Staff


Amie HutchisonAmie Hutchison, Executive Director ~ amie@trekkers.org

Amie joined the Trekkers team as Executive Director in 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 the organization continue to grow. Amie has deep roots in the community. She grew up in Rockport and is a past President of Rockland Rotary. She is a CrossFit coach and retired roller derby skater. She lives in Thomaston with her husband and their dog.


Meredith Lynt, Director of Trekkers Training Institute ~ meredith@trekkers.org

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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.


Kate Elmes, Director of Development ~ kate@trekkers.org

Kate serves as Trekker’s Director of Development, working to build Trekker’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. Kate is passionate about helping individuals and families make a meaningful impact in their community through an investment in Trekkers. Prior to joining the Trekkers team, Kate was a Development Officer at the Island Institute and worked at Kieve-Wavus. Kate holds a B.A from Lesley University with Degrees in Women’s Studies and Political Science. In her free time, Kate is active on numerous boards that foster youth and female leadership in Maine. Kate lives on Vinalhaven Island with her Mississippi mutt, Piper.



Paula Coyne

Paula Coyne, Grant Coordinator/Development Associate ~ Paula@trekkers.org

Paula is our Grant Coordinator/Development Associate. She came to Trekkers in 2016 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.


Hannah Walsh, Program Manager  ~ hannah@trekkers.org

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@trekkers.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-evansLindsey Veilleux, Program Manager ~ lindsey@trekkers.org

Lindsey has many years of experience working with youth of all ages and leading student trips around the U.S.  She 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 ~ shari@trekkers.org

Shari is the organization’s Event & Communications 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 almost 30 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 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.


Cathy Lookabaugh, Volunteer and Administrative Coordinator ~ cathy@trekkers.org

Cathy is Trekkers’ Volunteer and Administrative Coordinator. She holds a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Maine at Orono. After college, Cathy spent three years living on the Big Island of Hawaii where she studied sea turtles for the Hawaii Island Hawksbill Turtle Recovery Project. Cathy found her way back to Maine in 2017 and began working with the Maine Conservation Corps. During her off time, you would likely find her exploring nature on a hike, in kayak, or on a camping trip. Cathy is excited to have the opportunity to connect to the Midcoast Maine community and share her passion for volunteerism and the outdoors.


Jamie Camber, Bookkeeper ~ jamie@trekkers.org

Jamie is Trekker’s Bookkeeper.  She has joined the Trekkers team after being in the Financial Services industry in Southern, Maine for many years, holding positions in Accounting and Finance.  In addition to working for Trekkers, she is also sub-teaching in the local schools.  Early on in her career, she taught Sunday School and was a camp counselor for Senior High youth.  She enjoys being involved with youth which makes Trekkers an ideal fit for her interests and passion.  Jamie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Maine.  She has been a supporter of Trekkers for many years and is excited to become part of the team of a great organization.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, gardening, traveling and just being outdoors.  She lives in South Thomaston.


Shale Peters, AmeriCorps Volunteer 2018-2019 ~ shale@trekkers.org

Shale is one of Trekkers AmeriCorps volunteers for the 2018/2019 year. Shale is one of many Trekkers Alumni students, throughout her 6 years as a student in Trekkers she built a strong bond with the Organization. She continued to volunteer with the organization after she graduated from Trekkers and is excited to continue her Trekkers career and build new relationships within the community. She has seen what the Trekkers experience has done for many students and adults and is enthused to see the continual growth of the Trekkers organization. Shale is continuing post-secondary education through University of Maine at Augusta with a self-designed communications degree. In her off time, you can find her near the ocean often beach combing, or out on the water. She enjoys traveling to any new destination to see and learn new things.  Shale lives in Thomaston with her family and wandering dog.


Katlyn Rich, AmeriCorps Intern ~ katlyn@trekkers.org

Katlyn is one of our newest AmeriCorps interns. In May of 2018 she received a B.S. in University Studies from the University of Maine at Orono with focus areas in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Mathematics. Katlyn grew up in Tenants Harbor and was able to watch her brothers and friends learn and grow from the many benefits of Trekkers. The organization has always been something to admire for Katlyn, although she didn’t have the privilege to go through the program herself. Because of this, she is very excited to finally be a part of the Trekkers team and continue to be a part of the community that she grew up in. Katlyn enjoys spending time in the outdoors, particularly near any body of water, as well as with friends and family.