Medomak Valley Land Trust Board Member Biographies (2017)

Melissa Barbour
Melissa is a teacher at Medomak Valley High School. She is very active in sports, outdoor activities and the community. She loves to help out with trail work, and get children involved in the outdoors.

Sally Butler - President
For the past 20 years, Sally Butler and her husband, Bob, have owned The Jojoba Company, a marketing firm they now operate from their barn in Waldoboro. Sally has been involved with land conservation for many years. In her previous community, she served as a Conservation Commissioner for ten years. She was also Chairman of the Open Space Committee and supervised the writing of the open space plan. She is currently active in the Lands and the Development Committees of MVLT. Her focus is the protection of land with an emphasis on wildlife habitat. Her goal is to ensure the well-being of diverse species.

John Guarnaccia - Treasurer
John graduated from Cornell University in 1977 with a B.S. in Environmental Studies. A birdwatcher since college, he became interested in Neotropical birds when he helped translate A Guide to the Birds of Panama by Robert S. Ridgely into Spanish. Some of John’s other conservation experience includes serving as Executive Director of RARE Center for Tropical Conservation and as Development Director for the Island Institute. Through his environmental consulting work John is presently focused on minimizing avian and bat impacts at wind farms and conserving the habitats of critically endangered birds. John is also an avid, four-season vegetable gardener (à la Eliot Coleman) and lives in Waldoboro with his wife Mercedes.

Laurie Howarth
Laurie Howarth moved to Maine in 1986 upon the birth of her son Wyatt. She graduated from Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1976. She started Medomak Veterinary Services in 1988 and continues to work at her practice. Her husband, Bill Chapman, is a former board member of MVLT. Her interest in the Land Trust is based on the desire to strengthen the bond between her community and the natural world-especially encouraging children to connect with nature.

Bill Michaud
Bill lives with his wife, Debbie, at their bed & breakfast The Outsiders’ Inn in Friendship, where he also operates Wild Bill’s Sea Kayaking. Several years ago he completed a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, summiting Mount Katahdin on October 13th. He works part time for Mobius. Bill was Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine from 1988-2003. Before moving to Maine in 1986 Bill was the Director of Wesleyan University’s Great Hollow Wilderness in Connecticut.

Susan Morris
Susan was a founding board member of MVLT. She and her husband, an architect, live on a 350 acre farm in Waldoboro, where she has been managing organic blueberry fields since 1971. Susan served in the Peace Corps in India. She has a Master’s degree in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. In the early 70’s she helped establish the Waldoboro conservation commission. She has served on the Maine Land Use Regulation Commission and is a founding and current board member of Maine Farmland Trust.

Brooke Pacy
After five years as a summer resident in Waldoboro, Brooke Pacy left Baltimore, Maryland fifteen years ago to become a permanent part of the community. Since moving to the area, Pacy has served on the Library Board, and is currently on the Lands Committee for MVLT, in addition to serving on the Board. She values MVLT's conservation initiatives because MVLT seeks to protect an ideal quality of life found when the needs of watermen and farmers are in balance with the needs of wildlife, and the beautiful rivers and forests are allowed to thrive.

Kristen Rupert
Kristen is a summer resident of Martin Point in Friendship where her family first visited from Ohio in 1962.  She lives in Boston where she works for a state-wide employer association and helps companies increase the business they do globally. Kristen is an Outward Bound alumna and was recently Board Chair for Cornell University’s Outdoor Education program, which helps college students learn leadership and team skills through spending time outdoors.  Kristen and her husband John Foote are involved with the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and are also avid gardeners. 

Bob Zeitlin
Bob is a professor emeritus at Brandeis University with a specialization in Mesoamerican archaeology. His fieldwork and research has focused on Mexico and Central America. He holds a B.A. in psychology from Cornell University and a B.S. in aeronautical engineering from Boston University. After a stint in the Navy he returned to school, ultimately earning an M.A. in anthropology from the City University of New York, and a M.Phil. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Yale University. For the last 30 years, Bob and his wife Judy have been seasonal residents of Martin Point in Friendship.In 2013 they donated a conservation easement on their 50 acre parcel, protecting important wildlife habitat and a beautiful trail network. Bob has participated in MVLT’s field crew for the several years and joined the Board in 2014.