Changeover in Pemaquid Watershed Association Board

The Board of Directors of Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) has elected four new Directors to fill vacated terms. The Board also has elected a new President, Michael Kane of Damariscotta, to fill the role of Peggy Drake, who resigned from the Board last month.

Pam Allen of Bristol, George Keyes of Waldoboro, Joan Panek of Damariscotta, and Jean Smith of Waldoboro are the new Directors.

Pam Allen bwPam 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 through LaVerna Preserve. Pam (and Hunter, her dog) 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.

George Keyes bwGeorge 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.

Joan Panek bwJoan has been an avid volunteer since joining PWA and is proud to be the Volunteer of the Year (2015). She considers her work on PWA’s Keep Pemaquid Peninsula Beautiful (KPPB) Steering Committee to be her most important activity. She 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 9 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.

Jean Smith bwJean has been involved with PWA for several years—first with the PWA Paddlers, then helping out with office tasks, placing trail markers at the Doyle Preserve, and becoming a PWA paddle leader. She currently is serving as the PWA Volunteer Coordinator volunteer. Her work experience has been in the administrative, accounting, and technology fields. She worked for a coastal engineering firm where she took every opportunity to do the “difficult” job of a scuba diver assisting the marine biologist with offshore environmental monitoring of reef systems. She has enjoyed and cared for the natural world since childhood. Besides volunteering, she enjoys kayaking, hiking, cross-country skiing, reading, and gardening. She says she especially enjoys spending time with ‘the love of my life’ – a man she met through their volunteerism with PWA.

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