Sheila Huckins - Community Program Specialist


(Associates for Training and Development)

Trescott, ME
(207) 733-2233

Sheila Huckins joined the CCLC team as part of the Associates for Training and Development. She comes to us with a background in Environmental Conservation, having been affiliated with Quoddy Regional Land Trust, Dennys River Watershed Council, and Washington County Soil and Water Conservation. Sheila is a mother to two children, grandmother to five grandchildren, and great grandmother to two great grandchildren. Sheila is also a Registered Medical Assistant. She and her husband make their home in Trescott, Maine.

 

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Ryan Cross - Groundskeeper/Maintenance


Eastport, ME
(207) 733-2233

Ryan is a local artisan, having lived in Washington County most of his life. He served on the Board of Directors at the CCLC in 2013, and is now working part time as Groundskeeper.  Ryan specializes in Fine Art Pyrography (Woodburning) along with Paper Mache', Driftwood, Land Art, Sharpie doodling, Gardening, Mandalas, Helping, Listening, Learning, Growing, Giving, Balancing, Breathing and Bee-ing.  Ryan's self-described journey here is about two things; self-discovery in relationship to others and learning how to manage and balance the divine feminine and masculine creative energy in a way that reveres ALL life and inures to the benefit of the Whole. Ryan's artistic calling includes consciously co-creating safe and sacred spaces, which allow a flow of growth, creativity and imagination. When you look around the CCLC campus, Ryan's creativity and imagination are evident everywhere Ryan has touched the campus.

 

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Peggy Savage - Lead Cook


Lubec, ME

Peggy was born in Lubec, and has spent most of her life there. She has two children and two grandchildren. She worked at the CCLC at a time when Rice Hall was the only building on campus. Before and after that she worked as a professional chef, cooking for large groups of people of many ages and cultures. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, speedwalking, and the fresh Maine air.

She is happy to have come full circle back to the CCLC. She enjoys using her skills and nutritionally sound practices to keep people happy and well fed.

 

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Patricia Caya - Administrative Assistant to Executive Director


Eastport, ME
(207) 733-2233 ext 310

Patricia is a professional singer who, when not performing music, wants to be part of something meaningful, which is why she’s delighted to be part of the great work of the CCLC. Her education includes a Bachelor of English with Honors from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and advanced musical degrees in Voice and Art Song/Oratorio Performance from the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Vienna, Austria, where she lived and performed for almost a decade. She and her husband Steve moved to Maine in 2008. Before that, some of her non-musical work included coordinating the City Farms Program in Baltimore, and serving as the Communications and Events Coordinator at the Irvine Nature Center in Stevenson, MD. Since moving to Maine Patricia has worked for the Quoddy Tides, the US Census Bureau, Vejibag, and has organized and managed Road Scholar programs on Campobello Island for the Atlantic Leadership Institute. In addition to her current position at CCLC, she is an adjunct Professor of Voice at U Maine, Machias; a SummerKeys faculty member; a free-lance vocalist and recording artist; and an active member of Concert Artists of Baltimore.

 

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Pat Mallar - Finance Manager


Whiting, ME
(207) 733-2233 ext 318

Born & raised in New York, Pat moved to Maine in 1993 where she and her late husband owned and operated a retail business in Whiting. After selling the business in 2000, Pat and her son Michael moved to Trescott, where she still lives. Pat’s first connections with the CCLC were through participation in workshops by Mary Belenky in 2001 and 2003.

Pat has been with the CCLC since 2005 and serves as Finance Manager. In addition to her work with CCLC, Pat was a domestic violence hotline volunteer with Peaceful Choices for 4 ½ years. She also organized, coordinated and managed highly rated Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) programs on Campobello Island from 2003 to 2011. Pat also served on the Board of the Washington County Children’s program for 4 years. In her spare time she enjoys gardening, dancing and swimming, and has a large collection of vinyl albums and CD’s, including her all time favorite, Abbey Road.

 

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Michael Giudilli - Teacher, Cobscook Experiential Program


Trescott TWP, ME
(207) 733-2233 ext 320

Michael moved to Maine in 2005 from upstate New York to attend college at the University of Maine at Machias. He graduated from UMM in 2010 with a degree in Environmental Recreation and Tourism Management minoring in environmental studies. He then joined the CCLC in the fall of 2012, after three years creating outdoor programs for youth throughout New England, to assist in the development of the Outdoor Adventure Club and to serve as the third trip leader for The Community Year expeditions. He now works as co-teacher for the Cobscook Experiential Program. When he is not working with the students he enjoys playing music with his band, taking long distance hiking trips with his dog Takoda, and canoeing the rivers of Downeast Maine.

 

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Kevin Thompson - IT and Facilities Manager


Trescott TWP, ME
(207) 733-2233 ext 314

Kevin came to Washington County in 1993 from Southern California. He joined the CCLC as a volunteer and pottery teacher in 2000 and as an employee in 2003. He’s now the Manager of IT and Facilities, and still teaches pottery in the CCLC’s studio. Kevin is also the caretaker and has lived on campus since 2007 with his wonderful wife, son, dogs, fishes, chickens and cat. He also has a grown daughter and son. He holds a degree in network administration and is working on a second in computer information systems. In addition to volunteering for the CCLC, he’s also volunteered to teach pottery for various school programs, community groups and with intellectually challenged adults. Before coming to the CCLC, Kevin had a career in pet care and volunteered for animal shelters. When he’s not working or studying, he enjoys spending time with his family, bonsai, gardening, fishing, reading and so on.

 

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Kara McCrimmon - Lead Teacher, Cobscook Experiential Program


Trescott TWP, ME
(207) 733-2233 ext 312

Kara has been with the CCLC since 2004. On a daily basis she finds herself engaged and stretched as CCLC’s lead teacher for the Cobscook Experiential Program, and was part of the team that brought the Cobscook Program to life in 2010. Prior to that, Kara worked as CCLC’s Community Programs Director. A Michigan native, Kara first came to Maine in 2003 as a graduate student in in the Audubon Expedition Institute (now the Expedition Education Institute). Her group met with the folks who were working to create the CCLC, which led to a semester-long internship (during which she taught her first class for CCLC – Introduction to Irish Whistle). That internship led to work, which has led to a life – home, family and fulfilling work – in Trescott on the shores of Whiting Bay.

In addition to her work with CCLC, Kara is a volunteer and board member with the Downeast Coastal Conservancy, and an active musician and regular performer in Downeast Maine. She holds a BS in geology from Western Michigan University and a MS in Environmental Education from Lesley University. She enjoys hiking the beautiful trails of eastern Maine with her family and their dogs, and playing guitar, whistle, accordion, and sometimes bagpipes with her bandmates.  Kara is an avid Star Trek aficionado, and likes making maple syrup each spring.

 

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Dylan Pardue - AmeriCorps VISTA, Marketing


AmeriCorps VISTA, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

Trescott TWP, ME
(207) 733-2233 ext 339

Dylan moved to Washington County in 2012, and grew up in Brunswick, ME. He is a graduate of the Cobscook Experiential Program, where he spent 2 years documenting everyday activities and expeditions through photography and video. He joined AmeriCorps through Goodwill NNE in 2016, and is currently serving at the CCLC. Dylan is also a freelance videographer, and owner of Dylan Pardue Media.

 

 

 

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Bunny Richards - Community Program Specialist


(Associates for Training and Development)

Trescott TWP, ME
(207) 733-2233 ext 322

Bunny Richards has lived in the Lubec/Trescott area over 40 years. In 1980 she and her husband, Lew, built a log cabin which they still live in without the amenities of electricity or running water. This provides time for reading, writing, listening to baseball on the radio, and thinking about ways to help build happier, healthier communities through programs and projects at the CCLC. She is currently one of the CCLC’s Community Program Specialists, working as part of the Associates for Training and Development.

 

 

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Brittany Ray - TREE Director


Milbridge, ME
(207) 733-2233 ext 345

Brittany Ray joined the CCLC in summer 2016 as the Director of the TREE program (Transforming Rural Experience in Education). Brittany was born and raised in Washington County. She graduated from Narraguagus High School in 1989 and attended Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where she majored in English and minored in Education. In 1993 Brittany graduated valedictorian and class marshal of Colby College. After Colby, Brittany was excited to pursue her passion for education, and she returned to Washington County where she began teaching English at Machias Memorial High School. In 1995 Brittany had the opportunity to return to her former high school to teach English, where she remained as a teacher and English Department Chair for 11 years. 

In 2007 Brittany was named Maine Teacher of the Year, becoming the first teacher to represent Washington County in over 25 years. This same year Brittany transitioned from the classroom to administration when she was hired as the Narraguagus High School Guidance Director/School Counselor. In 2009, Brittany Ray received her Master of Science in School Counseling from Husson University in Bangor, Maine. 

Her experiences in the classroom and in school counseling fueled her passion for building relationships and developing strategies to help mitigate poverty related barriers for her students. In her time as school counselor, Brittany wrote, obtained, and administered various grants linked to assisting students living in poverty. Her goal of fostering schools and communities which are both poverty and trauma sensitive continues today.  In 2015, Brittany was honored along with her colleague Suzen Polk-Hoffses, when they were asked to present their work “Breaking the Barriers of Poverty” at Maine’s first ever ECET-2 Maine Teacher Leadership Summit.

Brittany Ray resides in Milbridge, Maine with her husband, Ron Smith, and their four children - Bayley, Thomas, Jo-Jo, and Ting-Ting.

 

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Bonnie Lyons - Custodial Coordinator


Lubec, ME
(207) 733-2233 ext 319

Bonnie is a Lubec native, mother of two sons and grandmother of four grandsons. She’s been keeping the CCLC buildings beautiful since shortly after Rice Hall opened in 2005. Bonnie has an Associate's Degree in Science from WCCC and loves learning. In addition to her work at the CCLC and elsewhere, Bonnie enjoys furthering her education and is working on her Bachelor's Degree in College Studies and Psychology. Bonnie enjoys gardening and is improving her skills through the permaculture class offered the CCLC and loves the idea of improving our earth and environment. She started the recycling of materials to help keep the CCLC clean and tidy and to keep us green.

 

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Alan Furth - Executive Director


Whiting, ME
(207) 733-2233 ext 311

Alan is a social ecologist with a career dedicated to leveraging education in its broadest definition, to contribute to personal, community, and environmental health.  He graduated from UM Orono in 1978 with a teaching certificate and a degree in Child Development. In 1984 he received an MS in Experiential Education from Lesley University.  He has taught at every level, from early childhood education through elementary, middle and high school in Washington County’s public schools, and at the undergraduate and graduate levels as a member of the leadership and faculty with Lesley University’s Audubon Expedition Institute.

In 1998, Alan was invited by community members from the Cobscook Bay region to explore the possibility of establishing an alternative education option for Washington County youth. Six months of weekly conversation, research, and exploration by this group led to the design of the CCLC. Alan has held a leadership position within the organization ever since. In 2011, Alan was awarded UM’s Alumni Career Award for his leadership and innovations in effective education. Alan also serves as Vice President of the Association for World Education, International, and as a founding member of the Maine Fresh, LLC Advisory Board.

 

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