2022 Annual Meeting Agenda & Info



10 am – 11 am, Sunday, August 28, 2022, rain or shine

Joost Family Preserve

150 East Side Drive, Verona Island

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  1. Carl Derian: Welcome / Call Meeting to Order / Establish Quorum 
  2. Carl Derian: [motion, second, vote] Approve Minutes of August 14, 2021 Annual Meeting (sent to supporters ahead of time & posted on easel)
  3. Emily Hawkins & Landon Fake: 2021-2022 Financial (handouts? Posted on easel?)+ Program Highlights
  4. Carl Derian: Introduce Current Directors + Staff
    1. Board:
      1. Carol Bennatti
      2. Marcis Curtis
      3. Carl Derian 
      4. Emily Hawkins
      5. Sarah LeVine
      6. John MacBrayne
      7. Anna Purna
      8. Liam Riordan
      9. Kurt Silberstein
    2. Termed out/stepping down:
      1. Sarah LeVine
    3. Staff
      1. Addison Gruber, Phineas Peake, Landon Fake (see below)
  5. Carl Derian: [motion, second, vote] Elect Annual Slate of Officers
    1. Kurt Silberstein, Secretary
    2. Jack MacBrayne, Assistant Treasurer
    3. Emily Hawkins, Treasurer
    4. Jack MacBrayne, VP
    5. Carl Derian, President
  6. Carl Derian: [motion, second, vote] Elect Slate of Interim Directors, term ending in 2025
    1. Susan Michaud-Smith, Interim 
    2. Hannah Johnson, Interim 
  7. Carl Derian: Commemoration of former Director  Sarah LeVine (notes below) plaque awarded
  8. Landon Fake: Volunteer of Year Award and announcements
  9. Carl Derian: Adjourn [motion, second, vote]



Addison Gruber, Summer Intern: Studied human ecology at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. Addison has worked on ecological research in Maine and Montana including in Acadia National Park, Glacier National Park, and Great Duck Island. They worked on mapping and user surveys for the Trust this summer.

Phineas Peake, Acting Steward. Phineas has been a Field Coordinator, Crew Leader and Crew member for various trail organizations including  the Northern Forest Canoe Trail and Maine Appalachian Trail Club. He works as a carpenter in the area as well as being the acting steward for the Trust. He lives in Orland with his partner Hannah Johnson.


Sarah LeVine

Sarah LeVine is a British-born anthropologist. She retired from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she was a Research Associate for 27 years. She’s researched 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 and Robert live in Massachusetts and on Toddy Pond in Surry, where she’s historian of the Toddy Pond Association. Sarah is a past president and currently serves on the Development, Stewardship and Governance committees. In summer, Sarah can often be found taking (or leading) long hikes in the Wildlands.

Map and Directions

150 East Side Drive, Verona Island. Turn off US Route 1 in Verona onto East Side Drive. Go 2 miles. Narrow drive and sign on left.

2021 Annual Meeting Minutes

11am – 12 pm, Saturday, August 14, 2021, rain or shine

1. Chris Johnson: Welcome to all. Meeting called to order at 11:10 a.m. Established a quorum.
2. Chris Johnson: Motion to approve minutes of August 15, 2020 Annual Meeting (sent to
supporters ahead of time & posted on easel). Moved by Sarah, 2nd by Alvion Kimball, approved
by majority vote. Chris gave kudos to the finance committee.
3. Emily Hawkins & Landon Fake: 2020-2021 Finance report by Emily, copies available, Emily moved
to approve the treasurer’s report for 2021, 2nd by Bonnie MacBrayne, no discussion, passed by
majority vote.
4. Landon Fake: opens his remarks by acknowledging the Native People’s long history in the area.
Reports that the infrastructure costs have gone up dramatically due to increased usage as a
result of the pandemic, new trails have been built i.e. the new Hillside Trail, pit toilets, and more.
We have a new conservation committee headed by Jennifer and Carol. The committee has been
doing mapping to view the needs for conservation. We are fortunate that there is not much
invasive plant activity on trust lands. We have added lots of signs on posts, user plaques, 50 blue
trail markers. Nick and Alice have added new interpretive signs. 1 acre was developed for new
parking lots. Many new acquisitions have added significant acreage and beauty to trust lands.The
Bella parcel is 360 acres on the west shore of the Dead River. The purchase funds were put up by
a foundation to be paid back in 3 years. This acquisition has not been made public yet, awaiting a
coordinated press release at the right time. We have launched a capital campaign to repay the
loan. The trust will be closing on an additional 200 acres at the end of the year. In addition the
trust is in the process of accepting a donation of 25 acres on Verona Island. The adventure race
was the only event held in 2020 due to the pandemic. 200 people participated, making it a
significant fundraiser. Roger then discussed the ongoing forest management. 1300 acres have
been thinned to date. 90 acres have been thinned this year. The effects of high stumping of
diseased beech trees are being evaluated. We are completing an application for tree farmer of
the year in Hancock county. David Gross asked if the Bella property is open for exploration, Chris
answered yes.
5. Chris Johnson: Introduced Current Directors + Staff
a. Board:
i. Carl Derian
ii. Emily Hawkins
iii. Sarah LeVine
iv. John MacBrayne
v. Robert Mercer
vi. John Wedin
vii. Kurt Silberstein
viii. Carol Bennatti
b. Termed out/stepping down:

i. John Barlow
ii. Diane O’Connell
iii. Jacqueline Hewett
iv. Christopher Johnson
c. Staff
i. John Nugent, Liz Leuthner, Malcolm Richardson, Landon Fake (see below). Kudos
were showered on our hardworking and resourceful staff members.

6. Chris Johnson: introduced our annual slate of officers
a. Kurt Silberstein, Secretary
b. Jack MacBrayne, Assistant Treasurer
c. Emily Hawkins, Treasurer
d. Jack MacBrayne, VP
e. Carl Derian, President
Sarah moved to elect the slate of officers, Alvion 2nd, approved by a majority vote.

7. Carl Derian: introduced the slate of interim directors, term ending in 2023
a. Carol Bennatti, Interim
b. Leah Page, Interim
c. Marcis Curtis, Interim
Chris moved to accept the new interim directors, Emily second, approved by majority
8. Carl Derian: [motion, second, vote] Elect Slate of Interim Directors, term ending in 2024
a. Anna Purna, Interim
b. Liam Riordan, Interim
c. Josh Firmin, Interim
d. John Wedin, 2nd term
e. Bob Mercer, 2nd term
Chris moved to accept, Emily 2nd, approved by majority. There is an onboarding
program in the works for new board members as well as sitting board members who are interested
9. Carl Derian: Commemoration of former Directors (notes below) plaques given out
10. Landon Fake: Volunteer of Year Award was presented to Dave Doherty for his hard and generous
work on behalf of the trust. There will be a tour of the Joost property, led by Landon, after the
meeting is adjourned.
Carol will be leading a full moon hike in the Wildlands on September 21st. If you are interested,
meet at the south gate at 7 p.m.
11. Carl Derian: Chris moved to adjourn the 2021 annual meeting, Emily 2nd. Meeting adjourned at
12 noon.

John Nugent, Summer Intern: Is a biology major at UM at Orono comes from a long line of Camden
Schooner owners & captains but is focused on land-based pursuits for the time being. He worked on
mapping and user surveys for the Trust this summer.

Liz Leuthner, Donor Relationships and Outreach Coordinator. Liz is responsible for the communications
you receive from us, including appeal letters, gift acknowledgement letters, social media posts, website
updates, etc. Liz also works for an environmental nonprofit foundation, is the president of the board of a
contemplative research center on MDI, and teaches yoga. She lives on Deer Isle.
Malcolm Richardson, Steward. Malcolm is responsible for the Trust’s land, from mowing trails, to
contracting major construction projects, to teaching chainsaw safety. He’s from Brooklin, Maine and has
a forestry degree from UVM. He has an intern forestry license in Maine
Landon Fake, Exec. Dir. Landon worked in the outdoor recreation industry for many years and is a former
board member and board chair of the Mahoosuc Land Trust in Bethel, Maine

Commemorating four Retiring Directors:
Diane O’Connell
● came on board 2017
● as skilled lawyer, is in high demand, and juggling her career and family has become a
● served on Land Committee
● consulted with staff and board on numerous legal issues
● Will continue to be involved: after today she will be the Trust’s attorney
John Barlow
● Been involved since 2010, served 2 terms
● His long experience as an administrator at Maine Maritime helped was very helpful to
the trust
● Strong advocate for maintaining roads
● Pushed us to develop program for business supporters; we’re hoping he stays around to
help implement that
● Donated many xmas trees over the years that were sold by the Trust
Jackie Hewitt:
● came on board in 2015
● served 2 terms
● Member of Land Committee
● Fierce advocate of access for horses in the Wildlands
● Protector of Trust’s assets- always a voice of fiscal responsibility
● Took on role as leader of listening session and facilitated discussion of contentious issues
to good outcome

Chris Johnson:
● came on board in 2015, served 2 terms

● Strong leader of Trust at time of transition (new ED, Re accreditation, conversion to
online workspace and record keeping) and through Covid
● Willing to do everything, from taking out the trash at the office to negotiating with camp
owner association
● Responsible for driving conversion to online systems, outfitting office with equipment to
have remote participants in meetings
● Strong advocate for staff
● Having grown up in Bucksport, has wealth of knowledge of area and people
● Commitment to doing things right and by the book sometimes hides his excellent sense
of humor
● Board donation in lieu of gifts