The Commission is a nine-member, independent board with one member nominated by each of the 8 counties with the most acreage within the Commission's jurisdiction and one member nominated by the Governor. All nominees are subject to review by the joint standing committee of the Legislature having jurisdiction over conservation matters and to confirmation by the Senate. Commission members hold staggered, four-year terms.
The Commission has ultimate responsibility for rules, adjudications, policies and other administrative decisions and holds regular monthly meetings to consider pending business. The Commission also schedules additional meetings, as needed, for example, to hold public hearings on specific projects or proposed rule changes. Each member of the Commission must have lived or worked in the unorganized areas of Maine, be familiar with the needs and issues affecting the jurisdiction, or have expertise in commerce and industry, fisheries and wildlife, forestry or conservation issues as they relate to the Commission's jurisdiction. Currently, the Commission consists of the following members:
Gwen Hilton - Starks
Commission term: July 29, 2015
Commissioner Hilton has served on the Commission since 2005. In 2013, she was appointed to the LUPC by the Somerset County Commissioners. Commissioner Hilton resides in Starks and has been working and recreating in and near the LUPC jurisdiction for about thirty years. As a municipal consultant she has provided community and land use planning services to a number of towns on the fringes of the jurisdiction, such as Greenville, Lincoln, Willimantic, Calais, and New Vineyard. She has a B. S. in Biology and a M.S. in Geoenviromental Studies.
Ms. Hilton has been involved in farming most of her life. Her family’s farm operation includes commercial forestry and hay production, and adaptive reuse of farm buildings and land for commercial storage and equestrian uses. The family’s farm has served as a facility for several non-profit youth equestrian organizations. In 1999, she and her husband, Ernie, were honored to receive the Somerset County Conservation District Outstanding Woodlot Owners of the Year award. Ms. Hilton is also very active in town government, including having served on the Starks Planning Board for several decades.
Gwen enjoys most anything outdoors, including hiking, canoeing, camping, cross-country skiing, horseback riding, gardening, and haying. Family vacations with her husband and two daughters over the past thirty years has involved activities in many areas of the LUPC jurisdiction.
Robert Dunphy - Anson
Commission term: August 20, 2015
Commissioner Dunphy was born in central Maine, and raised in Highland Plantation and Embden. Bob retired from his brother’s trucking company after 24 years. He serves as a Somerset County Commissioner, and served as Embden’s selectman, assessor, school board member and is now emergency management agency director, health officer, plumbing code inspector, and code enforcement officer. He also serves as health officer, code enforcement officer and plumbing code inspector in other towns in Somerset County. Bob is a member of Northern Star Masonic Lodge# 28 and American Legion Post 128, and is a Kora Temple Shriner.
Bob enjoys his grandchildren, reading, mechanic work, gardening, beekeeping, talking with people, and visiting Washington D.C. He and his wife, Dottie, of 43 years live in Embden where they raised three children. They have seven grandchildren.
Betsy Fitzgerald - Machiasport
Commission term: July 9, 2017
Commissioner Fitzgerald currently serves as the Washington County Manager and was appointed to the LUPC by the Washington County Commissioners in 2014. A life-long Maine resident, Fitzgerald is a graduate of the University of Maine Machias and the Edmund S. Muskie School of Public Policy at USM. Following a long career teaching high school history, government and law at Erskine Academy in central Maine, Fitzgerald returned to Washington County as the manager for the Town of Machias before moving “up the hill” to county government. A long-time code enforcement officer and plumbing inspector, Fitzgerald serves several area Washington County towns in those capacities.
Bill Gilmore - Freeman Twp.
Commission term: July 9, 2016
Mr. Gilmore has lived his entire life in the western mountains of Maine, the first 52 years in Kingfield and for the past 12 years in Freeman Twp.. Bill and his wife Cindy have been married for 39 years and have two grown children and four grandchildren. They currently live on Freeman Ridge, one mile east of the village of Kingfield.
Bill has been employed for the past 27 years with the town of Carrabassett Valley as its Tax Assessor, Code Enforcement Officer and Plumbing Inspector. Additionally he has served as the town manager for 10 of those years. Bill is currently involved with the Franklin County TIF committee, a member and past Master of Mt. Abram Lodge, and has been very active for many years in the growth and planning for Kingfield.
His hobbies include hunting, skiing, snowmobiling and spending quality time at camp on Hancock Pond.
Durward Humphrey - Benedicta Twp
Commission term: November 4, 2015
Commissioner Humphrey was born in Island Falls, Maine and resides in the Unorganized Aroostook County community of Benedicta with his wife Elizabeth. He is a 1967 Graduate of Mattanawcook Academy in Lincoln, Maine, International Correspondence School of Transportation Management, and Dale Carnegie, is certified as a Senior Certified Grants Specialist and Certified Grants Reviewer by the National Grant Reviewers Association and attended the Buckley School of Public Speaking in 2005.
Commissioner Humphrey’s professional experience includes demonstrated accomplishments in health care management, grants management & consulting, transportation warehousing distribution logistics and a Registered Master Maine Guide. Since 2000 he has served as the CEO of Katahdin Valley Health Center a Federally Qualified Health Center with sites in Patten, Island Falls, Millinocket and Houlton, Maine.
Commissioner Humphrey has served on several non –profit boards such as president, Vice president and past President of the Maine Primary Care Association since 2000, presently serves as a director of the Patten Lumberman’s Museum, Patten, Maine and Health Services Foundation, Houlton, Maine, past member of Patten Ambulance Service Advisory Committee, past President and Founder of 2 Snowmobile Clubs, and past member of Presque Isle Rod and Gun Club. He has also served as an elected official of the Hampden, Maine Zoning board of appeals, is currently serving his second elected term on the Aroostook County Budget Committee representing the Unorganized Territories. He is a Harley Owners Group Life member and a Registered Master Maine Guide for over 25 years.
Commissioner Humphrey enjoys time with his wife of 45 years their grandchildren, two sons and friends, hunting, fishing, being and guiding in the great outdoors in general.
Charles P. Pray - Millinocket
Commission term: July 9, 2017
Charles Pray of Millinocket, has lived most of his life in Maine’s unorganized territory from 1953 when his family moved from East Millinocket to Ripogenus where he attended a one-room school until 1959. Pray attended Ricker College in Houlton in 1964-66 and enlisted into the U.S. Air Force in 1966 served as a Tactical Aircraft Controller and served in Southeast Asia in 1966-67, graduated from the University of Maine at Orono, with a degree in Political Science and minors in Economic and Education. While enrolled in the university he worked in the family business, Pray’s Cottages & General Store in T3R11. He and his wife Nancy became second generation owners in 1980 catering to outdoor enthusiasts enjoying hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor activities for over six decades to 2008. Pray was licensed as a Maine Guide for about 25 years until other obligations left him little time to guide.
Pray was elected to the State Senate in 1974 representing Piscataquis/Northern Penobscot Counties from 1975 through 1992. He served as an Advisor at the U.S. Department of Energy and served as White House liaison during the Clinton Administration after which he consulted for onsite energy generators in Regional Transmission Organizations hearings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and advised on-site generators in the New York City Recovery Act pending in Congress after September 11. Governor Baldacci appointed Pray State Nuclear Safety Advisor overseeing the Decommissioning of the State’s sole nuclear plant, 2003 to 2008.
Pray was appointed Director of Congressional Affairs for the National Nuclear Security Administration in the Obama Administration in Washington, DC from the end of 2009 serving through early 2011.
Pray served six months as Interim Town Manager for the town of Millinocket in 2012 and 2013. He is currently a semi-retired consultant on public and political affairs. He is involved in several community activities serving as President of Millinocket’s Public Television programing, KAT-TV, and is a Life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and the Disable American Veterans.
Mike Theriault - Greenville
Commission term: July 9, 2016
Comissioner Theriault summered in the Moosehead Lake region as a child until his family relocated to Rockwood in 1985. He has remained in Greenville and has owned and operated Mike Theriault Construction, LLC since 1996 as well as having a work history in the forestry business. He has served as a Selectman for Greenville and is currently on the School Board for Greenville Consolidated Schools.
Mike lives in Greenville with his wife and three children. Outdoor interests include boating, skiing, hiking, walking and spending time with his family and friends.
Paul J. Underwood - Presque Isle
Commission term: March 13, 2017
Everett Worcester - Orneville
Commission term: May 22, 2017
Commissioner Worcester started out his career as an educator. He is a graduate of Washington State Teachers College in Machias with a Bachelor of Science, has a Masters of Education Degree in math/science from the University of Maine in Orono and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He has taught from the 4th grade through graduate level, was a Peace Corp Volunteer, and has been an administrator at various levels including as the State Director of the Bureau of Louisiana Assessment of Educational Progress. In 1975 he and his wife Lee moved back to Maine and in 1978 he earned a real estate brokers license and has been self employed ever sense. In 1991 when appraisal licensing went into effect he became a Certified General Appraiser. He has owned his own agency and practiced real estate brokerage and appraisal for many years and now concentrates on appraisal work in Piscataquis, Somerset, and Penobscot Counties. He has also developed and taught many real estate and appraisal continuing education courses. He has been a private pilot since the early 1970’s and he built and flew a two place, experimental, open cockpit bi-plane for many years.
He and his wife Lee own a blueberry farm in Orneville Twp. and harvest some 30 acres of Maine low bush blueberries each year. Most of their product goes to the fresh market through farmers markets’, road side stands, and local grocery stores. They also have a value added business selling 14 products based from their own wild blueberries. In addition, they own and manage some 200 acres of woodland in Orneville. They also own a traditional Maine camp, out house and all, on an island in Sebec River 4 miles up river from Milo. Lee and Everett have one daughter, Courtney, who is an attorney in Boston and a Golden Retriever named Blue.