Staff & Board of Directors
A socially distant photograph of FBC’s Board of Directors, taken during Covid-19.
Board of Directors
|Paul Parshley, President||Ann Amstutz-Hayes|
|Lisa Heyward, Vice President||Lee Fairbanks|
|Randy Ewins, Treasurer||Nathaniel Hanson|
|Mary Brennan, Secretary||David Manski|
|Rebecca “Becky” O’Keefe|
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.
Kat Deely, Land Protection Manager
Kat serves as Land Protection Manager for Frenchman Bay Conservancy, protecting new lands in perpetuity in the Union River Watershed, Frenchman Bay Watershed, and the Schoodic Corridor, for the benefit of all. Her work here builds off of years of experience protecting land in Massachusetts and New York. She began her career in conservation in the conservation corps world, and is always happy to pick up a pulaski and get to work. Her professional experience focuses on community conservation and outreach, landscape-scale land protection, and experiential education. Kat holds a Master’s Degree in Natural Resources from the University of Vermont Field Naturalist and Ecological Planning Program, and serves on the Board of Trustees for Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert, VT. She currently lives in Seal Harbor where her dog, Moose, patiently waits to someday meet her namesake.
Thomasina DiBiase, Business & Development Manager
As the Business & Development Manager at Frenchman Bay Conservancy, Thomasina manages the daily operations and fundraising initiatives at FBC. A graduate of Clark University, Thomasina spent over 10 years in salon and spa operations in Boston, Massachusetts. Upon returning to her home state of Maine, she took on the role of Vice President of an independent, eco-conscious hair care line. Thomasina later relocated to Washington County, where she’d spent many years as a child. She lives in Milbridge with her husband, Dan, and their two pugs, Tallulah and Eliot. In her free time enjoys hiking and snowshoeing throughout the Downeast region.
Ellerie Ezekiel, Director of Communications & Community Engagement email@example.com
As the Director of Communications & Community Engagement at Frenchman Bay Conservancy, Ellerie oversees all digital and print publications, social media, and the website. Ellie also organizes FBC’s year-round community programming and events. Ellerie is a graduate of Franklin & Marshall College with a major in Animal Behavior and a minor in Environmental Studies. Before joining Frenchman Bay Conservancy, she worked as an Environmental Advocate and then Interim Director of Advocacy and External Affairs for Delaware Nature Society. She is passionate about prioritizing science-based land conservation and equitable public access to nature and the outdoors through meaningful community engagement. Ellerie lives in Ellsworth with her partner, Dakin, along with their rescue pup and two cats.
Kayla Small, Operations & Development Assistant
As Operations and Development Assistant at Frenchman Bay Conservancy Kayla supports both the daily operations and the fundraising initiatives at FBC. Kayla’s prior work experience has been focused on administrative, customer service, and sales for the last twenty plus years. She has held such roles as North American Sales Director for Hydro-Photon, Inc (makers of the SteriPEN hand-held UV water purifier) and Administrative Coordinator at Blue Hill Heritage Trust. Kayla lives in Surry with her two children, Ian and Claire. When not working she can be found adventuring with her kiddos, wandering the shore looking for treasures, curled up with a good book, exploring trails, or hiking and volunteering with a non-profit that honors Maine’s fallen military heroes.