an early age. With over a decade of experience in mostly country clubs, Nathaniel is a modern American chef executing global cuisine with classical French technique. His recent achievements include 2017 Claw Down Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice and 2017 Maine Lobster Chef of the Year, Judge’s Choice, at the annual Harvest on the Harbor competition in Portland.
Nathaniel is Executive Chef at Newagen Seaside Inn from May to October and spends his winter in southwest Florida as a private chef. His fiancée, Megan Conway, is the Dining Room Manager at Newagen.
Debi Buscanera, Front Desk Manager
Debi was born and raised in the Italian neighborhoods of Boston, and her culturally-innate love of people and hospitality makes her the Inn’s most popular Guest Services representative. Our “Debs” has an educational background that is hard to pigeon-hole…from watercolor studies at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts School to sign language interpreter at the Baxter School for the Deaf in Portland, to licensed cosmetologist. Debi and her chef husband, Mark, moved to Maine in 1978 and raised a son and daughter on Westport Island. But you can’t take the Boston out of the girl: the Buscaneras ran a North End-style Italian restaurant in Wiscasset for 10yrs.
Working at Newagen since 2013, Debi says “I love the hospitality business. I feel like everyone coming to the Inn is entering my home for lodging, food & drink. My goal is for every guest to have the best experience possible at this beautiful & unique property.”
Featured Photo: Cody Barry Photography