Board of Directors
CELT’s volunteer officers, directors, and advisory council are your friends and neighbors. They contribute generously of both their time and resources. Any of them will be glad to share with you how you, too, can contribute to preserving the special character of Cape Elizabeth.
President and Secretary: Liz Murley
Vice President: David Briman
Treasurer: Dan Gayer
Executive Committee Member-at-Large: Suzanne McGinn
Board of Directors
Jean C. Hayes
Bob Ayotte is a retired financial executive who spent 32 years working for Textron Inc., a Providence, RI-based international manufacturer of aerospace, defense, and industrial products with annual revenues of $13 billion. During his career with Textron, he was the CFO of several business units, served as assistant corporate controller, and retired as a corporate officer and vice president of audit services. Prior to joining Textron, he worked for three years for a Boston-based CPA firm. Bob graduated with an accounting degree from Boston College, has an MBA from Babson College and was a Certified Public Accountant in Massachusetts.
In addition to serving on the board of the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, Bob is involved with several local not-for-profit organizations. He serves as treasurer of Catholic Charities Maine, Wayside Food Programs, Maine Track Club, and Maine Running Hall of Fame. He is a board member for Maine Audubon, Victoria Mansion, and the Friends of Fort Williams Park where he is a past president. He is the former chair of Girls on the Run – Maine and former race director of the Maine Track Club Turkey Trot 5K.
Bob and his wife Linda have three grown sons and reside in Cape Elizabeth.
Celeste Bannock has over 15 years’ experience working in the field of nonprofit fundraising, including twelve years working for the Appalachian Mountain Club. Celeste grew up in Cape Elizabeth and graduated from Cape Elizabeth High School, before earning a BA from Colby College and a Master of Liberal Arts Degree in Management from the Harvard University Extension School.
Celeste got involved with CELT when she moved back to Cape with her husband Brandon in 2016. “We feel fortunate to raise our two young sons in such a beautiful natural environment,” says Celeste. For their ages, the boys have logged quite a bit of “trail time” – and some of their favorite spots include Great Pond, Hobstone Woods, and Robinson Woods. Celeste loves hiking and Nordic skiing and has been lucky enough to hike in Yellowstone, Yosemite, and Big Bend National Parks as well as Italy and Patagonia.
David Briman grew up in New Jersey playing hide and seek in cornfields. He attended Rutgers College and received a law degree from New York Law School. David, his wife, Katie, and their three daughters moved to Cape Elizabeth from New York City in the summer of 2015. Prior to trading in city life in the West Village for the glorious Maine coast, David practiced law specializing in transactional and litigation real estate matters for 27 years, 14 of which were at his own firm. David is thrilled to be a part of the dynamic CELT community. In addition to walking in Robinson Woods with his family, David enjoys alpine and nordic skiing, hiking, biking, kayaking, and gardening.
Alison Darling‘s professional life focuses on the great indoors. She’s an interior designer with private clients from Maine to New York. But when’s she’s not assisting homeowners, Alison is out in her garden or out on CELT trails. She and husband Ted live in Stonegate and frequent the Robinson Woods preserve. They moved to Cape in 1992, drawn by the open land, community feeling and strong school system. Alison credits Leon Gorman, with whom she worked for many years, with inspiring her to get more involved in the outdoors. Alison has served on the Board since 2005, when she helped create CELT’s Harvest Festival to mark the land trust’s 20th anniversary, and later helped with the triathlon.
Nathaniel (Nate) Fick is an executive and entrepreneur currently working as the General Manager, Security for technology company Elastic. Prior to his business career, he served as an Infantry and Reconnaissance Officer with the United States Marine Corps and penned the New York Times bestselling memoir “One Bullet Away.” Over the years, Nate has enjoyed working with a variety of non-profits focused on education and conservation.
Nate first came to Cape Elizabeth in 2005, after meeting his wife Margaret Angell. “I was immediately struck by the rural character of Cape Elizabeth, saw the land trust office in the town center, and thought that maybe Cape felt so connected with its natural setting in part because of CELT’s good work over the years. So I walked in and bought a trail map!” Nate now lives in Cape and loves spending time fly-fishing, cycling, skiing, running, and boating along the Maine coast with his family.
Dan Gayer is a Tax Senior Manager with Baker Newman Noyes in Portland. Dan is a licensed CPA and attorney, and his practice focuses on tax planning and compliance for closely-held businesses and their owners. Dan grew up in Cape and is a graduate of Cape Elizabeth High School, Harvard University, and the University of Maine School of Law.
Dan currently lives in Cape with his wife Sarah and their four children. He is an avid recreational fisherman and loves taking his family on walks in Robinson Woods, ice fishing on Great Pond, and surfcasting for striped bass at Trundy Point.
Lisa Gent graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in education and a minor in environmental studies. She has taught young children to adults, both in the public and private sector, and as an environmental education consultant. Lisa spent several years at Maine Audubon as the manager of the environmental center in Falmouth. She served for 6 years on the board of directors of the Maine Environmental Education Association and as president for 2 years. Currently, Lisa runs her jewelry business and volunteers with CELT. Lisa, her husband, Steve, and their three boys have lived in Cape Elizabeth since 1990.
Dennis Leiner has been trying (unsuccessfully) to retire since selling his medical device company in 2010. He currently works as a consultant for startups in the medical device industry and serves as vice-president of the Bioscience Association of Maine and as Chairman of the Board for the Optics and Electro-Optics Standards Council.
Dennis moved to Cape in 2001 with his wife Jayne. At the time, they knew of Portland as a sea kayaking destination but didn’t know much about Cape’s outdoor spaces. They were introduced to the land trust by friends who were designing the CELT maps, and soon became members.
In addition to kayaking, Dennis is an avid swimmer, but also enjoys sharing more terrestrial activities with his grandson and granddaughter, who both live in Cape Elizabeth.
William (Bill) Luneberg is a retired lawyer and law professor. He has summered on Cliff Island since 1946 and retired to Cape Elizabeth in 2014. After graduating from law school, he worked with the United States Environmental Protection Agency in Boston and Chicago for 3 years. After that he was in private practice in Chicago for three years before going into teaching law, first at the University of Chicago as a Bigelow Fellow, and then (for 36 years) at the University of Pittsburgh. His teaching and research specialties included civil procedure, administrative law, legislation, federal lobbying law, and environmental law. He has represented a variety of environmental organizations over the years with regard to air pollution, water pollution, and forest preservation issues. He is married with two children (and two grandchildren). He spends his spare time hiking, boating, and trying to improve his photography.
Suzanne McGinn has an economics degree from Boston College and worked for many years in product management, strategic planning, and finance for Bank of America. She moved to Cape in the summer of 2003 and quickly began volunteering with CELT, co-chairing the Education Committee (2003-2012) and chairing the Stewardship Committee (2013-2017). She participates on the Executive Committee and continues to lead school nature programs. She is currently serving as trustee for the Chewonki Foundation; is a member of the Fort Williams Park Committee, Judy’s Pantry, and NRCM grants committee; and co-chairs TNC’s Director’s Circle. Suzanne and her husband, Neil, and three grown children enjoy many outdoor activities including hiking, biking, kayaking, and skiing.
Liz Murley often refers to herself as a recovering lawyer, having practiced corporate law in Boston years ago. She lived in London for many years, doing a lot of volunteer work using her legal training to help several non-profits. Moving back to the U.S., she and her husband, Tom, considered San Francisco, Austin, and Portland,
and kept coming back to Cape Elizabeth because of its rural feel, only minutes from the city. Her favorite walk in the woods is the Great Pond trail, which makes her feel like she’s a million miles away, even though it’s only 15 minutes from her front door. She is also able to work remotely for an executive search firm in Boston that specializes in academia and non-profits. Off the clock, she sings in two choirs, Portland Community Chorus and Choral Art Masterworks, and gets out in the woods.
Marybeth Richardson has a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from Rutgers University. She and her husband, John, and their two children moved to Cape Elizabeth in 1994. For over 25 years, she has worked for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection in various roles, notably as the southern Maine regional office supervisor of Land development licensing and currently as the regional office’s director. She coordinates the Maine Harvest for the Hungry program at Maxwell’s Community Garden, which donates produce to Judy’s Pantry, and also serves as an associate supervisor of the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District. Aside from gardening and running the roads in town, Marybeth enjoys hiking and cross-country skiing.
Chris Tullmann has recently returned (2016) to Cape Elizabeth after living away for 8 years. Chris has a degree in Civil Engineering (WPI) and has worked with land use and transportation planning. He has been working and playing in the outdoors his entire life and sharing that with family and friends. Chris brings experience to his role as chair of the Stewardship Committee from the other places he has lived and the many other land conservation and trail organizations with which he has worked. Chris and his wife, Paige, have two young sons, with whom they enjoy spending time outside on foot, bike, boat, or skis.
David Wennberg currently serves as a board member for CELT, SchoolCare (an innovative startup supporting school nurses through technology), Pyramid Heathcare (a provider of acute care services for people with alcohol and opioid use disorders). Prior to 2021, David worked for Quartet Health, a growth stage company creating integrated mental and physical health care. At Quartet served as CEO from 2018-2021. Prior, he was Quartet’s Chief Data Scientist and led the Business Development team. David previously served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Northern New England Accountable Care Collaborative (NNEACC), and as the Chief Executive Officer of the High Value Health Collaborative at The Dartmouth Institute. A co-founder of Health Dialog Analytic Solutions, the analytic division of Health Dialog, David served as Health Dialog’s Chief Science Officer. David received his MD from McGill University and MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, and was a member of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice faculty.