People of GPMCT

People of GPMCT

Board of Directors, 2017


Emily Fuller Hawkins, President & Assistant Treasurer. Emily was born in York and has lived on Deer Isle with husband David since 1979. She holds a BA from Middlebury College and a law degree from Univ. of Maine. In 1990, she established Peninsula Property Rentals; from 2001-07, she was Chief of Service for Memorial Ambulance Corp of Deer Isle; and she’s currently President/CEO of a real estate investment company. She was a founder and initial President of Island Heritage Trust, and a past President of The Pine Tree Society of Bath. Emily enjoys sailing, skiing, tennis and hiking.

Sarah LeVine, Vice-PresidentSarahLevine A British-born anthropologist educated at Oxford, the Univ. of Chicago and Harvard (PhD), Sarah is retired from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she was Research Associate for 27 years. She’s carried out research on child socialization, maternal and child health (in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and South Asia) and religion (in Nepal and India) and has authored many books and publications. She volunteers at a Cambridge, MA organization doing psychological evaluations of people seeking political asylum in the United States. She and Robert live in MA and on Toddy Pond in Surry where she’s historian of the Toddy Pond Association. In summer, Sarah can often be found taking (or leading) long hikes in the Wildlands.

Richard Spearen, Jr., Treasurer. Richard graduated from U-Maine with a BA in political science and a BA in philosophy. Since 2008, he has worked for Penn National Gaming at Hollywood Casino in Bangor in various roles, currently as Senior Accountant. Richard grew up in Holden and now lives in Bucksport. He enjoys traveling, reading, and gaming, but is at his most content when he’s out hiking with his dog, camping, swimming, or just soaking up the natural resources of this state. He believes having areas of natural public land is very important for a healthy society.

Betty J. “BJ” Harris, Secretary. BJ has been a consultant pharmacist with Maine Veterans Homes (MVH) since 2011, during her faculty position at Husson University School of Pharmacy. Prior to Husson, Dr. Harris was Assistant Dean of Experiential Education and Student Services at NSU College of Pharmacy, 2006-2011. She joined academia after an extensive career with long-term care and specialty pharmacy care services, community chain pharmacies and hospitals. She is a grad of the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia and received her Pharm.D. from Nova Southeastern University. Besides volunteering with pharmacy associations, she sings weekly at Blue Hill Congo Church and is a member of the Jubilation Bell Ringers, Bagaduce Chorale and Evensong West singers. She live in Orland, is a licensed Maine Sea Kayak guide and has paddled with Castine Kayak Adventures for the past 6 years. BJ enjoys the Wildlands and other nearby natural areas, and semi-retirement now allows for a transition to support these activities.

John Barlow is originally from Plymouth, MA, and moved to Maine for graduate work at U-Maine, Orono in 1965. He worked on his dissertation at the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries lab in Boothbay Harbor (John received a BS from University of Rhode Island, 1965, Ph.D., U-Maine 1969, and did a Post Doctorate at Environment Canada in 1974.) After teaching for a year at UM he worked at Jackson Lab in 1970 and helped run the NSF Summer Research Program for college students. John and wife Diane moved to Orland in 1970 and he taught marine science and oceanography at Maine Maritime Academy, helped found the Corning School of Ocean Studies and became the Academic Dean, Provost and VP of Academic Affairs before retiring two years ago.  In Orland, John was active in the Orland Fire Department and served as Chief for 25 years. He and Diane have two sons and four grandchildren.

Carl Derian and wife Mary Durbin Derian are from Bloomfield Hills, MI, and share a summer camp at Alamoosook Lake with Mary’s mother and sisters. Carl, Mary and their four boys have enjoyed summers at Alamoosook eating lobster, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and boating, and Carl has mountain biked and hiked the Carl DerianWildlands. Since 2000, Carl has been President of Forberg Scientific, Inc.—a distributor and manufacturers’ representative organization with a passion for customer service and innovative problem solving. After graduation in 1981 from Western Michigan University with a major in industrial marketing, Carl started his career with Parker Hannifin, then joined Forberg Scientific in 1984 as sales engineer. Carl is also on the Board of Directors of MCAA, an industry-related organization. Carl is anxious to ensure the growth and successful continuity of GPMCT.

DavidGrossDavid Gross, son of GPMCT founder Stuart Gross, grew up in Orono and Bucksport. David spent 32 years as professor of English at University of Oklahoma, before returning to Maine in 2005 to join the faculty of the University of Maine Honors College, then serving as Interim Dean. David was a board member and past president of GPMCT from 2005 to 2011, and has continued to chair the Governance Committee. David and wife Stephanie live in Hampden in winter and on Bucksport’s Hancock Pond in summer.

HewettJacqueline Hewett’s love for the outdoors began as a child playing in the woods behind her house. This early interest grew into a desire to fully understand environmental systems and Jackie studied Natural Resource Conservation at the University of Connecticut and earned an MES from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. For 30 years, Jackie has worked in land use planning, development and conservation. She chaired several comprehensive planning committees, was a member of Raymond’s Board of Appeals and the Penjajawoc Marsh/Mall Management Commission in Bangor. Jackie became a certified Maine Master Naturalist and enjoys leading forest discovery walks for children and adults. She and husband Chuck live in Holden and enjoy hiking, camping, canoeing and skiing, and riding their horses in the Wildlands.

Chris Johnson grew up on McDonald Street in Bucksport. He has been gardening since youth, and recently IMG_2604completed the Master Gardener program. His interest in nature also includes forestry, birdwatching, beekeeping, and weather monitoring. His work experiences include news writing, radio/tv commercial production, and management of an inplant printing department, as well as other leadership responsibilities. After retirement, Chris decided to become more involved in local and regional civic issues. He is a member of the Bucksport Planning Board, and a local “spoke” for the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. He is a member of the Small Woodland Owners of Maine, the Bucksport Historical Society and the Penobscot County Genealogical Society. Other interests include astronomy, roses, opera, and film. Chris and Karen Johnson live in North Bucksport and are the parents of Valerie and Andrew Johnson.

Diane O’Connell was born and raised on a sheep farm in New Zealand, and traveled extensively after high school before completing her studies in law and accounting at Otago University in Dunedin, NZ.  After working as an attorney in New Zealand, Diane spent a year teaching English in Cambodia and working for an NGO doing legal research and report writing.  She immigrated to America in 2001 with her husband, Steve. She passed the Maine Bar Exam while living in Portland and working for an accounting firm.  In 2003, Diane and Steve started a charter boat business in Belfast with their friendship sloop Amity and moved to Bucksport.  Diane also began working as an attorney with Jim Patterson in Ellsworth, and is now a partner in the law firm, Patterson & O’Connell, LLC in Ellsworth; her practice is real-estate based and has included conservation easements and work for land trusts.  After 13 years, two kids (now at Bucksport Middle School), a dog and several birds, she’s grounded in the Bucksport community and enjoys local hiking and boating, hiking Great Pond Mountain often with family.

Nick Webster is now fully retired and remains happily connected with several non-profit organizations through board memberships. GPMCT and the Harvard Glee Club Foundation are at the top of his list. An independent arts consultant for 20+ years, his clients included dozens of symphony orchestras nationwide, and the Center for Maine Contemporary Artists. From 1975-1991 he was Managing Director and Executive Vice-President of the New York Philharmonic. He served on advisory panels for the Aaron Copland Fund for Music, American Music Center, and National Endowment for the Arts, and helped train CEOs of many large orchestras, Carnegie Hall, and League of American Orchestras. He has an AB in physics from Harvard College, was a student of Mlle. Nadia Boulanger and Proctor at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau, France. He has two grown children and three grandchildren and he and wife Sally live in NYC and summer on Toddy Pond.

Community Advisers

  • Colin Baker
  • Jim Boothby
  • Mike Bouthot
  • William & Dede Bullock
  • Paul Liebow
  • George MacLeod
  • Ted & Sue Van Leer


ExecutiCopy of CheriDomina.2013ve Director Cheri Domina has been with GPMCT since 1993, volunteering 6 years as Board secretary, then managing various projects before being hired as ED in 2006. With a BS in Wildlife Biology from Unity College and an MS in Environmental Science from Antioch NE Graduate School, Cheri previously worked nine years as a part-time outreach specialist for USFWS at Craig Brook Nat’l Fish Hatchery. While in Maine, she’s also served as Underwriting Manager at WERU, and Assoc. Editor and columnist for the Bucksport Enterprise newspaper. Born and raised in Michigan, she has 30 years experience as a naturalist and writer for nonprofits from the Midwest to New England. She lives on Alamoosook Lake with husband Chris and daughters Lucie and Liz and enjoys hiking, xc skiing & kayaking.

  • Shawn Mercer, Land Steward
  • Marcia Sly, Development Coordinator
  • Karen Balas-Cote, Membership Coordinator
  • Roger Greene, Forester
  • Tom Fox, Ranger


GPMCT enjoys the assistance of ~50 active volunteers who help in various ways, from planning and building trails to drafting policies, to helping at educational events. Please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page for ways you can help and our latest Volunteer Profile.