2018 Candidates for Election

Below are biographies for candidates up for election at the 2018 Annual Meeting, which will be held August 27 from 5-7 pm at the Orleans Yacht Club. OCT members are encouraged to vote at the meeting, online at https://orleansconservationtrust.org/vote/ or via an absentee ballot. Individual members who made a gift of at least $25 during the past year are entitled to a vote, and if you are a two-person household, and made a gift of at least $50 during the past year, you are entitled to two votes. 

Slate of Trustees

Charlie Carlson
Charlie chairs OCT’s Land Acquisition Committee and leads fundraising for these acquisitions.  Outside of OCT, he enjoys a broad menu of outdoor activities with family in Orleans and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Nauset Heights Association. Charlie was the founder and President of Family Office Management Services Inc., a company that assists wealthy families with their personal and financial affairs, which he sold in 2017.  He now provides consulting to high net worth families through Carlson Advisory Services LLC. Previously, he served as COO and General Counsel for Cabot, Cabot & Forbes and Corporate Realty Investment Company and as an associate at the law firm of Sherburne, Powers & Needham (now Holland & Knight) in Boston. Charlie received his B.A. from Harvard College and his J.D. from George Washington University.

Sharon Davis
Sharon spent most of her professional career in institutional advancement at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, the Bancroft School, and as a consultant for Boston College and Clark University. In 2005, she received a certificate in landscape design, and has been a practicing landscape designer since. An active community volunteer throughout her lifetime, she served on a number of boards in Worcester, including United Way, the YWCA and Big Brothers/Big Sisters. Locally, she is the past president of the Nauset Garden Club, a volunteer in the LCOC garden, and a trustee of the Orleans Conservation Trust.

Jamie Demas
Jamie was named a Trustee for OCT in September 2017 to fill a vacancy on the board. She enjoys writing and has contributed to each of the past two newsletters. Jamie had a long career in publishing, most recently as Sr. Vice President of Finance & Administration for Macmillan Learning. At Macmillan Jamie managed a large team responsible for finance, operations, facilities, real estate strategy, and contracts. She was instrumental in ushering this $250 million educational publisher into the digital age. Since leaving Macmillan, Jamie started a consulting business and has been splitting her time between Boston’s South End and the Bakers Pond area of Orleans. She currently serves as Treasurer for both the Orleans Pond Coalition and a dog park she founded in Boston. Jamie fell in love with Boston while attending Boston University and has lived there since graduating with a B.A. in English. She enjoys gardening, bird watching, and hiking with her partner, Eugene, and their two labradoodles.

Sue Meisinger
Sue chairs OCT’s Governance Committee.  She retired as President and CEO of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and has been a consultant and writer on human resource management issues. Prior to joining SHRM, Sue served as Deputy Under Secretary in the U.S. Department of Labor. She has extensive non-profit board experience, and currently sits on the advisory board for the College of Business of the University of Mary Washington.  She has also served on the Board of the National Academy of Human Resources (of which she is a Fellow), the World Federation of People Management Associations, SHRM, the HR Certification Institute, Certified Financial Planners Board of Standards, the Ethics Resource Center, and Women’s Policy, Inc. She also has corporate board experience with BE&K, a heavy industrial construction company. She received her J.D. from George Washington University.

Robert Moore
Bob is a graduate of Davidson College and received a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School.  After military service he practiced tax law with the law firm of Miller & Chevalier in Washington, D.C. for forty years.  In addition to corporate tax litigation Bob had a number of matters involving tax-exempt organizations.  Since retiring to Orleans Bob has been involved primarily in mediation matters and issues concerning wastewater.  He has served on the board of Cape Mediation for six years, has been a board member of Orleans Can for four years, and has been an active member of the Orleans Pond Coalition.

Judy Scanlon
Judy’s family moved to Orleans in 1970. She received an A.A. Degree at Cape Cod Community College, and a Bachelor’s in Marine Biology from Roger Williams University. Her professional career included employment at WHOI and NOAA/NMFS in Woods Hole, and Battelle Ocean Sciences in Duxbury. She also worked at Suffolk University managing their occupational safety and health, and environmental compliance programs. Judy returned to Orleans in 1997 and started a farm/greenhouse business and re-opened the historical farm stand next to her family home, which she and her husband continue to operate. Judy is an active community volunteer and serves on several town appointed committees.  She has been involved with the town’s environmental resource management efforts and marine and freshwater pond water quality monitoring programs for the past 18 years. Judy has also has been an active member of the OCT Board of Trustees.

Steve Koehler
Steven Koehler chairs OCT’s Finance Committee.  He has a BA in Management Science from Duke University and a MBA from Northwestern Kellogg School in Finance and Accounting. He spent 38 years in the financing and accounting field, with healthcare and pharmaceutical companies. He served as Chief Financial Officer of a NASDAQ-listed company, and later as Chief Accounting Officer of Schering-Plough Corporation. Steve has also volunteered as treasurer for several churches and on the Board of IGI Laboratories. He has an interest in botany and natural history.


Slate of Non-Trustee Nominating Committee Members

David Lyttle
David Lyttle is President of the Ryder and Wilcox company in Orleans. He is a former OCT Trustee, and has served as a member of and chaired the OCT nominating committee from 2014-present.

Judith Brainerd
Judy was a computer training manager for MassMutual, before retiring and moving to Eastham, where she served on the Eastham Land Bank and Open Space Committees. She moved to Orleans in 2007, and served as a trail steward for OCT. She has served on the Orleans Conservation Commission, and was a member of the OCT nominating committee for the past two years.

Susan Milton
Susan Milton served on OCT’s board of directors from 2001 to 2011, and as board president from 2008 to 2010. The retired newspaper reporter lives and gardens near Skaket Beach. She served as a member of the OCT nominating committee the past two years.

Seth Wilkinson
Seth Wilkinson served on the OCT Board for nearly ten years. He was involved with many land management activities during his time with OCT. Seth is President of Wilkinson Ecological Design in Orleans.