2023 Conference Presenters
We couldn’t present the Maine Land Conservation Conference without the help of our wonderful presenters! We are so grateful to be working with them to offer these great webinars.
Judy Anderson of Community Consultants has worked in the land trust sector for over 25 years. Judy currently assists nonprofit organizations on practical strategic conservation initiatives, incorporating local communities, climate change, governance, communications, and community-based fundraising strategies.
She also coaches land trusts on inclusive conservation, easement drafting and stewardship, and building greater community relevance to ensure their work withstands the test of time. Judy is a regular presenter at national and regional land trust conferences and provides trainings on topics including fundraising/outreach, easement drafting/stewardship, climate change and land protection, and inclusive community conservation.
Lynda Clancy is editorial director of the Penobscot Bay Pilot, an online community hub that covers a large region of coastal Maine. The beauty and complexity of small towns have inspired her as a writer and photographer in Maine since the 1980s. An award-winning journalist, she serves on the Maine Press Association’s Board of Directors, the Maine Legislature’s Right To Know Advisory Committee, as well as Legacy Rockport, a nonprofit that works to enhance the community, and the Camden-Rockport Pathways Committee, a municipal committee that works to build alternative public transportation infrastructure that accommodates all ages.
Brandon Hayes is Founder and Principal at Bold Bison Communications & Consulting. Brandon earned a reputation for creative, hands-on, grounded communications and strategy solutions during his 20 years in the non-profit sector. For seven years, he was Director of Communications at Openlands, Chicago’s regional land trust and leading conservation organization, where he directed all aspects of external communications, including messaging, printed pieces, website, traditional and digital media, creative design, and photo and video content. He also served on Openlands’ Program Impact and Climate Change task forces.
Brandon regularly presents talks and workshops at national and regional venues like Land Trust Alliance Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference, Prairie State Conservation Coalition, and River Rally. He was co-chair of the Communications Working Group of the Chicago Region Trees Initiative. He served on the Vital Lands Illinois leadership team. He was an invited participant and impromptu facilitator of the inaugural “Inspiring Conservation Leadership” gathering at Oak Spring Garden Foundation.
Daniel joined Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Land Protection Department in 2021 as a project manager. He works on land acquisitions and conservation easement transactions throughout Midcoast Maine. He is the chair of the 12 Rivers Conservation Initiative, a regional conservation partnership working together to connect the natural landscapes of Midcoast Maine. Daniel started his career in conservation as a forester. Between 2010 and 2019 Daniel worked in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Washington implementing sustainable forest harvesting and management practices for State and Federal agencies. From 2019 – 2021 Daniel worked for Washington State purchasing term easements on forest riparian habitat and permanent easements on forest habitat critical for state-listed threatened or endangered species.
Steven has served as Executive Director of Coastal Rivers (formerly DRA) since 2009, having previously been DRA’s Director of Lands and Stewardship starting in 2003. Steven grew up along the Mianus River in Bedford, New York where he was active in the Mianus River Gorge Preserve and Town of Bedford Conservation Board. He attended Williams College, majoring in Geology (B.A.), and the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan (M.S.). His land use planning focus took him from Ann Arbor to Belize to study collaboration at a watershed scale among local land trusts and international NGO’s. Prior to graduate school, he worked for three years in Seattle as a project manager at the Cascadia Consulting Group assisting public agency clients in their outreach efforts to promote watershed stewardship and waste reduction.
Steven is interested in the intersection of land use planning, land conservation, public outreach and water quality. He loves trails – creating them and hiking on them – and islands. Steven and his wife Liza live with their two children in Damariscotta just a few blocks from the harbor.
Skip Lisle has a BS in Geography from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and a Master’s degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Maine. He started his professional habitat management career at the Penobscot Nation where he worked for six years. Here, he developed early-model Beaver Deceivers and Castor Masters. These essentially sneak water away from beavers and protect roads and other properties in a reliable, non-lethal manner. By the late 1990s, this helped the Penobscots become the first large landowners in the world to completely beaver-proof their lands non-lethally.
Skip has been running his own business, Beaver Deceivers, LLC, for 25 years. During this time, he has constantly improved his high-quality, industry-leading flow devices, inventing every detail of their designs. He has worked at thousands of sites around the world, produced an extremely high success rate, and has never had to recommend that beavers be killed. This has indirectly led to the creation of thousands of acres of wetlands and directly led to the saving of millions of dollars for society in the absence of constantly battling beavers and repairing damaged properties.
Prior to joining MCHT, Misha was a Senior Planner at the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, where she worked to enhance the economic and community development potential of the Bureau’s Downeast properties. She has also worked for a number of local conservation and planning organizations including Blue Hill Heritage Trust, Frenchman Bay Conservancy, Sunrise County Economic Council, and Washington County Council of Governments.
Misha grew up in Surry, graduated from Yale University with a degree in anthropology, and earned her master’s degree in community planning and development from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. She is currently a Senior Project Manager with MCHT and staffs the Conservation Limited Development LLC.
Misha lives in Bar Harbor with her husband Dan Farrenkopf and their two children.
Sandy has had a life-long passion for wildlife, plants, and all things outdoors, which she has translated into a career in natural resources management. After studying wildlife biology and conservation policy at College of the Atlantic, she worked as a wildlife research technician at a variety of positions around the country. She also tried her hand at carpentry, landscaping, and arboriculture before returning to school at the University of Maine for a Masters degree in Forestry. Since graduating she has worked in a variety of positions in the Maine forest industry including four years as a District Forester with the Maine Forest Service. Sandy has been the conservation forest manager for the Blue Hill Heritage Trust for almost five years.
Patrick Williams is Director of Creative Services at Bold Bison Communications & Consulting. Prior to joining Bold Bison, Patrick served as Marketing Manager at Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, where he designed and implemented a robust video content strategy which sustained the museum through a 15-month pandemic closure and consistently generated the most digital engagement among all Chicago’s museums. Previous to his tenure with the Nature Museum, Patrick served as Manager of Communications at Openlands, where he reshaped the organization’s brand narrative around climate change — positioning the organization as a sector leader in private land conservation — and implemented a dynamic digital advocacy initiative.
Patrick regularly facilitates skills-building workshops at national and regional conferences including at the American Alliance of Museums: Annual Meeting and Museum Expo, the Land Trust Alliance Rally: The National Land Conservation Conference, the Vital Lands Illinois Summit, and the Prairie State Conservation Coalition Annual Meeting.
Patrick holds a BA, International Honours in History having graduated from a joint degree program between the College of William & Mary and the University of St Andrews, and is also proficient in German.