Staff and Board


Board of Directors

President: Ellen Hostert
Vice President: Anne Baker
Treasurer: Thad Dolley
Assistant Treasurer: Les Coleman
Secretary: Sherrie Sprangers
Assistant Secretary:  Roger Clapp

Julia Arnold
Kara McCrimmon
Cat Cannon
David Dowley
Becky Lee
Leslie Page
Davis Pike
Paul Reinstein
Dick Sturgeon
Bill Schlesinger
Helen Waite

Click here to read board member bios. 

Advisory Council

Tom Boutureira
Mark Boyer
Alan Brooks
Andy Cadot
Ben Emory
Tora Johnson
Craig Snapp



Jon Southern

Jon Southern

Executive Director

Originally from the United Kingdom, Jon moved to Perry, Maine in 2001 to join his wife Nancy. Jon brings a broad range of management experience from a variety of disciplines, including work with non-profit organizations. Prior to joining DCC, Jon was a Management Consultant and a Regional Coordinator for Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IF&W), covering Washington and Hancock Counties. It was in his role with IF&W overseeing conservation and recreational safety education programs that Jon further developed his passion for conservation, gaining an intimate understanding of the importance of wisely using Maine’s natural resources. Jon also previously served as Eastport City Manager, Senior Program Manager for Superlative Technologies and Occam Solutions in East Machias, and as a Planner for the Passamaquoddy Tribal Government. Spending much of his free time in the outdoors, Jon is an avid hiker, mountaineer, and enjoys many outdoor sports, including archery, camping, hunting, fishing, canoeing, and photography.
Kyle Winslow

Kyle Winslow

Land Steward

Kyle came to Downeast Maine to attend the University of Maine at Machias in 2002. He graduated with a B.S. in Conservation Biology in 2007 and has worked in the region since. Working with the Maine Department of Marine Resources and then the Downeast Salmon Federation, much of his time has been spent on the rivers of Washington County, focused on restoration of the endangered Atlantic salmon. In his time with the Downeast Salmon Federation, Kyle spent several years working in the Federation’s salmon hatcheries and fisheries restoration programs, as well as spending time working as their Land Trust Director focusing on conserving areas important to fisheries protection and restoration. Most recently, Kyle has been working with the Axiom Education and Training Center offering exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) educational activities to area youth. Kyle enjoys spending his free time outdoors with his family and working in their garden at their home in Whiting.
Bob Jean

Bob Jean

Outreach Director

Bob discovered the natural wonders of Downeast Maine in 1977 while he was photographing the Maine coast for his hometown newspaper.  It immediately became his second home for 25 years. Before finally moving to the Lubec area full time 10 years ago, he learned to photograph and formed a deep appreciation for the wonderful nature of Downeast, as well as his home state of New Hampshire. Bob took his activism for preserving untouched land inventories to the New Hampshire Legislature, reaching out, organizing, and educating voters about important issues for our environment, and appropriate land use. Bob brings a host of communication, outreach skills, and assets from his entrepreneurship in the printing, internet, video, and online sales ventures. He earned a BS in Accounting and became the controller for multiple profit and non-profit, multi-company entities. On his days off Bob spends his time hiking and kayaking in the Downeast area.