Our Board of Directors is made up of 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.

FOMCI Board of Directors

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 an 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

Theo worked for 34 years as a Certified Public Accountant in Newport, RI and the Florida Keys. After retiring, she and her husband, Wes, a marine biologist, moved to the Midcoast to enjoy all of the hiking, kayaking and sailing opportunities Maine has to offer. Every June and July they return to the Keys to continue a 26-year study of the mating behaviors of the Nurse Sharks resident in the waters of Dry Tortugas National Park. As assistant treasurer, Theo assists the treasurer with the preparation of monthly financial reports to the board and the annual not-for-profit tax filing with the IRS.

Secretary: Georgie Burruss


Georgie works at Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde as a marine science and aquaculture teacher. Prior to moving to Maine, Georgie worked for several years as a researcher at the Cape Eleuthera Institute in The Bahamas, studying nearshore ecosystems, teaching scientific research classes, and running outreach programming. Georgie received her M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University, where she studied migrations of bonefish in The Bahamas using acoustic telemetry on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas. Georgie enjoys using her background in marine research and experiential education to help students become stewards of their local environment and ocean resources. Georgie enjoys trail running, canoeing, and hiking with her dog, Cooper, throughout the Midcoast area.

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


Pam’s first environmental volunteerism started as a teenager 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. Pam has combined interests of science communication and environmental education. She has led several STEM programs for elementary-aged students in the Rockland area. She has had positions in academia, consulting, and government. She’s maybe one of a few people who have worked for both Greenpeace and major oil/petrochemical companies. Currently, she is the Pesticides Toxicologist with the State of Maine in the Department of Agriculture, Conservation, & Forestry, and lives in Rockland, Maine.

Sandra Lathem


Sandy received an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and a M.A. in Professional Development, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Vermont. She has been an adjunct professor in educational technology for The University of Vermont and other Vermont colleges. Since 2009, Sandy has been a program evaluator for educational agencies, colleges and universities. Sandy is a life-long birdwatcher and environmental advocate. Originally from Vermont, Sandy moved to Rockland in 2016 and now enjoys the many pleasures and rewards of living year-round in midcoast Maine.

Don Reimer


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.

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.


Nature Store Manager: Carol Adams

Round Pond

Carol is retired after 30 years in federal service with the Dept. of Army, Minerals Management Service, the US Dept. of Agriculture, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  Carol spent her first 15 years in federal contracting.  She has a BS in Workforce Education and Development from Southern Illinois University and spent the last 15 years of her career developing and teaching supervisory, leadership, and personal development courses at the USFWS’s National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. Carol served as FOMCI’s Volunteer Coordinator from 2012 to 2017 and continues to manage the Friend’s Nature Store since 2012. Carol and her husband, Kevin, live in Round Pond.

Outreach Coordinator: Carney McRae


Carney is a graduate of the University of Maine in Orono with a degree in wildlife biology and education.  She has worked with children and adults all her life in informal education, including 4-H Youth Development, running a small private school, and teaching environmental education. She helped develop the 4-H Earth Connections program. A highlight was training 4-H exchange students from Costa Rica at the National 4-H Center in Washington DC to use an adaptation of the curriculum in their country.  Carney also has part-time jobs with the First Universalist Church in Rockland and the Midcoast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Damariscotta coordinating religious exploration programs and activities.