Jack lives in Norridgewock and is a retired veterinarian and former owner with his wife Gail of the Animal Medical Clinic in Skowhegan. He is the current President of Somerset Woods Trustees and a board member since 1994. He is a member of Kennebec Valley Chapter Trout Unlimited, former board member of the Natural Resources Council of Maine and member of various other conservation organizations. He was an original board member of Lake George Regional Park and served as its president for 9 years.
Ernie is a practicing attorney and professional engineer with an office in Madison, living on an old family farm in Starks. He formerly worked on the log drives, later as an underground coal miner and mining engineer. He served for nine years on the Maine Board of Environmental Protection, was a founding member of the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy in Harrisburg, PA, and has been involved in a number of historical societies, elected and appointed town government, and been immersed in land conservation and conservancy issues for many years. He has been a Trustee of the SWT since 2007, currently serving as Vice President
Davida lives in Skowhegan and is currently employed as a paralegal at the law firm of Mills, Shay, Lexier & Talbot, P.A.
Davida served on the Skowhegan Board of Selectmen for 13 years and as chairman for four years. She has served on many of Skowhegan’s boards: Skowhegan Economic & Development Corporation, Ordinance Committee, Budget & Finance Committee, Recreation Advisory Board, and many others. She currently holds the elected position of Secretary/Treasurer of the Coburn Park Commission. From 2001 to 2009, she served on the Somerset County Budget Committee, and in 2009, she was elected to serve on the Somerset County Charter Commission.
Davida current serves on the Board of Directors of the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and is a corporator for Skowhegan Savings Bank.
Ann and husband Dave live in Norridgewock. Ann has been a family doctor in Skowhegan for almost 40 years, is a former State legislator, an avid birder and lover of the natural world.
Kate is a science teacher at Skowhegan Area High School, where for the last 10 years she has mainly taught chemistry. A graduate of Carrabec High School ('93) and Brandeis University ('97), she grew up in the shadow of Bigelow Mountain in the town of Highland Plantation. In 2011, she earned a master's degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of New England. The majority of her childhood was spent outside exploring by horseback, bicycle or foot. From the ages of 5 through 25, her summers were spent with family at a sporting camp on a remote lake in Maine. There she spent many hours swimming, canoeing and fly-fishing. Needless to say, her unique upbringing nurtured a passion for nature that has only intensified as an adult. She lives in Madison with Peter, her partner and fellow adventurer. Together, they enjoy hiking, birding, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Her recent experience as a Teacher-Ranger in Acadia National Park, and as a student in the Maine Master Naturalist Program have ignited a new fire to take a more active role in outdoor education and conservation.
Patty lives in Mercer with her husband Brad. After working in high schools in California and Massachusetts, she retired as Academic Dean at Concord Academy. She has served on a variety of educational boards, as well as on the board of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Her family has strong affinity for Maine's rivers, especially the Kennebec, and for Canadian waterways to the north. With deep admiration, Patty's dad often spoke of Louise Coburn's visionary founding of Somerset Woods Trustees; now the organization greatly inspires her.
B.A. History, UMO ‘65, M. Ed. History and Social Science UMO ‘73. Retired high school history teacher, retired Master Maine Guide, Seasonal Archaeologist with Maine Historic Preservation Commission. Avid map collector and canoe nut.
Sarah grew up in Bangor and attended the University of Maine. Though her roots are on the Penobscot, she enjoys exploring the Kennebec Valley since moving to Skowhegan. She spends lots of time outdoors with her husband Jeff, stepchildren Carly and Finn, and pup Aida; especially canoeing, cross country skiing, biking and hiking. They are looking forward to welcoming another adventurer to the family in the summer of 2021. Sarah is the Organizing Director at the Maine AFL-CIO.
Chris and wife Becky reside in Caratunk. A retired history and social sciences teacher, Chris also served for 22 years in various capacities for the Town of Caratunk, including as Code Enforcement Officer, Chairman of the Planning Board, First Selectman and Tax Assessor. Currently working as a building contractor and furniture maker, he continues to be an avid outdoor enthusiast who enjoys skiing, mountain biking, hiking and fishing.
William F. Reid, Jr., Ph.D.
Will lives in Skowhegan and is retired. He worked about 40 years for the Maine DOT, MDIF&W, and USFWS and as an independent environmental consultant. He served on the Skowhegan Planning Board before chairing the town Conservation Commission on which he served for 15 years. He was a SWT Trustee prior to being its executive director from 2005-2006 and its environmental consultant from 2007-2009. He has been a volunteer for the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program since 1982, for Maine Audubon since 1983, and for the Lake Wesserunsett Association since its reactivation in 1999. He is currently working on a project about Maine crayfish distribution with several others.