Lucas St. ClairLucas St. Clair serves as President of Elliotsville Plantation Inc., a private operating foundation focusing on land conservation and the preservation of open spaces in Maine. He also serves on the Board of the Quimby Family Foundation.
Lucas grew up in Guilford, Maine in a log cabin with few amenities and a focus on living in harmony with nature. His passion for the outdoors, especially rivers, has led him to through-hike the Appalachian Trail and become an avid fly fisherman. He also enjoys paddling, skiing, hunting, and hiking. He and his wife, Yemaya, co-authored a guidebook published in 2008 titled “The AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping.”
Lucas and Yemaya live in Portland with their daughter, Gabriella, and their son, Waylon.
MCV Board Vice President
Jennifer Burns GrayJennifer Burns Gray is Maine Association of Nonprofit's Director of Advocacy and Public Relations. Previously, she was Maine Audubon’s staff attorney and advocate for twenty years. Jenn holds a B.A. from Trinity College in CT, a J.D. from the University of Maine School of Law, and is a trained mediator. A former board member of Friends of Merrymeeting Bay and GrowSmart Maine, Jenn lives in Bath with her family.
MCV Board Treasurer
Daniel AmoryDaniel Amory is an attorney with the firm of Drummond, Woodsum and McMahon in Portland. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, he practices in the areas of commercial transactions, Indian gaming, and environmental law. He is Chair of the Maine State Advisory Committee of the Conservation Law Foundation and President of Waterman's Community Center on North Haven, is past President of the Board of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and has served as Treasurer of Portland Stage Company, as Chair of the Board of Harbor Commissioners for Portland Harbor, and as a member of various non-profit boards. His pleasures include sailing, cross-country skiing, gardening and history.
MCV Board Secretary
Kate WilliamsKate Williams has biology and ecology degrees from Tufts University and the University of Florida, and has conducted field work in marine, forest, and wetland ecosystems across North America. Kate’s research has focused on two primary topics: survey techniques and biases, and understanding the impacts of anthropogenic activities on wildlife. She is currently working at the Biodiversity Research Institute as their Wildlife and Renewable Energy Program Director.
MCV Board Chairman
Roger BerleRoger Berle is a founding Director and current President of Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay, having represented Cliff Island on the OCT Board since 1982; also, as OCT is a member land trust of Portland North Land Trust Collaborative, Roger has chaired the PNLTC Steering Committee since its 2006 inception. He owned and operated a construction business on Cliff Island for thirty-four years but has also used the island as a base for his long-standing commitment to the permanent preservation of significant open space. Since closing his business, Roger does fundraising consulting for smaller nonprofit organizations. A former member of the Land for Maine’s Future Board (LMF), he is a Past President of Portland Trails and Past Chair of the Portland Land Bank Commission. He is also Chair of the Maine Islands Coalition, which comprises the elected representatives from the surviving fourteen year-round Maine coastal islands and which meets to address issues which affect the sustainability of these unique communities. A graduate of Bowdoin College (BA) and Boston University (MBA), he lives partly in Falmouth and partly on Cliff Island. His daughter Liz, 33, lives in San Francisco and his son, Christian, 30, lives in Washington DC.
Penny AshermanPenny has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust for 13 years and served as President of the Board for 7 years. As President, Penny led the organization through a national accreditation process and CCLT became the 12th all-volunteer land trust to receive the national award. Penny also serves on the Maine Land Trust Network Steering Committee which sets goals and policies for the land trust community throughout Maine. As a member of the Town of Cumberland Conservation Commission for 10 years, Penny and led efforts to inventory vernal pools and New England Cottontail populations in the town. She has received awards for her environmental work from the Natural Resources Council of Maine, EcoMaine and the Cumberland/NY Liions Club. Penny has a Law Degree and a Masters in Environmental Studies from Vermont Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowdoin College. Prior to coming to Maine, Penny worked for the MA Office of Environmental Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency Region I and a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C.. She currently lives in Cumberland with her husband and three children and is a stay at home mother. Penny enjoys outdoor adventures with her family and sharing her environmental interests with the local community.
Michael BolandMichael Boland is an entrepreneur who lives in Bar Harbor with his wife and two daughters. A 1994 graduate of College of the Atlantic, Michael led the Student Environmental Action Coalition on campus and was the head naturalist for a local whale watching company. He has opened and operated several restaurants over the past two decades including in Bangor, Winter Harbor, Portland and Bar Harbor. Michael bought, renovated, and sold the Criterion Theatre in 2001-2006 and spearheaded a campaign to re-purchase the Criterion this past year as a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Michael has served on the boards of the Abbe Museum, COA Alumni Association and is currently chair of the board of the Criterion. For five years, Michael served as President of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce.
Peter DidisheimPeter Didisheim is the Advocacy Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine where he manages their legislative, public education, and advocacy programs. He was appointed by former Governor John Baldacci to serve on the Wind Power Task Force, by former Governor Angus King to serve on the Maine Environmental Priorities Council, and by the Brunswick Town Council to serve on the Brunswick Open Space Task Force. He served for 3 years in the Clinton Administration as a Special Asst. to Sec. of Energy Hazel O'Leary, and as Exec. Dir. of the Sec. of Energy Advisory Board. He served on the Clinton-Gore Presidential Transition Team, and worked for 7 years as Dep. Chief of Staff for the House Science, Space & Technology Committee and Administrative Asst. for Congressman George Brown, Jr. (D-CA). He also worked as a research associate and lobbyist for the Union of Concerned Scientists. He received his BA in biology and environmental studies from Williams College and masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He lives with his wife in Brunswick.
Karen HeroldKaren Herold is on the boards of Maine Conservation Voters, Maine Conservation Alliance, and the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Karen has a lifelong interest in wilderness and wildlife. She is an avid hiker, canoeist, road biker, and cross country skier, always scheming the next adventure. She recently became a Maine Master Naturalist and welcomes opportunities to share this training. She graduated from Yale College and the University of Chicago Law School.
Sherry HuberSherry Huber is the Executive Director of the Maine TREE Foundation. She worked previously as the Executive Director of the Maine Waste Management Agency and as a consultant to private nonprofit organizations on fundraising and development issues. She served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1976-1982. Sherry chairs the Board of Directors of the Mainewatch Institute, is President of the Board of the Forest Society of Maine and is a Trustee of the College of the Atlantic. She is a Director of NatureServe and the Land Trust Alliance. She serves on the University of Maine School of Law Board of Visitors and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Leadership Council.
Adam LeeAdam Lee is Chairman of the Board of Lee Auto Malls. He has been with Lee Auto Mall for 24 years, serving as president and assuming the position of Chairman in June 2010 upon the passing of his father, Shep Lee. He currently serves on the Muskie Board of Visitors, the MPBN Board, and the Advisory Board for Maine Audubon.
Lee served as the Chairman of the Efficiency Maine Trust and Chair of the Maine
Audubon Corporate Partners. He also served two terms on the M.O.F.G.A. board, the
Maine Franchise Review Board and the Nature Conservancy Corporate Partners Board. He is the past chairman of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and the Maine Energy Conservation Board and a past member of the Natural Resources Council of Maine, Maine Historical Society, Maine Energy Council, Governor’s Advisory Council, Center for Cultural Exchange and the OSHER Map Library.
Lee is a graduate of Vassar College and the recipient of environmental awards from the Natural Resources Council of Maine and the Maine League of Conservation Voters. Lee lives in Cumberland with his wife and 15 year old twins, 2 horses, 2 cats, 3 dogs, and 25 chickens.