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A former classroom horticultural science teacher (grades 6-12) and adjunct professor of Sustainable Agriculture at Kennebec County Community College, Ryan's career stems from a belief that every child deserves access to Maine's Great Outdoors. A "Source Sustainability Award" recipient (2018), Ryan has held leadership roles with California-based green media company 'The Lexicon of Sustainability', UMaine Cooperative Extension, MaineShare, and most recently developing international programs with New Hampshire based 'The Tilton School'. Ryan holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and a Master's degree in Sustainable Food Systems. Ryan lives in Hallowell with his wife and two young children..
Board of Directors
Sammee Quong, President
Jen Smith, Treasurer
Hillary Schultz, Secretary
Lauren is a Unity College graduate with a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Biology. She spent a summer conducting wood turtle research in Central Maine and has worked for Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife as an Island Steward. Her passions include painting, bird watching and fishing.
Bethany is passionate about the Kennebec Valley community. She has spent her career working for local nonprofit organizations and companies where she has experience in office management, development, and marketing. She currently serves on the Board of Director's for the Augusta Food Bank and is the local chairperson for the Fresh Air Fund. A Maine native, Bethany has spent much of her life exploring all this great state has to offer. You can find her hiking a local trail, kayaking down a river, or camping with her family.
Originally from Texas, Harrison studied Biology and Sociology then moved to Colorado to work as a river ranger in the Gunnison Gorge. He then started working with Environmental Travelling Companions in San Francisco as the operations manager. He moved to Odaho where did plant and soil surveys with the University of Montana alongside the Bureau of Land Management in the Bruneau Desert and Owyhee. When he's not tromping around a desert or in a river you can find him out on a bike ride, eating pizza, reading, or wandering around talking to strangers.
Retired Maine State Employee with 40 years of service. Former ASPIRE Case Manager (Welfare to Work). Five years employed at Maine DEP, Water Bureau, Office of Engineering and Technical Assistance. Small Community Grants program. Provided financial assistance to low income homeowners needing leach field upgrades.
A former public school art teacher, Marie is enjoying semi-retired life as the owner and sole proprietor of Red Door Pottery, a central Maine clay art store. Marie assists with various administrative functions around the office, our summer camp, and greeting guests in our Visitor Center.