Meet the Team
Melissa Brady, Director of Sales:
A native of New Jersey, Melissa grew up baking with her mom and working with her dad in the family delicatessen. It was at that time she knew she was interested in pursuing a career as a chef and attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Since then, Melissa has cooked professionally for 3 years, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management and worked in hotels such as the Ritz-Carlton and the Boston Harbor Hotel. Melissa had been a member of the Harraseeket Inn sales team for 5 years and enjoys her job immensely. She is also mother to two beautiful little girls, Madison and Brooke.
Ruby McDermott, Florist and Decorator:
Ruby joined the Harraseeket Inn in the spring of 1985. She has a background in the restaurant business doing just about every job possible in the industry with her primary concentration in cooking. She taught natural cooking classes in the Portland school system and restaurant service management in the Saco. Ruby went to school in Boston at Rittner School of Floral Design and has taken landscape design classes at Radcliffe in Boston, Portland Regional Vocational Technical Institute and she is a Master Gardener. Ruby is one of the managers here at the Inn with her primary focus on the grounds, which she designed, installed and maintains. She also coordinates the in-house flowers, floral designs for all the events, designs and decorates for all holidays and special events, and she's an integral part of the wedding planning team, where she works closely with the kitchen and sales office. She has the eye for fine details that gives the Harraseeket Inn that special touch in presentation and the overall ambience our guests so enjoy. Ruby has been an active volunteer in her community, and when she is not working at the Inn she is taking classes at USM, working on her Bachelors Degree.
She lives in Freeport with her husband and lives vicariously through two sons, 23 and 26 years old.
Theda Lyden, Executive Chef:
Theda is a graduate of Ohio University with a BFA in Art Education. She has 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry; seven of those years were cooking and managing a vegetarian restaurant with an emphasis on global cuisines using locally produced foods. Theda is entering her nineteenth year at the Harraseeket Inn and is in the position of executive chef. In 1989 Theda established an organic farmer’s market business and still has close ties to MOFGA (Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association) and supporting their efforts in utilizing organic foods in a commercial environment. Theda is a functional potter and maintains a pottery studio specializing in earthenware pottery.
Jean Marie Currie, Sales Manager
A Graduate of Husson College, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management- Jean Marie comes from a large family of fine cooks and bakers. She has been in the hospitality business for 33 years. Her Hospitality Management experience is in Hotels and Restaurants from the La Fonda Hotel, Santa Fe, New Mexico to Pasadena, CA to Maine. Jean Marie is in her seventeenth year at the Harraseeket Inn. She started in management in the Maine Dining Room while attending college and after graduation in 1996 she moved into the position as Sales Manager. She has coordinated many Wedding Receptions, Ceremonies, large conferences, intimate gatherings to gala events. Excellent customer service is her priority.