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.”
Wynn Muller, Treasurer
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.
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.
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.
Amanda Gavin, Nominated
Amanda Gavin is a lake scientist, botanist and educator. She works at FB Environmental, a Portland, Maine consulting company that ‘builds the bridge between science and civic engagement’. As Project Manager, Amanda works with municipalities and natural resource agencies on water quality monitoring projects, natural resource inventories, and wetland resource management. Amanda received a Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology from the University of Vermont in 2011 and a Master of Science in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine at Orono in 2018. At UMaine, her research focused on recovery from acidification and the chemical response to climate change in remote lakes and mountain ponds across Maine. Her connection to Maine lakes began at her family’s camp on Lake Pennesseewassee in Norway, and she is committed to connecting science, education, and curiosity to protect Maine lakes. Amanda lives in South Portland, Maine with her dog Zeppelin.
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.
Adam Platz, Nominated
Born and raised in Auburn, Maine, Adam developed an appreciation for mountains, lakes, and outdoor recreation at a very young age. Following college and long-distance thru hikes of the Appalachian Trail (’09) and Pacific Crest Trail (’13), Adam resettled in Auburn where he currently serves as the director of Baxter Outdoors, the events and outdoor adventure arm of Baxter Brewing Co. Inn this role, Adam coordinates with municipalities, land trusts, non-profits, and private landowners to annually produce more than 20 outdoor events including trail races, mountain bike races, outdoor beer festivals, ice fishing, concerts, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and more. All Baxter Outdoors events are designed with the intent of getting folks outdoors and showcasing some of Maine’s most pristine geographies. In his free time, Adam enjoys hiking, fishing, backcountry skiing, and trail running.
Jasmine Saros, Nominated
Dr. Jasmine Saros is a Professor of Paleolimnology at the University of Maine in Orono. She serves as the Associate Director of the Climate Change Institute, and Director of the Sawyer Water Research Laboratory. Jasmine investigates how lake ecosystems respond to climate change and air pollution over multiple time scales. She uses a comparative lake approach, and works on lakes in the Arctic, alpine, boreal and temperate areas; including Maine, Greenland and the U.S. Rocky Mountains. Jasmine has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and leads several international working groups focused on using lakes as sentinels of environmental change.
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.
Cathy Sweetser, Nominated
Cathy grew up in Cumberland, Maine. Her grandfather and parents had full-time jobs but also operated Sweetser’s Apple Barrel. She and her two brothers learned the farm work ethic from their elders. After high school, she traveled and skied in British Colombia before returning to Maine and moving to Greenville, where she met my husband, Jock Moore. She returned to Cumberland every fall for many years to work the apple harvest. In 1979, she and Jock bought property in Beaver Cove, where they built their home. She taught skiing, waitressed, made maple syrup, and had her own canvas/sewing business where she made boat covers, flags and did other types of sewing. She is now retired and enjoys skiing in the winter. She and her husband sailed on Moosehead for many years, where her husband’s parents had a beautiful summer camp in Greenville, which they are now the proud owners of. They love the lake and she is pleased to have been asked to serve on the board of the Maine Lake Society.
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.