Laura Thomas - TREE Resource Coach

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While both of her parents grew up in Maine, Laura grew up all over the US and in Europe, as her father served more than 25 years in the United States Air Force. She graduated from Caesar Rodney High School in 1997, while stationed at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware. Her son was born in 2003, and in 2004, Laura started college as a first generation, nontraditional college student through a TRIO program called Onward. 5 years later, Laura graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Elementary Education and a minor in Spanish from the University of Maine in Orono. After a year of working at Bangor High School, Laura accepted the position as an ESL teacher for MSAD 37, which serves the communities of Milbridge, Harrington, Addison, Columbia, and Columbia Falls. In fall of 2010, Laura joined the board of Mano en Mano and has served as their president for the past three years.

Laura has spent the last seven years connecting with students, their families, and the communities she served as an ESL teacher. Her motivation as a teacher stems from her desire to remove barriers for her students, allowing them to overcome any obstacles in their paths toward success. It is important to her that families feel welcome at school and connected to the success of their students. Laura recently joined TREE as the School Resource Coach for Milbridge Elementary, one of TREE’s 3 pilot schools in Washington County. Laura lives in Harrington, ME with her husband James and her son Malachi. 


Ashley Cirone - TREE Resource Coach

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It is with great excitement that TREE officially welcomes Ashley Cirone as our newest School Resource Coach. Ashley will be working with the entire TREE team, but with a focus at at Jonesport Elementray School, one of our 3 pilot schools. There is no better way to celebrate Ashley joining our TREE team than to be attending the first annual Creating Trauma -Sensitive Schools Conference in Washington DC.


Jan Brown - Finance Associate

Jan joined the CCLC in July of 2017 as Finance Associate believing that she would be working in a community spirited workplace.  The staff at CCLC has made that belief a fact. 

Jan grew up in Pembroke and never felt the need or desire to live anywhere else.  She’s always felt that Washington County is a great place to live and to raise children.  She has been a business owner and has worked in local schools for a number of years.  She’s also been an advocate for victims of crime while working with the District Attorney in Calais.  Jan is a LADC (Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) and has provided counseling to clients who were participants in Washington County’s Drug Court.  Over the course of her career as the Victim-Witness Advocate and later as a drug counselor she has been able to see how life’s experiences can affect a person’s decision making.   The greatest thing that she’s learned from her clients is that they simply “needed a good listening to”.  Empathic listening is key to effective communication.

Jan has a BS in Business Administration with a concentration in accounting from UMM.   She’s worked in both for profit businesses, as well as for a non-profit agency.

Jan likes to renovate and decorate houses in her spare time.  It gives her a great sense of accomplishment to bring back a room or home to its former beauty.    She has a son and daughter who have given her six wonderful grandchildren, all of whom live in the area except her oldest grandson who is serving in the U.S. Air Force.  Family is the core of her life and now she has an extended family at the CCLC.


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

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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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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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Daphne Loring - Coordinator of Retreats and Community Programs

East Machias, ME

Daphne joined the CCLC team in early 2016 as an assistant teacher in the high school program. She's now the CCLC's Retreat Center Associate. She’s also worked for Tide Mill Organic Farm & Creamery for the past couple of seasons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dylan Pardue - AmeriCorps VISTA, Marketing and IT

AmeriCorps VISTA, Goodwill Industries of Northern New England

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

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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.

Learn more about CCLC's AmeriCorps VISTA Program

 

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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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