Conference Speakers

Speakers for the conference on Community, Culture, Conservation: Sustaining Landscapes and Livelihoods include Bill McKibben, Terry Tempest Williams, Peter Forbes, Wesley McNair, Lucas St. Clair, and James N. Levitt. We will be updating this list regularly so please check this page regularly for new information.

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben is an author and environmentalist who in 2014 was awarded the Right Livelihood Prize, sometimes called the ‘alternative Nobel.’ His 1989 book The End of Nature is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change, and has appeared in 24 languages; he’s gone on to write a dozen more books.

He is a founder of, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country save North Korea, spearheaded the resistance to the Keystone Pipeline, and launched the fast-growing fossil fuel divestment movement.

The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize, and holds honorary degrees from 18 colleges and universities. Foreign Policy named him to their inaugural list of the world’s 100 most important global thinkers, and the Boston Globe said he was “probably America’s most important environmentalist.”

A former staff writer for the New Yorker, he writes frequently for a wide variety of publications around the world, including the New York Review of Books,National Geographic, and Rolling Stone. He lives in the mountains above Lake Champlain with his wife, the writer Sue Halpern, where he spends as much time as possible outdoors . In 2014, biologists honored him by naming a new species of woodland gnat— Megophthalmidia mckibbeni–in his honor.


Terry Tempest Williams

Terry Tempest Williams Terry Tempest Williams is the Annie Clark Tanner Scholar in Environmental Humanities at the University of Utah and Provostial Scholar at Dartmouth College. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Orion Magazine, and numerous anthologies worldwide as a crucial voice for ecological consciousness and social change.

Terry Tempest Williams has been called “a citizen writer,” a writer who speaks and speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life. A naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown us how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice. “So here is my question,” she asks, “what might a different kind of power look like, feel like, and can power be redistributed equitably even beyond our own species?” Williams, like her writing, cannot be categorized. She has testified before Congress on women’s health issues, been a guest at the White House, has camped in the remote regions of Utah and Alaska wildernesses and worked as “a barefoot artist” in Rwanda.

Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Terry Tempest Williams is the author of the environmental literature classic, Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place; An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field; Desert Quartet; Leap; Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert; The Open Space of Democracy; and Finding Beauty in a Broken World. Her next book, When Women Were Birds, was published in Spring 2012 by Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux. She is also a columnist for the magazine The Progressive. Her new book is The Story of My Heart by Richard Jeffries, as rediscovered by Brooke Williams and Terry Tempest Williams(Torrey House Press), in which she and Brooke Williams expand upon the 1883 book by Richard Jeffries. Williams is also currently working on a new book titled The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks (Sarah Crichton Books/Farrar, Straus and Giroux). The book will be published in 2016 to honor the centennial of the National Park Service.

In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen. She also received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Western American Literature Association and the Wallace Stegner Award given by The Center for the American West. She is the recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship in creative nonfiction. In 2009, Terry Tempest Williams was featured in Ken Burns’ PBS series on the national parks. In 2014, on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Ms. Williams received the Sierra Club’s John Muir Award honoring a distinguished record of leadership in American conservation.


Peter Forbes

Peter Forbes

Peter Forbes is the co-founder and director of the Center for Whole Communities, which provides experience, tuition-free, to more than 1,500 citizens and career leaders from 50 states, Mexico, and Canada.

For years, he has been creating curricula and leading learning experiences designed to help people transform their lives and work to better fit their values and to build professional relationships across divides of class, race, profession and ideology.  He co-created a specific curriculum called Whole Thinking, which combined reflective practices, working with difference, story, dialogue, and visioning.  For 15 years he worked in conservation for the Trust for Public Land, first serving as New England regional director, then vice-president, then their first fellow, and finally the inaugural recipient of their Land and People Award.  In the 1990s, he was among the first to bring together and create dialogue between rural, lower-income, blue collar logging communities and the urban, white collar advocacy community in the northeast.  In 2005, he worked with the Kellogg Foundation to convene farm and restaurant workers and labor rights activists with policy experts and food security advocates.  In 2009, he conceived of and launched a new program, 2042 Today, that calls upon the conservation community to recognize the emerging population of color in our country and creates space for young conservationists, both whites and people of color, to re-imagine conservation and how best to be in relationship in order to realize that future.


Barry Dana, former Chief, Penobscot Nation

Dana, Barry KB  Penobscot nation Governor, Barry Dana. Bennett Photo

Barry Dana is former Chief of the Penobscot Nation in Maine. He has spent the last two decades promoting the traditions of Maine’s indigenous nations and helping his people regain control of their culture and ancestral lands.

In recent years, Dana has been a strong advocate for protection and restoration of the Penobscot River, on which his people have depended for food and medicinal plants for 10,000 years. Dana is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono with a bachelor’s degree in education and an associate’s degree in forest management.


Wesley McNair, Poet Laureate of Maine

Wesley McNair

Poet Philip Levine has called McNair “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry.” He is the author of ten volumes of poems and twenty books, including poetry, nonfiction, and edited anthologies.

McNair has held grants from the Fulbright and Guggenheim foundations, two Rockefeller grants for study at the Bellagio Center in Italy, two NEA fellowships, and a United States Artist Fellowship as one of American’s “finest living artists.” He has twice been invited to read his poetry by the Library of Congress, and has served four times on the Pulitzer jury for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Other honors include the Robert Frost Award, the Theodore Roethke Prize, an Emmy Award, and the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal, for his “distinguished contribution to the world of letters.” His poetry has been featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition and 22 times on Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. It has also appeared in the Best American Poetry and over sixty anthologies and textbooks. He was recently named as the 2015 recipient of the PEN New England Award for Poetry, for his latest collection, The Lost Child: Ozark Poems.


Kevin Schneider, Superintendent, Acadia National Park.

SchneiderAn 18-year career veteran of the National Park Service, Kevin B. Schneider is the superintendent of Acadia National Park and Saint Croix Island International Historic Site, a position he has held since January 2016.  Located in Maine, Acadia National Park preserves a portion of the rugged Maine coast, spectacular granite peaks, and the highest point along the U.S. Atlantic Coast, Cadillac Mountain.  

Acadia received more than 2.8 million visitors in 2015, making it one of the busiest national parks in the United States.  Saint Croix Island, also in Maine along the Canadian border, commemorates the beginning of a permanent French presence in North America.  

Before his current post at Acadia, Kevin was the deputy superintendent at Grand Teton National Park and the John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway (2011-2016), located in Wyoming.   Kevin also served as the Acting Superintendent at Grand Teton from November 2013 to March 2014.  Kevin was also the superintendent of White Sands National Monument near Alamogordo, New Mexico (2008-2011). While serving as superintendent at White Sands, Kevin held a detail assignment in 2010 as Yellowstone National Park’s acting chief of natural and cultural resources. He worked at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area as management assistant (2005-2008) and again at Yellowstone National Park as a park planner and in communications (2000-2005).  From 1998 to 2000, Kevin worked in the NPS Office of Communications in Washington, D.C. He began his National Park Service career maintaining backcountry trails at Rocky Mountain National Park (1996-1997). In addition to his federal employment, Kevin worked as a Student Conservation Association volunteer at North Cascades National Park.

In recognition of his NPS service and accomplishments, Kevin earned an honor award for outstanding service from the Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General in 2005. He also received a Department of the Interior Superior Service Award in 2004. Kevin graduated cum laude from Colorado State University and received a Master of Public Administration degree from Montana State University.

Kevin and his wife, Cate, have two young children.


Lucas St. Clair, President of Elliotsville Plantation, Inc.

Lucas St. Clair

Lucas St. Clair is the President of Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. and a member of the Quimby Family Foundation board.  Lucas works full time for Elliotsville Plantation, Inc. to conserve land in the North Maine Woods for future generations’ recreation, sporting, and conservation pursuits. He leads annual wilderness training at Gould Academy.


James N. Levitt,  Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, (Harvard University) and manager of Land Conservation programs in the Department of Planning and Urban form at the Lincoln Institue of Land Policy

James N. LevittJames N. Levitt is the Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation at the Harvard Forest, (Harvard University) and manager of Land Conservation programs in the Department of Planning and Urban Form at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.  

His work focuses on historic and present-day innovations in the field of conservation that are marked by novelty and creativity, strategic significance, measurable effectiveness, transferability, and an ability to endure.  Levitt has been the editor for multiple books on the topic of conservation innovation, including The Academy as Nature’s Agent and Conservation Capital in the Americas.  He also serves as a fellow at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Harvard Kennedy School.


Linda J. Bilmes, Senior Lecturer Harvard University

Professor Linda J. Bilmes, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, is a full-time faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she teaches budgeting, cost accounting and public finance.

Bilmes is widely considered one of the leading experts in US budgeting and public finance. She has held senior positions in government, including Assistant Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of the US Department of Commerce during the Clinton administration, and has served on a number of high-level national commissions. She is one of four individuals selected by the US Congress in 2010 as a candidate for Comptroller General of the United States.

Bilmes currently serves on the US Department of Interior National Park System Advisory Committee and the US Department of Labor Advisory Committee on Veterans Employment, Outreach and Training.  She runs an innovative program to assist cities and towns in Greater Boston with their financial health, leading teams of Harvard student volunteers who work in the communities.  She also leads budgeting and appropriations workshops for newly-elected Mayors and Members of Congress.  Earlier in her career, she worked as a management consultant with The Boston Consulting Group in London, Madrid and Moscow.  She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and holds a BA and MBA from Harvard University.  

For more information about Bilmes’ work visit her website


Terry Anderson, Distinguished Senior Fellow and former President and Executive Director, PERC and Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Terry Anderson is the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the executive director of PERC (the Property and Environment Research Center), a think tank in Bozeman, Montana, that focuses on market solutions to environmental problems. His research helped launch the idea of free-market environmentalism and has prompted public debate over the proper role of government in managing natural resources.

He was the cochair of Hoover’s Property Rights, Freedom, and Prosperity Task Force.

Anderson is the author or editor of thirty-seven books. Among these, Free Market Environmentalism, coauthored with Donald Leal, received the 1992 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award. A revised edition was published in 2001.

His most recent publication is Tapping Water Markets (RFF Press, 2012). Other books include Greener Than Thou: Are You Really and Environmentalist (Hoover Institution Press, 2008) and Property Rights: A Practical guide to Freedom and Prosperity (Hoover Institution Press, 2003), both coauthored with Laura Huggins. His book, with Peter J. Hill, The Not So Wild, Wild West: Property Rights on the Frontier(Stanford University Press), was awarded the 2005 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award. Anderson’s research, which has also focused on Native American economies, recently resulted in a coedited volume, Self-Determination: The Other Path for Native Americans (Stanford University Press, 2006). He has published widely in both professional journals and the popular press, including the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor, and Fly Fisherman.

In March 2011, Anderson received the Liberalni Institute Annual Award in Prague in the Czech Republic for his “Contribution to the Proliferation of Liberal Thinking, and Making Ideas of Liberty, Private Property, Competition, and the Rule of Law Come True.” Previous recipients include Nobel laureates Milton Friedman, Gary Becker, and Vernon Smith.

Anderson received his BS degree from the University of Montana in 1968 and his PhD degree in economics from the University of Washington in 1972, after which he began his teaching career at Montana State University, where he won several teaching awards.

Anderson is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fishing, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, and archery hunting, especially in Africa.


Tim Glidden, President of Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Tim Glidden serves as the President of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, a statewide land conservation organization.

Prior to joining MCHT, Tim led the Land for Maine’s Future Program from 2001 to 2011 during a period of unprecedented success in the State’s land conservation. With his earlier work at the Natural Resources Council of Maine and as the Principal Analyst for Natural Resources at the Maine Legislature, Tim has been a participant and close observer of Maine’s environmental scene longer than he cares to confess. He graduated from Colby College and received a Masters in Forestry Sciences from Yale in the last century. Born in Texas and raised in New England, Tim has lived in every spruce-fir state in the region. He is a sailor and a volunteer steward for the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.


Pete Geddes, Managing Director, American Prairie Reserve 

PeteGeddesPete’s responsibilities include strategic leadership, fundraising, and organizational development. Prior to joining APR in 2011, he served as Director of Development and Operations at Property and Environment Research Center, and as Executive Vice President at the Foundation for Research on Economics and the Environment, both in Bozeman.


He has also worked as an instructor with National Outdoor Leadership School and served a term on the school’s Advisory Council. Originally from New York State, Pete holds an MS in Resource Conservation from the University of Montana School of Forestry and a BS in Geology from St. Lawrence University. He is active in his community having served as a director of the Bozeman Amateur Hockey Association, the Gallatin Valley Ice Foundation, and as a trustee of the Sourdough Volunteer Fire Department.


Lisa Pohlmann, Executive Director at the Natural Resources Council of Maine


Lisa Pohlmann is the executive director at the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM). NRCM is Maine’s leading environmental advocacy organization with a highly successful, 57-year history of protecting Maine’s woods, waters, air, and wildlife.

Based in Augusta, NRCM is actively involved in policy making and works with citizens across the state to advocate for the environment and sustainability at the local, state, and federal levels. Lisa has a PhD in public policy and has led nonprofit advocacy organizations for 35 years in Maine. She has had a lifelong love of the outdoors and regularly kayaks, hikes, skis, and camps across Maine.


Ole Amundsen, Executive Director, Maine Audubon

Ole Amundsen is the Executive Director of Maine Audubon, one of the oldest and most respected conservation groups in the country. Before joining Audubon, Ole led strategic conservation planning projects around the country and managed a land conservation lending program for The Conservation Fund, a national land trust.

As a reflective practitioner, Mr. Amundsen has created national curriculum for a wide range of topics including: bridge financing, strategic conservation planning, and negotiation skills. Ole is the author of Strategic Conservation Planning, published by the Land Trust Alliance, the definitive guide to conservation planning efforts. Ole has served on the faculty of Cornell University, the National Conservation Leadership Network and the Land Trust Alliance, helping people find their path into conservation. He holds a BA in Government from Colby College and a MS degree in City and Regional Planning from MIT.


Rob Snyder, PhD. President, Island Institute

Rob is the president of the Island Institue.  He is responsible for working with island and remote coastal leaders to identify innovative approaches to community sustainability. In addition, he works with the Institute’s energy, marine, education, community development, media, and economic development staff to structure responses to emerging challenges faced by these communities along the coast.

Rob’s background is in cultural anthropology, and his research focuses on informal science education, science technology and society, and the cultural politics of natural resource management. He has conducted research on these topics in Maine; the Rocky Mountain states; Quepos, Costa Rica; and Yunnan, China.

Jen Brophy, President of Maine Sporting Camp Association; Owner of Red River Camps

Jen Brophy grew up in Deboullie township in Maine. She’s an engineer by trade and spent a decade in the big city, but she much prefers being a Jen-of-all-trades, doing whatever needs to be done around camp. Jen is a registered Maine guide, a certified wilderness first responder, and the president of the Maine Sporting Camp Association, but most of her days are spent helping out in the kitchen, cleaning cabins, solving plumbing issues, and working on any other camp tasks that crop up every day.

Wolfe Tone, Maine State Director for The Trust for Public Land

Wolfe Tone is the Maine State Director for The Trust for Public Land. Wolfe’s professional carrier spans the spectrum of private, public, and non-profit sector experiences in water quality and watershed protection, spatial modeling and conservation real estate – the thread always being a healthier, resilient environment for future generations to experience.

He’s been with The Trust for Public Land for 15 years, first starting as a project manager in Ohio and then joining the Maine office in 2004. Wolfe is a graduate of Kenyon College and earned a Master’s degree from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.


Hannah W. Blunt, Assistant Curator at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

people_2015su_staff_blunt_jul17_0506-hprHannah W. Blunt is the Assistant Curator at the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, where she manages and develops exhibition projects and assists with the interpretation, display, and care of the collection.

Formerly, as Langlais Curator for Special Projects at the Colby College Museum of Art, she organized a major retrospective on Bernard Langlais and was the lead author of the first scholarly monograph on the artist. She also oversaw the exhibition The Lunder Collection: A Gift of Art to Colby College, the inaugural installation in the museum’s Alfond-Lunder Family Pavilion. She holds an M.A. in Art History from Boston University and a B.A. from Davidson College.


Alan Hutchinson, Executive Director of the Forest Society of Maine

Alan has served as executive director of the Forest Society of Maine (FSM) since its inception as a staffed organization in 1997. He has guided FSM’s growth to an organization with a professional staff of eight that has helped conserve and oversees nearly one million acres of forestland.

Noteworthy projects include the 20,000-acre Nicatous Lake easement, the campaign to acquire Big Spencer Mountain and six miles of Moosehead Lake shore, the 329,000-acre West Branch project, the Amherst Mountains Community Forest, and most recently the 360,000-acre Moosehead Region conservation easement.

Alan has more than 40 years of experience in land conservation and natural resource management. Educated in both wildlife ecology and forestry, he holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Maine. Before joining FSM, Alan worked for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife for 24 years. He is a past associate faculty member at the University of Maine, a past trustee of the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and an author of books on loons and eagles.


Sherry Huber, Executive Director of the Maine Timber Research and Environmental Education (TREE) Foundation

Sherry Huber has been the Executive Director of the Maine TREE Foundation since 1996.  She was appointed by the governor as Executive Director of the Maine Waste Management Agency (1989-1995) and has worked for private, non-profit organizations in fundraising and development.

She served in the Maine House of Representatives from 1976-1982.  She ran for Governor as an Independent in 1986. 

She is a past President of the Forest Society of Maine and a current member of their Board.  She also serves on the board of the Maine Conservation Voters, the University of Maine School of Law Board of Visitors and is a member of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies Leadership Council.  She is a member of Maine Audubon’s Advisory Board, the Land Trust Alliance Council of  Advisors and the Strategic Advisors Council of NatureServe.  She is a Trustee Emerita of Waynflete School. 

She was a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy, Maine Chapter, from 1983-1993, Chair of the Board from 1987-90, and served again from 1996-2006.  She served on TNC’s national Board of Governors from 1987-1997.  She served as a Trustee of the College of the Atlantic from 1994-2009, chaired the Mainewatch Institute Board from 1988-2012, was a Director of the Land Trust Alliance from 2007-2016 and was a Director of NatureServe, formerly the Association for Biodiversity Information, from 1999-2011. 

Sherry received her B.A. with honors from Smith College in history and was the recipient of the Down East Magazine Environmental Award in 2002.

Matt Polstein, Founder of the Maine Outdoor Center

Matt and kids enjoying a winter dayMatt was born in Portland and lived in Iran for five years with his parents and brother while his father served in the Foreign Service. They moved back to Maine, living in North Bridgton and Augusta while his father taught at the University of Maine. He gained a strong love of outdoor adventure at Winona, a summer camp that creates a magical outdoor world for boys through canoeing and hiking trips into the Maine wilderness, as well as a Junior Maine Guide program.

Today, as a Millinocket resident, Registered Maine Guide and passionate supporter of natural and economic sustainability in the region, Matt’s commitment to promoting responsible shared use of the area’s natural resources goes well beyond his business. It is a personal mission for Matt. His focus remains soundly on using nature, adventure, and cultural and heritage-based tourism to create memorable experiences and educational opportunities for guests.

Matt has served on numerous boards and committees dedicated to the advancement of the causes which he is passionate about. The Governor’s Nature-based Tourism Initiative Task Force, Governor’s Task Force on Natural Resource-based Industries, America Outdoors and Millinocket Town Council are just a few such organizations. Today, Matt can often be found in the Northern Maine woods working on all aspects of the development of the “Ktaadn Resorts” project, including operating the excavator. Ktaadn Resorts will be a community where guests will be able to meet and see the work of local artisans, bakers, potters, weavers, farmers and other real people doing the real work that makes the region special.


Dana Doran, Executive Director of Professional Logging Contractors of Maine

Mr. Doran is a native Mainer and has significant ties to the forest products industry in Maine. Since returning to Maine in 1999, he has cultivated his passion for timber both professionally and personally.  He is a member of the Small Woodlot Owners Association of Maine he has owned two woodlots that have been recognized by the American Tree Farm System.  He has also had a unique opportunity to serve in several positions with a diverse set of organizations, both public and private, in Washington, DC and here in Central Maine where logging was a topic of his work on various occasions.


From 1998-1999, Mr. Doran worked as a political appointee for then President William Clinton in the United States Department of Labor. From 1999-2001, he served Governor Angus King as Assistant Commissioner of Public Affairs for the Maine Department of Labor. In 2001, Mr. Doran joined Central Maine Power Company as their Director of Business Development, acting in this capacity until 2003. From 2003-07, Mr. Doran taught social studies and coached varsity basketball at Gardiner Area High School.  His most recent position was as Director of Energy and Paper Programs at Kennebec Valley Community College in Fairfield, Maine.  Mr. Doran held this position since 2010 and also served as Director of Resource Development for the college from 2007-10.

Mr. Doran is a 1996 graduate of Lafayette College, Easton, Pennsylvania, where he earned a B.A. in History/Government and Law. He was awarded an M.P.A. with a focus on Public Administration from the University of Connecticut in 1998. He and his family currently reside in Belgrade, Maine.


Mark Berry, President and CEO of the Schoodic Institute

Mark oversees all aspects of Schoodic Institute’s science, education, and research programs and management of the Schoodic Education and Research Center. Mark holds a Master’s of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College. 

Prior to his 2014 appointment as head of Schoodic Institute, he spent eight years as Executive Director of Downeast Lakes Land Trust, where he led landscape scale forest conservation projects, managed a 34,000-acre Community Forest, and implemented a model carbon offset project.  Before joining DLLT, he managed Oregon’s 33,000 acre Pine Creek Conservation Area.  Mark has conducted field ornithological and botanical research, served as naturalist on Antarctic expedition cruises, and developed and taught field classes for schools and camp groups on a wide variety of natural science topics.  He currently serves on the Board of the Frenchman Bay Conservancy.


Tom Armstrong, Chief Merchandising Officer at LL Bean


Andy Shepard, President of Maine Winter Sports Center

Andy Shepard is President and CEO of Maine Winter Sports Center, which is a company dedicated to outdoor education, through sport and adventure. Andy spent 16 years at L.L.Bean in Freeport, Maine working on strategies, products and services to inspire people to spend time outdoors. While at L.L.Bean Andy created a strategy to develop a new economic model for Northern Maine. That model has become the Maine Winter Sports Center.

In 16 years of operation, the center has captured media attention by helping 15 biathletes and cross country skiers onto Olympic and Paralympic teams, and hosting the state’s first World Cup Biathlon in 2004. What’s often overlooked though is the center’s community programs, which support programming in over 140 communities throughout Maine, engaging thousands of people in year-round outdoor activities.

The Maine Winter Sports Center has won awards around the globe, for its innovative and effective approach to youth and community development. Andy was named the Outstanding Non-Profit Business Executive for Maine in 2010, recipient of the Russell Wilder Award by the US Ski and Snowboard Association in 2009 and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Maine in 2005. The MWSC was also named one of the top youth development programs in the world by the FIS in 2007.

Andy is also co-founder, Vice Chairman and trustee of the United States Biathlon Foundation and past trustee of Carrabassett Valley Academy and Pineland Farms.

Nick Callanan, Festival Director of Maine Outdoor Film Festival, No Umbrella Media LLC

This Maine raft Guide turned river rag ringer has worked professionally in media for eight years, including holding positions as the founding editor of No Umbrella – Maine’s Offbeat Outdoor Paper and sports reporter for the Republican Journal of Belfast. His writing has also appeared in SKI Magazine, N’EAST Magazine and The Original Irregular. Awards include two third place awards for sports writing from the Maine Press Association and a Citation from Unity College for “contributions to environmental writing and advocacy.”  In addition to having a talent for effectively sharing a real world perspective with any and all, this guy is generally an operator.


Tanya Sheehan, Associate Art Professor at Colby College

tanya-on-page-04-240x360Tanya Sheehan is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art at Colby College, where she teaches American art, art and science, and the history of photography. She is the author of Doctored: The Medicine of Photography in Nineteenth-Century America (2011).

Her edited books include Photography, History, Difference (2014), Photography and Its Origins (co-edited with Andres Zervigon, 2015), and the forthcoming Grove Guide to Photography (2016). Tanya Sheehan currently serves as editor of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art Journal and organizes the Photography and Migration Project based at Colby College.


Gary Green, Associate Professor of Art at Colby College

Photo-1791Gary Green is Associate Professor of Art at Colby College, where he has been teaching photography since 2007.

His photographs have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are held in many permanent collections including those of the Portland Art Museum, Oregon; Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Portland Museum of Art, ME; and Bowdoin, Bates, and Colby College Art museums in Maine. His artist book After Morandi will be published this spring by L’Artiere in Bologna, Italy. He recently curated the re-exhibition of Robert Adams’s “Turning Back: A Photographic Journal of Re-exploration” for Colby College.

Stay tuned for updates on additional invited speakers and accepted talks/posters following the abstract submission deadline February 15.

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