Buck O’Herin (Board President)
Buck O’Herin has worked in the education and conservation fields for more than 35 years. He was a board member of the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance beginning in 1999 and was the group’s first executive director. He taught semester-long environmental field study programs with the National Audubon Society Expedition Institute and Sterling College, and environmental and outdoor recreation courses at Unity College. From a young age he was drawn to the wild fringes of the built environment and has continued these sojourns in widening circles that eventually included the Arctic and deserts of the American southwest.
For ten years he ran a guiding business that offered wilderness canoeing and backpacking trips around the U.S. and Canada. He is a founder of the Waldo County Trails Coalition (WCTC) that in 2016 completed the 46-mile Hills to Sea Trail from Belfast to Unity and he is currently the part-time coordinator. Buck has a M.S. in Environmental Education and a B.S. in Secondary Education. He lives in Montville with his partner Lisa Newcomb and daughter Zaela.
Joanne Steneck (Vice President)
Joanne graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1987 and spent her legal career with the state regulatory agency, the Maine Public Utilities Commission. She was an attorney with the Commission until 1997 when she became General Counsel. As such, she supervised the legal division and was a member of the senior staff advising the three member commission on gas, electric and telecommunications matters. She oversaw the connection to the internet of Maine’s schools and libraries and was the manager of the first in the nation project providing laptops to all Maine seventh and eighth graders. She retired from the Commission in October 2014. Joanne has lived in Whitefield, Maine along the Sheepscot River since 1981 with her husband Robert, a professor of marine science at the University of Maine. She was a board member of the Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association since 2008 and served as the Chair of their Lands Committee.
Hugh Riddleberger (Treasurer)
Hugh Riddleberger lives on Damariscotta Lake in Nobleboro with his wife, Louise McIlhenny. Along with his three grown children, they have a 35 year association with and love for the lake and for Maine.
Hugh is a former school Headmaster in Washington DC and is a career educator. He founded LearnServe International in Washington DC in 2003 and Maine Music Outreach in Maine in 2012. He serves on a number of not for profit Boards including Lincoln Academy in Newcastle, Maine. When not involved in his volunteer work he enjoys gardening, the out-of-doors and playing grandfather to his three grandchildren.
Tracy (David) Moskovitz (Secretary)
Tracy Moskovitz’s personal and professional life was shaped by the first Earth Day in 1970. Tracy felt the urgency and emerging public awareness of environmental issues that inspired him to pursue dual degrees in environmental engineering and law. Since then, he has been hard at work trying to save the planet by acting both locally and globally. His first 11 years in Maine were spent working at the Maine Public Utilities Commission, initially as an attorney, then as head of the Technical Division (of engineers and economists), and finally as a Commissioner. He was a vital part of a PUC that moved Maine to the forefront of sustainable energy policy.
Upon leaving the PUC, he founded a 501(c)(3) called The Regulatory Assistance Project. RAP advises regulators, lawmakers, and policymakers on how to accelerate the transition to a clean, reliable, and efficient energy future. Tracy also started RAP’s China program, which advises Chinese policy makers on international best practices in energy and environmental regulation, and led that effort for more than a decade. Success in the US and China attracted attention from many leading foundations and RAP has grown to become a global firm, with offices in the US, Europe, China, and India.
Closer to home his environmental commitment, which is shared by Bambi Jones, his wife of 37 years, is reflected in their organic farm and local, state, and national award winning sustainable forestry practices. Land conservation has been a central part of their lives since moving to Maine in 1978. They began with a 100-acre farm and gradually expanded organic practices, peaking with a 120 family Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) operation, one of Maine’s first.
In 2009, Bambi and Tracy founded Hidden Valley Nature Center dedicated to education, recreation and sustainable forestry on almost 1,000 acres of very special land in Jefferson. With the help of many friends and neighbors, HVNC quickly became a treasured community resource, recognized by various local, state and national awards. The land they committed to HVNC has now been transferred to Midcoast Conservancy as part of a bargain sale completed at the end of 2017. Their conservation efforts continue as they have recently taken steps to protect yet another 2,800 feet of frontage on beautiful Little Dyer Pond. More is sure to come.
Sally Butler was a frequent visitor to Maine before moving to Waldoboro along the Medomak River in 2005. A childhood in the English countryside gave her a life-long appreciation of animals and the natural world. She completed a three-year certification program for landscape design at Radcliffe; Sally chaired her town’s Open Space Committee and served for ten years as a Conservation Commissioner upholding the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act. Since settling in Waldoboro, Sally has been especially active in Medomak Valley Land Trust and has served on the board and the majority of the committees. Conserving land for wildlife habitat is of particular importance to her.
For over 24 years she and her husband, Bob, owned The Jojoba Company where they worked together until the end of 2018 when they sold the company. They traveled extensively for their company and now look forward to enjoying some personal travel adventures, as well as having more time for gardening.
Inspired by childhood summers spent exploring the woods and waters of Cape Cod, Carole’s life work has focused on environmental education and sustainability. After spending time leading teenagers on backpacking trips in the Great Smokies and restoring trails and bridges in Baxter State Park, she has dedicated the bulk of her career to public service at the Maine Department of Environmental Protection on the restoration and preservation of Maine’s environment. Working as an advocate for Maine’s people and environment, Carole conceived, implemented and managed several first-in-the-nation statewide programs to support systems of sustainable production through the reuse of materials from products at the end of life.
Carole holds an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Connecticut, and a M.S. in Adult Education from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Whitefield where she served on the School Committee and the recycling committee, and assisted with the planning for a municipal fire department and new fire station. She and her husband, David Wright, have two grown children and a hankering for grandchildren.
Born and raised in Maine where he learned early on to love and value wild places, Chuck graduated from Bowdoin College (A.B., biology) and Brown University (Ph.D., biological sciences). He began his career as a college professor in Boston (1974-76), then accepted position on the faculty of Rush University at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, Chicago, rising to the rank of full professor in the College of Medicine and the Graduate College, and spent two years as a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago. His laboratory research focused on animal regeneration, while he also wrote on its historical foundations.
Chuck returned to Maine in 2000 where he taught high school biology at Lincoln Academy for eight years and at the same time began volunteering on projects with the Pemaquid Watershed Association. Upon the founding of Hidden Valley Nature Center (HVNC) in 2009, he started participating on many of its projects and engaging in its further development, joining its Board in 2013 and becoming its president in 2015.
During that time Chuck also completed the Maine Master Naturalist Program and regularly shares his enthusiasm for the outdoors by leading educational tours on the trails and waters of HVNC. He and his wife, Megan, have two grown children and two grandchildren, and reside in Damariscotta.
Laurie Howarth has lived and worked in Waldoboro, Maine since 1986. She is semi-retired from a 43+ year career in veterinary medicine.
She is new to the workings of Land Trusts having been a board member of MVLT for the past 2 years and part of the merger committee. The natural world with its animals, land, plants, and waters has always been the undercurrent of her life ever since her childhood. Her concern for the environment began as a teenager. Her choice of attending veterinary college in Ames ,Iowa was based on not wanting to live in a city for four years.
She has raised a son in Maine who recently returned to Maine to live and work. Her husband, Bill Chapman, is a boat captain working for Kieve Wavus. They share their lives with 3 lively-soon to be 4-dogs and love spending time at their camp on Friendship Long Island.
Carolyn Gabbe is an artist living and working in Nobleboro, Maine, where she and her husband have owned a home since 2000. Carolyn spent more than 20 years working in non-profit organizations, private business and associations. Her professional experience includes strategic planning, program development, financial management, fund raising, marketing, communications and research.
She began her business career after earning her Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University. Following completion of a Master’s Degree in Performing Arts Management from The American University, Ms. Gabbe turned her focus to the non-profit sector and the arts. In Washington, she was Director of Development for the National Cultural Alliance, a coalition of 52 national service organizations in the arts and humanities.
In 2015 she became a full time Maine resident after completing the four-year professional painting program at Nelson and Leona Shanks’ Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia. Her work has been shown at galleries in Philadelphia & Bucks County, PA, New Jersey, Maine and New Mexico.
Liz enjoys blending her love of the outdoors with her day job, where she currently serves as Chief Planner for the Bureau of Parks and Lands. She has worked in the land conservation field for more than 15 years, with 12 years spent as staff for the Medomak Valley Land Trust. In recent years Liz worked as a consultant for the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, where she was responsible for monitoring conservation easements and coordinating the Forest Legacy Program, and as co-coordinator for the Maine Land Conservation Task Force. Working locally and statewide has given her a great appreciation of both the vast natural resources of the state and the importance of community-based projects. Liz received her B.A. in Government and Public Service from the University of Notre Dame, and a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is an FAA-licensed drone pilot and serves as a volunteer for the Waldo Theatre and the Fund for Maine Land Conservation. Liz enjoys baking, hiking, paddling, golfing, and time at home in Waldoboro with her husband and two cats.
Mary Kate Reny
Mary Kate Reny is respected as an active civic leader, with comprehensive expertise in both the private and non-profit sectors. A strong believer in the power of collaboration and partnerships, she has chaired the Twin Villages Alliance since 2009. Among her many professional and public service affiliations are the Retail Association of Maine, Skidompha Library, Maine Downtown Center and Topsham Development Inc. Deeply involved in the operation of R.H. Reny, Inc., Mary Kate is as at ease behind the Waltz soda fountain as she is at the board table, or leading a large property management team for the company.
She has a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Geography and Environmental Studies, and a M.A. in Planning and Community Development from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Maine. Before joining Renys’ management group she was a statewide GIS/Environmental Consultant and an Environmental Specialist.
Glenn Ritch was a board member of the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance, a Midcoast land trust, for eleven years, serving as President for eight. He also served on the board of the Appalachian Mountain Club for six years and is still actively engaged on special projects related to energy sustainability for the AMC. Glenn’s professional experience includes 26 years in hospital administration and 10 years as an organizational development consultant. He engaged in a unique and ambitious effort to create a patient centered healing environment at York Hospital, “The Most Caring Hospital in Maine” (Downeast Magazine, 1998). Glenn lives in Searsmont with his wife, Lily Fessenden, and the most beautiful dog in the world. They share 172 acres with three other households and all of the living creatures that make it their home.
Marty holds a BS in Math from the University of Vermont and an MS in Computer science from Purdue University. For 35 years he worked at Bell Laboratories in the design and development of large scale voice and video business communications systems. These systems supported many Fortune 500 companies. Marty retired from his position as Bell Labs Fellow and Director of Research and Development in 2000.
One of Marty’s many volunteer activities in retirement is serving as president of the Friends of Pemaquid Point Lighthouse. Marty also serves on the board of the American Lighthouse Foundation, based in Owls Head, Maine. He has been on the board of the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association (DLW2A) since 2002. Marty served as president of DLWA for 3 years. He and his wife Betty live on Darmariscotta Lake in Nobleboro.