Board and Staff

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 chairs the Finance Committee and the Beach Plum Farm Committee. He lives in Ogunquit, where he has made his home for 50+ years.

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David McDermott

Elected to the Board in 2015, David McDermott is no stranger to Great Works, having coined the Land Trust’s name in 1986. He and his wife Nora Irvine have been members for decades.

Having traveled around the state during his career in social services’ administration, David has a true understanding of and appreciation for the Maine landscape. In observing his friendly ways and an interest in history, it is no surprise to learn that his professional background also included roles as a social studies teacher and a guidance counselor for the Portsmouth, New Hampshire schools.

Though now retired, he continues to remain active in the local community where he and his wife Nora Irvine have resided for over forty years, raising their son and daughter on their beloved homestead off Bennett Lot Road. At one point the family raised goats and a pony on their land. His children, now adults, attended the Marshwood schools.

His volunteer role on the Board will be involved primarily with grant writing. As a member of GWRLT’s Development Committee, he hopes to help with fundraising as much as possible. Like other Board members, he brings a certain amount of knowledge and familiarity for his town, where he served previously on the Town Council for six years.  

David hopes to be involved in Stewardship work as well. “Like all land trust members I hope to get out on the land as much as possible,” he says. It is certainly a treat to join David out on his land and hear his stories about people, community, history, and the Tatnic Hills.


 

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

Elected to the Board in 2015, Emily Stauffer of Wells comes to Great Works with a background of over 14 years in education and three years of land conservation experience. A teacher of Life Sciences at Marshwood Middle School, she has a Bachelors’ degree in Biology, University of Maine, and received her Masters of Science in Educational Leadership from the University of New England.

Emily lives in the Tatnic area of Wells with her husband Chris, and has served on the Wells Conservation Commission for three years. She is presently secretary and also helps to manage the Commission’s website. Emily’s passion to conserve the outdoors comes from her Maine upbringing and the green space that has been accessible to her throughout her life. She spent her early childhood in Lincolnville and later in Orono.

“I think about the landscape in a few different ways,” says Emily. “The satellite view is so useful for seeing the current status of conservation, and also the possibilities for future efforts.” While fragmentation of green space is evident, there is also the potential for connectivity. She points the total lands conserved so far in the Mt. Agamenticus to the Sea Initiative. “It is so impressive,” she says.

As a scientist, Emily also loves the fine-focus lens and the details of wildlife protected by these large-scale efforts. Each parcel of land that is protected can provide people with numerous opportunities to engage their senses to the fullest. Examples include the intricate patterns of lichens and leaf litter, trout lilies and mosses, and myriad other small things. “Every time I venture outside I remember why conservation is so important,” says Emily.

In the beginning of her work for the Land Trust, Emily sees her focus primarily as that of a listener and learner, to understand how projects are done and how parcels get conserved. She is also interested in determining and meeting community and land trust needs. With her quietly ambitious activism, science background and conservation mindfulness, Emily offers a unique perspective on the Maine landscape. She has a lot to offer the Great Works community.


 

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 wife Michele Dionne and their two daughters, Moira and Ciara, in the family farm house where he grew up. A former market gardener, he is sorry the 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, Executive Director

Lisa Erickson-Harris became Great Works’ first Executive Director in February. 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.

A passion for land protection and an appreciation for the New England landscape dates back to her childhood. Lisa has spent most of her life in New Hampshire, and now lives in Kennebunk with her two sons, Joshua and Garrett. Her conservation experience grew during the time she served as board member and chairperson for the Alton (NH) Conservation Commission. Over nearly ten years she helped the Commission establish a town forest, accept conservation easements, create baseline documentation for conservation properties, develop a trail system, and initiate a program with the local elementary school to educate students about invasive species.

Lisa is particularly appreciative of Great Works’ partner-oriented initiatives, including its collaborations with the Mount Agamenticus to the Sea Initiative and Maine Farmland Trust, to name just two. “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.

With the vision comes the need for financial sustainability so she will be working with the Board and other supporters to fund the long-term needs of Great Works. Recently, she was awarded a prestigious scholarship to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies for a weeklong Conservation Finance Boot Camp for this June. This is an “intensive week-long course, which aims to help professionals utilize innovative and effective financing strategies for land resource conservation, restoration, and stewardship.”Lisa Erickson-Harris joined the staff of Great Works in February 2015.


 

Anne Gamble

As the new Development Coordinator for Great Works, Anne Gamble began working in April 2011 with the board, staff, volunteers and other community members to advance the organization’s strategic vision. Anne is an experienced fundraiser and administrator for non-profit organizations. As a writer with a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from New York University, she also hopes to help shape the conservation and stewardship message being exchanged with the public by Great Works. A resident of Arundel, Anne values the time she and her husband George Ordonez and their family spend on many of the area’s public lands. This has taught her the value added to quality of life by local land trusts like Great Works and its many partner organizations. “We have these spectacular environments to explore along with the benefit of preserving wetlands, water systems, forests and farms.”
 

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 GWRLT as a member in the late 80s, and in 1999 volunteered along with Rachel Schumacher to produce GreatWorks newsletter. She continues to volunteer in that capacity but since 2004 has been employed part-time by the Trust to handle administrative and membership details. She and her husband Fred Wildnauer 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.