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
Greg lives on Wessurunsett Lake in Madison and served 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 Elk’s, 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 lives in Skowhegan and is currently employed as a paralegal at the law firm of Mills, Shay, Lexier & Talbot, P.A. She graduated from Skowhegan Area High School and attended the University of Maine at Augusta studying public administration/political science. She is a charter member and Past President of NALS of Central Maine, an association of legal professionals, and is a Past President of NALS of Maine.
She is very active in community affairs. She 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.
Since 1975, she has been a member of GFWC/Semper Fidelis Club, a volunteer women’s organization, and currently serves as its Secretary/Treasurer. She is a Past President of this club and also a Past President of GFWC Maine. Since 1994, she has served on the GFWC New England Region Board of Directors.
Davida current serves on the Board of Directors of the Margaret Chase Smith Foundation and is a corporator for Skowhegan Savings Bank. Davida has been a board member of Somerset Woods Trustees since 1994 and currently serves as its Secretary.
She is married with two daughters and four grandchildren. She enjoys reading, skiing, golfing and camping.
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.
Kevin is a science teacher at Skowhegan Area High School and a naturalist. He grew up an avid outdoorsman exploring the tidepools and salt marshes of Long Island Sound. His love of nature led him to pursue a bachelor's degree of Zoology from the University of Maine and a teaching degree from Husson University. He quickly fell for the wonders of Maine’s mountains, its untamed wilderness, and its extremely warm people. When he is not at school, on a mountain, or in the woods, chances are he is exploring another country and SCUBA diving. Kevin’s focus revolves around the following Jacques Cousteau quote, “People protect what they love, love what they understand, and understand what they are taught.” By educating others about the outdoors, we begin to pave a path that ensures a healthy planet for the generations to come. Kevin is excited to be managing and protecting land for the public to fall in love with, just like he did.
Warren Shay was born in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1949. His family moved to Orono, Maine in 1950, where his father taught at the University and Warren lived there until 1960.
In Orono, he lived on the edge of a large forest and he and his brothers and friends spent most of their time out in the woods making and using wood rafts on small ponds about the size of the vernal pool up in Coburn Woods. They also caught snakes and frogs and built treehouses and wrecked other kids' treehouses. A delightful time.
Warren's family moved to Scarsdale, N.Y. in 1960 where there were no woods, ponds, frogs, snakes or treehouses.
Warren went to UMO. He met Jeanne Fortin who had a really hot, red convertible. They both graduated in 1971 and got married that summer. Warren went to Boston University Law School where Jeanne supported him and kept him sane.
In 1974 they moved to Skowhegan where Warren was fortunate to be hired by Perkins and Townsend and actually had an income to help Jeanne pay some bills. Their children are Anthony and Laura.
He was elected to the Skowhegan Board of Selectmen in 1982, became Chairman and continued as Selectman until 1994. He has been a Skowhegan Rotarian since 1975. He has been on the Skowhegan Library board since about 1992 and a director of Lake George Park since it was formed in 1994.
He was a Director at Skowhegan Savings Bank for 19 years and was on the local Draft Board for 20 years. The highlight of the Draft Board was to have a helicopter ride up and down the Penobscot River. He was on the Maine State Bar Association Board of Governors for four years.
He has been a board member at Somerset Woods Trustees since 2013. The best part of that is being able to go out in the woods all over Somerset County with people who actually know what they are looking at.
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.