Barbara WelchGraduating from Bates with a BS in Biology, Barb began a 39-year career in the Lakes Section at Maine Department of Environmental Protection. While there, she directed the Volunteer Monitoring Program for a number of years. She enjoyed visiting hundreds of Maine’s beautiful lakes, but the best part was working with the great volunteers around the state. She started an education and outreach program within the Lakes Section believing that people would take care of lakes if they understood which processes aided and harmed their fragile ecosystems. She helped design and implement LakeSmart, a program to help lakeshore property owners be more protective of lake quality. In 2017, she joined the LSM Board of Directors and currently is President of the Board.
Erica KiddErica is the Watershed Manager for Auburn Water District and the City of Lewiston Water Division. She has worked for AWD/LWD since 2018. As the Watershed Manager, her responsibilities include overseeing the programs in place that protect the water quality of Lake Auburn, such as erosion control projects, land acquisition, and public outreach. She is a member of the Maine Water Utilities Association, and serves as the Chair of the Water Resources Committee. She also volunteers on the New England Water Works Association Scholarship Committee. In the past, Erica has worked in the private sector for a consulting firm as an Environmental Scientist, and for a water and wastewater training company. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology from Susquehanna University, and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England. Erica is a Maine native and currently resides in Durham with her husband and rescue dog.
Born in the Midwest, Kathy came to Maine via South Carolina where she worked for the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory and an environmental consulting firm. Finding SC too hot, she and her husband moved to Aroostook County where Kathy first worked for the University of Maine at Presque Isle before joining DEP in 1989 until retirement in 2022. As the lone Division of Environmental Assessment employee, Kathy worked with most of the Bureau of Water Quality programs including biomonitoring, lakes, Nonpoint Source Grants, wastewater, Small Community Grants, and stormwater. In the mid-1980s Kathy recognized the need to connect environmental knowledge and science to the human dimension in environmental protection/stewardship. As a result, Kathy worked on a number of stewardship campaigns including 8-Simple Steps, Stop Soiling our Water, LakeSmart, and ThinkBlueMaine. Kathy has been recognized with the Governor’s Employee Service Award; the Evelyn Jepson Award, DEP’s highest honor recognizing distinguished employee service to the environment, Maine communities, and the organization; Fish River Chain of Lakes for Distinguished Service to Save Our Lakes; Southern Aroostook Soil & Water Conservation District’s Environmental Award; and as one of Maine Lakes’ 50 Lake Heroes. Kathy has a B.S. in Wildlife from Michigan State University (Go Green), and graduate work at Ball State University in education & outreach.