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Laura Rose Day, President and CEO, 7 Lakes Alliance – Laura Rose Day became President and CEO of 7 Lakes Alliance in September 2018, bringing in-depth and diverse experience in watershed management to the Belgrade Lakes community. As a long-time Kennebec watershed resident, she, along with her husband and two sons, appreciate paddling, boating, hiking and enjoying the outdoors and community of the Belgrade Lakes region. Laura has most recently provided strategic consulting expertise on conservation issues as a Principal in Source to Sea Consulting, LLC. For thirteen years prior, she served as Executive Director of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, the non-profit formed to lead an historic multi-party effort to restore nearly 2000 miles of sea-run fish habitat while maintaining energy production. There, she helped to develop and lead innovative, collaborative, and interdisciplinary approaches and teams, including a coordinated campaign that successfully raised over $60 million in public and private funds to fully implement the project.
Laura’s career began in the Great Lakes as Regional Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago and the Lake Superior and Biodiversity Project Manager and Attorney for the National Wildlife Federation where she also taught environmental law seminars and oversaw the environmental law clinic for the University of Michigan. Laura also served as Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine's Watershed Program; helped develop and direct Maine Rivers, a statewide watershed organization; and serves on Maine Woods Forever and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation. Laura has degrees in wildlife management (B.S., Wildlife Resources from West Virginia University) and law (J.D. with a certificate in Environmental and Energy Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law).
Charlie Baeder, Director, Conservation Programs – Charlie has managed fish restoration projects as science manager for the Penobscot River Restoration Project, the largest dam removal project in the eastern United States. In this position, he worked with graduate university faculty, students, and consultants, and managed research in fish passage, water quality, geomorphology, and wetlands. He serves as treasurer for the Norcross Wildlife Foundation. Prior experience includes business and project management in several industries and municipal experience as a town treasurer. Charlie is a Colby College graduate with degrees in Human Development and Sociology. He lives with his family on Long Pond and enjoys four-season recreation throughout Maine.
Mary Kerwood, Office Manager – Mary assists the CEO in the operations and administration of office business. She manages day-to-day affairs, including human resources and administrative and operational functions, including oversight of accreditation. Additionally, she assists in communications, public relations, and fundraising. Mary is a local resident of Rome and has a Sociology-Anthropology Interdisciplinary degree from the University of Maine at Farmington. She enjoys the many landscapes Maine has to offer and has developed a strong sense of devotion for the natural environment that gives her inspiration for her work. Additionally, Mary completed a program for Nonprofit Business Management in 2016.
Sharon Mann, Milfoil Manager – Sharon has a background in ecosystem community interactions and microbiology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Southern Maine where she managed the microbiology laboratory and taught college level microbiology laboratory classes. Before earning her degree, Sharon had a variety of jobs including: deckhand in Alaska, sous chef, and laboratory assistant. Her eclectic resume and strong background in biology is reflected in her management style of the milfoil removal crew. Eventually, Sharon plans to attend graduate school where she will investigate the effects of variable milfoil on ecosystem communities.
Jessica Sayers, Community Outreach Coordinator – Jessica is a graduate of New England College where she received a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability. Prior to joining 7 Lakes Alliance, Jessica supported the LakeSmart and Lake Host Programs for NH LAKES. She began her environmental career doing water quality work for the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services. A native to western Maine, Jessica enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs.
Dr. Danielle Wain, Lake Science Director – Before coming to Maine, Danielle was most recently a Lecturer in Water Quality Engineering with the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath (UK). Danielle graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering from Cornell University after which she spent two years in the US Peace Corps building rural water systems in the Dominican Republic. Upon return, she worked for a year as an engineer in environmental consulting until pursuing an MS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, followed by a PhD in Civil Engineering from Iowa State University. Danielle spent two years as a research associate in the Ocean Physics Department at the Applied Physics Laboratory at the University of Washington, then received a postdoctoral fellowship from the Changing Earth Science Network of the European Space Agency at the AirSea Laboratory at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Danielle joined the University of Bath in 2013, where her research was sponsored by the UK Royal Society and the European Commission Marie Curie program to investigate turbulence-plankton interactions in stratified lakes, and the UK Natural Environment Research Council to work with the water industry on the impact of reservoir hydrodynamics on water quality. She joined the 7 Lakes Alliance in September 2018, bringing over a decade of aquatic research experience to the organization to help ensure the future of the Belgrade Lakes.
Art Grindle, Erosion Control Coordinator – Art works to conquer erosion in our watershed, particularly with the LakeSmart Program and the watershed survey of Long Pond. Art Grindle comes to the 7 Lakes Alliance from the Kennebec County Conservation District, where he has been a conservationist for 14 years. Prior to working in Kennebec County, he worked in community conservation in Manchester, New Hampshire, and the New Hampshire Lakes Region, as well as various consulting companies. He graduated from Unity College in 1996 with a BS in Environmental Science and is a native of Bucksport, Maine. Art is a devoted multi-season hunter and enjoys taking advantage of all the natural blessings of central Maine.
Laurie Raleigh, Development Director –Laurie has spent summers on Great Pond for 30 years with frequent winter stays for the last two decades; her kids are her family’s fourth-generation in the Belgrade Lakes. She brings to 7 Lakes extensive local knowledge and networks as well as a contagious passion for our mission. Laurie's career with Wall Street firms, including Brown Brothers Harriman, Kidder Peabody and GE Investments, focused largely on marketing and communications. For the past ten years, she has served in leadership roles for the annual fund and several capital campaigns ($5 million-$20 million) for a private school and a non-profit pediatric cancer organization. Her excellent organizational skills (including overseeing the SailMaine/Great Pond Yacht Club youth program until this year) and stellar references from within and outside of our community, make her an excellent choice.