Meet the Team
Growing up on Crystal Lake in Dry Mills, Gray, ME has led me to where I am today. As a child I did not realize the privilege it was to get up early in the morning to put my feet in the water to catch tiny pickerel with a pale. I assisted teaching swimming lessons at Willkie’s Beach beginning the age of 11 and ended up teaching over 100 children each July morning with their shivering yet smiling faces for the next 17 years. Moving away from Gray for college and experience life in general soon gave that appreciation.
The love water led me to Little Sebago Lake renting a place in 1972 and later buying our now home in 1980. For 10 years my husband, Dan, and I owned a company which allowed me to stay home while our daughter, Megan, was growing and going to school. During this time I became involved with the Town of Gray Planning Board, Conservation Committee, Recreation Committee, Comprehensive Plan, Town Council, American Legion Auxiliary, Congregational Church Sunday School supervisor and Girl Scout leader. In the early nineties I started working outside the home and presently am general manager of a medical device company in Gray.
In 1992 I became involved with the Little Sebago Lake Association. My reason for involvement was to become more knowledgeable about my surroundings and become part of a caring team. In 1994 I became president for three years. I stayed involved until 2001 when I decided not to juggle the Town committees and the LSLA. After a few years of town governance I had a change of heart and returned to the association where I felt most comfortable with the environment roots. This was the very time that variable milfoil was being reported. Since then I have spent the past 15 years fighting the battle with the help of the committee and volunteers. It is with great pride that due to these efforts the lake is as usable as it was years ago. Without the efforts our lake would be choked with invasive vegetation like our bordering states. Over the past 10 years of record-keeping we have removed over 101 tons of milfoil. Because we cannot let our guard down for fear of regrowth I will continue to fight the battle of the invasive variable milfoil with our Milfoil Militia. This has been one of the most rewarding accomplishments of my life.
In 2009 I became President again and have kept that role to date. Because of the diligence and professionalism of the 15 member board and committee members this has been a rewarding position and they have made it easy to stay. I have served on the CCSWCD watershed committee, Maine Milfoil Consortium Initiative and helped with Lake Fun Day and the Pirate Parade Day. LSLA has become a non-profit business which has all the logistics of a business run by volunteers. We are blessed so many people are dedicating their time. Thanks to all of you.
The lake should be enjoyed by all types of recreation and should be respected by all; whether you are human or a microorganism, a balance needs to be taken to make sure each thing that is important to the living cycle of the lake continues to exist. We have such a valuable resource that we need to be good stewards to protect the lake for generations to come.
Peter GellersonVice President
Currently President of Lathrop Asset Management in Portland’s Old Port district. Peter and his wife Deb, live in the Lyons Point area of the middle lake and have been there for nearly 37 years. Committees and Organizations Served: Currently serving a three year term on the Gray town council and served a previous three year term as chairman of the town council Current president of the Lyons Point Road Association
Past long time member of PTA, School and Community Volunteer including the committee for the Great Escape Playground at Russell School. Served as High School Basketball Referee for 18 years. Served on State Boards including ACM Paving Subcommittee and Maine Turnpike Authority Subcommittee. Served on Founding Board of Maine Irish Children?s Program. Member of Community Economic Development Committee for 2 years. Supporter of Gray Public Library.
After growing up in Camp Hill, PA, Jim served in the US Coast Guard, and was transferred to Maine in 1977, where he ultimately retired after 25 years of active & reserve service. Jim studied Forestry & Wildlife and also earned an MBA at the University of Maine, where he met his wife, Kim. Jim has spent the last 28 years at Hannaford, where he developed and runs the Guiding Stars nutrition rating program. Jim & Kim moved to Little Sebago in 1992, and live on the middle lake near the lower narrows, at the end of Many Oaks Lane off of the Smith Road.
One of their neighbors, Dave Hopkins, had served as the long-term damkeeper, and got them interested in joining the board for LSLA. Jim served as Secretary for a few years, and after he left the board, Kim served as President for a number of terms, focusing on duck itch, watershed surveys, and the early days of the milfoil crisis.Jim & Kim have two kids in the Windham schools, where Kim also teaches at WMS. They enjoy being active in community service, through various school groups, church activities, community theater, and of course at LSLA.
Having spent the last 20 years on Little Sebago, they still wake up every morning and count their blessings while marveling at the natural beauty, the solitude, and endless days of fun spent on Little Sebago in every season. Jim is very pleased to rejoin such a professional, hard-working Board of Directors, and is excited to be working again, almost 20 years later with great leaders like Pam, Scott, Rod, Bruce, Sharon and the others.
Cheryl grew up in Farmington, Connecticut but has spent most of her adult life living in Ridgewood, New Jersey with her husband Allan and their two children. Allan introduced her to Little Sebago Lake and they would visit Allan’s Aunt Viv, who lived on the lake, during the summer and winter- making wonderful family memories over the years. Cheryl and her husband thought about relocating to Maine “some day” but only if they could live on Little Sebago. In 2013 they found their spot on the lake, decided to take a leap of faith and moved to Maine in 2014.
Cheryl’s background is in sports marketing and she has worked for the Hartford Whalers, New York Rangers, Nabisco Brands- and most recently at Cooper and Oliver Stationery and the Ridgewood Running Company. She has served on many PTA boards at her children’s schools and also on the board at Temple Israel in Ridgewood. An avid runner, she has run the New York City marathon three times.
Cheryl joined the board in 2014 and welcomed the opportunity to help protect the lake we all love so much. Cheryl was very impressed with the talented and committed people that make up the LSLA Board. She currently serves on the membership committee.
Diane BurnellBoard Member
Diane grew up in Portland and as a young adult, spent over 10 summers enjoying her visits to a family camp on Long Lake in Bridgton. This was the beginning of a lifelong love and appreciation of lakes.
As their children grew, Diane and her husband, Dale found what was to become their family’s Lakehouse on Little Sebago Lake in 1990. The inevitable remodeling proved to be a multi-generational labor of love over the years with well-deserved leisure time at the lake as the reward. Diane and her family try to spend as much time as possible swimming, boating, fishing and kayaking. Winter time they like to snowshoe and the occasional ice skating, as well.
Now that her children have grown, Diane finds herself ready, willing and able to give back to the lake that has given her so much joy. She became a Board Member in 2008 and when the Secretary position became available 2012, Diane stepped up to fill that role. She has enjoyed working with the Board of Directors while learning all about what is involved to keep our beautiful lake healthy. Diane feels honored to be part of the team that is safeguarding Little Sebago Lake today and for generations to come.
Sharon LamontagneBoard Member
Meet Sharon Lamontagne, board member since July 2004. Sharon moved from Massachusetts to Maine in 1972 to attend Westbrook College. During that time she met her husband Marc and they were married in 1976. Sharon & Marc were brought up in families with summer camps so one of the very first things they did was to buy one of their own so their children could enjoy the same kind of summers they had enjoyed.
The mother of three grown children who are now married, Sharon and Marc have seven grandchildren. Most summer weekends there is a large group of family staying at the lake. Marc has a water ski course set up across from the boat launch and every morning at 7:30 AM can be found taking a few passes before he heads off to Portland. Sharon has retired as a dental hygienist but still manages multi family housing and a cleaning company in Portland that she and Marc own.
After 30 + years on the lake, she feels a strong commitment to the lake and to the other property owners to do her part to preserve the wonderful environment that we have here on Little Sebago. Sharon is currently involved as our Assistant to the Treasurer and manages the Safety Patrol Program Program.
Tim GreerBoard Member
Meet Tim Greer! Tim and his wife Suzanne have been property owners on Little Sebago Lake for over 30 years. His land and camp belonged to Sue’s grandparents, the Chases, who built the home in 1927. In 2005, the camp was torn down and a new one was constructed with the hope of it lasting for many generations to come. Both Tim & Sue have a sincere love of the area. “Little Sebago has been a joy to our family for four generations” said Tim. He has become a board member of the lake association in order to continue to be a part of preserving the beauty and health of our wonderful lake. Tim is currently involved with our newsletter mail-out and the milfoil militia.
Scott LowellBoard Member
Meet Scott Lowell! Scott first became acquainted with Little Sebago when his folks bought property on the middle lake near Grape Island in 1977. At that time, Scott lived in Carrabassett Vally, near Sugarloaf where he had lived since college, working as a building contractor. His trips to the lake during the late 70’s and 80’s were mostly in the summers for visits with his parents and family. Occasionally during that time, he came to enjoy the winter solitude of lake while cross country skiing. This was, however a challenge, because until 1986, the Mountainview/Ramsdell Rd. connection was not plowed in the winter and cross country skis or snow mobile were the only access.
In 1989, the downturn in real estate and the poor economy found less people expending money on second homes in Sugarloaf area. This presented an opportunity to do some building in Gray for a former customer. The summer camp became home base during this process. As time passed, more and more business became based in Gray. A health problem with Scott’s mom and a new relationship with a little redhead that Scott adored helped make the decision to move to Gray permanently in 1991.
In 1992, Scott started the construction of his residence on the property that his folks had owned on the lake for 15 years. Scott and family moved into the house in the spring of 1994 with no heat, no interior doors, no finished rooms, plastic for shower walls and concrete floors.
Eight years later, there are still a few items to be completed but it is a truly comfortable living space for Scott, his wife Carolyn and son, Jesse. As a lake resident, former forestry major, contractor and long time municipal volunteer, it is obvious to Scott that the health of the lake is inseparable from the people and uses on and around it. He has long been a believer that we all have stewardship responsibilities to the world we live in and taking care of the lake in front of your home is a way you can make a contribution to the bigger picture.
Becoming a board member of the LSLA has allowed him to use some of his knowledge and experience and take an active part in the management of the lake.
Additionally, it has given him the opportunity to meet with some incredibly intelligent, progressive and committed people. His experience with the association has also been a learning opportunity that has heightened his awareness of the issues that affect the lake and made him a better lake shore resident. Scott is on the Watershed Survey Steering committee,the Governors Invasives Task Force,the Milfoil Militia,Environmental affairs,and Hippo protocol and maintenance.
Rod BernierBoard Member
Kevin MurphyBoard Member
Meet Kevin Murphy, board member since 2013. Kevin was born and raised in Portland, enjoying many childhood memories from this lake as well as others in the area. Kevin and Laurie, his wife also from Portland, had for years wanted a lakeside property to retire to, and in 2001 that dream came true. The building was rebuilt into a new home that inspired them to move up on their schedule to become year-round residents. Kevin is an avid bass angler who now enjoys downtime on the water relaxing or on his deck entertaining family and friends. Since moving to the lake, Kevin felt a strong commitment to help protect this resource however he could. After meeting and working with the LSLA board, he decided to join their team as he felt their bond to the lake was as strong, if not stronger, than his own. Currently he sits on the web committee and works with the membership database team as well.
Steve DavisBoard Member
Born and raised in the greater Boston area, attended Harvard College and Tufts Medical School. I retired from Pediatric practice in 2005, went back to work as a medical director for a health insurer in 2008 for 3 years and then retired again. I have served on the board of a local trails association and open land trust in Boxford Mass. since the early 80s and lead weekly hikes for them as well as quarterly hikes for the Appalachian Mountain Club. I have served on the town finance committee for 13 years and more recently on the Board of selectmen for 9 years. I also serve on a local rail/trails committee (along with my wife Carole) which is involved with 7 other towns plus the state DOT and the regional planning commission in building a bike path. We bought a second home on the lower lake 3 years ago, which we very much enjoy. I felt a need to help the hard working LSLA board after watching them in action for a year and of course a need to help preserve the pristine environment of our lake, and so I volunteered to join the board in 2013.
Debra LavoieBoard Member
In the summer of 1963, Debra’s grandfather, Harold Craven, purchased the Cushman Bakery family camp on Cambell Shore Rd Since that time, Debra, her parents, three siblings and their families have enjoyed all the wonderful privileges that summering on Little Sebago provides. “Growing up on the lake is an experience I wish every child could enjoy” said Debra. She and her husband Mark continue to pass these joys on to the family that now spans 5 generations.
After spending over 50 years soaking in the beauty of Little Sebago Lake, Debra feels compelled to take a more active role in assisting with its preservation to secure its future as one of the best lakes in Maine. Debra is currently the Executive Director of Gary’s House; a hospitality home for the family members of hospitalized patients and brings her years of experience in non-profits, marketing, public relations and fundraising/development.
Arnie RosarioBoard Member
I grew up in Portland and got my first introduction to Little Sebago Lake at the age of 11 when my parents rented a cottage for a week on Cambell Shore Road. In the early 1990’s, when my employment in the Postal Service sent me and my family to Rochester, NY, we were able to find a weekly rental on Birchwood Road for the two years that we were away. My wife, Tammy and I had enjoyed our experiences on Little Sebago Lake and dreamed of one day owning lake front property. We finally realized our dream and purchased a year-round home on Smith Road in 2005. Our home is located on Banjo Cove (adjacent to Hall Cove and close to the former Aimhi property). We very much enjoy the seclusion and privacy of cove life as our children and grandchildren can enjoy swimming and kayaking on the beautiful waters of Little Sebago without worrying about excessive boat traffic.
I have BS and MBA Degrees from the University of Southern Maine and retired from the Postal Service in 2014 after 36 years of employment. I keep busy in retirement working as a tour guide for visiting cruise ship and bus passengers arriving in Portland. I also do taxes and volunteer at the Portland Observatory.
I had recently talked to Rod Bernier, one of my Postal colleagues, about getting involved with the Little Sebago Lake Association and was recently selected to serve the remaining term of a Board vacancy. I am excited for this new opportunity and look forward to working with the Association in achieving their goal of ensuring that the lake remains healthy for future generations to enjoy.
Kevin KasermanBoard Member
Meet Kevin Kaserman. Kevin grew up in Gorham, Maine and spent much of his free time during the summers at his family’s camp on Big Sebago. He really enjoyed water skiing and boating on the lake. Kevin began the search for his own camp in 1995 and found Paradise Point in Sept. 1996. Kevin began the process of upgrading the camp with a new septic system, well, water system, and cosmetic upgrades which he installed himself with the help of his father and friends. Although the camp has been modernized, it still maintains that “original camp” flair to include the outside shower stall. Kevin, his wife Denise and their 3 children live in Falmouth during the school year but move into the camp “full-time” once school is out. Kevin assisted with both the construction and was a milfoil diver on the initial milfoil boat. Kevin enjoys boating, jet-skiing, and water sports with his family and friends on Little Sebago. Kevin is aware of all the efforts that the LSLA Board continues to do for him to enjoy this wonderful resource and felt it was time to contribute himself.
Board of Directors
Information captured at our board meetings include:
- Date and time of meeting;
- Whether the meeting is a special or regular meeting;
- Names of directors in attendance;
- Names of other guests in attendance (and their titles or associations, if relevant);
- Any board actions (e.g., approvals, delegations of authority, directives).
Below is the Board's archive to past meeting minutes:
Runners and walkers will hit the streets and trails in Portland for the annual Urban Runoff 5K race and walk to raise awareness of water pollution and raise money to support clean water education in greater Portland and Saco areas. The date of the Urban Runoff was chosen to coincide with Earth Day and spring’s “first flush” when rain and melted snow wash pollution into our waterways. Details at https://urbanrunoff5k.com/Find out more »
Take this free boater education course to learn how to be safe and knowledgeable while boating this season!Find out more »
Meet us all at the American Legion Hall on Route 100 in Gray. It is easy to get to, has plenty of room, enough parking, a ramp, air conditioning and it has been renovated. We will have our merchandise there for sale as well as raffle and membership update.Find out more »
Our Pirate Parade continues to be the event of the summer! This is a time for people of all ages to come together to enjoy family and friends on the lake! The meeting time is at 2pm at the lower narrows. Folks in the lower lake should start out in plenty of time to get up to the narrows at noon. At noon we proceed up the lake past the rope swing and onto to Pirates Cove for a few hours of water…Find out more »
Gray Blueberry Festival celebrates Maine Wild Blueberries, community, and making connections with one another. Come join us! Free admission, tons of fun, food, contests, music, vendors, etc. We're about to start the process this year for 2019 sponsors, more volunteers, and vendors. Stay tuned.Find out more »
The Hopkins Dam on Little Sebago Lake will be opened on or around October 15 to begin lowering the lake to winter level. Once the dam is opened the lake level will decrease by about 1/2" per day down to -15 to -18" by the end of November, weather permitting.. Please schedule boat and dock removal accordingly.Find out more »