The Maine Lakes Resource Center is staffed by a dedicated group of conservation-minded individuals who operate the MLRC year-round. Coming from various and diverse backgrounds, the MLRC staff is unified in continuing the Resource Center’s mission to protect the Belgrade Lakes Region and “to Make Conservation a Tradition”.
As the Interim Executive Director and Lake Science Manager, Brenda Fekete will train student interns in the use of scientific equipment, supervise water column sampling in all seven of the Belgrade Lakes, analyze water samples, organize data and communicate real time and post-collection results. Brenda is eager to present the data to help the community understand the project and the status of the water quality in the Belgrade region. She will work closely with the Lake Associations to help recruit and train volunteers to assist in the sample collection process. Brenda lives on the West Road in Belgrade just up the road from the MLRC where she and her husband, Frank, raised their three children. Brenda continues to play on the water and on the trails with her husband and her dog, Ellie. She is an avid gardener and loves to play guitar.
Logan Parker wears quite a few hats while working at the MLRC. As his dual job titles of Director of Programming and Assistant Lake Science Manager suggest, Logan is involved in several aspects of the work done at the Resource Center: scheduling programs, managing online content, daily office and grounds management, leading bird trips into the Messalonskee Marsh, calibrating sampling instruments, coordinating volunteers, water quality sampling, speaking at local road association meetings, and maintaining the array of aquariums at the MLRC. Logan first came to the MLRC as a summer intern in June of 2013 and was asked to join the staff year-round at the end of the summer. Logan is currently a graduate student at Unity College where he is studying Natural Resource Management. Outside of his work at the MLRC, Logan is an aspiring naturalist, wildlife photographer, birder, and citizen scientist.
Kathleen Jameson was a consultant to the MLRC before officially joining the staff as Director of Development at the start of 2017. She earned two degrees from Bucknell University and later a doctorate in educational administration from Northern Arizona University. Her career included teaching and administration in both public and private schools, and she ultimately became Head of School at Oldfields School in Glencoe, Maryland. As Head of School, she enjoyed extraordinary success by tripling the size of the school’s endowment, and in 2003 she joined Colby College as a Major Gifts Officer. In 2007 she went to work for her alma mater, Bucknell University, as Senior Regional Director of Leadership Gifts for almost ten years.
Outside of work, Kathie likes to travel, paint, write, play music, quilt, knit, read, hike, snowshoe, paddleboard, kayak, and go boating. She spends a lot of time outside with her dog, Bungee, a Golden Doodle. After living in Maine for 14 years, Kathie is delighted to be directing her energies locally to benefit Maine’s natural resources and their conservation here in our watershed. She has spent countless hours hiking our trails and swimming and boating in our lakes. As Director of Development, she will work to build a base of support and the financial means to take whatever steps necessary to protect and preserve our local treasures.
Pat Donahue is the Property Manager for the Maine Lakes Resource Center. He was part of the original group of conservation-minded people that helped make the MLRC a reality. As local Realtor and board member of both the Belgrade Lakes Association and Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance, Pat enjoys all that the Belgrade Lakes Watershed has to offer. He is especially fond the sense of community and of his island camp on Great Pond.