Staff

Meet the people who make it all happen.

Susan Connolly

Director of Finance & Administration
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Dorn Cox

Research Director
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Molly Cyr

Farm Camps Manager
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Chuck DeGrandpre

Facilities Projects Manager
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Laura Demmel

OpenTEAM Global Coordinator and Community Facilitator
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Joe Grady

Deputy Director/Senior Director of Programs
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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

Grants & Development Manager
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Jeannie Mattson

Director of Development & Community Engagement
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Michael Messina

Education Programs Assistant
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Thomas Prohl

Fruit & Vegetable Production Manager & Educator
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Leah Puro

Agricultural Research 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 Cyr

Farm Camps 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.

mcyr@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

Laura Demmel

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.

ldemmel@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 then 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 it’s 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

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

Andrew Lombardi

Events & Public Programs 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

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

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

Education Programs Assistant

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

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.

tprohl@wolfesneck.org

Leah Puro

Agricultural Research Coordinator

My farming journey began on a diversified vegetable farm in the mountains of Northern Argentina and led me to farms in South Carolina, Vermont, and the Hudson Valley. Captivated by plants and soils, I went back to school for a Masters in Science in International Agricultural Development from the University of California Davis. As a graduate student researcher, I conducted research in Vietnam and Cambodia with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture and in California with the University of California Cooperative Extension. My agricultural experiences have ranged from collecting soils in Vietnam to crop rotation planning to trimming the hooves of 200 sheep and lots in between.

At Wolfe’s Neck, I coordinate our on-farm research trials, work with OpenTEAM as a farm hub, and translate our exciting research into programming.

When I’m not at Wolfe’s Neck, you can find me running and exploring the woods or covered in flour experimenting with sourdough bread.

lpuro@wolfesneck.org

 

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