Staff Directory

Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ administrative, marketing, philanthropy, member and visitor services, finance and Gardenshop staff offices are located in the Visitor Center. Education staff offices are in the Bosarge Family Education Center. The offices of horticulture staff are located in the Kulp Horticulture Building. To reach Gardens staff members by phone, please call (207) 633-8000 and refer to the extensions below.

Administration

  • Gretchen Ostherr, President & CEO
  • Anna Hunt, Chief of Staff (ext. 8002)
  • Cathy Messmer, Finance Manager (ext. 8019)
  • Judy Webb, Accounting & Purchasing Specialist (ext. 8004)
  • Marissa Stewart, Human Resource Manager (ext. 8027)
  • Sarah Morley, Human Resource Coordinator (ext. 8006)

Education

  • Daniel Ungier, Vice President of Guest Experience and Education (ext. 8038)
  • Irene Barber, Adult Education & Horticultural Therapy Program Manager (ext. 8034)
  • Erika Huber, Youth & Family Program Manager (ext. 8031)
  • Vanessa Nesvig, Interpretation & Exhibits Program Manager (ext. 8032)
  • Caroline Davis, Arts & Exhibits Coordinator (ext. 8033)
  • Sarah Callan, Interpretation & Exhibits Educator (ext. 8035)
  • Bridget VerVaet, Youth & Family Programs Educator (ext. 8037)
  • Zac Smith-Hess, Entomologist & Educator

Guest Experience

  • Daniel Ungier, Vice President of Guest Experience and Education (ext. 8038)
  • Tasha Aikens, Guest Experience Director (ext. 8021)
    • Sarah Burnham, Guest Experience Associate, Phones Team (ext. 8008)
    • Julie Bolthuis, Guest Experience Admissions Supervisor (ext. 8023)
    • Meaghan Ayer, Guest Experience Admissions Supervisor (ext. 8023)
  • Kelly Hamilton, Volunteer Engagement Program Manager (ext. 8022)
  • Culinary and Café – general (ext. 8083)
    • Ginger Dermott, Culinary Director(ext. 8084)
    • Ivan Flores, Culinary Supervisor (ext. 8083)
    • Timothy Wilson, Culinary Supervisor
  • Gardenshop (ext. 8087)
    • Michael McConaha, Director of Gardenshop (ext. 8082)
    • Hannah Laday, Assistant Buyer/Inventory Specialist (ext. 8080)
    • Nan Tischbein, Webshop Coordinator (ext. 8087)
    • Beth Lord, Gardenshop Supervisor

Facilities

  • Daniel Wall, Maintenance Supervisor (ext. 8061)
  • Addison Cox, Maintenance Technician
  • Dawson C. Wall, Maintenance Technician
  • Holly Lewis, Custodial Services Supervisor
  • Harry Savenelli, Custodian
  • Vincent Norman, Custodian
  • Alexander Umberfield, Custodian

Horticulture

  • Andrew Brand, Director of Horticulture (ext. 8059)
  • Dan Robarts, Greenhouse Coordinator and Plant Propagator (ext. 8051)
  • Lesley Paxson, Horticulture Operations Program Manager
  • Jennifer Dunlap, Horticulture Program Manager (ext. 8052)
  • Brent McHale, Horticulturist & Special Projects Coordinator
  • Alicia Miller, Horticulturist & Lepidopteran Specialist
  • Lon Ames, Horticulturist
  • Kelsie Birney, Horticulturist
  • Courtney Locke, Horticulturist
  • Tyler Pascocello, Horticulturist
  • Delaney Pitman, Horticulturist
  • Patricia Watson, Horticulturist
  • Alison Webb, Horticulturist
  • Michael Marr, Groundskeeper and Compost Coordinator

Information Technology

  • Tina Heavener, IT Manager (ext. 8005)
  • Philip Owen, POS Specialist/IT Assistant (ext. 8007)

Marketing

  • Jen McKane, VP of Philanthropy & Marketing (ext. 8011)
  • Tory Paxson, Digital Marketing Specialist (ext. 8041)
  • Amy Holt, Senior Editor (ext. 8043)
  • Stephanie McCann, Marketing Coordinator (ext. 8044)

Membership & Philanthropy

  • Jen McKane, VP of Philanthropy & Marketing (ext. 8011)
  • Matthew Crane, Senior Philanthropy Advisor (ext. 8012)
  • Amy Root, Senior Philanthropy Advisor (ext. 8016)
  • Michaela Bitterman, Senior Philanthropy Advisor (ext. 8009)
  • Emily Sweet, Campaign Coordinator (ext. 8042)
  • Brynne Kristan, Research & Grants Specialist (ext. 8017)
  • Betsy Hills, Annual Fund & Membership Manager (ext. 8013)
  • Josh Pearce, Database & Membership Coordinator (ext. 8018)
  • Haili Hardwick, Philanthropy & Membership Coordinator (ext. 8010)

Plant Science & Collections

  • Melissa Cullina, Director of Plant Science & Collections (ext. 8030)
  • Katherine Brewer, Curator of Living Collections (ext. 8066)
  • Spencer O’Bryan, Science & Collections Information Specialist (ext. 8014)