Amie HutchisonAmie Hutchison, Executive Director ~

Amie is Trekkers’ Executive Director as of March 7, 2016. She attended the University of Maine at Orono and Hunter College in New York. Her previous work includes serving as Executive Director of the P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center and Program Director at Youthlinks. Amie has admired the work of Trekkers for years, and is thrilled to be part of the Trekkers team, helping to guide the organization to its next amazing 22 years. Amie has deep roots in the community. She grew up in Rockport and is a member and past President of Rockland Rotary. She is a CrossFit coach and retired roller derby skater. She lives in Thomaston with her husband and two dogs.

Meredith Lynt, Director of Trekkers Training Institute for Youth Development ~

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Meredith has been working on behalf of youth for over a decade and has been inspired by and committed to Trekkers for most of that time. Meredith has facilitated Trekkers’ growth and development from an organization of one to an organization of many while ensuring that fidelity to culture, values, philosophies and practices remain genuine to who and what Trekkers is. As the Director of Trekkers Training Institute for Youth Development,  Meredith hopes to inspire other youth development professionals to create state-wide systemic change in raising aspirations in young people. Prior to her role as the Director of the Institute, Meredith worked directly with Trekkers’ youth as a Program Manager and then transitioned to developing staff and overseeing the general direction of programs as our Program Director.  Meredith has a B.S. in Sociology and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Maine Association of Non Profits. Beyond Trekkers, Meredith has worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, Youthlinks and Forrester Research. Meredith fell for her husband (and Trekkers volunteer!), Adam, in a bat cave on a Trekkers trip to the Pacific Northwest. They now live together in Rockland, Maine with their dog, Taxi.

Paula CoynePaula Coyne, Director of Development ~

Paula is Director of Development as of June 2016. She comes to Trekkers with 25 years of experience in non-profit fundraising, administration and leadership. She holds an M.S.Ed. From Bank Street College of Education as well as degrees from Charter Oak State College and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Most recently Paula was Director of Development for P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center in Camden. Prior to that she worked in development and admissions at an independent school in New Haven, CT. Her diverse skills and personal values make Trekkers a natural fit.

Says Paula, “I enjoy working with good people who are dedicated to a worthy cause and I’ve more than found that in the Trekkers staff and Board of Trustees.”   After 25 years “away”, Paula and her husband, Bill, recently returned to Maine to continue living the good life with family and long-time friends.

Trekkers Hires Alaina Ennamorati as new Development AssistantAlaina Ennamorati, Senior Manager of Programs ~

Alaina is Trekkers’ Senior Manager of Programs. She has a Master’s in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and an undergraduate degree in Journalism and Spanish minor from Northeastern University in Boston. Alaina served as a Program Coordinator through AmeriCorps at Trekkers from 2012-2013, taking on many mentoring and leadership roles. She has been in the Program Manager role for two and a half years and is excited to now be the Senior Manager of Programs. She loves being part of such an engaging, empowering organization and looks forward to continue making more memories with amazing students and adults in the community.

Hannah Tannebring, Program Manager  ~

Hannah TannebringHannah is a Trekkers’ Program Manager. She holds a B.S. in environmental science from the University of Vermont. Hannah spent 2012-2014 as an Island Institute and Americorps Island Fellow, serving as the Service-Learning Coordinator with Maine island schools, and as the After School and Garden Program Coordinator at the Jackson Memorial Library. Hannah has a background in farming, and loves to hike, swim, make sandwiches, read, garden, travel, sing goofy songs, and laugh with friends and family. She is excited to be a part of Trekkers, and to continue working closely with youth in communities that have become her home.

Brandon CaronBrandon Caron, Program Manager ~

Brandon is a Trekkers Program Manager. He has a B.A. in Outdoor Education with a concentration in Adventure Leadership from Johnson State College in Vermont. He is an alumnus of Trekkers and has served as an expedition leader, mentor and AmeriCorps member. He has worked with local youth in a number of different roles as well as in Vermont as a mentor for Laraway Youth and Family Services. Brandon is excited to rejoin the community and continue building relationships through Trekkers as it continues to grow. He not only believes in, but has experienced, the power and importance of youth being connected to their community. In his free time, you’ll likely find him on a mountain, in the woods, on the water or in a hammock.

lindsey-evansLindsey Evans, Program Manager ~

Lindsey is excited to be joining Trekkers as their newest Program Manager. She has many years of experience working with youth of all ages and leading student trips around the U.S.  Lindsey grew up in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Community Recreation. Her passion for travel and adventure was sparked after college when she spent almost two years living abroad in Southeast Asia and Australia. She eventually found her way to Maine in 2013 through AmeriCorps when she spent a year serving at Trekkers, and has since volunteered on several trips. When she’s not in the office, you can find her near the water or out exploring in the Camden Hills. Lindsey is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her enthusiasm for the outdoor world and to continue connecting with the Midcoast Maine community.

anna-youngAnna Young, 2016-17 AmeriCorps VISTA ~

Anna is Trekkers’ AmeriCorps VISTA as of August 2016. She graduated in May 2015 from St. Lawrence University with a B.S. in Biology. She grew up in South Burlington, Vermont, and moved to Midcoast, Maine last year to pursue a career in medicine. Anna has previously worked as a Tennis Pro, a youth counselor at the King Street Center in Vermont, and a medical assistant at a few practices in both Vermont and Midcoast, Maine. Anna recently had a total change of heart and made the decision to join AmeriCorps to seek out alternative career paths. She is so excited to be working with the Trekkers staff to get involved in the community. When not at the office, Anna likes to be outdoors, play sports, Crossfit, cook, do arts and crafts, and play with her new puppy, Finley!


Jordan Carpenter & Matthew Ansart, 2017 AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates

Trekkers is pleased to announce that Matthew Ansart and Jordan Carpenter have joined the Trekkers team for the summer as our AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates. Matthew and Jordan are graduates of Oceanside High School, Class of 2015, and Trekkers alumni. They have been part of the Trekkers program as student leaders and adult volunteer leaders, and will continue to “live in the moment” at Trekkers this summer as AmeriCorps VISTA Summer Associates.

Matthew joined Trekkers in the 7th grade and participated in the program for the six-year duration. In 11th grade, he completed Trekkers student leadership program and served as a student leader on several expeditions. Since graduating high school in 2015, he has volunteered on many Trekkers expeditions as an adult volunteer. Matthew has attended various colleges to further his education, and decided to take a gap year before going back to school. Matthew’s primary responsibility at Trekkers will be participating as a leader on two expeditions and helping with pre- and post- expedition logistics. This fall, Matthew will be attending Washington County Community College to study Adventure Recreation & Tourism, with an aspiration to obtain a degree in Outdoor Education.

Jordan joined the Trekkers program in 11th grade, and immediately became involved with the student leadership program, as well as participating in her first expedition. Over the past four years, she has been a volunteer leader for multiple Trekkers expeditions. After graduating high school, she began studying English with a Teacher Education Pathway (7-12 grades) at the University of Southern Maine. Since starting her Summer VISTA position at Trekkers, she is confident she wants to pursue graduate school to study experiential education. Jordan’s primary responsibility at Trekkers this summer will be participating as a leader on expeditions, as well as creating and executing a mentoring workshop for the Collaborative for Perpetual Innovation’s Maine Event: Creating Positive Climates for Youth. She’ll also be assisting with pre-expedition planning.


FinleyFinley, Trekkers’ dog

Finley is Trekkers’ office dog. She is a female yellow Lab and was born on May 31st, 2016! She loves people, toys, being outside, playing fetch, but most importantly, she really really loves food and treats! When not at the office, Finley can be found running through Camden, playing at doggie daycare, or hiking Mount Battie! She likes to brag that she is totally house broken and can sit, lie down, and stay (most of the time)! She is still working on rolling over and is making it her New Year’s resolution for 2017!

Shari Closter, Event and Communications Manager ~

Shari is the organization’s Events & Office Manager. She was born into a career Air Force family, moving every few years during her early childhood, until her Dad retired and she moved back to his hometown of Newburyport, Massachusetts. She spent her later childhood years in Newbury, Massachusetts, graduating with a BS in Marketing Degree from Southeastern Massachusetts University.  After working in various sales positions in the high tech industry in Massachusetts for several years, she moved to Maine 27 years ago to pursue a more balanced quality of life and place. She worked in government contracting and marketing for a Midcoast rope manufacturer for six years, then spent the last 17 years of her career in various leadership and management positions with the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce (formerly Rockland-Thomaston Area Chamber of Commerce). Her passion and interests are focused on building relationships and community outreach, always striving to make a difference in the local community and organizations for which she serves. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and two labs, Zoey and Lucia, reading, cooking, hiking and relaxing in her boyfriend’s camp in the Mussel Ridge channel. She lives in Owls Head, Maine.

Josie Gates, Program Assistant ~

Josie is excited to join the Trekkers’ team as the organization’s Program Assistant. She grew up in Camden and North Haven Island, Maine. After graduating from Bennington College with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Dance, she moved back to the Midcoast Maine area to complete a year of service with AmeriCorps as an afterschool Program Instructor at Youthlinks in Rockland. From 2014-2016, she worked at the Hurricane Island Center for Science and Leadership as a Program Instructor for a year; and then as Program Manager for the following two years. Josie loves to spend time outdoors, specifically hiking, swimming, and going on boat rides around Penobscot Bay. She’s thrilled to be able to work with all the Program Managers and provide support for all Trekkers programs and expeditions!

Jeannie Burnett, Volunteer & Office Manager ~

Jeannie is Trekkers’ Volunteer and Office Manager.  She grew up in Athens, Georgia and graduated with a B.A. in Environmental Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Since graduating, she has served an AmeriCorps year in Texas as a collegian mentor for College Forward, a college access non-profit, and worked for four years as a financial aid counselor at Southern Maine Community College, in Portland.  Outside of Trekkers, you’re likely to find her hiking with her fiancé and two dogs, drawing, growing vegetables, or exploring outdoors with a camera and a good book.  She is excited to join the Trekkers team and be a part of supporting volunteers and connecting youth with the community and the outdoors.