Board of Trustees


Executive Committee

Michael Vance, President

Michael grew up in Pennsylvania and moved with his family to Falmouth several years ago after spending a decade in Los Angeles. He works as a programmer in the video games industry in a small satellite engineering office in Portland. Michael and his family love hiking and camping, as well as gardening and raising chickens and dairy goats. His discovery of the Blackstrap Hill Preserve property and its trails led him to volunteer with the Falmouth Conservation Corps and eventually join the Falmouth Land Trust. He was elected President in 2018.

Michelle Draeger, Vice President

Michelle is a native of Maine and left for professional opportunities in Washington D.C. and Boston for seven years before returning to the state and moving to Falmouth in 2010 with her husband and two girls. Michelle has practiced law for 17 years in the public interest sector, private sector, and for the federal government as a Senior Enforcement Counsel with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maine. Michelle was drawn back to Maine for its abundant natural resources, boundless outdoor recreation and because it is an amazing place to live and raise children. Michelle and her family squeeze in every recreational opportunity that Maine has to offer such as hiking, Nordic and alpine skiing, golfing, fishing, kayaking, and surfing to name a few. All said, one of Michelle’s most cherished activities is running or hiking the Falmouth trail system from her doorstep with her Vizsla, Maple.

Peter Hubbard, Secretary

Peter moved to Falmouth with his wife and three children in 2012. Within a month of living here, he found himself with a map seeking out local trails as a place to relax and explore with his family, beginning to enjoy some of the diverse areas Falmouth offered. As an avid outdoor enthusiast Peter also brings experience working as an environmental engineer dealing with water pollution control. He grew up in Ohio, and has also enjoyed living in Northern Wisconsin and the mountains of East Tennessee. In his spare time you might find Peter out on the trails hiking with his kids, riding a bike, snowshoeing or out paddling a canoe or kayak. By joining the Falmouth Land Trust he sees an opportunity to further grow the community that appreciates the preserved green space in town.


John Adelman

John W. Adelman is the majority owner as well as the Chief Executive Officer of CPRC Group, LLC. One of the largest recycling / re-use businesses in the state, CPRC converts over 500,000 tons of waste stream materials into beneficial re-use products annually.Continuing his interest in civic activities, he is the President of the Board for the Construction Materials Recycling Association of America, he is an Advisory Council member of the Children’s Museum of Maine, Trustee of the Falmouth Land Trust, and a Trustee of the Maine Technology Institute’s Environmental Technology Board. He, his wife Judy, daughter Kayla and son James reside in Falmouth, Maine.

Charlie Bruder

Charlie moved to Falmouth in 2014 from Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife and two children. A veteran of the retail industry, he has worked in merchandising for Abercrombie & Fitch, Timberland, Wolverine Worldwide and now LL Bean. Growing up in a small New Hampshire town, Charlie has always enjoyed spending time outside, making LL Bean, and Maine, the perfect match. With a trail head out his back door, Charlie and his family quickly became avid users of the Falmouth Land Trust trail system. When not on the Falmouth trails, Charlie and his family enjoy skiing, hiking, biking, fishing, golf, and just about everything on the water.

Peter Farnum

Peter grew up in Falmouth and graduated from the University of Maine.  He is Chief Executive Officer of mWAVE Industries, LLC, a microwave antenna manufacturer in Windham.  As chair of the Stewardship Committee for the Falmouth Land Trust, he enjoys the challenges associated with the field work on the Trust’s 40+ fee and easement properties. His interests in conservation and sustainability first took root as a camper and counselor at Camp Chewonki in Wiscasset.  His engineering background enabled him to further these interests by designing and building two super-insulated airtight houses, including the house he shares with his wife in Falmouth. He enjoys nordic and alpine skiing, sailing, biking and hiking.

Kathy Hillman Reed

Kathy is a Maine native and has lived in Falmouth for more than 40 years. She is retired from a group disability products career at Unum, and now thoroughly enjoys a part time work schedule at Skillin’s Greenhouses in Falmouth. Kathy’s formative years were spent on a dairy farm in Bangor, ME where she came to appreciate the value of farmland and surrounding wooded areas. She has a B.S from UMaine in a totally unrelated field! She and her husband Stan currently serve as trail stewards for FLT, and Kathy has worked 2 years on the planning committee for the Hurricane Valley farm celebration. They are both heavily involved in Engineers Without Borders, having traveled to East Africa in 2015 to work on a project. Kathy served on the Falmouth School Board 2003 – 2009, as well as other service boards in the area. They enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, cycling, and boating, among several other interests. They are the parents of two adult sons and recently became grandparents.

Tommy Johnson

Tommy began volunteering with The Falmouth Land Trust in 2011, officially joining the board in 2013, and serving as President from 2015-2017. Previous to volunteering with FLT, he was a board member on the Falmouth Elementary School PTO acting as volunteer coordinator (2011-12) and was the President of the Village Nursery School Cooperative in Yarmouth (2009-10). Tommy graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Environmental Conservation with a Minor focus on Education. He and his wife Justine moved to Maine from Salt Lake City, UT in 2006 and into their home in Falmouth in 2008. With their 2 daughters, the family enjoys the outdoors, participating in skiing, biking, hiking, kayaking and road/trail running events.

Rick Scala

Rick Scala has lived in Falmouth with his wife Janet and family since 1985. He is a math teacher in the Brunswick School Department where he has taught for the past 40 years. He is active in the rugby community, where he was one of the original players on the Portland Rugby Club, and is currently the Head Coach of Bowdoin College Rugby, a position that he has held since 1985. Hiking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing are some of his outside interests as well as traveling. When time permits, “Rockin’ Rick” also co-hosts a radio show on the history of Rock and Roll.

Kate Thomas

Kate moved to Falmouth with her family in 2002, purchasing a home with land that backs up to FLT preserved open space. She grew up in Vassalboro, Maine on 100 acres and spent her childhood camping, Nordic skiing, and hiking all over Maine. After working in the film industry in New York in the early 90s, Kate made her way back to Maine with her husband and together they began enjoying the natural beauty of Maine and many of the activities that come with it. Since then, she has been working in the field of design and marketing, working first for Swardlick Marketing Group and then for White Rock Distilleries until starting her own business, KBT Creative, in 2012. Kate makes great use of our green spaces here in Falmouth in the forms of skiing, mountain biking, trail running and paddle-boarding.



Jennifer Grimm, Executive Director

Jenny is delighted to join the Falmouth Land Trust as its 2nd Executive Director. She brings 20+ years of professional experience advancing terrestrial and marine conservation in a variety of settings and geographies including New England where she worked as a forester in Maine and New Hampshire. Jenny’s passion for conservation has brought her to the Arctic, the tropical forests of South and Southeast Asia and most recently Hawaii where she worked at the Hawaii Community Foundation as a program officer making grants to support community conservation and non-profit excellence. She is proud to call the coast of Maine home and enjoys outdoors adventures and climbing mountains which she and her husband pursue (in moderation) with their three young children. Jenny started her career as an agricultural Peace Corp Volunteer in Sri Lanka.