Bob Peixotto, Chair | Retired, COO, L.L. Bean, Inc.
Fred Prescott, Vice Chair | VP & GMM of Retail, L.L. Bean, Inc.
Jeff True, Treasurer | COO, Integrity Holdings LLC
Phil Coffin, Secretary | Attorney, Lambert and Coffin
Marcie Berkley | Retired, Management Professor, MIT Sloan School, Brandeis
Paul Boghossian | Principal and Owner, Hathaway Holdings
Chris Carney | Retired, Managing Director, Fidelity Investments Real Estate Group
Emily Carville | Director of Online Marketing, L.L. Bean, Inc.
Calen Colby | PE, Co-Founder & Co-Owner, Colby Co. Engineering
Rob Holmes | Founder and Chief Story Teller, GLP Films
Christopher Nichols | Forester, Vice President, Seven Island Land Company
Laura Rideout | Associate, Preti Flaherty Beliveau & Pachios
Happy Rowe | Treasurer, The Boston Family Office
Jo D. Saffeir | Conservation Consultant
Russell Walters | President, Northern Outdoors
Larry Warren | Founder, Western Mountains Foundation
John Witherspoon | President, Skowhegan Savings Bank
Carolann Ouellette | Executive Director | Ext. 190 | Email >>
Running a non-profit requires a very specific set of skills: it takes the mind of a savvy CEO, the heart of a charitable volunteer, and the grit, practicality, and optimism of a true Mainer. Meet Carolann. While she’s well-versed in a wide variety of topics, she’s an expert on the state of Maine and the people who love it. As a long-time resident of the Maine Woods region, she knows the land; as a whitewater guide, she knows waterways; as the former Director of the Maine Office of Tourism, she knows the places. And as one of the friendliest people around, she knows pretty much everyone. In fact if Maine were a person, it might be a lot like Carolann; charmingly humble, refreshingly grounded, and always ready to lead the next adventure. It makes sense then, that Carolann has had such a successful career in the Maine travel & tourism industry. Of all the places she could have landed, we’re lucky to have her back here in the western mountains, putting her dynamic skills to use leading the next chapter of Maine Huts & Trails.
Libby Collet | Deputy Director | Ext. 191 | Email >>
If you’re at all familiar with the inner-workings of a non-profit, you know that Libby has a pretty serious responsibility. She’s in charge of development: overseeing the membership program, business sponsorships, grants, and donations. Her efforts directly impact the future of Maine Huts & Trails, and there’s no one we’d trust more to make that work. She’s a highly trained force of team building, goal-setting, and finding new opportunities for collaboration. In here rare down time, Libby relaxes by practicing yoga, hiking and skiing. She and her husband Paul love living in the Western Mountains of Maine and have two handsome sons who visit often.
Cayce Frigon | Director of Communications & Marketing| Ext. 180 | Email >>
Cayce’s been working for Maine Huts & Trails longer than anyone and is really, really smart. The result: she knows the answer to every question, from any department, about any subject. She’ll even be really nice about giving you an answer, and might even make you a detailed explanation with a cool graph. She’s formally tasked with running our two person marketing department, but we also depend on her for IT support, budget planning, graphic design, and organizing cords of all shapes and sizes. One of her many smart decisions: marrying a trained chef and genuinely nice guy, Jarod
. They have two rambunctious labs and make the best homemade wine you’ll ever try.
Sarah Pine | Director of Operations | Ext. 140 | Email >>
Sarah’s in charge of all things hut and trail… which is pretty much everything around here. Her work ethic is pure Maine, but her Southern roots show through in her casually upscale hospitality instincts. With a background in trail building and passion for good local food, she creates the ultimate backcountry experience for our guests; from the trailhead to the hut and back again. Among her many responsibilities: recruiting, training, and managing the hut crew- a dynamic group of 20-somethings
hired to run the huts during our summer and winter full-service seasons. She oversees all hut and trail operations; including planning the hut menus and sourcing as much food, beer and wine as she can from local farmers and artisans. She can fix a solar panel, shovel out a trailhead, and host a vegan-friendly dinner party in less than four hours. In her down time, she mountain bikes and skis with her husband Joe and their spirited toddler, Caroline. They have a nice old golden retriever and a cat named Anonymous. She doesn’t get much sleep.
Merrie Woodworth | Youth & Educational Program Coordinator | Ext. 120 | Email >>
Merrie is tasked with carrying out one of the most important parts of the Maine Huts & Trails mission: getting kids of all ages outside to learn. She teams up with educators, guides, and volunteers to create inspiring nature-based curriculum for deserving students, using the huts and trails as the ultimate outdoor classroom. It’s a position that requires a great sense of humor, endless patience, and a lot of flexibility- so Merrie’s the perfect fit. When she’s not strategizing a life-changing educational experience, Merrie spends her time biking, skiing, and hiking with her husband Charlie; with whom she’s raised two charming sons who are currently saving the world. Like all respectable New Englanders, she likes good beer, puppies, and the Red Sox.
Darren Boivin | Huts Facilities Manager | Ext. 160 | Email >>
Darren’s our go-to guy for fixing freezers, snowmobiles, and bad attitudes. If you see him on the trail, you’ll easily recognize him by his gigantic smile and uncanny sense of direction. He and his wife Laurie have raised four extremely polite and capable children off-the-grid in a remote, unorganized township near the Canadian border. He’s exactly who you’d want to team up with during an apocalypse.
Kate Boehmer | Digital Marketing Strategist | Ext. 181 | Email >>
Kate has the best job of all. She gets to tell the story of living and playing in the western mountains of Maine… and yes, that’s really as much fun as it sounds. Whether using 140 characters or a professional film crew, Kate works to share the experience of Maine Huts & Trails with adventurers around the world. She writes all the website content, newsletters, and social media posts with as few typos as possible, and will occasionally spend 20 minutes trying to make a sentence sound ‘casual’. Kate and her husband Jon live in Carrabassett Valley, where they ski, mountain bike, and try to feed vegetables to their toddler.
Savannah Steele | Trails Manager | Ext. 101 | Email >>
Savannah is trail genius. She knows the soil structure, pitch grade, and coordinates of every trail in our 80 mile system, and can create a digital map of all that and more. She’ll put you at ease with her adorkable hipster charm, but don’t be fooled: Savannah can wield a chainsaw like a veteran lumberjack, run an excavator, and happily work for days on end in the Maine woods while barely breaking a sweat. She loves to work in her garden, play with her pets, and knit. Originally from Oregon, Savannah fits in wherever she goes… especially if there’s a trail to be built.
Sue Davis | Volunteer Coordinator | Email >>
For someone with decades of experience in more areas than you might imagine, Sue is always ready to tackle more. Under her direction, our volunteer program has taken on a life of its own, with record-breaking volunteer hours in 2016, and big plans for the future. If you’ve met Sue, this should come as no surprise. Given a captive audience, she’ll make short work of organizing, strategizing, and motivating the group toward a common cause… name tags mandatory. She’s famous for her stories, stamina, and carousing around Kingfield in her vintage Stanley Steamer. Sue spends her down time gardening, exploring, and organizing people and places. It’s rumored that she makes the best Manhattans on the east coast.
Erin Connor | Guest Services Representative | Email >>
A mountain girl to the core, Erin has the energy level you can only get from spending a lot of time at a high altitude. Though not many people can keep up with her, she’s one of the nicest people around, so will never let on if you’re slowing her down. She grew up exploring the western Maine mountains, so she’s an expert at planning hut trips to suit every level of adventurer, and will keep your group organized, informed, and prepared. By the time she gets to work in the morning, Erin has likely skied off a few cliffs or shredded miles of single track on her bike… which is probably why she’s always smiling.