Staff

Susan Gallo, Executive Director (smgallo@mainelakessociety.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