OUR MISSION:

Cultivating the inherent strengths of young people through the power of long-term mentoring relationships.

OUR VALUES:

We value partnering with families, schools and community members over going it alone.

We value the person over the program.

We value the process over the outcome.

We value authentic, open and honest dialogue over top-down leadership.

We value challenging our perceived limitations over the security of the status quo.

We value experiential education with the emphasis on the earth as educator.

OUR TEAM

Amie Hutchison, Executive Director

Amie joined the Trekkers team as Executive Director in 2016. She attended the University of Maine at Orono and Hunter College in New York. Her previous work includes serving as Executive Director of the P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center and Program Director at Youthlinks. Amie has admired the work of Trekkers for years, and is thrilled to be part of the Trekkers team, helping the organization continue to grow. Amie has deep roots in the community. She grew up in Rockport and is a past President of Rockland Rotary. She is a CrossFit coach and retired roller derby skater. She lives in Thomaston with her husband and their dog.

Meredith Lynt, Director of Trekkers Training Institute

Meredith has been working on behalf of youth for over a decade and has been inspired by and committed to Trekkers for most of that time. Meredith has facilitated Trekkers’ growth and development from an organization of one to an organization of many while ensuring that fidelity to culture, values, philosophies and practices remain genuine to who and what Trekkers is. As the Director of Trekkers Training Institute for Youth Development,  Meredith hopes to inspire other youth development professionals to create state-wide systemic change in raising aspirations in young people. Prior to her role as the Director of the Institute, Meredith worked directly with Trekkers’ youth as a Program Manager and then transitioned to developing staff and overseeing the general direction of programs as our Program Director.  Meredith has a B.S. in Sociology and is currently pursuing a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Maine Association of Non Profits. Beyond Trekkers, Meredith has worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, Youthlinks and Forrester Research. Meredith fell for her husband (and Trekkers volunteer!), Adam, in a bat cave on a Trekkers trip to the Pacific Northwest. They now live together in Rockland, Maine.

Kate Elmes, Director of Development

Kate serves as Trekker’s Director of Development, working to build Trekker’s visibility, impact, and financial resources. Kate is passionate about helping individuals and families make a meaningful impact in their community through an investment in Trekkers. Prior to joining the Trekkers team, Kate was a Development Officer at the Island Institute and worked at Kieve-Wavus. Kate holds a B.A from Lesley University with Degrees in Women’s Studies and Political Science. In her free time, Kate is active on numerous boards that foster youth and female leadership in Maine. Kate lives on Vinalhaven Island with her Mississippi mutt, Piper.

Emma Beaudry, Administrative Coordinator

Emma provides administrative support at Trekkers and looks forward to greeting you at our office. She grew up in Montville, Maine and spent many summers working with youth as a camp counselor and trip leader at Tanglewood 4-H Camp & Learning Center. Her experiences at Tanglewood and growing up in a small town helped foster her love of the outdoors. She went on to further her knowledge of the outside world by studying Geology and Archaeology at Bates College. Emma came to Trekkers from Maine Sport where she cultivated her love of outdoor gear and apparel. In her free time she can be found hiking, gardening, at the gym or enjoying quiet time at home with some tea, her knitting and one of her cats. Emma lives in Rockport with her partner, Tom, and their two cats, Roman and Motor.

Jamie Camber, Finance Assistant

Jamie is Trekkers’ Finance Assistant.  She has joined the Trekkers team after being in the Financial Services industry in Southern, Maine for many years, holding positions in Accounting and Finance.  In addition to working for Trekkers, she is also sub-teaching in the local schools.  Early on in her career, she taught Sunday School and was a camp counselor for Senior High youth.  She enjoys being involved with youth which makes Trekkers an ideal fit for her interests and passion.  Jamie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the University of Maine.  She has been a supporter of Trekkers for many years and is excited to become part of the team of a great organization.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, gardening, traveling and just being outdoors.  She lives in South Thomaston.

Brandon Caron, Program Manager

Brandon is a Trekkers Program Manager. He has a B.A. in Outdoor Education with a concentration in Adventure Leadership from Johnson State College in Vermont. He is an alumnus of Trekkers and has served as an expedition leader, mentor and AmeriCorps member. He has worked with local youth in a number of different roles as well as in Vermont as a mentor for Laraway Youth and Family Services. Brandon is excited to rejoin the community and continue building relationships through Trekkers as it continues to grow. He not only believes in, but has experienced, the power and importance of youth being connected to their community. In his free time, you’ll likely find him on a mountain, in the woods, on the water or in a hammock.

Lindsey Veilleux, Program Manager

Lindsey has many years of experience working with youth of all ages and leading student trips around the U.S.  She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and graduated from Western Washington University with a B.A. in Community Recreation. Her passion for travel and adventure was sparked after college when she spent almost two years living abroad in Southeast Asia and Australia. She eventually found her way to Maine in 2013 through AmeriCorps when she spent a year serving at Trekkers, and has since volunteered on several trips. When she’s not in the office, you can find her near the water or out exploring in the Camden Hills. Lindsey is thrilled to have the opportunity to share her enthusiasm for the outdoor world and to continue connecting with the Midcoast Maine community.

Katlyn Rich, Program Manager

After being an AmeriCorp intern with Trekkers, Katlyn joined the team as a Program Manager in 2019. In May of 2018 she received a B.S. in University Studies from the University of Maine at Orono with focus areas in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Mathematics. Katlyn grew up in Tenants Harbor and was able to watch her brothers and friends learn and grow from the many benefits of Trekkers. The organization has always been something to admire for Katlyn, although she didn’t have the privilege to go through the program herself. Because of this, she is very excited to finally be a part of the Trekkers team and continue to be a part of the community that she grew up in. Katlyn enjoys spending time in the outdoors, particularly near any body of water, as well as with friends and family.

Taylor “TJ” Jackson, Program Manager

TJ is so excited to be joining the Trekkers team! She first became interested in outdoor education as a student in Washington State, where she went on a three day sailing expedition to learn science. Since then, she has achieved a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Hawaii and worked at a number of outdoor education organizations on tall ships and on land. She came to Midcoast Maine in 2017 to work as an outdoor educator with the Chewonki Foundation, and fell in love with the rocky coastline and the tightknit community feel. Now she’s here to stay! In her spare time she loves to curl up with her cat, Tractor, and a good book.

Tess Valdepeñas, Communications & Impact Manager

As Communications & Impact Manager, Tess likes to find creative ways for Trekkers to connect people and build community. She moved to the Midcoast in 2018 and worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Community-Based Manager. Prior to becoming a Maine resident, she spent over a decade in Boston working in advertising, most recently as a senior creative strategist for Digitas, working on large global and small business brands. She holds a B.S. from Boston University in Communications. Outside the office, you can find Tess birding on Beauchamp Point, tending to veggie plants, or sharing laughs with friends around a campfire.

Daniel Leparulo, Americorp Intern

Daniel is another one of our newest AmeriCorps interns. A Trekkers alumni himself, Daniel has fully embraced the transition from student to leader. Growing up overseas in the United Arab Emirates, Daniel feels that Trekkers was an essential tool in helping him learn more about the community and enabled him to discover the value of volunteer work and adventure. Now being apart of the Trekkers team, he hopes to spread the same enthusiasm that was shown to him as a student to the groups he will help lead. In Daniel’s spare time he takes classes at a local university and watches movies with his good friends.

Trekkers’ 10 Youth Programming Principles

1. Designing Intentional Program Delivery Systems for Long Term Engagement

A commitment to creating small, purposeful learning communities and designing a multi-year, “step-ladder” program delivery system that works with students during middle school and follows them to and through high school graduation. This long-term commitment to relationship building allows for the time and space needed to adapt to the ever-changing developmental needs and interests of adolescents.

2. Developing a Skilled Network of Caring Adults and Peer Mentors

 A focus on recruiting and training caring adult volunteers and cross-age mentors (young leaders) to play a critical role in meeting the relational needs of local youth growing up in their community.

3. Applying a Comprehensive Approach to Youth Development Strategies

A dedication to building targeted holistic youth development methods into the overall program design to help young people find success and navigate challenges during adolescence by focusing on proven promotion, prevention and intervention strategies

4. Creating Community Support

A practice of assembling support networks for young people by partnering with parents, schools, key stake holders, health services and other youth advocate agencies with the goal of building high-level supports to assist in meeting the academic and non-academic needs of students.

5. Prioritizing Informal Relationship Building with Youth

A commitment to “showing up” and being present in the lives of young people outside of regular scheduled programming. By designing outreach in the community into the overall program delivery model, staff and caring adult mentors can build even stronger relationships with mentees and maintain relational links to students even when core programs are not in session.

6. Expanding World Views

A priority for introducing students – through outdoor, experiential and travel-based educational opportunities – to the diversity of people, cultures, places and natural resources that exist outside the reach of their everyday lives.

7. Embracing Student Voice & Choice

A willingness to share power and give young people input into the overall educational process.

8. Encouraging Civic Responsibility

A desire to incorporate service into curriculum design and a commitment to enhance civil discourse.

9. Preparing Students for Success After High School

A focus on increasing opportunities for youth to identify, explore and cultivate their future aspirations – whether those aspirations include immediate entry into the workforce or ambitions for college – through hands-on experiences.

10. Utilizing Validated Assessment Tools to Promote Social-Emotional Development in Young People

An emphasis on collecting social-emotional development and resiliency data as a way to inform individual intervention strategies and influence programming – all with the intention of better detecting barriers to academic achievement in students at an early age.

TREKKERS’ BOARD

Stu Rich, President
Tenants Harbor – Parent of Trekkers Alumni, Community Member & PenBay Solutions

Dee Megna – Vice-President
Rackliff Island – Community Member/Retired Reinsurance Company Executive

Douglas M. Erickson – Treasurer
Thomaston – Community Member, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate/The Masiello Group

Alyssa Rolerson – Secretary
Rockland – Trekkers Alumna, Dream Local Digital- Director of Client Services & Sales Support

Jack Carpenter
Rockland – Founding Member, Executive Director, Youth Forum Maine, Inc.

Rodney Chamberlain
Camden – Retired, Senior Controller, Kelly Press Inc.

Thomas E. Crosslin III, MD, FACS
Rockport – Surgeon, MaineHealth

Susan Bly Grover
Thomaston – Community Member and retired Fundraising Executive

Mike Hersom
Rockland – Parent of Alumnus, President/General Dentist,Glen Cove Dental Associates

Makaila Hickey
Rockland/Bangor – Trekkers Alumna, Student at Husson University

Bryson Cowan King
Roslindale, MA – Trekkers Alumna, Assistant Director of Philanthropy and Engagement, Beaver County Day School

Kathleen Meil
Rocklport – Policy and Partnerships Director, Maine Conservation Voters

Fletcher Smith-McNaboe
Rockport – President, Founder Realtor of Summer Maine

Wyatt Winchenbaugh
Rockland – Current Trekkers Student, Oceanside High School

Trekkers’ Annual Report: