Jonathan joined Maine TREE in 2020 after extensive community and natural resource-based work with State Government, the Androscoggin Land Trust, and others, including three terms as Mayor of the City of Auburn. Since first earning his degree in chemical engineering in the University of Maine’s pulp and paper program, he has built a career developing partnerships to ensure community and organizational successes in and around his hometown, spanning public health, transportation, economic development, natural resources, and recreation. Jonathan is excited to build on existing partnerships, and seek out new ones, to help Maine people of all ages learn about these values and inform research about their impacts. Email: Jonathan[at]mainetree.org
CJ grew up in Skowhegan and is a Skowhegan High School graduate. She has worked in the administrative field for 30 years; this is her second stint working for the TREE Foundation. She worked for TREE for over six years; she ran the office from her home when her son was young. She previously worked for the Family Planning Association of Maine and the Maine State Nurses Association. She lives in Winslow with her husband. Email: cj[at]mainetree.org
Kelly grew up in Canton, New York and received her B.A. in Biology from Colgate University. After graduation, Kelly worked in hospitals for four years but spent almost every weekend visiting and helping out on her family’s Tree Farm in Oxford County. Working in the woods inspired her to leave medicine and pursue her true interests in forestry and applied forest research. Kelly went on to earn her M.S. in Forest Resources from the University of Maine, where she studied the impacts of climate change and various forest management practices on tree growth and physiology.
As Programs and Outreach Coordinator, Kelly serves as the coordinator for the Holt Research Forest and Maine Tree Farm Program. She is committed to supporting Maine’s woodland owners, upholding Maine TREE’s existing research efforts, and developing new applied research projects that directly inform landowners and forest managers. Email: kelly[at]mainetree.org
Lena graduated from the University of Connecticut, with a bachelor’s of science in Natural Resources Management and Wildlife Conservation. After spending a few years working on different wildlife-based research projects, contributing to management plans, and expanding her outdoor recreation experience, she transitioned into serving as an environmental educator.
Lena initially served as the Naturalist at Goodwin State Forest in Hampton, Connecticut. Through this position, she worked extensively with different groups in the role of an environmental educator and outdoor guide and assisted in the management of the 2400 acre state forest. Through this position, Lena worked under one of the state’s Project Learning Tree coordinators, which introduced her to their curriculum and allowed her to assist in leading teacher workshops and working with facilitators. For the past year and a half, Lena has served as an environmental educator at Ecomaine, where she further developed her capacity to speak about environmental topics to a wide variety of stakeholders and public groups, from preschool to retirement age. Lena is incredibly excited to join Maine TREE and work to sustain and expand the demand in Maine from schools, teachers, parents, students, and other partner organizations for outdoor environmental education programs that connect to Maine’s forests, both urban and rural, and support pathways to forest-based careers in our state.
In her free time, Lena enjoys serving as a member of the Wilderness Rescue Team, recreating on trails, making things from scratch, and caring for her small farm. Email: lena[at]mainetree.org
Mike’s career in forest product industry safety and health education spans 44 years. Originally from the St. John Valley in Northern Maine, he has had an interest in the development and sharing of information with workers to improve occupational safety, environmental regulations, and compliance regulations. He was on the stakeholder team that established the Certified Logging Professionals (CLP) in 1991 and has served as program director. In addition, his consulting company provides loss prevention and risk management services throughout New England, including videos, curriculum, and manuals for professional development. The list of current clients in addition to CLP are the Maine Department of Transportation, municipalities, OSHA, landowners & land trusts, industrial construction firms, the University of Maine, paper mills, sawmills, and public utilities.
Mike is bilingual and has an established connection with the french language logging community. He is most comfortable in the Maine woods and believes the key to effective professional development is personal interaction with the forest workers. Under Mike’s direction, the CLP program has proved to be one of the most successful logger training and education programs in the country. The program has a proven record to have reduced logger injury and illness rates.
Mike resides in Jackman and enjoys all the recreational opportunities in the area. He is an EMT and service chief with Jackman volunteer ambulance.
Our offices in Augusta and Arrowsic Maine:
Maine Forest Products Council
535 Civic Center Drive, Augusta, Maine 04330
Holt Research Forest
508 Old Stage Road, Arrowsic, Maine 04530