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Sebastian Teunissen - Executive Director

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Sebastian comes to CCLC with experience in many sectors. He has worked in government, academe, the private sector and with non-profit organizations. Most recently, Sebastian served as Managing Director for Solidaridad, a global non-governmental organization focused on enhancing the sustainability of smallholder agriculture around the world.

His academic experience includes business faculty positions at the University of California, Berkeley, Duke University, and at the University of Guelph in Canada, where he still holds an adjunct professorship. Sebastian’s international experience includes time as a senior official in the Department of Finance of the government of Papua New Guinea; as general manager of a company in Japan; and has taught at universities in Australia, Chile, and Hungary.

Some years ago, during a visit Downeast, Sebastian discovered a deep connection with the region and eventually bought a home on Campobello Island. Since then, he has become increasingly involved in the local community. He is excited about bringing this passion to CCLC, building on its history and contributions, and collaborating with CCLC’s board, staff and partners to bring CCLC forward into its next chapter.

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Laura Thomas, TREE Resource Coach

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Laura’s father served more than 25 years in the United States Air Force, so while both of her parents grew up in Maine, she has lived all over the US and Europe. 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 began college as a first generation, nontraditional college student through a TRIO program called Onward. Five years later, she 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 the fall of 2010, she 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. 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 is the School Resource Coach for Milbridge Elementary. She lives in Harrington, ME with her husband James and her son Malachi. 


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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