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Cary James

Board President

Cary's wife’s family are lifelong residents of Meddybemps and Cary became involved with the lake in 1975 when he met her. They have 3 camps there, and Cary has been actively involved in monitoring the water chemistry of the lake for over 30 years. As a teacher, Cary brought dozens of my students to the lake to engage them in understanding environmental chemistry. He has been an active member of Meddybemps Lake Association for as long as he can remember and has a life-long love of the lake, people, and communities that surround it. Cary has been involved in the Meddybemps Lake Land Trust from inception and remains committed to the success of the project. An avid cyclist, Cary completed a self-supported cross country bicycle ride from San Diego, California to St. Augustine, Florida in 2019 at age 68.


  • B.S. Chemistry from Westfield State University

  • M.S. Plant Pathology from University of Maine.


Professional Background

  • Current Consultant STEM Education Specialist Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance

  • Science Department Chair; STEM coordinator at Bangor High School

  • Co-founder of Water for Me ( a 501(3)(c) corporation

  • Co-PI National Science Foundation (NSF) grant "Engineering Innovative Solutions to Storm Water Problems through Diverse Community Participation" (award # 1348266)

  • Co-PI National Science Foundation (NSF) grant "Creating a Diverse STEM Pathway with Community Water Research" (award #1649346)

  • Pulp and Paper Foundation Maine Teacher Award, the Francis Crowe Society Honorary Engineering Degree from the University of Maine

  • New England Water Environmental Association "Public Educator of the Year" Award

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers K-12 STEM Literacy Engineer-Teacher Partnership Award

  • Presidential Award for "Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching"

  • Mentor for hundreds of environmental student research projects including 2016 “Global Good” Science Talent Search Winner Paige Brown


Professional Affiliations

  • American Chemical Society

  • American Society for Engineering Education

  • Institute of Electrical Engineers

  • National Science Teachers Association

  • Board member Lake Meddybemps Association

  • Current President of the Meddybemps Lake Land Trust

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