Staff

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Leadership:

Mark Berry, President and CEO  mberry@schoodicinstitute.org

Mark oversees all aspects of the Institute’s science, education, and research programs and management of the Schoodic Education and Research Center. Mark holds a Master’s of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado and a bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology from Dartmouth College.  Prior to his 2014 appointment as head of Schoodic Institute, he spent eight years as Executive Director of Downeast Lakes Land Trust, where he led landscape scale forest conservation projects, managed a 34,000-acre Community Forest, and implemented a model carbon offset project.  Before joining DLLT, he managed Oregon’s 33,000 acre Pine Creek Conservation Area.  Mark has conducted field ornithological and botanical research, served as naturalist on Antarctic expedition cruises, and developed and taught field classes for schools and camp groups on a wide variety of natural science topics.  He currently serves on the Board of the Frenchman Bay Conservancy.

Science & Education Program:

Erika Rowland, Director of Programs erowland@SchoodicInstitute.org

Erika oversees the research and education programs at the Schoodic Institute. For several years prior, she was a conservation scientist working for the Wildlife Conservation Society, focused on climate change adaptation for natural resources in sites across North America. She has applied vulnerability assessment and other climate impact science and engaged in decision-making and the diverse methods that support it. Related to these efforts, Erika has been involved in developing adaptation-oriented guidance and trainings with the many Federal and non-profit partners, including the USFWS National Conservation Training Center. Erika has a background in forest resources, palaeoecology, and applied conservation, much of which she developed during the 10 years that she lived in the Acadia region. She earned degrees from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (MS in Quaternary Studies/Botany) and University of Maine (PhD in Forest Resources).

Seth Benz, Bird Ecology Program Director  sbenz@schoodicinstitute.org

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, Education and Research Project Manager  hwebber@schoodicinstitute.org

As the Education Research Manager 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.

William Zoellick, Education Research Director  bzoellick@schoodicinstitute.org

Bill serves as principal co-investigator on a    National Science Foundation-funded grant titled “Pathway to BioTrails: DNA-assisted Species Identification for Citizen Science” (DRL 1223210 ) and as a senior researcher on an NSF funded math-science partnership (MSP) project titled “Maine Physical Sciences Curriculum Partnership” (DUE 0962805), where his research focuses on project scaling, sustainability, and teacher learning through participation in communities of practice. 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., Forest Ecology Directornfisichelli@schoodicinstitute.org

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.

Yvonne Davis, Education Program Coordinator, ydavis@schoodicinstitute.org 

Most of Yvonne’s professional life has revolved around education; first as a science and math teacher for secondary students, then as an adult educator and finally as an administrator.  Yvonne has served as: director of a job training program which prepared adults for a variety of trades; Executive Director of the Maine Chiefs of Police Association; Executive Director of the Maine Council on Career and Technical Education (an oversight group that evaluated secondary and post-secondary Career and Technical Education and made recommendations on their improvement); and State Director of Career and Technical Education in the Maine Department of Education overseeing secondary Career and Technical Education programs and managing a budget of $26 million.  She also taught criminal justice administration for the University of Maine at Augusta.

Emma Albee, Science Information and Communications, ealbee@schoodicinstitute.org

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.

Michael Soukup, Ph.D, Science Projects  msoukup@schoodicinstitute.org

In 2013, Mike transitioned from his position as President and CEO of Schoodic Institute to an occasional role with science projects and service on the Schoodic Institute Science Advisory Committee.  Prior to joining the Schoodic Institute he was Associate Director for Natural Resource Stewardship and Science for the National Park Service, where he led an unprecedented expansion of the Park Service’s science and natural resource management programs. He was also the chief architect of the National Park Service’s Research Learning Centers. Schoodic Education and Research Center is one of 19 Research Learning Centers in national parks. Mike received his Ph.D. in Zoology at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Advancement and Communications:

Peter Collier, Advancement Associate pcollier@schoodicinstitute.org

Peter Hylander Collier manages donor relations and fundraising at the Schoodic Institute. Peter was born in Bar Harbor, raised nearby in Surry, and went to high school at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill. One of his first summer jobs was with the Acadia Youth Conservation Corps, an experience that sparked his interest in building community through natural resources protection. Peter graduated from Kenyon College in 2004 and brings professional experience in urban community gardens development, volunteer coordination for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, as well as office administration at a nonprofit land trust.

Sarah Brundage, Communications and Public Affairs Manager, sbrundage@schoodicinstitute.org

Sarah, a Connecticut native, spent much of her childhood and adult life visiting the Down East coast; thusly developing a deep appreciation for the rocky, untamed shore. While both of her daughters complete their undergraduate and graduate educations, Sarah and her husband have relocated to Prospect Harbor. Her work experiences include: graphic design and production management for Soundings Magazine, Trade Only, and Woodshop News; graphic design for Mail-a-Map Street Maps; co-founder of the Courtyard Classroom at Killingworth Elementary School, K-5; and co-creator and manager of multiple lifestyle blogs. Sarah is an avid social media user and fan of the Oxford comma.

Operations:

Danny Mitchell, Director of Operations  dmitchell@schoodicinstitute.org

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.

Megan Moshier, Sales and Hospitality Manager, mmoshier@schoodicinstitute.org

Megan Moshier brings her experience in the hospitality industry to Schoodic Institute.  She has worked in both room operations and sales at Ritz Carlton Hotels in Washington, DC and Philadelphia.  She was also on the opening team for a Small Luxury Hotel of the World located on the beach in Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii.  Megan moved back to her hometown of Winter Harbor and, with her husband, ran a small café for three years before, in 2004, opening her family owned bed and breakfast, Elsa’s which has won accolades by Tripadvisor and Yankee Magazine.  Megan resides in Winter Harbor with her husband Glenn and three young sons.

Jim Randall, IT/AV Managerjrandall@schoodicinstitute.org

Jim Randall is presently the IT/AV Manager for Schoodic Institute on the Schoodic Education and Research Campus.  He is a retired US Navy Musician and Recording Engineer from the US Navy Band in Washington DC and the Naval Academy Band in Annapolis Maryland. After retiring he moved to Maine and played and recorded the Bangor Symphony from 1987 to 2008 (the audio recordings were broadcast statewide on Maine Public Radio). He played and recorded at the Pierre Monteux School for Conductors and Orchestral Musicians in Hancock, Maine from 1990 to 2006, and added video recording of many conductors. From 1995 to 2003, he was a computer technician. That life experience continues at Schoodic Institute both as a computer technician and also as a videographer of the many lectures and events on campus. He currently resides in Corea Maine with his wife Elaine and their four cats.

Craig Pinkham, Maintenance, cpinkham@schoodicinstitute.org

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.

Sallie Deitz, Food Systems Manager, sdeitz@schoodicinstitute.org

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.

Jana Prosser, Housekeeping Manager, jprosser@schoodicinstitute.org

Michelle Pinkham, Events Associate, mpinkham@schoodicinstitute.org

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.

Administration:

Cheri Sankey, Director of Administration, csankey@schoodicinstitute.org

Born in Congo, West Africa and raised thereafter overseas, Cheri returned to her family home on Mount Desert Island to attend college in Bangor.  Cheri brings many years of professional audit and accounting experience with a local bank to the Institute. She holds an A.B. in Hotel & Restaurant Management from Beal College, a General Banking diploma from the American Institute for Banking, and an Internal Audit Certificate from the Bank Administration Institute.   Cheri also completed a course of study at the Northern New England School of Banking, University of New Hampshire. Cheri resides in West Gouldsboro with her family, is active in a variety of community organizations and is a frequent visitor to the Schoodic campus to enjoy its natural beauty and many wonderful program offerings.

Tyler Piebes, Bookkeeper, tpiebes@schoodicinstitute.org

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. He and his fiancé, along with their two cats, are very excited about their recent move to the beautiful coast of downeast Maine.

Deb Bisson, Administrative Assistant, dbisson@schoodicinstitute.org

Deb has joined Schoodic Institute as an Administrative Assistant and HR professional yet is proficient in several fields.  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.

Phyllis Morris, Welcome Center Manager, pmorris@schoodicinstitute.org

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.

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, ealbee@schoodicinstitute.org

Mark Berry, President and CEO, mberry@schoodicinstitute.org

Erika Rowland, Director of Programs, erowland@schoodicinstitute.org

Seth Benz, Schoodic Bird Ecology Program Director, sbenz@schoodicnstitute.org

Deborah Bisson, Administrative Assistant, dbisson@schoodicinstitute.org

Sarah Brundage, Communications and PR Manager, sbrundage@schoodicinstitute.org

Peter Collier, Advancement Associate, pcollier@schoodicinstitute.org

Yvonne Davis, Education Program Coordinator, ydavis@schoodicinstitute.org 

Nick Fisichelli, Forest Ecology Director, nfisichelli@schoodicinstitute.org

Danny Mitchell, Director of Operations, dmitchell@schoodicinstitute.org

Megan Moshier, Sales and Hospitality Manager, mmoshier@schoodicinstitute.org

Phyllis Morris, Office Manager, pmorris@schoodicinstitute.org

Tyler Piebes, Bookkeeper, tpiebes@schoodicinstitute.org

Craig Pinkham, Maintenance, cpinkham@schoodicinstitute.org

Michelle Pinkham, Events Associate, mpinkham@schoodicinstitute.org

Jana Prosser, Housekeeping Manager, jprosser@schoodicinstitute.org

Jim Randall, IT/AV Manager, jrandall@schoodicinstitute.org

Sallie Deitz, Food Systems Manager, sdeitz@schoodicinstitute.org

Cheri Sankey, Director of Administration, csankey@schoodicinstitute.org

Mike Soukup, Science Director, msoukup@schoodicinstitute.org

Hannah Webber, Education & Research Project Manager, hwebber@schoodicinstitute.org

Bill Zoellick, Director of Education Research, bzoellick@schoodicinstitute.org