Board of Trustees

Executive Committee


Michael Vance


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


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.


Elizabeth Burns

Elizabeth and her family moved into their beloved 1790 Federal farmhouse in 1978. Since then the town’s population and the curb cuts along Falmouth Road have more than doubled. The town however has managed to retain some of its quasi-rural charm, and the Falmouth Land Trust has been an important actor in that effort. ”I am motivated to serve the Trust by the gratitude I feel every day for the view easements, wildlife corridors, and numerous hiking trails from one end of Falmouth’s varied topography to the other, and in the hope that future generations will experience that same gratitude.” Elizabeth’s children graduated from Falmouth High School decades ago but she and her husband George have no intention of leaving; their urban grandchildren love to visit their old house and to experience their version of “country” on Falmouth’s trails.
Elizabeth is a retired attorney whose legal practice was primarily estate planning. Over the years she has participated in Town affairs, spending several years on the Long Range Planning Committee, and 8 years on the Planning Board.


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.


clifford Gilpin

Clifford had a 22 year career with the World Bank based mainly in Washington D.C., where his last position was as director of staff training and leadership development for the organization. Since retiring and moving to Maine in 1996, Clifford has served on several boards including the World Affairs Council of Maine where he served as President from 2011 to 2015. He worked with Maine Coast Heritage Trust to bring about its acquisition of public space and was part of the group that started the campaign to purchase Clapboard Island. Clifford has lived with his wife, Susan, in Falmouth since 2002. He has been president of the Tidewater Homeowner Association since its inception in 2012. He enjoys hiking/walking and x-country skiing.


susan Hayhurst

Susan is a small animal veterinarian in southern Maine, and also teaches middle school science at the Friends School of Portland. Before vet school, Susan spent four years as the Science Translator at Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland, taught science in schools through an NSF program in graduate school, and taught for two years at Echo Hill Outdoor School in Maryland. She holds an M.S. in marine science from University of Maine and a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University.  She volunteers doing seal rescue with Marine Mammals of Maine (MMoME), doing alumni interviews for Stanford admissions, and fostering with Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. In 2012, Susan moved with her husband Kyle and her twin daughters to Falmouth. She enjoys various outdoor pursuits including hiking, biking, and paddling, as well as creative pursuits such as painting and writing. She loves to explore the Falmouth Land Trust trails with her family, including her lab mix Mosey.


Jason Raichle

Jason moved to Falmouth in 2011 from the Philadelphia area after he and his wife chose the quality of life and access to outdoor recreation Maine offers. He is a Partner at Connecticut River Capital, a firm that invests in commercial real estate throughout New England. Like so many Falmouth residents, Jason places a high importance on quality of place, and he believes an abundance of natural areas and a vast trail network are valuable assets worth protecting and expanding. Jason and his family love to be outside in all seasons, and particularly enjoy hiking, skiing and camping.


Kathy Hillman Reed

Kathy is a Maine native and has lived in Falmouth for more than 40 years. She is retired from a long 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 is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono. She and her husband Stan currently work on trail maintenance for FLT, and Kathy has worked each year 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 & 2018 to complete a school building project in Ethiopia. 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 a wonderful grandchild.


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.


Bruce Stillings

Bruce is a Maine native and grew up on farms in the Berwicks. He has degrees from the University of Maine, Penn State and Cornell. During his career he held management positions in the food industry, U.S. Government, and in several non-profit organizations. For more than 20 years, he and wife Sue have enjoyed living on a farm in Falmouth, which has beautiful views of fields, woods and distant hills. To protect this unique landscape and bountiful wildlife, they were pleased to donate 27 acres to the Falmouth Land Trust. Bruce recently joined the FLT and looks forward to continuing efforts to protect land to be enjoyed by current and future enerations.


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.

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