Staff and Board and Contact Info

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RRCT Staff

Alan Stearns – Executive Director

 

Email: Alan@RRCT.org
Cell: (207) 215-8315
Mail: P.O. Box 90, Yarmouth, ME 04096
Office: 325 Main Street, Yarmouth

Alan has served as Executive Director of the Royal River Conservation Trust since November 2011. He previously worked at the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands and in other roles in state government. He previously served on the boards of Maine Historical Society, Maine Island Trail Association, Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and other organizations. Alan holds degrees from the University of Maine School of Law, the University of Maine, and Brown University. He grew up in Old Town and now lives in Hallowell with his husband Austin Brown.

Carrie Ridgway — Development and Communications Coordinator

 

Email: Carrie@RRCT.org
Phone: (207) 615-7824
Mail: P.O. Box 90, Yarmouth, ME 04096
Office: 325 Main Street, Yarmouth

A former educator and non-profit administrator,  Carrie was hired as RRCT’s first development staff person in February 2018. She spent six years as an educator, crew, and mate on a tall ship up and down the Eastern seaboard. She grew up in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and now lives on Cheabeague Island with her young family. She holds degrees from Lewis & Clark College and the University of Southern Maine.

Irene Syphers Flynn — Stewardship Director

Email: Maternity leave summer 2020
Phone: Maternity leave summer 2020
Mail: P.O. Box 90, Yarmouth, ME 04096
Office: 325 Main Street, Yarmouth

Irene began work for RRCT in mid-October, 2019.  She previously worked for the Midcoast Conservancy, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, and Portland Farmers’ Market following internships or summer jobs with Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust and Maine Conservation Corps.  A graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Irene also studied at the International Volcanology Field School in Kamchatka, Russia, through the University of Alaska. A Brunswick native, she lives in Bath with her young family.

RRCT Board

 
Verrill-Jeff Jeff Verrill – Executive Committee

 

Jeff is an Executive Vice President of SALT Associates, a national insurance services firm and now part of the RGAX family of companies with offices in Yarmouth. He is an avid fly fisher and enjoys golf and bird hunting. He lives in Yarmouth with his wife, Anne.

Mark Power — Board President 

 

Professionally, Mark brings 30 years of diverse engineering and operational experience. The first 15 years of his career was spent as an engineering officer in the U.S. Merchant Marine.

Mark is a native Mainer who spent much of his youth as a farmhand on a Holstein farm in Falmouth. Today he is an avid fly-fisherman, hunter, hiker, boater, and outdoor enthusiast. He enjoys spending time with his four adult children, working on his small organic farm in New Gloucester and  recreational lobstering on Casco Bay in the summer time. 

Mark is a former chair of the land management planning committee for the town of New Gloucester and is a longtime RRCT volunteer. He was very involved in fundraising and support of the Pisgah Hill conservation project and now co-chairs RRCT’s Campaign to Protect Lower Gloucester Village.

Bill Dunn Bill Dunn – Secretary

 

Bill Dunn created Sunset Point, LLC, in 2007 to continue part-time consulting in the electric utility industry after a long career. He holds engineering degrees and an MBA. Bill served for nine years on the Board of The Iris Network, providing services to the visually impaired. He is active in the Rotary Club of Yarmouth, through which he has actively participated in the development and growth of Yarmouth’s West Side Trail. Bill is a native New Englander, a resident of Yarmouth since 1998, and a passionate outdoorsman.

Gervais-Ed Ed Gervais – Director

 

Ed Gervais founded and owns an engineering firm, Cascon. He has previously served on the Planning Board of the Town of North Yarmouth. He holds degrees from Yale University. He lives in North Yarmouth with his wife Joyce.

Barr-Steve  Steve Barr – Director

 

Steve is an orthopedic surgeon with a passion for rivers and paddling. Born in Taiwan but with Maine family roots for 300 years, he lives in North Yarmouth with his wife Martha Leggat. Steve has degrees from Princeton and the University of Massachusetts, with work experience including medical service to military personnel and also to the Navajo, Hopi, and Zuni tribes.

DeWan-Terry Terry DeWan – Director

 

Terry has over 40 years of professional experience in landscape architecture and community development. He has written open space and river corridor plans for the Towns of Yarmouth, Brunswick, and Falmouth, including the Royal River Master Plan for Yarmouth. He is a statewide leader on topics including park design, trail design,  interpretive planning, and public art.

His involvement on the Royal River goes back to the 1970’s, when he designed the Royal River Park in Yarmouth on the site of the old Forest City Paper mill. Terry recently was named a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects (the first in the state), and receive the Excellence Award from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.

He lives next to Pisgah Hill Preserve in New Gloucester with his wife Nancy Wines-DeWan.

Christine Force –  Director 

 

Christine is a Maine native with an endless passion for exploring Maine’s outdoors and has sailed, fished, canoed, kayaked, and hiked throughout the state. She recently joined Greater Portland Landmarks as Development Director after several years at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick. Christine has an extensive history of community support in development and non-profit management that includes managing development at Good Shepherd Food Bank where her team led the creation of purchase partnerships with 20 Maine farms. Christine has served on the boards of the Maine Commission for Community Service, Maine Association of Nonprofits, Center for Grieving Children, and Maine’s Becoming an Outdoor Woman. Christine has a BA degree in English/Philosophy from the University of Southern Maine. She lives in Yarmouth with her partner Tom Cox and their dog, Cara.

Rob Greenleaf — Director

 

Rob is an attorney working for the National State Attorneys General Program and its successor organization, StateAG.org. He grew up on Littlejohn Island in Yarmouth, and now lives in Freeport with his wife Rebecca and their two children.

Bob Humphrey — Director

 

Bob is a certified wildlife biologist, former refuge manager, Registered Maine Guide, and a freelance outdoor writer and photographer for publications including Outdoor Life, Sports Afield, Vermont Outdoors, Northwoods Sporting Journal, Birder’s World, Grouse Point Almanac, Wildfowl, Bowhunter, Bowhunting, Bow & Arrow Hunting, North American Whitetail, American Hunter, North American Hunter, Turkey Call, Turkey Country and others. Field Editor: Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Buckmasters. Formerly a board member of the Pownal Land Trust, Bob lives on Poland Range Road in Pownal.

David Kitchen — Director

David has been a real estate agent, based in Yarmouth, since 1983. He currently serves as a Trustee of Merrill Memorial Library and is active with Yarmouth Rotary where he once served as President.  With an education in law and a land conservation passion including summers on his island on a lake in New Hampshire, he lives in Yarmouth with his partner of many years Diane Jenkins.   

Emily Sneath Jones – Vice President 

 

Emily holds degrees from Williams and Harvard and currently serves as Secretary and Trustee of Merrill Memorial Library. She has worked as an educator in Santiago, Boston, and Yarmouth, and also as a business owner, consultant, and ski instructor.

Emily and her husband Spencer live on the Royal River estuary in Yarmouth where they raised four sons. Her love of the outdoors began at a family home abutting vast conserved forestland in Vermont, and continues today as a runner on the West Side Trail and at Bradbury Mountain.

   
Steckler-David David Steckler – Director

 

David is a financial adviser, and was previously a professional forester in western Africa, Washington State, and southeast Alaska.

He has designed and run Inn to Inn Bike Tours for over 20 years, and taught Nordic skiing at touring centers in New Hampshire and Maine and coached at Freeport High School. He lives in Pownal with his wife, Marcia Bowen.

Beth Sturtevant – Director

 

Beth is a Maine native, born and raised in Milo on a 100 acre family farm.

She is a civil engineer, and former principal owner of CCB Construction Services, Inc., based in Westbrook. Beth’s civic commitments include serving as past Chair of the Town of Yarmouth’s Parks & Lands Committee, as Board Treasurer of AGC Maine, and more.

She has lived in Yarmouth since 2009 and previously North Yarmouth since 1995 with her wife, Tania Jo Sturtevant. Beth championed the campaign to create Yarmouth’s new Riverfront Woods Preserve.

Rob Wood –Director

 

Rob and his wife Gay Peterson built their house in North Yarmouth in 1980. He is retired after a career as a teacher, GED Administrator, and director of Portland Adult Education. A past member of the North Yarmouth Select Board (2007-2013), Rob has also served on various town committees including Budget, Recycling, Communications, and Foreclosure. Rob is a long-time member of RRCT and an avid paddler.

 

 Steve McPike — Treasurer

Steve McPike is a native Mainer who grew up on a 200-acre farm and woodlands on the Canadian border in Washington County. While spending his college years at UConn in Connecticut he began to see the value of open space and the dangers of not protecting it. Recently retired, Steve had a dual career in pharmacy and data technology. He served as directory of pharmacy for Maine and New Hampshire at Blue Cross and Blue Shield. His technology career included health data warehousing for Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield and creating a business intelligence department for InterMed in Portland. Steve has served in a variety of volunteer roles including a Gray Library Trustee, Gray Community Endowment Trustee, a Big Brother, and technology project contributor for Portland Trails and Maine Historical Society. His trail work includes founding the Libby Hill Trail system in Gray in 1999 and serving multiple roles for the Friends of Libby Hill. Steve lives in Gray with his wife Doreen and enjoys studying nature, hiking, kayaking, Maine history and gardening.