Charlie Baeder, Executive Director – Charlie joined the BRCA as executive director in 2012. Before BRCA, he managed fish restoration projects, most recently 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 graduated from Colby College 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.
Toni Bingel Pied, Milfoil & Stewardship Director – Toni grew up in Mansfield, Massachusetts, and earned a degree in Environmental Science and Biology from the University of Maine Farmington.
Previous experiences include coordinating milfoil efforts for the Friends of the Cobbossee Watershed, working as an Assistant Ecologist/GIS Specialist with the Maine Natural Areas Program, and Education Director with the Viles Arboretum in Augusta. Toni has been the Milfoil Program Director and Stewardship Director for the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance since 2012.
In her spare time, She loves exploring Maine’s forests, lakes, and coast, hiking, and kayaking.
Nathan Durant, Youth Conservation Corps Director – Nathan is from Williamsburg, Maine
and earned his Bachelors of Science in Biology from
the University of Maine Farmington. While in school, 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, making bridges for Damariscotta River Association, making stone stairs at Grafton Notch State Park and making bicycle trails in Yarmouth. His work with the Maine Conservation Corps ignited a passion for trail work and is what ultimately led him to the program director position for the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance. In his spare time, Nathan is an avid hunter and local disc golf legend.
Matthew Leahey, Education & Outreach Coordinator – Matthew is originally from Long
Beach Island, New Jersey and holds a Bachelors of Science in Parks, Recreation & Tourism
and a Masters of Arts in Teaching; both from the University of Maine Orono.
Matthew has worked in almost every facet of education. He got his start the Bryant Pond 4-H camp as an after-school program teacher, summer camp counselor, backpacking & canoeing trip leader for students’ grades 6-12 and AmeriCorps VISTA Intern. When his VISTA contract ended, he became a Registered Maine Guide for Recreation with the Maine Outdoor Education Program, working as a snowshoeing and cross-country ski instructor for student’s grades 4-12. He went on to teach 8th grade science and math at Bucksport Middle School. During his tenure at Bucksport Middle School, he joined the University of Maine’s Physical Sciences Partnership where he received training in best practices and how to effectively deliver meaningful, experience-based curriculum. When not working with the BRCA, Matthew spends his time mountain biking and whitewater kayaking.
Mary Kerwood, Office Manager – Mary has managed the BRCA office for the last nine years. Mary is a local resident of Rome, educated at the University of Maine at Farmington with a Sociology/Anthropology Interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree, a mother of three and grandmother of six. Growing up with a science teacher/parent, visiting the many streams, lakes and the ocean Maine has to offer, Mary developed a strong sense of devotion for the natural environment. This experience gave her inspiration for her work here at BRCA and a hobby that transpires her love of nature into wearable art, gemstone jewelry.