Steering Committee

Moosehead Futures work is directed by a diverse group of Maine residents who support a public process to review and revise development proposals that will affect the future of the Moosehead Lake Region.

Steering Committee members include local residents and seasonal camp owners with experience owning and operating businesses, development and conservation planning, forestry and research, and living, working, and recreating in the Unorganized Territories.

has owned and operated The Birches Resort in Rockwood since 1985. He founded Wilderness Rafting Expeditions in 1980 and operated it for 25 years. John holds a B.S. degree in forest management from the University of Maine and has been a licensed professional forester since 1977. He is a licensed commercial pilot, a Master Maine Guide and Whitewater Guide for all Maine rivers. He was a founding member of the Maine Huts and Trails board, founding member of the Moosehead Region Futures Committee, and served on the boards of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, Kennebec Valley Tourism Council, and the Moosehead Region Chamber of Commerce. John has served on the Maine Governor’s Forestry Advisory Council and the advisory council for the Unorganized Territories.

is a 3rd generation, life-long resident of Greenville, Maine. Janet attended the University of Southern Maine, eventually returning to Greenville, where she raised her family. Janet operated a day care center in Greenville for 20 years; today she is proprietor of Moosehead Marketplace, an online retail store designed to support the local economy by marketing local products outside of the region. Janet is active in community government and has served on the Greenville School Board, town finance committee, and recreation committee.

earned his B. A. degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD (where he was editor of the student newspaper), and his J. D. degree from University of North Carolina School of Law, in Chapel Hill, NC (where he was a member of the Moot Court Bench). He was admitted to the practice of law in Maryland in 1981, and in the District of Columbia in 1983. He actively practiced law from 1981 to 1991, and concentrated his practice in litigation. From 1988 to 1991, he was also an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, instructing in legal analysis, research and writing. He maintains an active license to practice law in Maryland.

From 1990 to 2015, Chris was a bus operator in Baltimore with the Maryland Transit Administration. During this employment, Chris also served his union, the Amalgamated Transit Union, as a Shop Steward or Executive Board Member for 13 years.

Chris has previously served on the boards of directors in Baltimore for his neighborhood association, and for a local Community Development Corporation.

In 2015, Chris retired from the Maryland Transit Administration, and relocated to Greenville, Maine, where he continues his community involvement by serving as an Officer of the Moosehead Region Futures Committee, and as an Officer of the Greenville Democratic Town Committee.

Chris is an avid year-round hiker in the Central Maine Highlands, and beyond.

was the owner of the family camp, now passed to his son, and is a frequent visitor of the Moosehead Lake area for the past 60 years. A graduate of Brewer High School and University of Maine, Orono, Ron served in the U.S. Army. He is retired after a 20-year career with Agway, Inc. and as an appliance business owner in Brewer. Ron is a husband, father, and responsible and caring steward of the State of Maine.

owns and operates Lake Parlin Lodge and Cabins, near Jackman. He was raised in the Jackman area until the age of 10, when the family moved to Florida. He was an active partner in the development and operation of the family business, Pelican Beach Resort in Ft. Lauderdale, from 1989-2006. After its sale, Joe and his wife, Liz, made the decision to move back to Maine to raise their family and start a new business. In 2009, after spending many years at his family’s camp on Parlin, they bought a property on the lake and developed Lake Parlin Lodge and Cabins. It has become a popular four-season destination catering to all aspects of traditional and modern Maine recreation. Joe is president of the Coburn Summit Riders Snowmobile Club; officer of The Forks Chamber of Commerce and of the Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway Committee; and a licensed Florida general contractor.

holds an M.S. from the University of Maine in resource economics and a B.S. in natural resources, specializing in survey research and non-market valuation of natural resources. She worked for Kleinschmidt, an energy and environmental consulting firm, in Pittsfield for 19 years, where she served as corporate technical expert for survey research. She designed and led small and large-scale survey research efforts to estimate the recreational use of project resources and associated economic impacts, and conducted visual impact studies. Her work influenced the management of recreational resources at hydroelectric projects in Maine and other locations throughout the country. Previous to Kleinschmidt, Marcia worked at a firm in Wisconsin, where she studied the value of wildlife-related recreation and the non-use value of natural resources. Today, she is a consultant in outdoor recreational use and demand, frequently collaborating with clients, agencies, and stakeholders and coordinating their compliance, reporting, and planning activity. She is a peer-reviewed author of professional journal articles and was as an adjunct instructor of environmental policy at UMaine. Marcia is a life-long visitor of the Moosehead area, particularly Shirley and Big Indian Pond. She lives in Clinton, Maine, and is on the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers – Waterville, Area.

grew up in West Gardiner, Maine. In 1986, while attending the University of Maine at Orono, he moved to the area to become a whitewater rafting guide. Since then, he helped to create the rafting company Adventure Bound, an outdoor adventure resort for kids and young adults based in Caratunk. With the help of a couple close friends, he has also created Kennebec River Angler, a fishing guiding business based in The Forks area. Chris holds a B.S. Degree in Wildlife Management, a Master Maine Guide’s license, a Level II whitewater guide license, and he sat on the Maine Whitewater Guide Advisory Council for over 10 years. He and his wife Cindy live in Caratunk with their Brittany Spaniel named Brookie. They have a camp on Indian Pond with direct views of Mt Kineo and the Spencer Mountains. Chris feels it’s an honor and privilege to sit on this Steering Committee, to help protect an area and culture that he has enjoyed for over 30 years.