Jim Andrews is an attorney, Registered Maine Guide, writer, husband, dad and sixth-generation Mainer who lives in Farmington. He is a monthly columnist for the The Maine Sportsman where he focuses on muscle powered travel in the outdoors and specific applications to fishing and hunting in Maine. He also writes a blog (Self-Propelled Travels in Maine) for the Bangor Daily News. In the summer of 2012 Jim completed a month-long, self-propelled trip from Kittery to Fort Kent, which included a south to north hike through Baxter State Park.
Ellen Baum is the founder and President of the Climate and Health Research Network. For nearly two decades she was a senior scientist with the Clean Air Task Force. Prior to that, she worked in numerous capacities in government, profit-making and non-profit natural resource-focused companies and agencies in Maine. Ellen has served as Vice President of the Maine League of Conservation Voters, Chaired the Planning Board of the Town of Bowdoinham, and been involved with many other nonprofit organizations. She is a graduate of Antioch College and Yale University. Ellen is a member of a women’s ski group that makes annual winter visits to Baxter State Park and environs. She lives in Bowdoinham.
Henry Beeuwkes is a retired IT educational director and a long-time supporter of Baxter State Park. He grew up spending summers at his family’s camp on Togue Pond, a camp established in the 1920’s by his grandfather, Tom Clark. Tom inspired a love of the Katahdin wilderness and a respect for nature that has been passed down through five generations of his large family. He is currently active with Maine Handicapped Skiing and Friends of Baxter State Park. When he is not skiing, biking, hiking or kayaking in Maine, he enjoys foreign travel. His family includes his wife Peg, daughter Claire and son-in-law Oliver. Henry and Peg reside in Saco.
Since 1990, Jerry Bley has owned and operated Creative Conservation, LLC, a land use and environmental consulting business that works with landowners, non-profit organizations, and government agencies to create positive land use models in Maine and beyond. Jerry has played a principal role in a wide variety of public and private land conservation initiatives including many in Maine’s North Woods. Prior to establishing his business, Jerry worked for ten years at the Natural Resources Council of Maine where he directed the Council’s land use programs. Jerry has served on a variety of governmental boards and special commissions including the Northern Forest Lands Council, Land Acquisition Priorities Advisory Committee, Maine Board of Licensure for Professional Foresters, and Baxter Park’s Scientific Forestry Advisory Committee. He lives in Readfield and is an avid hiker, biker and cross-country skier.
Gary Friedmann is a lifelong outdoorsman, enjoying wilderness experiences in Maine and Alaska, where he worked as an exploration geologist. Since 1982 Gary has been working in the nonprofit sector, assisting conservation groups and other organizations with fundraising and development projects in every county in Maine. He has served on the staff of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and consulted with many local land trusts. Gary chaired the Bar Harbor Conservation Commission for nine years. He currently serves on the Bar Harbor Town Council and is on the board of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections. He has hiked, paddled, skied and bicycled throughout Maine, and spends much of his free time exploring Acadia National Park. Gary’s devotion to Baxter State Park began with a college camping trip in the fall of 1977. Family camping and canoe trips followed, then backpacking and climbing many of the peaks, including climbing Katahdin on every trail. Recently, Gary has enjoyed the newest addition to the Park, the area around Katahdin Lake. Gary lives in Bar Harbor with his wife, Glenon, where they raised their daughters and operate Bar Harbor Community Farm.
Alec Giffen is a Fellow with The Clean Air Task Force, focused on the role that forests can play to mitigate global warming. He is also the New England Forestry Foundation’s representative in Maine. As Maine Forest Service Director Alec served on the Baxter State Park Authority. He also served as Director of the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission, with the Natural Resource Planning Division of the Maine State Planning Office, and founded the consulting firm Land & Water Associates that resolved disputes over land management and facility licensing. He has a Master of Science in ecology and a Bachelor of Science in Forest Science. Alec is an avid outdoorsman, a licensed professional forester and a registered Maine guide. After years of stories of family trips to Baxter, Alec got to the Park in the early ‘60s on a family backpack from Katahdin Stream to South Branch and has continued trips to the Park since. In speeches he often cites Governor Baxter’s achievement in creating the Park and finds it particularly remarkable that Baxter included both wildlands and scientific forestry.
Jill Ippoliti is retired from the State of Maine after 22 years with the Legislative Office of Policy and Legal Analysis, primarily as staff to the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry. Jill has bachelor degrees in psychology and forestry and a Master’s degree in agricultural and resource economics. She grew up in Millinocket and now lives in Winthrop. Jill is a long-time member of Friends of Baxter State Park, has attended a number of Annual Meetings, Walks in the Park, and other events. Jill is a member of the Winthrop Conservation Commission and the Kennebec Land Trust.
Bob Johnston recently retired as a geologist with the Maine Geological Survey after more than years, first as a cartographer and then as a geologist. He is now working as a Ranger on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, stationed at Churchill Dam. Bob was involved in the production of the Maine Geological Survey publication on the geology of Baxter State Park. Bob gives interpretive geology talks in Maine State Parks and for the last two years has led the geology hike up Katahdin for FBSP’s Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program. Bob is a long-time swim coach and an active masters swimmer. He lives in Vassalboro with wife Mary Ellen.
Dick Klain is a past educator in various communities in Maine. He first visited Baxter State Park as part of his Junior Maine Guide training at Camp Buckskin in Franklin, ME. While at the Park he was “recruited” by a young ranger named Buzz to help put out a lightning-caused fire in the Park. After a fast ride in the back of a pick-up and a faster hike with an indian pump on his back, the fire was soon put out. The next day, he climbed to Baxter Peak. He has been hooked ever since. For many years, he made it a point to climb Mt. Katahdin at least once a year. He created a hiking program for kids and has hiked the Hundred Mile Wilderness several times as well as many other sections of the AT. After marriage and children, other areas of the Park were explored more fully. When his children come home, one of their favorite places to visit is Baxter State Park. Dick was a 25-year member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Conservation School at Bryant Pond, serving in a variety of capacities. He was also active in several professional organizations at the state, national and international level. He enjoys travel, photography, reading, hiking, and sailing. He and his wife of 36 years, Ellen, live in Falmouth.
Jim Mroch lives in Salisbury Cove, Maine. He was raised in the Midwest and holds a Bachelors degree from The University of Evansville and a MBA from the University of Florida. He served three years in the Army, including one year in South Korea. Following graduate school he worked as the COO and CEO for two hospitals in Indiana before moving to Bar Harbor where he was CEO of MDI hospital for 11 years. He then worked for 16 years accrediting healthcare facilities, visiting over 1,000 facilities around the United States. Jim is a Master Maine Guide, is active in the Hospice Volunteers of Hancock County and served for nine years on the MDI Search and Rescue team.
Josie Quintrell has a BA in Biology and a Master’s in environmental planning. Her work experience has focused on coastal and ocean issues, first with the Maine Coastal Program and now as the Director of the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS). She’s been involved in the Harpswell Land Trust, Conservation Commission and the Holbrook Community Foundation. While her professional life has focused on the coast, she is passionate about the Maine woods and preserving Governor Baxter’s legacy. She has lived in Cundy’s Harbor for over 30 years.
Jaime Renaud is a former Registered Nurse. Along with her husband, Paul, she now owns the Appalachian Trail Lodge & Cafe in Millinocket, a local business that supports hikers who come to the Katahdin region. Jaime is a former Board member of the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce and co-founder of the annual Trails End Festival. Jaime has also started a local hiking club of women who had no hiking experience and have now hiked trails in Baxter State Park and along the Appalachian Trail in the 100-Mile Wilderness. She has volunteered with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in the visitor center at Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia and as a trail maintainer. She enjoys reading, long walks in the woods and traveling with her husband.
Jym St. Pierre
Jym St. Pierre earned BA and MPS degrees at the University of Maine. He has held senior positions in Maine in the Department of Conservation, The Wilderness Society, and Sierra Club. Jym has been involved in many organizations and was founding director or chair of several, including Citizens to Protect the Allagash, Maine Conservation Voters, Maine Forest Biodiversity Project, Kennebec Land Trust, and Capital Area Camera Club. Since 1995, he has been Maine Director of RESTORE: The North Woods. A Maine native, Jym is a published author, an award-winning photographer, and a poet. He has visited Baxter Park since the 1960s, and is a founding member of Friends of Baxter State Park. He has served on the Board since 2009 and currently chairs the Policy Committee.
Karin Tilberg is the Deputy Director of Forest Society of Maine, overseeing and implementing FSM’s expanded presence in the Moosehead Lake region. She is working to connect communities to lands through forestland conservation. Karin has a BS in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont and a JD from the University of Maine School of Law. Karin brings with her a set of skills and expertise developed over three decades of law and policy work. During her tenure with the Northern Forest Alliance, she led efforts to bring local businesses, landowners, guides, and community leaders together around similar ideas of land conservation focused on sustaining working forests and large-scale private ownerships. She continued working to benefit forestland conservation during her tenure in state government as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and senior advisor in the Governor’s Office. Karin enjoys hiking, Nordic skiing, bicycling, fly-fishing and paddling in Maine’s North Woods.
Andy Walsh is a Biologist with the Maine Department of Transportation. He also worked with land trusts in Massachusetts and Maine as an Ecologist and Preserve Steward, and in the private sector as a wetlands consultant. Andy’s first visit to Baxter State Park came in 1978 while completing a six-month journey on the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. He and his wife, Becky, are avid hikers and have explored many of the trails in Baxter State Park. Andy currently serves on the local conservation commission, stewards a Kennebec Land Trust preserve, and maintains the Caribou Mountain Trail in the White Mountain National Forest. Andy resides with his wife and two daughters in Readfield.