Staff Directory

 

 Nick Bennett Nick Bennett
Staff Scientist and Healthy Waters Project Director
(207) 430-0116
Nick is a graduate of the Yale School of Forestry. His professional background includes work in PCB contamination; wetlands delineations; wildlife surveys; and analysis of fish, soils, surface and ground water. Prior to working at NRCM, Nick worked at an environmental consulting firm, the Center for Marine Conservation, and the Marine Biological Laboratories in Woods Hole. Nick resides in Hallowell.
 Judy Berk Judy Berk
Communications Director
(207) 430-0103
Judy attended Carnegie-Mellon University and holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University in written and visual communications. Her past work includes manager of an environmental products store, writer of “Power Play” (an energy-based newspaper column), co-founder of Maine’s Energy Extension Service, and executive director of the Maine Solar Energy Association. She has been with NRCM since 1991. An avid organic gardener, Judy lives in Northport with her husband, David Foley.
 leslie Leslie Burhoe
Executive Assistant
(207) 430-0179 
Leslie has lived in Maine since 1977 and spent summers here since 1968. She is an avid gardener and worked as one for eighteen years, mostly at private coastal homes. She went back to school and graduated from UMA in 2007. She also helps organize a Farmer’s Market of local vendors in Wayne and Volunteers annually at the Common Ground Country Fair. She lives in Wayne with her partner, Chris, who owns a wooden boat restoration business, and spends the rest of her time with her two grown children and her grandchildren. That is, when she’s not hiking, cross-country skiing, kayaking, camping, sailing, or otherwise engaged in the outdoors.
 Beth Comeau Beth D. Comeau 
Public Affairs and eCommunications Manager and Webmaster
(207) 430-0106
Beth is a graduate of the University of Maine with a degree in child development and family relations. She taught Head Start before coming to NRCM in 1996. For 12 years until her “retirement” in 2010, Beth led the youth and young adult program at Mechuwana, the United Methodist Camp in Winthrop, Maine. When she isn’t at NRCM, she enjoys traveling around Maine to photograph the state’s wild and beautiful places. Beth lives in Richmond with her husband, Chris, and their puppies, Maggie and Daisy.
 Leisa_web Leisa Dennett
Advocacy Assistant and IT Coordinator
(207) 430-0111 
Leisa came to NRCM with more than 10 years experience in administrative work, including previous non-profit experience as a Development Coordinator, Legal Secretary for the State of Maine and working for Central Maine Power Company. She was born and raised in Maine. Leisa enjoys spending time with her children camping, swimming, and being on Cobbosseecontee Lake.
 Pete_000 Pete Didisheim
Senior Director of Advocacy
(207) 430-0113
Pete came to NRCM in 1996. He holds a B.A. from Williams College in biology and environmental studies and a master’s in public administration from Harvard Kennedy School. Pete provides overall strategic management of NRCM’s advocacy work, including serving as the organization’s senior advocate before the Maine Legislature. Among numerous prior positions, Pete has been chief of staff for U.S. Congressman George Brown, Jr. (D-CA), Deputy Chief of Staff of the House Science Committee, and special assistant to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Hazel R. O’Leary. Pete serves on the board of Maine Conservation Voters. He spends free time hiking, kayaking, running, and skiing.  He lives with his wife in Brunswick, where their two sons occasionally stop for visits.
 elizaforweb Eliza Donoghue
Forests and Wildlife Policy Advocate and Outreach Coordinator
(207) 430-0118
Eliza, a Maine native, cultivated her environmental ethos as a child, canoeing Maine’s rivers and climbing the state’s mountains. She left Maine for Montana, where she earned a degree in Creative Writing and Wilderness Studies from the University of Montana. Eliza’s passion for environmental advocacy brought her to Vermont Law School, where she studied land conservation law and earned her Juris Doctor. Eliza enjoys cross-country and telemark skiing, trail running, hiking, and horseback riding. She lives in Farmington.
 Alexandra Fabian Alexandra Fabian
Social Media and Public Affairs Coordinator
(207) 430-0181
Alexandra has summered on Long Pond, in Belgrade since 1989, where she developed a love for the Maine way of life. Three years ago she moved to Maine after graduating from the University of Georgia with a B.A. in Mass Media Arts and a minor in Communication Studies. Through her studies, including her time as editor and chief of The Voice, she developed a passion for utilizing new media and creative design. An Atlanta, Georgia, native, she now lives on Messalonskee Lake with her husband Teddy where they enjoy paddle boarding with their dogs in the summer and ice skating in the winters. 
 joyce Joyce Gracie
Senior Philanthropy Assistant
(207) 430-0128
Before joining staff at NRCM in 1996, Joyce worked for many years at Bowdoin College as academic department coordinator for Languages and Social Services. Before that, she worked at Land and Water Associates in Hallowell. She is a member of several animal organizations that work to promote more compassionate and humane conditions for all animals. Joyce resides in Richmond.
 Gabby Gabrielle Grunkemeyer
Grants Director
(207) 430-0124
Gabrielle has lived in Maine since 2003. She has a B.S. in wildlife and fisheries from Texas A&M University and graduated with a M.S. in environmental science from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Before joining NRCM, Gabrielle worked for a quasi-state agency in Texas as their Director of Environmental Affairs and as Director of Mission Advancement for an environmental education nonprofit in Maine. Her professional experience includes program management and implementation; grant research, writing, and administration; environmental testing; community outreach; and, environmental education. Gabrielle enjoys traveling, paddling, hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. She also holds certifications in emergency management systems and wildland firefighting.
stacie2013web Stacie Haines
Membership and Database Manager
(207) 430-0127
After more than a decade away, Stacie returned to her home state of Maine. She received a B.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont. Her experiences include a few years in Niger, West Africa, where she served in the Peace Corps, several years in Vermont and Oregon at environmental and educational non-profits, and a teaching position outside Beijing, China. Upon her return to Maine, Stacie landed at Maine Audubon before joining the staff at NRCM. Stacie and her husband, Efrain, enjoy hiking, canoeing, camping, and otherwise introducing their two young children to the outdoors.
 Belinda Hawkins Belinda Hawkins
Finance and Administrative Assistant
(207) 430-0132
Belinda came to NRCM with more than 14 years of non-profit experience in the areas of prospect research and analytics, and administration and finance. Most recently, she held the position of Assistant Director of Research and Development with Colby College after returning from Florida where she served as Senior Research Analyst for the University of South Florida in Tampa. As an animal advocate, Belinda is a volunteer and member of several animal organizations. She enjoys vegan cooking, all types of outdoor activities, and reading. She and her husband reside in Augusta with their two dogs and four rabbits.
 cathy_johnson Cathy Johnson
Senior Staff Attorney and Forests and Wildlife Project Director
(207) 430-0109
Cathy attended Yale University, then transferred to College of the Atlantic where she received her B.A. in 1974. She has worked for the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service, and U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as for the National Parks Office of Nepal, before going to law school. She received her J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law in 1983 and was a trial lawyer in Damariscotta before joining NRCM staff in 1990. She and her partner, artist and illustrator Jon Luoma, live in Alna. They spend their leisure time hiking and canoeing Maine’s North Woods, traveling the less developed parts of the world, gardening, and playing the violin and viola.
 toby Toby Kilgore
Grants Associate
(207) 430-0123
Prior to joining NRCM, Toby worked for Greater Portland Landmarks in fundraising, grant research and writing, marketing, and office management. Her travels have taken her to many places in Europe and the U.S, Guatemala and Mexico, and to Belize for an archeological dig studying Mayan ruins. Toby grew up in Texas and Arizona, and graduated with a B.A. in psychology and art history from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Westbrook with her husband, John, and their dog Truffle, and enjoys travel, hiking, and photography, especially using vintage and plastic cameras such as the Holga.
 Sarah Lakeman Sarah Lakeman
Sustainable Maine Project Director
(207) 430-0170
Before joining NRCM in January 2014, Sarah spent several years providing education, training, and technical assistance to communities who wanted to encourage people to reduce, reuse, and recycle. She has a bachelor’s degree from UNH in Environmental & Resource Economics and a master’s degree in Environmental Science & Management from UC Santa Barbara, where she specialized in Economics and Politics of the Environment and Water Resources Management. Aside from “talking trash,” she enjoys bagging peaks, sliding down snow-covered mountains, drawing pictures, and bonding with friends and family. She lives in Portland with her husband, Teddy, and son, Ford.
 todd Todd Martin
Grassroots Outreach Coordinator
(207) 430-0115
Todd was born and raised in Portland. He graduated from Green Mountain College with a BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Philosophy. During college he worked on a trail crew with the Maine Conservation Corps, served as an intern with the Maine DOT working to make Maine more bicycle and pedestrian friendly, and served as project manager for a Vermont energy efficiency program. Todd has worked as a field organizer and canvasser for a number of state and national non-profits. He enjoys hiking, biking, playing guitar, and reading philosophy.
 Matt Mullen Matt Mullen
Associate Director of Philanthropy
(207) 430-0125
Matt, a Maine native, joined the NRCM staff in 2015. He most recently came from Colby College, where he served as director of parent giving and programs while overseeing the College’s athletic development efforts for five years. A University of Maine graduate, he and his wife reside in Augusta, where they are fortunate to be close to their family camp on Maranacook Lake in Winthrop. Prior to his return to Maine, he lived in Washington, DC where he worked in a variety of institutional advancement positions at Sidwell Friends School.
 Ryan Parker Ryan Parker
Environmental Policy Outreach Coordinator
(207) 430-0144
Ryan, born and raised in Maine, attended the University of Maine, where he earned a Bachelor of Music Performance and a minor in Business Administration. After college he worked as a Constituent Services Representative for Maine Congressman Mike Michaud. After leaving the House, Ryan worked for a small alternative energy company where he helped construct energy-efficient homes and install solar and wind energy systems. Prior to joining NRCM, Ryan owned and operated Parker Family Farm, a micro-scale, management intensive, diverse, family farm focused on chemical-free mixed vegetables and heritage breed, pastured/woodland animal husbandry with a 70 plus member CSA and two farmer’s markets. He now farms for family and friends on the land in Newport where he lives with his wife and two children. Ryan enjoys nearly every outdoor activity our great state has to offer but is particularly interested in camping, hiking, swimming, white water kayaking and cross-country skiing.
  Lisa Pohlmann
Executive Director
(207) 430-0179 
Lisa Pohlmann began serving as NRCM’s executive director in early 2011. She brings to her leadership role a deep passion for the environment and a strong history of advocacy for the people of Maine. Lisa first joined the NRCM team in 2000, as a member of the board of directors, later serving as board president. In 2008, she accepted the position of deputy director. She previously served as associate director for the Maine Center for Economic Policy, working on sustainable economic development and other social and environmental policy issues. Lisa started her career in Maine as the executive director of New Hope for Women, a domestic violence organization in the Midcoast. She has a Doctorate from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. A resident of Jefferson, Lisa has had a lifelong love of the outdoors, and regularly kayaks, hikes, skis, and camps across Maine. More about Lisa.
 matt2013croppedweb Mathew Scease
Associate Director of Philanthropy
(207) 430-0130
Matt studied philosophy, English, and history at Bowdoin College and graduated magna cum laude in 1993. Since then he has worked as a fundraiser, organizer, and writer for political and environmental groups in Maine, including as grants associate for NRCM earlier in his career. Matt returned to NRCM after serving as development director for Friends of Casco Bay in South Portland. Matt is a Maine native; he grew up in Waldoboro and in Manchester. He and his wife, Maureen Drouin, live in Hallowell.
 emmie_web Emmie Theberge
NRCM Rising Director and Climate and Clean Energy Policy Advocate
(207) 430-0105
Emmie, a Maine native, graduated from Colby College where she studied Environmental Policy and Government. She has interned at the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security as well as in Melbourne, Australia for the Department of Sustainability and Environment. Emmie has traveled to and studied in diverse ecosystems across the planet, from the forests of Tasmania and the Andes to the deserts and Himalayan Mountains of India, from the jungles of the Amazon to the unique biodiversity of the Galápagos Islands. She has also experienced the natural wonders of the U.S. and Canada though her visits to many of the National Parks. She enjoys hiking, fly and ice fishing, canoeing, and wildlife photography.
kathy_000 Kathy Thompson
Senior Director of Finance and Administration
(207) 430-0119
Kathy earned her B.A. in Accounting at the University of Maine. She comes to NRCM with 20 years of experience in the non-profit accounting field. For 15 years, she worked for the The Chewonki Foundation (a non-profit Environmental Education Center), where she was able to expand her love of the Maine outdoors. Originally from Wisconsin, she has lived in Maine for the last 27 years, along with her husband and two children. She lives in Dresden, and enjoys gardening, kayaking, hiking, and spending time with her family.
 dylan Dylan Voorhees
Climate and Clean Energy Project Director
(207) 430-0112
Dylan earned a B.A. from Columbia University and a master of public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, where he concentrated in environmental and energy policy. He has worked on wind power for the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs in Massachusetts, and on sustainable land use for the Vermont Forum on Sprawl. Previously he taught 8th grade. He lives in Augusta, within walking distance of work, with his wife and three daughters.
 gretta Gretta Wark
Senior Director of Philanthropy
(207) 430-0108 
Gretta is a native of Caribou, Maine, and a graduate of Bowdoin College, where she studied psychology. She has devoted the last 20 years to working for charitable organizations, including nearly a decade as head of the development department at the San Francisco Food Bank. Family and a love of Maine brought her back to her native state. Gretta lives in Bath.
 Allison Wells Allison Wells
Senior Director of Public Affairs 
(207) 430-0180
Allison came to NRCM from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, NY, where she was communications and public affairs director and served on the boards of other nonprofits. She holds a B.A. from the University of Maine at Farmington and a master’s from Cornell University. Allison is a widely published natural history writer. She and her husband Jeff, both native Mainers, musicians, and avid birders, write a birding column for the Boothbay Register and authored the best-selling book Maine’s Favorite Birds, among others. They live in Gardiner and enjoy birding, kayaking, and discovering new natural areas.