Paul Anderson, Executive Director
Paul Anderson is the Executive Director of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. Anderson has 32 years of experience working with Maine’s marine resources, primarily in public service roles, at the intersection of science, policy, and community. Before joining Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, Anderson spent 16 years as the Director of the Maine Sea Grant College Program where he oversaw commercial fisheries, aquaculture, coastal community development, ecosystem health, and coastal resiliency. He also served as the Research Network Director of the Sustainable Ecological Aquaculture Network (“SEANET”) and Director of the Aquaculture Research Network at the University of Maine. Anderson held multiple positions within the Maine Department of Marine Resources (DMR). During his time with the state, he led efforts to open clam flats in Eastern Maine, oversaw the construction and management of the DMR laboratory in Lamoine State Park, and served as the Director of the Public Health Division. He’s served on the board of several nonprofits, including the Herring Gut Learning Center in Port Clyde and the Maine Fishermen’s Forum. Anderson possesses a strong ability to moderate, build, and manage highly effective teams and organizations. Anderson holds a Bachelors and Masters degree in Microbiology from the University of Maine. He has worked across the state of Maine, as well as abroad, in Ireland, South Africa, Namibia, the Philippines, and China. Anderson currently resides in Winterport, Maine, where he enjoys family, gardening, and making music with his friends.
Pam Aubuchon-Fields, Development and Data Specialist
Pam Aubuchon-Fields is the Development and Data Specialist at Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries and provides support for administrative, development and finance efforts. She is happiest when faced with a data challenge of capturing or retrieving information! Pam’s work with small businesses as well as her MLIS from UNC-Chapel Hill developed strong analytical and research skills. Pam also received an M.S. degree in geology from Southern Illinois University and a BA from Smith College. Her first career as a geologist fostered her concern for environmental issues as well as the population’s use of natural resources. Pam lives in Deer Isle with her husband George and is often seen walking with adopted dog Sadie. Other interests include rock-hounding, photography, dominos, and she is currently excited about converting their lawn into a butterfly and bird-supporting landscape. She enjoys learning about and observing nature, wildlife and now fisheries!
Bobbi Billings, Administrative Director
Bobbi Billings is the Administrative Director at Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries and provides support to Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries’ development effort including running the annual auction. Bobbi has lived and worked within her hometown community her entire life. She comes from many generations of fishermen and has strong ties to the fishing community as a whole. Bobbi graduated from the local high school with highest honors then went on to work within the School District as an Administrative Assistant and remained there for 18 years. During this time, she received an Associate Degree in Accounting from Husson University. For many years she has served on numerous profit and non-profit boards in leadership positions. Bobbi is a strong civic leader and is frequently sought out for her tremendous organizational skills and attention to detail with numerous community projects, benefits and programs. She was inducted into the National Association of Professional Women in 2008 and is a current member. Bobbi resides in Deer Isle with her husband Dana.
Brian Conklin-Powers, Finance Director
Brian Conklin-Powers is Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries’ Director of Finance. He is a finance professional with 35 years of experience managing the business side of both non-profit and for-profit organizations. Previous to working at Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries, he was the Finance Director for the College of Management and Human Service and the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. Brian earned both a B.S. and M.B.A. in Business Administration from Penn State University. Brian resides in Stonington. In his spare time, he enjoys home remodeling, boating, photography and the companionship of his black lab, Tully.
Tom Duym, Fisheries Education Specialist
Tom Duym is the Fisheries Education Specialist for Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. His background in public vocational education spans 37 years at both the Community College and secondary school levels. His experience runs the gamut from boat building and repair to construction of fishing gear and skippering vessels in commercial fishing and passengers for hire. Tom is a graduate with an AS from the former Commercial Fishing and Marine Technology Program at the University of Rhode Island and a BS in Secondary Science Education from the University of Maine. His career started at Washington County Community College teaching in the Commercial Fisheries Program and then as Director of WCCC’s Eastport Marine Trade Center campus has exposed him to a wide and diverse network of marine professionals. Tom comes to MCCF from teaching the Marine Trades programming at Deer Isle-Stonington High School over the last 17 years. His working relationships with many of the current fishermen in the area afford timely and knowledgeable feedback for our educational programming. Tom was one of the founding visionaries behind the Eastern Maine Skippers Program. A Maine native, Tom now resides in Lemoine, Maine.
Christina Fifield, Eastern Maine Skippers Program Coordinator
Christina Fifield is the Coordinator for the Eastern Maine Skippers Program. She is responsible for the communication with and coordination of all EMSP partners, participating schools, and fishermen in the schools’ communities. She coordinates both the planning and operation of the multi-school collaboration and provides an ongoing link for EMSP students and teachers with appropriate Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries staff and industry representatives. Christina comes from a long line of fishermen and industry leaders and has a B.S. degree from Thomas College where she majored in communications with an emphasis on public relations and marketing. Her previous positions have served her well as the Eastern Maine Skippers Program Coordinator. Christina lives in Little Deer Isle with her fiancé Richard and daughter Danica.
Carla Guenther PhD, Chief Scientist
Carla Guenther is Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries’ Chief Scientist. After studying lobster behavior at Woods Hole, MA she decided to test the waters of Baja California, Mexico where she learned about a special form of community-based co-management. Inspired by fishermen’s level of organization and management structure, Carla gained her PhD in Marine Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She engaged Santa Barbara’s commercial lobster fleet while conducting interviews for her doctoral research on Marine Protected Area impacts on socio-economics, reef ecology, and fishing behavior. These interviews became the basis of her communication with the rest of California’s commercial lobster fleet and fostered the fishery’s application for Marine Stewardship Council Certification, proposed legislation for self-funding lobster management science, and voluntary fishery-collection of biological data for use in the first stock assessment of California spiny lobster populations. Educated in oceanography, ecology, and anthropology, Carla approaches fisheries management with a focus on fishing communities. Carla lives in Deer Isle with her husband Dominic and daughters Cameron and Leah.
Chelsea Kondratowicz, Administrative and Communications Assistant
Chelsea Kondratowicz is Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries’ Administrative and Communications Assistant. Her responsibilities include providing support for her colleagues, assisting visitors, and other administrative tasks. Chelsea also handles the organization’s various social media platforms, which includes content creation and writing for both the monthly e-letter and quarterly newsletter. She prides herself in representing the organization as a brand ambassador at various work-related and community networking events. She grew up in upstate New York and graduated from college with a B.S. in Communications with a focus in marketing from the New England School of Communications at Husson University in Bangor, Maine. Since then Chelsea has worked at Eastern Maine Development Corporation assisting small business owners with government contracting as a program assistant. She currently sits on the Deer Isle-Stonington Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Chelsea lives in Stonington where she has a strong passion for interior décor and enjoys spending time outdoors.
Patrick Shepard, Collaborative Research Specialist
Patrick Shepard brings extensive experience in local fisheries as MCCF’s Collaborative Research Specialist. Pat grew up in a commercial fishing family in Stonington and went into business with his brother as fifth generation fishermen when they were still in elementary school. He gained a B.S. in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island where his undergraduate studies earned him a Coastal Fellowship working to restore shellfish beds in Rhode Island’s salt ponds. Pat served as a federal fisheries observer in both the northeast scallop and groundfish fleets and worked as a GIS technician for DeLorme Publishing prior to joining MCCF. He now coordinates the research program for groundfish, working closely with various fishermen and scientific partners to collect information about recovering Atlantic cod from Penobscot Bay to the Canadian border. Pat also serves as the creative director for Discovery Wharf, MCCF’s public education space featuring interactive exhibits that teach visitors about eastern Maine’s fisheries.
Joshua Stoll, Phd Cooperative Research Scientist
Joshua Stoll is a research assistant professor at the University of Maine and holds a joint position as a cooperative research scientist for the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries. He has a keen interest in marine policy entrepreneurship, co-management, ocean governance, and seafood distribution and trade. His research focuses on the human dimensions of marine systems and how social-ecological dynamics shape and are shaped by formal and informal institutions. In particular, his work aims to be directly relevant to coastal communities and policymakers in Maine and beyond, while also advancing our broader understanding of the concepts of resilience, adaptation, and transformation. He has sought to position himself to engage in this area of work by way of actively participating in different dimensions of fisheries as opposed to being a passive bystander. Through this process, he has had the opportunity to spend multiple seasons as a sternman hauling lobster traps off the coast of Maine; working at a federal salmon hatchery on the Columbia River in Washington State; and being a policy analyst in NOAA Fisheries’ Office of Policy. He has also worked with fishermen around the world to develop community-based seafood marketing arrangements and helped start LocalCatch.org, an international network fishermen, researchers, and non-profits engaged in market transformation.
Mike Thalhauser, Collaborative Management Specialist
Mike Thalhauser is Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries’ Collaborative Management Specialist. Before coming to Maine, Mike worked as the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Manager in Anchorage, Prince William Sound and the North Gulf Coast. He managed the fisheries in these areas, including salmon. He also directed Kuskokwim Native Association, which is a non-profit located in Aniak, Alaska. Mike dealt with Fisheries and Natural Resources Department in cooperative research, monitoring and management within the Middle Kuskokwim area. Mike graduated in 2005 from the University of North Dakota with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology. Mike lives in Brooklin with his wife, Dolphin and children Fisher and Watson.