Aaron grew up in the Bangor area, in a family that loved Baxter State Park and introduced him to it at an early age. He first climbed Katahdin, via the Saddle Trail, at age six, and started making annual trips into the Russell Pond area with his family two years later. Backpacking, fly fishing, nature observation, canoeing, and the occasional bushwhack were staples of his early experiences in the park. Baxter State Park quickly became his favorite place to be, and that’s still true three decades later. Aaron graduated from Colby College with a degree in biology, and then earned a master’s degree in conservation biology and sustainable development at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He spent eight years working in the Maine land trust community. Aaron enjoys helping people connect with nature, and has a particular love for introducing children to the outdoors. He is a Registered Maine Guide, with licenses in recreation and sea kayaking. Aaron and his wife Ashley live in Belmont with their two daughters.
Mary Weitzman is a fundraising and marketing professional with over two decades of experience working with some extraordinary cultural, environmental and educational organizations. Mary is as passionate about the arts as she is the outdoors, and is grateful to have spent her career advocating these causes. Most recently she worked for Wave Hill in the Bronx, a public garden that is a model for garden conservancy across the country. Mary has represented the arts and the environment on many private/public committees, including NYC’s Department of Cultural Affairs, the Bronx Borough President’s Office, and NYC & Company. After the tragic events of September 11th, she was appointed to the executive committee rebuilding Lower Manhattan, spearheading a $4.6M marketing campaign for the arts. She holds a BFA in Painting from Boston University and an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University. A recent transplant to Maine, Mary lives in Thomaston with her husband Michael and their daughter. She loves to garden and explore the trails, galleries, and restaurants of the Midcoast.
Rachel Spatz Bidstrup
Rachel joined the FBSP staff in September of 2021. Her collected life experiences include being an exchange student, a museum educator, a musician, a disability rights educator, a non-profit director, a farmworker, a gardener, a small business owner and a homeschooling parent. In each and every one of her life’s endeavors she seeks to remain curious, eager and open and is always looking to learn more. She’s equally at home in the great outdoors as she is curled up with a good book on the couch. She lives in Montville with her family, which consists of an array of humans and animals both wild and domesticated.