Jim Dow was chosen to become Blue Hill Heritage Trust’s first Executive Director as the result of a national search process conducted by the Board of Directors. He began work in May 2001. Jim is a native of Belfast, Maine, and is a graduate of Belfast Area High School, Princeton University, and the University of Maine School of Law. He has worked for a law firm in private practice, for a statewide environmental advocacy organization, and for the 12 years prior to joining BHHT as a senior staff member of the Maine Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, including service as its Director of Land Protection. In addition to service on the Boards of other community organizations, Jim was a member of BHHT’s Board of Directors for seven years. He currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Maine Land Trust Network. Jim lives in East Blue Hill, has two adult children of whom he is very proud and enjoys hiking, kayaking, jazz, basketball, baked goods and laughter. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
George Fields joins the staff as our first Associate Director. He was previously co-principal at a land surveying firm and the part-time Stewardship Director at Island Heritage Trust since 2008. A professional geologist in Maine and New Hampshire, George has earned degrees from Southern Illinois University and North Carolina State University. He has traveled within and outside the country conducting environmental and geophysical surveys for private and governmental agencies. George has been in the Blue Hill Peninsula area for 10 years and currently lives in Deer Isle with his wife, Pam. He loves hiking, canoeing, kayaking, traveling and working in the vegetable garden. When asked about his new position, George responded, “I am excited about the varied nature of the properties that the Trust has protected to date and the expectation of what lies ahead. It is beyond satisfying that I can play a small part in helping others experience and live in such a beautiful and bountiful landscape for years to come.” E-mail: email@example.com
- Eileen Mielenhausen has extensive experience in community outreach, education, and membership. In addition to her tenure as the Membership & Marketing Coordinator at the Blue Hill Co-op, she has worked with staff, volunteers, and non-profit boards in the fields of sustainable agriculture, domestic violence, human rights, literacy, libraries, and the arts. Originally from New Jersey, Eileen has also lived in Utah, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Minnesota. Eileen received her Bachelor’s in English and Master’s in Literature before moving to Maine in 1988. She was employed at the University of Maine System in Off-Campus Library Services for 13 years prior to relocating to the coast. Eileen enjoys singing, dancing, drumming, chanting, eating good food, listening to music (especially jazz), swimming, hiking, biking, and getting to know more folks on the Peninsula.
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