Driftwood's 2018-19 Teaching Staff
Aiden Murphey grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and studied Math Education at Edinboro University and is currently studying Environmental Science at Southern New Hampshire University. He has spent the past seven years working at Camp Notre Dame as a camp counselor and, most recently, as assistant director. In his free, he enjoys playing guitar, looking for dogs on the beach, and watching the Cubs win.
Chi Bui grew up in Hanoi, Vietnam until the age of 16 when she moved by herself to Otisfield, Maine to finish high school. She studied Environmental Science at the University of Southern Maine. After graduating, she worked as a 4-H STEM ambassador for the University of Maine, as a naturalist for a YMCA camp in Texas, and as an environmental education instructor at the Mariah Mitchell Association in Massachusetts. In her free time, she enjoys painting, photographing landscapes and buildings, and watching television dramas by moonlight.
Hailey Brown grew up in Logan, Utah and studied Wildlife Conservation and Environmental Science at Brigham Young University. She has spent time working at Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in Texas, Wildlife Safari in Oregon, and Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum in Utah. In her free time, she enjoys eating ice cream, taking naps, and searching for birds to add to her life list. Hailey is returning for her second year at Driftwood.
Jake Marfise grew up in Tampa, Florida and attended Centre College in Danville, Kentucky where he majored in Biology and Environmental Studies. While in college, he studied abroad in Peru, Costa Rica, Panama, Thailand, and Borneo. In his free time, he enjoys hunting for fossils, fishing, eating crustaceans, and encountering wild critters. Jake is returning for his second year at Driftwood.
Kendall Lunn grew up in Bangor, Maine and attended Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts where she majored in Environmental and Conservation Biology. After graduating, she moved to Nevada where she worked on various wildlife monitoring projects and as an environmental educator. In her free time, she enjoys running, watching Jeopardy and music videos, and talking about her bunny Tobias. Kendall is returning for her second year at Driftwood.
Lindsay Douglas grew up in Delray Beach, Florida and studied Environmental Science at Florida State University. While in college, she spent time volunteering abroad in Costa Rica and Argentina. She has worked as an educator at the Sea-to-See program at FSU, the Tallahassee Museum, and the Challenger Learning Center. In her free time, she enjoys doing science experiments with kids, finger painting, hiking, and obsessing over penguins.
Liz Schatzkin grew up in Tyngsborough, Massachusetts and studied Wildlife and Environmental Biology at Framingham State University. She has spent time working as a field technician for the New Hampshire Audubon Society, a camp counselor for the Massachusetts Audubon Society, and a naturalist at YMCA Camp Willson in Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and exploring new places.
Mary Dombrowski grew up Port Edwards, Wisconsin and studied Conservation Biology at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, and Environmental Education at Hamline University. She has worked at Camp Tall Oaks in Wisconsin and the Audubon Center of the North Woods in Minnesota. She also worked as a Chemical Operations Specialist for the Wisconsin Army National Guard. In her free time, she enjoys looking for seashells on the beach, hiking and camping, and traveling the world.
Stacey Valimont grew up in Erie, Pennsylvania and majored in Environmental Studies at St. Bonaventure University in New York. While at college, she studied abroad in Panama and Costa Rica, and has spent time volunteering in Kenya and Uganda. She has worked at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Camp Notre Dame. In her free time, she enjoys playing rugby, reading to birds, and applying ointment to her many bug bites. Stacey is returning for her second year at Driftwood.
Driftwood Education Center's Directors
Ann Marie Wilson is our Driftwood veteran, being that she started working here in 2000. She has been the Executive Director of Driftwood Education Center since 2003. Ann Marie is seen helping out all around Driftwood, whether it's setting up the Lorax set or helping students in the dining hall. She teaches off-site with Road Scholar programs a lot and is especially great at identifying birds during her birding programs. Ann Marie truly loves islands! Besides college, she has only ever lived on islands, and she continually travels to far-off and exciting islands for vacations.
Erin Mugge is the Education Director at Driftwood, where she helps care for the animals, teaches Driftwood students, and spends lots of quality time with the Driftwood science instructors. She joined the staff in 2011 after working at various environmental education and science centers in Georgia, Florida, and Iowa. Even though Erin grew up in land-locked Iowa, she loves living on the beach and teaching about marine organisms now. She did, though, enjoy growing up on the farm and enjoys meeting folks from the Midwest that know the simple fact that soda is actually called "pop."
Colleen Murphy is Driftwood's Program Director, so if you're an incoming school you will definitely be talking with her. Colleen grew up in Roswell, Georgia and studied natural and cultural resource management at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro. Before Driftwood, Colleen has worked at the Chattahoochee Nature Center and Okefenokee Swamp, both of which she enjoyed being outside with kids. Some her best memories of working with students is slippping and sliding in muddy caves of Tennessee.