Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up individuals from many different industries and sectors in Maine. We pride ourselves on maintaining a diverse group of individuals that can contribute to the capacity of the organization and to the protection of seabirds and island habitat in many different facets.


Board of Directors 2017

Chair: Charles Walsh, Rockland

Charlie grew up in Thomaston, Maine.  After graduating from the University of Maine with a degree in Wildlife Ecology, he spent 3 seasons working on seabird nesting islands with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  He now lives in Rockland and works privately as a research and development biologist, predominantly with micro-algae.

Vice Chair: Meriwether Gill, Bremen

Hailing from Long Island, NY, Meriwether Gill has a strong background in cetology (the study of whales & dolphins).  For over 15 years, she has worked for various organizations: Sea World of Florida, Pacific Whale Foundation (Maui, Hawaii) and Cruise West.  She has a passion for educating people about marine mammals, sea birds and the fragile eco-system in which they inhabit.  Meriwether currently lives in Bremen, Maine and has enjoyed her local affiliation with Friends of Maine Coastal Islands.

Secretary: Richard Tomeo, Esq., South Thomaston

Dick retired after a career in private law practice, focusing on tax, corporate and nonprofit organizations.  Dick lives in South Thomaston near the Weskeag Marsh and enjoys the natural beauty of our coast.  He has served as the Chairman of the University of Connecticut Foundation and is currently involved with other nonprofit organizations in the mid-coast.

Treasurer: Tom Goettel, South Thomaston

Tom is originally from Rochester, N.Y.  After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in wildlife biology, he started his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1984, he became the first refuge manager of what is now the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.  He lives in South Thomaston, Maine with his wife, Beth.


Board Members

Kevin Adams, Round Pond

Kevin Adams is a retired career employee with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  His work in natural resource law enforcement took him to duty stations in six states and the Service’s headquarters office.  He worked extensively on migratory bird, endangered species, and marine mammal investigations across the United States and internationally.  Kevin and his wife, Carol volunteer for the Friends of Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge and live in Round Pond, Maine.

Pam Bryer, PhD, Rockland

Pam’s first environmental volunteerism started 27 years ago at a state park in her home state of New Hampshire. This early experience eventually led to a B.A. and M.S. from the University of Maine in Zoology and a Ph.D. in Environmental Toxicology from Texas Tech University. Throughout her career she has participated in research on topics ranging from animal behavior and welfare, toxicity of soil polluted from ore smelting, tide-pool ecology, and aquatic systems responses to parking lot run-off. She also holds the distinction of having worked for both Greenpeace and Koch Industries. Pam Bryer currently lives in Rockland, Maine.

Penney Read, Tenants Harbor

Penney is an island homeowner, dedicated to preserving our natural resources for research, recreation, and especially for future generations. Penney is a real estate professional with years of non-profit fundraising experience. She loves the outdoor activities that are easily accessible year-round in the mid-coast, especially hiking, skiing, fly fishing, and kayaking.

Don Johnson, Rockland

Don Johnson has an extensive background in philanthropy and development.  He co-founded Johnson Grossnicle Associates in Indiana, which offers strategic philanthropic consulting for non-profits. He has worked with many groups in Maine and across the country as a consultant.  He was a first lieutenant in the United States Air Force, Director of Development at MIT and Vice President of the Cleveland Clinic.  He also has authored articles on fundraising. Don now enjoys his retirement in Rockland, with his wife and dogs and six grandchildren.