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 don’t 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.
Sarah is Trekkers’ newest program manager. She holds a master’s degree in Conflict Transformation with a focus in Youth Program Leadership from SIT Graduate Institute. Sarah counts her research fellowship in Germany, her tenure as an ESL teacher in Russia and her Peace Corps service in Zambia among the highlights of several years spent living abroad. She also worked as a program facilitator for the State Department-sponsored Iraqi Young Leaders Exchange Program. Sarah is an avid runner, hiker and cyclist who loves being outdoors. When she’s not on the move, Sarah enjoys reading, writing and doing crossword puzzles.
Jean Faustini is the organization’s Development Coordinator. She holds an interdisciplinary Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry/Mathematics from the University of Maine at Farmington and a Leadership M.B.A. from Saint Joseph’s 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 Trekkers’ parent, volunteer, tutor and a member of the board of directors. She lives in St. George, ME
Jenni Brooks ~ Development Assistant email@example.com
As Trekkers’ Development Assistant, Jenni brings to the job her experience as small business owner, years as an administrative assistant, and an enthusiastic love for the outdoors. Her experience with youth includes raising children of her own, being a V.O.L.T. trained 4-H volunteer and leader, as well as the experience she gained working in a busy middle school office. A native to the midcoast area, she enjoys being outside during all four season in Maine, even the winter! Jenni lives on a small farm in Union with her husband and three teenagers.
Lindsey Evans ~ Program Coordinater firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsey is a Program Coordinator and AmeriCorps volunteer for Trekkers. She is originally a Seattle native, but she is thrilled to have this opportunity to make the cross country journey for her next big adventure here in Maine. In 2011 Lindsey graduated from Western Washington University with a BA in Community Recreation and since then has spent the past year and a half traveling and working throughout Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Besides being an outdoor enthusiast and coffee lover, in her free time she enjoys reading, painting, rock climbing, running, writing and going to concerts.
Neal Young ~ Program Coordinater email@example.com
Neal Young is a Program Coordinator and AmeriCorps volunteer for Trekkers. He grew up in Cushing and has been a part of Trekkers since joining in 7th Grade and has been a leader since 2009. He will be a familiar face to many Trekkers. Neal is soon to complete a degree in International Studies and Economics at the University of Southern Maine. He recently spent a semester abroad learning Arabic in Amman, Jordan, has been active in Colligate Model United Nations, was a Global Educator for two Portland area high schools, helped organize the Maine Model United Nations Conference, and participated “The Walk to End Hunger” in 2011 creating awareness about famine in Somalia. In his spare time, Neal likes hiking, traveling, nerdy history jokes, the New England Patriots, reading and Settlers of Catan.