People of the Preserve

The Preserve’s greatest assets: our board of trustees, staff, and volunteers. The people of the Preserve are committed to a culture of respect and care for the lands and gardens, and for each other. Their mindful attention to forward-thinking conservation, preservation, and horticultural practices is remarkable. Their common passion for protecting and sharing the beauty of the Preserve is perceptible in every garden bed and hiking trail. 

Staff of The Preserve


Codie Abbot, Equipment Operator

Maggie Andros, Finance & Administrative Coordinator

Jason Ashur, Lead Groundskeeper - Thuya Garden

Cassie Banning, Director of Farm & Gardens

Jenn Bridgers, Administrative Coordinator

Grace Brown, Lead Gardener - Asticou, & Plant Recorder

Tate Bushell, Director of Natural Lands

Whitney Ciancetta, Development & Communications Coordinator

Erin Dilworth, Border Gardener - Abby Garden

Wendy Dolliver, Head Gardener - Thuya Garden

Rodney Eason, CEO

Margaret Handville, Woodland Gardener - Thuya Garden

Jesse Hartson, Director of Facilities

Ed Hawes, Land Steward

Katie Hughes, Gardener, Abby Garden & McAlpin Farm

Cathy Jewitt, Docent - Thuya Lodge

Ethan Klein, Lead Groundskeeper, Abby Garden & McAlpin Farm

Jon Knight, Manager of Abby Garden & McAlpin Farm

Rick LeDuc, Thuya Garden Manager

Dave Ouellette, Land Steward

Cynthia Robbins, Gardener - Asticou Azalea Garden

Mary Roper, Asticou Azalea Garden Manager

Chris Stevenson, Director of Finance & Administration 

Kathryn Strand, Director of Development & Communications

Joie Torsiello, Benefits & Human Resources Coordinator

Helen Townsend, Docent - Thuya Lodge

Linda Thayer, Lead Greeter

Larry Tozier, Equipment Operator

Jacob Wartell, Gardener - Asticou Azalea Garden

Bret Welch, Facilities Tradesperson


Board of Directors


Sam McGee, Chair 

Kate Macko, Vice Chair

Will Thorndike, Treasurer 

Alan Baldwin

Kate Baxter

Allison Bourke 

James Clark, Jr     

Jan Coates

Amy Falls

Andrea Gilmore

Sheldon Goldthwait

Neva Goodwin

Eileen Growald

Neil Houghton

Martha Jackson

Ann Judd

Lauren Kogod

David MacDonald

C.W. Eliot Paine

Susan Rockefeller

Jim Sligar