Since 1966, PWA has been a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and serving to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula. PWA thanks all of its past and current Directors for their leadership and commitment.
Board Member Bios
Pam Allen came to Maine in 1976 for a vacation and never left. She worked first at National Fisherman (back when it was the trade publication for a thriving industry) and for Small Boat Journal. Then she shifted into knitting. She has worked as a freelance hand-knitwear designer, selling designs to magazines and yarn companies, editor at Interweave Knits magazine, and then creative director at a major yarn company. In 2010 she launched Quince & Company, a hand-knitting yarn company that sources wool from domestic sheep and spins it in five American mills and sells it worldwide.
Pam loves to hike, especially in the White Mountains and Baxter. She discovered PWA when her dog could no longer hike uphill. A friend suggested LaVerna Preserve. Pam (and Hunter) walked the lovely trail, then checked the sponsoring organization on the brochure in the parking lot. She wrote her membership check the moment she came home.
Mary Berger has been active with PWA for many years and has served as Board President and Secretary. Her parents, Dot and Dick Bryant, were instrumental in the 1966 beginning of the Biscay Pond Association which became the Pemaquid Watershed Association in 1973. Mary led the establishment of the “PWA Ponders” gatherings as a means of bringing residents within a pond’s watershed together to get to know each other and to share information about best management practices for protecting pondwater quality. She has served as a Courtesy Boat Inspector to educate boaters about preventing the spread of invasive aquatic plants, has helped with surveys of the watersheds of Pemaquid and Biscay Ponds to identify sources of non-point source pollution, and has helped with invasive aquatic plant patrols. She is an active volunteer in PWA’s LakeSmart Program which provides free technical advice to help pondside residents manage their properties in ways that protect water quality. Mary currently serves on PWA’s Development and Lands Stewardship Committees. In 2010 she received PWA’s David McLeod Memorial Lakesaver Award which recognizes an individual for dedication to water quality protection. She was the PWA Volunteer of the Year in 2013.
Mary has a BS in Health and Physical Education, is a retired Real Estate Broker who was Rhode Island’s 2002 Realtor of the Year, past Kent-Washington County Realtor Board President, Graduate Realtors Institute Instructor, Certified Residential Specialist, and received the National Award for Preserving the Trust. Mary was Founding Parent and Past President of the Providence RI Ronald McDonald House and Past President of the East Greenwich RI Chamber of Commerce. Mary and her late husband, Karl, retired to their dream home on Biscay Pond in 2002 after living in PA and RI. Amazingly active, and in addition to her PWA work, Mary is current President of P.E.O. Chapter F-ME, Honorary Rotarian, active Karl’s Kids committee member, has served on trustee, deacon, and stewardship committees at Second Congregational Church in Newcastle, on the Board of Directors of the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel, and a Volunteer with Maine ENCorps Leadership.
Jack Boak was born in Bath, Maine and grew up on Quahog Bay in Harpswell and on the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland. Jack visited Pemaquid with his family on vacations and then rented camps on Pemaquid Pond with his wife Karen until they bought their home on Webber Pond in 2002.
Jack earned a BS in Nautical Science from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Jack is a retired Master Mariner whose 36 years at sea took him around the world on various US Flag merchant ships.
In addition to sailing, Jack researched, analyzed, and wrote about maritime issues with dozens of OP-Ed pieces published over the decades. In the mid-1990s, Jack was instrumental in starting “Save Our Ships,” a grass roots movement to educate Congressional Staffers about the importance of an active US-flag Merchant Marine, generating bipartisan support in passing the Maritime Security Act.
Over the years, Jack has volunteered with PWA doing Courtesy Boat Inspections and Lake Smart screenings to help others keep our local ecosystems healthy. He is also a member of Bremen’s Volunteer Fire Department and on Bremen’s Planning Board. Jack enjoys hiking, boating, swimming, gardening, cooking, reading, traveling, and taking “the road less travelled.”
Bill Brewer was born and raised in Damariscotta, and he, along with his wife Deane, still lives there. He has owned and is the principal of the William H. Brewer & Co, CPA practice in Bath since 1975. He has a passion for Ford Model A’s and is an avid fisherman. He previously served on the PWA Board of Directors from 2005 to 2011 in the role of Treasurer.
After 43 years as a Department Head and educator at Lincoln Academy, Title I administrator, and educator in several local middle schools, Sandi retired to dedicate more time to her family, the family business Maine Art Prints by Maurice Jake Day, and the environmental causes she passionately supports. As a wife, mom to three, environmentally conscious, industrious sons, and ‘Gran Day’ to seven inquisitive grandchildren; she’s joyfully engaged in their lives. While teaching, she began an environmental club for students which was recognized numerous times for its environmental impact. Accomplishments included sponsoring recycling, reducing, and reusing projects, exposing students to a variety of outdoor experiences, eliminating the use of plastic silverware during breakfast and lunch periods, promoting composting cafeteria waste, building and maintaining a functioning greenhouse, and engaging students in a variety of land and water stewardship projects. A self-proclaimed enviro-jock, she particularly enjoys walking, hiking, mountain climbing, skiing, kayaking, swimming, camping, and randomly exploring. As a member of the PWA, DLWA, and DRA, she has been trained and volunteered as a Courtesy Boat Inspector, lakeside erosion surveyor, and watershed assessment surveyor. She has been trained to identify invasive plants, educated as a Pemaquid Watershed Steward by the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension, and graduated as a DRA sponsored Mid-Coast Steward. She was one of the developers of the Mid- Coast Trail Guide which was developed in concert with local land trusts. She’s also content to curl up and read an intriguing fiction novel or a wide variety of non-fiction genres.
As a PWA Board member, Sandi hopes her conservation efforts will contribute to even greater environmental awareness and action. Engaging young people in those causes remains her personal priority.
Jim Hatch has served as steward of Crooked Farm Preserve since 2012 and has been an active member of the Land Stewardship Committee. He sees his work with PWA as a way to reconnect with his first career in environmental education. Jim graduated from Antioch College in 1971 with one of the first interdisciplinary degrees awarded in Environmental Studies. He worked as an interpretive naturalist and outdoor educator for the Yosemite Institute in Yosemite National Park and for Massachusetts Audubon.
Jim also worked for a number of years in residential construction and taught house building at Cornerstones School in Brunswick, Maine. For the past 30 years, Jim’s worked in the field of affordable housing, consulting with non-profit groups on the development of special needs and low-income rental housing. Jim lives on the Pemaquid River in Bristol with his wife Pat Jennings and they have two grown children.
Mike is the former Director of the Fairfax County Park Authority in Fairfax, Virginia where he had a 30-year career in public park administration. While leading that organization, Mike focused on preservation and protection of public parkland by developing an ongoing strategic planning initiative that led to national recognition for resource management and land preservation. He has also served on several boards and foundations at the state and national level. Following his retirement in 2007, Mike worked for the National Recreation and Park Association focusing on education and training. He returned to school to earn his certification as a professional photographer and opened a fine art photography business. Michael Austin Kane focuses on landscape and nature photography and photography education and training. He lives on Paradise “Muddy” Pond in Damariscotta with his wife Debby.
George is Chair of PWA’s Education Committee, steward of the Bristol Recreational Trail, former Chair of the Waldoboro Conservation Commission, Trustee for Lincoln County Historical Society, member of the advisory committee for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and former Chief Curator, Detroit Institute of Arts. He brings fundraising, finance, trail construction, and teaching expertise to the Board.
A 1966 graduate of the Boston University School of Liberal Arts, Peter was a commercial lender/senior vice president at several regional New England banks from 1966 to 2001. Then he retired to Maine with his wife, Judi, where they summer at their cottage on Pemaquid Pond. His present community activities include: volunteer and Director of the Pemaquid Watershed Association, member of the Nobleboro Budget Committee, Treasurer of the Nobleboro Republican Town Committee, Treasurer of the Lincoln County Republican Committee and Treasurer of Twin Villages ArtWalk. He co-chairs PWA’s Development Committee and Art Exhibit Sub-Committee, is the Lead Organizer of the PWA Paddlers, and is Co-Steward of the Osborn Finch Wildlife Sanctuary. Peter also is the originator of and lead volunteer for PWA’s annual Rubber Ducky River Race.
Joan has been an avid volunteer since joining PWA and is proud to be the Volunteer of the Year (2015). She considers her work on the Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful (KPPB) Steering Committee to be her most important activity. KPPB is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and works to pursue a healthy, beautiful watershed through its anti-littering campaigns, encouraging recycling efforts, and obtaining grants to improve PWA’s preserves, present education programs, and carry out beautification projects. Joan and her husband Roger are stewards for the PWA Bearce Allen Preserve.
Joan worked as a Library Director, reference librarian, and children’s librarian in California, Canada, and Massachusetts. She honed her political skills by working in various political campaigns and with the League of Women Voters. She served on the Dover/Sherborn Regional School Committee (MA) for nine years and co-founded a non-profit after school daycare program for the Dover Elementary Schools.
Reading, gardening, quilting, and cooking are some of Joan’s down-time interests. She also enjoys hiking and kayaking. She belongs to several state and national organizations that work as aggressively as possible to preserve the environment.
Chris is the publisher of The Lincoln County News and is active with the Boy Scouts and other community groups. He and his wife, Paula, are avid campers and outdoor recreationalists. He previously served on the PWA Board from 2002-2007 and now serves until 2017.
Tamara Stock grew up in the Rockies of western Wyoming and northern Utah, spending most of her childhood summers hiking and winters skiing in the mountains. After a 45 year-long career in bookselling, publishing, and running Daedalus Books, the company owned by Tamara her husband Robin Moody, she moved to the Pemaquid Peninsula.
In 2003 Tamara and Robin bought land on Pemaquid Pond and built a summer camp and in 2010, they moved to the year-round house they built on the same property. Tamara spends her summers in and on the lake swimming, kayaking, and canoeing. Her primary political passion centers on environmental issues, so she feels particularly pleased to have been nominated to the PWA board. She believes that passion, along with her dedication to the Pemaquid peninsula, will be a good fit for PWA.
Hylie was a past president of PWA and was instrumental in bringing the first executive director to PWA. He has worked as an attorney in Damariscotta for the past 20 years, helping local land trusts and clients create conservation easements and donate land for conservation. He has worked with other local groups in prior years, including on the Board of the Damariscotta Region Chamber of Commerce, CLC YMCA, and Damariscotta Montessori School.