Trekkers Expands Staff with Program Director and Director of Development Hirings

Kate Elmes, Director of Development

Trekkers, a local outdoor-based youth mentoring organization, is pleased to announce that Kate Elmes and Rob Reilly have both joined the Trekkers team in September.

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. She can be reached at Kate joins Paula Coyne, Trekkers Grant Coordinator/Development Associate on the development team.

Rob Reilly, Program Director

Prior to joining the Trekkers team as Program Director, Rob Reilly was the Director of Adventure Programming at Kieve-Wavus Education, Inc. and was a corporate trainer/lead facilitator at Ridgeline Consulting Group. His background includes experience as a Rock Climbing Guide and a Corrections Officer in Pennsylvania and Maine. He is a graduate of the John Ruskin School in England and is a Certified ACCT Challenge Course Manager and a AMGA Rock-Climbing Instructor. In his free time, he loves reading, running, rock climbing, camping and skiing. Rob lives in Hope with his wife and three children. He can be reached at

“Trekkers greatest asset has always been our incredible, talented staff”, said Amie Hutchison, Executive Director. “We are all so thrilled to continue that tradition by adding two experienced, dedicated professionals to our team.”

Join Trekkers at their annual auction on November 3rd at the Owls Head Transportation Museum for an opportunity to meet Kate, Rob and the rest of the Trekkers team.

Trekkers is a non-profit organization providing a long-term program that connects young people with caring mentors and leverages out-of-classroom expeditionary learning to help them grow into resilient and responsible adults. Trekkers was founded in 1994 as an outdoor-based, youth mentoring organization that now serves 240 seventh through twelfth-grade students from the Midcoast communities of Owls Head, Thomaston, South Thomaston, Rockland, Cushing and St. George. In 2017, the Trekkers Training Institute was founded to train other youth development professionals throughout the state in the Trekkers model. They can be reached at 207-594-5095 and



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