Sustain Wayne Leadership


Sam Saunders – President – Sam Saunders grew up in Wayne but after leaving for college spent 10 years away in the restaurant business. He returned to Wayne in 2006 with his wife, Kate, to raise their family. They now have three children, two of whom attend Wayne Elementary School. Sam works in the family pottery business, Wayne Village Pottery.

Chris McKee –  Vice President – Chris McKee is also a Wayne native. He has worked at Geiger for 20 years and is now Vice President of Corporate Programs. He and wife Kim have two boys, who attend Maranacook Community Middle School.  Winters find Chris on the slopes co-coaching the MCMS ski team.

Tammy Birtwell – Treasurer – Tammy Birtwell was raised  in Turner and graduated from Leavitt Area High School. She and husband Mark have 4 children. The Birtwells bought a farm on the Besse Rd. and have been raising their our own food for several years. Tammy is  passionate about her community and the importance of supporting local businesses.

Margot Gyorgy – Secretary – Margot Gyorgy spent her youth in Wayne, and despite living in other states for nearly 25 years, she never felt very far away. She and her family moved back to Wayne in 2009. Feeling the need to connect the community around environmental and economic issues, she founded Sustain Wayne in 2012 and served as its Executive Director from the organization’s inception through November 2016.

Dean Gyorgy – Dean Gyorgy owns a marketing communications agency in Wayne, specializing in photography, video and web design. He enjoyed 20 years in journalism and sports marketing before returning home to begin his business in 2010. He’s a Readfield native and Maranacook grad, married to his high school sweetheart and happy to see his three children spend their youth in our wonderful community.

Alberta Longone-Messer – Alberta Messer has worked for over 30 years as a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. Her clinical work experience includes private practice, school/college health centers, community health centers and volunteer medical missions. She continues to focus her efforts on the health needs of the underprivileged both locally and in the region of Escuintla, Guatemala. In 2007, Alberta, along with her husband of 47 years, Bill, moved to Wayne. They have three children and 9 grandchildren. The Messer family loves Wayne for its quite simplicity, the lure of its lakes and Loons and, most importantly, its people. They will work hard to help insure that the beauty and the unique charm of Wayne is sustained for all generations to follow.

Michelle Murray – Michelle Murray spent summers in Wayne with her family before moving here in 1973 to start elementary school.  She attended college in Boston and then moved to various states along the East Coast with her husband and children. Her love of her home town and fond memories of Maranacook High School inspired her to move back in 2011 with her daughters, and she is so glad that she did!

Kristin Murray-James – Kristin Murray-James moved to Maine from New York in 1997. She and her husband Nate settled in Wayne in 2000. Their daughters attended Wayne Elementary School and are now at Maranacook Middle and High School.

Rich Rothe – Rich Rothe lives in Leeds with his wife Barbara. They have two daughters and two grandchildren. Rich has worked for many years as a planning consultant to Maine municipalities and state agencies and is now semi-retired.

Cindy Townsend – Cindy is co-owner of Cranberry Rock Farm, located in Winthrop at the foot of Mt. Pisgah. She is a MOFGA certified organic growers, using holistic management practices with aim of creating a self-sustaining system that feeds the soil and heals the landscape. She a knowledgeable advocate for a robust local food economy.

Executive Director

Gina Lamarche – Gina Lamarche moved from a Board position into the Executive Director’s role by unanimous vote in November 2016. She has a long history of non-profit administration, most recently as Director of Membership and Programs for Kennebec Land Trust. Prior to her work with KLT, Gina organized the Maranacook Online Buying Club, an online farmers market. She and husband Jon operate Old Firehouse Farm, a seasonal cafe and pottery studio overlooking the Mill Pond in Wayne.

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