2017-07-21 / Community

Fort foundation welcomes new board members

The Fort Williams Park Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and history of Fort Williams Park, inducted new members into its board of directors.

“We are thrilled to be adding seven very accomplished and talented people to our board,” said board President Lynn Shaffer. “They bring experience in horticulture, landscape design, event planning, fundraising, marketing, public relations and non-profit management. Together with returning board members, they position the Foundation well for success and growth.”

The seven new members join eight members who are returning to another year of service to the all-volunteer board. Together, they will continue the foundation’s work of eliminating invasive species, preserving the natural habitat, and educating the public about the park’s rich ecological and cultural history.

New members are:

 Tom Atwell, author of a horticultural newspaper column.

 Dawn Brennan-Daly, who brings experience with nonprofit boards and fundraising.

 Mike Duddy, a former tree warden for Cape Elizabeth and a licensed professional forester and arborist, as well as a lawyer and judge.

 Ilya Fleishman, a landscape architect with experience in park design, wetland creation and restoration, and the use of native plants.

 Rod Harmon, a communications expert with years of experience as a writer, editor, manager, designer and social media strategist.

 Barbara Powers, who led Cape Elizabeth’s 250th anniversary planning committee and has more than 25 years of administrative experience in a variety of leadership positions, as well as teaching experience at the elementary and middle school levels.

 Ray Sapirstein, a writer, historian, media producer and generator of creative ideas.

Returning members to the Fort Williams Park Foundation Board of Directors are: Robert J. Ayotte, Emily Garvin, Mary Hodgkin, Kara L. K. Leopold, Ryanne MacLoughlin, Andie Mahoney, Mika Reynolds and Lynn Shaffer.

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