Staff & Directors


Lidie Robbins, Executive Director

Lidie was a founding board member of 30MRWA and became its first executive director in 2009. A native of Vienna, Maine, Lidie began her career as a National Park Service Ranger in Yellowstone and Denali National Parks. After living in six other states, she returned to Maine and Parker Pond, where her family has lived for eight generations. She spends her time-off biking, hiking, kayaking and Nordic skiing with her husband Josh and daughter Brynne.


Lori Putnam, Communications and Development Director

Lori has lived in Mount Vernon many years, the last seven on Minnehonk Lake. She has strong ties to this community, having been a long-time educator at Maranacook High School, eventually as its principal. She served on 30 Mile River’s Board of Directors for two years and as a member of the Development Committee for the past five years. She loves kayaking, gardening, and painting. Maine’s lakes and streams provide wonderful subject matter for her art and a never ending playground.


Whitney Baker, Program Manager

Whitney joined 30 Mile in June 2021. She holds a B.S. in Ecology and Environmental Science with a concentration in Natural Resource Management from the University of Maine in Orono. Since 2010, she has worked for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, FB Environmental Associates, and served as the project manager at York County Soil & Water Conservation District. Most recently she worked as a Project Manager at Ecological Instincts in Manchester, ME where she supported and managed watershed and water quality restoration projects for impaired and threatened lakes throughout the state of Maine. Whitney has a strong background in grant writing and project management, designing and implementing stormwater BMPs, GIS Mapping, watershed plan development, lake watershed nutrient load modeling, and NPS assessments for shorefront properties and gravel roads. Whitney is an experienced water quality monitor and a LakeSmart evaluator.
At 30 Mile, Whitney will manage ongoing water quality monitoring programs, oversee the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) and LakeSmart programs, and support watershed protection projects by providing technical assistance to watershed landowners to address erosion and stormwater issues impacting water quality.


Sonya Clark, Administrative Assistant

Sonya is a lifelong resident of Readfield. She has over 35 of experience in accounting, management and administration, working for Saunders Manufacturing, Potter Oil and Downeast Energy. She is semi-retired, and very active as a volunteer for local organizations including the Mt. Vernon Food Bank, the Readfield Community Library and the Town of Readfield. She began volunteering for 30MRWA in 2017 and joined the staff in 2019. She loves the outdoors and has been drawn to lakes, streams and rivers all her life, ever since her parents took her brook fishing at age five.



2020 Summer Seasonal Staff

William Jeffries, Water Resources Manager

Will attended the University of Vermont to study Natural Resource Management, and would travel to Maine to guide week-long canoe trips on the Allagash and Penobscot Rivers each summer. He fell in love with the beauty of Maine and the abundance of clean, fresh water to swim and paddle in.

Since then, Will has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and paddled the Northern Forest Canoe Trail from the Adirondacks to Maine. When he wasn’t traveling, Will worked all over Nevada, Wyoming, and Colorado leading habitat restoration and rehabilitation efforts. More recently he was working for the Forest Health and Monitoring division of the Maine Forest Service, and with the Northern Forest Canoe Trail on the Moose River bow trip near Jackman. Will accepted the Water Resources Manager position at 30 Mile River Watershed Association in June 2019 and looks forward to working on the beautiful lakes and ponds that make up the 30 Mile River Watershed!


Frank Chin, Courtesy Boat Inspection – Program Coordinator

Frank is a watercolor artist and printmaker. He gets his art inspiration from his grandchildren and the beautiful Maine scenery. 

Frank and his wife, Patricia live in West Farmington. He loves the outdoors and wants to see the ponds, lakes and trails preserved for the generations to come. Retired from education, Frank is avid in hiking, kayaking, bicycling, cross country skiing, Tai Chi, and spending quality time with his 3 grandchildren!

Maggie Stokes, Courtesy Boat Inspector

Maggie Stokes is a graduate of Maranacook High School and plans on studying abroad in Norway before attending Colby College. When she’s not CBI’ing and enjoying the water via paddle board, she can be found camping, cooking (sometimes at the same time) or reading – her favorites are Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube by Blair Braverman and Deep Creek by Pam Houston. She hopes you have a fun and safe summer on the water.

Ashley Cray, Courtesy Boat Inspector 

Ashley Cray is a graduate of Maranacook High School class of 2020. She is looking forward to spending her summer outside and working near the lakes, as she has lived on a lake her whole life. When she is not checking boats, Ashley enjoys hiking, running, and exploring the Maine wilderness. 

Kayla Millet, Courtesy Boat Inspector

Kayla, a Mechanic Falls native, is currently a junior at the University of Maine at Farmington studying Environmental Policy. Kayla loves spending time on all the local lakes which makes being a Courtesy Boat Inspector fun but also allows her to help in keeping them healthy. When she is not on the lakes of 30 Mile River Watershed, she enjoys spending time with friends or working in her garden.

Kayleigh Brisard, Courtesy Boat Inspector

Kayleigh is a Mt. Blue High School graduate and plans on studying Environment Science at the University of Maine at Farmington in the fall. She is excited to work outside this summer and help protect the local lakes. When not by the water, Kayleigh enjoys drawing and working in the greenhouse. 

Remi French, Courtesy Boat Inspector

Remi French is a graduate of Wesleyan University class of 2020 with degrees in Economics and Romance Studies with a concentration on Italian and Spanish as well as an International Relations Certificate. This is her second summer as a CBI and loves to be able to share Maine’s great lakes while keeping them safe and free of invasive species for generations to come. She enjoys paddle-boarding, fishing, gardening and cooking in her free time.

Sadie Storer, Courtesy Boat Inspector

Sadie joined 30MRWA in May 2020. She is a senior at The University of Maine Farmington. Her major is a self-design between Outdoor Recreation Business Administration and Graphic Arts/New Media. Sadie has lived in Maine her whole life and grew up in Weld. When she isn’t working for 30MRWA, she likes to hike, bike, kayak, swim, go for drives, and connect with people.


Board of Directors

NameMember Group
Andy Tolman (Chair)Town of Readfield
Tom Ward (Vice Chair)Greater Minnehonk Lake Association
Rondi Nelson (Treasurer)At-Large
Diana McLaughlin
Lovejoy Pond Improvement Association
Buddy CummingsAndroscoggin Lake Improvement Corporation
Nancy HemphillFlying Pond Improvement Association
Kirstie LudwigTown of Fayette
Jane RogersTown of Mt. Vernon
Jeremy SmithPocasset Lake Association
Bill Swan7 Lakes Alliance
Susan TinguelyParker Pond Association