William L. Plouffe
President

Bill Plouffe is an attorney at Drummond Woodsum.  For over thirty years he has put his considerable land use, environmental and municipal law practice experience to work for conservation organizations like the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust.

Peter S. McKinley, Ph.D.
Vice President

Pete McKinley is the Lead Ecologist for The Wilderness Society.  He has served as a biologist and researcher for organizations such as The Forest Society of Maine, New Hampshire Audubon and the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, among others.

Milton Wright
Secretary

Milton Wright is a former teacher and teacher advocate who retired as Executive Director of the Maine Education Association.  He has since served as President of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and on the board of a number of non-profit conservation organizations.  Milt first summited Katahdin in 1949 at age 10 and went on to summit Katahdin for 57 consecutive years.

Thomas D. Lewis

Tom is President of Community Development Services, Inc. The firm was formed in 1994 and is involved in the development and construction of affordable rental housing in both Maine and New Hampshire. He has served as Chair of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club’s Finance Committee for the past 15-years and is currently a Director of Yarmouth Senior Housing, Inc.  He has previously served as President of the Maine AT Land Trust, member of the Board of Managers of the Appalachian Trail Conference (ATC), member of their Land Trust Advisory Committee, and is a former member of MATC’s Executive Committee.

Peter Ventre

Pete Ventre is a principal at Corporate Finance Associates, an international investment banking firm serving middle-market businesses.  He has served as President of the Portland Chamber of Commerce and currently serves as Treasurer of the Boy Scouts of America, Pine Tree Council, and as Capital Campaign Manager for the Portland Ronald McDonald House.

Bob Cummings, Director Emeritus

Bob Cummings covered environmental affairs for the Portland Press Herald and the Maine Sunday Telegram for twenty-five years.  An Appalachian Trail thru-hiker and trail maintainer, he was president of the Phippsburg Land Trust and a lifetime corresponding member of the Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Chapter and the Maine Appalachian Trail Club.  Bob was a founding member of the Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust and his dedication and service were invaluable to the organization.

George N. Appell

George Appell grew up on a farm in York, Pennsylvania, and is a world-renowned anthropologist specializing in research on Borneo.  He holds two advanced degrees from Harvard University and lives in Phillips, Maine.

Tony Barrett

Tony Barrett is a former USGS employee who worked for many years as Vice President for Amoco in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Africa and the Middle East.  He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Maine Appalachian Trail Club and as a trail maintainer on the Appalachian Trail.

Lloyd Griscom

Lloyd owns and operates Peace and Plenty Organic Blueberry Farm in Phillips Maine with his wife Hope. They live in Phillips. Lloyd is also Vice President of High Peaks Alliance and a Trustee of the Sandy River Land Trust.

David Kallin

A former oceanographer, Dave Kallin is an attorney at Drummond Woodsum.  He recently hiked the Appalachian Trail with his wife, two children (aged ten and eight) and dog.

Claire Polfus

Claire Polfus is the Maine Conservation Resources Manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and represents the Conservancy on the board. She is based in Farmington, Maine and enjoys skiing, hiking, canoeing and biking in Maine’s mountains and lakes.

Derek Markgren
Treasurer

Derek Markgren is a Certified Public Accountant with the Portland firm Purdy Powers & Company.  He lives in Falmouth with his wife Megan, the two of them can often be found in all corners of the state hiking, camping, fly fishing and enjoying Maine’s preserved wild lands.

 

Philip Nicholas

Philip is a land acquisition and conservation specialist with a 15-year track record of success
helping people, companies, organizations and government meet their conservation and real estate goals. A former project manager for The Trust for Public Land, he has completed conservation real estate transactions in Maine, New York and New Jersey. He lives in Yarmouth with his wife and three children.

Aaron Paul

Aaron is an avid friend of the Maine outdoors and he has worked in conservation in finance, education, and planning capacities. He led environmental education programs for the Chewonki Foundation for six summers. Over the past five years he has helped plan and implement conservation policy across Maine and New England. Aaron currently works in conservation finance and impact investing for The Nature Conservancy’s Washington state office.

Simon Rucker
Executive Director

A longtime volunteer for Maine land trusts, Simon Rucker formerly worked in the legal department for The Trust for Public Land and for a New York City entertainment law firm.  He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Southern Maine Conservation Collaborative and is a member of the Portland Land Bank Commission.  He lives in Portland, Maine with his wife and two children.