Staff and Board


RRCT Staff

Alan Stearns – Executive Director

Contact information
Phone: (207) 847-9399
Cell: (207)215-8315
Mail: P.O. Box 90, Yarmouth, ME 04096
Office: 325 Main Street, Yarmouth

Alan Stearns has served as Executive Director of the Royal River Conservation Trust since November 2011. Alan grew up in eastern Maine. He served as Deputy Director of the Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands from 2007 to 2011. Alan currently serves on the board of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile paddling trail from the Adirondacks to the Allagash. He previously served on the boards of the Maine Historical Society, the Maine Island Trail Association, and other organizations and campaigns.

Alan holds degrees from the University of Maine School of Law, the University of Maine, and Brown University.

Kyle S. Warren – Stewardship & Outreach Director

The Trust for Public Land, Knights Pond, Cumberland Center, MaineContact information
Phone: (207)632-6112
Mail: P.O. Box 90, Yarmouth, ME 04096
Office: 325 Main Street, Yarmouth

A Registered Maine Master Guide with a geology degree from St. Lawrence University, Kyle grew up on Moooselookmeguntic Lake in the western mountains of Maine. He brings a passion for wise and sustainable land use choices to the Royal River watershed. Preserving and improving local opportunities to fly-fish, hunt with his upland bird dogs, and ski-tour motivates this passion.

Working for RRCT since early 2010, he has worked with many groups to educate and improve the functions of our local wild spaces. He has been active in land use and environmental regulation since 2004.

Carrie Ridgway — Development Coordinator

Contact information
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.  A resident of Chebeague Island, she grew up in Peterborough, New Hampshire.  She holds degrees from Lewis & Clark College and the University of Southern Maine.

RRCT Board

Fred Fauver – President

Fauver-FredFred holds a BA in biology with an emphasis in botany and ecology, and an MFA in Design for Theater. He has worked as a land surveyor, carpenter and timber framer, high school and college teacher, and in outdoor/experiential education.

He is co-owner and member of the board of Camp Pemigewassett, a boys’ camp in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Fred served as selectman of the Town of Pownal from 2008 to 2014. He lives on Chandler Brook in Pownal with his wife Sharon Townshend.





Jeff Verrill – Executive Committee and Chair, Development Committee

Verrill-JeffJeff currently serves the Coastal Conservation Association of Maine as Board Vice President.

He is an owner and Executive VP of Salt Associates – a national insurance services consulting firm with offices in Yarmouth. He is an avid bird hunter and fly fisherman.

He lives in Yarmouth with his wife Anne.





John Boland – Chair, Land Acquisition & Stewardship Committee

Boland-JohnJohn retired from a 36 year career at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife both as a biologist and as a member of senior management.

His career passion is the development of public access to Maine water. John has represented the State of Maine in the Atlantic Flyway Council Joint Venture.

He lives in New Gloucester with his wife Sandy.





Tammy Janson – Director & Chair,  Communications Committee

Tammy Janson serves a member of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Communications Committee.

As a three-time graduate of the University of New England, as well as a graduate of Western Governors University, Tammy obtained a wide range of education and experience in the corporate world. She found her passion for teaching and for over fifteen years was an educator in several school districts in the State of Maine. She has been recognized for a number of aspects concerning her work from integration of technology to leadership, and for her ability to encourage community involvement for many projects. Providing a life-saving well in southern Africa through community and student involvement is one example of such a project.

Tammy grew up in Georgetown, Maine. As an outdoor enthusiast, some of her passions are hiking, biking and kayaking. She is the proud mother of two adult children and now lives in Yarmouth with her husband Dan.



Bill Dunn – Secretary

Bill DunnBill 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 17 year resident of Yarmouth, and a passionate outdoorsman.





Ed Gervais – Director

Gervais-EdEd 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.





Steve Barr – Director

Barr-SteveSteve 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.





Terry DeWan – Director

DeWan-TerryTerry 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 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick as Development Director in 2016.  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. Christine lives in Yarmouth with her partner Tom Cox and their dog, Cara.




Sara Nelson – Director

Nelson-SaraSara is an emergency medicine physician at Maine Medical Center. She received her bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and her medical degree from Harvard Medical School.

After completing her training in Boston, Sara moved to Maine in 2009. In addition to her clinical work, Sara teaches residents at MMC and medical students at Tufts Medical School. She is Vice-President of Global Emergency Care Collaborative, a non-profit organization working in East Africa to expand access to emergency care.

Sara also teaches wilderness medicine courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) Wilderness Medicine Institute. Sara lives on Littlejohn Island in Yarmouth. One of her favorite activities is running in the Littlejohn Island Preserve and along Yarmouth’s West Side Trail. Sara is a proud New Englander and she is passionate about the environment and about being outside.

In the warm months you will find Sara trail running, cycling, hiking or paddling around Littlejohn Island on her stand-up paddle board. In the cold months, she loves exploring the woods on her skis or joining a game of pond hockey.

Sara moved to Littlejohn Island in the summer of 2014.

Daniel Smith – Director

Smith-DanielDan did his undergraduate work at Cornell and his graduate work at Harvard in molecular biology. He then spent nine years living his passions as a kayak guide, web designer, and manager at Charles River Canoe & Kayak and as a cross-country ski instructor at Weston Ski Track in the Boston area.

After dozens of long drives to Maine to paddle along the coast, Dan moved to North Yarmouth with his wife Kristen Roos in 2013.

Dan is active in the Maine Island Trail Association and serves on its Trail Committee.

He is currently coaching the Freeport High Nordic Ski Team and developing customized point-of-sale software for kayak outfitters. He enjoys sea kayaking, canoeing, trail running, hiking, and cross-country and telemark skiing.



David Steckler – Chair, Community Outreach Committee

Steckler-DavidDavid is a financial advisor, 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 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 past Board President of Women Unlimited, 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.