Meet the Land Trust’s wonderful staff. If you have a question, they’d be more than happy to hear from you!
Cindy brings a passion for community-based land conservation, strong management and organizational skills, and significant experience in environmental education to CELT’s helm. She most recently served as the executive director of the Gulf of Maine Association, an organization with multiple partnerships focused on protecting and restoring regional watersheds and the Gulf of Maine ecosystem. She also managed conservation projects and supported other initiatives for the South Portland Land Trust. She holds an MS in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England and a BA in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic and is also a registered Maine Guide and Sea Kayak Guide. She lives in South Portland and loves to walk, bike, and snowshoe on CELT trails.
Membership and Development Manager
Patty specializes in fundraising and events management, skills that she enjoys using to engage the Cape community in helping to conserve the town’s natural places and special character. She previously built membership support for both Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the Natural Resources Council of Maine, as well as other nonprofits in Maine and Washington, D.C. Patty is a graduate of the Leadership Intensive program through the Institute for Civic Leadership (now offered through the Maine Development Foundation) and holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire. She lives in South Portland and loves to dance, walk the many trails around Cape (especially Robinson Woods), hike, kayak, and snowshoe.
Philip Mathieu (he/him)
Philip combines a science and engineering background with a love of the outdoors and a passion for raising the next generation of environmental scientists. He earned a BA in Physics from Brown University, with additional coursework in environmental and planetary science. Since graduating, Philip worked as a musician at a summer camp, a ski instructor in New Hampshire, and an ecology educator for K-8 students with The Ecology School in Saco, ME. When not guiding troupes of local students for CELT, Philip works as a freelance media producer and hosts Ecology is Everywhere, a podcast about environmental education. A lifelong food lover, Philip’s latest project has been learning the ropes of cooking and brewing with foraged ingredients from the Great State of Maine.
Ardath Dixon (she/her)
Ardath brings a background in environmental science and community engagement to her role as the Stewardship Manager at CELT. She earned a Master of Environmental Management degree in spring 2021 from the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. Her focus was Ecosystem Science and Conservation, and she received the Geospatial Analysis Certificate. Prior to Duke, she worked in outdoor education, social work, and tourism, following a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Trinity College – Hartford. She grew up in Manchester, Massachusetts, and enjoys backpacking, cycling, trivia, music, and boats of all kinds.
Caitlin Gagne (she/her)
Finance and Office Coordinator
A Higgins Beach native and South Portland resident, Caitlin is honored to support CELT’s mission to protect the rural character and natural beauty of our community for generations to come.
While earning her BA in Communication from the University of Southern Maine, she sparked an interest in environmental work – interning with the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership as well as attending the University of Hawaii through the National Student Exchange Program. Following that, she developed her background in small business operations in Maine’s craft beer industry. She enjoys traveling, “nature crafting”, gardening, hiking, birdwatching, and exploring, and can often be seen walking the beach looking for treasures with her two young children.