Officers and Trustees

Jack Gibson, President, DVM

Jack lives in Norridgewock and is a veterinarian and former owner with his wife Gail of the Animal Medical Clinic in Skowhegan.  He has been a board member since 1994. He is current secretary and past president of Somerset 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.

Ernest W. Hilton, Esq., P.E. Vice - President

Ernie lives on a family farm in Starks where he and his wife have raised a variety of livestock, and harvested hay and timber. This is balanced with his professional life as a practicing attorney and professional engineer nearby in Madison. When younger he worked on the pulp drives, and as a coal miner.  More recently he served for nine years on and was Chair of the Maine Board of Environmental Protection.  He was a founding member of the Central Pennsylvania Conservancy in Harrisburg, and has been involved in a number of local historical societies, conservancy issues and local town government.  He has been a Trustee of the SWT since 2007.

Greg Dore, Treasurer

Greg lives on Wesserunsett lake in Madison and is currently employed as the Town of Skowhegan Road Commissioner for over 16 years. He is currently president of the Maine Better Transportation Association, past president of the Maine Chapter of the American Public Works, past Chairman of the House of Delegates in the American Public Works Association, Past Exalted Ruler Skowhegan Madison Elks, Board of Directors Skowhegan Rotary Club, Honorary Director Maine Bicycle Coalition, Board of Directors Maine Local Road Advisory Committee, Chairman of the Run of River Committee. 

Davida Barter, Secretary/Clerk
Davida Barter lives in Skowhegan and is currently employed as a paralegal at the law firm of Wright & Mills in Skowhegan, Maine. She is very active in community affairs, being a member of GFWC/Semper Fidelis Club and past president of the Skowhegan Chamber of Commerce. She previously held the elected position of Chairman of the Board of Selectmen for the Town of Skowhegan. She is currently the Secretary/Treasurer of Coburn Park Commission. She has been a Trustee since 1994.

Kate Drummond

Kate Drummond is currently a science teacher at Skowhegan Area High School, where for the last ten 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, Maine. In 2011, she earned a masters 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 five through twenty-five, 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 in Maine.

Chris Young

Chris Young is a retired history teacher and former town official, having served for twenty-two years in various capacities for the Town of Caratunk, sixteen of those as first selectman. He has also been a small business owner at Pleasant Pond where together with wife Becky they operated Pleasant Pond Campground for many years.He manages his own wood lot and has enjoyed numerous outdoor activities over the years, particularly extended winter camping and skiing trips. Chris continues to work as a building contractor and camp caretaker.

Robert Haynes

Robert Haynes is the Coordinator of the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway, Inc. He is a board member of the Maine Wilderness Watershed Trust and a licensed, consulting forester. He has restored and lives with his wife, Donna, in a beautiful Victorian in Skowhegan.

Eric Lahti 

Eric Lahti is a retired history and anthropology teacher, having taught at Carrabec High School for 28 years. He is a Master Maine Guide and works seasonally for the Maine Historical Preservation Commission as an archaeologist. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, canoeing and collecting antique maps.

Warren Shay, Esq.

Warren C. Shay graduated from Boston University School of Law in 1974 and has practiced law with the firm in Skowhegan since September of 1974. He was a Selectman in Skowhegan from 1982 to 1994 and served as Chairman of the Board from 1984 to 1994. He served on the Draft Board of the Selective Service System from 1982 to 2007. Mr. Shay currently serves on the Skowhegan Board of Assessment Review. Mr. Shay is a Director of Skowhegan Savings Bank and Lake George Regional Park and is a Trustee of Bloomfield Academy, which owns and operates the Skowhegan Free Public Library. Mr. Shay is the County Attorney for Somerset County and represents Kennebec County. He is on the Board of Governors of the Maine State Bar Association representing Somerset and Piscataquis Counties.

Ann Dorney, MD

Ann Dorney, MD is a family practice physician at Skowhegan Family Medicine in Skowhegan.  A former state representative, she lives in Norridgewock with her husband, David Axelman.  Ann has led many of SWT's  vernal pool and bird walks and is an avid outdoors person, enjoying bird watching, canoeing and camping .

Tom Hendricks

  Tom Hendricks lives in Cornville with his wife Donna. Born in Cleveland, Ohio raised in Richfield, Minnesota finished High School, Vocational Agriculture in Port Jefferson, New York, received an Associate’s Degree in Forestry at Unity College.  Worked as Park Ranger at Cobscook Bay State Park, then in surveying and for Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream, and retired from SD Warren – Sappi Paper Mill, wood yard. We have been fortunate to have friends that showed and taught us how to jump into a car, with Delorme’s Maine Atlas, on a week end and visit a lot of the beautiful and uniquely different places in Maine. 

Patricia Hager

Patty Hager is a retired school teacher and administrator who spent her career in California and Massachusetts, most recently as Academic Dean at Concord Academy. Since her parents retired in Skowhegan in 1981, Patty and her family have oriented their lives in rural Maine. She and her husband Brad enjoy a cabin on the Kennebec River in Norridgewock and a home on the Sandy River in Mercer. Until she can convince Brad to retire, they commute between Somerville, Massachusetts and Mercer.  Patty has canoed extensively in Maine and in Canada, and also enjoys fishing, hiking and cross-country skiing.  She has served on various school boards and is currently vice president of the board of the Natural Resources Council of Maine.

Honorary Trustees

Donald Eames

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.


Kirby Hight: Kirby joined his family business at Hight Chevrolet in 1938 after graduating from Bowdoin College. He continues to be an active part of the businesses along with his sons. He has been a supporter of many causes in and around the Skowhegan area over many years. He has been a director since the 1950's. He lives on Dyer Street in Skowhegan.

 Roger Poulin

Roger Poulin, with his wife Deborah, is owner of the Towne Motel. He is retired from a 45-year career in international economic development having worked mostly in Africa and South Asia. Roger has been active in tourism and community affairs since moving back to Skowhegan in 1978, serving on numerous boards, including the Skowhegan Economic Development Corporation, Redington Fairview General Hospital, Kennebec Valley Tourism Council, and Main Street Skowhegan. He has been a SWT trustee since 1994, and served as president from 1998 to 2006.