Our Staff

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Gabe Perkins

Executive Director

Gabe is a fifth-generation resident of Bethel, Maine. Gabe was a founding board member of Inland Woods + Trails, and since 2014 has served as Executive Director. He holds a degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from the University of Maine at Farmington. He is a senior fellow in the Environment Leadership Program, and the Community Practitioners Network. He serves as co-coordinator of the Maine Trails Coalition and lives on Mason St. in Bethel with his wife, Jessie.

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Jake Burgess

Trail Steward

Jake is a lifelong Mainer originally from North Berwick and holds a bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism with a Minor degree in Outdoor Education from the University of Maine, Orono. As Trail Steward, Jake is responsible for the creation, design, management, and general stewardship of all IW+T trails. Jake is an avid outdoor recreationist, spending his free time hiking, biking, paddling, and skiing.

Eric Boyle-Wight

Eric Boyle-Wight

Operations Director

Eric developed a passion for cross country skiing through 35 years of family business at Sunday River Inn.  He has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Maine and has owned a wood products machining business for 12 years.  He is excited to apply his experience, education, and skills to help build and operate recreation trails for all abilities.  Eric’s roles at IWT include financial operations, BVT Trail Center management, trail grooming, and equipment repair.   During non-snow months, Eric enjoys boating, biking, and hiking.


Eliza Hazen

Rec Tech

Eliza Hazen (she/her) grew up in southern Maine and was lucky enough to spend time hiking and skiing in the western Maine area she now calls home. With a background in emergency medicine and public health, she spends winters as a ski patroller at Sunday River. As Recreation Technician, Eliza is immersed in trail building and maintenance and is also developing emergency plans for IW+T’s trail networks. In her free time can be found swimming, hiking, gardening or enjoying an ice cream cone. 


Henry Menz

Summer 2021 Intern

Henry is a longtime resident of Cape Elizabeth, majoring in Environmental Policy at Colby College. As an intern, he assists the trail stewards with the creation and management of trails, survey design, volunteer coordination, and other tasks. In addition to his love for traditional outdoor activities, he hopes to initiate the creation of a disc golf course right here in the Bethel Community Forest!

Board Members

Ed Easter


Jeff Sloan


Jonathan Goldberg


Shawn McGowan


Peter Southam

Beth Dobson

Karen Wilson

Robin Zinchuk

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