Our Staff and active Board of Directors work together to carry out our conservation mission, with community support from donors, volunteers and partners.

Staff

Andrew Mackie

Executive Director

New to Maine, Andrew is looking forward to continuing the long tradition of important work carried out by the Scarborough Land Trust and eager to become part of the community and explore Maine’s natural areas.

Andrew has had a career and life-long passion for conservation and the natural world. He has more than 25 years of conservation experience, including community-engaged conservation planning, land protection and restoration, stewardship, and wildlife management and holds a B.S. in Biology from the State University of New York, and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Andrew was with the National Audubon Society for 15 years and most recently served for 10 years as Central Colorado Conservancy’s first Executive Director. During his 10-year tenure there, he built the organization into a well-respected regional land trust, completing over a dozen conservation easements and several fee acquisition projects, initiating a rivers and streams restoration program, raising over $10 million in project funding, increasing their operating budget ten-fold, and developing strong volunteer and citizen science programs.

Volunteerism has always been important to Andrew. He volunteered on his first species counting project at eleven and has been involved with bird and amphibian monitoring throughout his entire life, most recently having been a founding board member of the Amphibian and Reptile Trust International, working to conserve habitat for declining amphibians and reptiles worldwide.

Currently, Andrew continues to travel and bird when time allows. He has led nature travel programs to the Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Pantanal, Trinidad and Tobago, Alaska, and Australia, and has taken numerous canoe/kayak trips to the Adirondacks, Canada, and the Boundary Waters. One of his to do items once settled in Scarborough is to find a canoe so he is ready in the Spring to explore the Marsh and the five rivers that meander through the town.

To reach Andrew, use the contact form, or email amackie@scarboroughlandtrust.org

Sami Wolf

Stewardship Director

A Vermonter-Mainer-Dubliner hybrid, Samantha has cultivated a passion for temperate climes and wry wit. She holds a M. Sc. in Conservation from Trinity College Dublin, and a B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture from Lyndon State College, Vt.

She has been a Natural Science Educator with Chewonki and the Hurricane Island Foundation, has designed and installed solar thermal heating for organic greenhouses in Vermont, and built trails across Vermont and New Hampshire. She has worked closely with land trusts in Casco Bay to record, map, and manage habitat and trails since 2016. She cares deeply about local food systems and intersectional environmental justice. Her joys in conservation work include critical analysis of land use, teaming up with community members and other organizations, and brainstorming with her creative and passionate colleagues. All the fresh air and sunshine is pretty nice, too.

Off the clock, Sami paddles, hikes, forages, and torments her housemates with violin practice.

To reach Sami, use the contact form, or email swolf@scarboroughlandtrust.org

Scott Kunkler

Conservation Director

While growing up in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Scott learned to appreciate swimming in the ocean, sunny skies, and afternoon thunderstorms.  He also learned to appreciate the last remaining wild places amid the rapid development of South Florida.  A love of those wild places eventually led him to spend two summers as a naturalist with Alaska State Parks and three seasons as a Park Ranger in Badlands, North Cascades, and Everglades National Parks.  While hiking and camping in the Redwoods of the northern California coast, Scott earned his B.A. in Geography from Humboldt State University. He has explored much of the Adirondack Mountains and continues to enjoy discovering the many wild areas of Maine.

Scott’s work experience ranges from working on farms to managing the facilities of a non-profit leadership summer camp. He was a board member of a library and served on a town planning board. Recently, he worked for the state of NY managing real estate transactions while developing housing for homeless individuals and families.  He looks forward to applying these skills to help protect land in Scarborough.

When not working, Scott still loves swimming in the ocean, as well as running, playing the piano (or at least attempting to do so), and spending time with his family.

To reach Scott, use the contact form, or email skunkler@scarboroughlandtrust.org

Liz Hayden

Office Manager

Although originally from Rochester, New York, Liz’s family ties to Casco Bay trace back over 120 years. Liz moved to Maine in January of 2020. Now, she enjoys hiking, skiing, canoeing, and exploring in her new home state. Liz holds a B.A. in Sociology and Religious Studies from St. Lawrence University, where she enjoyed the natural beauty and adventure of the Adirondack Mountains, while acquiring the endurance for North Country winters.

Liz has previously dedicated her time in the nonprofit sector, particularly in nonviolence education, refugee resettlement, and early childhood education for low-income Mainers. Whatever the project, Liz enjoys finding creative and sustainable solutions to serve her community, and is delighted to be using these skills to support local conservation efforts.

Outside of work, Liz landscape paints, gardens, and as of late, birdwatches. On the weekends, she often spends time with family on Great Chebeague Island, or camps along Maine’s many lakes and trails.

To reach Liz, use the contact form, or email lhayden@scarboroughlandtrust.org

Board of Directors

Our Board members are your friends and neighbors who cherish Scarborough’s natural assets.

  • Rick Shinay
    President
    Attorney, Drummond Woodsum
  • Dawn Piccolo
    Vice President
    Retired, Senior Vice President, Fidelity Investments
  • Diane Neal
    Secretary
    Retired, Director of Implementation, Disability RMS
  • Melissa Anson
    Director of Development, Facing Forward to End Homelessness
  • Betts Armstrong
    Community Volunteer
  • Rita Breton
    Retired, Communications Specialist, Hannaford Bros. Co.
  • Charlie Lee
    Retired, Co-Founder and Executive, Seagis Property Group LP
  • Tom Nolan
    Retired, Nurse Anesthetist
  • Patrick O’Reilly
    Principal, Marcum LLP
  • Mark Shinners
    AFO Avian Research Supplies Operations Manager, Biodiversity Research Institute
  • Alex Timpson
    Managing Director, Adelphi Group of Ameriprise Financial Services, LLC
  • Jeremy Wintersteen
    Owner, Conservation Outcomes

Founders

We are proud to recognize our Founding Board Members:

  • Wallace Fengler, President
  • Mark McIntyre, Vice President
  • Phineas Sprague, Treasurer
  • Rebecca Warren, Clerk
  • Georgiana Chase
  • Robert Jensen
  • Teresa Messer
  • John Snow