Amie Hutchison, Executive Director ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ~ email@example.com
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 Coyne, Director of Development ~ Paula@trekkers.org
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.
Alaina Ennamorati, Senior Manager of Programs ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ~ email@example.com
Hannah 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 Caron, Program Manager ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Evans, Program Manager ~ email@example.com
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.
Shari Closter, Event and Communications Manager ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
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 ~ email@example.com
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 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Katie Jacob, 2017-18 Institute AmeriCorps VISTA ~ email@example.com
Katie is the Trekkers Institute 2017-18 AmeriCorps VISTA. She grew up in Thomaston, Maine and is a Trekkers Alumna of the class of 2015. Since graduating from Oceanside High School, Katie served as an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Member in the Pacific Region. After finishing her term in 2016, Katie traveled to Lander, Wyoming to obtain her license as a Wilderness E.M.T. In addition to her time as a Trekkers student, Katie has also served as a volunteer on several Trekkers expeditions. Outside of Trekkers, you’ll likely find Katie hiking, kayaking, running, serving as an E.M.T., or leading her new tricycle gang “Cinnabunzz”.