Staff and Board and Contact Info

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RRCT Staff

Alan Stearns – Executive Director


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


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

Phone: (207) 847-9399
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 and his wife Stacey enjoy spending time with their four adult children and working on their small farm in New Gloucester — Wintergreen Farm –where they raise honey bees and chickens and pursue other self-sustaining organic farming.

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 17-year resident of Yarmouth, 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 –  Executive Committee and Chair, Development & Communications


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, 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 and Chair, Program Committee


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.

Smith-Daniel Daniel Smith – Director


Daniel 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, Daniel moved to North Yarmouth with his wife Kristen Roos in 2013.

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

Daniel 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.

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 – Treasurer


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 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. Beth championed the campaign to create Yarmouth’s new Riverfront Woods Preserve.

Rob Wood –Director and Chair, Land Acquisition Committee


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.