Our Team

We are Hiring!

Join the passionate and talented Wolfe’s Neck Center team. We are hiring for multiple positions.

Meet the staff members who make it all happen.

Susan Connolly

Director of Finance & Administration
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Dorn Cox

Research Director
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Molly Cooper

Education Programs Manager
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Kaiti Davis

Farm and Garden Coordinator
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Jim DeGrandpre

Director of Visitor Services
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Laura Demmel Gilmer

OpenTEAM Global Coordinator and Community Facilitator
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Ben Gotschall

Dairy Manager
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Alex Gulachenski

Farm Networks Coordinator
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Dave Herring

Executive Director
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Dwight Hobbs

Fruit and Vegetable Manager
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Andrew Lombardi

Visitor Engagement Manager
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Breton Lorway

Operations and Administrative Assistant
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Marissa Mastors

Grants & Development Manager
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Jeannie Mattson

Director of Development & Community Engagement
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Michael Messina

Visitor Programs Coordinator
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Madison Moran

Marketing and Communications Manager
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Bonnie Peters

Bookkeeper
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Thomas Prohl

Farm Operations and Systems Manager
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Sienna Zuco

OpenTEAM Communications & Membership Coordinator
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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 

Molly Cooper

Education Programs Manager

Growing up, my summers were spent on the coast of Maine at camp, where my passion for the outdoors and experiential learning blossomed. Leadership development was an essential part of life at camp and inspired me to attend Sterling College where I earned my degree in Outdoor Education & Leadership in spring of 2012.

Since then, I have had several opportunities to work in settings connecting kids with the outdoors and managing summer camp programs. Most recently I worked with the YMCA organization, managing their fundraising and grant writing efforts, and sharing stories about the importance of creating healthy lifestyles. After 4 years with the Y, it was time to find a place where I could refocus on youth and create wonderful opportunities to engage them in the natural environment.

Here at Wolfe’s Neck Center, I will be overseeing and managing the Farm Camp Programs, expanding existing offerings, and creating new programs to support our mission. I will also work to build collaborative partnerships within the organization and the local community. I am excited to encourage a strong staff in educating kids on a working farm, in agricultural gardens and exploring nature trails, marshes and the local ecosystem!

I love being outside, exploring new places along the coast and in the mountains; SUP paddling, surf skiing, canoeing, whitewater paddling, camping, hiking, biking, Nordic skiing, and anything else Maine has to offer.

mcooper@wolfesneck.org

Kaiti Davis

Farm and Garden Coordinator
Kaiti’s childhood in North Carolina was punctuated with camping trips to the Blue Ridge Mountains, picking peaches and muscadine grapes, moving box turtles from the middle of the road and exploring the woods behind her house. Being outside has always been a soothing and healing tonic from her and she’s enjoyed sharing that with friends and family, especially kids. Kaiti graduated with her B.S. in Outdoor Experiential Education from Appalachian State University tucked away in the mountains of North Carolina. After graduation, Kaiti promptly moved to Maine to work as an Educator at Baxter State Park. Kaiti fell in love with Maine’s wildness and knew that all paths would eventually lead her back here. After educating and farming up and down the East Coast for nearly ten years, Kaiti’s path lead her to a farm in Maine. Kaiti joined the Wolfe’s Neck Center team first in 2020 as a seasonal Educator and now has transitioned to a full time role as Farm and Garden Coordinator. In this role, Kaiti connects Farm Camp kids and visitors to Wolfe Neck’s Centers’ farming landscape and practices. Wolfe’s Neck Center has provided Kaiti the perfect opportunity to combine her two passions of farming and teaching. To be able to do it on such beautiful property is her absolute dream!
When not at Wolfe’s Neck Center, you can find Kaiti roaming the woods and coastline, weeding her garden, picking flowers, or drinking tea and crocheting.

Jim DeGrandpre

Director of Visitor Services
Jim arrived at Wolfe’s Neck Center over five decades ago. In October 1968, Mr. and Mrs. L.M.C. Smith invited Jim’s father, Charlie DeGrandpre to come to Maine to join them in developing their visionary organic beef farm, with a focus toward educating and demonstrating organic principles, and providing quality organic beef to a national audience Jim’s family even lived in the Little River Farmhouse, which now houses our admin offices and serves as the hub for educational programs!
These days, Jim serves as our charismatic Director of Visitor Services and helps to welcome thousands of guests to the farm every year. Jim’s expertise, historical knowledge, and passion for Wolfe’s Neck Center are an integral part of our daily operations.

Laura Demmel Gilmer

OpenTEAM Global Coordinator and Community Facilitator

I grew up on a farm in Nebraska and have always had a passion for sustainable agriculture with my first enterprise being pastured chickens and sweet corn sales. My interest in scaling soil health practices nationally and internationally through systemic changes has brought me to WNC.

I coordinate the global community for the Open Technology Ecosystem for Agriculture Management (OpenTEAM) initiative, bringing together stakeholders across the agricultural value chain to facilitate a community and technological platform to support farmers in improving soil health.  This open, collaborative community will help facilitate points of connection for farmers to better access agricultural data insights, ecosystem markets, and other conservation incentives, regardless of geography, production system or farm scale.

In my free time, I enjoy being active outside and bringing people together through a home cooked meal.

laura@openteam.community

Ben Gotschall

Dairy Manager

I was born and raised on a ranch in the Sandhills of southwest Holt County, Nebraska, where we raised beef cattle, dairy cattle and bison. I obtained an MFA in poetry, which enabled me to publish a full-length collection of poems and work as a college professor for several years teaching writing and literature before returning to agriculture full-time.

In addition to owning and managing several organic dairy, micro-dairy and creamery businesses, I have previously worked in ag policy, grassroots environmental organizing, and local food cooperative distribution. Along with my wife Tammy and our daughter Charlotte, we also operate Holt Creek Jerseys, a grass-fed dairy cattle and genetics business that I began when I was 10 years old.

Life-long learning is important to me and I look forward to helping others make the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program at Wolfe’s Neck the best it can be.  I believe that by working with nature, utilizing research, and enabling innovation, members of the dairy team here can become leaders in the exciting future of regenerative food production.

bgotschall@wolfesneck.org

Alex Gulachenski

Farm Networks Coordinator

Alex joined Wolfe’s Neck Center as the Farms Networks Coordinator with a background in agricultural research, farm community outreach, and education. She will manage the farmer networks that WNC supports (Maine Soil Health Network & New England Grazing Network), lead our on-site ecosystem monitoring and our integration with OpenTEAM as a hub farm, and serve as a mentor to research interns and openTEAM fellows. An ecologist by training, Alex views agriculture from a systems and community-centered perspective and loves building connections between food production principles, farmer wellbeing and livelihood, and food system resilience.

Prior to coming to WNC she completed her M.S. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, where she built expertise in on-farm and farmer-driven research, soil health principles, and climate resilience. While at UC Davis, she served as a mentor and educator and taught numerous classes on sustainable agriculture, agroecology, and food systems. Alex is also passionate about community organizing and food justice. In 2021 she helped start an urban farm and community garden with the non-profit NorCal Resist, which currently serves as a key source of fresh and accessible produce for NorCal Resist’s mutual aid network in Sacramento, CA.

Originally from Massachusetts, Alex is excited for the opportunity to reconnect with the New England farming community and to work and live in Maine! In her free time, she can be found exploring either on cross country skis, hiking trails, or camping, as well as cooking with friends, and working on pottery projects at the ceramic studio.

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 and two young daughters.

dherring@wolfesneck.org

Dwight Hobbs

Fruit and Vegetable Manager

Dwight moved to Maine in 2015 to start a Maine Organic Famers and Gardeners Association Apprenticeship at Morning Dew Farm in Newcastle and Damariscotta. After 5 seasons with Morning Dew, Dwight helped manage the vegetable production at Sheepscot General Store and Farm in Whitefield for two seasons before joining Wolfe’s Neck Center in April 2022. 

Before moving to Maine, Dwight grew up in Northern California’s Bay Area and studied Diplomacy and World Affairs, and Urban and Environmental Policy at Occidental College in Los Angeles. While serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA, Dwight realized that he needed experience getting his hands dirty if he wanted to help make our food systems more just, democratic and equitable. It took about a week of apprenticing on a small farm in the northern Sierra Nevada to realize growing food was what he wanted to do. Dwight is grateful for the mentorship and friendship of the farmers he’s worked for in California, Vermont and Maine, and he hopes to help create the same learning opportunities for young and future farmers at Wolfe’s Neck Center – while also growing some great food!

 In his free time he likes to stare at trees and fungi, watch soccer, talk about democracy, and slowly make his way through my ever-filling bookshelf.

Andrew Lombardi

Visitor Engagement Manager

While I originally grew up in New England, I recently returned after a five year hiatus of 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

Breton Lorway

Operations and Administrative Assistant

Originally from Massachusetts and a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, Breton’s educational background is in Environmental Studies and Studio Art. From her experience as a Communications Manager at Living Observatory in Plymouth, MA, she found  purpose in serving environmental organizations from “behind the scenes.” She has done everything from art curation in museums to NRCS soil testing, and wants to use her wide range of skills to aid non-profits with important missions. Wolfe’s Neck Center is an almost unbelievably wonderful place to bring that purpose. Not to mention, she feels lucky to drive alongside the Atlantic to work every day.

In Breton’s free time you can find her printmaking and painting, spotting sea birds on the beach, or making dinner with her best friends in Portland.

Marissa Mastors

Grants & Development 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.  I feel grateful every day that I can help move the important mission of Wolfe’s Neck Center 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.

When I’m not working, you can usually find me in my garden or exploring the Maine wilderness, spending time outdoors with my husband and daughter.

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

Michael Messina

Visitor Programs Coordinator

I had a somewhat indoorsy childhood in the near-Chicago suburbs; my first camping trip was a weeklong backpacking trip as a part of my college orientation. I’ve been trying to get back outside ever since, whether it has been for class, work, or play. I graduated from Calvin College in Michigan, double majoring in Environmental Studies and Philosophy, and have been moving from place to place ever since. I have taught basic mountain ecology to the public as a naturalist in Colorado, patrolled campsites as a Recreation Ranger for the Bureau of Land management in eastern Oregon, introduced middle schoolers to the outdoors as a 4H instructor in Bryant Pond, and taught toddlers how to ski at Sunday River before coming to Wolfe’s Neck in Spring of 2019 as a Community and Visitor Programs educator. Now my itinerant days are behind me as I look forward to hunkering down and taking root as the Education Programs Assistant here at Wolfe’s Neck.

When I’m not at Wolfe’s Neck, you can find me birdwatching, climbing fake rocks at the climbing gym, hiking, skiing, or complaining about Chicago sports teams.

mmessina@wolfesneck.org

Madison Moran

Marketing and Communications Manager

Madison joined the Wolfe’s Neck Center staff in 2022 with a background in marketing, communications, and event management. Originally from Massachusetts, Madison attended the University of Vermont where her passion for sustainable food systems flourished as a community organizer with Oxfam America focused on global food justice. After college, Madison spent a year as an AmeriCorps VISTA in Boston repurposing food waste into 250+ meals per week.  

While living in Boston, Madison found herself in Maine almost every weekend exploring all that it had to offer on foot, on skis or in a kayak. She moved to Maine in 2016 to work in a nonprofit membership and communications capacity, and immediately felt a connection with Wolfe’s Neck Center’s mission and landscape. She is deeply honored to be sharing Wolfe’s Neck Center’s story with all of you.  

In her free time, Madison continues to explore and recreate all over Maine with her partner Cody and their dog Barrett.  

Bonnie Peters

Bookkeeper

I was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania and grew up with a fond appreciation of the outdoors, particularly for all things related to the lake and the beach. I lived in Georgia during college and in 2007, moved to Southern California, where I resided until 2020. For 15 years, I worked in various roles within the hospitality/hotel management business, most of them in Finance and Accounting.

In 2020, my husband and I decided to leave Los Angeles. We wanted to adjust the pace of our life, and during COVID realized the need for more space. We chose New England, as it afforded us both of those things, and it would place us closer to family. I am grateful to be able to join Wolfe’s Neck and appreciate its focus on conservation, sustainability and research.

When I am not at the farm, I enjoy travel planning, fishing, cooking, and spending time with my husband and cat; both of whom also enjoy travel adventures with me.

bpeters@wolfesneck.org

Thomas Prohl

Farm Operations and Systems Manager

My passion for farming began after spending summers working at Spring Ledge Farm in my hometown of New London, NH. After completing my B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and Food systems from the University of New Hampshire, I spent time in Latin America immersing myself in food and culture while volunteering for nonprofits and working at research farms. I returned to the Northeast and found a home here at Wolfe’s Neck Center.

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

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

tprohl@wolfesneck.org

Sienna Zuco

OpenTEAM Communications & Membership Coordinator

Sienna Zuco joins us in the role of OpenTEAM’s Communications & Membership Coordinator. This new role will help share OpenTEAM’s work and vision to Wolfe’s Neck Center’s audiences and beyond.

Growing up in North Carolina, Sienna felt lucky to be surrounded by local foods, good southern cooking, and such a beautiful environment. She lived just a few hours from both the beach and the mountains; two of the things she has found in Maine thus far, and then some!

Throughout her undergraduate career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and upon graduation, she has worked in various communications
and project management roles. From creating interconnected support systems with refugees to advocating for the local food system, she uses communications and project development as key ways to further sustainability, local food, and community-centered objectives.

As a part of the OpenTEAM initiative, Sienna uses her skills to support the development of a suite of tools that farmers and ranchers can use to measure, monitor, and improve their soil health. All the while, OpenTEAM is building a community that is constantly connecting with and learning from each other.

When she is not working, you can find Sienna at your local trivia night, watching a good movie, or in the kitchen finding new recipes and building community with friends and family.

Wolfe’s Neck Center is fortunate to have a talented
Board of Directors.

They are well-versed in education, agriculture, business, marketing, and personnel. They are some of WNC’s strongest allies and they help keep us working toward our mission.

David Bennell

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Peter Bouman

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Morgan Cuthbert

Secretary
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Tim Griffin

Chair
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Gray Harris

Treasurer
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Megan Hellstedt

Vice Chair
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Triplett Kise

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Tucker Lannon

Raina Maxwell

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Vivi Stevenson Miller

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Brett Pierce

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Lee Schepps

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Sam Smith

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David Bennell

David Bennell is the North American lead for Food and Nature at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development where he focuses on sustainable agriculture, natural climate solutions, and global food systems reform. Previously, he was Director of Food and Capital Markets for the investor network Ceres.

He’s worked for Microsoft, REI and LL Bean in leadership development, product development and sourcing positions. His career also includes working as a funder focused on sustainable forestry, the co-creation of the for-profit social enterprise company CottonConnect, co-creation of an impact investing fund focused on food and agriculture investments and leading the apparel industry NGO Textile Exchange focused on standards development for responsible sourcing of materials.

David created the world’s most-watched sustainability series Sustainability Strategies hosted on Linked In Learning and previously held a five-year adjunct faculty position at MIT where he taught sustainable design and development.

Peter Bouman

Physician

How did you first become connected with WNC?  I am a neighbor.

How do you hope to best contribute to WNC’s development through your tenure on the Board?  I will contribute to WNC’s mission in any way I can.

What is your favorite thing about WNC?  The trails.  They are full of lady slippers in the spring!

Morgan Cuthbert

Secretary

Name: Morgan C Cuthbert

Occupation/Title:  Educator, Yarmouth School System

How did you first become connected with WNC?

I grew up in Brunswick and remember my family coming to the farm as a child to see the animals. I now have my own family and have settled in Freeport with my two boys and wife, Christina. We very much enjoy all the farm offers since the transformation that has taken place over the last 30 years. The camps, the dinners, and all the workings of a saltwater farm allow for a connection to nature and a direct link to understanding where our food comes from.

How do you hope to best contribute to WNC’s development through your tenure on the Board?

I always had a love for science and the workings of the world around us. As a science educator of over 15 years I encourage students to use the inquiry process and become aware citizens. I cannot think of a better location then WNC to be a base for these methods. Place-based learning and authentic science bring community and education together where students end by understanding and not memorizing content. My hope is that I can help to develop more experiences like this at WNC. Further, I hope to share the amazing science that is going on at WNC with other educational professionals and institutions.  

What is your favorite thing about WNC?

My favorite thing about Wolfe’s Neck Center is the part it provides within our community. WNC is an establishment that links our busy lives with nature and allows a center for people to come together to experience growth and life. Whether it is driving out to see the baby lambs, dropping my kids off at a Summer Camp or taking a Sunday evening to see friends and celebrate the local food WNC provides at a Farm Dinner driving down the road to WNC I decompress and I think my blood pressure drops.  

Tim Griffin

Chair

Associate Professor and Program Director – Agriculture Food and Environment

Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, Boston MA

How did you first become connected with WNC? My first university faculty position, starting in 1992 (until 2000) was at the University of Maine.  My expertise includes grazing management, and I visited WNC during my first week of work.  I have been involved, off and on, since that time.

How do you hope to best contribute to WNC’s development through your tenure on the Board?  My recent and current work focuses on the food system, from production to nutrition and health.  I want to help WNC become a central and important research center that links all of these areas.

What is your favorite thing about WNC?  Two things: just being there.  And that our kids grew up coming to the farm and still talk about it (and visit).

Gray Harris

Treasurer

Senior Program Director, Food Systems & Natural Resources

How did you first become connected with WNC? I visited with my girls when they were young, but it was when I got to know current board President, Fiona Wilson, when I was introduced to all the exciting developments happening on the farm, and was invited to sit on the board.

How do you hope to best contribute to WNC’s development through your tenure on the Board? I love strategic planning that leads to action on the ground, and WNC has plenty of that going on!  In particular, I hope to assist in building out the organic dairy program to be a premier national training site for the next generation of organic dairy farms in Maine and the northeast.

What is your favorite thing about WNC? The extraordinary energy embodied by the staff and the board to make things happen and move things along.  The work of building a robust, resilient and regenerative food system is tough, and the work of the long game.  It’s a privilege to work with such intelligent and thoughtful leaders dedicated to making that goal a reality.

Megan Hellstedt

Vice Chair

How did you first become connected with WNC?

After knowing about the farm from living in the area in the early 2000’s, I was reacquainted with WNC’s work in 2019.  Dave Herring presented the Center’s programs and how sustainable agriculture could be a tool to fight climate change to a group from my work.  I was instantly sold on the mission, and then became gradually more involved as my kids experienced farm camp and my family began to explore more of the great programming that the Center offers.

How do you hope to best contribute to WNC’s development through your tenure on the Board?

I’m very committed to finding solutions that address climate change and healthier eating at the same time.  With my background in sustainability of food retail, training in environmental science, and time spent working on land conservation, I’m excited to contribute to the long-term strategic planning for WNC. They are fast becoming established as a research center and testing ground for a healthier food future, and I can’t wait to see that extend in its scope and impact.

What is your favorite thing about WNC?

The diversity of the Center is so rich, from teaching young farmers and kids about raising and eating good food, to actually raising a diverse set of crops and experimenting with how to do it better, to driving creation of innovative tools so farmers can play a role in reversing climate change… That is my favorite thing: the energizing ecosystem WNC has built that connects people, good food, and a better future for the planet.

Triplett Kise

Woodworker

How did you first become connected with WNC? I’ve been connected my whole life beginning with the summers I spent here as a child when it was still my grandparent’s farm and summer residence.

How do you hope to best contribute to WNC’s development through your tenure on the Board? I moved to Maine in 2010 largely because I wanted to be here in order to help the farm in as many ways as possible. I have always been an advocate for environmentally conscious agricultural practices and my youth, enthusiasm, knowledge of the property and its history, and connection to the neighborhood are all beneficial personal qualities for the organization.

What is your favorite thing about WNC? My favorite thing about Wolfe’s Neck Center is the beauty of its coastal farm landscape that has remained relatively unchanged for over two hundred years and continues to be actively farmed.

Raina Maxwell

Raina is Vice President, Customer Satisfaction at L.L.Bean.  She is a graduate of the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia.

Vivi Stevenson Miller

Large Animal Rescue (welfare & emergency) & Grant Seeker/Proposal Writer for NGOs- Self employed. Also volunteer with Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue and The American Red Cross. 

How did you first become connected with WNC? I’ve been coming to the Farm since I was a baby.  I’ve spent every summer of my life on the Farm, going with my Grandfather, as a child, to check the cattle or the hay; learning about forage & soil quality, as a teen,  from Charlie DeGrandpre; exploring the woods and learning about native plants & medicinals from my Grandmother.   

How do you hope to best contribute to WNC’s development through your tenure on the Board?  Education, conservation, history and alternative farming practices are all in my DNA, and are all areas I have been very involved in while living on our farm in Tennessee as well as during my summers on Wolfe’s Neck.  As my husband and I transition from our lives in Tennessee to Maine, I plan to be even more active in the continued success of my Grandparent’s experiment with organics and other alternative methods on their historic  saltwater farm.


What is your favorite thing about WNC?  That it not only continues to be relevant, but is now becoming a leader in education and research into alternative agricultural methods and how those methods better our environment- locally, regionally, nationally and globally.  AND… that it does all this while still honoring the legacy of Wolfe’s Neck Farm as it was and as it grew to become Wolfe’s Neck Center. 

Brett Pierce

Executive Director, Meridian Stories

How did you first become connected with WNC? I moved into the neighborhood and my kids both went to camp there. My son eventually became a junior and then a full counselor, in addition to other positions that broadly shaped his interests, character and values.

How do you hope to best contribute to WNC’s development through your tenure on the Board? My passion and expertise lie in progressive educational development. My background is in media program development around educational goals, as well as in classroom teaching. At WNC, there are many utterly unique opportunities for both formal and informal learning and I hope to be a part of the shaping of those opportunities, to make WNC an exciting and extraordinary educational environment.

What is your favorite thing about WNC? The beauty. The trails. The peace of the cows. The stray cat. The estuary. The vista. And again, the trails.

Lee Schepps

Retired from a career in law and business. 

How did you first become connected with WNC?  After retirement, we moved to Freeport, near Wolfe’s Neck Center.

How do you hope to best contribute to WNC’s development through your tenure on the Board?  We are supporting WNC financially and by way of my legal and business skills.

What is your favorite thing about WNC?  The regenerative farming initiative is very exciting and promises to put WNC among the leaders of this potentially global endeavor. Plus, WNC is a gorgeous, wholesome and altogether inviting place for our local Maine community.

Sam Smith

Sam is a journalist and author of four books

How did you first become connected with WNC?  As a youth when my parents started the farm. Was driving a tractor and a six-wheel Army surplus truck when I was a young teen

How do you hope to best contribute to WNC’s development through your tenure on the Board?  Experience, ideas, enthusiasm

What is your favorite thing about WNC?  Being so involved with nature with such a wonderful operation and a great staff

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