About the Board

The Allagash Wilderness Waterway Foundation was established in 2012 to build a community of support for this unique and remote public resource. We fulfill our mission by raising funds from private and public sources that supplement, not replace, necessary state and federal funding. Our major areas of interest include access by young people, from the St. John River Valley and throughout the northeast; acquisition of critical lands and/or easements along the watercourse; necessary capital improvements and infrastructure development and restoration; natural, historic, and cultural interpretation and public educational programming; and research, planning, and demonstration projects to strengthen the management, use and experience of the Waterway.

Current Board Members

Bob McIntosh
President, Beverly, Massachusetts
Bob McIntosh is a retired National Park Service Associate Regional Director and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, U.S. Department of the Interior. Bob’s first visit to the Allagash was in the early 1950’s and decades latter he served as a charter member of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Advisory Council.

Peter Sirois
Treasurer, Fort Kent, Maine
Peter Sirois is the Chief Executive Officer at Northern Maine Medical Center. He began his career with NMMC in 1981. Throughout his professional career, Peter has worked as Associate Administrator at NMMC, Administrator of the Maine Veterans Home in Scarborough, Maine; Administrator of Borderview Manor in Van Buren; Controller for NMMC; and Credit Manager for Romeo Roy, Inc. in Upper Frenchville. Peter is a trained paramedic, registered Maine Guide and a Maine Notary Public. He has been a licensed Maine Nursing Home Administrator since 1990.

Paul Johnson
Secretary, Oakland, Maine
Paul Johnson worked as a fishery biologist in Maine’s Moosehead Lake Region for 35 years.  His responsibilities included managing fisheries in the headwaters of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.  Throughout his career he strived to conserve Maine’s forested lands and their associated natural resources.  In retirement Paul remains dedicated to maintaining these lands, their resources, and their traditional uses.

Aga Dixon
Clerk, Portland, Maine
Aga is an attorney at the Drummond Woodsum in Portland, Maine, focusing her practice on schools, public finance and land use matters. Aga served as a law clerk for the Honorable Ellen Gorman of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. While in law school, she was the recipient of the Edward S. Godfrey Leadership Award, the Maine Law Alumni Association Award, and the Robert & Patricia Switzer Foundation fellowship.  As a former land use planner, Aga coordinated regulatory reviews of significant and controversial development projects for the Maine Land Use Planning Commission.

Richard Barringer
Portland, Maine
Richard served in the administrations of three Maine governors before founding the Muskie School of Public Service at USM. He more recently served as member of the Governor’s Working Group on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, and as chair of the New England Governors’ Conference Blue-ribbon Commission on Land Conservation.

Scot Balentine
Falmouth, Maine
Scot is a Senior Product Developer for Equipment at L.L. Bean Inc.. In this role he creates gear that helps people enjoy their time outdoors. Scot is a Registered Maine Guide, Wilderness First Responder and a former Baxter State Park Ranger. He has led paddling, backpacking and backcountry ski trips all over North America. A Maine native he enjoys exploring remote corners of the state. Scot also serves on the Steering Committee for the Maine Outdoor Coalition, The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend Board and the Winterkid’s Board of Directors.

Emma Carlson
North Conway, NH
Emma is an outdoor enthusiast with a passion for getting kids outside. She has led trips in all seasons including canoeing, backpacking, skiing, and sea kayaking. Professionally she has worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club in Gorham, NH, the Chewonki Foundation in Wiscasset, Maine and St. Lawrence University’s Adirondack Semester in Canton, NY. Personal pursuits have brought her down the Grand Canyon twice and along the entire 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a trail that ends with paddling the spectacular Allagash Wilderness Waterway.  Emma graduated from Colby College with a degree in environmental education. She is a registered Maine Guide.

Lindsay Hill Downing
Mt. Chase, Maine
Lindsay Downing owns and operates Mt Chase Lodge in Mt. Chase, Maine. Born and raised in northern Maine, she has a deep love of the wilderness. She holds a degree in Business Administration and Adventure Education from Plymouth State University. She has spent several years guiding students on the waters of the Allagash, in the Pacific Northwest, Alaska and California. Recently, she and her husband have returned to her home town to take over the family business and they are excited to be a committed part of a growing nature based tourism industry in northern Maine.

John J. Daigle
Old Town, Maine
Dr. John J. Daigle is Professor in Forest Recreation Management in the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Program at the University of Maine, Orono.  Dr. Daigle received his Ph.D. in Forestry from the University of Massachusetts with an emphasis on application of social science concepts and methods to outdoor recreation and natural resource planning and management. He has studied public access to private lands for recreation in the Northern Forest and non-timber forest products among coastal private landowners. Prior to accepting his present position with the University of Maine, he served approximately 10 years with the National Park Service as a Park Ranger and U.S. Forest Service as a Research Forester.   John is a native of Old Town, Maine and received his Bachelor of Science in Parks and Recreation Management at the University of Maine, Orono.

Travis Duval
Fort Kent, Maine
Travis began his insurance career as a Commercial and Personal Lines producer for the Thibodeau Agency.  Today he is a Partner, Account Executive and Producer for United Insurance in Fort Kent.  Travis earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Maine and is currently working toward his Certified Insurance Councilor Designation and Star Designation. He has served as treasurer, secretary, and president of his local Lions Club in Fort Kent with a membership of 100. Travis is married to his high school sweetheart, Kristal, and they have a son, Everett, and a daughter, Ella.  He enjoys fishing, skiing, hunting, canoeing, and any activity having to do with the outdoors.

Alec Giffen
Chelsea, Maine
Alec serves as representative in Maine for the New England Forestry Foundation (NEFF) and also works on a number of specific projects; for example, efforts to accelerate the pace of conservation in Maine, efforts to define “exemplary forestry” and increase the use of wood in construction. Alec serves as a Senior Science and Policy Fellow for the Clean Air Task Force and heads up their efforts to capitalize on the role that forests can play in reducing global warming. He previously served as Director of the Maine Forest Service and has over 40 years of experience in natural resource planning and program administration. 

Don Hudson
Arrowsic, Maine
Don Hudson led wilderness expeditions, taught natural history, and directed Chewonki over more than four decades. He was presented with a Lifetime Merit Award by the U.S. EPA, the Espy Land Heritage Award of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and the L.L. Bean Outdoor Hero Award when he retired in 2010. Along with Don Nicoll, Don Founded AWWF in 2012. Don served on the Founding Board of Directors of the Friends of Baxter State Park, the Governor’s Working Group on the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and served as Chair of the AWW Advisory Council. Don was also a Founder of the International Appalachian Trail, which extends across the arc of the North Atlantic Basin from Maine’s Katahdin to the Atlas Mountains of Morocco.

Don Nicoll
Portland, Maine
Don is one of the few people alive who has been directly involved with the Allagash Wilderness Waterway since it was envisioned during the great debates over the construction of the Dickey-Lincoln School Dam on the St. John River. Don worked as a staff member in the United States House and Senate and he was a policy planner in government, health care, and education. His Allagash ties date from work as Senator Edmund Muskie’s administrative assistant. Later, Don was the Allagash Wilderness Waterway Working Group chair, Advisory Council founding chair, and AWW founding president.

Matt Polstein
Millinocket, Maine
Matt is founder and president of the New England Outdoor Center, a four season resort based in Millinocket, Maine. Matt gained a strong love of outdoor adventure as a young boy at Camp Winona and today he is Registered Maine Guide and a passionate supporter of natural and economic sustainability in the Millinocket region. Matt’s commitment to promoting responsible shared use of the area’s natural resources goes well beyond his business. Matt has served on the Governor’s Nature-based Tourism Initiative Task Force, Governor’s Task Force on Natural Resource-based Industries, America Outdoors, and Millinocket Town Council.

Betta Stothart
Falmouth, Maine
Betta is a writer, editor, and marketing professional with 20 years of experience in the all-natural sector. She started her career as a journalist at Maine Times and was director of marketing for two natural food companies before moving into the nonprofit world. Betta was director of communications at the Chewonki Foundation for 11 years and joined Ethos Marketing in 2014 as a writer and senior public relations advisor.

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