2018 Board of Directors
Kathy Montejo, Chair
Kathy is a lifelong Mainer but a fairly recent transplant to Bowdoinham, having just arrived in 1999. She has worked in municipal government for over twenty years and has served on numerous boards for various non-profit organizations. Since 1999, she has worked for the City of Lewiston as the City Clerk. When she can, she enjoys volunteering to assist the Bowdoinham library, food bank and school parents group. Kathy has served as a member of the Bowdoinham Board of Appeals for almost ten years. Presently raising a young family in town, Kathy is very interested in working toward the future development of Bowdoinham. In their free time, her family enjoys exploring the coast by land and by sea.
Abby Sadauckas, Vice Chair
Abby and her partner Jake Galle run Apple Creek Farm. The farm produces MOFGA certified organic, grass-fed beef, goat and lamb, as well as certified organic eggs and poultry (broilers, geese and turkeys). These products are marketed year-round in nearby Brunswick at farmers’ markets.
Abby’s professional work combines her experiences as a new farmer with her work as an agricultural service provider. She has served as educational programs director for the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) as well as worked as a consultant for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. Abby is the Maine Field Agent for Land for Good, a New England based non-profit that assists farmers, families, landowners and communities with all aspects of farmland tenure.
Rachel Murphy, Treasurer
Rachel Murphy is a Bowdoin native who, after attending Hampshire College lived Bowdoinham for seven years. Rachel and her husband, Reggie Lebel, built a house on family land in Bowdoin where they now live with their two young daughters. Rachel has done office management and bookkeeping for multiple small-businesses in the area and has worked as Operations Manager for her husband’s construction business, Emerald Builders, since it was started in 2006. Most recently Rachel founded The Alcove, a workspace for local business people, entrepreneurs, and professionals located at the newly renovated “old post office” on Main Street in Bowdoinham.
Andy and his family have lived in Bowdoinham since 1996. Andy works at the Nature Conservancy as the Director of Science. He is a licensed forester, co-author of Natural Landscapes of Maine: A Guide to Natural Communities and Ecosystems, and frequent explorer of Merrymeeting Bay. Andy has volunteered for school sports teams and area land trusts, and he has frequently been conscripted by his wife Kate, the town librarian, to haul boxes of books around town.
Harriet Van Vleck
Harriet Van Vleck moved to Bowdoinham in 2012 with her husband Atlee Reilly. She is an ecologist who has worked with the University of Minnesota and The Nature Conservancy using economic, ecological, and social science analyses to inform broad-scale land use planning. Harriet is currently the coordinator for the Merrymeeting Food Council.
David Engler and his wife, Annette Mott, moved to Bowdoinham in 1976. He is a retired mechanical engineer who spent his professional career in the pulp & paper and power industries. He now enjoys gardening, his apple orchard, raising chickens and an occasional pig, bee keeping, and various volunteer activities including stove building in Guatemala. He was elected to the Town of Bowdoinham Select Board in 2016.
Sean Hagan owns and operates Left Field Farm, a certified organic vegetable farm next to Merrymeeting Bay in Bowdoinham. The farm sells produce through a CSA farm share program serving Bowdoinham and Portland, and to local stores and restaurants in Brunswick and Portland. The farm also grow organic seedlings for sale to gardeners and backyard farmers.
Sean started his farm in 2012 after managing farms on the West Coast for a number of years. He is also an artist and spends the farm offseason letterpress printing.
Linda has recently joined the BCDI Board of Directors, and is also a board member of the Bowdoinham Food Pantry. She was previously a founding member of the Bowdoinham Advisory Committee on Aging. Linda has been an independent consultant, a project manager for a privately funded statewide effort regarding the link between animal cruelty and human violence, and has extensive experience in managing statewide social service public programs, including developmental disabilities, vocational rehabilitation and adult mental health. She has lived in Bowdoinham since 1980.
Mary H. Mayo
Mary is a life-long Mainer, raised in Southwest Harbor and Kennebunk. She and her husband Pete moved to Bowdoinham in 2009. Mary spent nearly 20 years as a fundraiser at MPBN and Growsmart Maine, retiring in 2015. Prior to her development work she worked for newspapers in Belfast and Kennebunk. She and Pete have two children and six grandchildren.