Alison CooneyExecutive DirectorAlison joined the LSM staff in August of 2017. Born and raised in southern Maine, she spent many summers at her family’s camp on one of Maine’s beautiful lakes. Her curiosity in learning about the natural world led her to a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary biology from the University of Connecticut. Directly after college, Alison moved to Alaska for a summer seasonal job and ended up staying for 18 years! She worked for the research division of the Forest Service supporting aquatic and terrestrial invertebrate, and wildlife research projects.
Soon after arriving in Alaska, Alison was recruited to volunteer with the Juneau Raptor Center. She thoroughly enjoyed the community, dedication and passion that one generally finds with non-profit organizations. Over the past 20 years, Alison has volunteered with numerous non-profit organizations, dedicating hundreds of hours focused towards fundraising and outreach efforts. She lives in Cumberland with her husband and three children.
Jonnie worked at LSM from 2011-2021 in the capacity of Program Coordinator, primarily supporting the Water Quality program and general operations. She has many skills and talents, with her most impressive strength in project management. Jonnie returned to LSM in 2023 and assists Tristan Taber in managing the Water Quality program, and also supports various other LSM initiatives.
Outside of work, Jonnie volunteers as an LSM water quality monitor, Maine Audubon loon counter, conducts surveys for the Maine Nightjar Monitoring Project, regularly submits observations to eBird and iNaturalist, and contributed numerous surveys to the recent Maine Bird Atlas 5-year project. She also enjoys gardening, beekeeping, and numerous other hobbies and outdoor activities in all seasons. She has a sassy Maine Coon cat that helps supervise her three pooches, all of which tag along for many of those outdoor adventures.
Brett Willard joined the team as AIS Director in May, 2023. Originally from Upstate New York, Brett earned his BS in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse. Brett first arrived in Maine as an AmeriCorps volunteer, serving in Goodwill Community Resource Corps and Maine Conservation Corps.
For 11 years, Brett worked at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, where he organized a full suite of environmental education programs for people of all ages, expanded access to placed-based education for people of all abilities and circumstances, grew a network of partners and collaborators, and managed volunteers for conservation projects, including a five-year invasive species remediation plan. Brett believes that positive change comes through education, appreciation, and collaboration. In his spare time, Brett enjoys birding, collecting records, and discovering new places to hike and swim.
Wendy joined our team in April, 2023. She comes to LSM with many years of experience working in customer service along with a huge passion for lake protection, a perfect combination for fulfilling LSM’s new Office Associate position. Wendy can be found greeting visitors at the office, answering calls and emails, as well as helping support all of LSM’s programs.
For over 20 years, Wendy has been dedicated to lake, pond, and wildlife conservation through her involvement with several lake associations. She has been a certified LSM Invasive Plant Patroller since 2016, leading up the efforts to fight invasive milfoil. Wendy obtained her SCUBA certification 4 years ago so that she could further assist with milfoil removal efforts by surveying and marking the locations of the invasive plants.
Additionally, Wendy is passionate about our Maine loon population. In her free time, she volunteers for Maine Audubon as a Regional Loon Coordinator. Wendy coordinates volunteer loon counters on roughly 50 ponds for the Annual Maine Loon Count. Wendy also enjoys gardening, taking care of her chickens, and spending time with family and friends at Shagg Pond in Woodstock, Maine.