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.
Natasha combines her knowledge of the outdoors with her education skills to connect people of all ages with the natural wonders of Cape. She moved to southern Maine from Maryland, where she completed a year of service as an AmeriCorps member providing literacy education to K-3 students in Baltimore. Previously, Natasha was on the fourth-grade education team at Arlington Echo Outdoor Environmental Education Center in Millersville, Maryland, where she developed and facilitated curriculum-based, hands-on environmental lessons and activities. She double majored in Environmental Studies and Film Studies at the University of Richmond. Natasha also currently works as a LabVenture educator with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. She lives in Biddeford where she loves to bike, hike, paint, and go to the movies.
Chris merges his overall love and knowledge of nature—and plants in particular—with his geographic data management skills to help determine the best ways to manage the many properties in CELT’s care. He earned an MS from the Field Naturalist & Ecological Planning Program at the University of Vermont, completing a master’s project analyzing forest restoration strategies in the Champlain Valley with The Nature Conservancy. Chris has worked on consulting projects and ecological assessments for the Vermont Land Trust and the Greensboro Land Trust, and on volunteer GIS and data management projects for the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. Previously, he worked as a plant conservation fellow with the New England Wild Flower Society, a curatorial assistant at the Harvard University Herbaria, and a plant science intern at the New York Botanical Garden. Chris is an unrepentant plant geek, but is working towards becoming a reformed birder, bug catcher, and rock collector as well. He currently lives in Bowdoin with his fiancée, where they enjoy hiking, reading, and singing with choirs.