In late December 2014, the Executive Committee approved the hiring of a new Development and Communications Director, Cheryl Daigle. Funding for the position has been supported by a benefactor of Maine Lakes who is interested in helping the organization’s development efforts – William Schawbel, the founder of Thermacell Corporation.
Cheryl will manage the Maine Lakes Society’s Development efforts, coordinate communications and ensure coordination with internal and external stakeholders and clients. Cheryl comes to us from the Penobscot River Restoration Trust in Maine, as its Community Outreach Coordinator – where she has served as communications team leader for the Penobscot River Restoration Project, an innovative project balancing energy production with fisheries and aquatic habitat restoration. Prior to her work at the Trust, Cheryl worked with a number of conservation organizations, including Maine Sea Grant, The Orion Society/Orion Magazine, The Forest Society of Maine, and The Nature Conservancy in Maine and Massachusetts.
Cheryl holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Massachusetts – Amherst and an M.S. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine – Orono. She served on the Maine Lakes Society Board prior to her joining the staff and previously served as a Founding Board member of the Downtown Bangor Arts Collaborative and on the board of the Orono Land Trust. In 2010 she received “The Wildlife Society Award of Recognition” for making significant contributions to wildlife management and conservation in Maine as outreach coordinator for the Penobscot River Restoration Trust
Cheryl’s major focus will be on helping the Society develop its core programs and improve communications, collaboration and coordination. Primary among her goals will be to:
- Expand LakeSmart opportunities and knowledge to shoreline and watershed owners
- Expand Membership in Lake Associations across the state
- Improve Collaboration with other groups and organizations in the State
LakeSmart will be a key focus. Maine DEP transferred administration of the LakeSmart Program to us in 2013 and in 2014 the legislature authorized an ongoing appropriation to us of $46,500/yr. We have launched a parallel LakeSmart Funding Campaign to match the 2015 state funds and to significantly increase this year’s accomplishments. In her first month on the job, Cheryl has coordinated this Development Campaign, creating tools for the Society to better integrate the LakeSmart public/private partnership. Cheryl will be working out of spaces provided by the Maine Climate Change Institute at the University of Maine, Orono.