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Joyner Stepping Down as President of Laudholm Trust

Posted by | February 3, 2012 | Filed under: News

WELLS, Maine, February 3, 2012 — Diana Joyner, president of the Laudholm Trust, the fundraising partner of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm, is stepping down from her position in June, according to an announcement from Bruce Read, chair of the Trust board.

A board committee has begun the search process for a successor.

“Four years ago, Diana stepped off of our board and into the interim president position at a critical time in the history of the Trust,” notes Read. “The economy had softened and we needed someone with distinct leadership skills at the helm. Diana did such an outstanding job, we asked her to stay aboard for a few more years. Under her leadership, the organization has not only grown, it’s thrived.”

Diana Joyner in front of the gazebo at the Wells Reserve at LaudholmAccording to Read, Joyner was instrumental in leading the organization through the economic downturn without staff or program reductions by trimming operational and event expenses, increasing event profits, increasing site rentals for weddings and corporate events, and developing and implementing a three-year strategic plan.

“One of our goals was to increase the visibility of the Wells Reserve at Laudholm by rebranding the organization,” adds Read. “Diana led the charge on this. We’ve reintroduced the Wells Reserve at Laudholm through new logo designs, revamped publications, an all-new website, new historical building signage and trail signs, a new trailside education program, and increased visibility in the media.”

According to Read, Joyner also created new opportunities for community involvement. “Diana developed new partnerships with local school districts, helped create some events to attract young adults and families, and recruited almost fifty new business partners and sponsors for the Trust’s signature events at the Wells Reserve – the Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival, Punkinfiddle, and Wells Reserve EcoDay.”

Joyner’s impact on the historic Laudholm campus included co-managing a renovation of the Visitor Center and the installation of new exhibits there, as well as the construction of a new entryway information kiosk.

“I’ve especially enjoyed the opportunity to work with the Laudholm Trust board and staff, the team at the Wells Reserve, and our many generous donors and volunteers,” remarks Joyner. “Like all non-profit organizations, we faced many challenges during the economic downturn. But with the extensive support we’ve received at all levels, there have been many successes that place the organization in excellent condition, financially and programmatically.

“I’ve established many new relationships that will continue to enrich my life,” adds Joyner. “At this point, it’s time to pass the helm over to an individual who will broaden the impact of Laudholm Trust while I spend more time with my family. I fully intend to be a very active supporter in the years ahead.”

Read says that the board’s search committee is now accepting online applications. Interested individuals can learn more about the position and the application process by visiting the Wells Reserve at Laudholm website at Joyner will be assisting throughout the transition.


About Laudholm Trust

Laudholm Trust, a member-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is dedicated to advancing the coastal research, education, and stewardship programs of the Wells Reserve and to preserving its historic buildings by providing monetary and in-kind support for programs, operations, and capital improvements. The Trust strives to extend its unique legacy by galvanizing community support and inspiring actions that protect Maine's coastal environments. For more information visit

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