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Staff

Mary Boëchat Development Officer
Sharon Broom Development Officer
Aimee Beal Church Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Stephanie Clement Conservation Director
Lisa Horsch Clark Director of Development and Donor Relations
Sarah Jane Curts Accounting and Administrative Associate
Shawn Keeley Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts and Events
David MacDonald President and CEO
Diana McDowell Director of Finance and Administration
Carol Page-Potter Finance and Development Assistant
Mike Staggs Office Manager
Paige Steele Conservation Projects Manager
Julia Walker Thomas Communications Assistant in Digital Media

 

 


 

maryMARY BOËCHAT, Development Officer
Manages the donor database and records. Provides backup to the Director of Development for the Friends of Acadia Benefit. Assists with membership, annual giving, annual program, and donor events.

Development Officer, Friends of Acadia (2012-present); Development Assistant, Friends of Acadia (2009-2011); Philanthropy Officer, Healthcare Charities, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital (2004-2008); CEO of private holding company (1987-present); Financial Copywriter, PaineWebber, (1987-1991); Marketing Assistant, Good Food Magazine, (1985-1987); Intern, Francesco Scavullo, (1985); Intern, The Rowland Company, (1985).
B.A., French, Wheaton College.

Contact: mary@friendsofacadia.org


SharonSHARON BROOM, 
Development Officer
Manages the Membership and Annual Fund programs to maintain and increase support for Friends of Acadia. Coordinates business sponsorship of the Friends of Acadia Journal, the Benefit Guide, and annual events. Works with the development director to set and meet fundraising goals.

Development Officer, Friends of Acadia, (2006-present); Development Director, Abbe Museum (1999-2006); Director of Public Relations, American Social Health Association (1993-1998); Director of Public Relations, PlayMakers Repertory Company (1988-1993); Communications Officer, North Carolina Museum of Art (1981-1987); Press Representative, American Dance Festival (1981); Managing Editor, Chapel Hill Newspaper (1978-1981).
B.A., Journalism, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Contact: sharon@friendsofacadia.org

Aimee Beal Church, Friends of Acadia Communications and Outreach Coordinator

AIMEE BEAL CHURCH, Communications and Outreach Coordinator
Editor of the Friends of Acadia Journal and Annual Report. Manages creative production of print mediaManages media relations and online presence. Develops and implements Friends of Acadia communications plan.

Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Friends of Acadia, (2010-present); Freelance Editor, (2008-2010); Managing Editor, Alice James Books, (2001-2006); Assistant to the Director, Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, (2000-2001); Instructor, University of Pittsburgh, (1998-2000).
B.A., Creative Writing, Carnegie Mellon University; M.F.A., Creative Writing, University of Pittsburgh

Contact: aimee@friendsofacadia.org

StephanieSTEPHANIE CLEMENT, Conservation Director
Develops and executes conservation programs in advocacy, policy, and planning. Primary contact with park staff for many FOA park policy initiatives. Principal liaison with community officials. Lobbies Congress, state legislature, federal and state agencies. Coordinates Ridge Runner, AYCC, and Intern programs. Current projects include public transit, park funding, air and water quality. Member of staff Core Management Group.

Conservation Director, Friends of Acadia (1997-present); Intern, Planner, Lake Champlain Basin Program (1994-1997); Teaching Assistant, School of Natural Resources, University of Vermont (1994-1995); Research Assistant, Snelling Center for Government (1994); Teaching Assistant, Hotchkiss School (1992-1993); Environmental Education Intern, Save the Bay (1991).
B.A., Biology, Colby College; M.S., Natural Resources Planning, University of Vermont.

Contact: stephanie@friendsofacadia.org

LisaHorschClarkLISA HORSCH CLARK, Director of Development and Donor Relations
Directs fundraising efforts for Friends of Acadia. Works primarily with individuals, foundations, and corporations wishing to make charitable gifts to support capital and special projects. Specializes in estate and planned giving. Leads the development office in running a low-cost, efficient development program.

Director of Development and Donor Relations, Friends of Acadia (2005-present); Director of Family Giving, The College of William and Mary (2004-2005); Capital Gifts Officer, James Madison University (2000-2004); Assistant Director of Annual Giving, James Madison University (1995-2000).
B.B.A., International Business and French, James Madison University; M.B.A., James Madison University

Contact: lisahorsch@friendsofacadia.org

SarahSARAH JANE CURTS, Accounting and Administrative Associate
Works with director of finance and administration. Handles cash receipts, accounts payables, bank and donor data reconciliations, accounting schedules and analysis, and assists the president.

Accounting and Administrative Associate, Friends of Acadia (2012-present) Office Manager, Marine Environmental Research Institute (2003-2012); Bookkeeper, Sisters of the Presentation of Mary (2002-2003); Cost Analyst, Champion International (1994-1995); Acting Controller, Rehrig Pacific Company (1983-1993).
B.S., Business Administration, University of Maine

Contact: sarah@friendsofacadia.org

ShawnKeeleySHAWN KEELEY, Senior Development Officer, Major Gifts and Events

Contact: shawn@friendsofacadia.org

 

 

 

 


DavidDAVID MacDONALD, President and CEO
Manages organization and staff. Reports to board chair. With board, sets direction and tone. Responsible for execution of all programs—conservation, stewardship, development—and general operations. Balances budget, directs planning. Works with park superintendent, NPS Washington officials, etc. Chairs staff Core Management Group, which handles personnel matters.

President and CEO, Friends of Acadia (2012-present); Director of Land Protection, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (1999-2012); Interim President, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (2008); Land Protection Manager, Maine Coast Heritage Trust (1991-1998); Surveyor, Brian Smith Surveying, Inc. (1987-1989).
B.A., English and Creative Writing, Wesleyan University

Contact: david@friendsofacadia.org

DianaDIANA McDOWELL, Director of Finance and Administration
Handles all financial matters, manages accounting, general ledger, spread sheet analysis, leading indicators, yearly audit. Develops annual budget. Works with staff members to ensure on-budget performance in program areas. Works with Investment & Finance Committee. Member of staff Core Management Group.

Director of Finance and Administration, Friends of Acadia (1997-present); Financial Director, Downeast Horizons (1991-1997); Comptroller, Homestead Project (1986-1991); Bookkeeper, Layout & Design Artist, Coastal Exposures (1984-1985); Office Manager, Acadia Corporation (1976-1983).
University of Maine; Husson College.

Contact: diana@friendsofacadia.org


CAROL PAGE-POTTER, Finance and Development Assistant
Assists with donor data base management, gift processing, daily deposits, membership, annual giving, and donor events.  Serves as liaison between Development and Finance.

Finance and Development Assistant, Friends of Acadia (2015 – Present); Executive Assistant, Schmitt & Ongaro Marine Products (2013-2015);  Administrative Assistant, Dr. Jeffrey Witman, DPM (2008 -20011); Vice President, Human Resources, Rutter’s Corporations, (2000 – 2005); President, Page One Consulting (1993 – 1999);  Manager, Human Resources, Woodstream Corporation (1988-1993).
University of Pennsylvania

Contact: carol@friendsofacadia.org

MIKE STAGGS, Office Manager
Organizes and coordinates office operations and procedures, ensuring efficiency in all operations. Provides technical support, assessment, and maintenance of computers, office equipment, and furniture.

Office Manager, Friends of Acadia (2007 – present); Administrative Assistant, Friends of Acadia (2001-2006); Hardgoods Buyer, Cadillac Mountain Sports(1994-2000); Assistant Librarian, Thorndike Library (1992-1996); Seasonal Employee, Maine Association of Island Museums(1991-1992).
B.A., Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic; Graduate Business Courses, University of Maine

Contact: mike@friendsofacadia.org

Paige PAIGE STEELE, Conservation Projects Manager

Contact: paige@friendsofacadia.org





JULIA WALKER THOMAS
, Communications Assistant in Digital Media

Creates and produces photo and video content. Edits and maintains website and social media presence. Develops and implements Friends of Acadia communications plan with Communications Coordinator.

Contact: julia@friendsofacadia.org