"Over these 11 days I have learned more about the people than I ever
could of imagined! As I think back to the start of our trip we were two
separate groups, like SGS and TGS, now we are one big group and totally
comfortable with everyone. This sort of thing is what Trekkers is all
--8th Grade Trekker
Don is Executive Director of Trekkers. He holds a Masters of Science in environmental education from The Audubon Expedition Institute and Lesley University. He has over nineteen years of experience working with young people and is the founder of several youth serving programs including: Cross-trainers, Urban Youth Advocates (both located in Pittsburgh, PA), as well as The Funky Chicken Day Camp. Don believes that programs donít change lives, relationships do and has dedicated his life to the business of relationship building.
Meredith is Trekkers' Program Director. She has a B.S. in Sociology and is currently pursuing a M.A. in Adventure Education through Prescott College. Prior to Trekkers, Meredith worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay and held many volunteer roles with Trekkers as AmeriCorps VISTA, mentor, expedition leader, and Board member. Meredith has been inspired and moved by the community of students, volunteers, and leaders that have built Trekkers into the dynamic program it is today and is excited to help lead the program into the future.
Emily is Trekkers newest Program manager. She has a bachelors degree in International Relations from Beloit College and plans on working towards a masters degree in Counseling. Her previous youth work included teaching, facilitating groups and coordinating for under served youth in Wisconsin, which eventually led her to Trekkers. Emily was the AmeriCorps volunteer for Trekkers during 2009-2010 and is so happy to be back working in such an amazing organization. She loves reading, playing games, coffee, the ocean, running, white water rafting, rock climbing, sewing costumes, dancing on the Trekkers bus and art projects.
Jean Faustini is the organizationís Development Coordinator. She holds an interdisciplinary Bachelorís degree in Chemistry/Mathematics from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Leadership M.B.A. from Saint Josephís College of Maine. Her professional experience includes more than twenty years in Quality Management for a former Fortune 100 company, with responsibility for intellectual property and regulatory compliance. Her experience working with youth includes over twenty years as a church school superintendent/teacher, and nearly ten years as a volunteer/district tutor. She has been a Trekkersí parent, volunteer, tutor and a member of the board of directors. She lives in St. George, ME.
Elisabeth, or Lis, began working for Trekkers in 2010 as the Program Coordinator and AmerCorps volunteer, and she is currently serving her second AmeriCorps term for 2011-2012. She majored in English and Creative Writing at Wheaton College in Norton, MA. Before Trekkers, Lis was a field instructor at a wilderness therapy program for teens in the mountains of northern Georgia. She is both excited and grateful to be continuing her work at Trekkers. In her free time, Lis enjoys running, cooking, reading, board games, all things nature and hanging out with her feline friend, Scoots.
Alaina is a Program Coordinator and Americorps volunteer for Trekkers. Alaina grew up locally in Waldoboro and recently returned to the area while completing her field work for her graduate degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management at SIT Graduate Institute in Brattleboro, VT. She completed her degree in July through AmeriCorps, where she served an 11 month term as a Programs Coordinator at Hardy Girls Healthy Women in Waterville. She graduated in 2008 from Northeastern University with a BA in Journalism and Spanish Minor. Alaina loves to travel, meet new people, run, write, and work with youth in a variety of capacities, including sport, literacy, one-on-one and in groups.