John grew up in southern California through his school years and first arrived in Maine after enlisting in the U.S. Coast Guard. His 22-year career included assignments in northern and southern California, Key West, Boston, and ultimately brought him back to Maine to serve aboard an icebreaking tug and a buoy tender, both based in Rockland. His shipboard experience in Maine exposed him to the natural beauty of the Maine coast throughout Penobscot Bay and along the Kennebec, Penobscot, and St. George Rivers.
Over the last decade, John became involved with community groups developing volunteers to care for local trails, fostering a passion and deep appreciation for all of the community benefits that trails provide. This work resulted in establishing thoughtfully constructed and cared for trails for all users to enjoy. He also volunteers his time supporting a local summer youth mountain biking program, helping kids unplug and connect with each other in “nature’s social network.” By encouraging outdoor exploration and connecting more people to the outdoors, he believes it will cultivate strong values in conservation, while working to support economic, physical, and social health throughout local communities.
John joined the Land Trust in 2017 and feels most at home when he is outdoors. He spends a great portion of his time hiking, skiing, snow shoeing, and mountain biking.