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Laura Rose Day, President and CEO

Laura Rose Day became President and CEO of 7 Lakes Alliance in September, 2018, bringing to the Belgrade Lakes community in-depth and diverse experience in watershed management. As a long-time Kennebec watershed resident, she, her husband and two sons also appreciate paddling, boating, hiking and otherwise enjoying the outdoors and community of the Belgrade Lakes region. Laura has most recently provided strategic consulting expertise on conservation issues as a Principal in Source to Sea Consulting, LLC. For thirteen years prior, she was Executive Director of the Penobscot River Restoration Trust, the non-profit formed to lead an historic multi-party effort to restore nearly 2000 miles of sea-run fish habitat while maintaining energy production. There she helped develop and led innovative, collaborative and interdisciplinary approaches and teams, including a coordinated campaign to successfully raise over $60 million in public and private funds to fully implement the project.    

Laura’s career began in the Great Lakes as Regional Counsel for of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago, then as the Lake Superior and Biodiversity Project Manager and Attorney for the National Wildlife Federation where she also taught environmental law seminars and oversaw the environmental law clinic for the University of Michigan. Laura also served as Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine's Watershed Program; helped develop and direct Maine Rivers, a statewide watershed organization; and serves on Maine Woods Forever and the Klamath River Renewal Corporation. Laura has degrees in wildlife management (B.S., Wildlife Resources from West Virginia University) and law (J.D. with a certificate in Environmental and Energy Law from Chicago-Kent College of Law).

Mel Croft, Past President

Mel Croft, born in Florida, holds a Master of Science degree in geology from Florida State University. He worked as a geologist in industry for over 27 years before retiring to East Pond with his wife in 2007. Mel and his family lived in Louisiana, California, and Texas during his career, and Mel’s work carried him to the far corners of the earth for over a dozen years. He’s been active in volunteer work to protect our lakes since 2008. He loves outdoor activities, including camping, fishing, skiing, hiking, and just enjoying the beauty of the Belgrade’s. Mel has been teaching introductory geology classes at Colby College since shortly after his retirement. He’s been a member of the BRCA and East Pond Association boards since 2008, and president of the BRCA for over 6 years. He continues to hold the title of President of the new 7 Lakes Alliance and currently is serving as the Interim Executive Director.

Scott Finlay, Treasurer

Scott Finlay and his family have spent every summer on the Belgrade Lakes since moving to Clearwater Camp on Great Pond in 1989. Scott is a graduate of Hartwick College where he majored in both Business Management and Fine Arts. He has served on the Board of the Belgrade Lakes Association from 1993 to 2011, was a founding member and Treasurer of the Maine Lakes Resource Center and now serves on the Board of the 7 Lakes Allaince. Scott also served on the Board of Trustees of the White Mountain School in Littleton NH. Scott’s interests include skiing, where he spent 15 years on the Sugarloaf Ski Patrol. In the summer months he enjoys sailing, motorcycling, travel and simply taking in all that the area has to offer. Scott is the Managing Director- Investments of The Finlay/Roy Private Wealth Management Group of Wells Fargo Advisors in Boston, Massachusetts, and resides in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

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