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Meet the Staff of DLLT

October 10, 2019

From left to right: Development and Outreach Manager – Lillian Bowen, President and CEO – David Montague, Administration Manager – Laura Hunt, Managing Forester – Ernest Carle, and Education and Events Coordinator – Kendall O’Connell.

In late summer, DLLT welcomed two new team members: Kendall O’Connell and Lillian Bowen. Lillian and Kendall join David, Laura, and Ernest, marking the growth of DLLT’s staff to five full time positions. This growth expands our capacity to contribute to the well-being of the Downeast Lakes region, and it reflects the growing importance of communicating our work and connecting the next generation of conservationists to the outdoor traditions and fabulous landscape of the region.

Kendall O’Connell – Education and Events Coordinator

Kendall is a graduate of Marlboro College in Vermont with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Writing. Before moving to Maine, Kendall worked as a naturalist in the lower Hudson Valley of New York and as an environmental educator all over New England. Kendall will be spearheading our education program, including our History and Heritage series of events, our free summer programs for kids, and our work with local schools. Kendall recently moved to Grand Lake Stream, and in her spare time she enjoys rock climbing, reading, learning Norwegian, drinking coffee, and meeting dogs. Her favorite animal in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest is the wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta). If you or your local school are interested in these programs, Kendall can be reached at or 207.796.2100.

Lillian Bowen – Development and Outreach Manager

Lillian is a graduate of North Carolina State University with degrees in Agricultural Business Management and Animal Science. Before coming to Maine, Lillian worked for an agricultural inputs company, an online agriculture school, and for her husband’s logging business as a 748H John Deere skidder operator. Lillian will be managing all DLLT communication, and she will be an integral part of our development process, fundraising for all DLLT programs and capital campaigns, including our current effort to build our new headquarters and outdoors center in Grand Lake Stream. Lillian resides in Kussoth, Maine, with her husband and their three dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys quilting, reading, and horseback riding. Her favorite animal in the community forest is the eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus). You can contact Lillian at or 207.796.2100.

We are excited to have Kendall and Lillian join our team, and we hope you will stop by our office in Grand Lake Stream or attend any upcoming DLLT event to meet them!