People of GPMCT

People of GPMCT

Board of Directors, 2015


Emily Fuller Hawkins, President & Assistant Treasurer.  Emily serves on the Finance Committee of the Pine Tree Society of Bath, Maine, and provides a broad perspective on the operations of non-profits. Her experience includes 35 years stewarding family woodland in southern Maine and commercial real estate in the Midwest. When not meeting her responsibilities as Treasurer, Emily is hiking in the Wildlands, sailing/cruising on Penobscot Bay with her husband David or skiing at Sugarloaf. She also might be seen raking leaves at the new office! Emily and David live on Deer Isle.  Emily is a graduate of Milton Academy, Middlebury College and University of Maine School of Law.

Sarah LeVine, Vice-PresidentSarahLevine A British-born anthropologist educated at Oxford, the University of Chicago and Harvard, Sarah retired from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2004. She has carried out research on maternal and child health in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and South Asia, and on religious belief and practice in the Buddhist Himalayas. The author of many books and publications, she volunteers in winter at a Cambridge, MA organization doing psychological evaluations of political asylum-seekers. She and her husband Robert LeVine live in Belmont, MA and on Toddy Pond in Surry, where she is historian of the Toddy Pond Association. In summer, Sarah can often be found taking (or leading) long hikes in the Wildlands.

Michael Bouthot, Treasurer. Mike’s career has spanned 39 years in management accounting positions including2015 Penobscot Fly Fishers Cabin Feever Reliever 27 years in the pulp & paper industry.  He served as the Mill Controller and Materials Manager at the Champion Int’l paper mill in Pensacola, FL 1985-1993 and Mill Controller at the Bucksport mill from 1993 to 2002.  He recently served 6 years as Accounting Manager for Bangor Gas Company, and 2 years as Business Manager for Cianbro in Brewer until joining Bucksport Energy in 2010.  In his various roles, he’s been responsible for maintaining and controlling accounting systems, implementing effective internal controls, ensuring accurate external reporting and preparing annual budgets.  Michael graduated from the University of Maine at Orono with a BS degree in finance and accounting and lives with wife Sally in East Orland.

Carl DerianCarl 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 (18-24) have enjoyed summers at Alamoosook eating lobster, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and boating, and Carl has mountain biked and hiked the Wildlands. 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 in 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 this past year. David was a board member and past president of GPMCT from 2005 to 2011, and has continued to chair the Governance Committee and the Accreditation Team. 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 recently 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. They regularly ride 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.


Jack MacBrayne and wife Bonnie live in Orland.  Jack graduated from the University of Maine with a BS in Chemical Engineering.  After serving as a naval officer on an ocean-going minesweeper, he worked over 30 years in various capacities in the pulp and paper industry.  Jack is currently chairman of the Orland Planning Board.  He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities including hunting, boating, camping, snowshoeing, and golf.


Bob Mercer has spent most winters of his life in Bucksport and most summers on Orland’s Craig Pond. After Bucksport High School, he graduated from Maine Maritime Academy and spent three years in the Merchant Marine. Following graduate school at Northeastern in Boston, he taught biology for 25 years. He is a former Registered Maine Guide and continues to be active outdoors. He has been married to wife Jean for nearly 45 years and enjoys three children and ten beautiful grandchildren.


John Wedin spent an idyllic childhood growing up in Orrington. Exploring the fields, forests, waters and hills of Maine and New England imparted a desire to protect all he had enjoyed. An Applied Environmental Science Degree bridged early interests with a subsequent career in the pulp & paper, laboratory, and water treatment industries. He currently serves as the Branch Lake Steward for the City of Ellsworth, to ensure high quality drinking water for the future. His service on several planning boards, water & sewer commissions, & trade organizations presently include the Maine Water Utilities Association, and the Dedham Planning Board (Chair). John and wife Kristen reside in the village of Lucerne and look forward to many years of enjoying & helping to protect & share the land they love. 


ExecutiCopy of CheriDomina.2013ve Director Cheri DominaCheri’s 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.

  • Brian Keegstra, Wildlands 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.