Staff

Pamela Dewell, Executive Director

Pam DewellA New Englander for most of her life, Pam acknowledges that perhaps she is an adventurer first. Becoming the Executive Director for the Georges River Land Trust allowed Pam to make her way back to Maine, a place she has treasured since her first summer vacation as child. As a young adult, Bernard Langlais’s “Horse” was the landmark signifying the final approach to wonderful summers ashore, though Pam recalls spending more time exploring the Maine coast by sea. Pam spent many summers sailing, some of that time as the Executive Director of the American Sail Training Association. In addition to the Atlantic coast, Pam has sailed into and through the Great Lakes, and in the Grenadines. In 1989, she was part of a citizen’s diplomacy project and sailed trans-Atlantic to the Soviet Union aboard a 156-foot gaff rigged schooner with a joint Soviet and American crew.

After spending almost two decades working with tall ships and marine education, and serving as caretaker of Horse Island in the Thimbles, Wyoming’s wide-open spaces beckoned and Pam moved to the Cowboy State to live on a horse ranch that owned a thousand head. Although Pam had horses her entire life, moving hundreds of loose horses at once was an experience she will treasure forever. The following seven years were spent working cattle ranches in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains, which inspired her to work in land conservation. After 13 years, Pam decided it was time to come home to New England and was thrilled to find the opportunity to continue her conservation career in her favorite part of Maine, close to many old friends and in the same time zone as her grown daughter who fondly remembers gathering blueberries in Cushing as a child.

 

Roberta Baumann, Administrative Assistant

Roberta BaumannRoberta’s life travels began in North Dakota and then to the eastern shore of Maryland where her family has a farm that grows food crops. Loving the outdoors and especially being on the water, she spent summers in sailing camp and also competitively raced historic log canoes on the Chesapeake Bay.

After graduating from Washington College, she studied at the Goethe Institute in Munich for a year before returning to Maryland where she taught social studies and art for thirteen years. Roberta has been photographing since she was ten; her father gave her an enlarger to help develop her photographic passion. Her fine art photography continues to be inspired by the beauty in nature, and in 2008 she started a professional photography business. For the last three years, during the active vacation season, she has been the gallery Director at Landing Gallery in Rockland.

Roberta first came to Maine eighteen years ago with her young family. The natural beauty of the landscape and wealth of outdoor activities spoke to her heart and artistic sense. Her three sons felt the same way and they spent their days photographing, hiking, sailing, canoeing, swimming, exploring tide pools, gardening, bird watching and everything outdoors. “My home is in the Georges River watershed region on the Weskeag River. My land abuts an Audubon preserve which was a major factor in choosing the property years ago. The wildlife supplies me with countless hours of pleasure as does working in my garden.”

 

Annette Naegel, Conservation Program Manager

Photo of Annette NaegelAnnette has always enjoyed being around water. She grew up in southern Connecticut with a stream running through her backyard, where she spent many hours exploring and learning about the beauty and diversity of nature. She was hooked. In Connecticut’s coastal town of New London, she attended Connecticut College to earn a degree in developing economics but also studied with William Niering, a well-known botanist and wetland ecologist. Fortunate to have such an inspirational mentor, Annette recognized she would ultimately be led to work in the environmental field. After spending some time to work with youth, at an apple orchard and in campaigns to end world hunger, she entered the Yale School of Forestry to earn a degree in Environmental Studies.

The next stop along her watery path was the coast of Maine where she took a summer position at the Island Institute preparing natural resource inventories for island owners, which also included herding flocks of sheep, developing trails and managing timber harvests. Annette eventually led their Science and Stewardship Program for the next 12 years, spending much of her time out on the water, working with island communities and landowners to manage their natural resources. In 2001, the Georges River Land Trust created its first program position in land protection. For six years Annette managed the land conservation projects as well as the stewardship efforts of this growing organization. On a part time basis she also worked as an organic gardener. She now works full time as the Conservation Project Manager. Annette loves to swim, hike, ski and generally be outdoors. She lives in Rockland and enjoys tending her own vegetable and perennial gardens.

 

Taylor Stenger, Trails Manager

Photo of Taylor Stenger Growing up within the Georges River Watershed, Taylor enjoyed the outdoors from an early age with his family in St. George and through the local Trekkers youth program. In 2003, Taylor volunteered for the US Army after attending Georges Valley High School. He served for over 6 years as an Unmanned Aerial Systems operator/instructor and was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. Whether it was camping amongst Georgia Pines, hiking in Red Rock country in the southwest, or hunting behind his parent’s house in St. George, he has always enjoyed spending time outdoors. After the military Taylor went on to attend University of Southern Maine, graduating in 2015 with a degree in psychology and a minor in recreational leadership.

He and his lovely wife have happily settled back in their home of Knox County. Outside of work they enjoy DIY landscaping, traveling the world, volunteering, house projects, spending time with family and the occasional campy B movie. Taylor is looking forward to working with the community to continue conservation and access to many amazing areas so close to home.

 

Brent West, Stewardship Project Manager

Brent West Brent, a native Mainer, grew up in the western mountains near Sugarloaf. Growing up exploring this area led to his love of wild places. Following this passion, Brent earned his undergraduate degree in Wildlife Ecology at the University of Maine.

Soon after graduation, he worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for five years conducting wildlife surveys of migratory birds across North America. This included banding waterfowl on marshes in the Northwest Territories and conducting surveys across the northern prairies.

Through his experience working on wildlife surveys, the need for a methodology to accurately estimate the populations of the American Woodcock became abundantly clear. Through a collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wife Service and the University of Maryland, Brent earned his Master’s degree in Ecosystems Health and Natural Resource Management while developing the first-ever population estimate of American Woodcock.

Brent is an avid outdoorsman who looks forward to focusing his attention on conserving the wildness of his home state. He spends all of his free time in wild places: foraging for mushrooms or wetting a line – nature is a part of who he is. He also enjoys making maple syrup, raising backyard poultry and pigs and has a huge vegetable garden. Sometimes he even manages to ski or hike.

 

 Megan L. Williams, Development Officer
Megan Williams

Megan was born and raised in the farm country of central Maine. Although the natural beauty of Maine was the setting of many happy memories and fun childhood adventures (including hiking the Appalachian Trail from Sugarloaf to Saddleback), Megan was excited to leave the state after high school. She attended Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she studied communications, advertising and design. After college, Megan continued to enjoy the splendor of the Hudson River Valley as she explored careers as varied as science textbook publishing, pharmaceutical sales and college admissions work. Megan felt the pull of her home state after a few years away, and began to yearn to return to Maine.

One step closer to her homecoming, Megan attended graduate school in Vermont at Bennington College where she studied education, painting and photography. In 2007, Megan happily moved back to her home state and landed in Rockland. She worked for five years at Pen Bay Healthcare, most recently as their Marketing & Communications Director, and has done work with local start-ups and nonprofits aiding in business development and community outreach. Megan now considers the Midcoast region her home and enjoys all our area has to offer – from art, to hiking, to sailing on the bay – oftentimes accompanied by her husband and two young children, making new memories and connecting them to the diverse landscape we are all so fortunate to be surrounded by.