Martha Lynch, President
Martha likes to say she is one of a handful to travel south to get to Maine. Canadian by birth, she grew up in New Brunswick, swimming in the Bay of Fundy and summering on the Saint John River, where she learned to sail, skate and play hockey with her older brothers. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax and a Bachelor of Education from the University of New Brunswick. This led to a career teaching middle school in Saint John and Vancouver for several years. Her Canadian perspective has been a wonderful frame of reference over the years, but she is a proud American now.
She and her husband Jack moved to Maine in 1972, just after his stint in the USMC, to open a law office. She divided her time between working at the law office, where she honed her math and people skills, and being involved with her children’s activities. As a school volunteer, she began a summer reading program and later served two terms on the Great Salt Bay School Board. During her tenure as chairman, she earned her ‘hard hat’ by successfully completing the sewer extension needed for the expansion of Great Salt Bay School. Her term with Coastal Kids Preschool was highlighted by a capital campaign to construct a state-of-the art facility. Martha continues to serve on the CKP board. Her two grown daughters have chosen to live in Maine much to her delight, and she is thrilled to be so close to her three grandchildren. Children and education have been common themes throughout her life. She is excited and humbled to be part of such a vital organization which is dedicated to the preservation of what makes this area unique.
Gordon Morrell, Vice President
Gordon joined our Board in 2021, exactly 30 years after he and Sheila purchased their home on Seal Cove in South Bristol. But their roots in Maine go deeper. As a child, Sheila visited her grandparents’ property on North Haven Island so she always has had a sense of the area’s beauty. After Gordon graduated with a Ph.D. in Education from the University of California in 1976, they moved first to Kennebunk and later to Cape Elizabeth where he taught at Nasson College and then the University of Southern Maine in Gorham.
Gordon retired in 2021 after 31 years as Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of a software company, which during that time grew from 25 to 7,500 employees. He continues to advise Executive Officers of nonprofit organizations and chairs the board of KCLU, a public radio station. Sheila and Gordon divide their time between Maine and California, where they can be 2700 miles closer to their two daughters and their partners, and four grandchildren.
Lee Schiller, Treasurer
Lee grew up in White Plains, NY, and started coming to South Bristol in the late 1940s on family summer vacations. He remembers exploring the abandoned house on Witch Island in the 1950s, well before the island was donated to the Maine Audubon Society (and then to the DRA). He and his wife, Linda, continued this tradition of South Bristol summer vacations with their own children.
Lee has a BA degree in economics and an MS in engineering from Brown University, and an MS in computer science from Carnegie-Mellon. He worked in the computer industry for over 40 years in Massachusetts and North Carolina, finishing his career as a Director of Software Engineering at EMC. Approaching retirement, in 2010 he and Linda moved from Acton, MA, to their new home in South Bristol on the western shore of Johns Bay, so that they could enjoy the natural beauty of this area year-round.
While a member of the DRA since the 1990s, Lee did not have time for volunteer work until retirement in 2012 – initially trail taming, but later adding preserve stewardship, conservation easement monitoring, and clearing blow-downs. He joined the Finance Committee in 2021.
In addition to his volunteer work, Lee enjoys travel, sailing during the outdoor months, tennis at the Y during the indoor months, and just being outside on a nice day, regardless of the season. He is also a member of the South Bristol Fire Department and an EMS First Responder.
Margaret Coit, Secretary
Raised in Alexandria Virginia, Margaret Coit has deep ties to the Damariscotta River area dating back to her great grandmother’s arrival in Newcastle in the 1890’s. Her professional career was spent as a bond salesman at The Bank of Boston, managing the bank’s investment portfolio at Maine National Bank in Portland, and as co-founder of Provenance Antiques. Margaret’s volunteer activities have been focused on advocacy for women and their families. She has most recently spent her volunteer time teaching and learning from children.
During summers Margaret and her husband David raised their two sons, Charlie and John, along the banks of the Damariscotta. She looks forward to sharing her love for the river.
Josh was born and raised in the Pemaquid area. He currently lives on the Damariscotta River and spends his summers in South Bristol. After graduating from Lincoln Academy, he went to Maine Maritime Academy where he received a BS and a USCG 3rd Mate Unlimited Tonnage License. After shipping for a couple years, Josh and his family moved to Newcastle, where he has worked since 2007 for his family’s business in Edgecomb, which specializes in metal fabrication.
Josh grew up fishing from a young age on the local rivers, ponds, lakes and sea. His love of fishing has grown and continued to his adulthood. Any spare time that he has is spent boating in the Damariscotta River and all along the coast.
Kelsey Gibbs loves nothing more than to walk in the woods. After many years visiting her grandparent’s camp on Kimball Pond in Vienna, Maine, Kelsey made our great state her permanent home after she attended Colby College in Waterville. She received her BA from Colby in Cultural Anthropology and Art.
She and her husband, Matt, own and operate Wanderwood, an organic farm and sustainable event venue, located on Pemaquid Pond in Nobleboro. They were delighted to find a vibrant, environmentally-aware community when they arrived in the mid-coast, and they are excited to share these practices and ideals with their guests.
Kelsey’s professional life has been in communications and marketing; she worked for L.L. Bean as an Inventory Buyer, the Farnsworth Art Museum as an Arts in Education Assistant, and most recently as Skidompha Library’s Communications Director. She now wears a variety of (sun)hats at Wanderwood including: event coordinator, graphic designer, candid photographer, construction worker, and farmer. She and Matt enjoy time at the beach, keeping honeybees, floating in the lake, and hanging with their two very fluffy farm cats.
In 1930, Matthew’s Grandfather Hanly built one of the first camps on Biscay Pond, beginning an intergenerational family love affair with life on Biscay. Born and raised in South Portland, Matthew spent summers at his family’s camp. He purchased his own camp in 1995, eventually renovating it to become a year-round home on the edge of the Pond and fulfilling his lifelong dream when he moved there permanently in 2009.
Matthew is a 1979 graduate of Bowdoin College and in 1983, he received his Master’s Degree in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Following this, Matthew spent 30 years in Independent Schools in New Jersey, Michigan and Oregon, including 15 years as Head of School at University Liggett School in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. As Head of School, he focused his energies on effective governance, fundraising and strategic planning. In addition to serving as a board member for the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education, he served as President of the Association of Independent Michigan Schools, and held volunteer leadership roles within the regional (ISACS) and the National Association of Independent Schools.
Upon his return to Maine in 2009, and after working for L.L. Bean, Matthew became a full time volunteer. He currently serves as chair of the Bremen School Committee and the AOS93 School Board, served as a founding member of the Bremen Broadband Committee, and worked with the Lincoln County Sheriff to establish a Citizen’s Advisory Committee, among other roles. Matthew also writes a regular column for the Lincoln County News, “On the Pond.”
Matthew is married to Gregory Hardison and has two children and three grandchildren who represent fourth and fifth generation Biscay Ponders. It is important to Matthew that Biscay Pond and the entire region be environmentally protected so that others may enjoy the peace and beauty his family has enjoyed since first settling in the region in the late 1700s.
Tom Kronenberger, Jr.
Tom Kronenberger is past president and co-owner of Kronenberger & Sons Restoration, Inc. of Middletown, Connecticut, a firm dedicated to the restoration, preservation, and adaptive reuse of historic structures. He has extensive knowledge of the early building trades, their materials and methods and the hand on experience to perform the work. For the past 25 years most of his time was spent working in the field over-seeing a staff of more than 50 experienced restoration carpenters, stone and brick masons, wood carvers, painters, and specialty subcontractors.
Tom has worked on numerous projects throughout New England and New York State and as far south as West Virginia. He has worked with a variety of clients from the National Park System to federal, state, and local municipalities, private organizations, homeowners, historical societies. His work includes libraries, town halls, churches, schools, museums, homes, barns, lighthouses, covered bridges, and numerous out buildings. Many of his projects are National Landmarks or are on State or Local registries of Historic Places.
Tom grew up in restoration. He was taught by his father Thomas Sr. a “master building and restoration carpenter”. Tom attended Paier College of Art and served honorably in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War as an illustrator. Upon his discharge from the service he started an advertising design agency that he operated for 15 years, servicing a number of Connecticut’s Fortune 500 companies until he returned to his first love, historic restoration.
Thomas recently retired and has relocated to Bremen, ME. He is still active in the restoration, preservation and the care and management of historic properties.
Carol and her husband, Rick, moved to Round Pond in 1986 where they raised their two sons. As a teacher and administrator here in Maine and throughout New England, she interwove the natural environment into her curriculum whenever possible, bringing an awareness of nature and the environment to her students.
Having retired from the classroom in 2017, Carol currently volunteers at the Skidompha Used Book Shop and on Hurricane Island, trims trails for Coastal Rivers, and traipses through the wilderness of the midcoast with her husband, Rick, and dog, Che. Her “beater” kayak takes her to islands on the Maine Island Trail, and in winter she is a xc skier.
Kathy’s roots are in Marblehead MA, where she grew up with a love of the ocean and a passion for racing sailboats. She went on to get her BA degree from Brown University, teach middle school science for 12 years, and then study landscape design at Radcliffe College. In 1990 she moved to Round Pond and married her fisherman husband, Wallace Leeman. Together they ran a charter business with their 36’ lobster boat focused on ecological tours, hauling lobster pots, hiking islands, and viewing sea birds.
More recently, Kathy has donned the cap of a real estate agent associated with Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. As she witnesses the rapid growth in the area brought on by an insurgence of buyers from away, she is more committed than ever to the preservation of valuable local lands. First working with the Pemaquid Watershed Association, she has served on the lands committee for Coastal Rivers for the past few years. On her time off she can most often be found out in the fields and woods training and hiking with her two golden retrievers!
On retiring from the US Navy after a twenty-year career, Dennis and his family departed Coronado, California for his native Massachusetts where he enrolled at UMass, Amherst. After completing a BS in Political Science and an MPH in Health Care Administration, he began a twenty-five-year career as a Nursing Home Administrator.
Civilian retirement found Dennis and his wife, Kathleen, looking for a house by the sea, drawn to Damariscotta. The positive feeling for the area was acquired through yearly trips to Monhegan Island and the midcoast, thus convincing them that this was to be home. Almost from the beginning of Dennis’s tenure here, he volunteered at DRA, now Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, manning the front desk.
While living in Amherst, Dennis’ life-long love of bird watching led to a position as President of the Hampshire Bird Club and as a member of the Hitchcock Center for the Environment Board. He currently serves as Field Trip Chair for the Mid-Coast Audubon and is the Compiler of the Pemaquid area Christmas Bird Count.
Dru’s ancestors came to the region from Germany in 1753 and settled in Waldoboro. Born at Miles Memorial Hospital and raised in Nobleboro, Dru is a third-generation graduate of Lincoln Academy. After attending the University of Maine, she returned to the area to live in Damariscotta, where she worked professionally for a local independent insurance agency and as a loan officer and manager at two local lending institutions.
Dru has a strong love for community and volunteerism, having served on the Lincoln Academy Board of Trustees as well as on the board of Pemaquid Watershed Association (now part of Coastal Rivers). She served for 15 years at Miles Memorial Hospital in the Food Service Program and has served on the board of the CLC YMCA more than once, including early on when it was known as the “Rec Center.” She and her late husband Carl Sanford were instrumental in establishing the current tennis courts at the YMCA, and started the Annual Sanford Open Tennis Tournament which funds the children’s tennis program there. Much of Dru’s free time is spent traveling with her son Fred, daughter-in-law Jessika, and four grandchildren.
Dru feels strongly that the efforts made by Coastal Rivers to conserve land and water are vitally important to ensure that the next generation is able to enjoy the natural resources that she has enjoyed throughout her lifetime.
Ellen first came to South Bristol in 1957 on her honeymoon and has been there every year since, at first for summer visits, then as a year-round resident. The old family home in Christmas Cove, the same house in which Stan’s father grew up, was home base for those visits and remains in the family today.
Ellen graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1956 and met Stan while both were attending graduate school in Cambridge, Mass. Their four children were born in Tennessee. After a few years in Rochester, NY, they moved to Connecticut where Ellen earned her law degree and practiced law for over twenty years.
The late 1990’s brought retirement and the easy decision to relocate to Christmas Cove on a permanent basis. Their love for Maine had been heightened by cruising the coast many summers in their beloved Hinckley Bermuda 40. Hiking nearby trails and fly fishing in lovely streams when visiting the family home confirmed the decision.
Ellen’s first community involvement in Maine was with the South Bristol Historical Society, a marvelous way to get to know not only South Bristol but the neighboring towns and villages as well, all part of this special area. When she retired from active leadership of the Historical Society, Ellen had the time to get to know more about the Damariscotta River Association and its present incarnation, Coastal Rivers Conservation Trust, following its activities online and in the news and becoming a front-desk volunteer. Ellen looks forward to learning more and hopes to contribute more as a Board member.