ABOUT RANGELEY LAKES HERITAGE TRUST

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust was incorporated in 1991 as a 501(c)3 conservation land trust.  Its mission is to conserve and steward the natural and historical resources of the Rangeley Lakes Region for the benefit of the community and future generations.

Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust consists of six full time staff members, 25 plus seasonal staff, 20 board members and over 100 volunteers who participate annually.  Our staff and volunteers work closely together to maintain trails, inspect boats for invasive plants, and to inventory all of the native aquatic plants in the region's lakes and ponds.

 

Our Staff

Executive Director Chris Devine was raised in the Hudson River Valley of New York. He graduated from the University of Arizona and subsequently worked for a decade as a consulting ground water geologist. As a result of volunteering he became involved in the Squam Lakes Association, a non profit conservation organization located on Golden Pond in New Hampshire. He led the organization for over a decade as Executive Director and was responsible for developing numerous programs involving water quality, invasive aquatic plants, land conservation, and outdoor recreation. Chris joined the Trust in 2012 and spends his time enjoying his two children, golfing and skiing.

Office Manager Tracie Clinch is a Rangeley native. After moving to southern Maine for college, she met her husband Albert and had two children.  In 2007 after many years in retail management, Tracie and Albert returned to Rangeley to raise their children. Tracie spent her first few years back helping her sister with her book keeping business.  From there she went to work for Saddleback Maine as the Human Resources and Accounting Manager. She transitioned to RLHT's Office Manager in September of 2015. 

Stewardship Director Shelby Rousseau grew up in Farmington, CT, attended public schools, a local community college and then onto the University of Maine, where she studied wildlife management.  In 1997 she and her family moved to Phillips, Maine, where she served with the Maine Conservation Corps/Americorps, assigned to RLHT.  Upon completion of the term in 1998, she was hired by RLHT as the Director of Stewardship.  She is a Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate and a Registered Maine Guide, specializing in flyfishing local waters for cold water species.  When not stewarding RLHT’s 13,000 acres of conservation land, Shelby finds harmony in spending time with her family, flyfishing remote streams, paddling, tying flies, playing guitar and gardening.

Program Manager Amanda Laliberte obtained her BA in Anthropology and Sociology from the University of Maine at Farmington in 2007. For four years she traveled the country doing archaeology and later earned a B.S. in Outdoor Education from Black Hills State University in South Dakota.  She is Wilderness First Responder and a NASP Instructor Specialist, a Leave No Trace Trainer and a NAI Certified Interpretive Guide. Her love for the outdoors and her ability to connect with the kids make this position a perfect match for her. Amanda now calls Rangeley home and can usually be found on long hikes, skiing Saddleback or kayaking a quiet pond.  

Cupsuptic Campground Managers Randy & Heather Targett started managing CLPC in 2010. Prior to this endeavor Randy had a long reputable career as a local building contractor and has always lived in Franklin County, Maine where he graduated from Mt. Abram High School. Heather previously managed Rangeley Family Dentistry and is a graduate of Dirigo High School in Dixfield, ME and University of Maine at Farmington with a degree in business/accounting. They are both master Maine Guides and have formerly held positions on the board of Rangeley Region Guides and Sportsman Association. They have a beautiful daughter, Meg who is 17 years old and attends Deefield Academy in Deerfield, MA. In their spare time they love to hunt, fish and spend time with their two NAVHDA dogs,  Jagen and Thurza.

 

Board of Directors

President H Paul Reynolds and his wife Laura own a house on Stephens Road in Rangeley Plantation.  Laura has been vacationing in Rangeley since 1970.  She fell in love with the region a long time ago and as soon as Laura introduced Paul to the region he knew it was a place to treasure.  Paul had a 25-year career in the investment business ending his career as the Managing Director of Institutional for Russell Investment Group.  Paul has spent the last few years as an entrepreneur and is currently a Senior Associate Director of Major Gifts at St. Lawrence University. Paul and Laura moved to Rangeley full time in the fall of 2013 and are directing their energy toward helping the community in Rangeley.

Vice President Pat Butler and his wife Patti own a property on Bald Mountain Rd. in Oquossoc and have been coming to Rangeley since 2004. Pat is the President and owner of his family business, Butler Bros. which is based in Lewiston, Maine. Butler Bros. is a “full-line” industrial distributor of MRO products including cutting tools, abrasives, safety and packaging products serving customers throughout New England and Western NY. Pat is a past board member of the Maine Turnpike Authority as well as the Lewiston Board of Appeals.

Treasurer Dan Hughes has been involved with government having worked for two Presidents: under President Ford, he worked in the White House Advance Office and during the Reagan Administration he served as a Senior Advisor on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Transition Team.  He later served simultaneously as Deputy Undersecretary, Assistant to the Secretary for Policy and as the White House Liaison to HUD.   Dan also founded his own company focusing on commercial/industrial real estate and served in the N.H. General Court as a Representative and member of the House Ways and Means and Finance Committees. Active in his community he has served on many boards and committees.  A veteran, he served with the U.S. Marine Corps and was honorably discharged with the rank of Major. Dan resides in New Castle, N.H. and Rangeley Plantation, Maine with his wife and dog.

Secretary Ellen Oppenheim has been coming to Rangeley with her husband Bill and their five children since 1985. She grew up Baltimore, MD and attended college in Hanover, NH. At home in New Canaan, CT Ellen has been involved with a wide variety of organizations, and she has served as trustee of New Canaan Country School and the Horizons Student Enrichment program, where she is the co-chair of their Board of Governors. Ellen is currently the treasurer of The Omprakash Foundation. Ellen serves on the Executive Committee of RLHT and is on the Accreditation Team. Ellen is employed by the Darien EMS where she is an emergency medical technician.  In her free time, Ellen loves to read, run, hike, play golf and ice hockey. 

Laura Appell-Warren is a psychological anthropologist who serves as a Director of Global Citizenship and teaches globalization, religion and anthropology at St. Mark’s School, a coeducational boarding school in Southborough, Mass.  Having grown up in Phillips, it was natural that when Laura and her husband John were looking for a Maine home they would turn to the Rangeley Region.  Through friends in Rangeley they found the perfect house on Little Kennebago Lake where they have happily spent every summer, along with their children, Ethan and Amanda, since 1985.   Laura has been an Invasive Plant Patroller for the MVLMP for ten years and also participates in the annual loon census. Laura is an advisor for Chewonki, an environmental education organization based in Wiscasset, Maine, and is head of the advisory board for the Chewonki Semester School.

Ben Bowditch has owned a camp at the north end of Kennebago Lake since 1967. He has served on the boards of the Rangeley Region Health Center, the Rangeley Library, and the Rangeley Region Guides’ and Sportsmen’s Association.  He also served on the Steering Committee for the Pingree Forest Partnership. He and his wife owned and operated a book store in Rangeley. Following his retirement as Senior Vice President of the Vanguard Group of Investment Companies, he consulted with a number of investment management firms. Prior to Vanguard, he held management positions in the Fidelity Group and the IBM Corporation.

Geoff Hand's family has owned several camps on Mooselookmeguntic Lake since the late 1800s.   He is an avid fly fisherman and mountain biker and spends as much of the summer as possible in the Rangeley region.  When not in Maine, Geoff lives in Burlington, Vermont, with his wife and two boys.  He is a partner in the law firm of Dunkiel Saunders Elliott Raubvogel & Hand, where he practices environmental law.  Geoff also currently serves on the Board of the Burlington Boys & Girls Club, the Vermont Environmental Consortium, and VSA Vermont.

Larry Koob is an Oquossoc native. He and his wife, Susan live on Bald Mountain Road. He is the President and owner of his business, Oquossoc Marine and owns Saddleback Marina on Rangeley Lake. Oquossoc Marine carries and services boats, ATVs and is the leading Polaris snowmobile dealer in Maine. Additionally, Larry is the Director of the Oquossoc Standard Water District. He can often be seen flying his plane above the Rangeley Lakes Region.

Bob Landis has been coming to Rangeley since 1977 with his wife Robin, whose parents grew up in the area. He serves on the board of the Rangeley Region Health and Wellness Partnership and has served on the board of the Rangeley Historical Society. He is a former lawyer and investment banker and a graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School. 

Emmett Lescroart, his wife, and their five children discovered the Rangeley Lakes Region in 1991.  They built a home on Stephens Road in Oquossoc in 1993 and have been spending their summers here ever since.  After a successful career in industry and with private equity, Emmett has been managing his personal investments from his home in Princeton, NJ since 1996.  He continues to sit on several boards including the NYSE specialty contractor Team Inc. and the Bank of Princeton.  Although he and his wife travel extensively, they continue to cherish their summers in the beautiful Rangeley Lakes Region.

Renee Levi is an organization consultant who has worked with private, public and not-for-profit clients for the past thirty years. She specializes in strategic planning, organizational research, executive coaching and change management. Prior to consulting Renee worked for IBM in marketing and sales. Her Ph.D. is in organization systems. Renee has been coming to the Rangeley area since 1979 with her husband Alan and their four children. They own Wildwind Camps on Mooselookmeguntic Lake and live in Baltimore. Renee loves the peace and quiet as well as the opportunities for outdoor recreation the area provides. She especially enjoys the wonderful community of people who live and vacation in this region and the work they do toward bettering the area.

Kevin McDevitt lives in Portsmouth, NH and is COO of the McDevitt Companies, a chain of five heavy duty truck dealerships located in MA, NH and VT.  Kevin is past Chairman of the Town of Dunbarton Board of Adjustment, past president of the Parmachenee Lake Improvement Association, program advisory committee member for the Northern Forest Center and has served on numerous industry boards and councils.  He is a former owner and managing partner of Bosebuck Mountain Club, a 100-year old sporting camp on Aziscohos Lake and has owned a camp on Parmachenee Lake for forty years.  Kevin was introduced to fly fishing by a Maine Guide (his grandfather) and has enjoyed fishing and skiing the Rangeley Region since childhood.

Sarah J. Medina administers recreational management programs on lands managed by Seven Islands Land Company, including commercial and recreational leasing, and licensing for short-term land use activities.  She also coordinates environmental regulatory activities and maintains land ownership and timberland taxation records.  She has served on numerous advisory committees and task forces that influence state land use and regulatory policy and/or enhance forest management, including the Governor’s Land Acquisition Priorities Advisory Committee, and Bureau of Public Lands and Allagash Wilderness Waterway advisory committees. She currently serves on North Maine Woods’ Administrative and Public Affairs committees, IF & W Landowner Sportsmans’ Relations Advisory Committee, Maine Woods Consortium, and as VP Girl Scouts of Maine.

John Morton is a retired partner, from the Boston office of Wilmer Cutler Hale and Dorr.  Since retirement, John has been involved in financing start-up businesses.  He is active in town government affairs in Stoughton, Massachusetts.  He is a member of the Board of Advisors to the Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  John and his wife Rachel have a home on Rangeley Lake.

Cynthia Murray-Beliveau... coming soon!  

 

Bill Oppenheim has worked in the investment business for thirty years in NYC and Connecticut, and is currently a Managing Director at Oppenheimer & Co. Bill has lived in Connecticut most of his life. As a child he came to Mooselookmeguntic with his parents and grandparents, and developed a great love for the area; he returned with his wife and children in 1985 and has owned a home here since 1988. Bill has spent increasingly more time in Maine now that communications enable him to work from his house in Oquossoc. Bill has been on the RLHT board for close to 15 years and serves on the Finance Committee, as well as advising the board on investments. Bill also serves on the board of the Farmington Hospital Investment Committee. Bill loves to fish, ski, hike and play golf while enjoying his time in Maine. 

Heaton Robertson has been coming to the Rangeley Region since the 1950's. He currently owns a camp as part of the Oquossoc Angling Association. He actively serves on and is an advisor to several hospital boards, and the YMCA. He has served in the past on boards of other for profit corporations and non-profits including schools, and local government positions. Mr. Robertson is a Partner of Brown Brothers Harriman and was partner -in -charge of the firms Banking Business. His business experience includes commercial banking, investment management, and corporate finance over a 40 year career at BBH. He resides with his wife, Henrietta, in Hamilton, MA.

Rob Welch came to the Rangeley Region in 1972 right out of high school to build a log cabin deep in the Redington Pond Valley, inspired by his readings of Henry Dave Thoreau. Rob obtained a B.S. in environmental studies/education from the University of Maine and a M.Ed. from Antioch University. Rob founded the Wilderness Education Assoc. in 1977 which offered intensive outdoor wilderness skills to high school student from around New England. He also served in the public education arena for 25 years, 22 as Principal of both K-8 and high school grades 9-12.  In 2004 Rob retired from public education and opened the Pleasant St. Inn B&B with his wife Janet. Rob is presently serving his second term as a Rangeley Selectman and from 2007-2012 he co-chaired the Rangeley Comprehensive Plan Rewrite in Sept. Committee.  

Leeanna Wilbur has been a resident of Rangeley her entire life.  She has served on the boards of the Rangeley Health & Wellness Partnership, Seasonal Friends of Rangeley, Rangeley Recreational Boosters, North Star Advisory, and as a member of the Rangeley Rotary Club, the Treasurer for the Church of the Good Shepard and Rangeley Alumni Association.  Leeanna and her husband Bob were married in 1979 and have raised two children Ryan and Chris.  Leeanna is a banker by trade and has worked for Franklin Savings Bank since 1982 and serves as Vice President & Rangeley Branch Manager.

Kate Williamson is the General Manager and part owner of Stony Batter Enterprises in Oquossoc, Maine.  Stony Batter owns the Stony Batter Building, The Gallery at Stony Batter and The Gingerbread House Restaurant.  She is currently on the board of the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce.  She was previously on the Advisory Foundation Board of Franklin Memorial Hospital and the advisory board of the Rangeley Health and Wellness Pavilion and HealthReach.   She worked as a Software Sales Manager for Dirig Software and as a Senior Sales Representative for IBM. 

 

Directors Emeritus

President Emeritus Ed Kfoury co-founded the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust and has served as its President since its inception. He is devoted to conservation in Maine having served on the boards of The Nature Conservancy of Maine, The Forest Society of Maine and is an advisory trustee of The Maine Audubon Society, in addition he was involved with the Steering Committee that raised the funds for the Pingree Forest Partnership. He is a recipient off the 1993 Alexander Calder Award and received the 2014 Rangeley Lakes Community Service Award. Ed owns several businesses in Rangeley and is a retired officer of IBM.

Director Emeritus Ed Brunswick built a summer home with his wife, Beth, in 1993 next to Bald Mountain Camps. Beth had been coming to Maine since the early 60’s as she is a member of the Gimbel family which settled here in the early 1900’s. Ed joined the board that summer and began volunteering for the EcoVenture youth summer camp program.  Ed worked for over forty years in the menswear business in various positions from sales, merchandising, advertising and owner. He started the MacGregor sportswear line and then went on to Robert Bruce Sportswear when they signed Arnold Palmer to be their ‘spokesman.’ Ed retired in 1999 and has since spent summers in Maine and winters on the west coast of Florida.

Director Emeritus Nancy Perlson served as Executive Director of RLHT for 18 years, coming on as the first employee in 1994 and retiring in 2012.  She has lived in Madrid Township for 37 years and has property on Rangeley Lake.  She worked as a biology teacher, real estate broker, and community development director before coming to the Trust and is currently working as a consultant providing assistance with land conservation projects and grant writing.  She has served as Selectperson and Planning Board Chair in Madrid and as an advisor on the Western Mountains Fund of the Maine Community Foundation.