LEA staff and board

LEA Staff

Peter Lowell, executive director, graduated from Colby College in 1970 with a major in political science. Motivated by environmental abuses on Highland lake, he became involved in the Bridgton Conservation Commission after graduation and was invited to be LEA’s president in 1971. The following year, Peter was hired as LEA’s executive director.  Until this position became full time, Peter worked as Bridgton’s recreation director, a sixth grade teacher and Bridgton’s Code Enforcement Officer. Peter has won numerous awards, from the DEP’s Lake Award to the EPA Environmental Merit Award.

Colin Holme, assistant director, graduated from the University of Maine after studying environmental science and oceanography. Colin has been running LEA’s water testing, mapping and mitigation programs since he was hired in August of 2000. He has been a lead coordinator for numerous watershed surveys and regularly works with municipal planning boards and staff to review subdivision and commercial projects.  He has coordinated GPS photo inventories of many of the nearby lakes and created and maintains the official shoreland zoning maps for six surrounding towns.  Colin was a past chairman of the Waterford Comprehensive Planning Committee and has served on Waterford Planning Board since 2003.

Mary Jewett, teacher/naturalist, graduated from Unity College with a bachelor’s degree in science ecology in 2006. Mary’s early career at LEA began in high school when she volunteered to help with the water testing program during one summer. Since then, her volunteer work has led her to focus on diverse environmental topics. Mary worked for a summer at Avian Haven in Freedom, Maine where she helped in the rehabilitation of wild birds. She also completed a prior term of AmeriCorps service in Cherokee, North Carolina where she used field research to determine the fire risk on the Cherokee reservation. Mary has a passion for education and believes that her own feelings about the natural world inspire others to care about it too.

Alanna headshotAlanna Doughty, educator,  received her Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Environmental Science in 2005 from the University of Maine in Orono after attending Alaska Pacific University and College of the Atlantic.  Years later when she realized she was taking books out of the library simply to take notes on them, she decided to return to school at USM for a Masters in Education, and finished in 2011, just shy of her daughter’s second birthday.  She cannot remember this time of her life due to sleep deprivation.  She also spent time in there working for Outward Bound, Ocean Classroom, Winter Journeys and loves being outside.  She graduated from the Lake Region School District and is excited to inspire students in learning about our local ecology.  She brings her enthusiasm for the outdoors in general and wetland plants in particular to the table, and loves being a part of the educating crew at LEA.

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Jenny O’Connor, membership coordinator lives in Bridgton with her husband and family.  She has a deep appreciation for the region’s beautiful lakes and rolling hills and greatly enjoys the sense of community that comes from living in a rural area. She is currently a liberal arts major studying social work at Southern Maine Community College and is the secretary of the Stevens Brook Parent Teachers Association. She also works part time as the Lake Region School District’s substitute coordinator.

amanda croppedAmanda Pratt, staff researcher, graduated from the University of Southern Maine in 2011 with a degree in Environmental Science and went on to receive her Master’s degree in River Basin Management from the University of Stirling, Scotland in 2012. She started working at LEA in May 2013, helping to carry out a variety of new water testing programs. She lives in Portland.


Christian Oren, milfoil program, has grown up in the Bridgton Lakes Region and LEA has been a part of his life for many years. He was hired as an intern in 2007, and has worked on the milfoil team ever since. In 2015 Christian graduated  from the University of Maine with a degree in Ecology and Environmental Science and was appointed director of the milfoil program shortly after. He is pleased to be in a position where he can give back to the natural resources and the community that he enjoyed so much growing up.

 Maine Lake Science Center

Bridie smallBridie McGreavy, Maine Lake Science Center consulting director  Bridie McGreavy is Assistant Professor of Environmental Communication in the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine and Consulting Executive Director with the Maine Lake Science Center. Her research addresses how, through communication, individuals and communities become resilient and sustainable. She uses ethnographic and mixed methods to study communication within sustainability science teams and coastal and freshwater management contexts. Her research has been published in journals such as Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, Ecology and Society, and the International Journal of Sustainable Development. She received National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowships for her dissertation and postdoctoral research which she conducted with Maine’s Sustainability Solutions Initiative and the New England Sustainability Consortium respectively. She is currently a UMaine co-PI on a $6 million grant through NSF’s EPSCoR program to advance a four-year study examining decision making about the future of dams in New England. Bridie served as director of environmental education at Lakes Environmental Association from 2001 through 2010 and was on LEA’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2015. She teaches courses in environmental communication, argument and critical thinking, communication research, and sustainability science. She received a Ph.D. in Communication with a concentration in Sustainability Science from the University of Maine.

BPeierlsHeadShotDr. Ben Peierls, Maine Lake Science Center Research Director
, grew up on Long Island, New York and spent many summers visiting family at Sand Pond in Denmark. Ben and his brother maintain a camp on the lake to this day. Since getting a Bachelor’s degree in biology from Cornell University thirty years ago, he has been actively involved as a technician, graduate student, and postdoctoral researcher in aquatic ecosystem research, including studies of lakes, large rivers, and estuaries. His focus has been on phytoplankton, microbial ecology, and general water quality issues, such as eutrophication. Ben received an M.S. and a Ph.D. in marine sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was involved in the field work and data management for several long-term estuarine monitoring programs. When not studying aquatic systems, he enjoys sailing on and swimming in them, as well as playing ultimate and performing music.

AlysonAlyson Smith, center and project manager of the Maine Lake Science Center, graduated from the University of Maine, Orono with a bachelor’s degree in education in 1984 and a master’s degree in educational administration from University of Southern Maine in 1991. She moved to Maine with her family in high school and has lived in Harrison and Denmark for the past 27 years. Prior to joining LEA, Alyson had been in education for 30 years, most recently as a sixth grade STEM teacher at Harrison Elementary School. She participated with some of LEA’s programs with her classes. Environmental stewardship and use of the outdoors as a classroom has always be a priority. Alyson’s love of the environment, passion for teaching and learning, her sense of community, and belief that everyone can make a difference made for a natural affiliation with the Lakes Environmental Association. One of her favorite activities is to swim in a lake with her dog, Lucy. She also loves to alpine and back country ski, hike, kayak, and generally be outdoors.

Board of Directors, 2016-2017

OCS 1 good JPGPresident: Orrin Shane, Portland, Maine  Orrin grew up in the Midwest, fishing and sailing on Michigan’s lakes, and camping out in the deep forests of the Upper Peninsula.  Orrin holds degrees from Kalamazoo College and the University of Michigan, and a PhD from Case Institute of Technology.  It was at the University of Michigan where he met his wife, Linda Crawford Knight, who had been coming with her family to Keyes Pond in Sweden; thus began Orrin’s and Linda’s 50-plus year enchantment with Maine’s lakes, woodlands and coastal waters.  Linda is also a scientist, working in environmental history as reconstructed from earth system dynamics and pollen records in lake sediments.  After 38 years’ work as a teacher, science museum curator and administrator, Orrin retired in 2004, moving from St. Paul, Minnesota and Washington, DC, to Portland.  Orrin’s museum career involved research and teaching in environmental anthropology and investigations of ancient and modern human impacts on the environment.  As a curator at the Science Museum of Minnesota he was responsible for developing in-house and national touring exhibitions and public programs on cultural, natural history and environmental topics.  This ultimately led to two tours of duty as a program director for informal science education at the National Science Foundation.  Since 2005 Orrin has worked in private practice as a museum management consultant, with clients in New England and elsewhere.

RoyVice President: Roy Lambert, Portland Oregon.  Roy grew up in New York, but spent his summers as a camper and waterfront counselor at Kezar Lake Camp, a co-ed summer camp owned by his family.  He graduated from Cornell University, Columbia Law School, and obtained an advanced law degree in taxation from New York University.  Roy has been a Portland, Oregon resident since 1975.  He practiced tax and business law until retiring in 2011.  His legal experience included working with nonprofit, tax exempt organizations, including private and publicly supported foundations.   Since 2009 Roy and his wife Mary Maxwell have been seasonal residents of Bridgton (mid-June through mid-October), having purchased a camp on Woods Pond ten years previously.  Over the years Roy has served as President, Vice President and/or Treasurer of the Police Activities League, the Mittleman Jewish Community Center, the Oregon Jewish Community Foundation, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland, all based in Portland, Oregon. Roy is currently on the board and serves as Secretary of the Maine Lakes Society. He also coordinates the LakeSmart program sponsored by LEA on Woods Pond. He has been a committed US Masters competitive swimmer since 1980 and is proud to have broken several Oregon age group breaststroke records in the past few years.  Roy believes – in the words of the Rolling Stones – that “You can’t always get what you want, … but if you try, … you get what you need.”

loriSecretary: Lori Thomae, Westford, MA and Bridgton, Maine  
Lori was born on Long Island, New York, raised in York, PA, and moved to New England after graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in general science (biology).  She earned a Master’s degree in technical & professional writing from Northeastern University and BELS-certification as an Editor of Life Science.  Lori has over 30 years of professional experience in technical/scientific communications in managed care, clinical research, and biopharmaceutical drug development with adjunct faculty appointments at Northeastern University, Boston University School of Medicine, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.  She is employed as a regulatory writing consultant for global biopharmaceutical companies.  Lori and husband David are seasonal residents of the Lakes Region for over 30 years–first Zakelo Island/Long Lake in Harrison and Moose Pond in Bridgton as of 2009– splitting their time between Westford and Bridgton homes with their active family of 4 children and 4 grandchildren.  As avid outdoor enthusiasts, Lori & Dave enjoy boating, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, and all recreational activities on the water. Lori joined the LEA Board in August 2016 and currently serves as Secretary on the Executive Committee, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Moose Pond Association.

Treasurer: Julie McQueen, Sweden, Maine. Julie grew up in Kansas, Iowa and Wisconsin. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and moved to Colorado, where she worked for Kiewit Construction, a heavy and highway construction company. Her job took her to New Mexico, Nebraska, Connecticut, Boston, and Philadelphia. Since she and her husband, Dan, moved to Sweden in 2000, Julie has served on the Sweden Planning Board, and on budget, zoning and school committees. She also is secretary/treasurer of the Wint Road Association. She joined the board in 2009.

Anne Butter, Bridgton, Maine. Anne grew up in Milwaukee, and spent ten summers canoeing and camping on the lakes in Northern Wisconsin. She came to Maine to attend Colby College, graduating with a B.A. in Art History and American Studies. She then received a M.S. in Environmental Education from Lesley University through a program affiliated with the National Audubon Society, in which students traveled the country for two years studying issues ‘in the field’ and sleeping each night under the stars. After graduating, she worked for the organization in Belfast for two years as the office manager, then moved to the Portland area and worked seven years for an importer/wholesaler, traveling to India as the Director of Quality and Logistics. After that, she spent twelve years with LLBean, six in Logistics, and six in Product Development. She has served on the boards of the Audubon Expedition Institute, the Environmental and Energy Technology Council of Maine (E2Tech) and as a Deacon of the First Congregational Church, Bridgton.

Steve Collins, Bridgton, Maine. Steve got to Maine the long way around, having been born in Galveston, Texas, and grew up in New Orleans. He received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and his Navy commission from Tulane University in 1959. After active duty on an Atlantic Fleet destroyer, he went to work for Air Products and Chemicals in Allentown, Pa., where he met and married Sandra Yost. In 1969, Steve moved with his family to Bridgton to work for Howell Laboratories, where he was vice president of engineering until his retirement in 2002. Steve joined LEA in its early years. He was president in 1973-74 and returned to the board in 2003. Steve currently chairs the Bridgton Planning Board, is a director of the Bridgton Community Center and a Lions Club member.

Brian Cushing, Bridgton, Maine. Brian is a retired school teacher after 30 years and a 25 year resident of Bridgton where he currently lives with his wife and raised his three children. Environmental Education has always  been an important part of his teaching curriculum, whether it be constructing nature trails and bluebird houses with his sixth graders or teaching his high schoolers about the importance of environmental stewardship in his high school geography classes. Brian has co taught the LEA Junior Naturalist Program and was the Assistant Director for the LEA Nature Explorers Camp at Holt Pond.  He has worked at the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset during the summer for several decades and is currently a teacher consultant for Winona Camps on Moose Pond in Bridgton. Brian has been a courtesy boat inspector for LEA and other community involvements include serving on the Board for the Rufus Porter Museum and the Pondicherry Park Sustainability Committee. Brian is active in the First Congregational Church in Bridgton and volunteers for the church affiliated summer camp Pilgrim Lodge in West Gardiner. Begining in 2013 he will be a Geography instructor at the University of Maine Farmington.  Brian is the Maine coordinator for the National Geographic Bee and serves as a teacher consultant for The National Geographic Society. Brian is an avid birder and has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and North Africa.

David Ehrman, Bridgton, Maine. David was born in Indiana and moved to New England after graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, followed by a master’s degree in business administration. A job at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft brought him to New England, and jobs at Polaroid Corporation, Digital Equipment Corporation and Schneider Electric Corporation have kept him here with his wife, Carolyn, to whom he has been married for 51 years. David retired eight years ago, and now resides in Bridgton. He currently is president of the Moose Pond Association and also serves as the chief road marshal for the Bridgton Four on the Fourth road race. David joined the board in 2005 and was vice president in 2006-07.

Matthew Frank, Harrison, Maine. Matt’s extensive background in investment and finance stretches back to 1970, and includes serving as chairman of the board of the Amex Membership Corp. from 2005 to 2008. In 2008, he negotiated the merger between the American Stock Exchange and NYSE Euronext, the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange. He’s spent summers on Long Lake in Harrison all his life and now lives there year-round. Matt currently serves on the Harrison Board of Selectmen/Assessors and is treasurer of the Harrison Lions Club. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Babson College in 1967. He joined the LEA Board in 2009.

Henry Hudson III, Harrison, Maine.Henry grew up in Harrison and graduated from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in 1990. He spent one year in Vermont for civil engineering before going to work full time for Henry’s Concrete, the family business. Back in the early ‘90s, concrete work during winter months wasn’t as common as it is these days, so he worked full time at Shawnee Peak. The company now has five to six year-round employees. In addition, Henry continues to work night and weekend shifts at the Peak. He is a captain of the Harrison Fire Department. Henry is also a certified diver in open water and under ice. With this skill, he serves as a member of the Oxford/Cumberland Dive Rescue Team. He and his wife, Jamie, live on Long Lake with their daughter. Henry has been on LEA’s board since 2014.

Leigh Hayes, Bridgton, Maine. Leigh grew up along the Connecticut coast and attended Keene State College in New Hampshire. Following graduation, she taught high school and middle school English. Her love of snow and the outdoors, along with a job at Lake Region Middle School, brought her to Bridgton in 1986, where she also met her husband Allen. Leigh has been involved with a variety of community organizations throughout the Greater Bridgton area. When she isn’t playing taxi mom to two teenage sons, Leigh works as a freelance writer, copy editor and proofreader. She joined the Board in 2008.

Dan Richards, Bridgton, Maine and Atlanta, Georgia.Dan grew up in Bridgton. In 1985, he earned a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maine in Orono. In 1991, Dan became a registered professional engineer and also obtained an MBA from Georgia State University. From 1985-1997, he worked as a consulting engineer for a civil engineering firm in Atlanta, working on water and wastewater treatment plants and GIS utility mapping projects. In 1997, Dan started Flagship GIS, Inc., a computer mapping and GIS Web site business that grew rapidly and now primarily services city and county governments in Georgia and Alabama. In 2013, Dan and his wife, Roseana, purchased Tarry-A-While Resort on Highland Lake in Bridgton, where his sister, Donna, serves as innkeeper. Dan currently splits his time more or less equally between Bridgton and Atlanta, in two-week stints. He has three children, all currently attending college, (OUCH), and volunteered for many years coaching and running youth swim teams as they grew up. He became an LEA board member in 2014. 

Tom Stockwell, Waterford and Bridgton, Maine.Tom was raised in Winchester, Massachusetts, and spent most summers at Keoka Lake in Waterford, Maine. He attended the University of Miami (Florida), graduating with a BA in Marketing and spent two years in sales with Unijax (commercial paper distributor). In 1972, he moved to Maine permanently, living first in Waterford and later on moving to South Bridgton to take the position as Director of Recreation in Bridgton, and Advertising Manager for Bittersweet Magazine. In the early 1980s, Tom was a manufacturer’s rep, selling “information processing” supplies and software. Since 1986, he has been a partner at Stockwell Associates, a marketing, research and consulting firm, specializing in the office products industry, and later due diligence for investment firms of many diverse industries. Tom also composed and published the OP industry white paper, The Stockwell Report, for 25 years. Most recently, Tom has retired and is actively doing exterior and interior painting and restoration. Tom and his spouse, Susan, have two children and four grandchildren. He was President of the Keoka Lake Association in Waterford from 1996 – 2003, and has been on the LEA Board since 1998, serving a term as vice president. 

Karla Swanson-Murphy, Bridgton, Maine.Karla grew up in Bridgton, Maine. She earned a degree in Biology and Psychology from Middlebury College. Karla earned her MBA from the University of Southern Maine. After living away for some time, she and her husband, Kevin, made Bridgton their home. Karla works for Maine Health as a project manager for their information systems team. She joined the LEA board in 2014

John Willson, Bedford, Massachusetts and Norway, Maine.John is originally from Columbus, Ohio. He has an A.B. in Government from Harvard and, after a stint in the Peace Corps in Liberia doing rural road construction work, got his MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago. John was a management consultant for 40 years specializing in environmental, health and safety management, working first with a series of firms for EPA and a host of other federal and state environmental agencies, then later with Arthur D. Little Inc. mostly for large corporations, primarily oil and chemical, pharmaceutical, electrical utility, food processing and waste management companies. He has also published a book entitled Comprehensive Planning and the Environment (Abt Books,1978) and taught a graduate course for 11 years at Tufts University on the analytic requirements of environmental regulation. He and his wife Linda, also a Peace Corps Volunteer whom he met and married while in Liberia, have lived in Lexington and then Bedford MA since 1972. They first began renting on Sand Pond in Norway in 1987, finally buying their own place there in 1998. Now retired, John serves on the Town of Bedford Conservation Commission, as well as on the Board of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and also enjoys teaching courses at the Harvard Institute for Learning in Retirement. He continues to serve on the Advisory Committee of the Maine Lake Science Center and joined the LEA Board in 2015.  

Peter G. Whitchurch, Bridgton, Maine. Peter grew up in Western New York and is a fair and “fowl” weather supporter of the Bills.  He and his wife Jane have lived in Japan, Idaho, Kansas City, Illinois and Tampa. Following 19 years at Camps Newfound-Owatonna on Long Lake in Harrison, Peter and Jane moved across the lake to Bridgton.  Peter has an AAS from Paul Smith’s College of Forestry in the Adirondacks. He studied biology and oceanography at the University of Miami and got a Bachelor of Science at University of Idaho in Wildlife & Fisheries Management.  Peter has a strong avian interest and was accepted to Cornell School of Ornithology out of high school. Peter served with the Army Security Agency, was a small business manager and owner, did 8 years of field investigation with the Florida Marine Research Institute and helped rebuild a not-for-profit children’s camp.  Peter and Jane met at the University of Miami and have a son, a daughter and 4 grandchildren.

Anne Wold, North Bridgton, Maine.Anne  grew up in Rochester, NY and graduated from both Principia Upper School and  from Principia College which is located in Illinois. Besides having three children who grew up in various places like St. Louis, Vail, Boulder and Denver, she fulfilled a dream of living in Maine in 1980.  She moved to North Bridgton in 1995.  Anne taught English and reading, sold Real Estate, worked for Day One at the Maine Youth Center and for a Interior Decorator. Anne returned to her home in Maine following four years in Naples, Florida, where she did house tours, children’s tours and walking tours for the Naples Historical Society.  Anne considers LEA her favorite environmental organization and she has been a past board member and president.

Honorary Directors:  Hu and Ray Caplan, Stan Cohen,  Tom Rosen


Lakes Environmental Association, 230 Main Street, Bridgton, Maine, 04009