Board of Directors

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Dave Spindler

A passionate wilderness and nature enthusiast based in Toronto, Canada. As a former Wilderness Guide, Dave led canoe and hiking expeditions throughout Canada, reaching as far as the Northwest Territories. Dave graduated with an MA in Sustainable Development from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, where he penned his thesis on wildlife ecology and the re-wilding of the Scottish Highlands. Currently, Dave works as a Director for Realized Worth, a global Corporate Social Responsibility consultancy focused on the design and implementation of employee volunteer programs. A visual artist and musician, Dave is an enthusiastic individual who believes firmly in community engagement, social impact, and the healing power nature. 


Greg Rose — Treasurer

An Eagle Scout, Greg has loved the outdoors since his parents first took him camping in the Colorado Rockies when he was only two months old.  His favorite places for adventure include the Rocky Mountains and the southern Utah desert.  After more than 25 years in the corporate world, Greg stepped away to pursue theological studies and training to become a spiritual director.  In addition to serving on the board of Renewal in the Wilderness, Greg is on the board of the Chicago Theological Seminary. Greg believes that it is vital for each of us to periodically take time to separate ourselves from our normal, typically hectic routines, in order that we might be able to gain some perspective on our lives while being renewed and restored. Not surprisingly, Greg feels that the best place for renewal is in the wilderness.


Lisa Steele-Maley — President

In both work and personal life, Lisa seeks opportunities to help individuals and organizations cultivate healthy, responsible relationships between human and natural communities. Lisa grew up in the small towns of New England and Wisconsin. She developed a strong connection to the affirming rhythms of wilderness while doing work ranging from environmental education to trail maintenance in the mountains and coasts of Alaska and Washington to program management and organizational development in Maine. Meanwhile, her life’s journey has expanded to include parenting, caregiving, writing and participating in the Chaplaincy Institute of Maine’s Interfaith Ministry program. Lisa and her family have developed a strong commitment to Maine’s resourceful communities, wild coast, fertile farmland and rocky mountains. Lisa lives in an aging farmhouse on the coast of Maine with her husband, two teenage sons and a handful of animals.

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Liz Farmer — Secretary

A graduate of Upaya Zen Center's chaplaincy program, Liz recently founded Portland Dharma House, a residential community for meditators in Portland. She also teaches meditation and mindfulness to inmates at the Southern Maine Re-entry Center, works as a meditation coach for the app 10% Happier, and mentors Buddhist chaplains in training. Prior to moving to Portland in 2014, she worked for 2 decades as an educator of adult learners, primarily as an instructional designer, facilitator and project manager of online learning programs in collaboration with schools and non-profits across the United States. Liz is active in her community garden in Portland and loves to be outdoors in all seasons.


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Tom Ancona

Tom has loved the outdoors since spending endless days camping, hiking, and boating around NH, Maine, and Massachusetts while growing up. After spending 13 years in Chicago for school and work, he is happy to be back in New England around the mountains and the ocean where he most easily finds his spiritual renewal. Tom has worked closely with start-ups and non-profits for the last 11 years - first in Chicago with the University of Chicago's Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and now at Bowdoin College as part of the staff of the McKeen Center for the Common Good. Tom is passionate about connecting young people with non-profits and philanthropic work, especially work that supports the continued growth of his home state of Maine. In his free time, Tom is hiking all of the New England 4,000 footers with his pup Nigel, active in his town and church community, and going on outdoor adventures with his wife and toddler. 


Zack Anchors

Zack is a writer, educator, wilderness trip leader, and small business owner. His love of paddling began as a child growing up beside the Penobscot River in Old Town, Maine and grew into a profession when he began guiding canoe and kayak trips after high school. In 2013, Zack and a friend launched Portland Paddle, a sea kayaking and paddleboarding outfitter that offers guided trips on Casco Bay. When Zack is not running the business, he works as a freelance writer and editor. He is currently a doctoral candidate in American History at the University of New Hampshire specializing in environmental history. Zack is on the board of two local organizations in Maine focused on conservation and preservation. He also serves on the Portland Parks Commission.

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