2019 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.
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.
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.
Michael Mahan has been a Bowdoinham resident since 1980, when he built a small cabin on Clay Hill. For over thirty years he was the owner and creative director at Mahan Graphics in Bath, a communications firm specializing in work with arts, environmental, and higher education institutions. He has previously served on the boards of Maine Preservation, Maine Arts, The Chocolate Church, Bourgeois Guitars, Five Rivers Arts Alliance, and the Maine Coalition to Fight Prostate Cancer.
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.
Dave has lived in Bowdoinham since 1986 with his wife Dory Streett where together they raised two sons. Dave is now retired but has worked for LL Bean, the Maine Island Trail Association, and various international schools doing technology consulting. He has served on various non-profit boards, including United Way of Greater Portland, Maine Island Trail Association, Maine Association of Sea Kayaking Guides and Instructors, and Maine Wilderness Guides Organization. Lately Dave has been working to improve his woodworking skills by joining with a neighbor to build cedar strip boats. Dave is keenly interested in finding innovative ways to enable local business to develop and thrive.
Patricia Oh, LMSW, Ph.D., is an age-friendly consultant working with AARP Maine, AARP Livable, the Tri-State Learning Collaborative on Aging, and other organizations. By day, you can find her working with volunteers, elected officials, municipal leaders, and organizations to plan, develop, and implement age-friendly strategies. In one way or another, she has been part of the age-friendly work in Bowdoinham since 2012. By night, she is typically re-living a nightmare episode of This Old House while renovating a circa 1800(or so) home. While her research about designing, implementing, and maintaining age-friendly communities has taken her around the world, Patricia is proud to call Bowdoinham, Maine home.
Atlee joined the BCDI Board in January 2019. He is an attorney who has worked in legal services and in private practice, but has always specialized in education law. He is currently a managing attorney at Disability Rights Maine, Maine's protection and advocacy agency for people with disabilities. Atlee also serves on Maine's Juvenile Justice Advisory Group. He moved to Bowdoinham in 2012 with his wife Harriet Van Vleck, who currently coordinates the Merrymeeting Food Council. They enjoy canoeing with their young son on Merrymeeting Bay and pretty much everything else about living in Bowdoinham.