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 CEO and President, Drew Dumsch, at DrewATTheEcologySchoolDOTorg or call 207-283-9951.
(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.
(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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amy Ouellette joined us as our newest board member. Amy was born and raised in Augusta, Maine where as a young girl she and her friends would disappear into the woods for hours. Years later, Saco's beauty captured her and her husband's imagination. After their medical training in Hawaii they knew they had to settle in Maine. Prior to her recent retirement from medicine, Amy was a practicing psychiatrist for 18 years where she emphasized the importance of whole body wellness through education, connection, and collaboration. It was her observation that most people wished for meaning in their lives, not simply the absence of suffering or the experience of pleasure. The connection between wellness and meaning is not simply a philosophy, but a well-established practice at The Ecology School; Amy witnessed this first hand when her daughter attended the program.
Tom was born and raised in the Boston area, and spent most of his summers on Little Cranberry Island off of Mount Desert Island, where his grandparents built a house that is still owned by the family. Tom went to college at the University of Pennsylvania, and law school at the University of Virginia. He practiced law in Boston for 30 years, specializing in tax-exempt financings with a focus on non-profit entities such as schools, colleges, hospitals and nursing homes throughout New England.
Tom and his wife, Polly, have known each other since they were summer kids on the island. They've been married for 42 years and have 3 grown children and 5 grandchildren. They moved to River Bend Farm in 2005 after Tom’s Aunt Mary died and left him the farm. He commuted from there to Boston and used the pig house at RBF as a home office until he retired in 2012. Tom and Polly now spend the winters in Aiken, South Carolina, and summers north.
Tom was a board member for several years at the Charles River School in Dover, Massachusetts, where his 3 children all attended. He was on several committees, including the capital campaign committee for 3 separate campaigns, the first of which being the school's first major capital campaign.
Hobbies include playing the piano and guitar, painting, and reading and writing poetry. Favorite activities include long walks in the woods, sailing, golfing, and spending time with his grandchildren. Tom and Polly currently have 2 dogs, 2 cats, 1 horse, 2 rescue ponies, and Princess, the chicken.