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.
Kimberly Bailey-Shaw has been a practicing Doctor of Chiropractic in Winslow, Maine since 1989. After graduating with a BA in Zoology from the University of Maine, she attended Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas and returned to Maine to establish her practice and start a family. Growing up in a camping family, Kim learned to love the outdoors at an early age. Her love of Baxter State Park began after her family moved to Maine in 1976. She enjoyed camping, hiking, and fishing with her father at South Branch Pond. For the last ten years, she has been an annual winter user of the Park with a group of women enjoying snowshoeing in to Daicey or Kidney Pond cabins. She is a 26-year volunteer ski instructor for Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation. She has served on the Maine Chiropractic Association Board and the Board of Johnson Hall Performing Arts in Gardiner. Kim is the mother of three grown children and lives with her husband John Shaw, in their historic Gardiner home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.