Office Hours:

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:  

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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 jody@midcoastconservancy.org or call her at (207) 389-5155.

steve   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 steve@midcoastconservancy.org 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.

Email Chris at chris@midcoastconservancy.org or call him at (207) 386-6491.

kristin2   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 kristin@midcoastconservancy.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 ali@midcoastconservancy.org  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 jess@midcoastconservancy.org or call her at (207) 386-6492.

Conservation: Protecting Land & Water

anna   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.

andy   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 andyb@midcoastconservancy.org 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 tim@midcoastconservancy.org

Seasonal Staff

Railsback Fellowship

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 railsbackmcc@midcoastconservancy.org 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 landmcc@midcoastconservancy.org or call 389-5163.

AmeriCorps Outdoor Adventure Program members

Heather Roscoe

Heather Roscoe hails from East Bridgewater, MA, and holds a B.S. in Psychology from Bridgewater State University and an M.A. in General Psychology from the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth.  She enjoyed a 20-year career in higher education research, but spent many years living for each weekend so that she could get outside and do what she really loves – hiking, biking, XC skiing, paddling, etc.  A confluence of events made her realize that she needed a new adventure and to flip the balance of her life – spending more time outdoors, less time at a computer, and to do something that would feel more meaningful.

Dani Ross

Danielle (Dani) Ross grew up in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. She went to college at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota and graduated with her bachelors degree in Social Work. While working on her undergraduate degree, she explored different populations that she wanted to work with, including adult foster care, a prior AmeriCorps service that involved working with children, and being a paraprofessional in an elementary school system. These experiences led to the decision to make a big change and move across the country. The Outdoor Adventure Program had the qualities/experiences that she wanted to acquire in order to grow professionally. “Having had prior experience with AmeriCorps, I love the positive impact made on the local communities and children. I wanted to contribute to that again by keeping kids active and healthy!”

Daria Stacy

Daria Stacy is from Webster, New York, and grew up near Lake Ontario. Daria spent her summers working at a local kayak and canoe shop where she first found work in outdoor recreation. She attended college in Geneva, New York at Hobart and William Smith Colleges with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Writing and Rhetoric. In her four years at HWS, Daria participated in an Outdoor Adventure Program abroad in Carmarthen, Wales at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The program, Theoretical Issues in Outdoor Pursuits, inspired Daria with intensive outdoor activities and adventures like rock climbing, hiking, and coasteering (coastal mountaineering), and she plans to pursue a career in Outdoor Education.

Tucker Stevenson

Tucker Stevenson grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, and spent his school years eagerly waiting for his family’s annual migration to Maine for the summer. After high school and his family’s permanent move to Maine, Tucker attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he earned a degree in Environmental Studies and Psychology. He filled his college years with time spent in Minnesota’s lovely state parks, playing rugby, and working with Macalester’s sustainability office. Tucker feels extremely fortunate that AmeriCorps was an option for him coming out of Macalester. Two things that were crucial to him were the opportunity to work with children and to work outdoors. Midcoast Conservancy’s AmeriCorp program has allowed him to do both while honing his skills as an educator and outdoor adventure administrator.

Crew Leader – Youth Conservation Corps

Other Seasonal positions may be viewed here.