Ellen Seidman was recently named to chair the board of the Friends of the Strand Theatre, the nonprofit organization that owns and operates the 98-year-old theater.

Seidman, a resident of Spruce Head and Portland, is a non-resident fellow at the Urban Institute and serves on the boards of Maine Initiatives and the Financial Health Network.

Outgoing board chair Jo Dondis of Camden will remain on the board and chair the development committee. Dondis spearheaded the transition of the Strand to a nonprofit and is the granddaughter of Joseph and Ida Dondis, who built the Strand Theatre in 1923.

Board member Norman Thomas of Owls Head has been elected board secretary. Abby Simmons Walker recently joined the board, bringing the number of directors to 12.

For more information, visit rocklandstrand.com, email info@rocklandstrand.com or call 594-0070.