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: email@example.com
George Fields joins the staff as our first Associate Director in February 2014. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chrissy Beardsley Allen, a native of the Blue Hill Peninsula, has deep roots in her community. After growing up in Surry and Penobscot, she graduated from George Stevens Academy and went on to complete her degree in philosophy and history from the University of Maine. After spending five years in Michigan she returned to Maine to complete a teaching certificate in secondary English and raise her two children, Adie and Corwin, with her husband Luke. She has diverse experience in event planning, marketing, web design, hospitality, and community outreach and education.
Chrissy grew up on King Hill Farm in Penobscot and spent her summers exploring the forests and beaches on her family’s land on Weymouth Point in Surry. This has instilled in her the importance of soil protection and made her an advocate for land preservation. She is excited to join the conservation movement so that her children, and generations to come, will also be able to enjoy these great natural playgrounds of Maine.
Pete Collier was born in Bar Harbor, raised in Surry, and went to high school at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill. As a teenager, Pete worked for the Youth Conservation Corps in Acadia National Park and became passionate about natural resources protection. After graduating from Kenyon College (Gambier, OH) in 2004 with a B.A. in English, he spent time as a researcher with a wildlife biologist in central Panama, and later worked as an organic farmer in both California and Maine. In 2010, he was hired to direct the Community Gardens Program for the City of Oakland (California) and also joined the board of directors for Keep Oakland Beautiful, a nonprofit linking volunteers to litter cleanups, garden builds, and other beautification projects. In 2013, he joined the Presidio Trust in San Francisco as the Volunteer Programs Coordinator and helped to establish a diverse and thriving community of park volunteers. He now couldn’t be happier to be back home and working for the Blue Hill Heritage Trust, and is thrilled to join hands with staff and volunteers to help preserve the uniquely beautiful character of our Peninsula. Pete has a home in Sedgwick with his wife Pi, son Jet (born 2014), their cat, and two dogs.