Staff & Board

Karrie Thomas, Executive Director

Before joining NFCT in 2014, Karrie worked in various nonprofit management roles to foster strong economic, social and ecological communities. She began her nonprofit career in 2000 as Program Director at the Community Alliance with Family Farmers in California’s Central Valley, where she helped build a statewide Community Food Systems program. She spent several years consulting for food and farming organizations, helping develop food and farming related programs and funding before taking a position at Placer Land Trust to build a community outreach program that raised the organization’s public profile and improved its fundraising. She grew up exploring the forests and mountains of the Northeast. Her passion for the outdoors ‐ and its capacity for recreation of the mind, body, and spirit – has its roots here. In college, she fell in love with kayaking and multi‐day trips on remote waterways and has remained dedicated to rivers and river travel ever since. She is thrilled to have moved “back home” with her husband and two small children. Email: [email protected]

Marthe Peterson, Office Manager

Marthe joined NFCT in 2015 and while an ocean girl at heart, her interactions with the NFCT community helped her quickly understand the draw of the Northern Forest.   Marthe’s background is in corporate marketing but she much prefers managing the NFCT office and learning something new about the trail every day.   Growing up on the beaches of Massachusetts and living in Bermuda for eight years, she surprisingly lives on the Mad River in Vermont with her husband, two children and so many pets. Email: [email protected]

Mike Lynch, Communications Director

Mike joined the NFCT staff in December 2015, but had been a volunteer already for several years and thru-paddled the trail in 2011. Mike became associated with the NFCT while employed at Mac’s Canoe Livery in the northern Adirondacks. Mike also currently works part-time as a staff writer and photographer for the Adirondack Explorer. Prior to working at the Explorer, he worked for the Adirondack Daily Enterprise in Saranac Lake as an outdoors writer and photographer. He also runs his own photography business. Mike resides in the northern Adirondacks. Email: [email protected]


Noah Pollock, Stewardship Director

Noah hails from Sharon Vermont. In 2007 he earned a Master’s degree from the Rubenstein School for Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont, where he studied sustainable community development and ecological economics. His thesis examined the economic impact of paddler tourism and recreation along the waterways that make up the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Noah was one of our first interns in 2007; has been a Field Coordinator for several summers, assisting with intern and waterway work trip programs; and continues to be a Community Outreach consultant building relationships with business partners in Vermont. An avid paddler and river enthusiast, Noah also assists with projects for the Vermont River Conservancy, particularly the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail. Email: [email protected]

Summer Intern Stewardship Crew


Board of Directors

Alan Stearns, President
Hallowell, ME

Don Hudson, Treasurer
Arrowsic, ME

Nicole Grohoski, Secretary
Ellsworth, ME

Chris Gill
Longmeadow, MA

Thomas Hark
Williston, VT

Zand Martin
Cambridge, MA

Eric Plaskonos
Derby, VT

Warren Whitney
Bowdoinham, ME


Ron Canter
North Potomac, MD

Rob Center
Harpswell, ME

Kay Henry
Harpswell, ME