A Climate to Thrive is an initiative of and for the communities of Mount Desert Island


BOARD of Directors

Gary Friedmann, Chair - Bar Harbor. President of Gary Friedmann & Associates (Nonprofit Development Consultants); Chair of Bar Harbor Town Council; President of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections; Treasurer of Friends of Baxter State Park

Dennis Kiley, Vice Chair - Mount Desert. Therapist in private practice; counselor at College of the Atlantic; member of the Planning Board, Town of Mount Desert; member of the Town of Mount Desert Sustainability Committee

Kate Macko, Secretary - Town Hill. Jackson Laboratory, Research Program Administrator for their NCI-designated Cancer Center. Serves on the boards of the Acadia Family Center in Southwest Harbor and the Land & Garden Preserve in Seal Harbor.

John Craigo - Bar Harbor. Physical therapist, Mount Desert Island Hospital; former member of the boards of Healthy Acadia, MDI YMCA, and Kids Corner Community Day Care Center

Johannah Blackman - Mount Desert. Assistant Artistic Director, New Surry Theatre & Performing Arts School.

Ken Colburn - Bar Harbor. Principal of Regulatory Assistance Project; Former Air Director for New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services; Climate/Energy speaker at Kyoto Protocol meetings

Kevin Buck - Tremont. Chair of Board of Selectman, Town of Tremont; retired from telecommunications industry, builder of energy efficient housing, former VP, Village Green Arts Association

Glenon Friedmann - Bar Harbor. Farmer at Bar Harbor Community Farm; former County Coordinator for Women, Work & Community; former Chair of Mount Desert Island School Committee

Dr. Steven Katona - Bar Harbor. Founding faculty member of the College of the Atlantic, who served as a professor of biology and Director of Allied Whale until becoming President of COA from 1993-2006.

Bonnie Norwood - Southwest Harbor. Teacher, Pemetic Elementary School

Ruth Poland - Bar Harbor. Science teacher at Mount Desert Island High School.  B.S. in Environmental Studies with experience in carbon footprint and energy monitoring work.  

Richard Sassaman - Bar Harbor. Editor/Journalist; Author and Publisher of Solar Energy Training Manuals




Joe Blotnick - Tremont. Founder of Team New England, Leadership Development Consultants; former University of Maine Extension Agent, Director, University of Rhode Island Environmental Education Center, and Peace Corps volunteer.



Jill Higgins - Tremont. Jill has an M.Ed in Human Development and many years experience as an educator, organizational development consultant, organizer and volunteer coordinator.


Community Organizer/Environmental Advocate

Haley Saxe - Mount Desert. Haley has a B.A. in Biology and experience connecting people with the natural world around them. She has worked across the country as a naturalist, educator, and advocate for conservation.