Board of Directors

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 David Photo for Bio on Website 2Wes 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.

Melissa Bilodeau:

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 Boyd:

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.

Peter Garcia:

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.

Robert Kleckner:

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.

Judith Marden:

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.

Jon Mercier:

Jon is an Auburn Native and a Licensed Maine Real Estate Broker who enjoys all aspects of his job. He enjoys the relationships he builds with his clients and especially enjoys opportunities to view different tracks of land throughout central Maine. When Jon isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, exploring all of what Maine has to offer!


Justin Merrill:

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.

Camille S. Parrish:

 Camille is the Lecturer/Learning Associate for the Environmental Studies Program at Bates College.  She has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from Rutgers University and is a Maine Certified Professional Geologist.  She teaches or assists with courses in geographic information systems (GIS), hydro-geology, soils, water and watersheds, field methods, and environmental science.  Camille also directs the Bates internship program for all Environmental Studies majors.  Prior to working for Bates, Camille was employed by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in the Technical Services Division as a Senior Geologist.  She oversaw the hydrogeologic components of investigative and remediation work on the Superfund and Uncontrolled Hazardous Waste sites in Maine.  She resides in Auburn.

Jim Pross:

Jim is a practicing attorney in Auburn, where he manages the Maine office of Tarbell & Brodich, P.A.  His practice focuses on landlord/tenant, Social Security Disability, personal injury, and workers’ compensation law.  He formerly worked as a legal analyst for the New Hampshire Municipal Association, where he advised municipalities on various legal issues and coauthored the definitive guide for municipalities on the laws governing roadways in New Hampshire.  Jim also has experience as a policy analyst, including extensive work on a statewide tax reform initiative in West Virginia.  He has researched and authored several published articles on policy issues affecting rural communities, including a research paper on affordable housing in New Hampshire.  Jim earned a B.A. from the University of Charleston, where he majored in Political Science.  He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, where he graduated cum laude.  He lives in Auburn with his wife and daughter.

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.