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.
Anna Bastidas is an outdoor enthusiast who finds joy and community when spending time outside with others. She is the Associate Director of the Outing Club at Bowdoin College, and in this role trains student trip leaders, oversees the Orientation Trip program and works to increase access, opportunity, and sense of belonging in the outdoors for all students. Anna graduated from Hamilton College in 2013, earned her Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2021, and also instructs for NOLS.
Jensen Bissell retired in 2017 from Baxter State Park after a 30-year career; 12 years as the Director and 18 years managing the forest on the north end of the park. In his retirement, Jensen works very part-time for his sons in their business, Bissell Brothers Brewing Company, which has locations in Portland and Milo. Jensen serves on the Board of Trustees for two local hospitals and as a regional representative on the NLH Finance Committee. He also is a board member of the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District. Jensen also serves on the Advisory Board for the Forest Society of Maine. Jensen resides in Milo and in his spare time enjoys traveling and hiking with his wife Breena, as well as fishing, reading, and gardening.
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.
Matt DeLaney is the Director of the Millinocket Memorial Library. He received his Master’s Degree in Information Science in 2011 from University at Albany and has helped transform several urban and rural public libraries in upstate New York. In 2018, he founded the “Katahdin Gear Library” to provide access to bikes, skis, and snowshoes for free to MML cardholders. Matt was recognized by Maine Library Association as Maine’s 2018 Outstanding Librarian of the Year. When he is not working with partners in the Katahdin region on community development projects, Matt is in the woods hiking, biking, or canoeing with his partner Emilie and their two dogs. His first adventure in the Katahdin Region was climbing Mt. Katahdin via the Abol Trail in 2016, an experience that inspired him to make Millinocket his new home.
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.
Bill Green is Executive Director of the Maine Sports Hall of Fame having retired from his 47-year television career in November 2019. For 19 years, Bill was host and executive producer of “Bill Green’s Maine” which became appointment TV on Saturday nights for thousands of Mainers. Beginning in 2014, he began entering regional awards competition and was nominated for 11 Emmys and won two as well as an Edward R. Murrow Award for his feature reporting. A lifelong Mainer, Bill was born in Bangor, educated in Bangor schools and the University of Maine and is holder of its prestigious Black Bear Award. He holds three honorary degrees including an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Maine at Farmington. He is an inductee into the Maine Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame, Maine Sports Hall of Fame and the Silver Circle of the New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He is a Registered Maine Guide, Senior Warden at Trinity Episcopal Church of Portland and Spokesperson for the Freedom Boat Club. Bill and his wife Pam reside in Cumberland. They have two grown children, Sam and Emily.
Ryan M. Linehan is the Director of Outdoor Education at Colby College, where he takes on multiple responsibilities, including overseeing the Colby Outdoor Orientation program, Outing Club and Mountaineering Club. These clubs and organizations provide students with opportunities to develop social connections while being challenged at an appropriate level through a wide range of experiences throughout Maine. Prior to joining the Colby staff, Ryan was the Summer Wilderness Programs Director at Chewonki Foundation, during which he supported Friends of Baxter’s Maine Youth Wilderness Leadership Program for five years. He has been a registered Maine guide for 20 years and is passionate about introducing others to the wilderness areas of the state. Ryan lives on Westport Island with his wife Stacy and children Sawyer and Kestrel.
Peter Millard is a family physician and epidemiologist. He grew up in Windham and spent many years as a faculty member in the Family Medicine Residency Program in Bangor. He worked for 8 years in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and is currently medical director of Seaport Community Health Center in Belfast. We was educated at Amherst College, the University of Vermont, and University of North Carolina. He lives with his wife Emily in Belfast, and they have 3 grown children who live in Colorado. He enjoys gardening, hiking, biking, swimming and cross country skiing. He is currently on the boards of Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Natural Resources Council of Maine.
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.
Carla Ritchie grew up in central Maine and made her first journey to Baxter State Park with her father in 1974. Their failed attempt to climb Katahdin instilled a love and respect of the area that has lasted over 40 years. Carla has been a frequent visitor to the Park and has summited Katahdin, and many other peaks, multiple times. Carla served on the BSP advisory board including the role of Chair for three years. She enjoys many activities in the park during all seasons. Carla is a graduate of University of Maine and received her MBA from Husson University. She is a certified project manager and works for L.L.Bean.
Hope Rowan is a GIS Specialist at Community Geographics, where she creates maps of all kinds but particularly of trails, assisting trail managers across the state publicize and map their trail networks, including management of the online resource Maine Trail Finder. She has also published two hiking guides for children, Ten Days in Acadia and Ten Days in the North Woods. Hope received a B.A. in Music from Colby College, and an M.Phil. in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic, and has since focused her work on land preservation and providing and encouraging access to the outdoors. When not making maps, writing, or teaching piano, Hope spends as much time as possible out in the woods and ascending summits, making many trips between her beloved Maine coast and the equally loved Maine mountains, both for hiking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. Hope resides along the down east coast with her dog Tess, in Southwest Harbor for much of the year, and in Steuben during the summer.
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 been on the Board since 2009 and currently serves as Secretary.
Nathan Tefft is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Economics Department at Bates College, where his teaching and research are primarily in the areas of applied econometrics and health economics. Before joining the faculty at Bates, Nathan earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics at Williams College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. A Maine native, Nathan has enjoyed camping, exploring, and hiking in Baxter State Park since he can remember. He first climbed Katahdin at age 8, recently enjoyed his oldest daughter’s first ascent, and looks forward to future trips to the Park with his wife Rachel and their three children. By following in the footsteps of his grandfather, who visited the Park on a streak of more than 50 straight years and served on the Baxter State Park Advisory Committee, and his father, who has studiously explored many corners and peaks of the Park in summer and winter, Nathan carries on a family tradition of commitment to Governor Baxter’s vision and love for the beauty and vitality of the Maine wilderness. Nathan and his family, who enjoy adventures throughout Maine on foot or ski, live in Brunswick.
Steuart Thomsen has spent his legal career at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP in Washington, DC, where he is now Of Counsel. Steuart and his wife Linda live in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and have a house in Sullivan, Maine that has been in Steuart’s family since it was built in 1799. Steuart grew up coming to Sullivan in the summer, and he and Linda are spending more time there as they both transition into retirement. Steuart first climbed Katahdin in 1965 with his father (who had first climbed it in the 1940s) and has led numerous friends and family members up the mountain in the decades since then. Steuart has been a member of Friends of Baxter State Park since 2002 and has become increasingly active in Friends since then, traveling from Maryland to attend annual meetings and other events since 2013. Steuart currently serves on the Development Committee. He and Linda were involved in the 2016-17 Friends project to have new mountain models created for Baxter State Park. They are also active with the Frenchman Bay Conservancy.