Brunswick woman tapped to lead Maine Cancer Foundation 

Following a national search, the Board of Directors of Maine Cancer Foundation selected Cheryl Tucker of Brunswick as MCF’s next executive director. Tucker will bring 20 years of cancer-related public health experience to the role, most recently at the MaineHealth Cancer Care Network. She will join the organization May 13.

“A number of excellent candidates responded to this opportunity, but Cheryl’s depth of experience in Maine’s fight against cancer elevated her candidacy to the top,” said Matthew Libby, who chairs MCF’s Board of Directors. “She understands the public health challenges facing communities statewide and how to leverage our collective resources, both human and financial, to lessen the impact and incidence of cancer in Maine.”

At MaineHealth Cancer Care Network, Tucker has led cancer prevention and detection efforts within the MaineHealth system as manager of population health. Previously, she spent more than 17 years at the American Cancer Society in various leadership positions.

“I am really excited to be joining the great team of volunteers and staff at Maine Cancer Foundation,” said Tucker, “and I look forward to our shared efforts to play a leadership role in changing the story of cancer in Maine.”

Maine Coast Heritage names Espy Land Heritage Award winner

Maine Coast Heritage Trust has named Burnham Martin as the recipient of the 2019 Espy Land Heritage Award for exemplary conservation efforts in Maine.

Martin, Maine project director for the National Park Service, has been instrumental in the success of the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program in Maine and has been involved at every level at creating trails and expanding access to the outdoors in Maine.

Upon presenting the award, MCHT President Tim Glidden said, “Burnham has worked for three decades to improve Mainers’ access to the outdoors in almost every part of our state. This work has been with, for, and about an exceptionally diverse group – landowners, hunters, birdwatchers, snowmobilers, fishermen and fisherwomen, loggers, mountain bikers, hikers and more. He is truly deserving of this special award.”

In southern Maine, Burnham helped form the Eastern Trail Alliance and, with many partners, facilitated creation of the Eastern Trail – an off-road, shared use recreation path that will extend from Kittery to South Portland.

Hires, promotions, appointments

Pat Bobker has been named development coordinator of Cathance River Education Alliance. Bobker brings 20-plus years of experience in nonprofit and for-profit development, environmental journalism and education.

“It’s the perfect opportunity for me to bring the three-legged stool of my career to one great cause,” Bobker says.

Friends of Casco Bay elected David Kaufman of South Freeport to the board of directors of the conservation organization. Kaufman says, “Being a lifelong sailor and having spent years with family on Casco Bay and the Maine coast, I look forward to participating in efforts to maintain Casco Bay’s health and sustainability.”

BobkerPeter Maher of Harpswell was the winnner of the canoe donated by Chuck Rooney in a recent raffle to benefit the teen center at People Plus in Brunswick. Maher, an enthusisastic fly fisherman, said he was excited because the boat is light enough to carry in to some of the smaller streams and lakes.Kaufman

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