Lucas St. Clair
Lucas St. Clair serves as President of Elliotsville Plantation Inc., a private operating foundation focusing on land conservation and the preservation of open spaces in Maine. He also serves on the Board of the Quimby Family Foundation.
Lucas grew up in Guilford, Maine in a log cabin with few amenities and a focus on living in harmony with nature. His passion for the outdoors, especially rivers, has led him to through-hike the Appalachian Trail and become an avid fly fisherman. He also enjoys paddling, skiing, hunting, and hiking. He and his wife, Yemaya, co-authored a guidebook published in 2008 titled “The AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping.”
Lucas and Yemaya live in Portland with their daughter, Gabriella, and their son, Waylon.
MCV Board Vice President
Jennifer Burns Gray
Jennifer Burns Gray is Maine Association of Nonprofit's Director of Advocacy and Public Relations. Previously, she was Maine Audubon’s staff attorney and advocate for twenty years. Jenn holds a B.A. from Trinity College in CT, a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, and is a trained mediator. A former board member of Friends of Merrymeeting Bay and GrowSmart Maine, Jenn lives in Bath with her family.
MCV Board Treasurer
Daniel Amory is an attorney with the firm of Drummond, Woodsum and McMahon in Portland. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, he practices in the areas of commercial transactions, Indian gaming, and environmental law. He is Chair of the Maine State Advisory Committee of the Conservation Law Foundation and President of Waterman's Community Center on North Haven, is past President of the Board of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and has served as Treasurer of Portland Stage Company, as Chair of the Board of Harbor Commissioners for Portland Harbor, and as a member of various non-profit boards. His pleasures include sailing, cross-country skiing, gardening and history.
MCV Board Secretary
Kate Williams has biology and ecology degrees from Tufts University and the University of Florida, and has conducted field work in marine, forest, and wetland ecosystems across North America. Kate’s research has focused on two primary topics: survey techniques and biases, and understanding the impacts of anthropogenic activities on wildlife. She is currently working at the Biodiversity Research Institute as their Wildlife and Renewable Energy Program Director.
MCV Board Chairman
Roger Berle is a founding Director and current President of Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay, having represented Cliff Island on the OCT Board since 1982; also, as OCT is a member land trust of Portland North Land Trust Collaborative, Roger has chaired the PNLTC Steering Committee since its 2006 inception. He owned and operated a construction business on Cliff Island for thirty-four years but has also used the island as a base for his long-standing commitment to the permanent preservation of significant open space. Since closing his business, Roger does fundraising consulting for smaller nonprofit organizations. A former member of the Land for Maine’s Future Board (LMF), he is a Past President of Portland Trails and Past Chair of the Portland Land Bank Commission. He is also Chair of the Maine Islands Coalition, which comprises the elected representatives from the surviving fourteen year-round Maine coastal islands and which meets to address issues which affect the sustainability of these unique communities. A graduate of Bowdoin College (BA) and Boston University (MBA), he lives partly in Falmouth and partly on Cliff Island. His daughter Liz, 33, lives in San Francisco and his son, Christian, 30, lives in Washington DC.
Penny has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust for 13 years and served as President of the Board for 7 years. As President, Penny led the organization through a national accreditation process and CCLT became the 12th all-volunteer land trust to receive the national award. Penny also serves on the Maine Land Trust Network Steering Committee which sets goals and policies for the land trust community throughout Maine. As a member of the Town of Cumberland Conservation Commission for 10 years, Penny and led efforts to inventory vernal pools and New England Cottontail populations in the town. She has received awards for her environmental work from the Natural Resources Council of Maine, EcoMaine and the Cumberland/NY Liions Club. Penny has a Law Degree and a Masters in Environmental Studies from Vermont Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College. Prior to coming to Maine, Penny worked for the MA Office of Environmental Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency Region I and a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.. She currently lives in Cumberland with her husband and three children and is a stay at home mother. Penny enjoys outdoor adventures with her family and sharing her environmental interests with the local community.
Michael Boland is an entrepreneur who lives in Bar Harbor with his wife and two daughters. A 1994 graduate of College of the Atlantic, Michael led the Student Environmental Action Coalition on campus and was the head naturalist for a local whale watching company. He has opened and operated several restaurants over the past two decades including in Bangor, Winter Harbor, Portland and Bar Harbor. Michael bought, renovated, and sold the Criterion Theatre in 2001-2006 and spearheaded a campaign to re-purchase the Criterion this past year as a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Michael has served on the boards of the Abbe Museum, COA Alumni Association and is currently chair of the board of the Criterion. For five years, Michael served as President of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Peter Didisheim is the Advocacy Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine where he manages their legislative, public education, and advocacy programs. He was appointed by former Governor John Baldacci to serve on the Wind Power Task Force, by former Governor Angus King to serve on the Maine Environmental Priorities Council, and by the Brunswick Town Council to serve on the Brunswick Open Space Task Force. He served for 3 years in the Clinton Administration as a Special Asst. to Sec. of Energy Hazel O'Leary, and as Exec. Dir. of the Sec. of Energy Advisory Board. He served on the Clinton-Gore Presidential Transition Team, and worked for 7 years as Dep. Chief of Staff for the House Science, Space & Technology Committee and Administrative Asst. for Congressman George Brown, Jr. (D-CA). He also worked as a research associate and lobbyist for the Union of Concerned Scientists. He received his BA in biology and environmental studies from Williams College and masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He lives with his wife in Brunswick.
Karen Herold is on the boards of Maine Conservation Voters, Maine Conservation Alliance, and the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Karen has a lifelong interest in wilderness and wildlife. She is an avid hiker, canoeist, road biker, and cross country skier, always scheming the next adventure. She recently became a Maine Master Naturalist and welcomes opportunities to share this training. She graduated from Yale College and the University of Chicago Law School.
Sherry Huber is the Executive Director of the Maine TREE Foundation. She worked previously as the Executive Director of the Maine Waste Management Agency and as a consultant to private nonprofit organizations on fundraising and development issues. She served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1976-1982. Sherry chairs the Board of Directors of the Mainewatch Institute, is President of the Board of the Forest Society of Maine and is a Trustee of the College of the Atlantic. She is a Director of NatureServe and the Land Trust Alliance. She serves on the University of Maine School of Law Board of Visitors and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Leadership Council.
Adam Lee is Chairman of the Board of Lee Auto Malls. He has been with Lee Auto Mall for 24 years, serving as president and assuming the position of Chairman in June 2010 upon the passing of his father, Shep Lee. He currently serves on the Muskie Board of Visitors, the MPBN Board, and the Advisory Board for Maine Audubon.
Lee served as the Chairman of the Efficiency Maine Trust and Chair of the Maine
Audubon Corporate Partners. He also served two terms on the M.O.F.G.A. board, the
Maine Franchise Review Board and the Nature Conservancy Corporate Partners Board. He is the past chairman of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Maine Energy Conservation Board and a past member of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Historical Society, Maine Energy Council, Governor’s Advisory Council, Center for Cultural Exchange and the OSHER Map Library.
Lee is a graduate of Vassar College and the recipient of environmental awards from the Natural Resources Council of Maine and the Maine League of Conservation Voters. Lee lives in Cumberland with his wife and 15 year old twins, 2 horses, 2 cats, 3 dogs, and 25 chickens.
Jeff Pidot served most of his legal career in the Natural Resources Division of the Maine Attorney General’s Office, for the last seventeen years of which he was Chief. For three years in the early 1980’s, Jeff was executive director of the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission. In 2004-5, he was a visiting fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, where the focus of his work was on conservation easement issues and reforms. Jeff serves on the boards of Maine Audubon and the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and has previously served on the board of the Kennebec Land Trust and other organizations. In 2007, he was recipient of NRCM’s lifetime achievement award.
Hannah Pingree of North Haven was elected for four terms to the Maine House of Representatives, where she served as the House Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, as the House Majority Leader, and as the Speaker of the House. In the Legislature, Hannah represented eleven island and coastal towns in Knox and Hancock Counties. In Augusta, Hannah focused on issues of health care and public health, economic development, housing, fishing, environmental protection and alternative energy. Hannah became well-known for her work to phase out dangerous chemicals in consumer products, serving as the sponsor of bills to protect the public from lead paint, to phase-out certain toxic flame retardants, and she passed the comprehensive “Kids Safe Product Act”. After being term-limited from the legislature, Hannah has worked as the business manager of her family’s inn, restaurant, and farm and she manages North Haven Sustainable Housing, an organization that builds housing for year-round residents and island seniors. Hannah hosts a weekly MPBN public affairs show, and serves on her local school board. Hannah, her husband, two small children and their black lab Willie all live on the island of North Haven and love weekend days exploring the woods and beaches.
John Piotti is President of American Farmland Trust. Formerly he served under the Maine House of Representatives as House Majority Leader and notably advanced the Land for Maine’s Future program, funding for Maine’s working waterfronts, and preserve Katahdin Lake and incorporate it into Baxter State Park. In 2010 Maine Conservation Voters honored his accomplishments for his last term. John is also a 2003 recipient of the Noyce Award for Non-Profit Excellence from the Maine Community Foundations as the Founder of the Unity Barn Raisers and currently serves on the Unity Planning Board and the Maine Technology Institute, Agriculture and Forestry Advisory Board. A 2005 Eisenhower Fellow, 2006 Fleming Fellow and Author of From the Lane: Maine Farms at Work, 2010. He enjoys hiking, skiing and is an accomplished sailor.
Bobby began his career in public service when, at 17 years old, he enlisted in the United States Navy. Following his tour in the Navy, he sailed an additional 8 years in the U.S. Merchant Marine and then returned ashore to begin a 20-year career as a professional firefighter. Bobby went on to represent first responders in both state and federal advocacy. Most recently, Bobby worked for U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins, including as Political Director of Collins’ senate reelection campaign. Currently, Bobby is a Government Relations Specialist with Verrill Dana. Bobby lives in Manchester with his wife Andrea. In his off-time you'll likely find him on the golf course or standing knee-deep in a trout stream casting a fly. He has written numerous articles for The Maine Sportsman detailing his outdoor adventures.
MCV Advisory Board
Gordon Glover of South Freeport is retired from a career in journalism and foundation work. He worked in news papering for the Associated Press and the New York Daily News in New England, New York and Washington. He also published a community newspaper in suburban New Jersey for 12 years. As a program officer for the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation in New Jersey, he specialized in reviewing grant applications form regional and national environmental organizations. Since moving to Maine in retirement, he has served on the boards of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, as well as the League of Conservation Voters.
Leslie Harroun (President) is Senior Program Officer at the Oak Foundation, where she has worked on climate change and marine conservation issues globally since 1998. Leslie has 20 years of experience working on environment and sustainable development issues. Prior to joining the Oak Foundation, Leslie was a Fulbright Scholar in Papua New Guinea where she chaired a national consortium engaged in protecting the intellectual, biological and cultural property rights of indigenous landowners. She also has worked for World Wildlife Fund, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and various small law firms in Washington, DC and Cambridge, MA. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and Northeastern University Law School. Leslie served on Governor Baldacci's Ocean Energy Task Force from 2009-2010; is on the board of the Biodiversity Research Institute in Gorham, ME; and is a former board member of SmartPower, the Ecologic Development Fund and the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity. She is an avid photographer and gardener and has a special interest in global warming's impact to the poles. Leslie lives in Portland.
E. Christopher Livesay
E. Christopher Livesay is an attorney in private practice in Brunswick. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the Boston University School of Law, he represented Maine environmental groups as an advocate for the Coastal Action Resources Committee before serving two terms in the Maine House of Representatives. Mr. Livesay is a former chair of the Board of Environmental Protection and former Trustee of the Maine Audubon Society. He is also a former member of the Inland Fish and Wildlife Commissioner's Non-Game Advisory Council. He is presently a Trustee of both the Maine Historical Society and Parkview Memorial Hospital.
Jon Lund is the publisher of the Maine Sportsman. He attended Augusta public schools, graduated from Bowdoin College and Harvard Law Schooland entered private law practice in Augusta in 1954. Following two years in the U.S. Army, He served on the Augusta City Council and was elected Kennebec County Attorney, a position he held for four years. Following eight years in the Maine House of Representatives and Maine Senate, he served a term as Maine Attorney General. He is a past President of both the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Maine Civil Liberties Union. He is former chair of the Board of Trustees of the Maine State Retirement System. Mr. Lund is on the Maine Board of the Conservation Law Foundation. He retired from law practice in 1985. In 1998, he was the recipient of DownEast magazine's "Conservationist of The Year" award.
Sean Mahoney is vice-president and director of the Conservation Law Foundation’s Maine advocacy center. He has practiced environmental law since graduating from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1992, first in San Francisco and then in Portland for 10 years before joining CLF in 2007. Sean has practiced in the courts of California, Vermont, Maine and Massachusetts, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. He serves on a number of nonprofit boards, including GrowSmart Maine, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute and the Falmouth Land Trust. Sean is a graduate of Bowdoin College and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka. He lives in Falmouth with his wife Jennifer, 3 children and an assortment of animals.
Caroline Pryor has worked for 30 years in the fields of land conservation and nonprofit management. She currently works as an independent consultant to a variety of nonprofit organizations and private landowners. Her experience includes fourteen years on the staff of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Maine’s largest independent land conservation group, including ten years as Vice President. At the appointment of Governor McKernan, she served as a Commissioner of the Land Use Regulation Commission from 1992-1996. Caroline holds a B.Sc. in marine biology and environmental studies from McGill University. Caroline served as the MCV Board President from 2006 to 2011. She and her husband, David MacDonald, live in the town of Mount Desert with their two children, Eliza and Jesse.
Neil Rolde served as assistant to Governor Kenneth Curtis and for sixteen years as a member of the Maine House of Representatives. He is the author of twelve books, the most recent being Continental Liar from the State of Maine: James G. Blaine. Mr. Rolde has served on the board of directors of the University of New England, Maine Audubon Society, and the Natural Resources Council of Maine. He is the former chair of the boards of Maine Public Broadcasting and the Bigelow Oceanographic Laboratory, and serves on the Maine Advisory Board of the Conservation Law Foundation. He was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of New England. Mr. Rolde and his wife Carla live in York.
Jym St. Pierre
James A. St. Pierre is a professional conservationist. He earned BA and MPS degrees from the University of Maine. From 1976-89, Jym worked for the Maine Department of Conservation. He served in senior staff positions in Maine with The Wilderness Society and Sierra Club from 1989-95. Since then he has been Maine Director of RESTORE: The North Woods, a regional conservation organization. His volunteer activities have included Maine League of Conservation Voters (Founding Director), Citizens to Protect the Allagash (Founding Chair), Maine Forest Biodiversity Project (Steering Committee), Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (Trustee), Natural Resources Council of Maine (Officer), Kennebec Land Trust (Founding President), and Capital Area Camera Club (President).