The Nature Conservancy Welcomes New Maine Trustees

For Immediate Release

Brunswick, ME | February 26, 2010

The Nature Conservancy of Maine recently welcomed five new members to its board of trustees.  

Ted Frois of Westport Island, Maine and Houston, Texas recently retired as general counsel for the Upstream Companies of Exxon Mobil Corporation.  He is both an alumni and Emeritus Trustee of Loyola University of New Orleans.  Ted helped the university manage the adverse affects of Hurricane Katrina and was also instrumental in the establishment of the Exxon Scholars Minority Scholarship program for the College of Law.  

“My wife and I were drawn to Maine’s coastline, its people and its laid back way of life,” said Frois. “Our favorite place is our 33 acres on Westport Island. We enjoy our walks in the woods, spotting bald eagles flying overhead and watching the King Fisher work tirelessly during low tide. The Nature Conservancy allows us to be part of preserving this environment and giving back in retirement.”

Jane Sheehan of Cape Elizabeth is president/CEO of The Foundation for Blood Research, a non-profit, independent biomedical research institute located in Scarborough, Maine.  Jane is Chairman of the Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Company (MEMIC) Board of Directors, Chairman of Maine Biomedical Research Fund, President of the Maine Women’s Forum and is the former Commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.  

“Living in Maine is a gift. Growing up here, camping was a way of life.  We set up our tent somewhere in all 16 counties, and many sites were the forerunners to our present state park system,” said Sheehan. “However, I have observed the changes over the past 50 years to the most precious of these resources, and I wonder what will be left in 50 more years.  I want to do what I can to prevent any further loss of this gift.”

John Sowles of North Yarmouth has spent the past 40 years in public service as an aquatic ecologist between Maine and Peru, ensuring that science and communities are integrated into natural resource policy.  Recently retired as director of ecology with the Maine Department of Marine Resources, he is director of both the Carriage Museum of America and Skyline Farm.  

“The Nature Conservancy is about leading by example.  It invests in innovative solutions by taking calculated risks when selecting projects, with the long view of learning what works and what might not,” said Sowles.  “I also like that the Conservancy invests the time to understand the many human perspectives around an issue.  For conservation to succeed, people need to be an equal and integral partner in any conservation equation.”

Ben Willauer of Freeport is a financial advisor with Charter Oak Capital Management. Ben was a founder of TNC Next and currently serves as the co-chair of its steering committee.  Ben is a Trustee of the Thompson Island Outward Bound School in Boston, Massachusetts and the Hurricane Island Foundation in Portland, Maine. He has also hiked the Appalachian Trail of Maine and canoed many of the state’s lakes and rivers.  

John Rosenblum is Dean Emeritus of the Darden School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and Vice Chairman of the Board of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo and Company (GMO). He also serves on the boards of the American Civil War Center, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Inc., Atlantic Challenge, The Farnsworth Art Museum and Maine Media Workshops. John and his wife Carolyn divide their time between Crozet, Virginia and St. George, Maine.

“We are extremely fortunate to include these new members to our board,” said Michael Tetreault, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine. “Each brings a personal passion for the natural world, and collectively they add a wealth of diverse experience to help lead us in achieving our conservation goals.”

The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at

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