We are more than 1,000 people like you who love the outdoors, who love the distinctive charms of Maine, and who believe in celebrating and protecting them, for everyone, forever.
Together with our neighbors, we protect the distinct character of the communities of the Mahoosuc Region and inspire a commitment to our special places. Our passion is to share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures we care for.
Board of Directors
Joseph Aloisio, Jr. has been the Engineering Manager at Sunday River Ski Resort for over 25 years. Joe brings a strong understanding of how to get things done with minimal negative effect on the environment. He is a past Chairman of the Newry Planning Board and a current Board Member of the Androscoggin River Watershed Council and Sunday River Charitable Foundation. Joe is also a classic car aficionado. Joe served on the Board from 2000 to 2012 and was re-elected in 2013. He serves on the Lands Committee.
Robert Iles retired to Maine after a dentistry career in Lakeland, FL. Bob and his wife, Lida, chaired the successful Rumford Whitecap campaign, and Bob continues to chair the Whitecap Stewardship Committee. Bob brings development and networking skills as well as many community connections to the Board. He served on the Board from 2001 to 2012 and was re-elected in 2013. Bob serves on the Stewardship Committee.
Michael Hyman is the President of Vesta Property Services and oversees the management and amenity services for large-scale residential communities in Florida. When not in Bethel, Michael lives in West Palm Beach and has worked in various capacities for the planning and development division of the city. He joined the Board in 2012 and serves on the Financial Planning and Lands Committees.
Lizz Peacock has worked in the outdoor recreation field for the past 25 years, starting as a Registered Maine Whitewater Guide and spending winters working in the Bethel area. In 2000 she became a full-time resident of Newry working for Outward Bound and is currently the Operations Director at Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation. She brings a background of program development for all ability types and ages and has a long experience of working in non-profits in Maine. Lizz joined the board in 2018 and is Chair of the Outreach Committee and is in charge of social media.
Steve Smith spent 30 years in independent and public education. He retired from being a senior high school principal in Topsfield, MA, to take a position with an international educational consulting firm. Steve brings grant writing skills and in-depth knowledge of science to the Land Trust. He is a member of the Bethel Rotary Club and is on the board of the Western Mountains Senior College. Steve joined the board in 2014 and is Chair of the Financial Planning Committee and serves on the Lands Committee.
Richard Stratton, Treasurer, retired from a career in health care and education administration. Dick brings financial and record keeping expertise to MLT. Dick and his wife Sandra live in Hanover where he served as a Selectman for many years. Dick joined the Board in 2010and serves on the Financial Planningand Stewardship Committees.
Laurie Winsor, Vice-President, is a retired nonprofit administrator. Laurie brings skills in community relations, philanthropy, policy and program development and strategic planning to the Board. She is currently serving with a number of regional and local organizations, including the Bethel Planning Board and Board of Directors of the River Valley Healthy Community Coalition and Community Dental. Laurie joined the Board in 2013 and is the Chair of the Governance Committee, and serves on the Financial Planning and Development Committees.
Mac Davis is a retired teacher and Dean of Faculty at Gould Academy. A Maine Guide, he guides canoe trips in summer and is a ski guide with Mahoosuc Guide Service in winter. Mac is a highly skilled strategic planner and photographer. Mac joined the Board in 2012 and currently serves on the Stewardship and Governance Committees.
Larry Ely retired as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in 1998, followed by 13 years as a contract Special Investigator with the FBI. He played a leadership role in Shelburne, New Hampshire’s conservation efforts in protecting the Philbrook Farm Inn Lands, First, Crow, Middle and Bald Cap Mountains in addition to greatly expanding the Appalachian Trail corridor in Success Township. Larry brings expertise in field biology, land title issues, conservation easements and resource inventories. Larry joined the Board in 2015 and is Chair of the Stewardship Committee and serves on the Lands Committee.
Bonnie Pooley, Secretary, retired from a long tenure as an English teacher at Gould Academy. She is a registered Maine Guide with a summer guiding service, Maine Explorations. Bonnie brings expertise in grant writing and editing as well as skills in strategic planning and thinking and many community connections. A passionate gardener, she grows vegetables for her own health and also for others in the community who need them. Bonnie has served on the Mahoosuc Land Trust Board since 1991 with a short break in service in 2015. She serves on the Outreach and Stewardship Committees.
Sue Dunn is semi-retired from the marketing communications, editorial, and real estate fields. She brings communications and marketing skills to the Board, and currently holds a Maine Associate Broker Real Estate license. She is currently a member of the Bethel Planning Board, the River Fund Event and Marketing Committee, MLT Outreach Committee and pollinator gardener, and a volunteer for the Bethel Food Pantry. Through the Outreach committee, she organizes the MLT Annual Art Show and Valentine’s Day event. Sue is an artist as well as an avid hiker and winter sports enthusiast.
Sara Whalen Shifrin is an educator and directs the IDEAS Center at Gould Academy, a facility devoted to innovation and creative problem solving. Sara has skills in human-centered design for property development and property use. Sara has lived in Bethel for over 25 years. She is also an active Board member of the Weld Free Public Library in Weld, Maine. Sara joined the board in 2014 and serves on the Education Committee
Amy Halsed for thirty-five years a creative director, spends lots of time volunteering, orchestrating art shows, exhibits and workshops at her gallery, Table Rock Arts Center (TRAC), and handling multi-media creative services for clients. In addition to the Mahoosuc Land Trust, she is on the board of The River Fund and has worked closely with the Local Food Connection, Gardeners Growing Healthy Communities, and others. Additional philanthropic activities have included developing Earth Day festivities in rural areas, working on 24 Hours of Reality—The Climate Reality Project, serving on several Coastal Conservation Association boards, and as a founding member of the Chesapeake Climate Action Network and the Rainforest Alliance.
Mia Purcell has enjoyed an extensive career in economic development at the national, state and regional levels. She is currently serving as the Manager of Economic Development for the Community Concepts Finance Corporation, assisting in development and planning initiatives for 35 towns in Oxford County. An avid gardener and hiker, Mia also enjoys cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. Mia joined the board in 2018 and serves on the Development and Financial Planning Committees.
Robert O’Brien, President, is a retired high school science teacher. Bob has skills in grant writing, project management and consensus building. He and his wife, Michaela, donated an easement to their Albany Township property in 2014. This property drains into the Sebago Lake Watershed, which supplies drinking water to the city of Portland. Bob joined the Board in 2011 and is Chair of the Education Committee and serves on the Governance and Stewardship Committees.
Bob Duplessie is a retired Fire Fighter for City of Portland. He served in the Maine House of Representatives for 8 years, including 4 years on the Natural Resources Committee and 4 years as the Assistant Majority Leader. Bob also worked as the Landowner Relations Coordinator for the Departments of Conservation and Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for 5 years. Bob lives in Andover and joined the Board in 2011 and is currently Chair of the Lands Committee.