You can generally 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:
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. If you have questions about our Outdoor Adventure & Learning programs, HVNC, or about forest management please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (207) 389-5156.
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. Andy has also worked in the field of wilderness therapy both as a guide and as an administrator. Working with people in the outdoors is a driving force in Andy’s life, from skiing to chainsaw safety and paddling to wilderness medicine, he enjoys it all. Andy is both a certified Maine Physical Education teacher and Registered Maine Guide.
Andy, his wife Haley and their two young children live in Bristol.
Irene Syphers, Land Steward
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’s love of trail work is matched by her passion for engaging volunteers by connecting them with the lands they love.
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 partner and young son.
Email Irene at Irene@midcoastconservancy.org or call her at (207) 389-5158.
Anna Fiedler, Director of Land Conservation
As Director of Land Conservation, Anna engages with landowners to identify new land conservation projects, keeps conservation priorities updated and linked to community needs, oversees management of conserved lands, and is the staff liaison for the Sheepscot Wellspring Council.
Anna enjoys bringing together groups to identify and carry out land conservation and management priorities, as well as partnering with others to get more people connected to the land, and to each other. Anna enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, hiking and canoeing, and berry picking. She also loves sharing Nia, a movement practice done barefoot to music.
Jody Jones, Executive Director
Jody worked with her board and colleagues to help create the Midcoast Conservancy where she is excited to be its first Executive Director. Jody enjoys working with the staff to create “the next generation land trust.”
Jody’s 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 email@example.com or call her at (207) 389-5155.
Garrison Beck, Director of Water Conservation
As Director of Water Conservation, Garrison pursues and directs investments in the natural capital of water resources, and seeks to protect those investments through appropriate policies at the local and state levels. We see the region’s lakes, streams, rivers, and estuaries as essential to the economy of midcoast Maine, and envision a local economy which grows hand-in-hand with the protection and improvement of all our waters.
Garrison joins Midcoast Conservancy as the former Program Director at the Damariscotta Lake Watershed Association and has a degree in Environmental Policy from Colby College. Garrison has worked on lake and watershed issues for much of his career and is eager to expand to rivers and marine systems in the Sheepscot River watershed.
Garrison is also an active volunteer outside of Midcoast Conservancy. He serves as the Board Chair of the Gardiner Food Coop & Café, as well as Board Member of the Maine Lakes Society. He enjoys being on the water, woodworking, hunting, and traveling.
Email Garrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (207) 389-5157.
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. She loves to help volunteers find the way they would most like to participate, and is always open to suggestions and feedback regarding Midcoast Conservancy activities.
Ali has 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, or cooking for a crowd, 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.
Steve Patton, Deputy Director
Steve’s role at Midcoast Conservancy is to manage the transition from four independent organizations into one regional conservation organization. He oversees much of the fundraising, conservation priority setting, board and staff training, and more!
Steve comes to Midcoast Conservancy after serving for nearly three years as Sheepscot Valley Conservation Association’s Executive Director. Prior to serving at SVCA, Steve was with The Nature Conservancy in Connecticut where he expanded the conservation at the 1,700-acre Devil’s Den Preserve to the entire Saugatuck River Watershed and contributed significantly to the permanent protection of more than 7,750 acres, nearly 15% of the watershed. 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 Conservancy.
Email Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (207) 389-5159.
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 and has spent numerous summers on Maine coastal islands working with seabird populations for National Audubon’s Seabird Restoration Program. She is an enthusiastic birder who can identify many birds by song and volunteers for Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count each year. She is currently a board member of Mid-Coast Audubon. She lives with her family along the Sheepscot River in Whitefield.
Email Kristin at email@example.com or call her at (207) 389-5152.
Maranda Nemeth, Watershed Restoration Specialist
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 is originally from Pittsburgh, Pa and moved to the Midcoast in 2018. She 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (207) 389-5177.
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 email@example.com
Maine Conservation Corps Intern
Jeff, our 2018 Environmental Steward, is a Wisconsin native who graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2015 with a double major in Communication Arts and Environmental Studies. In 2018, Jeff will be involved in the care of lands and waters in the Midcoast Conservancy service region in several ways. He’ll be working to expand a volunteer base to maintain and build trails across the region. In addition, his focus will include collaboration with private landowners to address erosion issues on their lands, and working with Midcoast Conservancy Land Steward Hannah Chamberlain to care for currently conserved lands.
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.
Crew Leader – Youth Conservation Corps
Midcoast Conservancy hires a Youth Conservation Corps team each summer to help landowners implement practices to protect water quality. The 2018 season has concluded and a new Crew Leader will be hired in 2019.