Get to know our Board of Directors by clicking on their names below to reveal their biography.
Bruce Sigsbee, Board President
Bruce Sigsbee lives on 100 acres at the intersection of Hope, Union and Appleton with his wife Jane. In August 2012, they granted a conservation easement to the Land Trust to allow their property to remain as wildlife habitat and farmland forever. The Sigsbees bought the land because of their long-term connection to open spaces on Cape Cod. Their land is home to bald eagles, deer, and wood frogs, and supports 16 acres of productive blueberry barrens.
John Hufnagel, Vice President
John Hufnagel purchased his first boat when he was 11 to use in Penobscot Bay, and dreamed of moving to Maine to live full time. He spent his free time and vacations at his family’s cottage in Owls Head, cultivating an early interest in land conservation from being outdoors from morning to night every day and from having grown his own fruits, vegetables, and flowers and selling them to neighbors. John practiced law for over forty years in Westchester County, New York. His particular expertise and interests are in real estate and trusts and estates. John was able to spearhead a fundraising operation for concerned citizens in Owls Head so that Ash Island, a wild and precious island just off the coast, could be purchased and retained as a wildlife habitat for coastal flora and fauna that is accessible to the public. Being here in Maine at last brings the opportunity for him to connect all of his passions in one place.
Jim Jenkins, Treasurer
Jim Jenkins is a retired financial adviser. He graduated from the University of Maine – Orono with a BA in Economics and he holds an MBA from the College of William and Mary. After college, Jim served six years as an Army officer and is a Vietnam veteran. He and his wife Anne have lived in Owls Head for 42 years. Both have been active on numerous nonprofit boards and they consider themselves blessed to be living on the mid-coast of Maine close to their five grandchildren. Jim enjoys gardening, fishing, bird hunting, skiing, and just being outdoors.
Jeanne Klainer, Secretary
Jeanne Klainer and her family visited Maine from Minnesota when she was a child, not to the coast but to beautiful Sebec Lake in Piscataquis County, where, she grew to love the deep, clear, cold waters, and the mountains and endless trails. As a teenager, she decided that she wanted to live year-round in Maine, and moved here as soon as she could to attend Colby College. Jeannie and her husband left Maine for over 20 years, what they call their “years of exile”, where she earned an MBA and her husband became a physician. Together they operated an Emergency Department at a regional hospital for more than 15 years. They now live in Owls Head and manage the local Knox County Health Clinic. Living on the mid coast Jeannie quickly discovered the extensive system of trails that have been developed and maintained by the Land Trust. She loves being able to trek from mountain to mountain in all seasons, and wants these resources to be around for generations to come. “It’s time for me to give back to the Land Trust for all the joy it has given me,” says Jeannie.
Mary Bumiller was 23 years old when she first experienced Maine. She is a native of the Jersey Shore who split her summer days either riding ocean waves or exploring the mountains of southern Vermont. These early connections to ocean and earth captured Mary, and living on the coast of Maine is the perfect combination of land and sea. Mary is the branch manager for Bangor Savings Bank in Rockland and actively volunteers in the community. She spends her free time hiking, skiing Sugarloaf, cooking and practicing yoga. “Conserving our natural surroundings and providing more opportunities for people to experience this amazing ecosystem is simply… good for our community’s well-being.”
Alvin Chase is a St. George native now living in Warren, and is a well respected community member and businessman. Alvin’s grandfather established Eastern Tire and Auto Service 60 years ago and the briefest conversation with Alvin reveals his pride in Eastern Tire’s outstanding reputation for quality and integrity as well as its commitment to the community. Alvin served on the Board of the Georges River Land Trust from 2006 – 2015 and after spending a term-limited gap year, stands for re-election to the Board. He is the current co-chairman of the Langlais Leadership Team, a project which he is passionate about. He also currently serves on the Land Trust’s Lands Committee. If he finds any free time, Alvin can be found hunting or fishing in the watershed or riding horseback, but never at the same time.
Peter Duffey grew up in southern California, and earned a degree in business from UC Berkeley. On graduating, he entered the Navy officer’s candidate school, served in Vietnam, and returned to San Diego for a Masters Degree in Business Management. Peter and his wife Caroline’s love of travel took them to New Zealand, Vancouver, Canada, and eventually to Cambridge, MA. They have been on the east coast for 22 years, with Peter working at various software companies. The family bought a house on Seven Tree Pond in Union a while back, coming up on weekends and summer vacations. They retired recently, and now live in Union year round. Peter enjoys swimming, kayaking, and fishing. Peter often says, “It is nearly impossible to live on the Georges River and not feel the urge to help preserve the river and surrounding watershed.”
Bill Long is the co-owner of Long Landscaping with his wife Beth, and they have been in this business for the past 35 years. In 1987, they moved to Maine and have been in Owls Head for the past 18 years. He graduated from Stockbridge School of Agriculture in 1975 with background in landscape operations. He and Beth have already been great supporters to the Land Trust offering their landscaping services pro-bono on the Langlais Preserve. Bill has served on the Merry Spring board of directors and is excited to use his experience to support the land trust and looks forward to learning about our work protecting valuable landscapes in our watershed.
Margaret Macleod is a Maine native who grew up on five wooded acres in Yarmouth on the shore of Casco Bay. Exploring tide pools, following deer paths, and “saving” small wild animals like mice, frogs, caterpillars and voles in a shoebox (until wiser parents ushered them back outside) were early pursuits in becoming an avid steward for the environment. Margaret staffed Maine Audubon’s Field Trip Coordinator position for seven years, which opened her eyes to the even subtler nuances of our natural world, the need to fight for its preservation, and the financial challenges of making a difference. After settling in Maine’s midcoast, Margaret joined the fundraising side of nonprofits and has held positions locally at Ashwood Waldorf School and The Apprenticeshop. She is excited to channel her passion for the environment into lasting land and habitat conservation while serving the Land Trust. She currently lives with her daughter on a third of an acre in West Rockport, abutting a sweet rivulet running from Ragged Mountain to Rocky Pond, where she’s seen snapping turtles, bull frogs, trout, great blue herons and other riparian wildlife.
David Theriault is a dentist practicing in Rockland since 1990. A member of the Rockland Rotary Club for the past 25 years, Dave is a past president of the club. He is a graduate of Maine Maritime Academy and served in the U.S. Merchant Marine as an engineering officer for 3 1/2 years. Dave then went on to work at Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation in Boston as a mechanical Engineer before graduating from Boston University Dental School. He has practiced in the Department of Oral Surgery at Boston City Hospital, Harvard Community Health Center in Boston and taught at Harvard Dental School. David lives in Rockport Maine with his wife Suzan. They have two adult children and three grandchildren.
David Williams is the founder of Williams CPA Group, LLC. David grew up in Camden and spent much of his youth traipsing through the woods and canoeing the rivers of Knox and Waldo Counties. He holds a B. A. in economics from Hamilton College and spent time in the banking and boatbuilding industries before settling on his accounting profession. David has served on conservation boards such as Friends of Casco Bay, Coastal Conservation Association, and Coastal Mountains Land Trust. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Pen Bay Healthcare and its related subsidiaries.
Ken Wexler, lives in Owls Head with his wife Barbara and lots of visiting grandchildren. He has been active for a number of years with both the Town of Owls Head and the Knox County Commissioners’ working on environmental issues at the airport. He is Chairman of the Town’s Airport Advisory Committee. Ken’s background is commercial construction in the greater Boston area. He has been involved with community non-profits in Boston for many years.
We welcome diverse, committed citizens to our Board. Board service is a great way to give back to your community and help protect our beautiful watershed. If you are interested, please contact Pamela Dewell, Executive Director, at (207) 594-5166.