As a charitable non-profit the role of our volunteer community board is essential to our well-being and direction. We appreciate the time and support our board provides us.
Born and raised in Ohio, Bob Brown is a graduate of The University of Vermont where he studied geography, and Michigan State University from which he received a degree in college and university administration. A veteran cyclist with more than 40 years of touring and racing experience, Bob operated Adventure Bound Bicycle Tours, conducting summer bike trips for teenagers in the northeastern USA, France, and Canada. Bob’s experience operating Adventure Bound during his college years inspired his 30 year career in college admissions and secondary school guidance. Between jobs and during vacations, Bob hit the road, completing solo cross country bike tours in the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. A lifelong cycling enthusiast, Bob has joined or established cycling clubs wherever he has resided and he is the founder of a community bicycle program in central Ohio. Since moving to Maine, he has been a volunteer mechanic and instructor at the Portland Gear Hub. In addition to cycling, Bob and his partner enjoy hiking, kayaking, and snowshoeing from their base in Freeport.
Peter grew up in western Massachusetts, and spent his summers at his family’s cottage on Higgins Beach. Over the years most of Peter’s six siblings and their families have settled in or near Scarborough, and he and his wife Donna followed suit and bought their home here in 2017. Peter had a 30 year career in finance, based in New York and London. A big focus was on financing not-for-profits. He has volunteered and worked for Acumen, a global impact investing pioneer, for the past 20 years. He currently serves as an advisor and on investment committees. Peter has also served on the boards of several social enterprises as well as local not-for-profits. Peter and Donna love spending time with their daughter Sophia, and their large extended family (and their two dogs and two bunnies). They are avid hikers and love the outdoors.
Educated in Vermont and California, Jay worked in college administration in Massachusetts following two years active duty as an Army tank platoon leader. He moved to Maine in 1980 and married his wife Martha the next year after meeting her when buying her house in Portland. A 34 year career in personal finance helped support their two daughters. Choosing self-unemployment in 2012, Jay was an early and avid volunteer with the Portland Gear Hub which, along with formative years as a summer camp counselor, led to his affiliation with Ketcha Outdoors and its terrific mission and staff. Post career, he’s led hiking and cycling trips and still finds the natural world the place where he most likes to be.
Born in North Carolina and raised in Delaware, Jeff’s first introduction to Maine was a two-week canoe trip with his local Boy Scout Troop. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Wilmington University, 20 years later Jeff returned to Maine with his wife Ginger in early 2012.
Jeff is currently the Director of Finance with Atlantic National Trust in Portland, ME. His professional background includes 10 years of public accounting experience with tax planning, compliance, and small business consulting. He lives in Falmouth with his wife Ginger and two boys, Oscar and Teddy.
Jeff is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys mountain biking, camping, and hiking in the spring/summer/fall and skiing or snowshoeing throughout the winter. He joined the board of Ketcha Outdoors in March 2021.
Born in the mountains of western North Carolina, Simon spent his childhood hiking, camping, canoeing, and swimming in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Simon later attended the University of the South where he studied biology. Since college Simon has worked as a carpenter and cabinet builder. Simon moved to Maine in 2017 with his wife Amy and three kids, twin boys Charlie and Raylan, and daughter Ellis. The family spends its free time exploring the coast and mountains of Maine – camping, hiking, boating, and skiing.
Dave is a Senior Manager at BerryDunn, a Portland, ME based business advisory firm. After being born in Massachusetts, Dave moved to Vermont as a child and grew up in the town of Brattleboro. Swimming, biking, fishing, skiing and generally enjoying the great outdoors. After a stint in Florida, Dave completed his undergraduate studies at George Mason University and also earned a Master’s Degree at the University of Virginia. He lived in Northern Virginia for about 12 years before moving to South Portland in 2005 with his wife Kathy, a teacher by training who currently works as a literacy EdTech in the Portland school system.
Kathy and Dave are very proud of their two sons: Dylan and Jack. Both kids attended programs at Ketcha while growing up. Dave has been the Chair of Ketcha’s annual golf tournament fundraiser and enjoys working with the great crew at Prouts Neck every year. Dave enjoys the four seasons that Maine has to offer, and in the past few years has taken up Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP). He can be seen enjoying the wonderful open land at Ketcha with his trusty companion Beau, a rescue mutt from Tennessee!
Holly is a mother of 2 very active boys (ages 11 and 9) that have been a part of the Camp Ketcha family for 6 years now. Both boys have gone to summer camp as well as participated in vacation camps and the after school program. With 15 years in marketing/advertising, she has brought her expertise to the board for almost 3 years! Holly works at Ethos, a marketing/branding agency in Westbrook full time and lives in Scarborough with her husband, children and golden doodle, Stella. Her love of the outdoors is what brought her to Ketcha. In the summer she can be found on the water or going on adventures!