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
Hans Carlson was selected by the board to become Blue Hill Heritage Trust’s Executive Director upon the retirement of Jim Dow. Carlson is an environmental and forest historian by training, and holds a Ph.D degree from the University of Maine. He is a native New Englander and an avid outdoorsman who has canoed, hiked and snowshoed throughout New England and eastern Canada. 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.
Laura Kennedy Blandford lives in Brooksville with her husband Jerry and their dog. She has undergraduate degrees in Wildlife & Fisheries Ecology and Forestry, which has given her an awareness of the nature versus human dynamic and the need for some accommodating balance. The vast majority of her outdoor job experience reflects this: environmental education at nature centers, ecotourism on whale-watching boats in Hawaii and Maine, ecological research in Switzerland and throughout the U.S., including Alaska and the central Pacific. Her years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Malawi, Africa concentrated on hands-on Community-Based Natural Resource Management.
Since moving to Maine, she has worked as Crew Supervisor at Petit Manan NWR studying seabirds, and received her Master’s degree from the University of Maine in Ecology & Environmental Sciences surveying seabirds in the Gulf of Maine. She is excited to be a part of the BHHT team, with its mission of local support, education, and preservation of Blue Hill’s precious resources.