Charlie Baeder, Executive Director – Before Charlie became the executive director in 2012, he managed fish restoration projects as science manager for the Penobscot River Restoration Project, the largest dam removal project in the eastern United States. In this position, he worked with graduate university faculty, students, and consultants, and managed research in fish passage, water quality, geomorphology, and wetlands. He serves as treasurer for the Norcross Wildlife Foundation. Prior experience includes business and project management in several industries, and municipal experience as a town treasurer. He is a Colby College graduate with degrees in Human Development and Sociology. He lives with his family in the Belgrade Lakes watershed, on Long Pond, and enjoys four-season recreation throughout Maine.
Nathan Durant, Youth Conservation Corps Director/Stewardship Assistant – Nathan is from Williamsburg, Maine, and has a Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Maine Farmington. At UMF, Nathan was a research assistant for Dr. Buckley and his research pertaining to invasive aquatic plants for the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust. Upon graduation, he was accepted for the Margret Chase Smith summer internship program where he participated in the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) survey as an entomology assistant for the Maine Forest Service. Since then, he has worked for Backyard Farms as an Integrated Pest Management, the Maine Conservation Corps cutting new trails on the Schoodic Peninsula, building bridges for Damariscotta River Association, installing stone stairs at Grafton Notch State Park and bicycle trails in Yarmouth. His work with the Maine Conservation Corps ignited a passion for trail work and is what ultimately led him here. In his spare time, Nathan is an avid hunter and enjoys disc golf.
Brenda Fekete, Lake Science Manager – Brenda trains student interns in the use of scientific equipment, supervises water column sampling in all seven of the Belgrade Lakes, analyzes water samples, organizes data and communicate real time and post-collection results. Brenda is eager to present the data to help the community understand the project and the status of the water quality in the Belgrade region. She will work closely with the Lake Associations to help recruit and train volunteers to assist in the sample collection process. Brenda lives on the West Road in Belgrade where she and her husband, Frank, raised their three children. Brenda continues to play on the water and on the trails with her husband and her dog, Ellie. She is an avid gardener and loves to play guitar.
Mary Kerwood, Office Manager – Mary is the primary assistant to the Executive Director in the operations and administration of office business. She manages the day-to-day affairs, including human resource, administrative and operational functions. Additionally, she assists in communications, public relations, and fundraising. Mary is a local resident of Rome and has a Sociology/Anthropology Interdisciplinary degree from the University of Maine at Farmington. She enjoys the many landscapes Maine has to offer and has developed a strong sense of devotion for the natural environment that gives her inspiration for her work. Additionally, she completed a program for Nonprofit Business Management in 2016.
Logan Parker, Program Director & Assistant Lake Science Manager – Logan schedules programs, manages online content, leads bird trips into the Messalonskee Marsh, calibrats sampling instruments, coordinates volunteers, water quality sampling, speaks at local road association meetings, and maintains the array of aquariums at the gallery. Logan is currently a graduate student at Unity College where he is studying Natural Resource Management. Outside of work, Logan is an aspiring naturalist, wildlife photographer, birder, and citizen scientist.