Staff of the Kennebec Land Trust:


Theresa Kerchner

Executive Director

Theresa was hired by KLT in 2002 as the Trust first staff person to develop KLT’s stewardship and outreach programs. In 2009 she became the Trust’s first Executive Director. Theresa oversees the operations of the Trust and works with the Board of Directors and KLT staff to develop and implement organizational, land conservation, and fundraising goals.

Theresa earned a Master's degree in Ecology and Environmental Science from the University of Maine in 2002, where she developed a case study of the land use history of the Jabez Besse farm in Wayne, Maine. Her undergraduate degree is in Environmental Resource Management from Penn State University.

In 2009,Theresa and former KLT President Andrew Fisk, led an effort with Morten Moesswilde and Andrew Shultz of the Maine Forest Service to found the Kennebec Woodland Partnership, which now includes thirteen Partners. Theresa’s latest project with Ken Laustsen, also of the Maine Forest Service, is a research paper focused on the potential for developing and sustaining markets for Maine wood.

Theresa and her husband, Jim, garden, raise chickens, split wood, and enjoy their 72 acres of woodland in Wayne. Whenever possible they spend time with their grown children.

Email Theresa:

Call: 207.377.2848; Monday- Friday

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Kirsten Brewer

Director of Membership and Programming

Kirsten joined KLT in 2017 as the Director of Membership and Programming. Most recently, Kirsten worked with the Maine Commission for Community Service in nearby Augusta as the Outreach Assistant. Previously, she served at the ECHO Lake Aquarium & Science Center as an AmeriCorps member, completed an MS in Natural Resources at the UVM Rubenstein School, and then worked as an Assistant Director for the Vermont Youth Development Corps and Vermont Youth Tomorrow A*VISTA, two state-wide AmeriCorps programs.

Kirsten is pleased to now call Maine home, after many years of travelling here for camping trips and family visits.  

Email Kirsten:

Call: 207.377.2848; Monday- Thursday


Jean-Luc Theriault

Stewardship Director

Jean-Luc joined KLT in the Fall of 2014 with a strong background in Conservation planning and Trail Construction. For the past six years he has been with the Center for Community GIS in Farmington developing mapping technologies for a wide variety of clients from local land trusts to national conservation organizations. He spent most of his twenties living in Colorado, Oregon, and British Columbia exploring the expansive backcountry on foot, skis, and by bike inspired by the limitless public land available. Jean-Luc graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Environmental Studies and went on to get a postgraduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems from Selkirk College in British Columbia. A job as a trail crew leader for the Appalachian Mountain Club on their land near Greenville cemented Jean-Luc's love for the wilderness of Maine and desire to introduce more people to these areas.

Jean-Luc lives in Manchester with his daughter Neika and wife Laura an Art Teacher at Monmouth Academy.

Email Jean-Luc:

Call: 207.377.2848; Monday- Friday

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Tyler Keniston

Stewardship Assistant

Tyler joined KLT in the Spring of 2019, delighted to be working in the beautiful lands of Kennebec County in which he grew up. Spending time in the non-built environment has long been a passion of his; dating back to childhood canoe trips on Maine’s remote rivers and exercises in imagination with the small ephemeral streams of spring snow melt. His passion for experiencing life out of doors and a desire to foster intimate relationships with the surrounding environment led him to a study of Ecology & Environmental Science at UMaine, Orono. Following graduation, in 2011, he found a passion for working in Maine’s forested and rocky landscapes as a trail builder with the Maine Conservation Corps. In 2013 he joined the trail company OBP Trailworks, LLC and has since been building and rehabilitating a variety of trail types throughout New England. He has also spent time managing and harvesting White Pine timber stands, enjoying the craft of woodworking, and hiking on foot paths near and far.