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.
Maura Nicholson, Director of Sales
A native of North Andover, MA, Maura developed a love for the stage early in life which led to a degree in musical theater from Pace University in NYC. While at Pace, Maura found a second home performing summer stock theater at the Boothbay Playhouse. After realizing a performance career in NYC wasn’t her dream after all, Maura redirected her passion into a Master’s degree in Music Therapy and mental health counseling from Lesley University in Boston. Maura has been working as a music therapist for Early Intervention for the past five years.
After having been a guest at Newagen for years, Maura’s special ties to the property peaked when her husband, Patrick, proposed in the gazebo. They got married at Newagen in 2019, bringing the connection full circle.
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.
Theron Thomas, Executive Chef
A native of Jamaica, Chef Thomas discovered his passion in 2002, obtaining a Culinary Certification in Food Preparation Management at the Heart Trust National Training Agency. Upon graduation, he worked at several well-known hotels on Jamaica’s North Coast where he quickly worked his way up to secure positions as Junior Sous Chef at Jewel’s Runaway Bay, and Head Chef at Mystic Ridge in Ocho Rios. He continued his career in the United States where he worked at high-end restaurants and hotels in Boston, Alabama, Florida and New York.
In 2016, Chef Thomas joined Newagen Seaside Inn’s kitchen as Sous Chef, and ascended to Executive Chef the next season. Chef believes that the most flavorful cuisine is made simply, with the highest quality products; his passion shines through in every plate that comes out of his kitchen.
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