Staff

Meet the people who make it all happen.

Allison Carrier

Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator
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Maranda Chung

Education Programs Manager
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Susan Connolly

Director of Finance & Administration
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Dorn Cox

Research Director
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Chuck DeGrandpre

Facilities Projects Manager
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Matthew DeGrandpre

Farming Operations Manager
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Joe Grady

Deputy Director/Senior Director of Programs
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Haden Gooch

Journeyperson
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Ben Jensen

Herdsman and Livestock Manager
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Dave Herring

Executive Director
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Andrew Lombardi

Events & Public Programs Manager
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Dan Mahoney

Bookkeeper
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Marissa Mastors

Marketing & Communications Manager
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Jeannie Mattson

Director of Development & Community Engagement
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Thomas Prohl

Fruit & Vegetable Production Manager & Educator
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Jackie Stearns

Visitor Services Manager
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Randall Wade Thomas

Grants & Special Projects Coordinator
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Allison Carrier

Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator

I went to the University of Vermont and left Burlington with a degree in environmental studies and a few agriculture internships under my belt. After graduating, I set on a path towards finding work that would balance having a “grown up job” with being outdoors and doing something I loved – plus finding a community of people equally as passionate about the local food economy. Wolfe’s Neck couldn’t have been a better fit!

There is so much happening at Wolfe’s Neck every day! I chase farmers, Teen Ag crew members, and summer campers with a camera in hand to capture the fascinating moments happening here, then share these experiences with the public through emails and social media.

Off the farm, you can find me doing yoga, crafts, cooking, and enjoying nature.

acarrier@wolfesneck.org

Maranda Chung

Education Programs Manager
I grew up nearby, in Brunswick, and earned my Environmental Studies degree from Skidmore College in upstate New York. While at Skidmore, I conducted research to analyze local food systems and got my hands dirty in the school garden. Since graduating in 2011, I’ve dedicated myself to the field of experiential education. I’ve led a variety of programs in northern California, including redwood forest hikes, marine science excursions, and cooking classes. I’m thrilled to return to my home state and join the talented team at Wolfe’s Neck Center.
In my role, I oversee our School Programs and summertime Farm Camp. I strive to create new programs that foster curiosity, community, and greater connection to the natural world.
When I’m not working, my hobbies include hosting potlucks and performing music.

Susan Connolly

Director of Finance & Administration

After 20 years in the land conservation realm and being an integral part of a growing organization supporting operations to do this amazing work along the coast of Maine, I had the opportunity to step away and explore new personal challenges.  I found the new position as the Finance & Administration Manager at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in 2016 an ideal opportunity for me to bring my experience and passion for effective organizational development to the growth and transformation currently happening here.  It is a joy to come to work every day to a beautiful location and work with a great group of people who are honoring the past and looking innovatively to the future in all diverse areas of operations here at Wolfe’s Neck Center for Agriculture & the Environment.

I have oversight of the financial management of organizational operations and seek opportunities to support all staff in creating systems to work most effectively in support of a growing and dynamic organization.

When I am not working, I spend as much time as I can outdoors enjoying Maine with my family and friends.

sconnolly@wolfesneck.org

Dorn Cox

Research Director

In addition to his work at Wolfe’s Neck Center, Dorn is a farmer working his 250-acre certified organic family farm in New Hampshire. As a founder of the FarmOS software platform and the Farm Hack community, he is passionate about sharing open source agricultural tools, software and data to accelerate innovation and quantify environmental services from regenerative agriculture. He has a PhD from the University of New Hampshire in Natural Resources and Earth Systems Science.

dcox@wolfesneck.org 

Chuck DeGrandpre

Facilities Projects Manager

I consider myself very fortunate to have grown up on dairy farms in Massachusetts prior to the Smith family recruiting my dad to come to Wolfe’s Neck Farm.  His passion for organic farming and sustainable agriculture were a perfect fit for the farm. My most formative years were spent working and learning while receiving many life lessons on Wolfe’s Neck.

The next forty years passed in a heartbeat between college, advanced vocation education while in the optical and laser technology industries. My fire service career began as a Firefighter/EMT in Lebanon, NH then in Portland, ME and finally as Fire Chief in Freeport, ME. My interest in Firefighter Health and Safety brought me to On Target Challenge, as project manger, where my team developed, marketed and facilitated physical fitness based competitions within the fire service community throughout the United States and several countries around the world.

For the past six years I’ve worked at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, now Wolfe’s Neck Center, assisting with facility upgrades, new building projects and ongoing care and maintenance of existing properties. I am excited to join the Wolfe’s Neck Center team on a permanent basis and look forward to our future growth as a leader in agriculture and the environment.

cdegrandpre@wolfesneck.org

Matthew DeGrandpre

Farming Operations Manager

I was born into the DeGrandpre family and remember my grandparents babysitting me in what is now our office space.  At Wolfe’s Neck Center I keep all the moving parts of the farm moving and well oiled!

When I’m not at Wolfe’s Neck, I enjoy the outdoors and wrenching in my home shop. 

mdegrandpre@wolfesneck.org

Joe Grady

Deputy Director/Senior Director of Programs

I grew up in the suburbs around Detroit but was lucky enough to move to Maine when I was 15. Since that big move I have grown increasingly connected to all this beautiful state has to offer. In my teens and twenties that meant getting out to surf and snowboard every chance I got; sailing, hiking, and camping also played a big role in what I did as a young adult. Fast forward through 4 years of college and a 6 month trip through Europe and South Asia and my wife and I returned to Maine to start our family and build our life.

A teacher by training, I count myself fortunate to have worked with so many amazing educators in Maine and New Hampshire. I loved teaching and never felt more at home than leading a classroom of high schoolers. My career eventually took me to a school that was also a farm and was using that farm as a tool to teach about the importance of what we eat and how its raised. At that school a passion for agriculture was kindled in me and would change my life.

Eventually I left teaching to start a small farm business with my wife Laura. In 2009 we created Two Coves Farm in Harpswell and have been there ever since. We are proud of what we have built and plan to continue raising meat and eggs on Harpswell and Brunswick pastures for years to come. On our farm, if I’m not out moving cows or chicken tractors around, you’re likely to find me training or working with our herding dogs.

I feel so fortunate to have found at WNC an organization so close to home that has such an inspiring and important mission.

jgrady@wolfesneck.org

Haden Gooch

Journeyperson

I fell in love with grazing, and working with beef cows at the previous farm I worked at, Free Union Grass Farm in central Virginia. My last season there I bought a Jersey milk cow and sold raw milk as a side project. I learned that dairy cows and the management practices that comes along with milking cows was totally different than beef, and wanted to further my education in dairy by doing an internship. I made a trip to Wolfe’s Neck, and immediately fell in love with the landscape. It wasn’t too long after that initial visit when I actually moved and started working here.

After completing the Organic Dairy Apprenticeship in 2019, I become Wolfe’s Neck’s Journeyperson, managing all non-dairy livestock on the farm.

I love playing guitar/watching live music, cooking, eating good food, drinking milk, and snowboarding.

hgooch@wolfesneck.org

Ben Jensen

Herdsman and Livestock Manager

I grew up on a small beef operation in western Montana. I earned a BS in Animal Science from Montana State University and worked in the seedstock beef cattle business.  My wife and I had twin girls 5 years ago and moved to her home state of Massachusetts to be closer to more jobs and better hospitals and services.  My wife got a job working for WEX in South Portland, and I was extremely fortunate to land a job at Wolfe’s Neck.  I was involved in the transition to organic dairy and have seen a lot of great progress and changes here.

At Wolfe’s Neck, I manage the dairy cattle and other livestock, implement and oversee the grazing plans, and also work with Matt haying and cropping.  A very big part of my job is teaching the apprentices about grazing, animal health, feeding and nutrition, and best management practices on an organic dairy.

I love spending time with my family, reading, watching football, and playing and writing music.

bjensen@wolfesneck.org

Dave Herring

Executive Director

I was immediately captivated by the beauty and the potential of this place to play a more meaningful role in the community and in securing a more sustainable future for farming and food.  The opportunity to lead the organization towards a renewed focus and vision was one that really excited me then (in 2012, when I took the job) and even more so today.

I work every day to provide the leadership and vision necessary to move the organization forward or, according to my daughters, I shovel poop.

When I’m not at Wolfe’s Neck I like to play outside as much as possible exploring Maine’s natural beauty and spending time with my wife, two young daughters and 10-year-old Berner.

dherring@wolfesneck.org

Andrew Lombardi

Events & Public Programs Manager

While I originally grew up in New England, I recently returned for a five year hiatus living in the Northwest. Before joining Wolfe’s Neck Center, my career has varied from teaching secondary education, to marine ecology in coastal Maine, and leading tours and demonstrations on a farm. Most recently I was able to be a part of the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, where I was involved in all of the amazing public programs on and off zoo grounds.

Now that I’ve moved back, I couldn’t be more excited to bring my experiences to WNC. Our Public Programs give visitors and families a chance to deepen their connection with this magical place, and to be part of that is pretty special.

When not here, I am generally running through the woods somewhere, attempting to be a chef, and trying to spend as much time outside as possible.

alombardi@wolfesneck.org

Dan Mahoney

Bookkeeper

Prior to coming to work at Wolfe’s Neck Center, I was a staff Accountant at Maine Coast Heritage Trust. That experience provided me with a deeper appreciation for the value of land conservation. I have come to believe that the most successful conservation work is achieved when individuals feel connected to the land. Through the generosity of the Smith family, the wider community and people of all ages can now enjoy this property in a variety of ways. I consider myself fortunate to be working in a capacity where my professional and personal interests are closely aligned and grateful to be part of this meaningful effort.

Outside of work, you can usually find me with a chainsaw, stacking wood, painting or mowing fields on Louds Island in Muscongus Bay.

dmahoney@wolfesneck.org

Marissa Mastors

Marketing & Communications Manager

Originally from north of Boston, I “discovered” farming after volunteering on a farm in 2009, and never looked back.  My educational and professional journey since then has cultivated a deep passion for helping others experience that sense of wonder I discovered years ago through getting my hands dirty.  When my husband and I made the decision to root back in New England, I was immediately drawn to Wolfe’s Neck, and the convergence of the ocean and forest in Maine. I feel grateful every day that I can help move this important organization forward.  I hold a B.A. from Skidmore College, an M.S. in Leadership for Sustainability Education from Portland State University, and two Permaculture Design Certificates from Israel and Oregon.

At Wolfe’s Neck Center, I manage communications for the farm, helping to spread the word about our mission and programs.  When I’m not working, you can usually find me harvesting in the garden, going on long bike rides, exploring the Maine wilderness, or baking challah.

mmastors@wolfesneck.org

Jeannie Mattson

Director of Development & Community Engagement

I grew up on an island in Maine digging in clam flats, climbing rocks and exploring the coastal woods around my house so Wolfe’s Neck feels a lot like home to me. I was educated in Maine for the most part, leaving briefly for graduate school and happily returning to live and work in our beautiful state. Most of my professional life has centered around politics and public policy where I focused on issues of conservation, environmental health and early childcare and education. Connecting people to agriculture and Maine’s coastal environment through festivals, farm to table dinners and celebrations at the farm is a wonderful way to highlight this amazing resource. My family and I are fortunate to be neighbors of the farm and live in this incredible area, and I am so happy to be part of the Wolfe’s Neck Center team.

jmattson@wolfesneck.org

Thomas Prohl

Fruit & Vegetable Production Manager & Educator

After completing my B.S degree in Sustainable Agriculture and Food systems from the University of New Hampshire, my partner Paige and I backpacked throughout Latin America. We immersed ourselves in food and culture while volunteering for nonprofits and working at research farms. We returned home to N.H, and decided to move to the coast of Maine.

I train future organic farmers at Wolfe’s Neck Center, and contribute to addressing food security, wellbeing and education in our community.

When not working, I can be found hiking, camping or paddling in Maine’s mountains and waterways.

Jackie Stearns

Visitor Services Manager

Having spent much of my life in Oregon, I developed a passion and appreciation for open space, the natural environment, and eco-friendly practices. My experience includes working with nonprofits, farms, education centers and small businesses to improve workflow, communication and marketing through the use of technology.  Wolfe’s Neck has held a special place in my heart since my first visit fifteen years ago. In fact, it was here that my husband proposed marriage!  As an avid lifelong camper, I am thrilled to be part of an organization incorporating spectacular camping, eco-focused education and sustainable agriculture in such a breathtaking setting.

jstearns@wolfesneck.org

Randall Wade Thomas

Grants & Special Projects Coordinator

I am lucky enough to live right around the corner, and ride my bike to work most days. It is has long been on my professional “bucket list” to be part of the farm, and when the opportunity to work closely with campaign chairs Tom Whelan and Carol and Joe Wishcamper arose, I knew it was the right time! Helping raise money for such a great organization and worthwhile mission is my dream job.

We are Sugarloafers during the winter weekends, and boaters and sailors during the summer here on Casco Bay.

rthomas@wolfesneck.org

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