Staff & Board of Directors
A socially distant photograph of FBC’s Board of Directors, taken during Covid-19.
Board of Directors
|Paul Parshley, President||Lee Fairbanks|
|Lisa Heyward, Vice President||Nate Hansen|
|Randy Ewins, Treasurer||Ann Hayes|
|Mary Brennan, Secretary||Malcolm Hunter|
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.
Kelsey Buckley, Community Engagement Coordinator
As Community Engagement Coordinator, Kelsey organizes events and public programs, connects with members and visitors, and listens for ways that FBC can better serve nearby communities.
Kelsey grew up camping and hiking on the wild and scenic branch of the Farmington River in Connecticut. Her career began in writing and higher education, and she holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Maine at Farmington, and a Masters in English from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. She currently lives in Ellsworth with her husband, where she hikes, knits, and reads an unending stack of books.
Thomasina DiBiase, Office Manager & Development Assistant
As the Office Manager & Development Assistant at FBC, Thomasina assists the Executive Director and Board of Directors with FBC’s daily operations, record keeping, and donor relations. 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 Eleanor. In her free time enjoys hiking and snowshoeing throughout the Downeast region.