Laura Rose Day, President and CEO, 7 Lakes Alliance – Laura Rose Day became President and CEO of 7 Lakes Alliance in September, 2018, bringing to the Belgrade Lakes community in-depth and diverse experience in watershed management. As a long-time Kennebec watershed resident, she, her husband and two sons also appreciate paddling, boating, hiking and otherwise 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 was 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 develop and led innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches and teams, including a coordinated campaign to successfully raise 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 of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago, then as 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. He is a Colby College graduate with degrees in Human Development and Sociology. He lives with his family in the Belgrade Lakes watershed, 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 the day-to-day affairs, including human resource, 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, she completed a program for Nonprofit Business Management in 2016.
Lauren Pickford, Conservationist, YCC, & Outreach – Lauren graduated at the University of Maine at Orono and is pursuing a Masters degree in Sustainable Resource Management at Unity College. She did her independent semester studies on an outreach program for students studying Milfoil in Maine lakes. Lauren manages outreach, directs the Youth Conservation Corps and assists with development. She was born and raised in Maine and has a passion for outdoor recreation.
Sharon Mann, Milfoil Removal 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.
Amy Soper, Conservationist, Stewardship and Courtesy Boat Inspection– Is a graduate of Unity College with Professional Science Master’s degree in Sustainable Natural Resource Management. She oversees both the stewardship and Courtesy Boat Inspection programs. She is from central Maine and is a mother of two very busy boys. It has always been a goal of hers to work in the conservation field and has spent the last two summers working with invasive milfoil. She feels very passionate about the importance of habitat and wildlife conservation.
Milfoil Remediation Team
Dr. Danielle Wain, Lake Science Director – Before coming to Maine, she was most recently a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) 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 and is bringing over a decade of aquatic research experience to the organization to help ensure the future of the Belgrade Lakes.
Aimee Dorval, Development Coordinator and Executive Assistant –Aimee brings excellent skills and experience to 7 Lakes Alliance in fundraising and natural resources. She has overseen and supported traditional Fall and Spring campaigns as well as trending digital campaigns such as "Giving Tuesday" that contributed to teams exceeding annual giving goals, published a monthly alumni newsletter, supported a young alumni campaign, and managed an employee giving program that significantly increased employee giving. Aimee also has added insight and education in the natural resources field. Previously she has worked for the State of Connecticut – Wildlife Division, University of Connecticut – School of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and has conducted independent research for consulting firms and non-profits.
Aimee is from Coventry, Connecticut. For the last 15 years she has resided in central Maine with her family and enjoys farming their land and raising a variety of livestock. In addition, she enjoys exploring the vast natural resources of Maine, gardening, travel, and relaxing at the family camp in Downeast Maine.
Aimee holds a B.S. in Environmental Science - Wildlife Biology and Management from Unity College.