by Mark Berry, Schoodic Institute President & CEO
With great regret, I have accepted the resignation of Erika Rowland as the Schoodic Institute Director of Programs. Erika had quickly become an integral, valued, and universally well-liked member of our team. Her leadership of our research and education program staff has been contributing to great progress for Schoodic Institute’s mission of advancing ecosystem science and learning for all ages. Unfortunately, Erika now needs to devote her full attention to a family medical issue. All of us at Schoodic Institute have Erika and her family in our thoughts at a difficult time.
The momentum Erika has helped to develop will continue. The talented team at the Institute is managing a transition process as we search for our next Director of Programs to lead the Institute’s programs and partnerships in science and education.
During the transition, four of our core program staff will be taking on additional interim responsibilities. Education and Research Project Manager Hannah Webber, who leads Schoodic Institute’s intertidal research programs, will provide team coordination. Nick Fisichelli will oversee development of research and university partnerships, including internship programs, in addition to his work as Forest Ecology Program Director. Bill Zoellick will provide leadership and oversight for all education programs and partnerships, expanding from his current role as Director of Education Research. Bird Ecology Program Director Seth Benz will coordinate public outreach programs, including presentations, lectures, and family events.