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. If you have an interest in joining us in this work, please contact us.
Board of Directors 2019-2020
Chair: Carla Skinder – St. George
Carla resides in St. George with her dog, Hannah. From 1971-81 she worked at the New England Aquarium where she ran the Marine Mammal Stranding program rescuing and recovering seals, dolphins and whales from Maine to Florida. She also had the pleasure of taking care of Andre the seal. After leaving the Aquarium she went on to get her degree at Simmons College in nursing and then attended Boston University for her Master of Public Health. While residing in NH she was a State Representative from 2006-2010 serving two years on Fish and Game. She has traveled extensively around the world photographing the magic of the natural world and is now enjoying the opportunity to share her photos with others. Carla has done extensive volunteer work around the world, including Vietnam, Falkland Islands, Zimbabwe, Thailand, South Africa, and Morocco.
Vice-Chair: 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.
Treasurer: Jeanne Pipicello, Owls Head
Jeanne retired as a administrative assistant for the Knox-Lincoln County Office of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service. She appreciates nature and art, and enjoys traveling and reading.
Assistant Treasurer: Theo Pratt, South Thomaston
Secretary: Georgie Burruss, Tenants Harbor
Georgie works at Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde as a marine science and aquaculture teacher. Her passion for education and ocean stewardship started at an early age. This love of the natural world around her led Georgie to the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas where she worked for several years as a researcher at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, studying nearshore ecosystems, teaching scientific research classes and running outreach programming. Georgie went on to receive her M.S. from Michigan State University; she conducted her research on Eleuthera, using acoustic telemetry to track migrations of bonefish, which are targeted by catch-and-release anglers in The Bahamas. Now at Herring Gut Learning Center, Georgie enjoys using her background in marine research and experiential education to help students become stewards of their local environment and ocean resources. Georgie resides in Tenants Harbor with her dog, Cooper.
Other 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.
Sandra Lathem, Rockland
Don Reimer, Warren
Don Reimer is a lifelong birder and photographer who lives in Warren. A Board Member of Mid-coast Audubon, he has led field trips for a variety of environmental organizations and the American Birding Association National Convention. He has served as a birding instructor for several Road Scholar and adult education programs, and holds a B.S. in Education from University of Maine at Orono. He is certified as a Licensed Social Worker.
Don has participated in various citizen science projects, including Project Feeder Watch, The Atlas of Breeding Birds in Maine, The Maine Owl Survey and The International Shorebird Survey. He has served as Coordinator for the Thomaston-Rockland and Pemaquid-Damariscotta Christmas Bird Counts. Currently he serves as a Regional Coordinator for the 2018-2022 Maine Bird Atlas. His bi-monthly column Birding with Don Reimer appears in the Rockland Free Press.