Loon Echo Land Trust is managed by dedicated staff members who are guided by a committed Board of Directors made up of area residents that are invested in the health of the Lakes Region.

Staff

Matt Markot – Executive Director

Matt first became involved with Loon Echo in 2017 as a volunteer. He joined the staff in July 2018 to assist in organizing the Loon Echo Trek in addition to supporting LELT’s stewardship and conservation easement programs. Matt became Executive Director in January 2019. As the full-time director, Matt is responsible for the management of the operations of the land trust including overseeing and guiding staff, land and easement project management, fundraising, finances, donor cultivation and board of directors relations.

Matt holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Hartford, CT. Prior to Loon Echo Matt worked for the Nature Conservancy in Maine as their Northern Maine Lands Steward, served as an AmeriCorps Environmental Steward with the Maine Natural Areas Program, and as an environmental educator at Kieve-Wavus in Nobleboro.

Matt has been spending winters in Denmark for the last 5 years and is excited to now be living in Bridgton year-round. Matt enjoys mountain and gravel biking, skiing, and paddling. 

Maggie Lynn- Membership Manager

Maggie began at Loon Echo in October 2018 to help support and grow our membership and development efforts. Her responsibilities include processing all donations, member communications, growing our community partnerships, social media and website management, and providing other administrative support.

Maggie holds a B.S. in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University. Prior to Loon Echo Maggie worked for Portland Water District as a Watershed Protection Specialist, with Maine Campus Compact in Lewiston administering an AmeriCorps program, and served as an AmeriCorps Environmental Steward at the Department of Environmental Protection in Augusta. Maggie lives in Bridgton and enjoys skiing, hiking, gardening and playing ice hockey.

Jon Evans – Stewardship Manager

Jon was hired in 2008 as LELT’s Stewardship and Volunteer Coordinator. His responsibilities include managing all fee owned lands, holding monthly walks and educational outings, and organizing volunteer programs related to stewardship projects. Jon lives in South Bridgton and enjoys hiking, spending time with family, and fishing.

Hadley Couraud – Sebago Clean Waters Conservation Coordinator

Hadley was hired in October 2019 to assist LELT and Western Foothills Land Trust to complete conservation easement baseline documents, organize easement monitoring and planning, conduct landowner outreach, and develop a strategic conservation plan for the Sebago Clean Waters partnership.

Hadley studied Biology and Peace Studies at Goucher College, where she became passionate about the intersections of conservation, community health and engagement. After a stint studying spotted hyena behavior and managing a university research lab, she turned her attention to conservation, beginning with agricultural practices and water quality in Michigan. Most recently, she worked on aquatic connectivity projects for The Nature Conservancy in Maine where she performed culvert assessment field work all across the state.

In her free time, Hadley loves salsa dancing, exploring the outdoors, listening to stories, and writing letters. Happy to be staying in Maine, Hadley is excited to engage with land conservation on a more intimate community level.

Heather Rorer – Conservation Outreach Manager

Heather first joined Loon Echo as a volunteer. She was hired in 2010 as a part-time membership manager, and became our part-time Conservation Outreach Coordinator in 2014. Her responsibilities include overseeing the baseline documentation of conservation easements, coordinating easement monitoring volunteers, and easement preparation. Heather has a MS in Environmental Policy from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and a BA in Psychology from Yale University.

Board of Directors

President – David Diller
Loon Echo Director since 2014
Bridgton, ME
Favorite outdoor activity: Golf

Treasurer – Bob Gowdy
Loon Echo Director since 2004
Former President, Commercial Union Insurance Co.
Denmark, ME and Boston, MA
Favorite outdoor activity: Fishing

Connie Cross
Loon Echo Director since 1987
Former English Teacher
Casco, ME
Favorite outdoor activity: Anything on the water

Karen Eller
Loon Echo Director since 2007
Consultant
Bridgton, ME
Favorite outdoor activity: Walking/hiking

Melissa Rock
Loon Echo Director since 2018
Marketing Manager, Norway Savings Bank
Bridgton, ME

Vice President – Dick Lemieux
Loon Echo Director since 2016
Raymond, ME
Favorite outdoor activity: Fishing

Secretary – Sheila Bourque
Loon Echo Director since 2015
Former Chief Information Officer
Raymond, ME
Favorite outdoor activity: Fishing

Eric Dibner
Loon Echo Director since 1987
ADA Accessibility Coordinator, State of Maine
Casco, ME
Favorite outdoor activity:  Mycology

Carol Sudduth
Loon Echo Director since 2004
Owner/Director Wyonegonic Camps
Denmark, ME
Favorite outdoor activity: Hiking

Sven Cole
Loon Echo Director since 2018
Assistant Head of School, Bridgton Academy
North Bridgton, ME  

Quincy Van Winkle
Loon Echo Director since 2019
Wohelo Camps
Raymond, ME