Board & Staff
Will Brewster, Secretary
Will and his wife, Arlene, returned to Kittery Point to live in 2005 after Will retired from full time parish ministry. Will has enjoyed summers in Kittery Point since 1945, when his parents bought a place on Gerrish Island. He has loved sailing, rowing, and swimming in the surrounding waters and has a strong attachment to the land and marshes leading down to them. Will joined KLT early on. In joining the Board, he follows in the footsteps of his mother, a founding KLT Board member in his support of land preservation and its wise use.
Alex Dearborn, Stewardship Committee Co-Chair
Alex joined KLT in 2004, after moving to Kittery Point with his wife, Danna, and hosted KLT's first gala celebration in June 2006. Alex brings years of entrepreneurial and business experience to the board, having run his vintage Mercedes restoration and sales business, as well as other small start-ups, since the 1970s. As a hiker and kayaker, he is passionate about preserving open land and has helped preserve several thousand acres of private lands in New York and Massachusetts.
Ken Fellows, co-Vice President
Ken was elected to the board in 2001 and served as president from 2009 to 20012. He retired from a distinguished career in academic medicine to live full-time in Kittery. He and his wife have lived for over 30 years in a house in Kittery Point on Chauncey Creek (a tidal river). In that period, Ken says, "I have come to love the natural beauty of the surrounding marshes and the diverse ecosystem existing within these tidal waters. I want to do all I can to help preserve some of this, and similar areas in Kittery, for future generations."
Kalle Matso, President
Kalle is a researcher and public engagement facilitator at the University of New Hampshire, where he focuses on conducting coastal and estuarine science in new ways in order to better link knowledge to action for pressing community health and ecosystem issues. Kalle is also very involved in training the next generation of professionals who can bridge the gap between science and real-world decisions. Kalle has lived in Kittery with his wife, Karen, and two sons since 2001. He and his family enjoy outdoor activities in Kittery, such as running, biking, swimming as well as community gardening.
Gary Mitchell, Stewardship Committee Co-Chair
Gary has served on the KLT Stewardship Committee since 2010 and joined the board in 2014. He studied environmental biology and wastewater treatment in college and has worked with the Environmental Protection Division of the City of Manchester, NH since 1978. Gary volunteered for many years for both the NH and Massachusetts Audubon and is a hiker, Nordic skier and kayaker. He has lived in Kittery since 2001 with his wife, Jenny Freeman. He loves walking the KLT properties and spends much of his free time maintaining its trails and working to eradicate invasive plant species found there.
Cyndy Pawlek, Outreach and Communications Chair
Cyndy grew up in rural Vermont, surrounded by dairy farms [which have sadly disappeared]. Soon after she moved here, she became interested in KLT after hearing about their efforts to raise funds for the conservation easement at Rustlewood Farm: Cyndy was impressed from the start at the organization's good reputation, and commitment from participants for making things happen! Who wouldn't want to be involved in making a difference in preserving what's wonderful about this area!
Wendy Pomeroy, her husband Deane Rykerson and their daughter Olivia, moved to Kittery Point from Cambridge in 2003. While Kittery’s proximity to the Boston area is important, it is this area’s environment that offers opportunities and enjoyment for her family. A graduate of Radcliffe Seminars where she studied landscape architecture, Wendy has dedicated much of her time to preserving Kittery’s fragile landscape and environment. As a member of and volunteer for Kittery Land Trust, she is committed to the broader Kittery community and engaged in its environmental issues.
Bob Sheppard, co-Vice President and Campaign Committee Chair
Since moving to Kittery in 1984, Bob worked as a broadcast journalist and managed an environmental program that helped corporations implement sustainability plans. Bob is active with his church and the Kittery Energy Advisory Committee. As an advisor to Chevrolets Carbon Offset Program and the Bard College Sustainability MBA, Bob works to balance human impact on the environment with business interests. Introduced to the outdoors by his dad as a child growing up in NYC, today he enjoys hiking and skiing with his grown kids.
Clayton Smith, Treasurer
Clayton has been involved with the outdoors since his early childhood playing and exploring in all the woods & fields surrounding every place he has lived. His current outdoor activities include hiking, trail running, kayaking, climbing, snowshoeing & skiing, and he has given up just as many other outdoor activities. Clayton began volunteering with southern Maine land conservation in 1995 when he moved to Eliot with his wife, Gale, and then with KLT after they moved to Kittery with Asher in 2009. He has been active as a volunteer in conservation in New England and the Pacific Northwest, serving on numerous boards and committees but most of all, as an outdoors steward and ambassador. Clayton holds degrees in Earth & Space Science Education and Information Technology Management. Although he works in the Information Technology field, the outdoors is his chosen avocation and remains his passion.
Heather grew up in the Boston suburbs, but she spent summers in Maine and never wanted to leave when September arrived. She was always drawn to this area and returned like a native while she was practicing and teaching law in San Francisco, West Virginia, New Orleans, and Boston. She lives in Kittery Point, loves to run on Gerrish Island, and you can often find her running or walking near Seapoint Beach. Heather joined the Land Trust in 2013, on the Acquisitions Committee, and she quickly appreciated the KLT's sense of community and shared commitment to preserve and area that is extraordinarily beautiful--and precious.
KLT has two part-time, paid staff people who help to support the Board and KLT's mission.
Christine Bennett, Executive Director
Christine joined KLT as its first part-time Executive Director in 2011 after working with neighboring Great Works Regional Land Trust for 4 years as their Development Director. Christine’s professional background includes organic farming, for profit and non-profit business management, fundraising as a Loaned Executive with the United Way of the Greater Seacoast, outdoor education and photography. Christine grew up in southeastern Connecticut and came to the region in the early 1990’s to pursue a graduate degree in Resource Economics at UNH. The richness and beauty of the area’s natural resources (fields, forests and coast) in addition to the deep New England cultural connection to land struck an immediate and sustaining chord in her heart. It reminded her of what her hometown used to be like when she was a child, and she has lived in and loved this area ever since. Christine currently lives in South Eliot with her chickens and a black lab, Ruby. She feels blessed to play a part in passing along wild natural places for the next generation.
Cindy Kuliga, Administrative Assistant
Peter Lamb (kneetoknee Philanthropic Advising)