Board of Trustees
Joseph Aloisio, Jr. has been the Engineering Manager at Sunday River Ski Resort for over 25 years. Joe brings a strong understanding of how to get things done with minimal negative effect on the environment. He is a past Chairman of the Newry Planning Board and a current Board Member of the Androscoggin River Watershed Council and Sunday River Charitable Foundation. Joe is also a classic car aficionado. Joe served on the Board from 2000 to 2012 and was re-elected in 2013.
Robert Iles retired to Maine after a dentistry career in Lakeland, FL. Bob and his wife, Lida, chaired the successful Rumford Whitecap campaign, and Bob continues to chair the Whitecap Stewardship Committee. Bob brings development and networking skills as well as many community connections to the Board. He served on the Board from 2001 to 2012 and was re-elected in 2013.
Michael Hyman is the President of Vesta Property Services and oversees the management and amenity services for large-scale residential communities in Florida. When not in Bethel, Michael lives in West Palm Beach and has worked in various capacities for the planning and development division of the city. He joined the Board in 2012.
Lizz Peacock has worked in the outdoor recreation field for the past 25 years, starting as a Registered Maine Whitewater Guide and spending winters working in the Bethel area. In 2000 she became a full-time resident of Newry working for Outward Bound and is currently the Operations Director at Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation. She brings a background of program development for all ability types and ages and has a long experience of working in non-profits in Maine.
Steve Smith spent 30 years in independent and public education. He retired from being a senior high school principal in Topsfield, MA, to take a position with an international educational consulting firm. Steve brings grant writing skills and in-depth knowledge of science to the Land Trust. He is a member of the Bethel Rotary Club and is on the board of the Western Mountains Senior College. Steve joined the board in 2014.
Richard Stratton, Treasurer, retired from a career in health care and education administration. Dick brings financial and record keeping expertise to MLT. Dick and his wife Sandra live in Hanover where he served as a Selectman for many years. Dick joined the Board in 2010.
Bob Withrow is a retired timberland manager for Boise Cascade in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont and brings to the board over 30 years of land management experience. Bob is a past selectman and school board member for Dixfield and currently is active in several organizations in Weld, where he and his wife reside. An avid gardener and woodworker, he is also an outdoorsman who especially enjoys sailing and hiking. Bob joined the board in 2018
Laurie Winsor, Vice-President, is a retired nonprofit administrator. Laurie brings skills in community relations, philanthropy, policy and program development and strategic planning to the Board. She is currently serving with a number of regional and local organizations, including the Bethel Planning Board and Board of Directors of the River Valley Healthy Community Coalition and Community Dental. Laurie joined the Board in 2013 and is currently the Chair of the Communications Committee.
Mac Davis is a retired teacher and Dean of Faculty at Gould Academy. A Maine Guide, he guides canoe trips in summer and is a ski guide with Mahoosuc Guide Service in winter. Mac is a highly skilled strategic planner and photographer. Mac joined the Board in 2012 and currently serves on the Stewardship Committee.
Larry Ely retired as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in 1998, followed by 13 years as a contract Special Investigator with the FBI. He played a leadership role in Shelburne, New Hampshire’s conservation efforts in protecting the Philbrook Farm Inn Lands, First, Crow, Middle and Bald Cap Mountains in addition to greatly expanding the Appalachian Trail corridor in Success Township. Larry brings expertise in field biology, land title issues, conservation easements and resource inventories. He also serves on the Shelburne Conservation Commission, is a former AMC Trails Region Leader, and is the co-founder of the Shelburne Trails Club. Larry joined the Board in 2015.
Bonnie Pooley, Secretary, retired from a long tenure as an English teacher at Gould Academy. She is a registered Maine Guide with a summer guiding service, Maine Explorations. Bonnie brings expertise in grant writing and editing as well as skills in strategic planning and thinking and many community connections. A passionate gardener, she grows vegetables for her own health and also for others in the community who need them. Bonnie has served on the Mahoosuc Land Trust Board since 1991 with a short break in service in 2015.
Kevin Winsor is a retired sales executive. He became a Registered Maine Guide in 2007, specializing in fly fishing. He brings many technical and analytical skills to the Board as well as an interest in photography and getting projects done. Kevin's interests include black and white photography, kayaking, and woodworking. Kevin joined the Board in 2015 and is currently Chair of the Stewardship Committee.
Sara Whalen Shifrin is an educator and directs the IDEAS Center at Gould Academy, a facility devoted to innovation and creative problem solving. Sara has skills in human-centered design for property development and property use. Sara has lived in Bethel for over 25 years. She is also an active Board member of the Weld Free Public Library in Weld, Maine. Sara joined the board in 2014.
Katie Stack is a Maine native. She worked for Hurricane Island Outward Bound school as a sailing instructor in Maine and Florida. Currently Katie works at Gould Academy and is the Chair of the history department, facilitates the ski patrol program and leads other experiential educational programs. In her free time Katie and her family enjoy exploring Maine. Katie joined the board in 2018.
Mia Purcell has enjoyed an extensive career in economic development at the national, state and regional levels. She is currently serving as the Manager of Economic Development for the Community Concepts Finance Corporation, assisting in development and planning initiatives for 35 towns in Oxford County. An avid gardener and hiker, Mia also enjoys cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. Mia joined the board in 2018
Robert O’Brien, President, is a retired high school science teacher. Bob has skills in grant writing, project management and consensus building. He and his wife, Michaela, donated an easement to their Albany Township property in 2014. This property drains into the Sebago Lake Watershed, which supplies drinking water to the city of Portland. Bob joined the Board in 2011.
Bob Duplessie is a retired Fire Fighter for City of Portland. He served in the Maine House of Representatives for 8 years, including 4 years on the Natural Resources Committee and 4 years as the Assistant Majority Leader. Bob also worked as the Landowner Relations Coordinator for the Departments of Conservation and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for 5 years. Bob lives in Andover and joined the Board in 2011 and is currently Chair of the Lands Committee.
Kirk G. Siegel, Executive Director, was a co-founder of the Mahoosuc Land Trust in 1988 and served as its first president. As a land conservation attorney, for two decades he completed projects throughout Maine ranging from 10,000-plus acre timber tracts to small Androscoggin River islands. Kirk is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and received his BA from Dartmouth College. Kirk and his wife, Martha, live in Albany Township, their home base for frequent forays into the area’s hills and mountains on skis and on foot. He was appointed E.D. in 2017.
Barbara Murphy, Development Coordinator, is a co-founder of Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities and has extensive experience in volunteer management. Barbara focuses on fundraising and development with particular attention to donor relations and activities. She lives in West Paris with her husband and joined the Land Trust in 2017.