Phil Bartlett is an attorney and a former state senator, representing the 6th District (Scarborough, Westbrook, and Gorham). He held the position of Senate Majority Leader in 2009 and 2010. During his time in the Maine Legislature, Phil served on the Joint Standing Committee on Utilities and Energy as well as several others. Phil is a graduate of Tufts University and earned a JD degree from Harvard Law School. He is active in numerous local groups and is one of two elected representatives from Maine on the National Democratic Committee.
Tom Carr has lived in Harpswell year-round since he retired from running his family business in New Jersey several years ago. A lifelong outdoorsman and environmentalist, Tom has dedicated countless hours to trail and stewardship work for the Maine Island Trail Association, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and groups in New Jersey. He is a prolific nature photographer: every hike, paddle, backcountry ski trip, or ramble with his dogs has him on the lookout for photogenic flora and fauna. Since moving to Maine, he has shared his focus between land and sea and became a Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guide.
Maria Gallace is Events and Charitable Giving Director for East Brown Cow Management, Inc., Portland. She holds advanced degrees in education and has worked professionally and as a volunteer in schools in the Boston area and Maine. She serves on the board of Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Maria lives in Cape Elizabeth.
Patricia Hager (Vice President of the Board) A resident of Massachusetts, Patty retired as Academic Dean of Concord Academy in 2007. There, her colleagues praised her as an insightful leader who could “whittle down unwieldy problems into manageable components...” Patty has another side: accomplished outdoorswoman. She spends much of her free time at her camp in Norridgewock and launches many of her extensive paddles from there.
Marcia Harrington is a survey research director who specializes in evaluating program effectiveness for government, private, and non-profit organizations. Now at the Altarum Institute, Marcia assesses the effectiveness of food and nutrition programs. She is a co-founder of Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) Midcoast, which successfully got ordinances passed in Brunswick and Topsham that restrict polystyrene foam foodware and single-use bags. She loves all things outdoors, volleyball, and, now, pickleball! Marcia resides in Brunswick.
Karen Herold (Secretary of the Board) draws on her legal background and a lifetime of hiking, biking, and paddling to promote sound environmental policies and to protect Maine’s natural areas. She is on the boards of Maine Conservation Voters and Maine Conservation Alliance, and lives in Cumberland.
David Kallin is and environmental attorney at Drummond Woodsum in Portland. His practice includes land conservation, land use, natural resource law, school and municipal law, administrative law, and general litigation. A dedicated outdoorsman, David, his wife Emily, and their two young children did a 2,185-mile thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail in 2014 and documented much of their journey online.
Dennis King was CEO of Maine Behavioral Healthcare. From 1999-2015 he served as the CEO of Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook. He was the founding CEO of The Acadia Hospital in northern Maine. He has an MPA from the University of Maine. He and his wife, Sandra, have a camp on Green Lake in Hancock County and have been NRCM members for more than 20 years.
Norton H. (Buzz) Lamb of New Gloucester, returns for his third stint on the NRCM board, after reaching his term limit last year. A former computer consultant, Buzz has served on numerous nonprofit boards over years, but still finds time to work several hundred acres of woods and fields. He also shelters horses from an equine abuse center and raises heritage chickens, turkeys, and bees. He has a strong interest in the protection of the North Woods, transportation policy, and land use management. Buzz holds a bachelor degree from Cornell University and an MBA from the University of Michigan.
Didi Manns Edith K. (Didi) Manns is a resident of Camden, where she summered throughout her life. Didi holds an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College and two graduate degrees from the University of Virginia. After three years at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in the School of Allied Health Sciences and a Research Associate in the School of Medicine, she was an Associate Dean first in the School of Health Science and then in the College of Public and Urban Affairs at Georgia State University. An Associate Professor of Public Administration, she retired from the Andrew Young School of Public Policy as a Professor Emeritus in 1999 after 23 years as an academic administrator and faculty member. Her academic focus was first on health policy and later evolved into environmental policy. An avid birder and conservationist, Didi has been a member of NRCM since the late 1980s. She has served on the board of Coastal Mountains Land Trust and the Megunticook Watershed Association and has been involved in numerous other nonprofits in Georgia and Maine.
Bill Meserve (Treasurer of the Board) is a retired partner at the law firm of Ropes & Gray. He has a summer home on Cushing Island. He serves on the Bingham Foundation Advisory Committee, on the Appalachian Mountain Club board in Maine, and on other boards in New England and beyond. Bill has degrees from Tufts, Harvard, and the London School of Economics. He enjoyed a visit to the proposed National Park lands with NRCM staff and has been an advocate for NRCM’s funding proposals.
Peter Millard of Belfast is a family physician and epidemiologist. He grew up in Windham and spent many years working in the Bangor area. He also worked for eight years in southern Africa (Zimbabwe and Mozambique), and is currently medical director of Seaport Community Health Center in Belfast. He lives with his wife Emily in Belfast, and they have 3 grown children who live in Colorado. He is currently on the boards of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and Physicians for Social Responsibility. He has degrees from Amherst College (BA), University of Vermont (MD) and University of North Carolina (PhD in epidemiology). In another lifetime, Peter competed in the US Olympic Trials in the marathon and now enjoys biking, cross-country skiing, swimming, adventuring, and anything else that gets him outdoors.
Sally Oldham of Portland is a “mostly retired” architectural historian with extensive experience in the fields of historic preservation, scenic conservation, and transportation policy. She has served in a board or advisory role for Greater Portland Landmarks, Maine Preservation, and the Western Prom Neighborhood Association. Prior to moving to Maine in 2005 from the Washington, D.C. area, Sally served as president of Scenic America, a national non-profit environmental organization whose mission is to preserve and enhance the scenic character of America’s communities and countryside.
Tony Owens, MD rejoins the board of directors after a mandatory one-year hiatus, during which he served as a member of NRCM’s National Advisory Board. During his tenure on the board, Tony served as vice president and then president. He also chaired NRCM search for a new executive director in 2010. He has been an effective advocate for Maine’s wildlife and natural resources, testifying at hearings, writing opinion pieces, and communicating with his elected representatives. Tony is an emergency room doctor at Maine Medical Center.
Russell B. Pierce, Jr. (President of the Board) is an attorney with the law firm of Norman Hanson & DeTroy LLC in Portland. In 2006, Russ represented NRCM pro bono as we began work on Plum Creek’s application to the then-Land Use Regulation Commission. Since then, he has been an integral member of NRCM, representing us before regulatory bodies and in the courts and advising on a range of environmental issues. NRCM recognized Russ for his service and commitment in 2009, when we presented him with an Environmental Award. Most recently, Russ served on a three-member advisory committee to help the City of South Portland craft the Clear Skies Ordinance that will protect local residents and the environment from toxic air pollution and other impacts from loading tar sands crude oil onto tanker ships in Casco Bay. Russ is an avid birder, gardener, and hiker, and in his spare time writes and paints with a focus on Maine’s outdoors. Russ and his family live in Portland.
Liz Rettenmaier of Bangor moved to Maine fifteen years ago, and can't believe her luck. She moved from Portland to Bangor ten years ago, spends any winter weekend she can skiing, works from Boothbay Harbor for the summers, and enjoys exploring local hiking trails in the spring and fall. She currently sits on the Bangor Historic Preservation Commission and the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club board of directors. Liz has more than twenty years of policy development, facilitation, and communications experience focusing on environmental and natural resources management and land use. After college, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in West Africa, and has been looking for opportunities to explore ever since.
Sarah Short is development director at the Mitchell Institute. A native of North Carolina, Sarah spent her summers on Mount Desert Island and always wanted to live in Maine full-time. Prior to moving to Maine, she worked in fundraising at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She participated in the Lift 360 nonprofit board member training last fall and chose NRCM as her mentoring organization. She is also active with NRCM Rising. She has a BA from Amherst College and an MBA from Yale University.
Anne Winchester grew up in Brunswick. Like many Mainers, Annie was introduced to the outdoors at an early age. She has camped in the Maine woods, climbed Katahdin (17 times!), and paddled innumerable lakes. After a career spent as a commercial lender in Boston, Annie and her husband, Jock, returned home to Maine more than a decade ago.
Bonnie Wood is Professor Emerita of Biology at the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI). While at UMPI, Bonnie focused on reforming science pedagogy and coined the term “lecture-free teaching” to describe a classroom style that engages students fully in their classroom experience. In retirement, Bonnie enjoys road cycling, cross-country skiing, swimming, and gardening. She resides in Brunswick.