Protecting Maine’s Lakes Since 1970

LEA staff and board

Staff

Peter Lowell, executive director, graduated from Colby College in 1970 with a major in political science. Motivated by environmental abuses on Highland lake, he became involved in the Bridgton Conservation Commission after graduation and was invited to be LEA's president in 1971. The following year, Peter was hired as LEA's executive director.  Until this position became full time, Peter worked as Bridgton's recreation director, a sixth grade teacher and Bridgton's Code Enforcement Officer. Peter has won numerous awards, from the DEP’s Lake Award to the EPA Environmental Merit Award.

Colin Holme, assistant director, graduated from the University of Maine after studying environmental science and oceanography. Colin has been running LEA’s water testing, mapping and mitigation programs since he was hired in August of 2000. He has been a lead coordinator for numerous watershed surveys and regularly works with municipal planning boards and staff to review subdivision and commercial projects.  He has coordinated GPS photo inventories of many of the nearby lakes and created and maintains the official shoreland zoning maps for six surrounding towns.  Colin was a past chairman of the Waterford Comprehensive Planning Committee and has served on Waterford Planning Board since 2003.

Mary Jewett, teacher/naturalist, graduated from Unity College with a bachelor’s degree in science ecology in 2006. Mary’s early career at LEA began in high school when she volunteered to help with the water testing program during one summer. Since then, her volunteer work has led her to focus on diverse environmental topics. Mary worked for a summer at Avian Haven in Freedom, Maine where she helped in the rehabilitation of wild birds. She also completed a prior term of AmeriCorps service in Cherokee, North Carolina where she used field research to determine the fire risk on the Cherokee reservation. Mary has a passion for education and believes that her own feelings about the natural world inspire others to care about it too.

Jenny O’Connor, membership coordinator lives in Bridgton with her husband and family.  She has a deep appreciation for the region's beautiful lakes and rolling hills and greatly enjoys the sense of community that comes from living in a rural area. She is currently a liberal arts major studying social work at Southern Maine Community College and is the secretary of the Stevens Brook Parent Teachers Association.   She also works part time as the Lake Region School District's substitute coordinator.  

Adam Perron, Director of Education and Invasive Plants Program Coordinator, graduated from the University of Maine with with a degree in Ecology and Environmental Science in 2007.  He is also a graduate of the University of Southern Maine's Extended Teacher Education Program in 2012.  He began working with LEA as a volunteer from Lake Region High School's Community Connections program in 2002.  Adam continued his work with LEA as a water testing intern in 2004 and has been coordinating the Songo River Project removing milfoil in the Songo River and Brandy Pond since 2007.  

Board of Directors, 2013-2014

President: Sean Dundon, Portland, Maine. Sean grew up in Bolton, Mass., and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst for an undergraduate degree in public Health. He went on to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque for a master’s degree in Nuclear Engineering and began working for the U.S. Department of Energy, performing human health risk assessment work on radioactive and chemical contaminants in the environment. Sean then moved to Chicago for three years and then to Providence, Rhode Island, where he worked as an environmental consultant in the private sector. In 2001, he co-founded Blackstone Consulting LLC, a nationwide environmental and engineering due diligence firm. Sean currently serves on the board of Breakwater School in Portland and on the Community Development Block Grant Committee for the City of Portland. Sean joined the board in 2008.

Vice President: Leigh Macmillen Hayes, Bridgton, Maine. Leigh grew up along the Connecticut coast and attended Keene State College in New Hampshire. Following graduation, she taught high school and middle school English. Her love of snow and the outdoors, along with a job at Lake Region Middle School, brought her to Bridgton in 1986, where she also met her husband Allen. Leigh has been involved with a variety of community organizations throughout the Greater Bridgton area. When she isn't playing taxi mom to two teenage sons, Leigh works as a freelance writer, copy editor and proofreader. She joined the Board in 2008.

Secretary: Connie Cross, Casco, Maine. Connie grew up in Southbridge, Mass., attended Connecticut College, and earned graduate degrees at Harvard (MAT), and Antioch (MST in Environmental Education). She has had a varied career, having taught English, developed training programs in hospitals, photographed open-heart surgery, and taught environmental education in various outdoors settings. Connie has also served as president of the board of Loon Echo Land Trust, which partners with LEA on many important projects, including the creation of Pondicherry Park in Bridgton. She joined the LEA board in 1998.

Treasurer: Julie McQueen, Sweden, Maine. Julie grew up in Kansas, Iowa and Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and moved to Colorado, where she worked for Kiewit Construction, a heavy and highway construction company. Her job took her to New Mexico, Nebraska, Connecticut, Boston, and Philadelphia. Since she and her husband, Dan, moved to Sweden in 2000, Julie has served on the Sweden Planning Board, and on budget, zoning and school committees. She also is secretary/treasurer of the Wint Road Association. She joined the board in 2009.

Other Directors

Steve Collins, Bridgton, Maine. Steve got to Maine the long way around, having been born in Galveston, Texas, and grew up in New Orleans. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and his Navy commission from Tulane University in 1959. After active duty on an Atlantic Fleet destroyer, he went to work for Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown, Pa., where he met and married Sandra Yost. In 1969, Steve moved with his family to Bridgton to work for Howell Laboratories, where he was vice president of engineering until his retirement in 2002. Steve joined LEA in its early years. He was president in 1973-74 and returned to the board in 2003. Steve currently chairs the Bridgton Planning Board, is a director of the Bridgton Community Center and a Lions Club member.

Brian Cushing, Bridgton, Maine. Brian is a retired school teacher after 30 years and a 25 year resident of Bridgton where he curently lives with his wife and raised his three children. Environmental Education has always  been an important part of his teaching curriculum, whether it be constructing nature trails and bluebird houses with his sixth graders or teaching his high schoolers about the importance of environmental stewardship in his high school geography classes. Brian has co taught the LEA Junior Naturalist Program and was the Assistant Director for the LEA Nature Explorers Camp at Holt Pond.  He has worked at the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset during the summer for several decades and is currently a teacher consultant for Winona Camps on Moose Pond in Bridgton. Brian has been a courtesy boat inspector for LEA and other community involvements include serving on the Board for the Rufus Porter Museum and the Pondicherry Park Sustainability Committee. Brian is active in the First Congregational Church in Bridgton and volunteers for the church affiliated summer camp Pilgrim Lodge in West Gardiner. Begining in 2013 he will be a Geography instructor at the University of Maine Farmington.  Brian is the Maine coordinator for the National Geographic Bee and serves as a teacher consultant for The National Geographic Society. Brian is an avid birder and has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and North Africa.
 

David Ehrman, Bridgton, Maine. David was born in Indiana and moved to New England after graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, followed by a master's degree in business administration. A job at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft brought him to New England, and jobs at Polaroid Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation and Schneider Electric Corporation have kept him here with his wife, Carolyn, to whom he has been married for 51 years. David retired eight years ago, and now resides in Bridgton. He currently is president of the Moose Pond Association and also serves as the chief road marshal for the Bridgton Four on the Fourth road race. David joined the board in 2005 and was vice president in 2006-07.

Matthew Frank, Harrison, Maine. Matt’s extensive background in investment and finance stretches back to 1970, and includes serving as chairman of the board of the Amex Membership Corp. from 2005 to 2008. In 2008, he negotiated the merger between the American Stock Exchange and NYSE Euronext, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange. He’s spent summers on Long Lake in Harrison all his life and now lives there year-round. Matt currently serves on the Harrison Board of Selectmen/Assessors and is treasurer of the Harrison Lions Club. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Babson College in 1967. He joined the LEA Board in 2009.

Bridie McGreavy, Orrington, Maine. Bridie was the conservation and education director at Lakes Environmental Association from 2001-2010, where she developed place-based environmental education programming and served as a conservation biologist. In 2006, she was awarded a Switzer Fellowship for her environmental leadership. In 2010, she joined the University of Maine in Orono as doctoral student in the Department of Communication and the Sustainability Solutions Initiative. Her graduate research focuses on science communication and collaboration. One of her favorite activities is to serve as a salamander crossing guard each spring when amphibians migrate to wetlands. Bridie grew up in the Saco River watershed of Western Maine. She and her husband Brian hike, bike, ski and wander in the woods in every season. She joined the LEA Board in 2011.

Nancy Kluck, Bridgton, Maine. Nancy recently retired after a career spent in environmental, and then medical, research. Her first venture was in forestry and horticulture at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station, working on understanding the chestnut blight fungus as well as the genetics of the CT state flower, the mountain laurel. Her next job at the UConn Health Center Department of Psychiatry merged her budding expertise in computer programming with her research background as she managed a research lab focused on understanding the genetics of addictions, primarily alcoholism. Her last position was as a director of information management for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. She has been coming to Highland Lake in Bridgton since she was six months old and three years ago she and her husband, Will Rhys, moved to Bridgton permanently. She is an avid outdoors person with a life-long respect for the environment and loves to take advantage of the many opportunities available in the Bridgton area. Among these are maintaining an ever-growing series of gardens, cutting and splitting wood, hiking, camping, and kayaking. She joined the LEA Board in 2011.

John O’Brien, Waterford, Maine.  John taught English for 32 years at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts.  He moved to Maine in 2000 to build a replica of Thoreau’s Walden cabin on Keoka Lake near his home in Waterford, and to pursue his avocation as an itinerant schoolmaster.  He offers occasional courses at the Bridgton Senior College, is a member of the Waterford Planning Board, and sings with the Choral Art Society in Portland. He joined the LEA Board in 2005.

Jean Preis, Bridgton, Maine.  Jean grew up in Ridgewood, N.J., and earned her bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pa. After a 20-year career in social work, mostly as supervisor and administrator in Child and Family Services in New Jersey, she moved with her family to Bridgton in 1986. She and her husband, Bill, own and operate Merryfield Cove Cottages on Highland Lake. Jean began her LEA service in 1987 as a Highland Lake monitor. In 1992 she was hired to work on the Long Lake watershed study. She served on the LEA Board from 1994 to 2005, during which time she chaired the Holt Pond Steering Committee and the Environmental Education Committee. After a brief hiatus, Jean rejoined the board in 2006 and served as president for two years. Since 1995 she has written the “Bird Watch” column for the Bridgton News.

Orrin Shane, Portland, Maine.   Orrin grew up in the Midwest, fishing and sailing on Michigan’s lakes, and camping out in the deep forests of the Upper Peninsula.  Orrin holds degrees from Kalamazoo College and the University of Michigan, and a PhD from Case Institute of Technology.  It was at the University of Michigan where he met his wife, Linda Crawford Knight, who had been coming with her family to Keyes Pond in Sweden; thus began Orrin’s and Linda’s 50-plus year enchantment with Maine’s lakes, woodlands and coastal waters.  Linda is also a scientist, working in environmental history as reconstructed from earth system dynamics and pollen records in lake sediments.  After 38 years’ work as a teacher, science museum curator and administrator, Orrin retired in 2004, moving from St. Paul, Minnesota and Washington, DC, to Portland.  Orrin’s museum career involved research and teaching in environmental anthropology and investigations of ancient and modern human impacts on the environment.  As a curator at the Science Museum of Minnesota he was responsible for developing in-house and national touring exhibitions and public programs on cultural, natural history and environmental topics.  This ultimately led to two tours of duty as a program director for informal science education at the National Science Foundation.  Since 2005 Orrin has worked in private practice as a museum management consultant, with clients in New England and elsewhere.  

Anne Darneille Snodgrass, Hillsboro Beach, Fla. Anne grew up in Washington D.C., but has spent part of every summer on Highland Lake. Anne graduated from Vassar College in 1969 and has a master’s degree from George Washington University. She was a congressional staffer for two years and then for 11 years was responsible for the environmental and transportation legislation for Washington, D.C. as the Staff Director of the Committee on Public Works of the D.C. City Council. From 1986 to 2010 Anne continued her involvement in water quality issues as an alternate commissioner for the District of Columbia on the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin. She has also been a substitute teacher and Red Cross volunteer in Washington. In Bridgton, she is a docent with the Rufus Porter Museum and a member of the Bridgton Historical Society. She joined the board in 2009.

Tom Stockwell, Waterford and Bridgton, Maine. Tom was raised in Winchester, Mass., and spent most summers at Keoka Lake in Waterford. He worked at the old Tannery in South Paris while in high school and later ran his own house-painting business. He attended the University of Miami (Florida), and then spent two years in sales with Unijax (commercial paper distributor), living in Coconut Grove, Fla. In 1972 he moved to Maine permanently, living first in Waterford and later moving to Bridgton to take a position as director of recreation in Bridgton, and advertising manager for Bittersweet Magazine. Since 1986 he has been a partner at Stockwell Associates, a marketing, research and consulting firm. His spouse, Susan, now retired, formerly taught choral music in Poland, Maine. Tom was president of the Keoka Lake Association from 1996 to 2003, and has been on the LEA Board since 1998, serving a term as vice president.

Kathleen Tragert, Naples, Maine.  Kathleen grew up in Acton, Mass. She attended Fitchburg State College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst where she earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education in 1990. She then earned her master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Southern Maine. She has taught in the Lake Region School District for the past 16 years and is currently a seventh-grade science teacher at Lake Region Middle School, as well as director of the Lake Region Eighth Grade Summer Academy. Kathleen has worked closely with the LEA education staff during her time in the Lake Region School District. She also serves on the SAD #61 Wellness Committee and the Regional Drop-Out Prevention Committee. Kathleen lives with her husband John, a tug boat captain, and her two children, Amy and Jack, in Naples on the Crooked River. In her spare time, Kathleen enjoys skiing, hiking and yoga. She joined the LEA Board in 2010.

Roy Lambert, Portland Oregon.  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, including private and publicly supported foundations.   Since 2009 Roy and his wife Mary Maxwell have been seasonal residents of Bridgton (July through October), having purchased a camp on Woods Pond ten years previously.  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 has also been a member of the Woods Pond Water Quality Committee since its formation in 2010.  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 few years.  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."

Honorary Directors: Sonny Berman, Hu and Ray Caplan, Stan Cohen,  Tom Rosen