Staff and Board and Contact Info

RRCT Staff

Alan Stearns – Executive DirectorContact information
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. He previously served on the boards of Maine Historical Society, Maine Island Trail Association, Northern Forest Canoe Trail, and other organizations and campaigns.  Alan holds degrees from the University of Maine School of Law, the University of Maine, and Brown University. He lives in Hallowell with his husband Austin Brown.
The Trust for Public Land, Knights Pond, Cumberland Center, Maine Kyle S. Warren-Stewardship & Outreach Director

Contact 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

Fauver-Fred Fred Fauver – President

Fred 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.

Verrill-Jeff Jeff Verrill – Executive Committee

Jeff 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.

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 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.

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 South 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.

Smith-Daniel Daniel Smith – Director

Dan 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.

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 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.

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.