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IMG_7768Pam Erickson, Founder/Executive Director

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,talented,and famous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of (God). Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory that is within us. It is not just in some if us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” Marianne Williamson

Related Activities
• Science and Wilderness Director, Kieve Affective Education, Nobleboro, ME (1994-2004)
• School Program Director, Boston University Sargent Camp Environmental Center, Hancock, NH (1989-1993)
• Naturalist, Long Lake Conservation Center, Palisade, MI (1984-1986)
• Adventure and Environmental programming at Land Between the Lakes, KY and TN; Tin Mountain Conservation Center, NH; Maine Audubon Adventure Program, ME
• New Girls Network Member, ME (2002-present)
• Maine Recreational and Sea Kayak Guide (2000-present)
• Field Study in aquaculture for Coastal Studies for Girls (Fall 2004)
• Member of the Omicron Class at the Institute for Civic Leadership, Portland, ME (2007-2008)
• Certified Let Your Yoga Dance® Instructor (2014)

• M.Ed., University of New Hampshire (1998)
• B.S. Recreation Administration/Biology/Environmental Education, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse (1985)


Melissa Conaway, Summer Programs CoordinatorMelissaConaway

“If you are always trying to be NORMAL, you will never know how AMAZING you can be.”  –Maya Angelou

Related Activities
• Science/Math Teacher, Maryvale Preparatory School, Lutherville, MD (20o9-present)
• Presenter Regional National Teachers of Mathematics Conference, Richmond, VA (2014)
• Outward Bound Educators Expedition, Potomac River, MD (2012)
• Marion S. Bowers Discovery Award, Teacher-In-Residence program National Aquarium, Baltimore, MD (2011)
• Presenter Mid-Atlantic Ecological Society of America Conference, Montclair, NJ (2011)
• Presenter Maryland Department of Natural Resources Annual Crayfish Meeting, Frederick, MD (2010)
• Science/Math Teacher, Odyssey School, Stevenson, MD (2008-2009)
• Science/Math Teacher, Barnesville School, Barnesville, MD (2005-2008)
• Variety of summer camp positions including director, MD (2000-2009, 2014)

• M.S., Environmental Biology, Hood College, Frederick, MD (2011)
• Tropical Marine Biology and Natural History field workshop, Andros Island, Bahamas (2007)
• B.S., Biology, Minor Philosophy, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, PA (2000)
• Semester Abroad, School for Field Studies, South Caicos, Turks and Caicos Island (1998)


Amy Gaidis, Admissions AssociateAmy Gaidis

Here she comes, running, out of prison and off pedestal; chains off, crown off, halo off, just a live woman.”  –Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Related Activities
• Canvass Director, Mainers United for Marriage, Portland, ME (2012)
• Community Organizer/Canvasser, EqualityMaine, Portland, ME (2011-2012)
• Farm Volunteer, Workaway, Ostuni, Sora, Marsciano and Sciacca, Italy (2011)
• Community Based Learning Fellow, Mount Holyoke College/Pathways to Family Success, South Hadley, MA (2009-2010)
• Cabin Counselor/Waterfront Director, Friends Camp, South China, ME (Summers 2008-2011)
• Snowboard Coach, Sunday River, Newry, ME (Winters 2007-2011)

• B.A. American Studies, Mount Holyoke College (2010)


Kate Kyros, Director of Student LifeIMG_1653

The encouraging thing is that every time you meet a situation, though you may think at the time it is an impossibility and you go through the tortures of the damned, once you have met it and lived through it you find that forever after you are freer than you ever were before. If you can live through that you can live through anything. You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along’. The danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it… You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Related Activities
• Child and Family Therapist, ServiceNet Inc. In-Home Therapy Program, Greenfield, MA (2011-2013)
• Governing Body Member, Positive Youth Development Communities, Greenfield, MA (2012-2013)
• Clinician, Providence Hospital’s Acute Residential Treatment Program, Holyoke, MA (2009-2010)
• Social Worker, The Renaissance School, Springfield MA (2010)
• Director of Teen Leadership Training Program, Plantation Farm Camp, Cazadero, CA (Summers 2005-2007)
• Wilderness Therapy Guide, True North Wilderness Program, Waitsfield, VT (Seasonal, 2006-2007)

• B.A. Interdisciplinary Concentration: Psychology, Gender Studies, Farming, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA (2006)
• M.S.W. Smith College School For Social Work, Northampton, MA (2011)
• Post-Masters training in Narrative and Dialogic Clinical Practice, The Mill River Institute For Dialogic Practice, Hadenville, MA (2011-2013)


Jennifer Mathews, Business and Outreach Manager
jen@coastalstudiesforgirls.orgJen Mathews

“You cannot erase the past, but you can change the future.”  –Eleanor Rich

Related Activities
• Publicity Coordinator, Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, Graduate School of Oceanography URI, Narragansett, RI ( 2011-2012)
• Maine Small Business Owner, On Board Fabrics, Edgecomb, ME (1984-2011)
• Board Member, Juniper Hill School for Place Based Education, Alna, ME (current)
• Poetry Curriculum Design, Wheeler School, Providence, RI (2012)
• Member/Volunteer, Alumnae Association, Dana Hall School, Wellesley, MA (1982-2012)

• B.A. Women’s Studies, University of Southern Maine (1992)
• Poetry Writing, Stone Coast Writer’s Conference USM, Portland, ME (1993 )
• Continuing Studies, Brown University, Providence, RI (2010)


Suzy Sargent, Administrative Assistant
info@coastalstudiesforgirls.orgsuzy with white lamb

“The mind is everything. What you think you become.”  –Buddha

Related Activities
• Tour Guide/Deckhand, Casco Bay and Coastal Southern Maine (2010-2013)
• Tour Director, Smithsonian Student Travel, NYC, Boston and Washington, DC (2012)
• Tour Director, Canadian Maritimes (2012)
• Customer Service Representative, WEX, South Portland, ME (2011-2013)
• Freelance Graphic Artist (1997-2009)
• Interpretive Specialist, Stanislaus National Forest, Sonora, CA (1999)

• University of Southern Maine, English (1982-1985)
• International Tour Management Institute, San Francisco, CA (2009)
• Portland History Docent Certification, Portland, ME (2010)


Evelyn Smith, Admissions Associate

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”  –E.B. White

Related Activities
• Crew on Sailing Vessel Hound (2011-2013)
• Community Supported Fisheries Coordinator at Penobscot East Resource Center (2009-2011)
• Volunteer Deer Isle/Stonington High School (2009-2010)
• Sailing Instructor Seal Harbor Yacht Club (2009)
• Outreach Consultant for Mid-Coast Maine Non-Profits (2008)
• Sailing Instructor Southport Yacht Club (2004-2008)

• B.A. Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME (2011)
• University of California at Davis (2006-2008)
• Graduate of Chewonki Semester School


John Wensman, Director of Teaching and Learningjohn_wensman_web

“Now I see the secret of making the best persons. It is to grow in the open air, and to eat and sleep with the earth.”Walt Whitman

Related Activities
• English teacher & trip leader, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul MN (2000-2014)
• Fulbright Teacher, Kolkata, India (2013)
• Director, Oxbridge Academic Summer Programs, Montpellier, France (2008-2010)
• English Department Chair, Casablanca American School, Morocco (1998-2000)
• English teacher, South St. Paul, MN (1991-1998)

• M.A.T. Brown University (1991)
• B.A. French and English, University of Minnesota (1984)


Gail Worthen, Food Services Director

Gail Worthen

“I am not afraid of the storms, for I am learning to sail my ship.” –Louisa May Alcott

Related Activities
• Owner, Chebeague Island Bakery and Catering, Chebeague Island, ME (1991 – present)
• Head Baker and Food Coordinator for Events, Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, Bull Moose Bakery and Café (2003-2009)
• Co-owner/Bookkeeper, Chebeague Island Lobster Pound (1993-1998)
• Mother of daughters, Emma (20) and Addie (16)

• Johnson State College Liberal Arts Studies (1973-1975)
• Preserving Foods with Ruth Hertzburg, University of Vermont, Burlington (1974)
• Boulangerie with Claude Cote, Le Cordon Bleu, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (September 2000)
• 40 years of food exploration!