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Pam Erickson, Founder/Executive Director13_Melissa-Mullen-Photography

“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)


Janet Gannon, Summer Programs CoordinatorJanetPicture

“It is not the answer that enlightens but the question.”  –Eugéne Ionesco

Related Activities
• Lab Instructor in Marine Biology and Evolution, Bowdoin College (2009-present)
• Freelance writer and blogger (Sail, Cruising World, An Ocean Lover in Maine)
• Senior Biologist, Mote Marine Laboratory (2004-2008)
• Teacher, 5th and 6th grades, Tiller School of Carteret County (1998-2003)
• Educator and Supervisor, New England Aquarium, (1992-1997)
• Extensive camp counseling experience

• EdM, Harvard University (1997)
• MSNR, University of Michigan (1990)
• BPh, Miami University (1988)


Jennifer Mathews, Interim Head of School jenautumnleaves

“Often when we work toward our dreams, our dreams don’t come true, but by giving our all to them, we come true.”  –M. Nepo

Related Activities
• Business and Outreach Manager, Coastal Studies for Girls, Freeport, ME (2012-2016)
• 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

• B.A. Women’s Studies, University of Southern Maine (1992)


Suzy Sargent, Administrative Assistant

“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)


Carolyn Sass, Director of Student Life

There are things you learn best in calm, and some in storm.” –Willa Cather

Related Activities
• Clinician, Westwood Youth & Family Services, Westwood, MA (2015-2016)
• Social Worker, Newton Public Schools & Newton One-to-One Mentor Program, Newton, MA ((2104-2015)
• Solar Energy Consultant, SolarCity Corporation,San Mateo,CA (2007-2013)
• Counselor & Outdoor Trips Leader, Camps Newfound and Owatonna, Harrison, Me (Summers 2003-2006)
• Co-Facilitator, InterGroup Dialogue, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley MA (2006-2007)
• Intern, A Wider Circle, Bethesda, MA (2006)

• M.S.W. Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA (2016)
• Family Therapy Certificate Program, Boston University School of Social Work (2016)• Group Work Specialization, Boston University School of Social Work (2016)
• B.A. Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA (2007)
• Semester Program, Peace ad Conflict Resolution, American University, Washington, DC (2006)


Chelsea Verria, Admissions Associate
chelsea@coastalstudiesforgirls.orgChelsea Verria

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as foundations of timber and irrigating rivers, but as foundations of life.”  –John Muir

Related Activities
• Outdoor Environmental Educator at Nature’s Classroom, Ivoryton, CT (2013-2015)
• Farm Volunteer at Bushy Hill Nature Center, Ivoryton, CT (2014-2015)
• Program Manager and Nature Specialist at Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England Camp Hoffman, West Kingston, RI (2011, 2013-2014)
• Campus Visit Program: Student Co-coordinator at the The Office of Undergraduate Admission of Simmons College, Boston, MA (2011-2013)
• Policy Intern at Environment Massachusetts, Boston, MA (2013)
• Education Intern at the New England Aquarium, Boston, MA (2012-2013)
• Habitat Restoration Intern at Save the Bay, Providence, RI (2012)

• B.S. Environmental Science (minors in biology and sustainability), Simmons College (2013)
• Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL) Travel Course Program: Sustainability Through Community — Lessons from Iceland (2012)


John Wensman, Director of Teaching and Learninghot johncrop

“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!