Staff & Board

Karrie Thomas, Executive Director

Karrie joined the Northern Forest Canoe Trail team in 2014. She is continually inspired by the vision of connecting people to the Northern Forest through outdoor recreation. With this motive she sustains partnerships, supports staff, coordinates resources and works with the board of directors to provide stewardship and access for paddlers. Before NFCT she spend 15 years fostering strong economic, social and ecological communities through sustainable agriculture, community food systems, land conservation and recreation in Colorado, Washington, Oregon and California. Her passion for the outdoors and its capacity for recreation of the mind, body, and spirit was formed from childhood in the mountains of New Hampshire. In college, she fell in love with kayaking and multi‐day trips on remote waterways and has remained dedicated to river travel ever since. She enjoys combining work and pleasure exploring the northeast in a canoe with her husband and two young children.

Phone: 802-496-2285, ext. 1
Email: [email protected]

Marthe Peterson, Office Manager

Marthe manages the day-to-day operations of the office. She will gladly help you with your map and guidebook needs or your membership and event questions. She joined NFCT in 2015. While she is an ocean girl at heart, her interactions with the NFCT community have 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.

Phone: 802-496-2285, ext. 2
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.

Phone: 802-496-2285, ext. 4
Email: [email protected]

Noah Pollock, Stewardship Director

Noah first learned about the NFCT while leading Adirondack paddling trips as a student at Cornell. In 2007 he earned a Master’s degree from the University of Vermont, completing a thesis examining the economic impact of paddlers along the Northern Forest Canoe Trail. Noah was one of our first interns in 2007, and then moved on to serve as a Field Coordinator and Outreach Coordinator  assisting with intern, waterway work trip, and community outreach programs. Noah manages construction and maintenance of the trail and oversees the summer intern stewardship crew. An accomplished trail builder, community organizer and paddler, Noah also leads projects for the Vermont River Conservancy, including the Lamoille Valley Paddlers Trail and the Connecticut River Paddlers Trail.

Phone: 802-496-2285, ext. 3
Email: [email protected]


Board of Directors

Don Hudson, President
Arrowsic, ME

Warren Whitney, Vice President
Bowdoinham, ME

Chris Gill, Treasurer
Longmeadow, MA

Nicole Grohoski, Secretary
Ellsworth, ME

Dan Brown
Middlebury, VT

Thomas Hark
Williston, VT

Paul Heintz
Hinesburg, VT

Zand Martin
Cambridge, MA

Eric Plaskonos
Derby, VT

Alan Stearns
Hallowell, ME


Ron Canter
North Potomac, MD

Rob Center
Harpswell, ME

Kay Henry
Harpswell, ME