Jennifer Jespersen – President
Jen Jespersen is an ecologist and water resource specialist with more than 20 years’ experience in the environmental field. She works with lake associations, municipalities, Conservation Districts, and state and federal agencies to protect and improve the quality of Maine’s water resources. Jen is a detail-oriented field scientist and watershed planner with expertise in leading and conducting complex watershed projects in Maine and throughout New England. Jen joined the Maine Lakes Society’s Board of Directors in 2008, serving as the conference chair from 2009-2015, and rejoining the Board in 2017 as 1st Vice President and communications lead. Her passion for protecting lakes stems from her childhood spent exploring beautiful Clearwater Lake in Industry, Maine.
Steve Mogul, 1st Vice President
Steven is a litigation attorney and shareholder with Gross, Minsky & Mogul, P.A. in Bangor. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania and his law degree at the University of Miami School of Law. Steven’s former non-profit work includes service as president of the Bangor Community Theater and on the board of the Maine Discovery Museum. For many years he served in various volunteer capacities from local to national for the American Red Cross, including serving as chair of the National Committee on Resolutions and participating in a Red Cross exchange with the Botswana Red Cross, where he taught volunteer management, fund raising and board leadership to the staff and volunteers of the Botswana Red Cross. Until recently, Steven served on the board, executive committee, and as chair of the marketing committee, and continues to serve on the finance committee of the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. As a member of the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Interview Committee, Steven recruits and interviews applicants to the University on behalf of the Admissions Office. He was president of his lake association for ten years and served on the Comprehensive Planning Committee for the town of Mariaville. Steven recently moved to Holden from Bangor, where he lived since he was an infant. He has been a rabid fly fisherman for more than 30 years and was mentored by Charles Gauvin, former president of Trout Unlimited. Steven’s piece of paradise is found on Hopkins Pond in Mariaville.
Dick Tinsman, 2nd Vice President
Dick graduated from The University of Maine and is a U.S. Coast Guard veteran and environmental consultant. He retired from the Coast Guard in 2005 after serving as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard’s Harbor Defense Command in Norfolk, VA and Group Commander for Coast Guard forces in Boston, MA. He retired from a Portland Maine based engineering company in 2012 as its Senior Vice President of Operations. During his career, Dick was an environmental planning consultant and conducted hundreds of land use planning studies, code and regulation development, and environmental impact studies throughout the U.S. He has served on numerous local, state and national boards and commissions, both in elected and appointed positions, including: Cape Elizabeth Town Council and Planning Board; Maine Municipal Association Executive Committee; National League of Cities Community Development Steering Committee and Congress of Cities Delegate; and, the Boston Museum of Science Board of Overseers and its Environmental Sustainability Committee. Dick currently serves on the Stockton Springs Planning Board and is a seasonal resident of Upper Cold Stream Pond in Lincoln, ME.
Roy Lambert, Secretary
Roy grew up in New York, but spent his summers as a camper and waterfront counselor at Kezar Lake Camp, a co-ed summer camp owned by his family. He graduated from Cornell University, Columbia Law School, and obtained an advanced law degree in taxation from New York University. Roy has been a Portland, Oregon resident since 1975. He practiced tax and business law until retiring in 2011. His legal experience included working with nonprofit, tax exempt organizations. Since 2009 Roy and his wife Mary Maxwell have been seasonal residents of Bridgton, Maine, at their camp on Woods Pond. Over the years Roy has served as President, Vice President and/or Treasurer of the Police Activities League, the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, all based in Portland, Oregon. Roy a current director and Vice President of the Lakes Environmental Association. He has been a committed US Masters competitive swimmer since 1980 and is proud to have broken several Oregon age group breaststroke records in the past. Roy believes – in the words of the Rolling Stones – that “You can’t always get what you want, … but if you try, … you get what you need.”
Rob Jones, Treasurer
Rob is a graduate of Bowdoin College and a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. He has extensive experience in the area of non-profit finance from his career in public service with the State of Maine. Rob enjoys being retired and living next to East Pond in Smithfield, Maine. Rob served as Smithfield’s First Selectman for 11 years and serves on the Budget Committee and the Appeals Board. Rob is President of the East Pond Association which recently completed the largest alum treatment in New England to reduce algal blooms. He volunteers for Avian Haven, a bird rehabilitation facility in Freedom. Rob also uses his free time to do Courtesy Boat Inspections and Invasive Plant Patrols on East Pond.
Wynn Muller, At-Large, Executive Comm
Wynn retired from Phoenix Mutual Life in Hartford, Ct. in 1999 after 32 years in mostly marketing administrative positions. While working he was active with his town serving on many boards and running for statewide office. Wynn was also quite active with the Cromwell and Connecticut Jaycees and President and Treasurer of a music group in Ct, Chamber Music Plus. Since 1988 both Wynn and his wife Sandy have been heavily involved with the Connecticut Science Fair – a state-wide fair of over 500 students from over 120 towns with an annual budget in excess of $150,000. After Retirement, Wynn and his wife Sandy became summer residents of Wilton, Me. Shortly thereafter they became actively involved with the Friends of Wilson Lake, FOWL. Since he became president in 2003, FOWL grew from 140 members to over 300 and introduced corporate partners. The annual budget has grown from $1000 to over $10,000, with a treasury balance over $30,000. They have gone from one annual newsletter to three in color, mostly supported by corporate ads. In summer of 2015 he was replaced as President after 12 years of service but remains as Treasurer. Wynn is an active on the board of the Maine Lakes Society.
Peter Kallin, Past President
The terms “fishable and swimmable” have special meaning for Dr. Peter Kallin as he learned to fish from his mother’s lap before he could walk and learned to swim on the end of a long rope while learning to walk along the beaches of Lake Michigan. A graduate of Harvard College, he holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University and is a retired US Naval officer where he did “Hunt for Red October” from P-3 ASW surveillance planes. He has also been a consulting wetland scientist, a university water resources extension specialist, and a professional watershed manager. He spent five years as the Executive Director of the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance and now serves on the board of the BRCA, President of the Board of the Maine Lakes Society, and as a volunteer invasive plant and water quality monitor for VLMP. He is on the Maine Land Trust Network (MLTN) Steering committee and is a “Fish Friends” volunteer for the Atlantic Salmon Federation. He has also served on various DEP stakeholder groups including the recent gravel road and shoreland zoning reviews. Peter also serves on the board of the newly formed 7 Lakes Alliance for the Belgrade Watershed. An avid outdoorsman, Pete fishes, hunts, fishes, and lives on Long Pond in Rome, Maine.
Susan W. Adams, Director
Susan is currently the recreation manager for Elliotsville Plantation Inc. working with the NPS and the Katahdin region following the designation of the new Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument on facilities and recreation management as well as outreach and education. For the past year and a half she has been the Volunteer Coordinator for the new National Monument. Susan is a member of the Katahdin Tourism Partnership board of directors, dedicated to businesses and communities along the KWW Scenic By Way, She currently represents EPI as a partner for the Katahdin Learning Project which is introducing place based education to the Katahdin region schools. Susan is also active with the International Appalachian Trail Association, the founder of the annual Fiddlers and Fiddlehead Fest, Stars Over Katahdin and Head North Ski Days events. Also a board member of the Northern Maine Trails Alliance. Susan is dedicated to the health and well being of all Maine watersheds, in particular the Penobscot watershed after growing up in Penobscot Bay, receiving her B.S. in Environmental Studies and operating a business on the West Branch of the Penobscot River for 30 years. In the off season Susan had been a volunteer coordinator for Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Area. Maine Lakes belong to all Maine people and we need to take responsibility for them.
Betsy Bass, Director
Growing up near fresh water (Wilton, Maine) and salt water (West Boothbay Harbor, Maine) and appreciating both their beauty and the life they supported developed my fascination with anything water since childhood. Consequently, I entered a career in Oceanographic research earning a Master’s degree in Marine Environmental Sciences in the early 1980s.I realized that protecting these resources and working with people fit me better, so a second Master’s degree in Public Policy and Management with a concentration in Planning, landed me in the land use planning and resource management field – working with towns and teaching workshops on water quality, ground water protection and other environmental issues. I began working with the ENVIROTHON. I also worked for several years on the Maine Department of Environmental Protection Grants for Phosphorus Control in Lake Watersheds. With small children and loss of funding for water quality programs, I left Regional Planning. I became the Executive Director of Maine COLA in the 1990s. For reasons related to family life schedules, I moved into teaching science, advised an ENVIROTHON TEAM, taught about water quality, and completed a Master’s degree in Education in Instructional Technology. My enjoyment and knowledge of water ecology and quality and teaching about it have continued as a passion. I have also used my photography hobby to enhance my education programs and publications.
Garrison Beck, Director
As Director of Water Conservation at Midcoast Conservancy, Garrison pursues and directs investments in the natural capital of water resources, and seeks to protect those investments through appropriate policies at the local and state levels. We see the region’s lakes, streams, rivers, and estuaries as essential to the economy of midcoast Maine, and envision a local economy which grows hand-in-hand with the protection and improvement of all our waters. Garrison joins Midcoast Conservancy as the former Program Director at the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association and has a degree in Environmental Policy from Colby College. Garrison has worked on lake and watershed issues for much of his career.
Yvonne Danberg-Davis, Director
Yvonne Davis is a lifelong educator. Former COLA President/VP, Lives in Gouldsboro, and is a prominent player with Schoodic Institute She has worked both in the classroom and administration, most recently retiring as teacher education coordinator for a non-profit organization working inside Acadia National Park. She is an environmentalist and a member of several environmental organizations, including past president of the Maine Congress of Lakes Association. Her hobbies are photography, travel, hiking and gardening.
Ailish Keating, Director
Elizabeth (Ailish) Keating is the director of marketing for the New England Outdoor Center in Millinocket Maine. NEOC is a resort on Millinocket Lake that was recently named New England’s Top Adventure Resort by Yankee Magazine. She is also project manager for the Northern Forest Center and runs the Millinocket Housing Initiative, a community and economic development program. Prior to living in Maine, Elizabeth lived and worked in New York City, initially as a consultant for Arthur Andersen in their hotel division, after that in investment banking and then as a real estate broker. She has a master’s in Hospitality Management from Cornell/ESSEC and an undergraduate degree in Hotel Management from Shannon College of Hotel Management. She serves on the board of Katahdin Area Trails, the Katahdin Tourism Partnership and the Maine Lakes Society. In her free time, you could find her running, hiking, skiing or paddling somewhere in the woods or on the lakes and mountains of Northern Maine.
Kelly Margolis, Director
Kelly has been active in the LakeSmart eff26ort on Woods Pond since it started two years ago. She is also an active participant in the membership committee of LEA despite not being on LEA’s board.
Kelly and her husband Hank are Massachusetts primary residents. They also own a camp on Woods Pond here in Bridgton which they use for three seasons. Additionally, they own a small place at Sugarloaf for winter skiing. Kelly was formerly an engineer. She and Hank met at RPI. Kelly is retired (or at least not actively working); Hank works for a large software applications company. Kelly has demonstrated through her LakeSmart and LEA participation an understanding for lake protection.
Jerry Marx, Director
Jerry Marx, Ph.D., is a tunured, Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). He served as the Faculty Director of the UNH Honors Program for 4 years and Chair of the Social Work Department for 6 years. Dr. Marx’s research focuses on social policy and administration, with an emphasis on community-based nonprofit organizations. He has published journal articles on such topics as human service volunteerism, online giving, and the charitable giving patterns of corporations, women, African Americans, and Hispanic Americans. Marx’s scholarship resulted in a college research award in 1999, and an invitation to the first White House Conference on Philanthropy in 1999. His textbooks are “Social Work and Social Welfare: An Introduction,” co-authored by Anne Broussard, Fleur Hopper and Dave Worster, and published by Pearsn (2011) as well as “Social Welfare: The American Partnership,” published by Allyn & Bacon in 2004. Before earning his Ph.D., he served for eight years in executive leadership positions in the nonprofit sector.
Philip Nyhus, Director
Philip Nyhus is Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program at Colby College, Maine. His interdisciplinary research bridges the natural and social sciences to address human interactions with the environment. He teaches courses in environmental policy, conservation biology, and GIS. He is particularly interested in coupled human-natural systems, large landscape conservation, large mammal conservation, and human-wildlife conflict. He is active in state, national, and international conservation initiatives, including as North American co-convener for the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission, member of the IUCN Cat Specialist Group, chief consultant for environmental and wildcat conservation for the Wildcat Conservation Legal Aid Society, and steering committee member for Academics for Land Protection in New England (ALPINE). He has published over 50 papers, chapters and other scholarly works and interviewed by diverse media outlets, including National Geographic, New York Times, Time and Animal Planet channel.
Matt Scott, Director
Matt Scott, Aquatic Biologist and American fisheries Society (AFS), Certified Fisheries Scientist. He created the Maine Lakes Division and biological program for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in 1970 and was founder of the Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program (VLMP). The oldest program of its kind in the United States. He was also a founder and past President of the North American Lake Management Society (NALMS). He holds Emeritus status in the AFS, AIFRB and NALMS. He holds degrees from the University of Maine in Wildlife Management, Fisheries and Public Administration. He was a former member and Chair of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection with 46 years of service to the State of Maine. Matt is also a Master Maine Guide, past President of the Sportsmen’s Alliance of Maine and a hobby beekeeper for 53 years.
Pam Smith, Director
Pam has deep roots in Maine. She was born in Oak Ridge, TN into a family that had, for three generations, returned to a camp on Cochnewagan Lake that was built in 1905. Many of her relatives attended Bates College. For two years she attended Vassar College, but then transferred to Harvard and obtained her BA degree there. After graduating, she went to medical school at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine and thereafter trained and became board certified in internal medicine and in endocrinology and metabolism. She first worked in academic medicine and wrote many grant applications to fund the basic medical research she was doing while also working in patient care at Einstein and then at the VA hospital in New Jersey. She then went on to spend 17 years in the pharmaceutical industry with Abbott, Merck, and Bristol- Meyers Squibb, working on development of new medicines where her responsibility was for interactions with the FDA and other health agencies to gain agreement on development programs and approval for new drugs for diabetes and obesity.
She retired in 2013. She currently lives in Freehold NJ, where she pursues her interest in American history with the Monmouth [NJ] Historical Association.. She rides with the Monmouth County Hunt, spends time with her four grandchildren, and summers in Maine, still on Cochnewagan, where she helps her grandchildren to grow strong roots in the Maine soil and learn to love lakes as much as she does.
Allen Wicken, Director
Allen Wicken obtained his B.A. (biology) 1968 Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and his M.S. (physical therapy) 1974 Duke University, Durham, NC. He is actively involved with the Gull Pond Association (Treasurer now, President past), volunteers with the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and as a volunteer with the Outdoor Heritage Sporting Museum, Oquossoc, ME.
Director, Physical Therapy Service, Maine Medical Center, Portland ME 1975-1991. Ergonomics and Workplace Injury Prevention Consultant, 1991-present. Associate Director, Practice and Research Department, American Physical Therapy Association, Alexandria, VA 1995-1999.
Bart Hague, President Emeritus
BA, Yale College, MS, Conservation, School of Natural Resources, U of Michigan, MA, Sociology/Social Psy/Human Ecology, University of Michigan, President Emeritus & Board, Maine Lakes; Western Foothills Land Trust, Board; Upland Headwaters Alliance, Board; Waterford Comprehensive Planning committees McWain Pond Assoc., Past Pres.; Newton, MA, Conservators; Past Pres. Crooked R. Watershed; Career Civil Servant: USEPA & Federal Water Pollution Control Administration; USDI, Bureau of Outdoor Recreation & National Park Service, Resource Planning; White House: Eisenhower White House, Staff Assistant to General John Bragdon, Special Assistant for Public Works Planning.
Scott Williams, Science Advisor
Scott has been the Executive Director of the Maine Lakes Stewarts, Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program since the program transitioned from state government to an independent nonprofit organization in the mid 1990’s. He is past-President and long-time Science Advisor of the Maine Congress of Lake Associations (COLA), and former co-chair of the Maine Council on Environmental Monitoring and Assessment (CEMA). He is a member of Maine’s Task Force on Invasive Aquatic Species and has served on numerous technical advisory committees in the development of lake water quality protective standards for state, local and regional laws and ordinances, including the Maine Shoreland Zoning Ordinance and the Maine Stormwater Management Law.
Susan Gallo, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Susan Gall0 began her role as executive director in November of 2018 and brings 20 years of experience delivering education and outreach programs, including management of the statewide Maine Look Project, Fish Lead Free Project and the Maine Amphibian Monitoring Program at Maine Audubon. Her experience and passion for lake conservation, program management and fundraising, and successful collaboration with conservation partners and the public makes her a strong leader for our organization for years to come.
Margaret Stander Shannon, LakeSmart Program Director
In 1999, Maggie moved to Maine to be near the lake where her family had vacationed for three generations. Her expectations included spending much more time with family than teaching had allowed and to begin writing a novel about Ireland BCE she’d planned for years. Not much later, she found herself on a different track as a lake association president, Invasive Plant Patroller, founder of a 7-lake Courtesy Boat Inspection Program that’s now largest in the state, teacher of CBI’s north, south and downeast of Augusta, and employed by the Maine Congress of Lake Associations. In a turn-about many members of COLA and the Maine Lakes Society might identify with, this fun-loving retiree turned lake-a-holic when she found out the true status of her favorite lake. Like many others driven by a specific sense of place, she turned to Maine’s wealth of lake resources to find a way to fend off further damage. Today, as LakeSmart Program Director, she’s invigorated by its progress and by the possibilities that pooled resources among conservation-minded individuals and groups can bring to Maine’s legacy of lakes. Details: mother of three; Wellesley grad, lived and worked in the US, Europe, the Middle East and Africa; lives at the far end of a gravel road on the shore of a special lake; walker, kayaker, swimmer, reader, cook and dreamer of a healthy future for lakes, loons and people.
Barbara Barrett, LakeSmart Assistant
Mary Kerwood, Bookkeeper
Phil Mulville, Lake Educator and Boat Program Youth Instructor
Lake Educator for the Maine Lakes Society captaining ‘The Melinda Ann’ MLS’s Floating Classroom. The joy of teaching by participation in hands on learning. Phil comes from a long line of Great Pond residents, his family for generations have enjoyed the north western shore on Great Pond. His Great grandfather owned “lakeshore farms” in Rome, He is proud to say that he has enjoyed the majority of his summers on Great Pond. He is has been working for the Town of Belgrade, Center for All Seasons since 2008: running the summer program ‘Camp Loon’, and as a jack of all trades, assisting with youth events and after school program.
Prior to coming to Belgrade Lakes full time, he worked for many years with Environmental Non-profits: ‘The Lloyd Center for the Environment’ in Dartmouth Massachusetts for 10 yrs. teaching marine biology and sea kayaking, and in Minnesota for 5 yrs. running summer canoe camps.
Drew Morris, Administrative Assistant