Board and Staff

Development Director Search

Great Works Regional Land Trust seeks an experienced professional for the position of Development Director. The Land Trust has conserved more than 5,740 acres of woods and farmland in Eliot, South Berwick, Berwick, North Berwick, Wells and Ogunquit since its founding in 1986. GWRLT has nearly 1,000 members, a staff of four and an active Board of Directors.

The Development Director (25 hours) works to increase the financial and organizational capacity of GWRLT. This position reports to the Executive Director and would work at beautiful Beach Plum Farm in Ogunquit. Flexible schedule, with paid holidays and vacation, salary commensurate with experience.

Send resume and cover letter to Great Works Regional Land Trust, pmitchem@gwrlt.org, no later than August 1, 2015.

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Board Members

Officers 2015

President: Tin Smith
Vice-President: Michael Wright
Secretary: Pat Robinson
Treasurer: Bob Eger

 

Annie Cox

Annie Cox joined the Board in 2012 and lives in North Berwick. She works as a Coastal Training Program Associate at Wells Reserve.

 

Bob Eger

Bob Eger has been a Trust board member since 1989 and served as Treasurer for many of those years. When not in his shop, where he builds and repairs boats, he can usually avoid being found somewhere on his 75-acre South Berwick woodlot.
 

Jennifer Fox

Jennifer Fox is past-President of Great Works Regional Land Trust. She lives in Eliot with her husband Tom Hausmann and their two sons. Jennifer joined the Trust in 2005 as a result of her work on the Rivers Committee of the Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Conservation Initiative. She holds a Masters degree in Water Resources from UNH and has been involved in both field and lab work on water resource issues professionally. Water quality (and hence land conservation) remains a focus of her interests today.
 

Tom Gilmore

Tom Gilmore of North Berwick joined the Board in Spring 2011, after a few years serving on the Stewardship Committee. He became active with Great Works soon after he and his partner, Paula, moved into their house in North Berwick, where their land abuts the Bauneg Beg Mountain Conservation Area. When he retired from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Tom was the Quality Manager at the Submarine Maintenance Engineering, Planning and Procurement (SUBMEPP) Activity. He is now spending more time working with the Land Trust and turning his photography hobby into a business, Tom Gilmore Photography: Landscapes and Wildlife. His favorite places to vacation and photograph are Alaska and anywhere in the Arctic; he has traveled north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Finland.

 

Kevin Gray

Kevin Gray of Berwick joined the Board in 2012. He is the owner of EDP Financial Services.

 

R. Todd Hoffman

Todd Hoffman is past-President of the Trust and currently serves as chair of the committee evaluating new conservation options. He is a documentary photographer whose career has included serving as Photo Editor of The Christian Science Monitor, as Adjunct Professor of Photo Journalism at B.U., and Director of Photography at Salt Institute in Portland, Maine. He has been Chair of the North Berwick Planning Board for many years, wrestling with land use issues. Very active in church work, Todd is an overseer of Through the Eyes of Children, a not-for-profit organization providing educational opportunities to orphans of the genocide in Rwanda (rwandaproject.org). For over 15 years he has lived on an old farm in North Berwick with his ‘smart wife, two beautiful boys, the second greatest dog in the world, and a bunch of furry critters.’
 

J. Douglas Mayer

Doug Mayer joined the Board in the spring of 2009, and became Treasurer in 2012. He serves on the Stewardship Committee and the Beach Plum Farm Committee. Doug has made Ogunquit his home since the mid-60s, though his job for 20 years as Ship’s Officer and Navigator for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute took him away for months at a time. His spouse, Khristine Kostis, is a local artist. Together they share a community garden plot at Beach Plum Farm and enjoy walking the various Great Works properties.

 

David McDermott

David McDermott of South Berwick joined the board in March 2015 and serves on the Development Committee. He was a founding member of Great Works. Davis is credited with naming the organization 29 years ago as a founding member. He is a retired manager for social services with expertise in grant funding and administration and has a strong focus around organization effectiveness. He served on the South Berwick Town Council for six years. To help the Board and staff implement fundraising, he joint the Great Works development committee and is countering his time to support broader fundraising efforts. A lover of the land and of the Tatnic Region of South Berwick where he and his family have lived for 40 years, McDermott contributes time to stewardship as well.


 

Virginia Reusch

Virginia (Ginny) Reusch came onto the Board shortly after moving to North Berwick 15 years ago and becoming involved in the Campaign to Save Bauneg Beg Mountain. In her former community of Easton, Mass. she served on the Board of the Natural Resources Trust of Easton, was President of that Board for several terms and then served as its Executive Director for 13 years. Upon her husband’s retirement from the practice of medicine, Ginny moved to Maine to be nearer to her children: a daughter in North Berwick, a son in Farmington and her brood of now 4 grandchildren. A graduate of Radcliffe College, she brings to the Board a wealth of experience in land trust development and volunteer services. Ginny loves working with GWRLT, and is proud of the many successful projects they have accomplished. Ginny is also active in her Unitarian church and enjoys choral singing, hiking and classical music.
 

Pat Robinson

Pat Robinson, Secretary, owns Perennial Plantscapes, a gardening business, taking care of perennial and annual gardens in southern York County. She has been on the board since 1991 and has served as president. Pat is the driving force behind our Spring Auction. She also is chair of the So. Berwick Conservation Commission. She lives in So. Berwick with her partner, Michael, and three companion animals who rule the roost: Nitro, an Aussie Shepherd; and Oscar and Felix, two identical black cats.

 

Tin Smith

Tin Smith lives in the Tatnic area of South Berwick and Wells with his wife Jane and works as Stewardship Coordinator at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. He is one of GWRLT’s founding members and a past-president. In his spare time he works with draft horses, kayaks the Maine coast and, of course, hikes.
 

Emily Stauffer

Emily Stauffer joined the board in 2015. She is a seventh grade science teacher at Marshwood Middle School in Eliot. Her education background spans 14 years. Stauffer and her husband Chris live in the Tatnic area of Wells. She is also a member of the Wells Conservation Commission, where she serves as secretary and manages the website. A quietly ambitious activist, Stauffer has a unique perspective on the Maine landscape. Her passion to conserve the outdoors comes from her Maine upbringing in Lincolnville and Orono. Green space has been accessible to her throughout her lifetime. "In the beginning, I see my work for the Land Trust primarily as a listener and learner, seeking opportunities to apply my science and education background. I hope to learn how projects are completed, how parcels get conserved and where the community and land trusts fit together," said Stauffer.



 

Michael Wright

Michael Wright is a self-employed carpenter who especially enjoys working on older and historical buildings. He is one of the founding members of Great Works Regional Land Trust. Mike was raised in Berwick and lives there with his two daughters, Moira and Ciara, in the family farm house where he grew up. A former market gardener, he is sorry to see the area farms lost to development. His prior activities include serving on the boards of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, the Berwick Historical Society, the Berwick Library Association, the Seacoast Growers Association and the Berwick Conservation Commission as well as with other civic activities.
 

Staff

 
 

Lisa Erickson-Harris

Lisa Erickson-Harris became Great Works’ first Executive Director in 2015. She is working closely with its Board of Directors to lead and manage the organization as it expands its capacity, fiscally and operationally. She brings more than twenty years of business and non-profit experience, advising executives and managing technology partnerships, skills that she will leverage to strengthen day-to-day operations and build financial capacity necessary for Great Works’ growth.

Lisa is particularly appreciative of Great Works’ partner-oriented initiatives, including collaborations with the Mount Agamenticus to the Sea Initiative and Maine Farmland Trust. “While Great Works is a six-town organization, its multiple partnerships are reflective of its larger vision, to conserve beyond its borders where resources flow and become part of the greater good,” said Lisa.

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Darrell DeTour

Darrell DeTour is the Land Trust’s first Stewardship Coordinator, a part-time position at this point. Darrell holds a Masters of Science in Conservation Biology from Antioch New England as well as a degree in architectural design and studies in art. Prior to coming to GWRLT in 2006 and part-time for the next year, Darrell worked for LCHIP (Land & Community Heritage Investment Program) in New Hampshire. He and his wife Angela Martin recently bought a farm in Lebanon, ME in order to pursue their interests in sustainable living and agriculture.
 

Patti Mitchem

Patti Mitchem joined Great Works as a member in the late 80s, and was hired in for a very part time position in 2004. Since then she has handled increasing responsibilities as the Trust has grown and currently serves as office manager and membership coordinator as well as overseeing the publication of the newsletter three times a year. She and her husband Fred Wildnauer live in South Berwick and enjoy exploring the many Trust properties whenever possible.

 

Brenna Crothers

Brenna Crothers, Outreach Assistant, a native Mainer from Mount Desert Maine and now a resident of North Berwick, is an avid outdoors woman. She spends her free time exploring and photographing Great Works' public places, particularly Bauneg Beg Mountain and Negutaquet River, the White Mountains, and her beloved childhood home. In addition to her work with Great Works she is also a Visual Arts Instructor at Heronfield Academy in Hampton Falls, NH.