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Since its incorporation, Vinalhaven Land Trust has understood the importance of having diverse community participation on the board. To this day, and by requirement of our bylaws, the board consists of 50% year round residents and 50% seasonal. In addition, our nominating committee finds people with diverse interests and talents, which brings a full spectrum of contributions from the board.

BOARD

Pam Alley

Pam Alley Pam Alley is a member of the Conway family, long time residents of Vinalhaven. She has been active in the community for years with service on the Sewer and Water Committees and is currently on the Library Board of Trustees as well as a member of the tuneful Granite Chicks. Pam enjoys hiking on the island trails and snow shoeing in the winter. She is finding that being a VLT Board member is quite satisfying so "I can explain to my friends and neighbors in a knowledgeable way what the VLT stands for. As a native islander and lover of nature, I truly want to help in conserving the beauty of my island."

 

Carol Baker

Carol moved to Vinalhaven in 2002 after visiting a friend and seeing the island as an opportunity to change her lifestyle, to be closer to nature and community, and to examine ideals that had become important to her. She had been working as an International Flight Attendant and commuted back and forth to her hubs in Boston and New York for many years before retiring after 27 years in 2013. Since then, events led to changes in her work life. Retired from the airline, she resumed her passion for Asian healing arts, fiddle playing, permaculture gardening and walking the beautiful trails of Vinalhaven. Carol lives in the village with her husband, Mark Jackson.

 

Dick Byrd

Dick Byrd "My Grandparents, Leverett and Alice Saltonstall, loved going up Perry’s Creek at high tide and I was with them in the late 70s when they talked about putting development restrictions on a long piece of the property they owned on the north side. It came to my uncle, Bill Saltonstall, my mother, Emily Byrd and my cousins George Lewis and Lee and Eleanor Campbell and especially the Smith family to 'make it happen'. I believe that now all of the shore frontage on this quiet cove is protected. There are long hiking trails on both sides and it is really a very special place. One of my brothers and I hiked almost all of the VLT trails last summer when there was not enough wind to go sailing, and we were amazed at the work theland trust has done. So, in short, I am happy to be on board!"

 

Lee Campbell

Lee Campbell has been a middle school history teacher and administrator, and has been a summer resident on Vinalhaven all his life, living up at the north end of the island on the Thoroughfare.  He has spent much time in Perry's Creek and has been interested in land conservation for many years, and in the work of the Land Trust Alliance in helping land trusts become accredited.  His mother, Eleanor, gave the preserve in her name around Polly's Cove and the old swimming pool.  His principal recreation and passion has been sailing locally and along the Maine coast, as well as in the Canadian Maritimes and offshore along the East coast.  He has served on the board of the North Haven Historical Society, and has been President of the North Haven Casino, and looks forward to serving on the VLT board.

 

Bob Candage

This island has been Bob's home for most of his life, growing up here and graduating from Vinalhaven High School. After living for a few years on the mainland, Bob and his wife, Lois, moved back to the island and soon purchased and ran a grocery store. They later bought the hardware store on Main Street, renaming it the "Port O' Call," and ran it through 2008. Bob has also been the Pastor of the Pleasant River Chapel for just shy of forty years. He recently retired as Pastor, but will continue to remain active in the congregation. Bob has always been involved in many community organizations and activities

 

Chuck Gadzik

Chuck Gadzik and his wife Cynthia began building a home on the island over 15 years ago and have been year-round residents since 2006. Chuck has been involved in Maine forestry for over 30 years in both public policy and managing commercial forest lands in eastern and northern Maine. He currently manages timber holdings in Aroostook County part time. He is an avid walker and enjoys VLT trails and properties.

 

Karen Gates

Karen Gates Karen Gates' family has been a part of the North Haven/Vinalhaven community for three generations. She is a veterinarian and avid rider. She practices veterinary medicine in Yardley, PA and in recent years has reduced her practice to nine months so she can spend the summers on Vinalhaven. She is also very active in the Island Sail program, having run it for quite a few summers. In Karen's words, "I am thrilled to join VLT in its efforts to preserve the land on and around Vinalhaven Island. Having watched suburbia engulf my once rural winter home, I feel privileged to help avoid the same demise on this unique piece of the planet. I feel that Vinalhaven Land Trust and the community of Vinalhaven are shining examples of how to move forward in modern times while still maintaining the aspects of our world that we consider so precious."

 

Marian Grogan

Munch Grogan Marian (aka "Munch") Grogan has been a summer resident of Vinalhaven since the early 1980's, making the trek from outside Boston to the island for as little as an overnight (worth every mile) or as long as a summer. Marian works in science education in Cambridge, MA and has loved getting involved with the education end of VLT: encouraging island kids and teachers to makes use of VLT trails, working with the Vital Signs Club at the school to help tackle the winter moth problem, and generally building the next generation of land stewards in the community.

 

David Hyde, Vice-President

David Hyde David Hyde has been a summer resident on Maine islands for over thirty years, and a seasonal resident of Vinalhaven for ten. He finds himself drawn to islands, valuing their beauty and topography as much as the communities that exist on them. He has been connected to the environmental community in Maine for many years and served on the Board of Maine Audubon for seven years. He started and ran a not for profit organization so understands the challenges of that world and also its importance to achieving its goal of land conservation, specifically on Vinalhaven. When not enjoying his home on Old Harbor, he lives in Pownal, ME with his wife, Sarah.

 

Cay Kendrick

Cay began volunteering with VLT by painting the office trim while her two children were off with Island Sail. Following an initial career in mineral exploration geology in the northwest U.S., Cay currently works as a freelance graphic designer, and has created posters and ads for the Walks and Talks program. After 20 years of renting, she and husband, George, now own an 1850s Cape which they are in the process of renovating. When not on Vinalhaven, Cay lives in Yarmouth, ME, where she spearheaded efforts to protect the Spear Farm Estuary Preserve. She’s been active with the Yarmouth Conservation Commission, Royal River Conservation Trust, Yarmouth Community Garden and serves on the Merrill Memorial Library Arts Committee.

 

Susie Lawrence, President

Susie and her husband, David, have enjoyed being seasonal residents on Calderwood Neck for over 20 years. As she has said, “my frequent walks through the Eleanor Campbell Preserve at Polly Cove and our many visits by boat to Perry’s Creek are among the many chances we have to admire the peace and beauty of protected land, making me want to do what I can to make sure our children and grandchildren will have those same chances and privilege in the future.” Susie may be found hiking many of our trails in all seasons, usually with her dog, Baxter. She first joined the Board in 2004, serving on the Membership and Development Committee and chairing the 25th Anniversary Capital Campaign which ultimately enabled the creation of Tip Toe Mountain Preserve and added to the endowment fund for land stewardship. Susie served as our president from 2008-2013 and is pleased to be returning to the Board.

 

Curly Lieber

Curly Lieber Curly and her husband, Sandy Lieber, spend over 5 months on the island each year. Sandy's mother, Bodine Lamont, was well known for being an early advocate of conservation on Vinalhaven, in Maine, and elsewhere. When not on island the Liebers live in Lyme, CT, which also has a very active land trust. Curly serves on several nonprofit boards there, and for the past 12 years she has been a horticultural consultant to the Rockefeller Brothers Fund at Pocantico Hills, New York, with responsibility for the gardens at "Kykuit".

 

Sean Mahoney

Sean serves as the Executive Vice President and Director of the Maine office of the Conservation Law Foundation. Prior to joining CLF in 2007, Sean practiced environmental law in San Francisco and Portland, ME for 15 years, where he represented a variety of commercial and non-governmental entities in all aspects of state and federal environmental litigation and permitting. At CLF, Sean focuses on marine conservation and sustainability, climate change, transportation and energy infrastructure, and restoring and protecting Maine’s rivers and coastal watersheds. Sean lives in Falmouth, Maine and has been coming to Vinalhaven for the last decade to Calderwood Neck. He has been known to try to keep up on Saturday evenings on the soccer field during the summer and is usually at least a 3 crab sandwich consumer on the 4th. Sean received his undergraduate degree from Bowdoin College and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. Prior to law school he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sri Lanka. Sean has served on a number of boards, including GrowSmart Maine (chair), Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Konbit Sante and the Falmouth Land Trust, and served as a Town Councilor in Falmouth.

 

Lucy McCarthy

Lucy first joined the board of VLT after moving to the Fox Islands 30 plus years ago. Subsequently, she worked 18 years at the land trust, conserving the nature of Vinalhaven and positioning VLT to receive national accreditation. An engaged member of the community, Lucy has served on the Board of Appeals, comprehensive planning committee and currently chairs the town budget committee. She also serves on the board of Maine Coast Heritage Trust. She lives with her husband, John Drury, and is enjoying her time on Green's island.

 

Meagan Miller

I have lived on Vinalhaven my entire 26 years of life. I love the island culture and enjoy being on a lobstering boat as well as in a classroom. I taught for three years at the Vinalhaven School in the 3rd grade until I had a son this past year. I plan to return to the classroom in the upcoming year 2016-2017 to pursue my dreams as a teacher. My entire life has revolved around Vinalhaven and to be able to be a part of an organization that cares about, teaches, and enriches our community is a humbling experience. I enjoy hiking the trails with my husband and son, taking rides in my husband’s lobster boat around our beautiful island, and spending time with my family who has lived on Vinalhaven for generations.

 

Kevin Moore

Kevin and his wife Kristel have been living on Vinalhaven full time for five years. They are proprietors of Island Groundworks, specializing in concrete constructions on his side of the company and gardening and landscaping on hers.

 

Steve Rosen

Steve Rosen Steve is a life-long fisherman and a Navy veteran. He has served on a variety of boards, including the Lobsterman’s Co-op and ICMS, in addition to previous time on the VLT board in the 1980’s and was involved in the first land trust purchase on Ambrust Hill. Steve has always strongly believed in the importance of preserving open spaces to ensure the quality of life for future generations. He is active in lobster and halibut research with the state, and has taken part in the International Lobster Exchange program between Maine and Australia as well. Steve lives in Vinalhaven with his wife Alice, who teaches art at North Haven School. His daughter, Emma, is a senior at Bowdoin College and son, Sam, is a sophomore at the College of the Atlantic.

 

Elizabeth Swain

Elizabeth Swain Elizabeth Swain first set foot on Vinalhaven in 1986, and has been setting out along VLT's extensive trail system ever since. She is returning to the board after being term-limited off in 2009. "Why would I sign up for another tour of duty? Because VLT is such an important part of this community, helping protect habitat and public access to the traditional places islanders and seasonal residents have long enjoyed." She is a committed volunteer on the Walks & Talks committee, and enjoys learning something new on the weekend walks all summer. Trained as a forester, Elizabeth is part of a public affairs and environmental consulting firm in Portland. She also serves on the Board of Maine Huts & Trails, and chaired the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission. When not in Old Harbor, she lives in Pownal, Maine.

 

Skip Thompson

Skip Thompson has been a Vinalhaven resident for 13 years, after many years as a “summer”. He served as the trail steward for VLT for a period of time. For the past 8 years, he has been a builder on the island. His primary interests with VLT are budget development and trail management. Skip is a licensed real estate broker and serves as on-island point person for LandVest, a real estate brokerage firm.

 

Pam Wetherbee, Treasurer

Pam Wetherbee Pam Wetherbee is so grateful to the islanders and seasonal residents who had the foresight in the last century to begin protecting the special natural and historic places that make Vinalhaven so unique. She has been happily spending time on Vinalhaven for almost 5 decades and now resides five months of the year on Old Harbor. Pam is also on the board of the Friends of the Vinalhaven Library and is an enthusiastic member of the Eldercare "Bottle Brigade." She works as a financial services consultant and project manager, and when not in Vinalhaven, lives in Dover, MA.