Dana Little (President):
Dana has worked as a family practice doctor in the Lewiston/Auburn area since 1991. He came to this area from Cleveland, Ohio where he taught family practice at Case Western and before that practiced medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Dana has a BS in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts and a medical degree from Tufts University in Boston. Dana loves being outside whether that is bird-watching, gardening, walking his two dogs on Mt. Apatite or hiking on ALT lands. He has been with ALT since 2005. He lives with his wife Kay in Auburn and is enjoying his first grandchild.
Marian (Kitsie) Claxton (Vice President):
Marian (Kitsie) Claxton earned a B.A. in history from Princeton University in 1973 and worked in community planning, healthcare writing, and bookselling prior to making a mid-life career transition into end-of-life care. She earned a Master’s of Divinity from Bangor Theological Seminary in 2006 and worked as a hospice chaplain with Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice for more than a decade. An avid quilter, Kitsie currently works part-time at Quiltessentials in Auburn and collaborates with other quilters to support local non-profit agencies. She has served as an Auburn Public Library trustee and is an active member of the First Universalist Church (Unitarian Universalist) in Auburn. Kitsie enjoys lake and ocean kayaking, walking, snowshoeing, and other outdoor activities that draw her into the beauty and diversity of natural landscapes. In addition to serving on the ALT board, she serves as volunteer steward of Packard-Littlefield Farm and contributes to the agency’s newsletter. A Massachusetts native, Kitsie and her husband Ned have lived in Auburn since 1978; they have two grown sons.
Wes Davis (Treasurer):
Wes is a Maine native who moved back after graduating college to raise his family. From an early age Wes has always loved getting outdoors and continues to do so with his wife and two boys, whether it’s hiking, biking, skiing or being on the water. He has a passion for preserving Maine’s natural beauty and ensuring access to everyone for generations to come. Wes is a Financial Advisor in Auburn where he helps successful business owners and professionals who aspire to have more control over what their retirement will look like and the legacy they leave. Wes’ expertise is investment management, earning his Bachelor’s Degree from Bentley University and he holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Mary Howes (Secretary):
Mary is a life-long resident of Jay, Maine. She is the owner of Howie’s Welding & Fabrication Inc. (31 years) and Managing Member of Otis Ventures LLC (5 years) – the former Otis Paper Mill. OVL has granted an easement to ALT for a multi-use recreational trail through the property in Livermore Falls and Jay. She is also the owner of Mill St Cafe (a family restaurant located in the mill complex), which was established in 2012. Mary is the vice-chairman of the Jay Planning Board and a board member of the Greater Franklin Development Corporation-encouraging economic development. Mary is president of the North Jay White Granite Park, which celebrates the history of the granite quarries in Jay along with outdoor recreation – with hiking trails throughout her property. She is also a proud mother of 2 grown sons.
Missy is an Auburn native. She loves to hike, walk her dog and enjoy the outdoors. Missy began with the land trust in 2014 doing trail maintenance for the LA Trails along the Androscoggin river. Because of the Land Trust’s focus to conserve areas of ecological importance and promote outdoor experiences, Missy has become more involved with ALT, co-chairing the stewardship committee, and becoming a board member in 2016. Missy graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training. She works as an Athletic Trainer at Central Maine Conditioning Clinic helping active people rehabilitate injuries, strengthen their bodies and lead healthier lives.
Doug’s is a familiar face in the Lewiston Auburn area, as he is Past President of the Great Falls Balloon Festival and the Auburn Rotary Club. He graduated from McGill University in Montreal with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture and worked for FMC Corporation for 16 years before becoming the owner and President of The Maine Bucket Company in Lewiston. He retired in 2011 but continues to do his civic duty as a member of the Board of Directors of organizations such as Central Maine Health Ventures, the Maine Wood Products Association, and Central Maine Community College. He lives with his wife in Lewiston and enjoys spending time outdoors, especially on his land along the river in Greene.
Ben grew up running and exploring the trails of Lewiston and Auburn. While living in Taiwan and California he gained perspective on the value public outdoor spaces give to communities. Now that there are three breweries in town, he feels that these are exciting times to be back in L-A with his wife, daughter and dog, Rocky boy. Ben works as the Athletic Department Buyer for Lamey Wellehan’s 6 locations in Maine.
Born in New Rochelle, New York, Peter received his undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University. Currently with the firm of Eaton Peabody, he has more than 40 years of experience in a wide variety of legal disciplines. After serving as an assistant staff judge advocate in the U.S. Army, Peter was admitted to practice in New York and Maine. He is a member of the Maine State and Androscoggin County Bar Associations. Since 1990, Peter has devoted time and effort to spurring economic development in the Lewiston/Auburn area through his involvement with many civic organizations, and played an important role in developing the wetlands banking program. He was honored in 2010 as the Auburn Business Association Citizen of the Year for his civic contributions and economic development efforts in his home city.
Doug is an AICP Planner and Registered Landscape Architect. He has worked for the City of Auburn, first as City Planner and now as the Urban Development Coordinator, for the last 4 years. He has a long history of farming (12 years in KY), and planning, 13 years in Lexington, KY as a Subdivision Planner, Greenspace Planner, and Administrator of Lexington Purchase of Development Rights Program, 2 years in Northern Kentucky and 7 years as County Planner in Montgomery County, NY. He was one of the founding members of the Kentucky Rails to Trails Council. Doug loves to garden, play music and is happy to be living in Lewiston with his wife Lily.
Bob has been a member of ALT since the late 1990’s, starting with a couple of years on the Board of Directors before having to back off in the face of a daily commute to Portland. Now retired, he has been enjoying his return to active duty with ALT. He has a BA in Biology from Hartwick College and PhD in Zoology from URI. Happiest when in the field, he participated on 15 oceanographic cruises and spent six lovely February through April seasons working on the Penobscot estuary, all while studying aspects of fish migratory biology. Love struck and in 1985 he accompanied his wife Nancy from Orono to UNC Chapel Hill where she completed a PhD in neuropharmacology. There Bob spun his varied background into a statistical analyst position in Epidemiology at UNC. He has a truly bazar publication list including 15 research paper’s each in Ichthyology and Epidemiology. Nancy accepted a position at Bates College in 1994 and Bob kept his UNC position for another 5+ years by telecommuting. He then worked for Anthem as an epidemiologist and finally retired in 2013 from the Informatics Department at Martin’s Point Health Care in Portland. Bob and Nancy love to cross country ski, hike, kayak and travel.
Raynor is a Maine native. A lifetime enjoyment of being outdoors made his return to the state inevitable, and after spending several years living in Philadelphia & abroad, he returned to his roots. He currently helps local businesses through a financial consulting firm in the area, specializing in transitional analysis – explosive growth, turnaround & bankruptcy, valuation & brokerage, real estate acquisition, and so on. When he’s not working in Excel, he and his wife are on the trails. Their preferred methods of exploration are running, hiking, or skiing – often accompanied by their dog. Having spent his own childhood in the woods, he’s eager to help the next generation appreciate the natural beauty Maine has to offer.
Judy has been a member of the Androscoggin Land Trust since its founding, with many years of service on the Board and various committees. An owner of over 200 acres with conservation easements held by ALT, she also serves as a land steward and field trip leader. Prior to her retirement, she was a career administrator at Bates College for 38 years, holding positions such as Development Researcher, Conference Director, Business Manager, Personnel Director, and, most recently, Director of the Bates–Morse Mountain Conservation Area in Phippsburg. A Bates graduate, she still serves as Advisor to the Bates Outing Club and enjoys being an active outdoorswoman. She is a member of several conservation, environmental, and outdoor organizations, and has served on land use committees for 35 years in the town of Greene, where she resides.
Justin became involved with ALT as a member of the Community Forest Advisory Committee; a committee that was formed to plan for the management of forest land after the purchase of over 1200 acres of land in Jay and Canton from Verso Paper in 2014. He and his father own and operate, George Merrill & Son Logging, LLC; Merrill Properties, LLC; and Merrill’s Garage Inc. He is very involved in his community as a member of the Jay Recreation Committee and a former Selectman. Justin was raised in Jay, where he now resides with his wife and two young children.
Jim is an attorney at Skelton, Taintor & Abbott in Auburn, Maine, where his practice focuses on landlord/tenant, Social Security Disability, and workers’ compensation law. Jim earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Charleston and graduated in 1999. After working for two years in the West Virginia Department of Tax and Revenue, Jim moved to Concord, NH to attend law school. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire School of Law in 2004. Jim has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Androscoggin Land Trust since 2009, including two years as Vice President and two years as President. His commitment to conservation is rooted in his upbringing in rural Sussex County, New Jersey. There, he developed an early appreciation for the many ways that open spaces, farmland, and public parks can serve as the fabric of a community. Jim recently completed serving two year terms as an Auburn City Councilor and as a member of the Auburn School Committee. He has played in two films, enjoys running, hiking, playing the guitar, and chess.
Elwood (Woody) Trask:
Woody is a Bates Alumnus who earned his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Tufts University. Now retired, he previously led textile product design and development for a range of industries involved in the use of recycled plastics for over 35 years. He remains connected to chemistry in retirement by serving as the volunteer water quality monitor for Taylor Pond, where he will be involving Bates students to encourage their research of water quality year-round. Woody is a firm believer in the power of education and ‘on the land’ experiences as part of learning. His support of youth and education includes 12 years of active leadership with Head Start. Also dedicated to music, Woody sings with the Androscoggin Chorale. Woody and his wife live in Auburn.