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Dr. Don Kent, President and CEO

Dr. Kent has a diverse career in the government, non-profit, and private sectors, facilitating successful conservation initiatives in support of healthy and resilient landscapes for plants, wildlife and people. Prior to joining Schoodic Institute Don worked at NatureServe, Inc., an Arlington, Virginia-based non-profit organization that provides conservation-related data, tools, and services to private and government clients, partner organizations, and the public.  At NatureServe, he had a dual role, serving as a member of the Office of the President/CEO and the Executive Team, with shared responsibility for organizational finances, operations, strategy, and policy. As Chief Strategy Officer, he assisted the President with developing, communicating, executing and sustaining NatureServe planning initiatives, and strategies that enhance the capacity, engagement, growth and mission effectiveness of NatureServe’s Network of member organizations. Don has a Ph.D. in Biology with concentrations in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from Boston University, a M.A in Zoology from the University of Florida, and a B.A. in Biology from Salem State University.

CJ Langley, Chief of Staff,

CJ hails from Aroostook County, where she developed an interest in science, forest ecology, and conservation out of the time she spent outdoors exploring the Haynesville woods of Lower Mattawamkeag Lake. She has a background in botany and an M.S. in Ecology and Environmental Science focusing in forest resources from the University of Maine. As Schoodic Institute’s Chief of Staff, CJ is responsible for working closely with the president and CEO, advancement staff, and leadership teams to advance the mission of the Institute and to increase the efficiency of the organization as a whole.

Science & Education Program:

Seth Benz, Bird Ecology Program Director

Following several decades in the fields of conservation science and education, Seth is now the Schoodic Institute’s Director of Bird Ecology. He is responsible for coordinating biodiversity research, conducting citizen science phenology and migration monitoring efforts, and developing bird ecotourism programs. Former positions with National and Maine Audubon as well as Hawk Mountain Sanctuary allow Seth to represent Schoodic Institute in key conservation partnerships and networks. As a former interpretive ranger at Acadia National Park, he provided the impetus for an interpretive hawk watching site on Cadillac Mountain. He has conducted raptor migration and seabird breeding research, designed, developed and implemented ecological education programs, and continues to guide natural history and birding trips for Road Scholar.

Hannah Webber, Marine Ecology Program Director

As the Marine Ecology Program Director for Schoodic Institute’s Acadia Learning Scientist-Teacher-Student Partnerships, Hannah works with research scientists and teachers to provide authentic research opportunities for high school students. Hannah’s professional experience includes teaching, work in Arthur D. Little’s Marine Science Division and Environmental Sciences Division, and participation on research teams investigating behavioral effects of methylmercury; genetic bases of wound healing; and the effects of PCBs on stream macroinvertebrate communities. She holds a B.A. in Biological Science, an M.S. in Zoology and is a candidate for an M.S. in Teaching.

Bill Zoellick, Education Research Director

Bill’s work focuses on helping teachers help students discover that science and math are interesting, useful, and something they can do. His current research includes studies of how science and math teachers develop their craft during their first years of teaching and of how teachers develop influence beyond their classrooms. He has also had a long-term interest in how teachers, students, and scientists can work together in ways that support both science and learning. He leads a study to understand the difference that such authentic science learning makes for students. He has served as principal investigator on three successive MSP projects funded by the State of Maine as well as on a NOAA B-WET project titled “Acadia B-WET: a partnership to help teachers engage students in sustained, project-oriented investigations of eel population and distribution in coastal watershed systems.” Bill was educated at the University of Illinois and returned to education research following a 30-year career in computer science, software development, and management consulting.

Nick Fisichelli, Ph.D., Director of Science and Education and Forest Ecology

Nick Fisichelli is a forest ecologist examining natural resource dynamics in a continuously changing world. He focuses on ecosystem dynamics and land management challenges through scientific understanding, education efforts, and stewardship guidance developed concurrently, iteratively, and collaboratively in diverse partnerships. Prior to coming to the Schoodic Institute, he worked for the National Park Service Climate Change Response Program developing and applying management-relevant science, including global change impacts to forests, plant and wildlife species, protected area operations, and visitor experience. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany and earned his Ph.D. in forest ecology from the University of Minnesota in 2012. He also previously worked at Shenandoah National Park and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Emma Albee, Science Information and Communications,

Since 2013 Emma has helped to manage the flow of science information in Acadia: both inflow–making sure that research results end up in Acadia National Park’s museum and archives–and outflow–improving the ability of researchers, educators, and the public to access Acadia’s wealth of historical records and newer research. Emma also works with the park Science Coordinator to manage research permits for scientists who want to do research in Acadia National Park. Emma graduated from the University of New England with a B.S. in Medical Biology. She is a native of and still resides in Seal Cove.



Catherine Schmitt, Science Communication Specialist,


Danny Mitchell, Director of Operations

Danny attended the University of Maine at Orono, receiving an Associate of Science with a Legal Technology major and began working in the Law Enforcement field.  During this time, Danny obtained his Registered Maine Guide license for Recreation and Sea Kayaking and worked part-time for his father’s outfitter, Mooselook Guide Service.    At the age of 25 years old, he became the Chief of Police for the Town of Gouldsboro.  After a couple of years working as the Chief of Police, Danny accepted an opportunity at The Jackson Laboratory working in several capacities including the Senior Security Supervisor of the 24/7 security operation, all the while administering the security department’s electronic systems and access controls.  Danny then moved into an IT Technical Support Specialist role helping to support a large-scale user-base of over 1500 users in Maine and California.  Danny later received a Bachelor’s of Science in Public Safety Administration from the University of Maine and studied Computer Information Security at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.  Danny is a native and resident of Gouldsboro, and is married with two children.  Danny is also currently employed part-time for the Winter Harbor Police Department, and leads a contemporary worship style band at the non-denominational “The Rock Church” in Sullivan.

Roy Gott, IT Manager,

Roy oversees the IT functions for Schoodic Institute to include, server administration, desktop support, printers, IT Account creation, and IT Security.  Roy assists in planning and developing the IT budgets at Schoodic Institute. Roy graduated in 2004 with high honors from the University of Maine’s Computer Science program.  Since graduation he has served in a management capacity for Ben & Bill’s Chocolate Emporium of Bar Harbor, while providing computer technical support, consultation, and sales to residents, municipal offices and departments, and small businesses across Hancock, Washington, and Penobscot counties under the business name Charybdis Computer Services.  Roy began working with the Schoodic Institute in December of 2010 providing monthly safety and security monitoring and updates and in 2017 accepted the part-time IT Manager position.  Since September 2012 Roy has served on the Board of Directors of Regional School Unit No. 24 that includes the nine towns surrounding and including the Schoodic Institute; and was voted chairman in 2016.  Roy lives in Franklin with his wife.

Jana Prosser, Housekeeping Manager,

Craig Pinkham, Maintenance,

Craig S. Pinkham is a Maine native, originally from Holden.  Craig is a high school graduate with three years at Brewer High School and then his last year at Sumner High upon moving to Winter Harbor.  He spent twenty-three years as a custom boat builder, followed by ten years as a self employed residential carpenter.  He has been with Schoodic Institute for many years as a maintenance worker in partnership with the Acadia National Park staff at Schoodic.  Craig takes on a wide range of tasks over the entire campus.  He is very grateful to have the help and knowledge of the ANP staff and couldn’t think of a better place to work.

Sales and Hospitality:

Megan Moshier, Sales and Hospitality Manager,

Megan Moshier brings her vast hospitality experience in the hospitality industry to Schoodic Institute. She has worked in rooms operations, corporate and group sales in luxury hotels in Washington, DC, Honolulu, Philadelphia and Boston.  Megan’s expertise in providing extraordinary customer service is evidenced by her many promotions in the industry and loyalty of her clients. She is also very proud to have run both a successful café and award winning bed and breakfast near in downeast Maine before arriving at Schoodic Institute in 2014. Megan resides in Winter Harbor with her husband Glenn and sons.

Michelle Pinkham, Events Associate,

Michelle grew up here on Schoodic Peninsula and has spent over twenty years working in various aspects of the hospitality industry.  She thoroughly enjoys her role here at Schoodic Institute as the Events Assistant.  Her job allows her to meet and interact with staff, students of all ages, teachers and scientists from all over and help ensure both a positive and productive visit to not only the institute, but to Acadia National Park and the Peninsula.  Michelle genuinely cares about the guest experience and believes strongly in the mission and work being done here at Schoodic Institute.  She currently resides in Birch Harbor with her husband Craig and their two daughters.

Phyllis Morris, Welcome Center

As the Institute’s Welcome Center Manager, Phyllis provides front desk reception, oversees visitor information services and supports the hospitality office at Rockefeller Hall.  Before moving Downeast in 2009, she spent 22 years in Fryeburg, Maine raising 2 sons and owning/ operating a full service inn and gourmet restaurant with her husband.  In 1995 & 1996, she was the president of the Western Maine Lodging Association and a 20 year working member of the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.  She grew up in Connecticut where she earned a B.F.A. degree and now enjoys watercolor painting and photography in her spare time.

Sallie Deitz, Food Systems Manager,

Sallie was born in Baltimore, Maryland into a family of great cooks..her father, mother & grandmother taught her right by their sides in the kitchen. She realized very early on that cooking was a career she could “sink her teeth into”! In 1978 she relocated to Boston where she honed her cooking & baking skills & received an Associates Degree in Applied Science in Culinary Arts with a preference in Pastry Arts. In 1988 she relocated to Steuben, Maine. She bought a small store front bakery in Milbridge that same year. Sallie spent the next 10 years growing that business into a very popular retail bakery & a very profitable wholesale bakery. In 1998 Sallie successfully sold The Sugar Scoop Bakery & moved on to her next career…parenting. After receiving her license from DHHS to provide foster care Sallie fostered 9 children over 10 years; she adopted 2 of them, 10 year old son Colby & 7 year old daughter Kaitlynn. When her daughter reached school age it was time to go back to work. Sallie joined the staff at Schoodic Institute as the baker for Schooner Commons. In the fall of 2016 she received a promotion to Food Systems Manager.


Laurie Richards, Finance Manager,

Deb Bisson, Human Resource Manager,

Deb has joined Schoodic Institute as an Administrative Assistant and HR professional.  She attended Dean Jr. College for a business degree, and then Plymouth State College as an Art Major- Psychology minor, and holds several certifications from Johnson & Wales University -Culinary Institute. She also has many years of experience working with her mother’s catering/wedding consultant business and fundraising for various organizations, including, the N. Attleboro Chamber of Commerce, Business Network International and various community organizations before moving to Prospect Harbor six years ago.  She holds several awards including Business of the year, DECA National Award for written competencies – policies, procedures & marketing manual, Spotlight Community Involvement Award, and Business Person of The Year Award. Along with her husband, she has owned/operated a successful Graphics/Design/Screen printing company for over 18 years.  She has also held licenses and worked as a Realtor, and in the medical field as a CRMA, ISS and CMA. Always looking to learn new skills and broaden her knowledge and life experience, Deb is in the process of writing her first book.

Tyler Piebes, Bookkeeper,

Tyler Piebes grew up on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Business in 2008, from the University of Massachusetts Lowell where he studied classical and jazz trumpet. During this time, Tyler discovered an interest in the non-profit sector. He spent the following 6 years working with various non-profit organizations including The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, The Housing For All Corporation, and Wild Care, Inc. Tyler is also a freelance glassblowing artist whose work focuses on nautical and wildlife themes.

National Park Service, Acadia National Park Personnel

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park works in close partnership with many National Park Service personnel.  Click here to read more about the partnership and see a list of key Park Service employees.

Alphabetical Staff Directory

Emma Albee, Science Information and Communications,

Seth Benz, Schoodic Bird Ecology Program Director,

Deborah Bisson, Human Resources Manager,

Sallie Deitz, Food Systems Manager,

Nick Fisichelli, Forest Ecology Director,

Roy Gott, IT Manager,

CJ Langley, Chief of Staff,

Danny Mitchell, Director of Operations,

Megan Moshier, Sales and Hospitality Manager,

Phyllis Morris, Welcome Center Manager,

Tyler Piebes, Bookkeeper,

Craig Pinkham, Maintenance,

Michelle Pinkham, Events Associate,

Jana Prosser, Housekeeping Manager,

Catherine Schmitt, Science Communications Specialist,

Hannah Webber, Education & Research Project Manager,

Bill Zoellick, Director of Education Research,

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