Lisa Heyward, President
Iris Simon, Vice President
Randy Ewins, Secretary
Jack Frost, Treasurer
Aaron Dority, Executive Director
Aaron oversees all aspects of Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s work, including raising funds to support our programs, managing staff and contractors and working directly with landowners to protect land. In partnership with Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Aaron is currently working on a project in the Schoodic corridor north of Acadia National Park at Schoodic Point. Our partnership was recently awarded a $1 million award through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conserve waterfowl and wading bird habitat. Prior to taking FBC’s Executive Director position in fall, 2014, Aaron was the Federal Policy Director for Penobscot East Resource Center, now Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries in Stonington. Aaron co-founded a cooperative research hook and line marine finfish survey in eastern Maine, to strengthen stock assessments and improve fisheries management. Aaron serves on the board of the Blue Hill Food Coop. He lives in Blue Hill with his wife Jessie and their three children.
Eileen Hall, Land Protection Manager
With Frenchman Bay Conservancy since 2015, Eileen oversees the stewardship of FBC’s properties while developing land protection strategies working directly with landowners. She is also excited to lead FBC’s entry into fish passage and stream restoration efforts, a growing and critically important aspect of land conservation. Eileen holds a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Illinois State University and a Masters of Environmental Science from Miami University in Ohio with a focus on stream geomorphology. Prior to joining the staff at FBC, Eileen worked at The Nature Conservancy in Iowa as Freshwater Conservation Manager overseeing watershed projects throughout the state. She worked directly with farmers and landowners to protect freshwater ecosystems, restore natural stream ecology, and implement sustainable agricultural practices. She has also worked for The Nature Conservancy in Maine, coordinating the collection and distribution of fish passage barrier data. Eileen lives in Cherryfield with her husband, Bruce, daughter, Eleanor, and Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Tunk. She enjoys hiking, canoeing, cooking, fishing, gardening, and snowshoeing.
Austin Schuver, Community Engagement Coordinator
In January 2018, Austin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in human ecology from College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. He studied natural sciences and conservation, traveling through five western states to research public land policy for his senior thesis. Austin also studied songbirds and gulls on Great Duck Island, assisting with College of the Atlantic’s ongoing research program on the small island south of Mount Desert Island. At College of the Atlantic, he served fellow students as a writing tutor in the campus’ writing center. In addition, Austin previously interned for FBC. As community engagement coordinator, he’s excited to organize events, connect with members and visitors by sharing the wonders of FBC’s work, and listen to how Frenchman Bay Conservancy can better serve its communities. He lives in Lamoine and enjoys hiking, birdwatching, and photographing nature.
Thomasina DiBiase, Office Manager/Development Assistant
Thomasina joined FBC as Office Manager/Development Assistant in March of 2018. She assists the Executive Director and Board of Directors with FBC’s daily operations and record keeping. A graduate of Clark University, Thomasina spent over 10 years in salon and spa operations in Boston, MA as a district manager for one of the largest salon chains in New England. In 2011, the Kennebunk native returned to Maine to take on the role of Vice President of an independent, eco-conscious hair care line. The unique brand focused on reducing single-use plastics in professional salons in the US and Canada. In the summer of 2016 Thomasina moved to southern Washington County, an area she’d spent many years as a child. Thomasina lives in Milbridge with her fiancé, Dan and their two pugs, Tallulah and Eleanor. In her free time she enjoys hiking and snowshoeing throughout the Acadia and Bold Coast regions, along with cooking and gardening.