Our People


Board of Directors

Sammee Quong, President

Hillary Schultz, Secretary

Chris York, Treasurer 

Ellen Gibson

Tracy Weber

Ted Haskell

Deb Doten

Aleta McKeage

Aleta McKeage

Interim Executive Director

Lauren Kircheis

Lauren Kircheis

Director of Research & Education

Bethany Drouin

Bethany Drouin

Office Manager

Harrison Lobb

Harrison Lobb

Lands Manager

Chris O'Connell

Chris O'Donnell

Maintenance Technician

Marcelle Malinky

Agenor Duhon

AmeriCorps Environmental Steward

Our Partners

Partnerships are crucial for the success of Viles Arboretum. By collaborating with like-minded organizations, we can combine resources, expertise, and networks to amplify our impact and reach. Our partners enable us to tackle complex challenges more effectively and create sustainable change in the communities we serve.

Strategic Partners

Organizations aligned with Viles Arboretum's mission, forming formal collaborations to achieve shared objectives and enhance programs, resources, and impact.

Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce

Maine Association of Nonprofits

The Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry

Maine Tourism Association

Programmatic Partners

Collaborative organizations working with Viles Arboretum on specific programs, events, initiatives, or grants; hosting activities, providing expertise, resources, and support to enhance specific program quality and effectiveness.

FedCo Seeds

ReWild Maine

Wild Seed Project

North Spore

Kennebec Beekeepers Association  

Maine Capitol Area New Mainers

Maine Chapter of the American Chestnut Foundation

The Children’s Discovery Museum of Central Maine

Health Communities of the Capitol Area

Waldo County Soil and Water Conservation District

Woodthrush Wilderness

Maine Primitive Skills School

First Light Wildlife Habitats

Worth It Nature and Forest Therapy Connections

Natural Resource Conservation Service

Major Contributors

Individuals, corporations, or foundations providing significant financial support to sustain Viles Arboretum's mission, programs, and operations.

Elise and William Viles Foundation

Maine Community Foundation

Kennebec Savings Bank

Maine Initiatives

Lewis J Schafer Community Trust 

Our Business Members


 
 








 


 
 








 
Companies actively supporting Viles Arboretum through membership or sponsorship programs, contributing to the organization's sustainability, visibility, and community impact.

Augusta Adult and Community

Children's Center

Companion Animal Clinic

E.D. Bessey & Sons

Fedco Trees

G&E Roofing Company

Harvest TIme, Inc.

Kennebec Beekeepers Association

Maine Hosta Society

Maine Stream Therapy

McKee Law, LLC, P.A.

On Track Agility Club of Maine

One Heart Massage Therapy

Raising The Bar LLC.

Robbins Lumber East Baldwin

The Real Estate Learning Group

TREEKEEPERS LLC. Johnson's Arboriculture