The Board of Directors of WindowDressers has elected a new president. On July 8, Dianne Smith of Searsport took the reins of the 5-year-old organization that got its start at Rockland’s Unitarian Universalist Church from co-founder Richard Cadwgan. Though Dick is stepping down as president, he will remain active in the organization as a member of the Board of Directors.

Smith has been volunteering with WindowDressers for four years. Starting first with the Belfast Community Build, and then as a local coordinator of the Searsport Community build, she was elected to the Board of Directors in 2015, and served as vice president. With her background as a consultant in organizational health management structures, she brings management skills to the volunteer-based organization that is currently operating in 15 communities in Maine and growing in reach each year. Others newly elected to the board are longtime Treasurer Karl Kehler and Secretary Richard Tomeo. Co-founder Frank Mundo was elected as director emeritus.

Smith is past president of the Senior College of Belfast, where she continues to serve on the curriculum committee. She is a former chair of the Searsport Economic Committee, and presently serves on the board of the Penobscot Marine Museum, and the Greater Bay Area Ministerium of Waldo County.

WindowDressers makes low-cost interior storm window inserts in communities throughout the state. Inspired by the barn-raising model, its mission is to bring community volunteers together with the common purpose of fabricating affordable custom window inserts that provide warmth, lower heating costs, and lower CO2 emissions.

Approximately 25 percent of each year’s total production is made available to low-income families, with up to 10 inserts offered per household. Anyone interested in volunteering, in getting more information, or in signing up for window inserts can go to or call 230-9902.