You can reach us Monday – Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. We are closed on all Federal holidays. Some of us may be out of the office working with land, water and community programs but we will always get back to you when we return.
Who we are:
Jody Jones, Executive Director
Jody worked with her board and colleagues to help create the Midcoast Conservancy; Jody enjoys working with the staff to create “the next generation land trust.” Her career has been defined by her strong desire to create a cleaner, healthier world for all to enjoy. Lakes and rivers have been central throughout her life and include a Master’s degree in Wildlife Biology, a long career as an Ecologist at Maine Audubon and the Executive Director of Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association which was one of the four founding organizations of Midcoast Conservancy. She likes finding new trails to hike or XC ski, swimming in lakes, bicycling, fall weather, deep snow, wool on her knitting needles and Maine-brewed beer.
Email Jody at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (207) 389-5155.
Steve Patton, Deputy Director
Steve’s role at Midcoast Conservancy is to oversee fundraising, conservation priority setting, board and staff training, and more. Before the Midcoast Conservancy merger, Steve served for nearly three years as Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association’s Executive Director. Prior to that, Steve was with The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut. Steve holds a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of South Florida. Besides his interest in conservation and birds, he loves to garden. He lives in Whitefield with his wife Lise, who still works with The Nature Conservancy.
Email Steve at email@example.com or call him at (207) 389-5159.
Chris Massi, Director of Development
Chris is a long-time conservationist with over twenty-five years of fundraising experience. While working with the Riverlife Task Force in western Pennsylvania, he led the fundraising and finance operations for a riverfront renewal project. Moving to the Midcoast Conservancy brings together his personal and professional passions – building engagement and philanthropy for healthy lands, waters, and communities through conservation, outdoor adventure, and learning. He and his wife Martha Sullivan live in Alna.
Kristin Pennock, Office & Finance Manager
Kristin’s role as Office and Finance Manager is to oversee many of the essential tasks and duties that keep Midcoast Conservancy running. Not only does she take care of the banking, tax filing, payroll, etc., but she also manages the Land Trust Alliance accreditation process and sees to it that records are kept up to date as needed. Kristin comes to Midcoast Conservancy after serving for nearly thirteen years as Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association’s Administrative Assistant. She has a degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine, Orono. She is currently a board member of Mid-Coast Audubon. She lives with her family along the Sheepscot River in Whitefield.
Email Kristin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (207) 389-5152.
Ali Stevenson, Communications Manager
At Midcoast Conservancy, Ali’s focus is on her two favorite things: people and writing. She is likely to be the first person you see if you walk into the office, or talk to if you call. She manages the website, social media and publications, and works on event planning for the organization. Ali worked at Poets & Writers in New York City, as the editor of Maine in Print at Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance, as a therapeutic horseback riding instructor, coaching crew and was a foster parent for many years. She majored in Creative Writing, and Religious Studies, at Brown University. When not at work she tries to be outside hiking, paddling, sailing, snowshoeing or camping with her husband Ken, three dogs, and whichever of her five kids is around.
Email Ali at email@example.com or call her at (207) 389-5154.
Jess Ruhlin, Membership & Volunteer Manager
Originally from Portland, ME, Jess graduated from Stonehill College with a major in Graphic Design and a minor in Business. After living in Boston for five years while working as the Creative Brand Manager for The Architectural Team, Jess moved back to her home state to be closer to the mountains, lakes, rivers, beaches, and trails she has always loved. In her free-time Jess enjoys exploring nature in many different ways, whether through sailing, surfing, mountain biking, fly fishing, cross country skiing or refreshing hikes through Maine’s beautiful natural landscape.
Email Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org
Conservation: Protecting Land & Water
Anna Fiedler, Director of Conservation
As Director of Conservation, Anna oversees land and water conservation priorities and supports staff in landowner and community outreach to identify conservation opportunities and care for the waters of the region. She engages with landowners to identify new potential land preserves and keeps conservation priorities updated and linked to community needs. Anna enjoys bringing together groups to identify and carry out land and water conservation, as well as partnering with others to get more people connected to the outdoors, and to each other.
Email Anna at email@example.com
Addie Halligan, Water Resources Manager
Addie’s work focuses on maintaining and improving water quality, and on programs to reduce erosion and mitigate pollution within lakes, rivers, streams and estuaries within the region and working with volunteers to do water quality monitoring and invasive plant patrols. Addie comes to Midcoast Conservancy with a background in stormwater and landscape design. She received her Masters in Ecological Landscape Design from the Conway School in 2017. Addie is passionate about hiking, swimming, all of the outdoors, and sees the coast of Maine as the perfect canvas for working, living, and building community.
To contact Addie about volunteering, or with any questions, reach her at (207) 389-5157 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maranda Nemeth, Senior Watershed Manager
Maranda manages the implementation of three fish passage projects in the Sheepscot River at the Coopers Mills Dam, Branch Mill Dam, at the Head Tide Dam, and develop new projects identified as high priorities for fish passage and instream habitat improvements with a broad range of public and private partners. Maranda holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Allegheny College. Her background includes land development environmental compliance and permitting, urban watershed restoration and monitoring, environmental education, and community engagement. Maranda is also craft whiskey expert and enthusiast. In her free time, you’ll find her birdwatching, drinking a beer, or just exploring her new home in Vacationland.
Email Maranda at email@example.com or call her at (207) 389-5177.
Joan Ray, Lands Manager
A Damariscotta native, Joan came to Midcoast Conservancy after the merger with Medomak Valley Land Trust, having served as MVLT’s Land Conservation & Stewardship Director for ten years. After graduating from Colby College and then from Boston University, Joan lived in Boulder, Colorado where she worked in the high-tech industry and volunteered for numerous different conservation organizations. A decade ago she moved back to Maine and lives in Bremen with her two rescue dogs.
Email Joan at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 386-6490.
Irene Syphers Flynn, Stewardship Manager
Irene comes to Midcoast Conservancy with experience in nonprofits and a passion for natural resource management that includes an extensive list of skills. She has experience with scouting and maintaining boundaries, collaborating with the public, invasive species management, and technical trail work. Irene graduated from the University of Maine with a BA in Geoscience, and a minor in Environmental Science. Previous work includes as a Maine Field Coordinator for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, with the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, and as a Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Steward. She lives in Bath with her husband and young son.
Email Irene at Irene@midcoastconservancy.org or call her at (207) 389-5158.
Hidden Valley & Outdoor Programs
Andy Bezon, Director of Community Programs & Hidden Valley Nature Center
As the Director of Community Programs Andy oversees our Outdoor Adventure & Learning Program and Hidden Valley Nature Center, as well as planning and implementation for forest management. Andy Bezon has a Masters in Educational Leadership: Experiential Education from Minnesota State University in Mankato. Before coming to Midcoast Conservancy, Andy worked at Chewonki as the Assistant Director of the Outdoor Classroom & Summer Wilderness Trips programs. He is both a certified Maine Physical Education teacher and Registered Maine Guide. Andy, his wife Haley and their three young children live in Bremen.
If you have questions about our Outdoor Adventure & Learning programs, HVNC, or about forest management please email email@example.com or call him at (207) 389-5156.
Tim Libby, Forest and Facilities Manager
Tim considers himself a land manager and more recently, a land steward. Through his upbringing, education, professional work experience, and personal interests he has attained a broad skill-set that includes carpentry, machinery maintenance, food prep, and community governance among others. Tim spends much of his time on projects at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Tim managed Veggies for All, a food bank farm project that he co-founded in 2008, for nine years. He spent three years chairing MOFGA’s Low Impact Forestry Steering Committee and as the Woodlot Area Coordinator for the Common Ground Country Fair, refining his skills as a facilitator, recruiting and organizing passionate volunteers to coordinate hands-on educational opportunities for MOFGA’s community.
Email Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the fall of 2013, Damariscotta Lake lost one of its most ardent supporters. Alan Railsback was a visionary leader who was a catalyst for numerous conservation projects that successfully helped protect Damariscotta Lake and its watershed. His legacy continues to this day through the generous donations of friends an family who created the Railsback Fellow position and continue to give generously to provide hands-on experience for a young professional in conservation to work on the watershed’s most pressing issues. Each fellow is mentored by Midcoast Conservancy staff and depart with a greater knowledge about the web of life and a deeper appreciation of the importance of landscape conservation for current and future generations.
Zach Harder, Railsback Maine Conservation Corps Water Steward
Zach Harder has lived in Maine for two and a half years. In 2019 he graduated from Southern Maine Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Communications and New Media. He’s excited to be the new Railsback Fellow/Environmental Steward at Midcoast Conservancy because of the opportunities to help protect Maine lakes and is looking forward to learning more about the programs that help conserve the watershed.
To reach Zach, email him at email@example.com or call 389-5162.
Jade Christensen, Maine Conservation Corps Land Steward
Jade grew up in Harwinton, CT and graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a BS in Wildlife Ecology with a dual concentration in wildlife science and management and Fisheries management. She has spent the past year and a half working in the University of Maine Entomology Department working on low bush blueberry pest management, also helping to maintain the University’s honey bee colonies. She is passionate about exploring new areas and hiking new places.
To reach Jade, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 389-5163.
AmeriCorps Outdoor Adventure Program members
Emma hails from southern New Jersey. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Anthropology and Studio Art, Emma spent the last few years since college pursuing her interest in cross-cultural exchange through teaching English abroad. From 2016-2018 she served as a Peace Corps Education and Youth Development Volunteer in Mongolia; she also participated in the in 2015 Sadgamaya Project, a 6-month volunteer program in India, helping develop conversational English curriculum for intermediate school students. Ever since Emma’s family trips to Maine as a child, Emma has been attracted to the stunning natural beauty of Midcoast Maine’s woods and coastline. She is excited to serve local communities in this beautiful area and help return kids to the wild!
Yasmin grew up on Long Island, NY, then attended college in Edinburgh, Scotland, where she earned a BSc in Psychology. After years of living and working in Scotland, Yasmin moved to northern Sweden. Here she experienced life in the arctic, winters with no sun and summers with 24 hour sun. It was also up there where she discovered her love for cross country skiing and the cold. She moved to Maine over a year ago. She enjoys cross country skiing, birding, surfing and kayaking. She is excited to be part of Midcoast Conservancy and the AmeriCorps Outdoor Adventure Program, getting kids out in nature!
Miranda grew up in Sioux Center, Iowa and graduated from Dordt College in 2018 with a double major in biology and environmental science. She loves hiking, biking, running, and swimming. She is also passionate about environmental education and kids which pairs well for outdoor adventure-based programing. She is very excited to be serving in, living in, and exploring Maine!