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.


Cathy Goodwin

Retired, former State Office Representative for U.S. Senator Collins
Cathy Goodwin spent 15 years as the Presidents of the Great York Region Chamber of Commerce and retired last year as the State office representative for U.S. Senator Susan M. Collins covering York County. She also served on the MSAD 35 school board, as a selectman in York, and on numerous other boards.


Linda Boudreau

South Portland Planning Board
Linda Boudreau has had a distinguished career in municipal politics in South Portland having spent over 35 years serving the city as a 6-term city councilor and 3-term Mayor. She has sat on the school board, currently sits on the Planning Board and is a founding member of ecomaine, a non-profit waste management organization that serves 400,000+ Maine residents and is dedicated to recycling and environmental protection. 

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Susan Swanton

Former Executive Director of Maine Marine Trade Association
Susan Swanton began her career at Rumery's Boat Yard in Biddeford in 1979. She was instrumental in the creation of the Marine Systems Training Center, a program of Maine Marine Trades Association that focused on providing high quality, high demand training for incumbent workers and co-chaired Maine's North Star Alliance Initiative, a $14.4 million federal grant. Her work has been recognized regionally by US EPA Region 1 and nationally by the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association, which honored her most recently with the Dennis Snow President's Award in 2016.

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.

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Richard "Mers" Mersereau

Advisor, Advancement Associate
Mers is known to nearly every living generation of Bowdoin alumni, trustees, and to many current faculty, staff and students. A 1969 graduate of Bowdoin, Mers returned in 1972 and retired four decades later in 2015. He established the women's basketball program in 1975, which he coached. Mers has served in a variety of roles, including with the Senior Center, summer programs, career services, public relations, governing board and presidential office management, and development. Mers retired as the senior leadership gift officer and special adviser to the president for college relations. He serves on the boards of Curtis Memorial Library and the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.