Aidan Murphey is returning for his second year at Driftwood. He 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.
Alexis VonBrockdorff is originally from Flint, Michigan, but has been just about everywhere since. She attended Mott Community College where she earned her degree in General Studies, but has since developed her specific passion for outdoor education. Having spent time in many different places from Maine to South Carolina, she has had diverse experience ranging from a sailing instructor to ropes course manager to environmental educator. Be sure to challenge her to your next game of Sorry! or invite her on your next adventure.
Bethany Starkey grew up in Southaven, Mississippi and studied Marine Biology at the University of Southern Mississippi. She worked as a camp counselor for 10 years through X-Tended Missions Network Kids Camps and is excited to be working as an Environmental Educator at Driftwood as her first job out of college. In her free time she enjoys playing with animals, snorkeling & scuba diving, and seeking adventures both big and small.
Cassidy Barshinger is from Red Lion, Pennsylvania. She majored in Recreation Management, with concentrations in Outdoor and Therapeutic Recreation at Lock Haven University. Previously, she worked as an intern at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park Colorado and as an education instructor at Great Hollow Nature Preserve in New Fairfield, Connecticut. In her free time she enjoys rock climbing, hiking, reading, and exploring new places.
Chi Bui is back for another year as an instructor! She 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.
Dori Butler grew up in Cumming, Georgia, but studied Journalism, with minors in Spanish & Sustainability at the University of Georgia in Athens. She previously worked as an outdoor adventure leader in North Georgia and as a photographer for a marine institute on Catalina Island. In her free time she likes to scuba dive, play frisbee, and take photos of her cat, Henry.
Hunter Jackson grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and majored in Geology at Temple University. Previously, Hunter has worked as an Environmental Educator at Rock Eagle 4-H center in Eatonton, Georgia and Burton 4-H center on Tybee Island. He has also worked at Neshaminy State Park in Bensalem, Pennsylvania. In his free time he enjoys looking for dolphins and watching Philadelphia sports.
Kristin Ivey is a Georgia native, originally from Kennesaw, Georgia. She graduated from Brevard College with a bachelors in Fine Arts and a minor in Art History. Although she has had many jobs in environmental education as an instructor, a department head, and a naturalist, most recently in Maryland, she also enjoys yoga, rock climbing, and crocheting. Be sure to ask her about her art projects and plans!
Liz Schatzkin is back for another year as a Driftwood instructor! She 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.
Rachel Terracina comes to us from Chincoteague Island where she was an environmental educator. Originally from Crystal Lake, Illinois, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater where she majored in Biology with an emphasis in Ecology: Evolution and Behavior and minored in Environmental Studies. You can find her knitting or playing with her beautiful dwarf hamster, Willow, in her free time.
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.
Holley Maassen is the Program Director at Driftwood. A California native, Holley grew up near the Bodega Bay coastline, falling head over heels for all wonders of the ocean. Holley received her B.S. in Marine and Coastal Science and her B.A. in English at the University of California, Davis. She finished her schooling off with research experience working with molluscs and enjoying the diverse ecosystems of the California coast. Holley, a lifetime camper and subsequent camp counselor, had always enjoyed working with children and found environmental education a natural fit! Before moving to Georgia, Holley loved being a Marine Science Educator in the Florida Keys and, therefore, was excited to delve into all that Driftwood Education Center had to offer. Holley spends her free time traveling and getting to know the Georgia coast, exercising, and getting a cup of Joe at Wake Up! Coffee. You'll be talking to Holley the most when planning logistics for your Driftwood trip!
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."