2018 Maine TREE Foundation Board of Directors
Ethan Bessey, Hallowell
Ethan is the President of E.D. Bessey & Son and Bessey Development in Hinckley, ME and is the fifth generation of the Bessey family to own timberland and operate the family business in Maine. With roots in the state dating to shortly after the Revolution, the Bessey family has a long history of sustainable forest management, honorable business practices and community involvement. In addition to the family business and timberland, Ethan is the president of E.D. Bessey Lumber Products, LLC, a custom hardwood flooring and lumber brokerage that he started while living in Austin, TX. He was raised in Waterville and received a B.A. in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire in 1998. He and his wife Emily started the 501(c) 3 Hearts for Ezra Foundation to raise awareness and fight for a cure for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) which took their 8 month old son Ezra in 2013. The foundation raises money for SMA research and hosts community awareness events in central Maine. Ethan lives in Hallowell with his wife and two daughters and two West Highland Terriers.
Barbara “Barrie” Brusila, Warren – Secretary
Barrie received her B.S. in Forest Management and her M.S. in Forestry from the University of Maine. She has been a consulting forester since 1980, working independently as well as for several employers before becoming a co-owner of Mid-Maine Forestry in 1995 with her husband Mitch Kihn (also a forester.) Mid-Maine Forestry has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as a Certified Resource Manager since 1998. Their business involves providing a variety of services for non-industrial landowners including individuals, families, towns, and land trusts. The work includes woodlot reconnaissance, forest management plans, timber inventory, timber marking, stumpage sale administration and supervision, and timber stand improvement. She works in cooperation with state and federal agencies in administering timberland cost-share programs. Barrie is on the Advisory Committee for Baxter State Park’s Scientific Forest Management Area. She is a founding member, and was a Board member, and chair of the Board of the Forest Stewards Guild. She was on the steering committee of the Maine Forest Biodiversity Project and is a past president of SWOAM. She was a District Supervisor with the Knox-Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District for 17 years.
William Cole, Sidney
Willie and his brother, Don, founded Trees, Ltd. in 1986 as a conventional logging operation specializing in thinning. The company has grown from 2 employees to 5 full time and 2 part time and evolved from conventional to a fully mechanized operation. Trees, Ltd. has been the recipient of several awards, including CLP Logger of the Year, COFE Outstanding Contribution, MFPC Outstanding Loggers of Maine and FRA Regional Outstanding Logger. Willie and Lisa have been married for 29 years and have a daughter and 2 sons, the youngest of whom works full time with Trees, Ltd. Willie and Don share a passion for educating landowners, children and the general public on how a healthy forest and logging industry complement each other.
Elizabeth Cushman, Pownal
Beth is a Maine Licensed Professional Forester, earning her degree at the University of Maine. She also holds an MS in Science Education and a CAS in Educational Leadership. She is the former Executive Director of the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands, overseeing the Northeast Master Logger Certification Program and two Forest Steward Council certifications. Presently she is the VP of Internal Operations at Maine Custom Woodlands. Beth is also involved in the Forest Resources Association and is a member of Phi Delta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi, University of Maine Chapter, and the Society of American Foresters.
Alexander R. Ingraham, Hampden, Vice-President
Alex currently works for Pingree Associates Inc. of Bangor, Maine. He received his B.S. in Forest Management from the University of Maine, and his M.B.A. at the College of Charleston in South Carolina. At Pingree, Alex investigates new business opportunities while monitoring current ventures for Pingree’s clients. Prior to joining Pingree Associates, Alex worked in Northern California as a consulting forester writing and implementing timber harvest plans. He is currently an intern forester in the State of Maine, and a member of the Society of American Foresters.
Charles Ipcar, Richmond
Charlie was born and raised in mid-coast Maine and graduated from Bowdoin College with a BA in Chemistry. From 1965 to 1968 he worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia teaching science and geography. In 1974 he received his PhD in Urban Geography from Michigan State University. After teaching in Michigan, working as a staff person at an alternative energy demonstration center, and working at the Michigan Department of Labor, he applied for and received a National Science Foundation fellowship to study the implementation of the State’s new Anti-Redlining Mortgage law. He returned to Maine In 1982 and earned a living in the Portland area buying and renovating older buildings. He retired to Richmond in 1994 and is now developing a career as a nautical singer and songwriter. Charlie served as a board member of the Holt Woodland Research Foundation for about 20 years.
Keith Kanoti, Old Town
In his current position as Forest Manager for the University of Maine, Keith oversees the management of all forestland owned by the University of Maine System and the University of Maine Foundation. Prior to this he spent 10 years with the Maine Forest Service as a district forester in Jonesboro and later as the Maine Forest Service water resources forester. He has been an active member of the Maine Sustainable Forestry Initiative state implementation committee for many years. Keith earned a BS in Forestry from the University of New Hampshire and an MS in Forestry from the University of Maine.
Kathryn (Katie) Manende, Alfred, Maine
Katie works for the vegetation management division of Central Maine Power Company, and is the owner of her own forestry consulting business, Maine Woods Forestry. She received a BS in both Forestry and Wildlife Ecology, and a MF focused on forest certification from the University of Maine. Katie also holds licenses in the State of Maine as a forester, arborist, and pesticide applicator, in addition to being a certified forester. Katie is a member of a number of professional societies including the Maine Arborist Association, National Wild Turkey Federation, American Tree Farm System, Maine Tree Farm Committee, and has been heavily involved with the Society of American Foresters, holding numerous positions within the organization.
Marcia McKeague, East Millinocket – President
Marcia is Vice President of Maine Woodlands Operations of Acadian Timber and President of Katahdin Forest Management LLC. She is responsible for the overall operation of the business which owns 300,000 acres and 100 leased properties in the Katahdin Region. She has a B.S. in Forestry from the University of Michigan and a Masters of Forestry from Michigan State. She has been a member of the Society of American Foresters since 1977 and a Maine Licensed Professional Forester since 1981, when she joined Great Northern Paper. She was formerly a Governor-appointed public member of the Land for Maine’s Future Board from 2000-2007 and a Vice President of the Board of the Center for Woodlands Education.
Sarah J. Medina, Dixmont
Sarah is Land Use Director for Seven Islands Land Company and received her B. S. in Forest Management from the University of Maine. Her areas of expertise are recreation, regulation, taxation and ownership issues. She administers recreational management programs on lands managed by Seven Islands, including commercial and recreational leasing, and licensing for short-term land use activities. Providing public accommodation through North Maine Woods, Inc. has been a particular interest for over forty years. An important aspect of her work is contact with recreational users and user groups including the Maine Professional Guides Association, Maine Snowmobile Association, Sportsman’s/Forest Landowner Alliance and others.
Sarah also coordinates environmental regulatory activities and maintains land ownership and timberland taxation records, often working with state agency representatives in the Departments of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry (particularly Land Use Planning Commission) and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. She serves on the Boards of Directors of Girl Scouts of Maine and The Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust, and chairs the Maine Board of Licensure of Foresters. In 2015 she received the University of Maine School of Forest Resources’ Distinguished Alumni Award, recognizing outstanding professional achievement and sustained contributions to the forestry profession.
Frederick H. Morton, Jr., Auburn – Treasurer
Fred is Executive Vice President and Regional Manager of Farm Credit East, ACA, where he is responsible for all customer service and lending activities to Maine’s farms, fishing and forestry businesses. He received a BS in Agricultural Economics from the University of Maine. Fred is active in the Sixth Street Congregational Church, the Maine Forest Products Council, Forest Society of Maine, a member of the University of Maine’s Board of Agriculture and a panel member for Farms for Maine’s Future program. Fred enjoys camping, hunting, fishing, sports and “the great Maine outdoors.”
Stephen Shaler, Old Town
Stephen Shaler is a Professor in and the Director of the School of Forest Resources, University of Maine. He received his BS and MS degrees in Wood Science & Technology from Colorado State University and a PhD in Forest Resources from Pennsylvania State University. He has been on the faculty at Penn State, Michigan Technological University, and for the past 25 years – the University of Maine. His research and teaching interests have focused on composite materials, including their processing and mechanical performance. Other project activities include the areas of Cross Laminated Timber and Life Cycle Assessment of building products. He was a founding member of the Advanced Engineered Wood Composites Center and the Forest Bioproducts Research Institute.
Maine TREE Foundation Staff
Henry L. Whittemore, Executive Director
Henry has more than twenty-five years of timberland management experience, with a particular focus on North America, Australia, New Zealand, China and Eastern Europe. Prior to joining Maine TREE, he served as senior director of an international timberland investment fund based in Boston and Northeast Regional Manager of a Boston-based TIMO that managed lands in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. Henry has served on many non-profit Boards in Maine – including the Maine Farmland Trust, Forest Society of Maine, Center for Woodland Education, the Northern Forest Center, Kennebec Land Trust and the Maine Forest Products Council. From 1978-1981, Henry served in the United States Peace Corps in the Kingdom of Tonga as an agro-forestry volunteer. He holds a BA from Williams College and a Masters in Forestry from Yale University, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He and his wife, Darcy, have lived in Readfield for 28 years and have two grown children. Together, they own and manage a 62-acre woodlot in Mount Vernon.
Patricia A. Maloney, Project Learning Tree State Coordinator
Pat graduated from Loyola University and has a Masters Degree in Education from USM. She has worked 14 years as a teacher in MSAD 75, Topsham and taught grades 4-6 at Bowdoin Central School. She has worked summers as an intern with Friends of Casco Bay, participated in the National Park Service Earthwatch Expedition into America at Acadia National Park, participated in the Maine Math and Science Academy at Bates College and served on the Friends of Merrymeeting Bay Board of Directors.
Cathy Jo Herlihy, Administrative Assistant
CJ grew up in Skowhegan and is a Skowhegan High School graduate. She has worked in the administrative field for 30 years; this is her second stint working for the TREE Foundation. She worked for TREE for over six years; she ran the office from her home when her son was young. She previously worked for Family Planning Association of Maine and the Maine State Nurses Association. She lives in Winslow with her husband.