Executive Director (Saco, ME) – MA (1993) University of Tennessee, BA (1990) Kalamazoo College (both degrees in English). Drew worked as a naturalist in California and Chicago and since 1991 has been an ecologist, naturalist and educator at Ferry Beach. He founded The Ecology School in 1998 and is an active member of the Maine Environmental Education Association (MEEA) and the New England Environmental Education Alliance (NEEEA). Drew is also an affiliate representative to the North American Association of Environmental Education (NAAEE). When not working to advance the cause of ecology, systems and sustainability education, Drew spends his time with his wife, Lisa, and two daughters, Nia and Sophie, on the Nonesuch River behind their house.
(Development Director) (Saco, ME) – Fellow John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (2009), BA (2004) from the University of Maine. Originally intending to either be a tweed-wearing literature professor or a tights-wearing classical ballet dancer (danseur), Bryan has spent the past decade managing and fundraising a variety of dance companies and performing arts institutions primarily in the D.C.- New York corridor. Returning to his home state of Maine in 2013 to be closer to his family and the beautiful Maine coast, Bryan most recently worked as Director of Development for York County Community College. When not involving people in the programs of The Ecology School, he spends his extra time teaching the art of classical ballet at his studio in Portland: exchangestreetstudio.wordpress.com, reading to his nieces and nephew or living the way life should be.
Richard "Mers" Mersereau
Mers joined Team Admin in December of 2015. He currently serves on the board of directors and as development committee chair for the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. After receiving a M. A. T. Degree from Wesleyan in 1971, Mers returned to Bowdoin, his alma mater, as an admissions officer to help the College become coeducational and more diverse. In later years he oversaw communications, ran the president's office, managed operations for the board of trustees, and worked on three capital campaigns, primarily raising endowment funds for financial aid. Along the way, he proudly served voluntarily as the first coach of women's basketball for six years. Retiring in 2015, he lives in Brunswick with his wife Bette Spettel and two cairn terriers. They have two children -- Kyle (24) and Ellie (21).
Director of Programs (South Portland, ME) – BA (2001) in Environmental Studies & Politics from Oberlin College. Alex began her career at The Ecology School in the spring of 2002 as an educator and stepped into an administrative position in January of 2004. At The Ecology School, she is responsible for coordinating all aspects of The Ecology School program. She and her husband Peter spend most of their non-work time enjoying the antics of their 1 year old twin boys. When not totally wrapped up in the day to day of caring for two toddlers, some of the other things she finds herself doing include: enjoying being outside in just about any capacity (beekeeping and gardening), reading (especially if it is young adult literature or parenting books), or being a sous chef as her husband Peter cooks scrumptious meals.
Meg Edstrom Jones
Director of Education and Curriculum Design (Portland, ME) – MEd (2004) in Elementary Education from the University of Maine. BA (2001) in Philosophy and Religion from Colgate University. Meg has taught in many settings; on mountains, along rivers, in the classroom and at the beach. When not enjoying The Nature, Meg can be found touching her toes, training to be Wonder Woman, or adventuring with her husband, Clay and the newest member of their family, baby Evan. Starting her Ecology School career as a educator in the spring of 2007 she quickly joined the administrative team, coordinating our multi-year curriculum, in addition to summer and vacation camps. Meg can also be found dashing around, presenting workshops at regional and national conferences.
(Residential Program Manager) (Saco, ME) – BA (2010) in English Education from Westfield State University in Westfield, MA. Before finding The Ecology School, Caley taught as a classroom teacher in New Mexico and as a naturalist in Ohio. She biked across the country and built houses along the way with the Bike and Build organization in 2011. But she missed the ocean so much she moved back to New England and now calls Maine her home. Caley started at The Ecology School as an educator and joined Team Admin in 2015. At the Ecology School, Caley runs the Residential Program with Aaron, the Program Assistant. She loves biking around Maine, learning ballet and playing guitar. She aspires to be a guitar-playing ballerina one day.
Program Assistant (Portland, OR) – BS (2011) in Environmental Science, Technology and Policy from California State University at Monterey Bay. Aaron grew up mostly on the west-coast, where he could usually be found near a river, lake, or ocean. In his free time, he loves to hike, sketch, make jewelry with sea-glass, and relax with a good book (and is a good source of nature-themed recommendations!) and bake bread. After some post-college job exploration, Aaron discovered a passion for teaching and experiencing nature (especially the ocean) in Monterey, CA where he went to college and Portland, OR, where he was an outdoor camp director. He’s also worked a lot with a variety of cool animals, and loves to share stories about them, so feel free to ask! As the Program Assistant, Aaron will work closely with Caley in managing the day to day aspects of the residential program and if you can’t find him somewhere else, he is probably making magic happen in The Ecology School garden.
MS (2016) Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University. BA (2014) in Integrated Educational Studies from Chapman University. Growing up in the Rocky Mountains, hiking, backpacking, and camping have fueled Leanna’s passion for the outdoors. Leanna has worked with a variety of kids in many different learning environments including on horses, in classrooms, and at the Museum of Science in Boston, MA. When she’s not traveling or exploring mountains she is often chatting with good friends over coffee. Leanna has loved working at The Ecology School as an educator and is excited for her new role in Development!
Head Chef & Owner, Pangea Food Service (Gardiner, ME) - Pangea Food Service Management was established by Richard O’Brien in 1998 to assist camps in managing their seasonal kitchens. Rich had been working seasonally as a kitchen manager and chef since 1991 and knew that he could offer organizations a complete service that would eliminate the need for them to deal with kitchen administration, organization and staffing. Through Rich's leadership, Pangea's food is handmade, homemade, kid and adult friendly, and delicious. In partnership with Pangea, The Ecology School is able to provide a holistic food experience, sharing the story of food with our participants, and highlighting the connections between food, humans and the environment.
Since 1998, The Ecology School has brought innovative ecology education programs to thousands of children throughout New England and nationwide through overnight programs, field trips, outreach to schools, professional development and publications.