OUR TEAM

EDITOR(S)

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

John Terry
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John P. Terry

founded the Gulf of Maine Institute in 1999.  John was Editor-in-Chief, CYD (Community Youth Development) Journal from Aug. 1994 to Nov. 2002. John has broad teaching and administrative experience at the university level including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1969-1984, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, 1985-1992, and Union College, Schenectady, NY, 1964-1969. John received national recognition in 2006 when selected  as Civic Ventures,’ Lead with Experience Program 2006 Purpose Prize Fellows.  He is also a 2008 recipient of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment Visionary Award

President/Founder

Anne Giblin
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Anne Giblin

A senior scientist at the Ecosystems Center Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Anne’s major research interest has been on the cycling of elements in the environment. Current projects include an assessment of how climate change and sea level rise will impact salt marshes; how increased nitrogen inputs and hydrologic disturbances alters nitrogen cycling in estuaries; and how pathways of nitrogen and phosphorus cycling change with warming in arctic lakes. Anne is committed to bringing science to youth and youth to science as means of promoting good science, citizenship and stewardship.

Chair

Shari Melto
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Shari Melto

Has spent more than 20 years with global consulting firms in the fields of talent management and organization development. She was Director of Learning & Development at McKinsey, and Director of Staffing & Recruiting at both Booz and Hewitt.  With the support of a MacArthur grant, she partnered with Arts Boards in Chicago to strengthen their organizations.  Shari believes that we have a moral obligation to ensure a healthy, sustainable future for our children and our earth -- and working with GOMI provides a unique opportunity to do both.

Organizational Development

Graham Daborn
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Graham Daborn

Is Professor Emeritus at Acadia University. He received his BA in English and Biology from the University of Keele (UK), and MSC and PhD degrees in Zoology from the University of Alberta. He was Professor of Biology at Acadia from 1973 to 2004, the Founding Director of the Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research (1984- 2004), and Founding Director of the Arthur Irving Academy for the Environment (2004-2007).His research has dealt with the ecology of the Bay of Fundy with particular respect to the environmental implications of tidal power.

Professor Emeritus at Acadia University, Wolfville, NS

Tim Conway
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 Timothy M. Conway

has over 30 years experience in environmental protection, working on negotiating and enforcing environmental solutions. He and his wife have had three children in the Newburyport Public Schools.  Tim is very active in local community affairs.

Secretary

Rachel Ameen
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Rachel Ameen

is a native of Newburyport and is an avid nature lover and dog enthusiast. She just graduated from Syracuse University with dual degrees in Political Science and Environment, Sustainability & and Policy. She began working with GOMI as an intern in 2019, and now serves as both Program Coordinator and as a member of the Board of Directors. Rachel will pursue a master’s degree in Marine and Environmental Affairs at the University of Washington, Seattle, this fall, and is excited to expand her environmental work to a new coast.

Program Coordinator

Pam Morgan
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Pam Morgan

Is a professor at University of New England. Her primary research interest is in the conservation and ecology of wetlands, and she enjoys collaborating with others across multiple disciplines in her work.  She teaches a variety of courses for the Environmental Studies Department at the University of New England, including Plant Systematics, Wetland Conservation and Ecology, Wetland Restoration, Ecological Monitoring, Conservation and Preservation, and Women and the Environment. She has a master's degree in Botany from the University of Maine and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of New Hampshire. 

Board member

John Halloran
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John Halloran

is GOMI's Science Director and oversees the science curriculum development of all projects and workshop trainings with Dr. John Terry.  A retired form the Newburyport MA school department, here he  taught natural science as well as an Outward Bound and Project Adventure trainer, John is the founder and director of Adventure Learning, an educational outreach program with area schools and recreational programs.  John has been in the forefront of the experiential education movement for 36 years . Halloran is also a recent recipient of the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment Visionary Award and the 2013 recipient of Newburyport’s Youth Service Annual Asset Award.

Science Director

STAFF

Deborah Orieta
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Deb Orieta

graduated with a dual degree in Geography and Food Studies in the Spring of 2020 from Syracuse University. Currently, Deb works as the 2020 Communications Intern at GOMI. They are in charge of the blog and social media, and are excited to keep developing community throughout the different actors in the Gulf of Maine. When not thinking about social media plans, they are usually sweating under the early sun on John Terry’s yard, where they are heading a gardening project that will serve as an experiential site for exploring permaculture, a framework that helps guide the development of managed farming or gardening systems that emulates the natural environment.

Media Coordinator

Permaculture Consultant

Melissa Luetje

 Melissa Luetje

I am a science teacher at Kennebunk High School in Kennebunk, Maine. I've been teaching for just shy of twenty years.  I teach physics, biology, and environmental science.  I've been a GOMI team member and teacher for 7 or 8 years.  My number one professional goal is to help transform science education into the GOMI  model. Incorporating placed-based, experiential educational opportunities for students fosters long-term pro-environmental behaviors, as well as bonds students to their communities.  Creating change, in both educational programming, and in the way communities tackle complicated environmental issues, is of the utmost importance as we, as a society, prepare to stave off the effects of human-induced climate change.  The brunt of which will be felt by our students and their children.

Kennebunk High School

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Erin Hobbs

Newburyport High School

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Brooke Campbell
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Bethlehem Elementary School

Melissa Chen

Melissa Chen

Has a Bachelor of Science in neuroscience from Bates College and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from UMass Lowell. She has been a science instructor at Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School since 2009. She teaches a variety of courses such as Biology, Keeping it Green, CSI, and Bioethics. She has two rescue dogs named Banjo and Dakota from Paws New England and a 1.5 year old son, Nova.

Lowell Middlesex Academy

Ellen Link
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​​Ellen Link is a science teacher in Gloucester, Massachusetts who specializes in project-based science and ocean literacy.  She holds degrees in resource management, geography, marine affairs, and science education and came to teaching after working in the fields of environmental education and marine resource management.  She believes that helping young people connect to nature and gain skills of agency are key to their ability to be stewards of a changing world. She is happiest when tromping around outdoors with children...preferably at the salty edge. Ellen’s overview of the summer citizen science project is followed by accounts of two student interns, Caroline Link and Tucker Hase, who followed her to the salty edge and beyond

Charter School

Bryan Smith

Bryan has been teaching for 17 years in a variety of roles. Bryan started with the Trout in the Classroom program ten years ago as a way to engage students with emotional and behavioral disorders. Students learned how fragile life can be and the importance of habitat and environmental stewardship.

 

Today he teaches fourth grade in Bethlehem, NH. Water Science has become a year-long program connected to all areas of the curriculum, starting with hosting a “source to sea” cleanup where we explore and clean the local watershed. Students eventually design and construct a drifter to release into the Gulf of Maine through the help of GOMI.   

Bethlehem Elementary School

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Patricia Cummings

North Shore Montessori School

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Patricia Cummings

I am a Montessori Certified Upper Elementary Lead Teacher. I began my career as a parent of Montessori and then fell in love with method as an adult. I became certified and taught at a Montessori based Charter school until I transitioned to North Shore Montessori School.

TEACHERS

Jane Tucker

Ms. Tucker works at the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Ecosystem Center in Woods Hole, MA, the home institution of the PIE-LTER.   She studies nutrient cycling in marine and estuarine sediments at PIE and other coastal systems. Her primary role is to analyze samples and process and synthesize data to determine rates and pathways of nitrogen cycling. Research conducted at the PIE-LTER is funded by the National Science Foundation. 

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