Board of Directors

The Ecology School (formerly Ferry Beach Ecology School) is a non-profit and governed by the Ecology Education, Inc. Board of Directors. 
Ecology Education, Inc. (EEI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit established in 1998 which operates The Ecology School in Saco, Maine, and publishes Ecology curriculum.
FMI about EEI, please contact Executive Director Drew Dumsch at DrewATTheEcologySchoolDOTorg or call him at 207-283-9951.


Corey Hascall

(EEI Past President) Communications and Community Relations Consultant at Barton and Gingold, Portland, ME
Corey is always looking to make connections! In addition to working as the Communications and Public Engagement Strategist for Barton and Gingold, she is also the founder of A Rising Tide, a grassroots organizing leadership institute for young people. Corey is currently participating in the Maine Development Foundations Leadership Maine Phi program and sings in Musica de Flia, women and girls choir.



Steve Grindle

(EEI Treasurer) lawyer, Grindle Robinson LLP, Boston, MA
Steve has been a lawyer for over 40 years. He is currently partner at Grindle Robinson, LLP and previously has been involved in family law matters and providing legal services for low income families on Cape Cod. During his formative years Steve acted as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic, organizing agricultural and credit co-op for coconut and cacao farmers.


Mary Martin

(EEI President) Retired Maine School Principal, Mechanic Falls, ME. 
As School Board Chair for RSU16, Mary has a strong background in curriculum development, problem solving and building collaboration. Before retiring Mary was principal for Minot and Mechanic Falls elementary schools, both of which are participants in Ecology School programs K-5th grade. She attended The Ecology School from 2005-2010 with students from her school and experienced first-hand the benefits of Ecology School programs.


Joel Alex

President and Manager, Blue Ox Malthouse, LLC, Old Town, ME
Joel is a true Mainer with a passion for local food systems. He is currently working to connect Maine agriculture to the Maine craft beverage industry by founding Maine's first commercial malt house, Blue Ox Malthouse, LLC. When he is not malting grains for local beer, Joel can be found on the Alumni Engagement Committee for the Mitchell Institute Scholarship Foundation or playing old time music on his fiddle.

Kate Anderson

(EEI Secretary) Classroom teacher SAD60, East Waterboro, ME
Kate is an enthusiastic 2nd grade classroom teacher at the Hussey School in Berwick, ME where she has been involved in her school's composting program. Kate comes to the EEI Board with previous involvement as a literacy specialist for students grades K-6 as well as experience in web and print design. Kate likes to explore the ecosystems around her by running, and she can even be found racing through trails in her snowshoes!


Mike Hansen

Classroom Teacher, Environmental Educator, Cambridge MA
Mike is an innovative classroom teacher at the Linden STEAM Academy in Malden, MA. He provides a fun, hands-on and challenging work environment for his students and is always impressed with their willingness to work past their frustrations and complete high-level work. Most recently Mike is working to incorporate more arts into his science classroom. Back home, Mike is working to partner with a local brewery to grow barley on his land. Before becoming a board member, and past board president for EEI, Mike taught as an Ecology School educator in 2003.

Dave Holman

Assistant Director of Annual Giving at Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
Dave holds degrees in Environment and Technology Studies and Latin American Studies from Carleton College and an MBA from the University of Southern Maine focused in sustainable business. His career has been in non-profit communications and development leadership. He co-founded the Spitting Llama Eco-tourism stores in Bolivia in 2007. Dave is also a writer and co-authored Youth Renewing the Countryside in 2001 and published his first novel Coffee Smuggler in 2014. Dave serves as the 2015 President of the USM Business School Alumni Board, and volunteers on the North Yarmouth Parks and Rec and Budget Committees. When he's not volunteering, working in development, or writing, he likes hiking, running, cycling, book collecting and traveling.

John Rooks

President, The SOAP Group, Portland, ME
John has 20 years experience in a career spanning from marketing environmental consulting services, environmental compliance software sales, branding and sustainability consulting. For the past 13 years, John has been operating a sustainability consulting firm (The SOAP Group) helping the most progressive companies on the planet measure, monitor, report and improve their environmental and social footprint. As a consultant, he has helped companies report on their corporate footprints and engage employees in sustainability. Most recently, he has launched Rapport - a Sustainability Reporting Software Platform designed for small and mid-sized businesses. John is the author of "More Than Promote - A Monkeywrencher's Guide to Authentic Marketing. He holds a Masters Degree in Cultural Theory from Clarion University and is certified by the Boston College Carroll School of Management in the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) framework for sustainability reporting.

Robert Adkins

Prior to his retirement a few years ago, Robert was a practicing attorney for 40 years in the Boston office of the national law firm Nixon Peabody LLP, specializing in all aspects of commercial real estate, including the acquisition and disposition, development and financing of retail, office and apartment properties. In particular, he focused on structuring investments in the development of new affordable housing properties throughout New England and other parts of the country.