Board and Staff

Part-time Office Assistant

Position Title: Office assistant

Great Works Regional Land Trust seeks a well-rounded individual to join a close-knit, self-motivated staff. A natural tendency to pay attention to details is a requirement for the position and a passion for land conservation is a plus. The organization has conserved more than 6,000 acres of woods and farmland in Eliot, the Berwicks, Wells and Ogunquit since its founding in 1986 and has over 1,000 members, four part-time staff and an active Board of Directors.

The position of office assistant is currently a part-time position (7-10 hours per week) at our Beach Plum Farm, Ogunquit headquarters. The office assistant works under the supervision of the administrative coordinator and reports to the Personnel Committee. The position provides opportunities for growth.

Send resume and cover letter in pdf format to Great Works Regional Land Trust,, with "Office Assistant" in subject line. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.



Board Members


President: Michael Wright
Vice-President: Tom Gilmore
Secretary: Pat Robinson
Treasurer: Bob Eger


John Chagnon

John Chagnon joined the Board in the fall of 2017. Owner and founder of Ambit Engineering, a civil engineering and land surveying firm in Portsmouth, John is also an adjunct professor at UNH, teaching a course about the legal aspects of land surveying. The firm does environmental permitting and a couple of years ago assisted Great Works with a vernal pool study at one of the properties. "As a board member, I hope to provide some expertise and assist Great Works with land and conservation easement acquisition.” He and his wife Joni (Joseph) live in Eliot, where they built an off-grid solar home. John enjoys skiing and hiking and also volunteers with Trig Star, a high school mathematics contest that promotes surveying, and awards scholarships.


Bob Eger

Bob Eger has been a Trust board member since 1989 and has served in his current position as treasurer for many of those years. Bob also operates the Great Works cordwood program, processing and delivering fire wood cut on Land Trust properties. When not in his shop, where he builds and repairs boats, he can usually avoid being found somewhere on his 75-acre South Berwick woodlot.

Tom Gilmore

Tom Gilmore of North Berwick joined the Board in Spring 2011, after a few years serving on the Stewardship Committee. He became active with Great Works soon after he and his partner, Paula, moved into their house in North Berwick, where their land abuts the Bauneg Beg Mountain Conservation Area. When he retired from the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Tom was the Quality Manager at the Submarine Maintenance Engineering, Planning and Procurement (SUBMEPP) Activity. He is now spending more time working with the Land Trust and turning his photography hobby into a business, Tom Gilmore Photography: Landscapes and Wildlife. His favorite places to vacation and photograph are Alaska and anywhere in the Arctic; he has traveled north of the Arctic Circle in Alaska, Canada, Greenland, and Finland.


R. Todd Hoffman

Todd Hoffman is past-President of the Trust and currently serves as chair of the committee evaluating new conservation options. He is a documentary photographer whose career has included serving as Photo Editor of The Christian Science Monitor, as Adjunct Professor of Photo Journalism at B.U., and Director of Photography at Salt Institute in Portland, Maine. He has been Chair of the North Berwick Planning Board for many years, wrestling with land use issues. Very active in church work, Todd is an overseer of Through the Eyes of Children, a not-for-profit organization providing educational opportunities to orphans of the genocide in Rwanda ( For over 15 years he has lived on an old farm in North Berwick with his ‘smart wife, two beautiful boys, the second greatest dog in the world, and a bunch of furry critters.’


J. Douglas Mayer

Doug Mayer joined the Board in the spring of 2009. He serves on the Stewardship Committee and the Beach Plum Farm Committee. Doug has made Ogunquit his home since the mid-60s, though his job for 20 years as ship’s officer and navigator for Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute took him away for months at a time.


David McDermott

David McDermott of South Berwick joined the board in March 2015 and serves on the Development Committee. He was a founding member of Great Works. Davis is credited with naming the organization 29 years ago as a founding member. He is a retired manager for social services with expertise in grant funding and administration and has a strong focus around organization effectiveness. He served on the South Berwick Town Council for six years. To help the Board and staff implement fundraising, he joint the Great Works development committee and is countering his time to support broader fundraising efforts. A lover of the land and of the Tatnic Region of South Berwick where he and his family have lived for 40 years, McDermott contributes time to stewardship as well.


Chris Mende

Chris Mende of North Berwick joined the Board in Spring 2017. Chris and his wife Cathy, a literary specialist at Noble Middle School, have lived in North Berwick since 1984 and have two grown children. Chris graduated from the Surveying Engineering program at the University of Maine and has been working with Civil Consultants in South Berwick since 1984. Bauneg Beg Mountain Conservation Area is a favorite property for watching songbirds and hawks. A former triathalete, Chris spends much of his time viewing this beautiful world from the seat of a bicycle. He bikes 5,000-7,000 miles a year, including biking to work.



Margaret Miller-Weeks

Margaret Miller-Weeks joined the board in 2016. Margaret worked for the US Forest Service Forest Health Division for many years, and applies her experience and focus on the Education Committee as well as on the Board. A longtime resident of Ogunquit, Margaret serves as a docent for the environmental education program at the Wells Reserve at Laudholm. She also volunteers for the Ogunquit Playhouse and the Ogunquit Museum of American Art. She is pictured here at Beach Plum Farm, where she has a garden plot.



Virginia Reusch

Virginia (Ginny) Reusch came onto the Board shortly after moving to North Berwick 15 years ago and becoming involved in the Campaign to Save Bauneg Beg Mountain. In her former community of Easton, Mass. she served on the Board of the Natural Resources Trust of Easton, was President of that Board for several terms and then served as its Executive Director for 13 years. Upon her husband’s retirement from the practice of medicine, Ginny moved to Maine to be nearer to her children: a daughter in North Berwick, a son in Farmington and her brood of now 4 grandchildren. A graduate of Radcliffe College, she brings to the Board a wealth of experience in land trust development and volunteer services. Ginny loves working with GWRLT, and is proud of the many successful projects they have accomplished. Ginny is also active in her Unitarian church and enjoys choral singing, hiking and classical music.

Pat Robinson

Pat Robinson, Secretary, owns Perennial Plantscapes, a gardening business, taking care of perennial and annual gardens in southern York County. She has been on the board since 1991 and has served as president. Pat is the driving force behind our Spring Auction. She also is chair of the So. Berwick Conservation Commission. She lives in So. Berwick with her partner, Michael, and three companion animals who rule the roost: Nitro, an Aussie Shepherd; and Oscar and Felix, two identical black cats.


Tin Smith

Tin Smith lives in the Tatnic area of South Berwick and Wells with his wife Jane and works as Stewardship Coordinator at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve. He is one of GWRLT’s founding members and a past-president. In his spare time he works with draft horses, kayaks the Maine coast and, of course, hikes.

Tin has received the Lifetime Achievement Award by the EPA's New England office.




Michael Wright

Michael Wright is a self-employed carpenter who especially enjoys working on older and historical buildings. He is one of the founding members of Great Works Regional Land Trust and board president. Mike was raised in Berwick and lives there with his two daughters, Moira and Ciara, in the family farm house where he grew up. A former market gardener, he is sorry to see the area farms lost to development. His prior activities include serving on the boards of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, the Berwick Historical Society, the Berwick Library Association, the Seacoast Growers Association and the Berwick Conservation Commission as well as with other civic activities.



Rhyan Romaine

Rhyan Romaine, joined the Great Works team as the Director of Development in December 2015. Base in Wells since 2006, you can find her with her Austrailian Shepard, Zoe, around some of the Great Work's properties.

Darrell DeTour

Darrell DeTour is the Land Trust’s first Stewardship Director, a part-time position at this point. Darrell holds a Masters of Science in Conservation Biology from Antioch New England as well as a degree in architectural design and studies in art. Prior to coming to GWRLT in 2006 and part-time for the next year, Darrell worked for LCHIP (Land & Community Heritage Investment Program) in New Hampshire. He and his wife Angela Martin recently bought a farm in Lebanon, ME in order to pursue their interests in sustainable living and agriculture.


Patti Mitchem

Patti Mitchem joined Great Works as a member in the late 80s, and was hired in for a very part time position in 2004. Since then she has handled increasing responsibilities as the Trust has grown and currently serves as office manager and membership coordinator as well as overseeing the publication of the newsletter three times a year. She and her husband Fred Wildnauer live in South Berwick.


Brenna Crothers

Brenna Crothers, Outreach Coordinator, a native Mainer from Mount Desert Maine and now a resident of South Portland, is an avid outdoors woman. She spends her free time exploring and photographing Great Works' public places, particularly Bauneg Beg Mountain and Negutaquet River, the White Mountains, and her beloved childhood home.