The Board of Directors
The Arundel Conservation Trust is proud to be a volunteer-led organization. Our board members are a dedicated group of individuals, who contribute their time and diverse skills in support of ACT's Mission to build community through the conservation, preservation and management of its land.
Henry Ingwersen is the Current ACT Board President and Co-Chair of the Events Committee. Henry is an outdoorsman and an educator with 25 years of experience in science, outdoor education, and educational leadership in public and private schools. He has experience as a state legislator and familiarity with the process of enacting policies relating to land conservation. Henry enjoys XC skiing, snowshoeing, fishing, exploring, and observing the natural flora and fauna. He has fond memories from his childhood of playing in wild places. He is motivated to work with other like-minded people to conserve wild spaces so that his three children and ten grandchildren can enjoy the same outdoor pursuits that he has enjoyed throughout his life. In addition to his involvement with the ACT, Henry is a Board Member and Secretary for Defend Our Health, a Portland-based advocacy group working for toxic-free food, water and products. He is a proud Arundel resident and beekeeper with his wife Christine.
Deb Delmage brings expertise in leadership, strategy, and marketing to the ACT. During her business career, Deb worked in executive roles for mission-focused businesses including LL Bean, Lands’ End, and Gardener’s Supply Company. In her retirement, she enjoys having the time to combine her experience in strategic planning, product development, and marketing with her passion for the outdoors to advance the goals and mission of the ACT. As a four-season outdoor enthusiast, Deb’s pursuits include hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, gardening, and skiing. Deb, her husband John, and their Golden Retriever, Cooper, enjoy exploring the ACT trails in all seasons. Deb serves as an ACT Board member, as well as the Chair and member of the Governance Committee.
MaryBeth “MB” Luce has an accounting degree from the University of Notre Dame, which she enjoys using to oversee the ACT finances and budget in her roles as ACT Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. MB is also a member of the Development and Governance Committees. Professionally, MB is a non-profit consultant focusing on organizational development, strategic planning, member engagement, and event planning. Nature is MB’s happy place and she feels that preserving Maine land for future generations is paramount. She, her husband, two teenagers, and two dogs love to spend time outside hiking, fishing, camping, walking, and biking.
Joan Hull is a founding member of the ACT, and past president of the Board of Trustees. She is currently involved in several ACT committees including the Trailblazers, Events, Development, PR and Bike Committees. She also serves as a liaison ACT Board member on the Board of hte Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. Joan enjoys the people she has met through ACT and collaboratively building community and pride in Arundel. Joan says that the ACT has enabled people to connect to each other and to nature, getting outside in nature, and making a difference. Joan’s education in nursing and later business, as well as her career which grew from community nursing to CEO of a large non-profit health care company have given her experience in all aspects of the nonprofit world. Her love of the outdoors and training as a Master Naturalist have given her ways to connect to her community and the beauty of Arundel’s special places. Joan enjoys a variety of nature-based pursuits including woodworking, small boat building and long-distance walking which she has enjoyed with her husband Sam in faraway places including Spain, England, and Italy.
Noah Pitchforth is a member of the ACT Governance Committee. He is the dad of two daughters who love to hunt, fish, ski, mountain bike, and he is the VP of Product at NEMO Equipment. According to Noah, the boundaries of work and play have blended and there is always an adventure on the books. As the Arundel area continues to grow, it is important to Noah to conserve the wildlife corridors and trails for everyone. His involvement with the ACT brings him pride knowing the organization has sincere intentions to help connect our community with nature. Noah grew up mountain biking on the trails in Arundel and has really enjoyed helping to preserve this experience for generations to come.
Bud Danis, a 3rd generation Arundel native, is an ACT Trail Committee member, as well as ACT Board of Trustees liaison to the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust (KCT) Board, which he has been involved with for many years. Bud brings 40 years of experience as a business owner to the ACT, which gives him a financial perspective that is beneficial to the ACT. He enjoys the outreach to young and old, as well as new residents and natives. He enjoys nature as an avid hiker, bird watcher, and fisherman, and enjoys sharing his knowledge of the outdoors with others. He especially enjoys opportunities to encourage and educate children to embrace nature. Bud feels strongly that land trusts play an important role in striking a balance between necessary development and a healthy economy and community in addition to creating and improving the recreational and open space in order to nurture our souls.
Wes Mills comes to the ACT Board of Trustees with experience in growing non-profit organizations and leading volunteers. He takes pride in maintaining natural social infrastructure for the community he lives in and loves, and feels that land and habitat conservation is incredibly important for preserving the ecosystem and the rural living environment that he and other people from Arundel value. He enjoys running and biking the trails of Maine alongside his huskies while keeping an eye out for chaga to harvest and watching for animals in their natural habitat.
Sammy Mills serves as the Chair of the ACT PR Committee. She comes to the ACT with a digital marketing and website management background, and a deep love for the outdoors, which is her sanctuary. She enjoys making the outdoors more accessible to the community and believes the outdoors is a powerful healing source that can impact our mental, physical, and spiritual health in a positive way. She believes in preserving land to limit the development of natural areas which is vital for protecting ecosystems and wildlife. Sammy, her husband, and their two huskies regularly hit the trails after work or on weekends to stretch their legs. She feels fortunate that there is a location such as the ACT trails, away from the road, where her dogs can run off-leash in the shaded woods. She takes pride in looking back on all that the ACT has accomplished as a group, and is thankful for the friendships she has developed with fellow ACTers.
Finance & Development Committee
Sam Hull, a founding member of the ACT, is a life-longoutdoor enthusiast. He was the founder & owner of Northstar Financial Planning, and since retiring in 2008, he and his life-partner, Joan, have walked thousands of miles in England and as pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago in Spain and the Via di Francesco in Italy. Sam brings to ACT his years of experience in International business development and project management of engineering and construction projects, as well as 20 years as a CFP offering fee-only financial life planning and wealth management services. He has extensive Board experience in both local and national non-profit organizations. Sam has served as a Treasurer of the ACT and on the Governance and Development Committees. Locally Sam has also served on the Kennebunk River Watershed Management Plan Steering Committee, the Arundel Economic Development Committee, Arundel Sewer Committee, Kennebunk Free Library Trustee and on the Brick Store Museum Finance Committee.
Michelle Allen brings a great deal of professional experience with event planning to her ACT involvement, as well as 10 years of non-profit board experience especially in the area of development. Michelle’s love for the land inspired her to get involved with the ACT, through which she serves on the Board of Directors, is the Co-Chair of the Events Committee and also serves as a member of the Development Committee. Michelle is an avid runner who prefers running on local trails to the monotony of running on-road. She enjoys working with the dynamic and unique group of minds on theACT that make her think outside the box.
PR & Finance Committee
Nikki Schlie is a relatively recent Arundel resident and when she moved to town, becoming involved with the community was important to her. She feels that where she grew up seemingly few people cared about preserving community land and when she moved to Maine, she was inspired by how passionate many residents are about keeping the state natural and beautiful. While walking the Eastern Trail, Nikki discovered the ACT Trails and strongly identified with ACT's mission to conserve local land and provide safe spaces for community members to enjoy. She serves on the ACT board and works on the Finance, Public Relations, and Events Planning committees. “I enjoy being a part of a welcoming, supportive, and hardworking group that achieves their goals while helping the community - what’s better than that!?”
Nikki is the Financial Manager of the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust and contributes this valuable expertise to the Arundel Conservation Trust.
Events & Development Committee
Keelan's sense of place and purpose has been forged in the backcountry where mother nature's great works inspire her and align goals with actions. After years of travel for adventure and career, Keelan and her family recently returned to Arundel to build a forever home along the banks of the Kennebunk River. She has spent over two decades in the nonprofit educational administration, accumulating significant experience in fundraising and educational outreach management. She enjoys collaborating with others, forming dynamic partnerships with diverse individuals and groups to move forward shared visions for youth development, community empowerment and positive social change.
Keelan is Director of Development & Community Outreach for the White Pines Program in York, Maine.