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, Executive Assistant to President & CEO (ext. 8002)
  • Cathy Messmer, Business Manager (ext. 8019)
  • Judy Webb, Finance Assistant (ext. 8004)
  • Carol Harris, Human Resource Coordinator (ext. 8006)

Education

  • Daniel Ungier, Vice President of Guest Experience and Education (ext. 8038)
  • Irene Barber, Adult Education Program Manager (ext. 8034)
  • Erika Huber, Youth & Family Program Manager (ext. 8031)
  • Vanessa Nesvig, Interpretation and Exhibits Program Manager (ext. 8032)
  • Caroline Davis, Arts and Exhibits Coordinator (ext. 8033)
  • Sarah Callan, Interpretation and Exhibits Educator
  • Bridget VerVaet, Youth and Family Programs Educator
  • Karen Jones, Camp Coordinator

Guest Experience

  • Daniel Ungier, Vice President of Guest Experience and Education (ext. 8038)
  • Laura Morciano, Manager of Guest Experience (ext. 8027)
  • Kelly Hamilton, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator (ext. 8022)
  • Amanda Russell, Guest Experience Lead (ext. 8021)
  • Sarah Burnham, Guest Experience Associate, Weekday Phones (ext. 8008)
  • Culinary and Café – general (ext. 8083)
    • Ginger Dermott, Creative Culinary Manager (ext. 8084)
  • Gardenshop (ext. 8087)
    • Michael McConaha, Retail Manager and Buyer (ext. 8082)
    • Hannah Laday, Assistant Buyer (ext. 8080)
    • Nan Tischbein, Assistant Manager (ext. 8087)

Facilities

  • Adam Harkins, Director of Facilities & Projects (ext. 8060)
  • Pete Rawden, Special Projects Coordinator
  • Andy Wooster, Facilities Coordinator
  • Dana Hodgdon, Irrigation & Plumbing Specialist
  • Frank Merrill, Housekeeping Coordinator
  • Michael Marr, Housekeeping/Facilities and Sustainability
  • Mason Leighton, Housekeeping
  • Holly Lewis, Housekeeping
  • Harry Savenelli, Housekeeping

Horticulture

  • Andrew Brand, Interim Director of Horticulture (ext. 8059)
  • Dan Robarts, Grower/Horticulturist (ext. 8051)
  • Jennifer Dunlap, Horticulturist (ext. 8052)
  • Alicia Miller, Horticulturist/Butterfly Specialist
  • Diane Walden, Horticulturist
  • Patricia Watson, Horticulturist
  • Courtney Locke, Horticulturist
  • Karl Alamo, Horticulturist
  • Brent McHale, Horticulturist
  • Lesley Paxson, Horticulturist
  • Alison Webb, Horticulturist

Information Technology

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

Marketing

  • Shannon Russo, Director of Marketing (ext. 8040)
  • Tory Paxson, Digital Marketing Coordinator (ext. 8041)
  • Amy Holt, Writer/Editor (ext. 8043)

Membership & Philanthropy

  • Jen McKane, Director of Philanthropy (ext. 8011)
  • Matthew Crane, Senior Philanthropy Adviser (ext. 8012)
  • Michaela Bitterman, Annual Giving Officer (ext. 8009)
  • Emily Sweet, Campaign Coordinator (ext. 8042)
  • Brynne Kristan, Philanthropy & Database Coordinator (ext. 8017)
  • Betsy Hills, Annual Fund & Membership Manager (ext. 8013)
  • Josh Pearce, Membership Coordinator (ext. 8018)

Research

  • Melissa Cullina, Director of Botanical Research & Herbarium (ext. 8030)
  • Spencer O’Bryan, Science and Collections Information Coordinator