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 & Guest/Volunteer Services

  • Gretchen Ostherr, President & CEO
  • Anna Hunt, Executive Assistant (ext. 8002)
  • Amanda Russell, Lead Guest Experience Associate (ext. 8021)
  • Cathy Messmer, Business Manager (ext. 8019)
  • Judy Webb, Finance Assistant (ext. 8004)
  • Carol Harris, Human Resource Coordinator (ext. 8006)
  • Sarah Burnham, Guest Experience Associate, Phones (ext. 8008)
  • Kelly Hamilton, Volunteer Coordinator (ext. 8022)

Education

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

Facilities

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

Gardenshop

  • Gardenshop (ext. 8087)
  • Michael McConaha, Retail Manager & Buyer (ext. 8082)
  • Hannah Laday, Assistant Buyer & Inventory Specialist (ext. 8080)

Horticulture

  • Andrew Brand, Curator of Living Collections (ext. 8059)
  • Dan Robarts, Grower & Horticulturist (ext. 8051)
  • Jennifer Dunlap, Horticulturist (ext. 8052)
  • Patricia Watson, Horticulturist (ext. 8055)
  • Diane Walden, Horticulturist (ext. 8056)
  • Courtney Locke, Horticulturist & Horticulture Volunteer Liaison (ext. 8070)
  • Lesley Paxson, Horticulturist & Horticulture Intern Liaison
  • Alicia Miller, Butterfly Specialist
  • Brent McHale, Horticulturist
  • Alison Webb, Horticulturist
  • Karl Alamo, Horticulturist

Information Technology

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

Kitchen Garden Café

  • Ginger Dermott, Creative Culinary Manager (ext. 8084)
  • Michael Wirth, Kitchen/Café Supervisor
  • Café Kitchen – general (ext. 8083)

Marketing

  • Kris Folsom, Director of Marketing & Communications (ext. 8040)
  • Tory Paxson, Digital Marketing Coordinator (ext. 8041)
  • Amy Holt, Writer/Editor (ext. 8043)

Membership & Philanthropy

  • Jen McKane, Director of Philanthropy (ext. 8011)
  • Corinne Cahill, Associate Director of Philanthropy (ext. 8016)
  • Matthew R. Crane, Senior Philanthropy Adviser (ext. 8012)
  • Emily Sweet, Campaign Coordinator (ext. 8042)
  • Brynne Kristan, Philanthropy Database Coordinator (ext. 8017)
  • Betsy Angelico, Annual Fund & Membership Manager (ext. 8013)
  • Josh Pearce, Membership Coordinator

Research

  • Melissa Cullina, Director of Botanical Research & Herbarium (ext. 8030)