Don Carpenter

Don Carpenter, Executive Director ~

Don is Executive Director of Trekkers. He holds a Masters of Science in environmental education from The Audubon Expedition Institute and Lesley University. He has over nineteen years of experience working with young people and is the founder of several youth serving programs including: Cross-trainers, Urban Youth Advocates (both located in Pittsburgh, PA), as well as The Funky Chicken Day Camp. Don believes that programs don’t change lives, relationships do and has dedicated his life to the business of relationship building.


Mere (2)Meredith Lynt, Program Manager ~

Meredith is Trekkers’ Program Manager. She has a B.S. in Sociology and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Adventure Education through Prescott College. Prior to Trekkers, Meredith worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and held many volunteer roles with Trekkers as AmeriCorps VISTA, mentor, expedition leader, and Board member. Meredith has been inspired and moved by the community of students, volunteers, and leaders that have built Trekkers into the dynamic program it is today and is excited to help lead the program into the future.


IMG_0165Emily Carver, Program Manager ~

Emily is a Trekkers’ Program Manager. She has a bachelors degree in International Relations from Beloit College and plans on working towards a masters degree in Counseling. Her previous youth work included teaching, facilitating groups and coordinating for under served youth in Wisconsin, which eventually led her to Trekkers. Emily was the AmeriCorps volunteer for Trekkers during 2009-2010 and is so happy to be back working in such an amazing organization. She loves reading, playing games, coffee, the ocean, running, white water rafting, rock climbing, sewing costumes, dancing on the Trekkers bus and art projects.



Sarah Young, Program Manager   ~ Sarah Profile Pic

Sarah is Trekkers’ newest program manager. She holds a master’s degree in Conflict Transformation with a focus in Youth Program Leadership from SIT Graduate Institute. Sarah counts her research fellowship in Germany, her tenure as an ESL teacher in Russia and her Peace Corps service in Zambia among the highlights of several years spent living abroad. She also worked as a program facilitator for the State Department-sponsored Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. Sarah is an avid runner, hiker and cyclist who loves being outdoors. When she’s not on the move, Sarah enjoys reading, writing and doing crossword puzzles.

JeanJean Faustini, Development Coordinator ~

Jean Faustini is the organization’s Development Coordinator. She holds an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry/Mathematics from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Leadership M.B.A. from Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. Her professional experience includes more than twenty years in Quality Management for a former Fortune 100 company, with responsibility for intellectual property and regulatory compliance. Her experience working with youth includes over twenty years as a church school superintendent/teacher, and nearly ten years as a volunteer/district tutor. She has been a Trekkers parent, volunteer, tutor and a member of the board of directors. She lives in St. George, ME.



 Lindsey Evans,  Program Coordinater ~  lindsey@trekkers.orgLindsey (800x755)

Lindsey is a Program Coordinator and AmeriCorps volunteer for Trekkers. She is originally a Seattle native, but she is thrilled to have this opportunity to make the cross country journey for her next big adventure here in Maine. In 2011 Lindsey graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Community Recreation and since then has spent the past year and a half traveling and working throughout Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Besides being an outdoor enthusiast and coffee lover, in her free time she enjoys reading, painting, rock climbing, running, writing and going to concerts.



Neal Young,  ProgramNeal (800x759) Coordinater  ~

Neal Young is a Program Coordinator and AmeriCorps volunteer for Trekkers.  He grew up in Cushing and has been a part of Trekkers since joining in 7th Grade and has been a leader since 2009.  He will be a familiar face to many Trekkers. Neal is soon to complete a degree in International Studies and Economics at the University of Southern Maine. He recently spent a semester abroad learning Arabic in Amman, Jordan, has been active in Colligate Model United Nations, was a Global Educator for two Portland area high schools, helped organize the Maine Model United Nations Conference, and participated in “The Walk to End Hunger” in 2011 creating awareness about famine in Somalia. In his spare time, Neal  likes  hiking, traveling, nerdy history jokes,  the New England Patriots, reading and Settlers of Catan.



Rose Swan, Special Project Coordinator ~ rose@trekkers.orgIMG_0269 (2)

Rose is Trekkers’ new Special Projects Coordinator. She has a B.A. with an emphasis in Multicultural Community Studies from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Her professional background has focused on helping to connect a diverse range of people to their natural and social communities through such programs as service learning, environmental education and a Restorative Justice Project in Washington State. She is excited to embark on a new adventure with Trekkers that will include incorporating the PEAR Holistic Student Assessment tool which measures social and emotional resiliency of youth. She will also be helping to develop and launch a promising new program focused on igniting the career interests of local youth. When she is not working, she especially loves growing or dreaming about beautiful, edible gardens.


Alaina EnnamoratAlaina Staff Pici, Development Assistant ~

Alaina is Trekkers’ Development Assistant. She has a Master’s in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont and an undergrad 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 is excited to assist with fundraising and community outreach for such an engaging, empowering organization and looks forward to making more memories with amazing students and adults in the community.