Our Staff

Our staff brings incredible passion, skill, and expertise to the field of environmental education. Each plays an important role in successfully fulfilling the Hitchcock Center’s mission.  With a shared sense of purpose and a commitment to excellence, we work collaboratively both within and outside the organization to offer a comprehensive environmental education program with wide-reaching impacts.

Our Administrative Team

Julie Johnson, Executive Director
Julie provides overall leadership for the Center and its wider community, including its staff, Board, members and contributors, and community stakeholders. She provides long-range planning, fiscal stewardship, and team management approaches to ensure high-quality environmental literacy programs and organizational strength. email

Shelly Kahan, Center & Volunteer Coordinator 
Shelly provides daily oversight and management of the Center’s volunteer, facility, and administrative support systems. email

Rebecca Neimark, Development Director
Rebecca provides leadership in developing a comprehensive development strategy for the organization. She oversees the Center’s capital campaigns, ongoing fundraising efforts, and endowment plans. email

Jessica Schultz, LFA, Communications and Living Building Coordinator
Jessica guides on-going media relations, website and social media, publications, marketing planning and photography. She manages the Center’s Living Building, coordinates building tours and assists in sustainability programing. email

Marcus Simon, Development Coordinator
Marcus assists the Executive Director and Board through fundraising activities that garner a deep support base through local businesses, individuals and foundations. email

Jennifer Unkles, Financial Manager
Jennifer maintains detailed ledger records for all the Center’s financial matters, prepares monthly and annual financial statements, and oversees the preparation of the Center’s payroll. email

Our Education Team

Casey Beebe, Community Program & Special Projects Manager
Casey is responsible for planning and coordinating the Center’s Community Programs including its adult education programs and community events. email

Colleen Kelley, Education Director
Colleen provides strategic oversight and direction of the Center’s comprehensive environmental education programs. She stays up-to-date with the best practices of environmental education and provides professional development to formal and informal educators in the field. Colleen also directs the Center’s internship program. email

Katie Koerten, Children, Youth & Family Program Coordinator & Environmental Educator
Katie plans, develops, coordinates and implements the Center’s Children and Family Programs including its summer and vacation Camps, homeschool, and afterschool Programs.  email

Peter Lamdin, Environmental Educator
Peter leads field trips, teaches classroom presentations and consults with educators in developing and teaching integrated science curriculum. He also develops and directs Hitchcock Center’s Summer Leadership camp for children ages 11-13. email

Jeffrey Mazur, Environmental Educator
Jeff joins us in winter 2016 as a co-educator of our Homeschool I and Homeschool Discovery Days and as the 2016 Summer Camp Director. email

Micky McKinley, Resource Center Coordinator & Environmental Educator
Micky maintains, develops and enhances the Hitchcock Center’s Peg McDaniel Resource Center as a premier regional educational resource for teachers, naturalists, students, and members of the general public. email

Patrick O’Roark, Environmental Educator and Animal Care Manager
Patrick serves as live animal caretaker for the teaching animals at the Center. email

Helen Ann Sephton, School Program Coordinator & Environmental Educator
Helen Ann plans, coordinates and implements the Hitchcock Center’s K–12 School Programs including field trips, classroom presentations, residencies, and professional development for teachers. email

Aemelia Thompson, Environmental Educator
Aemelia leads school field trips,residencies, homeschool programs, and has served as a summer camp counselor for Nature Summer Camp. email

Ted Watt, Naturalist & Environmental Educator
Ted is a highly skilled naturalist who helps children and adults understand the unique habitats and ecosystems of New England through hands-on instruction and mentorship. email

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